Why I generally don't listen to TV news, read the paper, or listen to the radio - Journal of Omnifarious
May. 9th, 2005
07:43 pm - Why I generally don't listen to TV news, read the paper, or listen to the radio
Basically for the reasons that Noam Chomsky outlines here.
These outlets controlled by large economic interests report what either the owners or advertisers would prefer they report. That is chiefly who they write for. Their only interest in us is trying to put enough there that we want to see that we'll be willing to watch the advertisements.
John Stewart is well aware of this, at least to an extent, because he pointed out on Crossfire that the show is basically entertainment that reduces opposing viewpoints to matters of style, not substance. And in pretending to be a serious show in which opposing viewpoints are honestly debated, it debases true democratic discourse. In effect, Crossfire and The Daily Show are in the same business.