At year end, the news agenda fills up with stories on top stories, a chance for networks to repackage footage or highlight favorite newsmakers. These stories rarely look at the news system that picks them or why.
There are two news systems in America–the official parody of journalism that represents most of what the mainstream or what some call the “lame stream” media offers.
These are the “products” an “official” news business, an industry now under growing pressure from within and without to maintain a semblance of credibility with an global audience that has so many other divergent sources to rely on or suck information from.
A part of a global entertainment combine, the advertising sponsored “news biz” also spends inordinate amounts of money marketing itself and referencing its own output.
It is that system that has become one of the major pillars of established power like the institutions of government and the office holders it covers to a fault.… Read the rest