Wednesday, 16 March 2005

All news is bad news, with Gary Gnu...

I was watching the Daily Show last night and he had author Tom Fenton ("Bad News") on talking about how the news services (TV and in print) are ripping us off, not providing as much information as they used to. I don't think this is entirely true. It's certainly true that the media do not seem as "principled" as they once were, but then again, when your service is guided by an unwritten code of ethics, there tends to be a gap that filled with bias. Essentially, each reporter/editor can say this is good news and this is bad news, this is fit to print and this is not. This obviously results in "trash" be untold of but this trash can include things that are worthwhile. Now, they still don't try to "get it all" but instead of the bias of the man behind the desk, they are guided by the bias of the public. News now gives people what they want. Still not perfect but at least you can't blame the profession. WE are to blame. So there.

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