Wednesday, March 09, 2005

The utter absurdity of viewing media sources as "objective"

I just noticed a cyber survey over at the online site for The Detroit News. The survey question asks if readers consider any news organizations to be fair and unbiased. The obvious answer to such an inquiry is that there is no such thing as an objective media, and all sources of information present some sort of bias.

Over 67% of the respondants are actually aware of this, although I'm assuming that many of those who decided to chime in with their thoughts fall into the over 31% minority who think that at least some media outlets are objective. I make that assumption due to the many responses by people who stated that the only media source they find trustworthy and truthful is...

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What is perhaps even more disturbing than knowing that many people rely on only one source of news and information is the fact that everyone was obsessed with notions of left and right, and no one brought up the fact that the primary bias within the MSM is statist in nature. As Harry Browne stated in his recent column about Syria:
I must remind you that 90% of what we know about foreign affairs is information that has come from the U.S. government. That’s where CNN, Fox TV News, ABC, NBC, CBS, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and almost all the rest of the American media get almost all their information.

Whenever you encounter criticism of government in the MSM, it is almost always superficial and partisan in the sense that government is flawed only when the "wrong people" are in charge. It is this song and dance deception that dupes people into believing that our media has not been fully Sovietized when it fact it largely has been.

All I can say is Viva la internet! May the government licensed and regulated boob tube media die a quick death and let the free and decentralized media of the future flourish!


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