So-called "media scandals"

Doyle Saylor djsaylor at
Thu Jul 30 15:49:46 PDT 1998

Hello everyone, Doyle As I proposed a few days ago I thought I would collaborate with people I know in e-mails. This friend, Doug Latimer, has a strong interest in the media, and so we start our collaboration.

Doug Has anyone been driven to Propecia by the mainstream media’s lumping of the so-called "media scandals" together? There’s a hell of a lot of difference between a journalist inventing characters and incidents in a story and a situation where the corporate outlets wail on the head of anyone who dares challenge the conventional wisdom – e.g., the contra-cocaine or Chiquita stories.

Doug By equating instances of outright fabrication with serious attempts at investigative journalism, the media relegates these stories to the status of X-File scripts. Reporters learn that "the truth shall make you free" – free from getting up in the morning to go to work.

No depth. I just needed to kvetch.

>From my perspective, I feel like the mass media doesn’t report what is
going on in the world. So it is useful to better understand the propaganda, and obfuscation techniques of manipulation that we all encounter every day. Not being in a position like many academics to get information through the university systems, or whatever, I am forced by anecdotal accidents to get something that informs me. The deliberate sensationalization of the U.S. media is both a means of cheapening reporting costs, and an easy means to distract. How the hell am I supposed to sort through all the lies? Regards, Doyle Saylor

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