Where did the “news” go?

Check out the cartoon below. It came across my newsfeed the other day and it struck me as funny, and sadly, extremely relevant. Where are the accurate news sources? Every day it seems that another outlet has been compromised by political influence and corporate protection.

More and more people are getting their news from The Daily Show and The Colbert Report (comedy programs airing on Comedy Central mind you) than Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, or Bloomberg. Does this sound sad to anyone else? Not sad because we look to John Stewart or Stephen Colbert for our facts on what’s going on in the world out there. That’s actually great because they’re both fantastic commentators. Sad because there are less and less places for us to get the unbiased, unfiltered, and transparent truth if we should want it (which we should).

It’s gotten so bad that some people I know don’t even read any American news sites anymore. They go to BBC News or Reuters because they feel they have a better chance of finding out what the US has been involved in and to what extent without the story going through a hefty edit process to make sure no influential billionaires get in trouble.

How corrupt are US news sites? I honestly can’t tell you. What I can say is that, as the comic implies, while we may not know where the “real” news is, we seem pretty sure that what we’ve got isn’t cutting it anymore.

Luckily there are a few bastions of uncompromised news out there. Or at least I think they are, until some scandal comes out that destroys their credibility as well. I’m thinking primarily of NPR. They seem fairly legit and unbiased, but then again I can’t be sure. And this is the point I’m trying to make. The skepticism has gotten so bad that I’m finding it tough to put my trust in any news outlet. There’s always a cloud of doubt looming overhead due to the way so many “sources” alter their perspectives to meet their station’s agendas.

This is why I’m parched, why I think we’re all parched. We just want to get through the business politics to learn about the actual politics. If that oasis will grow anytime soon is yet to be seen but those little pockets we do have had better stay pure lest we all dehydrate from lack of truth.

this is me on any given day my television happens to be on

this is me on any given day my television happens to be on

 

NEWS

this tidbit is NOT vetted by me personally, but wouldn’t be surprised if it’s true

 

13 thoughts on “Where did the “news” go?

  1. Good and true post. I watch Stewart and Colbert religiously and I do trust them more than anything I see or hear on any of the major cable news outlets or broadcast news shows. I also regularly read a magazine called “The Week.” It’s a small and relatively unknown magazine, and it’s articles are generally a page or less, but it gives different perspectives on each topic and I think presents what is going on around us in a fair and unbiased way. Or so I think.

  2. The nice thing about the internet is that one can learn what is happening without having to bother with “news” commentators at all. Nearly everyone has a website now, government agencies, companies, community groups, individuals, and one can get the facts directly from the same sources that the networks get theirs.

  3. You nailed it on the head! I’m a reader/listener of NPR, BBC, and Reuters simply because they seem to be the least biased; the rest are merely noise. I’m so disgusted by network news creating drama where there is none, while suppressing information about critical events. Moreover, I’m truly disheartened that so many of my fellow Americans seem to buy in to this distorted narrative.

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