Just 50 years ago we still had a ‘free and unbiased press’ in this Country. And while the collaspe of that is not the fault of Robert Ailes
See : ‘How Roger Ailes Built the Fox News Fear Factory’
it has fostered a so called ‘press’ that caters to ratings and advertiasing profit over journalistic integrity.
And THAT IS a direct relationship to the decline of America.
If, if it where possible to get the money out of politics, and while difficult it is (I just think we lack the backbone to do it), then all you’d need to bring back a structure to rebuild America on, would be a freee and unbiased press.
Imagine, as our Founding Fathers did, an elected representative governing body, serving the public and only the public (as there where no corporate lobbys then) and a press that held them accountable for their words and deeds.
That is THE Founding Principle of our government.
Not American so called exceptionalism. Not God or ANY religion in Government. Not World military intervention. Not taxes.
No. The Founding Principle of our Government was a freely, honestly and openly electeded Representative Government (a Republic) with the Fourth Estate of the press to hold them publicly accountable.
Ben Franklin’s ‘A Republic if you can keep it’.
So how would we do it?
Take the ‘free press’ out of the ‘free market’.
The ‘free market’s’ profitability determines a media outlets rakings.
But it should be journalistic credibility.
So take several media organizations and put them in the public sector. Funded by the public and accountable ONLY to the public, not profits, and then MAYBE, just MAYBE, in competation with each other, credibility based on journalistic integrity rather then profit would brign credibility back to ‘news’.
But much as with taking money out of politics, I don’t think we as a people have the backbone to do this either.
It’s not doom and gloom but rather a new reality that has millions and more every day, going to the internet to ‘trust but verify’ news stories on our own.
Unfortunately there are and always will be the millions and millions more who are too lazy, stupid or simple minded that they will NOT think for themselves and just follow the bright and shinny objects that such organizations like FOX put up as ‘news.’