The notion of an “objective” media was a commercial product that only evolved in the late 1800s as newspapers shifted from partisan to nonpartisan in order to attract larger audiences from both parties and to sell these readers’ attention to advertisers.
Hitler used the phrase, “Lügenpresse” to accuse the media outlets who were unsupportive of the Nazi party of false reporting.
If you want to comment on the Norwegian news site, NRKbeta you must first take a quiz to test your basic understanding of the article. This is done to prevent ranting and foster positive conversations.
There’s a Norwegian news site that makes readers pass a test proving they read the article before being allowed to comment on it.
Mean World Syndrome is a phenomenon whereby violence-related content of mass media makes viewers believe that the world is more dangerous than it actually is.
The Fairness Doctrine was removed in 1987. It required news broadcasters to both present controversial issues of public importance and to do so in a manner that was honest, equitable, and balanced.
In 1986, ’60 Minutes’ ran a scathing exposé on the Audi 5000, alleging it could wildly accelerate on its own. However, their on-air demonstration used a rigged car to show falsified results. Gov’t tests later vindicated Audi but their sales had already plummeted. ’60 Minutes’ never apologized. The “60 Minutes” whitewash of Audi wasn’t the first time a major news network was caught rigging an automotive test. NBC did it to Chevrolet in 1992, but a firefighter at the test blew the whistle, forcing NBC to cough up an on-air apology.
When the Queen dies, no comedy programming on BBC will be aired for 12 days.
In 1983, 50 corporations controlled most of the American media, including magazines, books, music, news feeds, newspapers, movies, radio and television. By 1992 that number had dropped by half. By 2000, six corporations had ownership of most media, and today five dominate the industry.
90% of media in the US is controlled by 6 major news networks known as “The Big Six.”