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Jim Carroll BS: What Publications Do You Trust, and Why? (56* d) RE: BS: What Publications Do You Trust, and Why? 05 Jun 18

In my opinion, the media presents two faces - news reportage and opinion
The best of them seperate the two - the worst present their own opinion as news.
I believe there to be a 'quality' press - The Times (most of the time), The Telegraph, The Independent and The Guardian; in most of the rest, News takes second place to selling papers with whatever turns its readership on.
Very few, if any, produce 'fake news' - that has become a knee-jerk accusation of politicians who don't like what they read - a 'Trumpism'
Anybody with an interest in the subjects being reported will sift through all the reports and apply a degree of logic and past experience   
The Net has made it possible not to have to take the Media at face value; access to such sources as Amnesty, Human Rights Watch and other such independant groups provide excellent backgrounds to many of the major stories
What is becoming increasingly disturbing is the ignoring of major issues, or worse, the disappearance of information what was freely available a year or so ago
I have little doubt that this is down to influential political pressure groups
Recently many thousands of historical documents were reported 'missing' from the British archives - similar things are happening elsewhere among so-called 'democratic' States
I thoroughly enjoyed the recent 'Jeremy Thorpe' drama on British television, but the most intriguing revelations came from the first-time showing of a BBC documentary made at the time of the trial which was "locked away in a heavy safe" and never shown to the public until last Sunday
It showed how the combined actions of Parliament and the Police, with the help of an important section of the media, allowed a leading politician, guilty of serious crimes to escape justice.
Tip of a much larger iceberg maybe?
Jim Carroll

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