What do you do when the news is no longer true news? 182



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The media is a very serious business. Every single media outlet that we read, watch or listen to has a commitment to the people to report the news and deliver factual information so they can stay informed on the things that are relevant to them. But if we look around, this is happening less and less. When we receive the news in one form or another it has been manipulated to make us accept an invited reading that has been manipulated to benefit someone else. So when the news can no longer be considered true news, where do we go?

You see, the newspapers, websites and radio stations that we listen to are owned by someone with money and power. They quite openly favour political parties and take sides in news stories based on their own value sets. This is fine, and every person in this world is entitled to his or her own opinion. But I feel that this means every piece of news we receive is skewed from fact.

Last week we asked everyone where people receive their news every day. Something that amazed us is that almost half of the Starts at 60 community watch morning TV and that is where they get their news. Now this is fine, only as someone who watches it every single morning, I know that this is one of the most biased forms of the news.

I love morning TV but it is one of the few places where the news is discussed. It is discussed by the presenters and delivered to us with their own value set and opinions. We aren’t given the chance to make up our own mind based on fact when it comes to these news because of the way it is delivered. When we watch the presenters interview politicians, as they have this week, they ask the questions that position the politicians in one way or another. They aren’t open ended questions like, “What is the background to this policy?” or “What research have you used to support this measure?” they instead force them into a corner by accusing them of something and forcing them to firstly disprove their statement and then justify their true position on the matter – if they get that far.

The big question is, how are we building independent thought when we’re only given creative interpretation of any issue?

The news was once upon a time, just that – plain and simple news. No facts were skewed and journalistic integrity was taught. For so long we had the plain and simple news delivered to us every night. Then we had investigative journalism when Four Corners came in 1961 presenting detailed insight and investigation into current affairs. Then we had Lateline and the 7:30 report that began to give us a more detailed discussion about the news that argued all sides and perspectives.

For so long breakfast TV was simply a pleasant way to wake up. They talked about fun things, entertaining things, pieces of news that affected the day to day, different valuable pieces of information like handy hints to save money or new health and science breakthroughs but never the hard hitting current affairs matters. They were never a place for politics and the other things they focus on so heavily today.

It concerns me that there is almost no true, fact media around anymore. The news is no longer news; it is a tool that positions us to accept an agenda from someone else. It has become a tool of power and manipulation.

So I ask the Starts at 60 community today, do you think there is any “true” news left? Do you feel that most forms of media are skewed and manipulated to change our opinions? Where do you feel can be relied on for true news? Share your thoughts in the comments below…

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  1. They dynamic of news has changed over the years for instance when I was young, the Sunday papers were full off gossip and scandal, divorce notices were in the paper, there were plenty of job advertisements. Today opinion pieces seem to taken as fact and less real news is reported. I have Foxtel it is full of reporters interviewing other reporters for their point of view and it is all very biased. You can’t just finger point at the ABC.

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    • Remember the paper called The Truth. I was not allowed to take it home. It was the equivilent of buying a playboy or something.

    • THE news is all so negative, an shootings murders an overseas news nothing POSITIVE GOD help the young ones in 20 years it will be worse probably the chinese will have taken over the country it will spiral out of control my dad told me over 20 years ago it would be like it is now an we are living it everything has to be locked up wouldnt think of leaving a door open AN THE FOOD MILK GETS ME ONE COW AN SO MANY DIFFERENT ONES IMAGEN WHAT S IN IT//

    • Yes!I remember The Truth! It was a banned itourhoysegriwjngup!! My mother’s words ringing years to this day ..”The Truth..that’s an awful paper”! !

  2. No I dont. It’s all personal opinions of either the writer or the papers owners manipulated to suit their personal agendas. I don’t bother with any of it anymore.

  3. I agree. The news is being manipulated to suit which ever Government is in favour with the owners of the Newspapers and T.V stations.I feel Editorial comment also is becoming more personal and biased and not necessarily the popular view of the general population

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    • Not only the owners but also the reporters themselves. That is why you get reporter interviewing reporter

  4. I an avid news reader and watcher, but I refuse to buy the newspapers, I read them on facebook. I am interested in fact but we don’t seem to get much of that. The opinion articles have taken over the news. Andrew Bolt was big news last week because his negative opinion on the PM and he is right wing!! I would never lower myself to read anything Murdoch publishes

  5. News, in my opinion, should be reporting facts. Not allegations, suspicions, suggestions, etc. News readers and reporters should be held accountable for the accuracy of their reports. They should have to always name their sources of information and confirm this information is fact before reporting it.

  6. When reporters stop looking for the sensational headline and just report the facts, I might be interested in watching, listening or reading the news. I have enough doom, gloom and terror in my life without adding the fake media stuff.

  7. News for me is essential , especially Political news at the moment, I want to know where I stand and that decides who I vote for. But I do agree there is a lot of bias, that is why I only watch the ABC.

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    • I only listen to the ABC news also..I trust in our National broadcaster, I always have an I always will

    • The ABC is probably the most biased of the stations. Anything they report as news, especially in politics, I always research independently. Unfortunately most of the political reporting by auntie is loosely based in a kernel of fact and embellished with a tsunami of personal bias. Same can be said of most papers, both Murdoch and Fairfax.

    • And radio; Alan Jones is the most biased shock jock ever and very biased towards the government. That’s why the Gov will only be interviewed by 2GB

    • yes very liberal biased he bought them down in qld .he tells the truth about debt as he did on Q AND A NOT A POpULAR SUBJECT.seems we dont want to face up to it .so we just hate jones .

  8. Of course news is biased. We see it at present the way everything our Prime Minister does is reported. We are never given anything positive to read about on any subject because only drama and scandal sells papers. Five percent of people think, ten percent think they think and eighty- five percent of people don’t think at all. The last group are easily swayed by what they read without any in depth thoughts. So we get the opinions and ” news” most people desire to read unfortunately.

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  9. I agree with Pegi. Tell us the facts and move on. I really dislike when their is a tragic event and the tv just repeats it over and over. I think it desensitises us.

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