Can We Make Networks Give Us News, Not Infotainment?
11 Jan 2016
The Big 5 Sunday “News” shows feature bloviating (white) men in suits on the hosting and guesting side, telling us what we should value and where the next ‘crisis’ is coming from – perhaps this is the media equivalent of “Look over there, squirrel!” Radio host and Epic Times’ founder Jerry Doyle states, “They’re just working you to keep you clicking on the next circus.” What will make networks and major cable stations offer responsible news coverage and more diversity of opinion, both in gender and ethnicity?
Author and commentator Anita Finlay says that “Men in suits on these shows are automatically granted credibility that women have to earn – that is, when you can find females on these shows to begin with.” Rachel Maddow’s Blog just reported that for the last three years of its tally, the majority of guests on these shows have been Conservative males. Who is framing the issue for you matters as much as what’s being discussed. For example, an intensive 4th Estate study proved that even when discussing women’s health issues, men are quoted in the news five to one over women. Regardless of one’s politics, how can we not feel as though women are being treated as children, whose expertise and life experience are not valued?
Jerry Doyle points out that “Women have been making big inroads in alternative media,” yet there is so much content out there, it’s tough to be heard over the din. Finlay argues “We need to get seen and heard in the highest echelons. How can we imagine female leadership in business or politics if we don’t consistently see women in positions of authority? Boycotting programs and advertisers or terminating subscriptions of offending media outlets will let them feel it in the pocketbook. That’s the only way they can be brought to heel, if ever…” After all, shame cannot be felt by those who don’t have any.
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