Journalism - The myth of news reporting

Journalism was once a profession filled with individuals tested under fire, seasoned at writing copy, and reporting facts in an honest and true fashion. Familiar names to those of us who remember; Cronkite, Sevareid, Huntley and Brinkley, all were staples of nightly news programs where real information played out on television screens across America. 
Today, many never bother to listen to the news channels, and who can blame them? Then consider those who suck up every word as gospel from the big name programs. Talking heads read from a teleprompter saying little of value and droning on to the point of boredom. Worse, are the ones who shout and scream at guests in an attempt to get their own agenda to the forefront. where did the art of debate go?
Is there prudent and factual news reporting going on in America today? That question begs an answer.The first amendment guarantees freedom of the press, and we must maintain that at all costs. However, most people are unaware of the controlling interests behind the scenes. Ten major conglomerates own all the TV networks, film production, music industry, cable companies, and the book publishing industry in this country. By doing so, they are the controllers of what we see and hear on a daily basis.
Reportedly, true investigative journalism is often discouraged.This should give each of us great cause for concern. Is their a conspiratorial effort to dumb us down or keep us uninformed? I would hope not. But continuing on this tack seems only a detriment to the citizens of this country.The media is in need of a major overhaul. Its purpose should be serving this nation's citizens, not capital interests.

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