As human beings we all have biases and prejudices and human cultures have biases and prejudices operating on a collective level. Journalism is naturally shaped by various factors that guide what is seen as worth covering or not, which source is credible or not, etc. Politicized cultures and financial factors influence what is being reported and no matter what media we are viewing it is worth considering what biases may be reflected in the reporting as well as what biases or prejudices we carry within ourselves that affect what we choose to watch and read and believe.

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You're probably right that FOLA (fear of losing access 😉) plays a role in the journalistic malpractice we've been watching as it worsened in recent years. But access means less today than it used to.

Access was more important when media broke stories and did original reporting that didn't come from a government presser. Now everything is available online and the press gallery is little more than a government steno pool.

My sense is journalists have lost any sense of curiosity about discovering the truth. They've become activists and are more concerned with not standing out from the herd because it's more comfortable and safer.

Pack journalism was always a problem in journalism, but now it's become a cult, and you leave the cult at your own peril.

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Mar 21Liked by Joe Martino

Informative take!! I had not considered it quite like this before.

As a follow up to your propaganda piece last week you can see how it's so easy to create perception and hold it in place with "news culture" as you put it..

Hopefully the damn continues to break!

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