Yellow Journalism and the Irresponsibility of the Media

By: Michael D. Jacobsen

A term that has risen in the public consciousness in the last few years is “Fake News”. This is not a recent problem, but something that people have slowly woken up to over the years. There is no mainstream media outlet that has not done its fair share of yellow journalism. Yes…CNN, FOX, MSNBC, CBS, and NBC have all been guilty of this in recent times, and yet the practice of yellow journalism still continues.

For those who do not know, yellow journalism is the running of a story without looking into any of the facts about what is being reported, often exaggerating a story merely for the sake of getting more views for a story, knowing that the truth would generate less interest in what is being published. This was a common tactic of smaller, less reputable media outlets, and it seems that due to loss of viewers, major media outlets have reduced themselves to pushing this cheap sensationalism to attract an audience.

In the last few weeks, we have had a rather large amount of yellow journalism being presented to us as facts. There was an article that was originally published by Buzzfeed that tried to claim that Donald trump had instructed Michael Cohen to lie to congress about a Trump tower in Moscow deal. It was an article that was picked up by many other media agencies, without any of them bothering to find out if it was actually true or not. This turned out to be a flat out lie that was blown to a ridiculous level for the sake of the article. This lie was eventually acknowledged as a lie by the office of Robert Mueller, which has been investigating any connection between Trump and Russia for over two years. However, the retraction of this story only appeared three days after it was published, which is more than enough time for the lie to become a reality to the many people who do not bother to fact check, and will swallow anything that mainstream media shovels into their mouths.

Another recent example is the story regarding the teenagers from Covington Catholic High School, who were being taunted by members of the Black Hebrew Israelites. There was a highly-edited video which showed what looked like the kids jeering at a Native American group who had approached the kids. However, very quickly it was shown that these kids were, in fact, being harassed and intimidated, but the media just ran with the story about how awful these kids were. The purpose was to, yet again, inspire criticism of anyone supporting our current President by likening them all to being racists. It would have been very easy to take a few minutes to look into this story and discover that the original narrative was false, but the truth is not what the media is interested in. They want to get their viewers angry and confused, so that they keep the ratings up.

While you think that examples like this are the exception rather than the rule, think again. Media outlets have even gone as far as to present people with false credentials as “experts”. FOX, CNN, and MSNBC are just a few of the names that have presented this deception to the masses, yet people keep tuning in to get their daily dose of hate porn.

I keep presenting articles regarding how the media manipulates and distorts the news in an effort to keep people at each others’ throats. It is also a small effort to keep up ratings, but lets face it: in the grand scheme of things, the media is controlled to make sure people stay ignorant of the truth. What is it for huge corporations who are directly involved with the military industrial complex to lose a billion dollars, when they would stand to make tens, if not hundreds of billions by convincing people we need to continue a war, or even start another one? What do big companies stand to gain by keeping people focused on hating each other, as opposed to paying attention to the criminal acts they perpetrate? A great example of this is how banks continually rip people off, then get massive federal bail outs when things aren’t quite going their way.

Almost every time I read an article that seems to promote hatred towards people of a different political viewpoint, I have to ask myself why it is happening. What cannot be resolved by applying just a little logic and common sense? Sadly, that seems to be in short supply these days. Outrage and hate are what people seem to crave as of late. The only really important question you should ask yourself the next time you come across one of these yellow journalism articles is what exactly do you value: outrage and hatred, or logic and reason?

And that, my friends, is the Uncensored Truth. Thank you for reading.

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