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Public Opinion and the Media

Based on the scenario and the knowledge gained from this section, address the following: 

1.How much trust should we put into the media to deliver facts about the government, what is going on in the world, and/or the truth? (What is the purpose of the media; what is journalism’s relationship with ethics?) Provide three concrete examples to support your answer.

2. Please respond to the following post from this student

Do You Trust the Media?

Personally I do not believe everything that I see on T.V or read in the
Newspaper. I know that everyone is looking for a story and also one station or
publication wants to be first to get the “Scoop” on the stories and they do not
always tell everything they see or hear. They can withhold information from the
the public but not from the
courts. Which brings to a survey
from 2009 how
most Americans feel about
the media “Pew Research Center shows that only 29% of Americans feel the
media “generally gets the
facts straight.” this is down from 55% in 1985. The new survey also found that
60% of Americans think news organizations are politically
biased.”(www.newsroom.blogs.cnn.com/2009/09/160do-you-trust-the-news-media)

Media Deception: You are NOT GETTING THE TRUTH

“Many have realize long ago that
our politicians will lie to us at the drop of a hat,
but most have no clue that our
news media lies and deceives
us just as much, if
not more so.” The old saying
“truth is stranger than fiction.” Here are some examples:

  1. In 1917, A Congressman Oscar Callaway documented
    in the official Congressional Record that
    multi-millionaire JP Morgan had infiltrated the U.S. media for the
    sole purpose of exploiting
    and controlling it. Morgan hired 12 of the top news
    managers to help him
    determine the most
    influential newspapers in America. The idea was to
    find the primary key news
    outlets look to and were this influenced by.(this is
    documented in the official
    U.S. record volume 54, dated February 9,1917. Once the editors arrived at
    a consensus Morgan then bought or infiltrated the top 25
    news organizations reported to him by his task
    force of news manages. An
    editor was assigned to run each paper, making sure that
    all news stories were controlled and the
    watchdog for freedom was
    officially neutered.
  2. The CIA made its own foray
    into news control in the
    1940s with a program to infiltrate the media,
    with the idea to have select journalists
    parrot the official
    government line under the guise of
    national patriotism. Some news
    members were simply duped, naively
    thinking that they were helping America by
    disseminating important news. Others were
    simply
    unscrupulous and morally
    deficient in their professional trade and were easily
    enough bought out, spewing
    whatever disinformation
    and propaganda that they
    could cash in on. This project was
    known as “operation Mockingbird,” the name
    alone was suggestive of the  mission’s
    objective total control of the U.S. media system. According to
    former CIA Director William Colby, “The CIA
    owns everyone of any 
    significance in the mayor media.”
  3. “Buy in to it, or just buy it out” The Government
    deregulation in the 1980s made it possible for the
    conversion of our media into the complicit,
    homogenized, neutered, spineless industry that it is today. Once
    deregulation was enacted, the watchdog of democracy,
    our hollowed and formerly
    esteemed press, became easy pickings in a hostile
    takeover for control. The current media of the United States is controlled by
    six owners and
    CEOs. Those 6 have complete control over what we
    see and how are
    news and information in the world is
    shaped and presented to
    us.(www.newsfocus.org/media_control.htm)

The media is suppose to inform us, be like surveillance since they can get in
to places sometimes where the public can not they are suppose to serve as our
eyes and ears. The media suppose to be the equivalent of a town hall meeting of
group discussion, they suppose to be informative to society.

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