Can We Believe the Media Any More?
December 2, 2008 12:34pm CST
Black Friday Sales came in slightly better than some experts believed; sales were up 3% over last year. To read in some papers you would think that sales were not as impressive and in some cases downright depressing. One story I read even suggested that the economy was in bad shape because people were only buying big ticket items and leaving the store with only one or two high priced item rather than bags of low price items. During the election we were told that this was the worst economy of the century yet the unemployment numbers are still lower than 15 – 20 years ago. In some sectors of the economy the numbers are showing improvement, yet we are told that we are heading for a depression. For the last two years we were told that we were in a recession despite the facts that showed the economy was still growing. One expert made the statement that if the media kept reporting that we were in a recession the people would believe it and act like we were in a recession. He stated that people would reduce spending, put off making major purchases and if unemployed would stop looking for work even though there were jobs available. Well it looks like the media talked us into a recession. Remember a few years ago we were told that the elderly were so poor that they were forced to eat dog food because it was cheaper? Then, these past years, we had the contaminated dog food from China and there was not one reported or suspected death of a person due to eating the dog food. Surly some person should have gotten sick or died if that many elderly were eating dog food. We are told that we are a racist country and the media reports incidents weekly that show we are racist. Yet when I walk through the malls and the streets I see many mixed couples socializing and enjoying each others company. This is not only blacks and whites, but Hispanics, Native Americans, and Asians together. What seems to a defining barrier is age. You do not see older and younger people mixing. What I do see people reacting to is when you get 5 to 10 young people dressed alike and being loud and disruptive. People tend to shy away from them more because they have the appearance of being a gang. I fear that the reporters and editors want to present a picture of what they believe and want to sell that as the truth. Rather than go out and do some invesgative reporting it is much easier to find a story and write about what you think it should be and report that as facts. The Duke LaCrosse team, the Marines at Haditha, Abu Grate Prison and the list can go on. News reporting is getting back to what it was early on in this country a person had an opinion on a topic and printed a newspaper to express his opinion except you knew that it where he stood on the issue just as you know today where someone who writes a blog on the internet stands on the issues. The problem with the Media is that they have convinced us and themselves that they are fair and report only the facts.
• Sheboygan, Wisconsin
2 Dec 08
They have their narrative and refuse to depart from it, even if it means being exposed as the incompetent oxygen thieves they are. I have been right and wrong at times here at MyLot, most the times I was wrong were when I went with a story I read in the incompentent press.
• United States
4 Dec 08
They take what is fed to them and reworded it to match their beliefs and print it as news. They don't do any investigating or check out the stories they are fed, unless it disagrees with them. The people knew far more negative about Gov. Palin than they did against Senator Obama, and they found it out in a very short time.
• United States
2 Dec 08
I just think they may be from two different perspectives. But I get what you are saying- we seem to get mixed messages. And the media makes mistakes all the time. But they cannot expect a stellar amount this year since people are losing jobs left and right and the economy is struggling. A lot of people I know had to spend less of Christmas this year.
• United States
4 Dec 08
The point is that the results were better than expected but the media still tried to make it sound worse. Their purpose is to make things look bad so that President Obama can look better even if he does nothing. During President Carters administration inflation was at 8% when he was elected and went up to 20+% and he claimed to be successful when the rate came down to 14% and the press hailed him a good leader.
5 Dec 08
Hi there! I undrestand what you are tryig to say. Media is the main source of the news that we want and need to know. They were the one responsible in dessiminating informations to the public. But nowadays, media becomes unfair.Actually they sometimes uses sensationalism in reporting the news, they become bias. But come to think of this: We are human being and we all do have our own beliefs in life.Whatever news those media people tell us, we have the right to seek for the truth by ourselves. Whatever happened, media is still media, we depend on them about the news but we are intelligent enough to know what is true and what is not. Happy posting!