I am tired of politics. Scary thought from someone who connects with the world biweekly on topics of government. I am dismayed at the lack of opinion-free journalism available to the general public. We need a return to honest reporting, of pure unadulterated fact delivery. To that end I have reworded some recent headlines to reflect truth in reporting:
Christian CEO Takes Bait and Offers Biblical Stance on Same Sex Marriage
White House will not Release Fast and Furious Documents, Spokesperson Overheard Saying” What About Romney’s Taxes?”
Romney camp will not release additional tax returns, Spokesperson overheard saying “what about Fast and Furious documents?”
Romney booed at NAACP on slow news day
Obama praised by NAACP on slow news day
That was mostly for fun, but you get the idea. The media has crafted every headline to divide us and turn our focus away from anything that really matters. This is a world where one can have his “news” spoon fed to him 24hrs a day and with the partisan sauce of his choice. I am guilty of falling into this trap as well. Sometimes it is nice to get some info-tainment crafted to quench my conservative thirst. I find it just as tempting to tune in to the version designed for my liberal friends just to get my blood up. You have to do your own research.
The associated press is the source of about 40% of news content on the Internet. Their stories appear unaltered in newspapers and on websites run by MSNBC, Fox News and others. The key is how the headline is presented.
CNN might run this story:
New Retirees Receiving Less in Social Security Than They Paid in, Marking Historic Shift
The same story might appear on MSNBC but with this headline:
George Bush Murders Small Village with Social Security Privatization.
When we allow ourselves to be manipulated by the media and the cavalcade of us versus them rhetoric, there are no winners. In the short term the owners of the media outlets and the politicians win. We must become focused on the ways in which we are alike. This can only be achieved by understanding the positions of our neighbors and friends. We cannot truly understand anyone’s position until we understand our own.