With consideration to tolerance, below are seven reasons why my mistrust or distrust of America’s mainstream media holds an overwhelming 60/40 percent ratio.
1. The U.S. mainstream media has expertise in videography. Likewise, it has a close working relationship with Hollywood, which means it is in the business of movie-making, where fictional storytelling may interfere with a total commitment to covering real-life events.
2. The U.S. mainstream media, for the most part, is a profit-based industry that is corporate-owned and controlled and thus motivated by profit, brand expansion, influence, power, dominance, and persuasion over the general populace.
3. The U.S. mainstream media has an obscured working relationship with prestigious government institutions and municipalities, along with interrelationships with individual government officials and politicians alike, which cannot dispel the notion that the media is likely privy to some of our nation’s darkest secrets and will take advantage of them at its own volition.
4. The U.S. mainstream media, historically, has proven itself to be corrupt, yet it’s able to hire as consultants some of our nation’s brightest and highest-ranked professionals who are former government officials and employees. This reiterates concerns that are alluded to in item 3 above.
5. The U.S. mainstream media’s investigative powers are grossly underregulated, which means the privacy of Americans, inclusive of their financial records, health records, and day-to-day private lifestyles, is at extraordinary risk for intrusion, whether or not the media’s proclivity to intrude is decided on a whim or methodically planned for convenience. These inherent powers (characteristically protected by freedom of the press) are disturbing, to say the least. As a result, the industry lacks the kinds of restraints it needs to hold it accountable for any indiscretions it’s made, but more importantly, for any transgressions it is found to have been the sole perpetrators of and/or participants in.
6. The U.S. mainstream media has demonstrated a palpable inability to maintain its integrity over the years, with glimpses of that ineptitude notoriously evident today.
7. The U.S. mainstream media is essentially a monopoly. Further, it has little tolerance for being either censured by the public or audited by the U.S. government (ref: abandonment of 2014 CIN Study) to determine exactly how it aggregates, prioritizes, and disseminates the news to targeted communities or the global public it serves.
This may also interest you: “What Is Investigative Journalism?“