North Korea attempted to launch a missile, dangerously defying a nuclear weapons agreement with the U.S.
The jobs report showed a disturbing economic slowdown, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released an announcement concerning the re-vamping of rules in an effort to help homeowners manage their mortgages.
Mitt Romney lied and fearmongered in a speech he gave at the National Rifle Association (NRA) national convention.
Which issue saturated U.S. news media that week?
An important social issue, for sure. But far from the immediate potentially life-threatening issues of nuclear-capable North Korean defiance, demonstrated and unreported economic slowdown, new CFPB rules that could help us hang on to our homes, the threat of an impending explosion to our already-suffering economy…and the list on goes on – for just that week alone.
If not to inform us about vital information we absolutely need to know in order to maintain democracy, plan our lives accordingly, make intelligent decisions, and simply be well and correctly informed…what exactly is American news media really about?
Many American news journalists have and are coming forward in past and recent years to answer this question, and to speak openly about the dangerous slide into government and corporate-controlled censorship of U.S. news media.
One of these journalists, Dan Rather – who became an icon of U.S. news media during his 45-year career as one of America’s most famous and respected news anchors – has now retired and is speaking out about the inherent danger to democracy, and rapid deterioration of American news media.
Says Rather, “[Our failing news media] comes down to this: In the current model of big, conglomerate corporate ownership, the incentive to produce good and valuable news is simply not there. What has changed most is the character of news ownership. For example, the pressure of the White House of the late President Richard Nixon during my coverage of the Watergate crimes…pressure to call me off that story. Back then, my bosses took the heat so that the story could get told…so that the public could be informed. But this [freedom to report on such high-level crimes] is rare, now.”
As well, Rather reveals that “America’s biggest, most important news organizations have fallen prey…to merger after merger, acquisition after acquisition, to the point where [news outlets] are now tiny parts of immeasurably large corporate entities…entities whose vast array of business interests have nothing to do with news. The overall reigning mandate [of these corporate entities] is to provide a return on shareholder value, and to increase profits.”
Rather implores Americans to take action in order to reverse the disintegration of our news media:
“American news is in need of a spine transplant. Let the treatment begin today…take this message to your colleagues and your fellow citizens. Magnify it, multiply it, and spread it.
Make it something that cannot be ignored. Not by the political parties, not by our candidates, not by the owners and executives of media companies. You deserve a press that provides the raw material of democracy.”
Is American news media targeting us with weapons of mass distraction?
Do you feel genuinely informed by U.S. news media?
In light of the fact that American media is owned by corporations with special interest agendas, do you trust the information provided by U.S. news media?