I understand the importance of Free Speech. I don't agree with censorship. But how about holding media responsible for their lies?
Just stop watching them. No audience, no sponsors, no show.
You know, it really pisses me off when you make reasonable arguments.
make any kind of funding by any kind of politicians ILLEGAL! government shoud;l not be allowed to say what media can or cannot say, not liberal not neo conservatives,. all media must be PRIVATE 100% not funded by any interest groups either.
I've found not watching them works really well for me...
I would make a lie detector out of parts that I have lying around the island and they'd have to wear it whenever they read news reports...
They need to be held accountable, especially when their lies are blatant and cause damage to people. Carol Burnett won a defamation suit against the Inquirer. Most newspapers have sunk into sensationalism and lies to the point that the Inquirer almost seems like legitimate news.
It would be great that, like vampires, newspapers would crumple up and blow away when sunlight hits their pages and they are not telling the truth.
When televised news was aired, not for ratings, but for information, news was accurate. Now 24 hours has to be filled and ratings and advertising dollars dictate content.
That is where it has all gone wrong.
Accountability. If the media reports something, they should be required to prove that what they say is true. Freedom of the press has been bastardized to the point that instead of them having any credibility of truth, a person has to prove that what they are saying is false. Even when they have been proven to lie, there is no accountability.
Great comment, I wish politicians were also required to do the same
An armed revolution aimed against them.
That's something that we might think - but never say out loud, or worse put in print. Ixnay on evolutionray.
[But, you're probably right.]
That's what I think would need to happen to improve the media. I didn't call for a revolution, just stated the solution to your question.
I know Jerry.
Agreed, the problem is that they're corrupt.
Where did we go wrong? When did it become OK to lie, stretch the truth, exaggerate with impunity?
Really? Lying vs slanted truth?
I understand that sometimes there are shades of gray. I understand that omitting crucial facts is different than a lie - more like intentional misleading. But there have also been outright lies.
The point is that the media can no longer be trusted. They have squandered the public trust - a valuable asset that used to keep them relevant.
I submit that yellow journalism is bad journalism, and should not be tolerated. News without an agenda should be the goal. Separate editorials are fine.
What if we could insist that what they say is true / accurate?
Really? Insisting on honest reporting of news you think is unconstitutional?
I just Googled - "does the news have to tell the truth" - and apparently you a correct. (heavy sigh)
You, actually bothering to read it.