The media loves nothing more than a story about the media! If it is not the BBC moving to sunny Salford, it’s the Murdoch evil media empire trying to listen in on our private mobile phone messages. Real wars rage on, the financial crisis deepens and famine again stalks parts of Africa.
Much of the repetitive comment tells us nothing new. Over and over the headlines go. A plate of shaving foam inexpertly delivered becomes the dominant diversion for a short while. The truth is, sadly, that we will never get the truth. Why? Well the kind of ‘old school’ media barons, typified by Mr Murdoch, only ever aimed to deliver their heavily biased opinions dressed as news. To sell sufficient quantities of newspapers, popular entertainment and voyeurism became the easy vehicles.
I often find it is best to ignore the breaking news and I prefer to Google for more in-depth information from multiple sources, rather than rely on the traditional news outlets. There is something to be said for allowing skilled journalists, and thankfully they still exist, time to compile more interesting, balanced and compelling reports. One great source for this is Time magazine. It may be old news by time you read it in the print magazine – but it is certainly well produced.
Of course every writer has a bias, an objective in mind, an impression they want to leave on the reader. However, many of today’s newspapers have clearly strayed beyond the boundaries of common sense and decency and have essentially undermined themselves.