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Mainstream media: So many choices, so few perspectives

In media on January 21, 2010 at 11:43 pm

My liberal friends love to rant about Fox News — either calling it Fox opinion or making a quote marks gesture with their hands while saying the word “news.” The rant is usually proceeded by a declaration of their undying love for Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann. It makes me laugh. Actually, it reminds my of my conservative friends and family back in Idaho and their disgust with the “leftwing media.”

Enter Adam Kokesh. Kokesh is an Iraqi veteran who is running for Congress in New Mexico’s 3rd District. A vocal opponent of the mainstream media, Kokesh describes the variety of TV news networks as “lots of channels, very few perspectives.”

But Kokesh is not alone. Many Americans from all across the political spectrum are beginning to desire greater diversity in their news and politics. However, it seems to be the younger, “Net Generation” that is turning to alternative news sources. After all, the Baby Boomers were raised on only three networks — making today’s explosion of cable news networks seem like a buffet of viewpoints.

But in reality, the major news networks offer seemingly different viewpoints that result in the same, blindly partisan conclusions. Perhaps Kokesh puts it better:

“We have more in common with each other than with anyone in Washington … and you don’t see that kind of perspective represented in the mainstream media because it’s been so corporatised here in the United States and been taken over by agents of the government that really just want to continue the government and the corporate line — continue the line of the financial interest in this country, the super rich, the super powerful and not really represent the American people.”