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Dutch Wrote: Schmidt, if you compare "news" published in Europe or here, then the difference is obvious. Here they love to hype things up and blow it out of proportions. Remember the Ebola scare; if you would have believed the news then, we would be all dead by now. News here is a pure game, as with everything. Facts don't count ask the church. If Hillary would have had the same mentality as Trump this e-mail and Benghazi thing would be long gone.
I think it depends what "news" you decide to watch, read, or listen to. I'll watch CNN, Fox, and MSNBC to see the various talking points of the day, but I don't get my news from any of them.
The cable "news" channels are in the business of making money. They have to fill 24 hours of television time seven days a week. So it is only understandable that they will sensationalize things in order to get as many people to stay glued to their television sets for as long as possible. They are in the business of shock "journalism," not actually informing their viewers of any actual news that's going on.
However, there are numerous sources to get sober and intelligent news in this country. NPR, PBS, dozens of different podcasts, apolitical magazines, and a whole host of other sources do report the news without sensationalizing it. It's easy to think that this world is going to shit if you watch Fox News or CNN all day long, but facts are facts and the fact is that the world is the most peaceful its been in millennia.
Fox "News" has an average daily viewership of around 2 million people. Most of those people are over 60 and have nothing better to do with their lives than sit on their couch and listen to blabbering idiots tell them that their country is being taken over by a socialist tyrant who's going to take their guns away. But 2 million people is 0.66 percent of the American people. That's hardly a majority of Americans.
I'll also have to disagree with you that Europe is filled with sober minded news outlets that only report the news. Much of Europe is going through a xenophobic craze that mirrors the rise of Hitler in the early 1930's. Right wing Neo-Nazi groups are winning large chunks of parliamentary seats in many countries and those hate groups have more than enough media outlets pushing out their propaganda on a daily basis.
Europe is no shining beacon of journalistic integrity. It's easy to think of the BBC and say that Europe is filled with apolitical news, but there are plenty of "news" outlets in Europe that spit out just as much garbage as Fox News and Rush Limbaugh do.
There's no Neo-Nazi hate groups that hold any seats in our Congress, but there are plenty that are taking hold all throughout Europe as we speak. Be careful what you wish for when it comes to comparing us to Europe. That continent has more than a few issues that it's dealing with right now and America can't be blamed for all of them.