An ‘Excitable’ Media

Along with other bloggers I have often complained about the lack of subjective reporting by the media on ‘news’ items; be that of a general nature or, more importantly, on ‘matters EU’ and, in particular, about the forthcoming referendum on our nation’s membership of the EU.

For some time I have been struck by the media’s ‘trivialisation’ of news and the apparent need of the media to ‘make a mountain out of a molehill’. Why must we suffer the theatrical element in journalism?

Witness, today, such examples: Cameron ‘slaps down Penny Mordaunt over her comments about Turkey; Cameron ‘slams‘ Trump’s Muslim Ban.

Cameron did neither: he corrected Mordaunt’s erroneous understanding about whether Member States of the EU have a veto over any application to join the EU and he disagreed with Trump’s reported plan to ban Muslims from the USA.

Factual reporting of news is what the public require; whilst also requiring a media who takes the trouble to question, following diligent research, that which politicians would have us believe.

By allowing themselves to be guided, by means of ‘editorial guidelines’ which are dictated by whoever controls the media for which they work, journalists have become no more than purveyors of propaganda.

Propaganda, we should remember, is a form of biased communication, aimed at promoting or demoting certain views, perceptions or agendas. Propaganda is often associated with the psychological mechanisms of influencing and altering the attitude of a population toward a specific cause, position or political agenda in an effort to form a consensus to a standard set of belief patterns (put forward by a ruling political class) – in other words, it is information that is not impartial and is used primarily to influence an audience and further an agenda, often by presenting facts selectively (perhaps lying by omission) to encourage a particular synthesis, or using loaded messages to produce an emotional rather than a rational response to the information presented.

That our media, by recycling the outpourings of our politica class without checking that which they say, is guilty of propaganda.

On such the people of this nation are supposed to make an informed decision, come June 23rd? To answer that question in the vernacular: you gotta be having a larf!

This begs an oft repeated question I have posed: in whose pocket is who where the media and politicians are concerned?

Come acceptance of the Harrogate Agenda, perhaps besides the need of the people to control their politicians there comes a requirement of the need for the people to control of their media?

Just an opinion……………..

Comment welcome…………..

 

3 thoughts on “An ‘Excitable’ Media

  1. The problem is that in the age of the Internet, newspapers (as in the true meaning) are struggling.

    As I’ve noted in a past comment, most of our local papers are now mopped up by the major newspaper groups, and national newspapers are so London/Westminster centric to be of absolutely no use to the rest of the population.

    I suspect that most of us are sick of the Marrs and Robinsons of the reporting world – they dwell in the bubble, and they report on the bubble, and that’s it.

    1. The problem is wider than that, the problem is lack of effective monopoly control on pretty well everything, made even worse by the fact that as entity’s get bigger local control becomes diminished or non-existent.

      For THA to work one thing that will have to be addressed is the control of currently large Multinational Corporations e.g. News International.

      Make no mistake IF THA ever gets of the ground it will be targeted just as much, maybe more by Multinational Comglomerates as by our own politicians and for the same reasons.

  2. Complaining about the media is something done by us all, not just bloggers, but then some people complain about bloggers too! And excitable would be an ideal word to describe some efforts from them. But on the other hand –

    “there comes a requirement of the need for the people to control of their media”?

    I’m not sure how this is done. On the one hand we have an ‘independent’ media who do as they please and, hopefully, stand up to the state. But on the other we also get their ‘take’ on events. At the moment we have organisations like the BBC telling us how they are better than that as they stand up to both the state and ‘biased’ media. But they do not. Bias takes many forms and so the BBC cannot claim to be superior to Rupert Murdoch.

    For me the ‘media problem’ is bound up with the idea you train people to become journalists. Consider Alistair Cooke, he never had a lesson in journalism in his life! It’s the same with our politicians, our PM has studied politics, philosophy and economics. And I think results show that nobody should study politics and become an MP.

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