If you have not figured out from any of my columns, I am a Republican. No, not one of the firebrands seen on Fox News. If you were placing my ideology on a scale, it would probably be on par with Abraham Lincoln or Chris Christie. But regardless of the standard ideological scale, there seems to be one thing the Grand Old Party tends to agree on: The media is biased and seemingly negligent (unless owned by Rupert Murdoch).
Now there was a time where I briefly flirted with this theory. As I got older I realized that this was only true in a few cases. Unfortunately, this consensus also seemed to spread to others my age and older.
What shocked me was that these people were not all Republicans, but also Democrats or apolitical. Why on earth were so many against the media? Many of them seemed to express their belief that the media just searches for any story and attempts to inflate its worth. Sorry to inform all those who believe this, but this idea is just pure ignorance. This is not a sign of downfall for the media, it is progress!
Just look back to the days of the 19th and 20th centuries. These were times when large-scale news stories appeared as though they were coming off an assembly line. Nevertheless, it took days, weeks, sometimes even months for journalists to report the entire story. Even then, there was only so much of the story that was allowed to be reported.
Historical facts can inform us of these realities. For example, just imagine how many people would question the conduct WWII if our current style of media been around in the 1940s.
In a way, I can understand why viewers may feel the way they do about the media. The truth is, big news stories do not happen as frequently as they once did. We can all be very grateful for that, because big news stories do not always cover sunny stories.
Of course, there are times when big news stories still happen in clusters, just like we saw last week. These ranged from the multiple-day coverage stories such as Christopher Dorner’s cop killings or the Carnival cruise ship being stranded in the Gulf of Mexico. While it was unclear how these events would end, the media was there to keep viewers wondering and worrying aimlessly.
Then there were the sudden shocker stories such as the Russian meteorite or Pope Benedict XVI announcing that he would be the first to resign the papacy in 600 years.
Regardless of the news story, it was clear that the media did the job of reporting every new detail, minute-to-minute. Sometimes the news may not be good to hear, but it is available. At the end of the day, people who are informed are the ones who begin to make our world a better place.
So to all of my friends and acquaintances out there who believe the media is just a load of rubbish, I say, grow up! I am glad that I can be a part of this great outsource of information, no matter what the circumstances are. Hopefully you too will one day understand.