Let’s Go To The News

Sunday and I survived another  week without ever having a Facebook account….go figure!

We live in an age of fake news….and social media is one of the best spreaders of manure…..Facebook and Twitter.  The rise of fake news came from the use of people of FB and Twitter for their news and abandoned traditional forms of news….

With the problems with social media these days is it possible that people are losing their interest in social media as a news source?

When you try to imagine a media diet consisting only of retweets, random blogs or the Facebook posts of family and friends, you grasp the value of journalism created by professional media organisations. Traditional news organisations aren’t perfect, but they are not fake. Nor are they as readily manipulated as we know social media can be. Professional journalism’s longstanding skills of access to sources, verification, presentation and dependable distribution remain an essential element of what nourishes democratic societies.

That insight, sharply conveyed in images accompanying this column, informs a new campaign to promote the well-regarded Columbia Journalism Review (CJR), a not-for-profit magazine based at the graduate school of journalism at Columbia University, New York. The campaign’s assertion of the importance to a healthy democracy of the public sphere – alongside the private, of course – coincides with two new reports that, in different ways, affirm the same. However, the emerging picture is not clear yet.


There are many reasons that fake news is popular…this is just one of them….we have a ways to go to get away from the news that sucks.

I was given some good advice many years ago…..”ignore the propaganda and focus on what you can see”….everyone should subscribe to this dictum


4 thoughts on “Let’s Go To The News

  1. I can’t remember the last time I bought anything other than a local town newspaper. I just about trust those, as they tend to report on things like tractor thefts, farm shows, and land issues around the area. I have come to distrust most news sources, and even the BBC has obvious bias with some stories now. Political correctness ruined news for me, some time before fake news was ever the issue it is now. The obsession with using female reporters on ‘female angle’ stories, black reporters covering events in Africa, and broadcasts being made from outside closed government buildings at weekends, supposedly to add some ‘authenticity’ to the report. It all became a circus, a long time ago.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. Forget everything you ever thought you knew about “Professional Journalism.” Professional Journalism was factual, impersonal, objective and non-opinionated (unless it was openly tagged as “Editorial.” Todays “Journalism” (and I hate to pervert the fine old word in this context) is nothing more or less than disguised agenda-driven political activism designed to have enough sensationalist appeal to attract the most possible dollars to the bottom line and nobody in the business knows or cares about “Real” reporting anymore. It is all sham and show, bluster and blow — and a consummate waste of time for anybody wanting to know the truth about anything.

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