The people of America are being manipulated by the media and it has taken a serious toll on the country as a whole. Our dysfunctional media are partly responsible for many of the recent crises we have faced. Examples of this can be found all over our recent history on both sides of the political aisle. For example, there is no doubt the American media helped lead the country blindly into the war in Iraq. As a conservative some might be puzzled by my trouble with this but the fact that almost no credible news organization challenged the idea of whether we were really threatened by Saddam’s phantom WMD stockpiles is a serious stain on the media as a whole. Also the fact that the mainstream media has been historically biased leaning slightly left (no rational person could deny this based on the simple fact that all the media types go to the same ivy league schools where they are indoctrinated with liberal leaning agendas) naturally led to Fox News being established and its subsequent explosive growth. I remember when Fox first came out and conservatives were thrilled. Fox helped power the Bush administration’s agenda in the first term. Unfortunately there has been some serious consequences to the rise of Fox News for both conservatives and the country as a whole. First, Fox was such a powerful draw on conservatives that they literally tuned into Fox and tuned out of the rest country. This allowed the Bush administration to wallow around in Iraq with a loser strategy for years all because the republican base was watching Fox News and hearing the tired old cliché “you only hear the bad about Iraq and not all the good that is happening”. Well we know how that finished, the rest of the country demanded change and forced Bush into a corner. To his credit he saved the American endeavor in Iraq with The Surge but only because all the people who weren’t watching Fox News demanded change. Second, because Fox News completely dominates the conservative news cycle the republican party has fashioned its message to only match with the type of people who watch Fox News. That may not sound like a bad idea to some but since the vast majority of the country doesn’t watch Fox News so it is a sure fired way to relegate the republican party to national irrelevance.
There are plenty of examples where the left has benefitted from the MSM’s liberal bias. Most recently was our last 2 presidential elections. In 2008 the MSM drooled all over themselves with their overwhelming positive coverage of Barrack Obama. In 2012 Obama again benefitted from the MSM when most of them refused to challenge him over the debacle in Benghazi, culminating in Candy Crowley’s now infamous gaffe. I would mention MSNBC because they are guilty of everything Fox is but probably even worse, however, they are not nearly as popular. One has to wonder with a media as bad as ours is how long can this country continue to thrive when in a democracy and free market economy the free flow of accurate information is perhaps the most singularly important commodity of all?