WHY IS THE NEWS MEDIA SO DESTRUCTIVE AND HOW CAN WE FIX IT?
Running around with a video camera on my shoulder covering all manner of life and death issues gave me a deep appreciation for humanity and the struggles experienced by every one of us. I greatly enjoyed getting to know so many people on a deep enough level to tell their stories to the world. I worked very hard to create stories that were factual and informative for the viewer. I believe I succeeded the majority of the time.
My experiences in TV News also gave me great insight on the world of media. Far from the ideals of my childhood, media today falls far short of its important role of government watchdog and objective informer of the public. This is not because individual journalists are corrupt but because the money and power behind the media simply do not want to publicize the truth.
Personally, I think the “news” media, and perhaps more importantly the perception of the news media with the public, is so bad that it is harming our nation. The news media divides us, spreads untruths and leaves the population confused, not informed.
Let me be clear because the word MEDIA encompasses a lot. There are hundreds if not thousands of media outlets and content creators producing stories. Some journalists still do a fantastic job. Some news outlets take journalism seriously and are fulfilling their duty. But too many don’t. One of the more extreme examples is Alex Jones. In my opinion, the larger, older, more established media outlets are much more trustworthy than smaller, newer, online media but that topic can get off into the weeds due to partisan politics.
It doesn’t have to be this way. My early experiences at WSMV-TV proved real journalism is not only possible, it can also be popular. WSMV-TV News ratings were sky high. In part, that was due to a wildly popular and definitely NON intellectual morning show, the Ralph Emery Show, but the city of Nashville absolutely loved WSMV-TV news too.
I think the failings of our news media exacerbate every other problem our country faces. With such divisive and superficial coverage, it’s no wonder that no one can seem to get past the petty arguments and name calling.
How are we supposed to work on solutions when we can not even discuss problems rationally?
Although I am just one person who currently works as a self-employed online video consultant, I have decided to stick my neck out in the hopes of bringing about some much needed changes.
I am currently seeking independent funding to make documentaries on critical issues facing us such as: healthcare, global climate change, the war on drugs and legalization of marijuana. Those topics are just for starters. I also want to bring some truth and perspective to the economy, gay rights and government spending.
If you are interested in funding such an endeavor, please use either the contact form below to email us or just donate via the PayPal button. Please use PayPal ONLY for donations under $100 as PayPal is notorious for freezing accounts if all of a sudden they have large deposits.
LET’S MAKE IT HAPPEN!
News style video production is faster and cheaper than Hollywood style documentaries, so I am hoping to do a lot with just a little. Before the upcoming election, I think healthcare needs the most coverage.
I plan to use online video distribution and social media to spread the word. I am looking to align myself with like-minded people and organizations in order to make this dream come true. Let’s all ban together to restore sanity to the national dialogue!
Here on this blog, let’s start a dialogue about the news media, science, politics, and any other topic you find relevant. Leave a comment below.
Thanks for visiting and here’s to a better world.