Mountaineer Buc wrote:
DreadNaught wrote:My personal belief is that there are NO media outlets I would use the "credible" in describing. But let's not conflate credibility w/ bias here. All media has bias these days and I think it's become incumbent on us individually to know the bias prior to consuming information from those outlets. The "news" will sprinkle only specific facts that support their narrative and then spin the story in that direction. This is true of CNN, FoxNews, Brietbart, MSNBC, Al-Jazeera, BBC, or whoever else. The days of 'hard news' are over imo.
Anyways, my point wasn't about aljazeera's credibility. It's there pro-Islam/anti-West bias.
There never WAS an era of hard news.
The idea that journalism has given way for the need for profit is as old as the printing press. Because it has ALWAYS been that way.
You guys ever heard of William Randolph Hurst? He was the Rupert Murdoch of his time.
There's no such thing as perfectly balanced journalism. Just some better than others.
Perhaps, I don't have an issue with that. I'd say that the idea that journalism has given way for the need for profit is more prevalent in the internet age w/ social media and advertisers spending money based on # of clicks. But your point is still the same.
My point about hard news is the stuff that is supposed to be balanced facts when reporting a story. But cable news and then the internet/social media has destroyed that since the # of clicks and race to be first has way more importance than being correct in the media. It's all more biased than it's ever been and the divide is only widening.
It's all about making a salacious/outlandish headline for a story that contains specific facts that support your spin while purposely omitting facts that do not, and get it out/published as quick as possible. This is the news world we live in during the information age.
As far as delt's point on credibility. I trust stories with named sources and verifiable facts (formally known as journalism). This is true when it comes to sports, politics, local, or global news. The specific media outlet means very little to me these days as there is no 'most trusted names in news' anymore. So NO, I don't trust CNN over FoxNews (or vice versa). I pretty much dismiss any story without named sources and verifiable facts these days unless there are multiple outlets reporting the same. I don't know how anyone can trust any media outlet on face value or brand name these days regardless of your individual ideology. I believe there is alot of recent polling that supports that view also.