Last Night's Debate: We Can No Longer Be Informed
|Above copied from the Columbia Journalism Review|
With "fair and balanced", truth had also been compromised. Yes, there were plenty of lies during last night's debate, but fact-checking should not just be a counting contest on who said a greater number of lies. Telling a lie, whether once, twice or thrice, should not really be a matter of frequency.
Last night's debate, however, is only the tip of an iceberg. What has become clear this year and during the primary elections, is that people have learned that mass media no longer serves as a source of information. A Gallup poll in June 2016 shows that in terms of public confidence, mass media, either television or newspaper, are near the bottom with big business and the US Congress:
|Above copied from Gallup|
This is truly unfortunate since with the birth of the internet and widespread use of social media, we are even more likely to choose to stay within an echo chamber.
Some may have thought that last night's debate was an opportunity for education. My son watched the first few minutes. He then decided that it was boring and went to bed. And I am glad he did.