News media fails to educate the public about the truth
During presidential election campaigns, the Cato Institute in Washington concluded that most voters were uninformed about the candidates and the issues, and they had, “little incentive to gain more political knowledge.” The result: A large political underclass of ‘know nothings,’ constituted 25% to 35% of the American people. (Washington Spectator, Jan. 2005)
The American people are subjected to controlled media that suppresses the political knowledge they should have to make intelligent decisions. There are little alternative viewpoints in a media that controls what we see on TV or read.
The media has a responsibility to represent the American people and give us journalists that do not cower from Washington’s influence and demands. CNN has a battery of journalists who parrot the same controlled nonsense every newscast. Round tables are a joke. The same so-called experts sit around mouthing the same platitudes day after day, with no alternative-thinking journalists sitting in. Why are Noam Chomsky, Amy Goodman, Howard Zinn, Barbara Ehrenreich, Ralph Nadar, Bill Moyer’s, and many alternative minds not allowed to sit in?
All journalists must question in depth, the misinformation, and blatant lies from our government. The American people must stop accepting false patriotism, and the continual glorification of war and especially the inept, shallow so-called political leaders and statesmen and women who do not justly serve their constituents.
Most of the world views the United States. as an arrogant superpower. The real greatness and power of a nation does not lie in its military, government, or corporations. It lies in its people. The people have not been heard. No one is standing up for them, except those alternative voices that are deliberately being silenced.
Pat R. O’Malley Ann Arbor