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Old 06-12-2019, 01:19 PM
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Originally Posted by SenorBeef View Post

This isn't a Fox News thing, so I'm not sure why you brought that up. It's not a conservative/liberal thing. All Americans love news designed to scare them, news designed to focus on the sensational and salacious. We want to be scared out of our minds. WHAT COMMON ITEM UNDER YOUR SINK WILL KILL YOU? WHAT CUTE WHITE GIRL WAS KIDNAPPED LAST WEEK? WATCH OUR NEW 3D RECREATION OF THE LATEST MASS SHOOTINGS! This is common to almost all American news. And people are gobbling it up, because if they wanted good responsible news they could watch PBS newshour, and they don't.

You ever get a chance to see the news media in other countries? It's so much better, so much more responsible, so much less focused on giving you that recreational fear that you (the collective you) love so much. Americans seem uniquely addicted to shitty news designed to scare us and provoke outrage. Our news media is really a huge outlier in the world.
Part of the problem is that there seem to be a good many people in the media and elsewhere who think that we are one mass shooting away from passing gun control so the more publicity the shootings get the sooner gun control will happen and the sooner gun violence will be stopped. Thus for many of the people that work in the media things may have to get worse in the short term so they can be better in the long term.