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- Neelys Landing man shot, killed by highway patrol trooper after traffic stop (05/01/16)43
- Bob Evans restaurant in Cape Girardeau among chain's 21 closings (04/26/16)9
- Missouri House votes to allow concealed weapons without permits (04/28/16)8
- Police report filed, but no charges in incident at Cape Central (04/29/16)40
- 2016 All-Missourian Boys Basketball (04/29/16)
- Statement: Man says copsí good work drove him to grow his own marijuana (05/01/16)1
- Two hurt in motorcycle wreck on Interstate 55 (04/25/16)1
- Senator introduces bill for I-57 that would connect Sikeston with Little Rock (04/28/16)4
- River Ridge Winery changes hands (05/02/16)
News media no more trustworthy than government
To the editor:
For months the news media have bombarded us with when and how we will engage in a pre-emptive war on Iraq. Notably missing, however, has been any serious discussion of if we should engage in this invasion. Many people are psychologically conditioned to accept what would have been unthinkable only a short time ago: An unprovoked invasion of a sovereign nation that cannot attack us -- an obviously immoral and risky war costing billions.
After World War I, Edward Bernays, the father of public relations, described the power of modern media in this way: "If we understand the group mind, it is now possible to control and regiment the masses according to our will without their knowing it." Is this what is happening?
I personally believe most mainstream, national news is significantly biased due to massive corporate consolidation and ownership, the hidden influence of advertisers and similar factors. Serious investigative reporting has largely disappeared, and the bulk of so-called news stories originate directly from the public relations offices of corporations and government agencies -- institutions with agendas that may diverge dramatically from the public good. Similarly, the research and highly biased opinions of corporate funded experts are routinely presented as the ultimate authority.
Many people say, "Don't trust the government." But I'd say be skeptical of the news media too. They're both operating under the hidden influence of the elite corporate interests who provide the funding.
JANICE HAYS CHADHA