Democracy Now, Free Speech TV, WCPT, Previously TV, Windy City Times. What do they have in common? They are all independent media outlets that operate outside of corporate influence.
I’m sure there are more like this across the country, however, it’s telling that these are the only ones that I could think of without doing any additional research. As more and more media outlets get swallowed up by corporations such as when CNN/Turner Broadcasting was first sold to Time Warner and later AOL its is so important for independent media outlets to have a voice in our national discourse.
The amount of misinformation that the media spews daily is mind-boggling and when people can’t trust what they are hearing, seeing or reading how will we be able to make informed decisions. The bifurcation of media is also a problem and today is a great example of that. On the Huffington Post (liberal leaning) main page they highlighted the fact that 7 million people signed up for Obamacare while over at the Drudge Report (conservative leaning) they showed the Obamacare website as inaccessible. If people only read the homepage of either website they will either believe that Obamacare has 7 million signups or that Obamacare is a failure due to system overload at the Obamacare website. The lack of nuanced reporting and the gotcha article title descriptions has clouded real reporting.
I worry that future generations will not be able to sift through the noise and find out the truth of any story as more and more corporations swallow up independent media outlets around the country.