US news media is too sensational, inaccurate, and incomplete — more interested in entertainment and commentary than being concerned with facts, thereby losing the information war, says Journalism Professor.
Authorities may be worried that the United States can no longer maintain a near monopoly on world news coverage. Other foreign media like Al Jazeera, China’s CCTV, (which is a planet wide multi language television network) and RT, (Russia Television) are gaining viewership across the globe, and this is affecting public opinion.
On RT, Russia Television, Professor Christopher Chambers criticized media coverage in the United States:
“The more sensationalistic they can be, the more they can deliver a demographic to their sponsors, that is all they care about,” he added. “They don’t care about getting the facts, they don’t care about having people on the ground to get the real story. So you have a lot of inaccurate reporting, you have a lot of incomplete reporting, but it serves the corporate purpose because all they are really geared up for is making money.”
Journalism Professor Christopher Chambers
‘Hillary Clinton Declares International Information War’, March 3rd, 2011, RT.com
The US Government wants billions more dollars for a State Department budget for broadcasting which will compete with private broadcasters. This seems redundant to some media experts. Around the world the US government’s International Broadcasting is already spending more funds than Russia TV, Venezuelan Telesur, and Iran’s Press TV combined, with a budget of $750 million dollars. Wikileaks is also making an impact on journalism and world public opinion
The Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a pitch for more money from Congress to spread US propaganda across media channels.
‘Hillary Clinton: US Losing Information War to Alternative Media’ March 4th, 2011, by grtv and RT.
It’s a new day when other news sources are winning out over official news and US authorities are worried about losing their monopoly on directing opinions. More diverse thinking from multiple sources is in demand by viewers across the globe.