Letters to the Editor

Mixing news, opinion can spin out propaganda

I will agree that news can take many forms; from facts to gossip.

For the most part, newspapers have learned to separate fact from opinion, so fact pages and opinion pages are pretty easily identified. Alas, such clarity is lacking in the broadcast media. The broadcast day is divided into programs, and management can label these programs any way they want. Unfortunately, there are network owners who have one purpose in mind, and that is to deceive.

Those network owners who want to promote a political agenda deliberately slip their personal opinions into programs labeled as "news." I have a question: When you already know what the purpose is and what the conclusions will be at the end of any "news" presentation, can you really call that news? When the facts are preprocessed and manipulated prior to airing, is that the aim of professional journalism? When every on-air personality sings the same theme song, usually with high decibels and strong emotional emphasis, is it possible to find a balanced presentation?

If any modicum of ethics prevailed, such news programs would be labeled "propaganda." It is easy to sell propaganda. Tyrants have been successful at doing it for millennia.

My conclusion is that if you want somebody to do your thinking for you and relieve you of all the trouble of processing facts, pick up your remote, dial in FOX News and relax in the comfort of self-inflicted senility.

Major ShortHilton Head Island