Profits over Politics – How The Media Divides Americans to Fatten their Pockets

anncoulter“Conservative Host: Trayvon Deserved To Die And So Does ‘F*ggot’ Dan Savage (VIDEO).”

“Watch Bill O’Reilly Shamed Into Apologizing For His Racist Remarks! (VIDEO).”

“See The 10 Reasons Why Fox News Is Total Garbage!”

“Republican Who Said ‘Shoot That N*gg*r’ About Obama Claims Statement Wasn’t Racist.”

Are these titles shocking? Of course they are. Did the title pique your interest and get you to click on the link that promised some earth-shattering revelation that would single-handedly destroy every talking point of the Tea Party? Or show you a truly shocking video that, if shared with your Tea Party family member, would finally convince them of the error of their ways? It very likely did, and that’s the point.

You may ask “where are you going with this?” and “haven’t we had that discussion before?” Yes, we’ve had this discussion before and where am I going with this? Whether it is sports or politics, the real action and the real issues have been replaced by layer after layer of nonsense. It’s as if Inside Edition or The National Enquirer took over the reporting when it comes to the things that matter. We don’t hear about bills that have been introduced, unless they’re incredibly outrageous. Even when we do find out that the legislation will do something like slash benefits for veterans, chances are it becomes the usual cry of, “See? Look how horrible the other side is!” before we’re treated to another round of commercials featuring LifeAlert or reverse home mortgages with Tommy Thompson.

Unless you’ve been living under a political rock for the last few years, I’m sure you’ve heard about the problem of money in politics. Well, I’m here to tell you that money is a problem in politics and it isn’t just with the politicians. It’s with the reporting and the vast amount of money that can be made off the “us vs them” divide that resembles a college football rivalry on steroids, with guns, instead a form of discussion about the future of our country. At some point, someone decided that marketing politics — like sports — could result in entirely new television channels and websites, and new ways of making a dollar. Now we have an infestation of people who have literally quit their day jobs to make money off the phenomenon I like to refer to as “political entertainment.” These are organizations and individuals who lend nothing to the political discussion except inane vitriol disguised as “news.”

There is a market for information that people get addicted to which reconfirms the partisan bias that has been seeded over the past few decades. I believe it really came about with the advent of AM talk radio, and individuals who realized that all they had to do was deliver their opinion (whether liberal or conservative) with the over the top approach used by the likes of Michael Savage or Rush Limbaugh, and they could make a career of doing so.

This is good for their bank accounts but it isn’t good for our country. We cannot simply engage in a political dialogue that resembles WWI trench warfare in which we lob recycled confirmation bias articles back and forth across the lines. It is good to call out the idiots on the other side, but we need to start doing the same on our own. We have to get beyond the whole “all Republicans are evil monsters” and start realizing that while we squabble, both parties are doing things that are not necessarily in our best interests.

If we cannot excoriate the people and organizations within our own ranks who are playing both sides against each other for financial and political gain, then we have no right to criticize those who fail to do the same on the other side of the ideological aisle.

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  • mimsamz

    You have hit the nail on the head, they have been pitting us against each other and the hatred has grown for our own neighbors. I shy from the news stations that are so biased and as for radio talk shows with one in mind particularly, as he sows the seeds of hate. I find all this as very sick minded individuals who make a living this way. Opportunists not news reporters…

    • Linda J Glick

      We watch PBS for news and entertainment!

  • Annie

    It’s not just the media, Manny, special interest groups (PACS and Super PACS included) use extreme polarization to inspire larger campaign/issue donations. It’s the Feed the Children effect, the more passionate the issue, the more one is inspired to further it.

  • louis

    i agree with both of your comments, but to be even more specific the problem is within our capitalist culture. the mindset of get everything you can while you can. if you dont your a failure. we measure success in this country by the number of digits in ones bank account. capitalism is a failure. many Americans believe that to have any doubts about capitalism makes you un-American.

  • Jayson

    You are literally guilty of everything you’re complaining about.

    Why don’t you stop running two ads in all of the articles on your sensationalized left-wing “news” site BEFORE you complain about the exact thing you yourself are guilty of.

    I appreciate left-wing news sites, I prefer them, but not hypocritical left-wing sites that pretend to be above the fray while simultaneously doing exactly the same thing they’re bitching about other sites doing.

  • Lee

    I hate to nitpick, but it’s Fred Thompson doing the reverse mortgage commercials.

  • What a Joke

    Bwahahahaha you are funny….preach for “non-biased” news…..now scroll over and look at the list of “today’s most popular articles” for this lib rag of a site. Quite ironic don’t you think? You guys are justifiably insane and your readers who buy into this propaganda are even worse. If it wasn’t so scary, it would be quite amusing.

  • And they have a very easy job, all they have to do is tell white that the so called Black people are taking their stuff and white people all across the nation will vote their skin color instead of the issues that concern us all.

  • Dale Mulkey

    actually im glad that “mainsteam” news is putting some of these stories out otherwise they would slip under the rug. these stories need to not only be seen in the light of day but also kept in the sight

  • Ed

    Well said!!!

  • Jennifer Read

    It’s also lazy journalism. Put on two self-designated experts and let them yell at each other, but don’t bother fact-checking and saying who told which lie. Never define what the real issues are, when there are any. Report “He said…she said,” with no statements of fact like, “Everything he said was inaccurate, and most of what she said is true. Here are the actual statistics:…”

  • Christos Maninos

    Spot on Manny