It is difficult to talk about truth. You will be told there is no absolute & unadorned truth, that there is only perception, yours, his, hers, theirs. But one thing you CAN talk about is the suspicion of bias. That suspicion can be soundly based.
If you work for a corporation that is an enormous money-making business in this new hard-nosed world of make or break where ratings are all important & directly related to advertisers approval & their perception of established stability, you are influenced.
If you work as a news anchor, moderator or journalist within a large corporation-owned television network you will have been chosen for your suitability from the get-go. Then, you will consciously or unconsciously understand the limits of your employment.
Those who become newsmen or newswomen are far from stupid. They tend to be sharper than most. They may have even entered their profession as young men & women with high ideals, determined to fealessly reveal whatever they discover.
How many within the news media environment will manage to maintain their integrity through all the pressures to toe the line when toeing the line brings such fantastic rewards? And how many are willing to put all those rewards at risk by NOT toeing the line?
There are examples of journalists who did maintain their integrity even in the knowledge of what it would mean for them. Chris Hedges for example. He was told by the @NYTimes that he must not continue to talk against the attack upon Iraq. He did & was fired.
It may not be clear to some what an enormous effect it has that warmongering interests in political circles can get their views reflected as "news" on MSM TV channles but it ought to be. Public consent to regime change interventions must be manufactured.
We can know s/thing about the big news channels in the USA; that their news is now tainted. How can we know it? Because it wasn’t always the case. You have to have lived thru a quite a few decades to know this. But it is true. (At least in relative terms.)
There was a time when it was possible to criticize your own government & elites in the West on #MSM. It was certainly possible to discuss the possibility that they were doing the wrong thing. We’re not talking criticism of Trump, but of the permanent state.
There is plenty of criticsm of Trump, that’s clear. But how often do you hear criticism of the permanent state (sometimes called the deep state) on #MSM? Never? When did you hear talk of US elites having too much influence?
There is a firmly agreed mythology that the US establishment only ever has good intentions, intentions which mirror those of the average American who does tend to feel for others & hates injustice. Bad people exist, but not in politics.
Politicians are not well liked anywhere, however somehow in the USA the concept has somehow come to be generally accepted that politicians uphold a patriotic sanctity of purpose, that they are akin to the US military & deserving of enormous trust.
The disconnect between the mistrust of politicians in general & this notion that they are worthy of huge trust when it comes to foreign policy is a very strange psychological phenomenon. The current lies being told about Venezuela are a case in point.
It ought to be obvious to every single man, woman & child in the USA that there is no humanitarian interest involved in the relationship between US elite politicians & Venezuela. Yet huge numbers clearly believe the lies of Trump, Bolton, Pompeo & Rubio.
What people are receiving are assertions, perceptions & viewpoints. The mechanism by which they arrive in the newsroom are well known. They arrive from discussions amongs senior editorial staff. And these staff too know well what is acceptable & what is not.
As @JimmyDore points out time & time again, there is scant (if any) truth emerging from MSM news outlets. What emerges are a barrage of half-truths & downright lies. Not because they evil. Because they are ‘bought’ as he says. They say what they HAVE to.
There is no conspiracy... except to keep making money by staying in a job. The corporate owners need to keep making money. The board members need to keep making money. The editors do too. As do the reporters, news anchors & every staff member involved.
Americans ought to know that what they are hearing is downright misleading except as some kind of quite masochistic entertainment. They are hearing views not news & these views will never, ever be critical of the permanent state or elites who are part of it.
Who are the real journalists? Those who by some means or other, either by sheer talent or recourse to living a less well-imbursed lifestyle which allows them to remain INDEPENDENT of the huge, well-heeled corporations who own big media.
As long as the living rooms of Americans are flooded with the soup of lies, the continual partial blather of skewed assertions & prejudiced views constantly mirroring elite narratives & never criticizing them then the US remains a nation causing harm.