In America today most news is distributed by large corporations. Is this a bad thing? Does this effect how journalists report the news? And ultimately, does this change how you see the world, and what you care about?
According to a few independent and watchdog sites the answer is yes. In fact Glenn Greenwald, author of No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State, American Corporate news is “Neutered, impotent, and obsolete.”
Greenwald, in an interview with Amy Goodman of Democracy Now, has announced his new website The Intercept, which follows in the footsteps of Democracy Now, Media Lens, Factcheck.org and Politico.com, in giving unbiased, factual news for people who want more than corporate news which gives its own slant on what we should know as news.
Democracy Now has been around for quite sometime, and came into being due to the : “the last two decades have seen unprecedented corporate media consolidation. The U.S. media was already fairly homogeneous in the early 1980s: some fifty media conglomerates dominated all media outlets, including television, radio, newspapers, magazines, music, publishing and film. In the year 2000, just six corporations dominated the U.S. media.
In addition, corporate media outlets in the U.S. are legally responsible to their shareholders to maximize profits.”
Media Lens says it describes, “how mainstream newspapers and broadcasters operate as a propaganda system for the elite interests that dominate modern society. The costs of their disinformation in terms of human and animal suffering, and environmental breakdown, are incalculable. We show how news and commentary are ‘filtered’ by the media’s profit-orientation, by its dependence on advertisers, parent companies, wealthy owners and official news sources.”
Politico says it promises , “to prove there’s a robust and profitable future for tough, fair and fun coverage of politics and government. To do this, we cling to a simple principle: always hire the most talented editors, reporters and newsroom staff and then set them loose on many platforms for modern media consumption: print, online, mobile, video and events.”
Factcheck states that it is, ” a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. We monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. Our goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.”
The Intercept, Glenn Greenwald’s website initially to started up to provide a public platform for the documents of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, says that the long-term goal of the website will be to, “produce fearless, adversarial journalism across a wide range of issues. The editorial independence of our journalists will be guaranteed. They will be encouraged to pursue their passions, cultivate a unique voice, and publish stories without regard to whom they might anger or alienate. We believe the prime value of journalism is its power to impose transparency, and thus accountability, on the most powerful governmental and corporate bodies, and our journalists will be provided the full resources and support required to do this.”
So, where do you get your news? Is it owned by corporations who need to turn big profits for advertisers? Or is it independently owned and run, with the objective of delivering unbiased news?