Originally Posted by Iamamartianchurch
I have a question. Is the problem with mainstream media outlets their news reporting or their pundits?
The news executives decide the bias of the network. The pundits are just talking heads meant for the public to identify with.
I'd say the problem is our modern culture of needing to be entertained 100% of our time, and seemingly having our attention spans reduced more and more every day. You know it's bad when studies come out citing smart phone usage as one of the biggest contributing factors in poor posture and back pain.
We live in a busy time now days, so we have gotten used to multitasking and blocking out the things that don't interest us.
So, the news has to grab our attention to stay in business. That means bold claims, misleading headlines, and controversial subject matter.
Most people today don't have the time in their lives to stay up to date on every political issue. So the news outlets just deliver quick talking points, and repeat them again and again. People hear them, substitute them in for their opinion, and then proceed to look like morons when confronted in real world discussion/debate.
And since every issue now days only has 2 sides (left or right), most people can tell which stance their gut wants them to take pretty quickly, and create an instant bias before actually doing any research or fact checking.
We need to encourage more critical thinking development in our education system to counter the rise in information bombardment. It can be very difficult to see through the clouds of irrelevance and the manipulation of data. That, or we should all just turn off the TV a little more, and actually talk to eachother about things.
Edit: Although, as you like to say Martian, "To raise a child is to indoctrinate a child," so to is to report the news, means to skew the news. All we can do though is induce people to think, and hope reasonable thought prevails.