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Schmidt Wrote: And in case anyone is feeling sorry for David Gregory, NBC bought out his contract for $4 million. Gregory is (was) a part of that "cloistered, clubby, faux-accountability chinwag." And Chuck Todd will work hard climbing that ladder to join the club. Follow the money...
That's quite an interesting article. Thanks for sharing that.
I watch all of the Sunday shows, but I don't watch them to become more informed; I mainly watch them to document how many weeks in a row John McCain is on one of them.
All jokes aside--this is a serious problem that we must figure out how to address. Our media is supposed to be the fourth estate. They are supposed to hold our government in check and not allow them to skirt the issues. However, what they have morphed into is, as you said, a 'cloistered, clubby, faux-accountability chinwag.'
How can we push back against this? Sure, there are plenty of apolitical news sites out there, but the vast majority of Americans are not interested in hearing apolitical news anymore. Most Americans want to hear, read, and watch only the things that reinforce their dogmatic beliefs and can not think outside of that box.
The corporatization of the news is the exact antithesis of what our founders had in mind when they enshrined the freedom of the press in the first amendment. I think that most of them would be rolling over in their graves if they knew that the press has become a mouthpiece for major corporations and the government they are supposed to be holding in check.
The only news program I have minimal faith in is PBS Newshour. They actually report (some of) the news and do detailed reporting on a host of issues. Unfortunately, less than one million of the three hundred million people living in this country watch it. The other problem is that even they have been bought out by rich billionaires who want to ensure that their criminal acts are largely ignored or muddied enough to create apathy throughout the masses. Case in point--the Koch brothers, who 'donate' millions of dollars to PBS. Surprise surprise, there aren't many negative stories about the brothers buying out our government on that channel.