The News Media Might Be a Problem

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The news media has more power and influence than we realize. I’d go as far as to say that their “narratives”, which are often one-sided, steeped in personal opinions, and centered almost entirely on the negative, have become catalysts for inciting hostility and widening divisions in our country.

When a crime is committed, they quickly establish heroes and villains before all of the information is available and verified. Those who have had genuine histories with similar villains get mad, and those who don’t believe the villain is as awful as presented get mad. Everyone gets mad. And with all of us emotionally attached through our mutual anger, we tune in to follow the story.

I believe that CNN, Fox, MSNBC, and several of the other mainstream media outlets are full of shit. They don’t care about objective journalism anymore, and they’re playing us in a competition to see who can exploit our emotions the best for ratings.

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The “Black Community” Isn’t a Hive Mind

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It would be great if people would stop rushing to draw arbitrary connections between the sentiments of the few black people they see in the news with the so-called “black community” as a whole. We don’t have a collective opinion.

The pictures of the world presented to you by the mainstream media are rarely complete, and are often politically motivated and designed to elicit conversation and controversy.

There are many black people—myself included—who are outraged by “black on black” and “black on white” crime, but “white on black” crime provides a more historically provocative narrative, so these stories are typically given priority.