–by Gillian Fraser
“This is a nation that does not obey the voice of the Lord their God nor receive correction. Truth has perished and has been cut off from their mouth.” – Jeremiah 7:28
We are living in a perilous era, where even the media cannot be trusted. Influential powers, such as politicians, have been observed to have swayed the media into reporting biased news, in favour of such influential powers. This is not only true to local news stations, but is also true on a global and international scale. Many tactics have been utilised, such as fake news, clickbait headlines, and a genuine lack of fact-checking.
CNN and the abandonment of media values
CNN is one of the largest news sites in the world, and has a following of over 373 million households worldwide. Not only is it a privately-owned company by Time Warner Inc., the world’s third-largest, extremely liberal, entertainment company; but it is also a very influential and dominant news channel. Over the New Year’s period, CNN broadcast a Marijuana Festival in Colorado, a state where marijuana has been legalised. This is a media station that holds a significant pull in the atmosphere of the USA, which in-turn affects the world.
Franklin Graham, the son of Evangelist Billy Graham, was quoted saying:
“I wish this were fake news, but CNN seems to be promoting drug use! Their New Year’s Eve “coverage” of pot use in Colorado was disgraceful. Their reporter, Randi Kaye, excitedly—and shamelessly—held a joint, lit a bong, oohed over a special gas mask used by stoners, and laughed about not knowing where she was. All while wearing marijuana leaf earrings. That’s really professional, isn’t it? Someone commented on twitter, “Really, CNN, this is where your morals have landed in 2018?” We have a crippling drug epidemic in our nation that is destroying families and lives. I think this reporter and the producers should be fired and CNN should apologise for promoting pot use.”
Millennials’ lack of faith in the media
In this era where our culture is veering further and further away from God’s order and His truths, it is so important to be aware of what you are consuming and filling yourself with. Proverbs 4:23 warns us to “Guard [y]our heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” If you are fed up with so many biased news stations, then it is time to start empowering yourself with knowledge by doing your own research. Do not take things at face-value anymore, especially not news sites. Almost everyone has an agenda or a subjective narrative. Back when I was studying journalism at UCT, we covered a course called, “Is it Possible for a Journalist to be Objective?”. The course ultimately concluded that no, there is no such thing as objective reporting.
Be intentional with your choices
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