The Media's Agenda
by paul hoffmaster
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THE MEDIA’S AGENDA
The Media has been the spear point of issues that have poked and prodded into the soul of the American people. It is the Media that has determined what societal issues need to be addressed. One network claims, “We report, you decide.” Should it not be the other way around, “You decide, we report?” Should it not be the people deciding what is important and news worthy? Agendas are predetermined by popular media sources and then their reporters are released with their magnifying glasses to make these issues into incendiary priorities. It is the hope of the Media to ensure that their chosen issues will lead to more print and visual exposure. For some brain numbing reason, people become a participant in expanding the written, spoken, and visible media agendas. These agencies have become the secular bible of many Americans. People have been taught how to think, and even respond to issues, by what they read or hear. Group mentality has dwarfed individuality.
Homosexuality has been elevated from a private and personal issue to a public demonstration in which there is a transcendence of information upon a vulnerable society. According to as 2012 Gallup poll, 3.4% of the American population is of the homosexual lifestyle. What percentage of that 3.4% has a desire to make public their personal choice? It would be a conservative guess that only half would choose to announce their sexual preference. Yet, the Media has chosen to make the issue of homosexuality sound like a majority of Americans are interested in the subject. From the privacy of the bedroom to the proclamations of support from the President and Vice President, as well as the Supreme Court, the issue of sexual preferences has occupied the interest and involvement of the government. More and more States are running to their Legislators seeking to have same sex marriages legalized. The Media has done, and continues to do, its job of raising issues of what it determines is important, no matter what the cost will be to the already decaying and deteriorating morals of our Society.
If any dare to verbalize words of opposition to the media driven “Same Sex Marriage” (SSM) promotion, they will be in jeopardy of losing ground socially, educationally, financially, and occupationally. Recently, Dr. Ben Carson, an outstanding Surgeon at John Hopkins, withdrew as a Commencement speaker due to the reaction to his stand that marriage is between a man and a woman. He emphasized that no group has a right to redefine marriage any other way. The news media called it “incendiary.” Just because someone wants to live a life style that is in opposition to a moral definition of marriage does not mean that laws should be changed to justify his cause. Non-conformist have an “in your face” mentality. They want immediate change, and they want it yesterday. Everyone has rights to a full and prosperous life, but to walk over others in the pursuit of that happiness violates societal ethics.
The Media needs responsible reporting. If there is a controversial subject, both sides of the issue need to be presented in a non-biased way. It is not the job of the Media to sway people to its way of thinking, but to offer the facts and let the public decide.
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