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How simple would it be to end our media driven dementia using our democratically elected government?

Can you imagine a free press that's funded and not censored?-. With journalism in the public interest? Because we make that the law in America?
Are you sure you still never heard of that? -. That thing I just said? The free, public press? So democracy becomes more possible?
So who decides which "presses" get funded and which ones don't? Can I get paid fulltime to write all day about my dog and my garden? Would I be allowed to use my 'free press' to threaten people with bodily harm? To organize a prison break? There are probably a lot more questions like these, but they are a start.

I'll just leave you with this PSA
[@1201621,MotherHubbard] I think "journalism in the public interest" is in the eye of the beholder and not amenable to a legal definition.
MotherHubbard · 56-60, F
[@1201165,ElwoodBlues] we've done it it before.
[@1201621,MotherHubbard] We've decided which for-profit media companies deserve public money and which ones other for-profit media companies have to fend for themselves?
Graylight · 46-50, F
The press is just as free as it's ever been in the us. You simply cannot use hate speech, no matter how much you believe in it.

This journalistic integrity you speak of used to be a thing and still is among some. But networks weren't making enough money from news, so they made it more interesting. And advertisers weren't making enough money from news, so they bordered on salacious. And TV stations weren't making the ratings from news, so they run after the most colorful and interesting story they can find regardless of its relevance. America's need for instant gratification led to 24-Hour a day news. It's a big planet, but in a culture that covers only its own shores, that's precious few stories to stretch into days and days and days.

And so we end up with opinion entertainment rather than journalism. One is water cooler talk, and the other is factual information.
[@1201621,MotherHubbard] You are a fool.

All news outlets want true stories, and love to break major stories, because it gives them an edge in what they charge for advertising, status, awards, and draws MORE talent to write MORE good stories.

Go back to your Chinese overlords and tell them you failed.
MotherHubbard · 56-60, F
[@733785,SomeMichGuy] you talking to China through me? Sounds paranoid and schizophrenic. I'm Chinese and your enemy? Where's that coming from?
[@1201621,MotherHubbard] You are an apologist for China, so you are an agent or a foolish Sinophile.

I know true Chinese who are definitely my friends, and the American people would get along well with most of the Chinese people...

...but not with your government. But you either cannot read or are trying to twist away from your obvious Communist apologist positions.

You are a fool and your arguments fall apart.
Budwick · 70-79, M
I think 3 or 4 very public assassinations would fix the press right up.
akindheart · 61-69, F
[@841775,Budwick] drastic measures are needed!
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Why do you suppose Donald Trump was so diametrically opposed to it? He said the press was his enemy, and he was right.
eli1601 · 61-69, M
[@1201381,LordShadowfireTheSarcastic] He said the press was the enemy of the people. Including you.
MotherHubbard · 56-60, F
[@1201381,LordShadowfireTheSarcastic] people right here are advocating assassination for reporters. See below. Budwick and friends.
Dshhh · 41-45, M
when profit, not journalism, rules we all sufffer
when money matters more than truth, then lies will profit
MotherHubbard · 56-60, F
[@686055,Dshhh] so, if there's a public need, maybe Congress knows it should act.
Dshhh · 41-45, M
[@1201621,MotherHubbard] we should notholod our breath on that

but how about.. some kind of action that declares what "news" is.
demonstrable lies should lose them that statues as "journalism"
Like VOA?

I'm not sure how State run media would go over, but it is interesting to think about.
We have a free press, but your Chinese indoctrination did not teach you our actual Constitution.
[@1201621,MotherHubbard] Bullshit.

Your Commie overlords made sure to avoid telling you about a long tradition of investigative journalism in the public interest--the Pentagon Papers, the Watergate investigations, even one of the Watergate journalists talking to Trump and him admitting his lies about the pandemic.

Local journalists break stories about con artists, bad businesses, crooked politicians, unfairness, poor schools, environmental problems.

Making money by HONEST reporting is possible. The [i]New York Times,[/i] [i]Washington Post,[/i] and other newspapers have done it; [i]The New Yorker[/i] and other magazines have done it; network television (CBS, NBC, ABC) have done it. And PBS on the TV side and NPR on the radio side are Federal examples of journalism in the public interest which is usually replicated at the state level.

Does China report on how it steals intellectual property? Does it report on the artificial islands it has made? Does it report on how it simply fails to control its North Korean little brother, a countrt which starves its people and is run by an idiot madman? Does it report accurately on Tianamen Square? Or how it is violating its promises regarding Hong Kong? Or how it treats Tibet? How it grabbed and probably killed an important Lama in Buddism? How about how it is destroying other ethnic minorities? Does it tell how it tries to control what its people can even access on the internet?

Does it report how Chinese peasants traded an Emperor for a vindictive oligarchy?

Does it explain how billionaires are harmonious with Communist philosophy? What does Mao's [i]Little Red Book[/i] say about that?

And yes, independent artists are still funded through patrons, through commissions of works, through requests for proposals, through grants & other funding from organizations/non-profits, through competitions & exhibitions, and through the National Endowment for the Arts.

Guess you should actually do some of your own investigative journalism before quoting the Party line, Comrade.
MotherHubbard · 56-60, F
[@733785,SomeMichGuy] you're already at war against China. You seem to think I'm an enemy, too.
[@1201621,MotherHubbard] China is seeking confrontation.

You are an agent of China, or s brainwashed Sinophile.

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