There’s very little question that the media and politics is currently more partisan than it has ever been in modern history. Newspapers and news stations can’t even seem to agree on what the actual facts are, let alone how to interpret them and let the American people know what they mean.
It’s probably no surprise that Americans are starting to turn off the news in larger numbers, likely driven by political bias on both sides of the spectrum from the various news reporting agencies.
Former Dirty Jobs host and current skilled labor advocate Mike Rowe saw these problems and made a Facebook post on his extremely popular Facebook page to address just those concerns. It seems to have resonated with people, because it’s currently being shared tens of thousands of times per hour.
Rowe started out by pointing out the obvious problems with our current media situation:
So I’m flicking around, searching for enlightenment – you know, like a good citizen – when I learn that CNN is still “the most trusted name in news.” I notice this, because they tell me so every ten minutes. This is comforting. I think it’s important that journalists be trusted.
Meanwhile, over at FOX, I am assured that everything is still “fair and balanced.” I know this, because they tell me so every ten minutes. This is comforting. I believe it’s important for journalists to be fair and balanced. Unfortunately, neither FOX nor CNN seem to believe anything the other is saying.
He used the current example of the varying news coverage of former Obama adviser Susan Rice to show how reporting varies from network to network:
Right now, CNN is telling me the “Susan Rice Scandal,” is completely fake, and being perpetuated by the partisans over at FOX. At the same time, FOX is explaining that the “Russian Conspiracy” is completely fake, and being driven by the partisans over at CNN. (Judge Jeanine was trying to walk me through it a few moments ago, but sadly, her head exploded.)
So I flick back over to CNN, where Don Lemmon is promising not to insult my intelligence by reporting on Susan Rice, until there’s something resembling proof. But over on NBC, Susan Rice just told me she “didn’t leak nothing to nobody.” Isn’t that like saying there’s nobody she didn’t leak nothing to?
Look – I have no wish to insult Don’s intelligence, or Susan’s, or the people at Harvard, who no doubt cautioned her about the perils of double-negatives. But if The Ambassador did not in fact, “leak nothing to nobody,” wouldn’t that suggest she leaked “something to everyone?”
It’s not just the news stories that the networks can’t seem to agree on either. Networks have actually taken to making their competition into news stories, perhaps with the motivation to discredit them and drive viewership away from them.
Back on FOX, Bill O’Reilly seems to agree with that assessment, but The Washington Post has told me that Bill can no longer be trusted, because he said Maxine Waters wears a wig she stole from James Brown. Wait. What?
Honestly, I’ve never seen anything like it. All the anchors have that same bulging vein in their forehead. The same piece of spittle forming in the corners of their mouth. Everyone seems determined to make absolutely sure I completely understand that NOBODY has a shred of evidence to substantiate ANYTHING. Which begs the question – what if they all succeed?
Of course, there is a point to Mike’s post and he has to take the opportunity to do a little self promotion (no one can blame the guy, he’s got to eat too, right?)
Psst… Wanna see something real?
Watch the Season Finale of Bering Sea Gold on Discovery. It’s on tonight at 10pm Eastern, and its audience has nearly doubled in size this year. Why? I mean, aside from the amazing narrator? Maybe, it’s because people are so sick of fake news, it’s a relief to see real people sucking up real gold underneath the real ice off the coast of a very real place, called Nome, Alaska.
Or, if you know how to program your fake DVR, you might want to record Season 13 of Deadliest Catch, this coming Tuesday. That’s right – Season 13. You want to know why Deadliest Catch has been on 13 years? I mean, aside from it’s amazing narrator? It’s because you can’t give talking points to ice. And you can’t script The Bering Sea.
Here is Mike’s full embedded post from his Facebook page: