If you’ve made the mistake of turning on your television or firing up the interwebs in the past several months, you’ve likely been subjected to a near-incessant drumbeat of “fake news.” It’s a term being bandied about by all sides of the political spectrum.
The accusation is that there are stories being reported as fact that happen to fit a political agenda, but are based on sketchy, if not outright fictional information. There is ample proof that this shoddy reporting has been used on all sides, but the meme it has become has swept up the mainstream media, bringing to the surface a long-simmering and, I daresay, well-earned distrust of the fourth estate by the American people.
But in my 15 years as a journalist, I’ve seen a more sinister and pervasive way that the media shapes public opinion, and it’s more prevalent than you think. They use subtler methods to mold the culture and, in the process, insert themselves into the story in a very self-serving and perverse way.
Framing The Argument