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ONE Five Minute Video Will Explain Exactly How And Why American Media Misinforms

Originally published in 2008, the following video will offer some insightful, yet terrifying, glimpses into how profit has poisoned our media system, resulting in mass misinformation and frightful ignorance of world affairs among Americans. Alisa Miller quickly lays out her statistics and graphs, pointing to the near-complete lack of world coverage, and explains why things like the death of Anna Nicole Smith or Britney Spears consume national attention.

Here’s the video:

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8 thoughts on “ONE Five Minute Video Will Explain Exactly How And Why American Media Misinforms

  1. Video is not loading for me.

    Posted by smpeterson2 | August 11, 2013, 9:39 am
  2. The tipping point in news coverage came when the major networks moved the news divisions from being independent news bureaus, into the entertainment divisions of the networks. We will never see the likes of Walter Cronkite (or many others) in this country while the news divisions are beholden to revenue generation as “entertainment.” I have friends who work for the local network affiliates – the common lexicon for “news” in the business is, “info-tainment.” That’s the bottom line. Shame on us.

    Posted by Steven Meilleur | August 11, 2013, 12:18 pm
  3. I should point out that this is in and of itself a “recycled” story (with outdated statistics). Nonetheless, I think it is worth recirculation.

    Posted by Juan Diego Ashton | August 11, 2013, 12:34 pm
  4. I did have a slight issue with the use of the term misinform and the assertion by the host/speaker of a deliberate deception on the part of networks in bringing the news. For the curious, or the intelligent, or the student of current events to rely on a particular media for hard news is like taking the option of going to the town beach instead of opting for the sun swept surf of an ocean hideaway. We can choose to take or ignore this mix of “newsertainment” and form our political opinions based on it with the provision that it jibes with our very basic beliefs. Or we can make sure our children get an education, not an indoctrination in the liberal arts and sciences. Bottom line here is: Don’t believe everything you see, read, hear without a solid foundation from which to issue comments.

    Posted by wheelwright1 | August 11, 2013, 5:39 pm
  5. When six corpoRat boardrooms have bought, out-right, and control the 90-95% of the creative, critical, imaginative, investigative media in the hypermediated, modern information systems, from newspapers, electronic media, books, to advertizing and public relations, the opportunity for real conversation is dissipated almost to disappearance.
    This was/is the consequence of the process which was widely celebrated in the 80s and 90s called “media consolidation,” and which Bill “Clenis” Clinton cemented into place when he supproted and signed the Communications Act of 1996.
    Media operate today more efficiently than ever before on the premise that one doesn’t HAVE to overtly “control’ the content of the public disourse through interference and prohibitions when one has the power, IMPLICITLY and COVERTLY, to manage what is IN that discourse, and in what frames it is discussed.
    It’s a done deal. The coup plotters control the press (which they ALWAYS conquer first).

    Posted by Woody 99er | August 12, 2013, 6:45 am
  6. To get info on China, I read the People’s Daily. For Japan I use the Yomiuri Shimbun. You have to find something from an area to get decent coverage of that area. I lived in the USA for over a decade, and the only way I ever got info on my far-off land of Canada was when I read the cbc online.

    Posted by Sean Gillhoolley | September 6, 2013, 2:20 pm
    • Sean, you’d probably get a more rounded picture of what’s happening in Japan, I think, by reading other publications like the online-only Mainichi News or Asahi Shimbun. Even the Japan Today website will give you a better all-around view of what’s going on in Japan.

      The Yomiuri group has always been affiliated with right-wing/conservative ideals/ideas, so it’s stance on most issues is strongly pro-business, pro-nuclear, pro-TPP, pro-monied interests. It’s president back in the 1950s was instrumental in working closely with the CIA to bring/force nuclear power in Japan, a corporate decision that’s haunting many here in Japan today, and they continue to trumpet the ruling LDP’s conservative message to this day.

      The English-language Daily Yomiuri (recently scaled back and renamed “The Japan News”) is sometimes considered good for teaching basic English in schools but not much more if serious news reporting & analysis is desired. (The Yomiuri Shimbun is in Japanese.) And yes, I’m biased too, but hopefully for a better cause that’s more progressive for the benefit of all citizens/residents, not just Japan’s wealthy conservative class as the Yomiuri tends to cater to.

      Posted by Ron Andrews | September 26, 2013, 10:41 pm

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