Political Interest wrote:Today news media is openly biased. Journalists will openly state their opinions and give their commentary on global affairs. New programmes often have talking heads presenting very strong opinions which you would not expect of impartial media.
What happened to news media and why does it no longer attempt to hide its bias?
You say it like it's a negative thing. Bias is inevitable. Any given group of people will have a collective bias that clouds their vision of the truth. The people in charge of news corporations generally have a specific political agenda which it is in their interest to advance. If even a randomly selected group of people will have certain points of overall agreement that lead to a collective bias, surely this is much more the case with a group specifically selected for certain ends.
In the past, there was a certain expectation of a degree of impartiality on the part of news corporations. The increasing social, cultural and economic divisions in Western societies, which inevitably degrade social cohesion over time, have slowly erased the expectation for some semblance of impartiality. Now, the loss of social cohesion is not good, I'll grant you, but I think the more open bias is actually a positive side effect of it. There was never true impartiality, as bias is inevitable. A more openly biased media means that you can more effectively decode any given corporation's agenda and move on to figuring out motives for this. You can always compare and contrast news coverage across different outlets to find something close to the truth. At least now, you know what you're getting, and the lies aren't subtle enough that you don't notice.
"When you have not probed into a problem, into its present facts and its past history, and know nothing of its essentials, whatever you say about it will undoubtedly be nonsense."