Most of the media is a monolith. Only six global corporations control most of the media. As a media analyst, it is part of my job to watch the media daily. And yes, in the past, there were a lot more independent media outlets, including magazines, where things tended to balance out. There used to be rules that any media company could only own a certain amount of print media, radio and TV stations. As the decades passed, those rules virtually disappeared.
Now, go to any news outlet. Any, and you will see a definite rerun using slightly different words and images, of the exact same messages. “This is important,” “this is not,” this is good," this is bad," “be afraid of this.” And so on. It’s pretty much cut and paste aside from local news and weather.
And yes, it’s true. The media has become the Ministry of Propaganda. Even local newspapers are increasingly being bought out and the employees replaced by outsiders. The minority of other outlets for good, useful media is a minority. And I find that to get a bigger picture of what’s going on in the world, I have to go to highly specialized sites. That has shown me that it’s crystal clear: the average person is not getting even a fraction of the whole picture.
The Left, for lack of a better term, has taken over most media. Those who take it in as is are led to believe a lot of propaganda and outright distortions of reality. There’s a term for it - Perception Management. The way you and I view the world.
In the early 2000s, veteran news anchor, Walter Cronkite, sat down with Larry King on TV. I watched him him decry what he called “the tabloidization of the media.” Mr. Cronkite was once rightly called “the most trusted man in America.” When I watched him on the news, I knew I was getting news. Not celebrity nonsense. News.
Now, at best, it’s “infotainment,” followed by sports and weather.