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If people in the media cannot decide whether they are in the business of reporting news or manufacturing propaganda, it is all the more important that the public understand that difference, and choose their news sources accordingly.
I think the destructive, vicious, negative nature of much of the news media makes it harder to govern this country, harder to attract decent people to run for public office.
We must understand the following warnings and facts:
"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."
President Abraham Lincoln
"Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting."
President Franklin D. Roosevelt
Honesty and integrity are absolutely essential for success in life - all areas of life. The really good news is that anyone can develop both honesty and integrity.
More information is always better than less. When people know the reason things are happening, even if it's bad news, they can adjust their expectations and react accordingly. Keeping people in the dark only serves to stir negative emotions.
It's not a 24-hour news cycle, it's a 60-second news cycle now, it's instantaneous. It has never been easier to get away with telling lies. It has never been easier to get away with the glib one liner.
The American people don't believe politicians. They don't believe business leaders or Hollywood celebrities or athletes or other supposed role models. And they certainly don't believe the news media.
Headlines, in a way, are what mislead you because bad news is a headline, and gradual improvement is not.
The news media are, for the most part, the bringers of bad news... and it's not entirely the media's fault, bad news gets higher ratings and sells more papers than good news.
Obviously the commercial news media tries to get you worked up and terrified so you'll buy products that they're advertising.
But I learned first-hand how the news media operates by watching how they interpreted, changed, and misrepresented my intentions.
The U.S. news media have a critical role to play in educating the public about climate change.