Television news broadcasts rarely deviate from a low standard of journalism that provides the who, what, where and how, but rarely the why.

What is left out is the significance of our news events. Reporters sometimes pass along what “experts” say on the subject, but the experts are safeguarding institutional secrets and priorities at every turn, so the picture is incomplete.

What we see day in and day out is the surface and the sensational, the “breaking news” blood and guts. What seems to be paramount is the attractiveness and stylishness of the reporter, and the visual evidence of the event. But the cause is always under investigation, and never resolved.

Where is the breadth and depth of analysis? What is going on in neighboring communities, states, and nations?

What was the situation before World War II? What did the Founders think and do? The answers are there, but the reporters are not.

No wonder the people have a sense of fatalism, mistrust, and indignant reaction against the highly manipulated society we live in.

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Truth First

Well said. Yet, this only scratches the surface. The "news" agencies report only what their corporate owners permit. Sensationalism has replaced objective journalism, which is pretty much extinct, except on some internet sites, which are usually marginalized by the mainstream as "fake news". Yeah, look who's talking. Watch the news strictly for entertainment purposes now. That's all it really is.

Megan Killeen

Thank you for your thoughts! I agree and I do not own a television, nor do I consume news that comes from television. I only read articles that link to other sources of information that I can peruse at my leisure. I think the 24-hour news cycle has been really damaging to our overall media ecosystem and I wish I had a better solution than, “Turn your dang TV off and read the local newspaper/attend a local town meeting/etc.” But I honestly think TV and the 24-hour news cycle is terrible and I appreciate your comments on the matter.

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