Do you know why people are not watching American TV news broadcasts? Because they stink! American TV news is amateurish, without regularly stationed international reporters, selected for the dumbest audience, focuses on blood pictures, etc. And those who report TV news, the anchors, do not have a clue. The people involved at all levels of broadcast news have no back-story. They must have slept through journalism school. History is unknown to them.
Do you wonder why so many foreign news reporters speak with an English "accent"? Because they cut their news reporting teeth and observations on the BBC. Our public and commercial broadcast networks do not have posted foreign reporters. The BBC does. The BBC is today's gold standard in news reporting. NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox, etc. are influenced by the bottom line and small, real news-gathering payrolls. The BBC is a not-for-profit company! Result: Americans are poorly served by the U.S. news media. And it shows in the relative ignorance in international affairs we as citizens exhibit.
Oh, we know about weather ...do we ever! And fires. Any dolt can stand in front of a rainstorm or flames in the background and tell us it is raining or there is a fire. But to have insight enough to question neocon lies? Impossible. The U.S. invades, destroys, kills, pollutes the earth like no other country in the world, and Brittany Spears may be tonight's lead news story. Very sad.
The more news reporting is placed in the hands of media conglomerates who stuff their coffers with corporate advertising, the more the ignorant citizenry will elect people like George W. Bush. Our democracy is up for sale, and corporate drug corporations, insurance companies, and the military-industrial complex industries are buying.
"We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home." -Edward R. Murrow [THAT is a real JOURNALIST]