Friday, July 28, 2006

on mainstream media

It seems to me that a large number of Americans are deliberately courting ignorance by refusing to consider the value of the mainstream press. When they ignore the mainstream press because they think it is biased or omits important items, they are leaving themselves vulnerable to the voices of those who are decidedly biased: those publications on the right or the left. We need the mainstream newspapers and television news to keep up with the facts of what is going on. Maybe it takes more than one source. I usually read three or four mainstream newspapers and magazines a week or more and a lot of science and general interest news as well. I also read some of the more radical (on both sides) publications and I realize that those who adhere only to those sources, even if they agree with every word, are really not getting what they need to make an objective decision about what is going on in the world. I think it may boil down to a refusal to think. And when the mainstream press attampts to provide a balanced report of the consequences of an event the non-thinkers who don't agree fail to see what's behind it and take on the "balanced" view of one wing or another. It may be the most serious moral problem this country faces: the refusal of the electorate to become informed on the issues.


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