Wednesday, June 22, 2016

About Press Neutrality

This comment is from Walid Phares in Facebook.  You may not be able to see it if you don't have a Facebook account. 
Yahoo "endorses" Clinton...
It has become clear that the supposed to be impartial search engine Yahoo has gone out of its way to back a Clinton in the online battle against Trump. Many users of Yahoo, of all ages, have mathematically established that the cyber giant has shifted to Clinton in its selection of articles and their ranking. Teenagers have realized this reality. A while ago it was detected that Yahoo has been a backer of the Iran deal. Yahoo denies any endorsement but its New York Times like gaming is too clear to see it otherwise. Neutrality has collapsed.

I think this comment about press neutrality is key.  

This article describes my understanding: 
For a society to be responsible and powerful, it must be informed. Our free press, protected by the first constitutional amendment, plays a critical role in ensuring that every American has constant access to important and trustworthy news.
Thomas Jefferson said, "Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. But I should mean that every man should receive those papers and be capable of reading them."
As he emphasized, this free flow of information to the public is essential to preserving our American democracy. In addition to educating and reporting, the press serves as the public's independent watchdog, charged with keeping governments, businesses and other organizations in check.

Has neutrality collapsed?  Does the public have access to trustworthy news?  

Does today's media serve as an independent watchdog to keep government in check?  I don't think so.