When CNN launched 24 hr News in 1980 most who worked in the news industry thought it would fail. Bets were made, speculation. How long they would last? In the late seventies, a half hour of local news cost a fortune to produce. How could CNN cover the globe? There was no way they could sustain that. Anyone could do that math.
That was over 36 years ago. The number of 24 hr News Cycles increased. We became news junkies. I was one. Then I remembered that the programs exist only to manipulate us into watching the commercials. Whatever keeps us glued to the tube sells food. A daily dose of fear makes short work of that.
Now that the news is a bevy of opinion-heads it has become, much cheaper to produce, extremely profitable, imagine the power one has when they can convince the people. But TV personalities aren’t held to truth. They can say anything as long as they support their employer’s agenda. It is they, their employers, who mold our history now… get presidents elected… or not.
Regardless of which channel you choose, the news cycle is the same and it works like this, first it fills us with fear, then it is paid for by commercials that sell products which promise to make us feel better about how angry, dissatisfied, or afraid we feel. We buy the products, eat the food but we don’t feel better so we ask our doctors for that new pill. Then we watch more fake-fear news because fear is what sells. It’s addictive. You gotta watch it or you won’t know when to worry.
Meanwhile responsible news sources dwindle.
Some say that there is too much happening and all so fast, too much for the human brain to process. The news channels must be selective about what they cover, then they dumb it down for the public, repeat it over and again to be sure we understand their point.
I think that we are smart enough, if given the facts, to form opinions of our own, don’t you?
I say bring back responsible journalism, journalists with facts. Truth is what will make us great again… in my opinion.