What the hell, might as well play this game, too… Melanie asks the musical question…
What is your honest opinion of the news and how it is shared right now? Are we being informed or fed Pablum designed to keep us uninformed and in the dark?
Mary took a class in journalism in high school. During the first class, the teacher asked "What is the job of the newspaper?" Mary was the only person in the class to answer correctly: "To sell newspapers!"
News organizations (my term for members of the news media, of which newspapers are part) are businesses. The decisions they make about what goes into their product are business decisions. Their aim is to grow their audience and their advertising revenue, and to avoid losing either. So, they don’t run news stories that piss off their audience, lest they lose readers/listeners/viewers. They also don’t run stories that piss off their advertisers, lest the advertisers take their business elsewhere.
Advertisers also take a dim view of members of an audience (i.e. pressure groups) threaten to boycott their products unless they stop advertising with a certain news organization. The advertisers then threaten the news organization with pulling their advertising dollars unless the demands of the audience group are met (usually to terminate a persomality who has offended their delicate sensibilities).
Let’s not forget the government, at all levels. They aren’t an advertiser, but they can use other methods to pressure news organizations, such as denying them access to certain important politicians or bureaucrats, loss of credentials, legal harassment etc. The same can be said of the plutocrats that would prefer their activities not be revealed on the evening news.
And finally, let’s not forget the biases within the news organization itself. Editors might want certain subjects presented in ways that express their approval or disapproval. They might want to emphasize some stories and de-emphasize others.
In short, major news organizations are under a tremendous amount of pressure to present the news in a manner that their various stakeholders will approve of — the consumer of the news, the person expecting the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, be damned.
Hope that answered your question…