BARRY’S BLOG THURSDAY 7-11-13
The NEWS coverage of the Zimmerman case and trial has been incredible. Watching the process over the past few months has again made me realize that the Press I grew up with has changed forever. There are still a few good and honest reporters and editorialists working but they all have grey hair and will retire soon, maybe retiring free thinking and truthful reporting.
What appears to have happened is the press had become politicalized. Younger reporters slant stories to support ideology they believe in or the paper ownership attitudes. We used to do that on the editorial pages. Remember when papers were called the XX Republican, or the XX Democrat.
In the late 1900′s, I saw this start to change as editorial policy started to creep onto the front pages. In the last few years, many media ignore any story they don’t feel fits their agenda.
Broadcast has taken the same route as Network NEWS moved the same direction. They truly try to shape the thinking of the average citizen. Our political community has also learned to influence the press again to further agenda’s.
The answer is to listen, read and watch all media in an attempt to formulate your own opinion. Freedom of speech, press and thought can work if we individually take the time to get enough information to formulate common sense opinions, and react accordingly.
Back to the Zimmerman case….some of the press want him convicted at any cost. Others have tried to cover all detail every day. Others have ignored it. Others are trying to fuel a race charged reaction if he is not punished to their satisfaction. This morning FOX NEWS reported that a PR arm of the Department Of Justice is in Florida helping organize demonstrations in the streets if Zimmerman is acquitted. Check to see how many media organizations report this!
The good news is our system of laws and court process with trial by jury of peers appears to still be the best in the world. Not always right, but then there is appeal. Better than trial by riot as we see in other lands.
I see stocks are up today. Need to read the Wall Street Journal now and have some good coffee! Have a great day!
Be kind to yourself today!