Outrage is big business
By Chris Adams
"But, man, you're never going to get any truth from us. We'll tell you anything you want to hear; we lie like hell." Network - 1976.
Whenever I speak candidly about what I read in the news, someone informs me that they know the real story because they read this or that paper. It isn't long before I ask, "have you read any other sources?"
"Why?" They say. "They're just biased."
It's almost as if they think what they read isn't biased. When did we forget that all news is biased? I know Walter Cronkite was the most trusted man in the news when he used to say, "And that's the way it is." Today, that isn't the way it is. You're only getting part of the story and the only way to figure out what is actually going on requires some detective work.
News today is glorified clickbait. Designed to get you mad depending on your political bend. If you are on the Left, Donald Trump is working for the Russian government. If you are on the Right, the Left is on a witch hunt and is a bunch of snowflakes. Either way, you're angry and you have to click on the article to see why.
This has lead to a lackluster standard for journalism, even I've noticed it and I'm just a comedian. I can't tell you how many articles that I've read where the headline proposed an obvious opinion, only to be discredited by the end of the article. The truth is second to getting a reaction out of you in hopes that you'll get mad and share it with all your friends who will also get mad and share it with their friends. It's an anger pyramid scheme. All the while, journalists are making a name for themselves on the back of your outrage.
Let's all take one big chill pill, breathe, and read before we react.
Thank you for reading.