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Title: Why can’t we agree on what’s true any more?
Source: The Guardian
URL Source: https://www.theguardian.com/media/2 ... we-agree-on-whats-true-anymore
Published: Sep 19, 2019
Author: Staff
Post Date: 2019-09-20 09:21:38 by Gatlin
Keywords: None
Views: 48
Comments: 1

We live in a time of political fury and hardening cultural divides. But if there is one thing on which virtually everyone is agreed, it is that the news and information we receive is biased. Every second of every day, someone is complaining about bias, in everything from the latest movie reviews to sports commentary to the BBC’s coverage of Brexit. These complaints and controversies take up a growing share of public discussion.

Much of the outrage that floods social media, occasionally leaking into opinion columns and broadcast interviews, is not simply a reaction to events themselves, but to the way in which they are reported and framed. The “mainstream media” is the principal focal point for this anger. Journalists and broadcasters who purport to be neutral are a constant object of scrutiny and derision, whenever they appear to let their personal views slip. The work of journalists involves an increasing amount of unscripted, real-time discussion, which provides an occasionally troubling window into their thinking.

But this is not simply an anti-journalist sentiment. A similar fury can just as easily descend on a civil servant or independent expert whenever their veneer of neutrality seems to crack, apparently revealing prejudices underneath. Sometimes a report or claim is dismissed as biased or inaccurate for the simple reason that it is unwelcome: to a Brexiter, every bad economic forecast is just another case of the so-called project fear. A sense that the game is rigged now fuels public debate.

This mentality now spans the entire political spectrum and pervades societies around the world. A recent survey found that the majority of people globally believe their society is broken and their economy is rigged. Both the left and the right feel misrepresented and misunderstood by political institutions and the media, but the anger is shared by many in the liberal centre, who believe that populists have gamed the system to harvest more attention than they deserve. Outrage with “mainstream” institutions has become a mass sentiment.

This spirit of indignation was once the natural property of the left, which has long resented the establishment bias of the press. But in the present culture war, the right points to universities, the BBC and civil service as institutions that twist our basic understanding of reality to their own ends. Everyone can point to evidence that justifies their outrage. This arms race in cultural analysis is unwinnable.

This is not as simple as distrust. The appearance of digital platforms, smartphones and the ubiquitous surveillance they enable has ushered in a new public mood that is instinctively suspicious of anyone claiming to describe reality in a fair and objective fashion. It is a mindset that begins with legitimate curiosity about what motivates a given media story, but which ends in a Trumpian refusal to accept any mainstream or official account of the world. We can all probably locate ourselves somewhere on this spectrum, between the curiosity of the engaged citizen and the corrosive cynicism of the climate denier. The question is whether this mentality is doing us any good, either individually or collectively.

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#1. To: Gatlin, ALL (#0) (Edited)

Title: Why can’t we agree on what’s true any more?

The short answer: "We" can't agree what's true" because the usual MSM lies and Leftism/Globalism are REJECTED.

(Gatlin, do you even read your own posts? What's your point here in trawling this Guardian baloney?)

Check out this gaslighting Whine & Cheese from the Guardian (distilled):

"It is a mindset that...[is] a sense that the game is rigged now fuels public debate...[thanks to] populist leaders, who routinely denounce all “mainstream” democratic and media institutions as a single liberal elite, that acts against the will of the people....end[ing] in a Trumpian refusal to accept any mainstream or official account of the world...."

Whaaah!!! Whaaah!!! It's Trump's Fault that you stopped believing our obvious crap!

From the headline their rhetorical question sounds as if the editors might be sincere in seeking to resolve the problem of rampant division. NOPE. It is as bias as you might think.

It is simply a self-serving, lame passive-aggressive attack by The Guardian (on behalf of all political/Media fascist-liars) as it feigns playing the victim, then launching its Blame Game as one of THE primary dis-credited sources of FAKE NEWS.

So who DID they blame for, "Why can't we agree on what's true anymore?"

1) "Adamant Brexiters"
2) "Trumpians"
3) Truth Seekers
4) Nationalists
5) Populists
6) "Populist leaders"
7) Donald Trump, Jair Bolsonaro and Matteo Salvini and Boris Johnson (as "enthusiastic users of Twitter")

The Guardian's comical solution to the mess these BS-Junkies made:

"What can professional editors and journalists do in response? One response is to shout even louder about their commitment to “truth”, as some American newspapers have profitably done in the face of Trump.

Chyeah, that'll work. (Bwaahaa! @ "professiona editors and journalists")

Liberator  posted on  2019-09-21   11:49:43 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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