Here is a graphical representation to demonstrate this point… Although from March 19, this graphic shows how they skew the news.
It used to be that people wanted unbaised news so that they could then evaluate the situation/events for themselves and form opinions based on facts. Now, sadly, people don’t actually want unbiased news. They want news which reinforces their view of the world or provides an explanation why it is someone else’s fault for their problems. Sadly enough, I don’t see an end to this trend. Fox News fits this niche well.
How else would you explain that one of the papers owned by Rupert Murdoch is under investigation for bribery of politicians and police officials and yet the Murdoch empire still maintains their influence over the media? It seems they feel they can buy their way into influence and out of trouble.
Tonight, PBS’ Frontline will be doing a story on the scandal. Not that this show is the final word on the subject but perhaps more of a primer of the Murdoch empire and their scandals.
It’s possible to view this episode online through http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/murdochs-scandal/. If you want to have a sickening view of how corrupt rich people use their power and money in the media to get their ways, regardless of the laws, then Frontline does a good job. However, as sickening it is to watch the corruption, thank God for newspapers like The Guardian and for lawyers like Mark Lewis.
And not surprisingly, you’ll find limited coverage of the Murdoch scandals on Fox News… In fact, the Frontline story has an amusing clip where a Fox interviewer asks Murdoch about the scandal and Murdoch declines, so the interviewer moves on to a different topic. Such hard hitting reporting!References: