Understanding how news is gathered, prioritized and reported is as important as who’s doing the gathering, prioritizing and reporting of it. Those relying on mainstream and social media to keep themselves informed as to WTF is really important would be wise to consider alternatives to these corporate driven platforms because what’s being disseminated lately is more likely what they want you to know, than what you need to know. We’ll explain.
For the last 72 hours, maybe more, an inordinate amount of coverage was devoted to how Trump’s administration dealt with an aide facing domestic abuse allegations. Important? Yes! Earth shaking? No! Still, CNN gave the accuser an opportunity to share her story of abuse at the hands of her ex-husband with the world. Attractive, articulate and poised, the young woman used the opportunity to warn other women of her ex’s behavior as well as encourage them to speak up when these issues arise in their lives. Point taken. But at what price?
At the expense of stories like North Korea’s Kim Jong-un’s sister, Kim Yo-jong hand delivering a letter to South Korean president Moon Jea-in requesting a summit to discuss common interest and a de-escalation of tensions, corporate media outlets went deep in the weeds ferreting out who in the administration knew what and when about the aide’s alleged abusive behavior. Perhaps when it was revealed the aide was romantically involved with another White House staffer, the gossip value was too commercially profitable to ignore. Still, the outreach from North Korea during South Korea’s winter Olympics was too huge to neglect.
The PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games is way more important than medal counts. The Koreans are making every effort to bridge a dangerous divide that’s been maintained far too long. They appear to be determined to solve their differences unilaterally without U.S. influences. The very notion the two nations are competing at these winter games under one flag was unthinkable less than a year ago. But it’s happening and it’s news, because it’s clear neither North or South Korea want the Korean peninsula used as a battlefield to protect the United States’ homeland.
At the expense of stories like the escalation of a United States, Israeli, Iranian proxy war in Syria this weekend, U.S. media consumers were fed a steady dose of how White House officials mishandled the aide’s domestic abuse scandal. Every statement was scrutinized, analyzed and criticized to the Nth degree. While the need to address issues of domestic and sexual abuse is a major priority, one could reasonably argue the hierarchy of its priority. Last week, a U.S. air strike killed more than 100 Syrian government forces, in retaliation for an alleged unprovoked attack against US. backed fighters. Supposedly the U.S. is not at war with Syria. This event was too big to be understated.
This weekend an Israeli F-16 was shot down by Syrian air defenses, after it attacked Iranian targets within Syria in retaliation for an alleged Iranian drone being flown over Israeli air space. Following protocols, the U.S. response to this escalating incident was predictable. Israel has the right to protect itself. But, now that Syria apparently has the support and means to do the same, if the United States wants to continue its efforts for regime change, it’ll have to confront Iran and possibly Russia to do so. With the U.S. military already devouring the lion’s share of America’s budget to fight “terror” in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Chad, Nigeria, Niger, Mali, Tunisia, Cameroon, Libya, Somalia, Mauritania and all the other hot spots too classified to be acknowledged, one would think this story would’ve rated significant attention.
Bottom line: While it may be true the mainstream media goes out of its way to cross every “T” and dot every “I”, while sticking to the facts when delivering its “version” of the news, those who know how news is gathered, prioritized and reported, fully understand what’s being presented is merely one version of a very small and select click of media gatekeepers. And the primary function of the news gatekeepers is to manage what the public sees, hears and reads. If you’re okay with that, CNN has got you covered. If not, you might want to consider some alternatives. Podcast below.