No deep discussion or analysis of what is important is allowed. The irrelevant and trivial topics are given to the media to publish as news.
The media also has itself to blame. For a long time, nepotism, cult like environment, advertiser influence, and corruption flourished in a toxic pseudo-rigorous environment.
The media is almost irrelevant.
The media is now irrelevant because the government, fossilized bureaucratic institutions, and large corporations, are no longer accountable to the people. The important decisions are made in private in closed doors with no transparency. Deep discussion or analysis of what is important is not allowed. Irrelevant and trivial topics are given to the media to publish as news.
Occasionally, the handful of real journalists working for the handful of real newspapers bring out a story after months of investigative journalism. They are real heros. Such a story on important topics is quickly squashed with noise, token gestures, and other techniques to divert attention. Instead of welcoming the investigative journalism, the journalists are harassed and investigated. This discourages all but a handful of people from investigating deeply.
The media is allowed to ask questions, but they are not allowed to question. There is a big difference.
The media struggles to develop their story on matters which are important. They are left with a flood of irrelevant trivial topics which they publish as news.
Even the media agrees: "Let's stop fixating on soft 'news' and pay attention to things that matter, Canada
Notable examples of this are Wikileaks and Panama Papers which got a fraction of the media attention and no real action. The temper tantrums of a spoiled rich Wall St or Silicon Valley Executive or Politician get far more attention even amongst respected newspapers.
There is reporting
, there is journalism
, and there is analysis
. Media is good at reporting
. They are very good at reporting what is presented to them, e.g. reporting on weather, natural disasters, etc. Quality media is occasionally good at journalism
where the authorities are questioned, e.g. the work of Pulitzer prize-winning journalists. Media is generally bad at analysis
of back-story and deeper long-term analysis.
Rely on quality media for reporting and journalism, but not for deeper long-term analysis.
The media is controlled and owned by large corporations and parrots the corporate narrative to the world. There is no independence. Don't expect anything else from them.
The media also has itself to blame. Nepotism, cult-like environment
, advertiser influence, mediocre articles and reporting, lack of ethics, pampering to reader's prejudice, and corruption flourishes even today in a toxic pseudo-rigorous environment within even the best newspapers and media outlets. Professional analysts who have never done any real work aggressively and confidently provide the analysis. Even the legal system and courts barely accept a news story as evidence.
No wonder the media is almost irrelevant.
Notable exceptions are The Guardian
, NY Times
, Washington Post
, Democracy Now
, RT America
, and The Wire
Media Bias from r/Infographics