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The Media: Not so much fake news as shallow, less than objective journalism

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Message Michael Payne

While Trump's insults aimed at the mainstream media are often referred to as outrageous the fact of the matter is that this media is most certainly not above criticism, not by any means. Here are some of the reasons why it falls short of representing the best of journalism.

Take CNN or MSNBC cable news, and let's just forget Fox News as it is more than boring and painful to watch. On any given day tune into most any one of these news shows and what you will likely see and hear is the very same news repeated over and over. That's understandable to a point but you would think that in the evening, when they have the most viewers, that their programming would vary between the individual shows and hosts to a larger extent; that's hardly the case.

One show looks and sounds like the other. Only the hosts and the panelists are different.

Recently I was checking to see what might be happening on CNN and MSNBC and the subject of the day was Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign manager. All I heard time and again was how he apparently has been informed by the Mueller investigative group that he will be indicted for some crime, possibly money laundering and/or tax evasion.

It might be said that the media is not well-rounded for it often beats the same subject almost to death. We see the same experts come on board the shows; former generals or admirals, so-called terrorism experts, reporters from the NY Times, Washington Post, other news organizations and a wide array of websites. Of the many panelists there is a steady stream of former prosecutors, former FBI officials, or former national security advisers.

These TV news organizations simply do not cover critically important issues in the depth required by objective journalism; to a great extent they do not go below the surface and initiate in-depth discussions of the major aspects of any given issue using experts in the field in question who know it inside and out.

Watching these shows on a daily basis, as some people most certainly do, is like watching the same movie consistently throughout the year.

You can watch these news shows 24/7 and you will not increase your knowledge about the monumental healthcare problem that is plaguing this country. You won't hear the details relative to its greatest shortcomings and how they can be alleviated; details on the massive wastes of taxpayer money, the failure to include all Americans.

If these cable news organizations were doing a real service to this country and its people they would include the best minds in the medical field, from hospital administrators to medical specialists, the American Medical Association and other medical organizations, to discuss all the facets of this problem and put forth solutions. They are doing no such thing and that's clearly journalistic deficiency.

Here is a list of critically important issues that the American people rarely. if ever, see or hear about from this mainstream media.

*America's endless wars.

*Deadly drone attacks on Somalia and Yemen.

*The growing, powerful alliance of Russia and China.

*North Korea: the background of how this crisis has developed over many decades.

*The extent of our festering national infrastructure problem

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