How to Look at the Government Beyond Media Spin
The media loves a good story. It boosts ratings, develops mass hysteria and frames an issue to help people form an opinion. In the world of journalism, this shaping of messages is more commonly referred to as spin. If you’re not aware of this tactic, you may not have total control over how you view the story being told.
Mainstream media corporations often manipulate the public into perceiving a story according to their own agenda or that of their owners/sponsors. Understanding how the media portrays government issues will help you look beyond the spin to discover the truth.
Mainstream Media and Government Reporting
With news breaking about the mainstream media lying about things, it’s become a lot harder to trust them. Why would you trust a media source that twists and manipulates government issues to suit its own needs?
Media is supposed to give unbiased, truthful and factual reports on important issues. However, this often isn’t the case. Instead, many media companies have vested interests to produce content to create fear and anxiety or to persuade viewers to adopt certain perspectives.
The dangers of mass media being incorrect are already evident. If you’ve ever encountered someone who stubbornly believes anything covered in the media, you know what we mean. Media can influence beliefs, perspectives and opinions about elections and government policies, and can be hard to discredit when it is wrong.
For these reasons, most if not all mainstream media channels should be taken with a grain of salt, if not completely ignored. But then where do you look for the truth behind government issues?
Finding the Truth
Since most people watch the news on TV or see mainstream media stories shared on social networking platforms, biased news can be hard to avoid. Determining the legitimacy of a story is an essential part to digesting the media.
To get a more accurate picture about a story’s accuracy, scan numerous media outlets and compare the way it is being covered. Be sure to check independent media outlets that have a better reputation for reporting factual news. Good sources are “opendemocracy” or alternative trusted channels, such as “Info Wars” run by Alex Jones.
The more consistently a story is reported, the more you can trust it. By reviewing multiple outlets, you can get a clearer picture of all the different angles of a story. This helps you come up with an independent view concerning the issue being covered, not just the one the media wants you to adapt.
Outside of checking multiple sources, you can verify a story by doing one of the following:
- Attending protests – Talk with people at protests to see how government issues are impacting them directly. This is as close to learning the truth as you can get.
- Contacting your local government representative – This is of course only relevant to news stories in your local area and communities.
- Use online search engines for answers – You can always run a Google search to see whether a story you’re interested in is completely accurate. Simply search Google for your news story along with words such as “truth” or “fake.”
Again, this method will still rely on you doing some due diligence. Just because it shows up as the first hit on Google doesn’t mean it’s true. But surrounding yourself with multiple sources is the most effective way to get past the spin.
Unfortunately, getting beyond media spin requires some extra work on your part, but being able to confidently believe what you read or watch is well worth the effort. Trusting where you get your information will help you become a more informed citizen, which will make it easier for you to form your own opinions about what is going on in the government.