Wednesday, March 16, 2011
When Is News Not News?
He made an interesting comment. He said that he does not watch much television, just sports and Fox News. What I found interesting is that he identified the news he watches as Fox News, not just "The News". If it was me, I would say I watch the news and not identify it any further. I, in fact, watch a variety of news programs, on a variety of networks. I keep confusing which channel is NBC, CBS, ABC, etc. I know where the program is, but not necessarily the network.
Yet, he doesn't just watch the news. He watches "Fox News" -- like it is different from any other news. Well, I guess it is. It is really more propaganda than news. The few times we have discussed politics, and I point out the errors of his thoughts, thoughts he got from Fox News, he agrees with me. But he still watches it. I think it is wishful thinking. They report things the way he wishes it was, rather than the way it really is.
This is a problem because when you watch only one version of the news, you have nothing to compare it to, and it becomes difficult to tell the difference between truth and fiction.