MLive: Reporting on and Taking Money from Betsy DeVos

MLive: Reporting on and Taking Money from Betsy DeVos
by Jeff Smith (GRIID)
It would be a bit misleading to promote the notion that journalism in the US was once a noble profession and only in recent decades has it lost credibility.screen-shot-2017-02-07-at-10-40-54-am

Media scholars like Bob McChesney have made it clear that there was never a heyday of journalism in the US and that news agencies have always been compromised because of the relationships they have with centers of power, because of the increasing consolidation of ownership and because news agencies are also businesses.

The reliance on advertising for most news agencies inherently compromises their ability to practice journalism without financial consequences. I was on a panel years ago with local news managers in the greater Grand Rapids area and one TV executive said…
Read the full blog post here: https://griid.org/2017/02/07/mlive-reporting-on-and-taking-money-from-betsy-devos/

Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy

It would be a bit misleading to promote the notion that journalism in the US was once a noble profession and only in recent decades has it lost credibility.screen-shot-2017-02-07-at-10-40-54-am

Media scholars like Bob McChesney have made it clear that there was never a heyday of journalism in the US and that news agencies have always been compromised because of the relationships they have with centers of power, because of the increasing consolidation of ownership and because news agencies are also businesses.

The reliance on advertising for most news agencies inherently compromises their ability to practice journalism without financial consequences. I was on a panel years ago with local news managers in the greater Grand Rapids area and one TV executive said,

My job it to make sure that the shareholders with this company are happy. The only way to keep them happy is to get good ratings and good…

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