Perhaps you’ve heard that Ariana N. Pekary, an MSNBC producer, left her job without first lining up another one.
I’ve done this twice in my career as a pathologist, so I know just how insufferable a job needs to become before a person goes out on this limb and saws it off.
Ariana explains her decision on her blog: here…
You may not watch MSNBC but just know that this problem still affects you, too. All the commercial networks function the same – and no doubt that content seeps into your social media feed, one way or the other.
How does this cancer affect all commercial networks?
It forces skilled journalists to make bad decisions on a daily basis.
It’s possible that I’m more sensitive to the editorial process due to my background in public radio, where no decision I ever witnessed was predicated on how a topic or guest would “rate.” The longer I was at MSNBC, the more I saw such choices — it’s practically baked in to the editorial process – and those decisions affect news content every day. Likewise, it’s taboo to discuss how the ratings scheme distorts content, or it’s simply taken for granted, because everyone in the commercial broadcast news industry is doing the exact same thing.
Is this just the opinion of one disgruntled producer?
…behind closed doors, industry leaders will admit the damage that’s being done.
“We are a cancer and there is no cure,” a successful and insightful TV veteran said to me. “But if you could find a cure, it would change the world.”
In what way?
As it is, this cancer stokes national division, even in the middle of a civil rights crisis. The model blocks diversity of thought and content because the networks have incentive to amplify fringe voices and events, at the expense of others… all because it pumps up the ratings.
Here’s a heuristic worth remembering: The more you yearn to silence your opponents, the more subjective your opinions.
Unfortunately, Ariana’s resignation has been misused as evidence that a conservative bias is superior to a liberal bias.
This misses the point entirely!
Diversity of opinion sustains life.
Monopoly is life’s enemy, whether it’s an invasive species wiping out native life forms or a monopoly of opinion wiping out voices of dissent.
When google’s artificial intelligence locks you into an echo chamber of bias, it doesn’t matter which chamber you’re in. They’ve got you. You will make bad decisions because you have been rendered unable to apply rational thought to the opinions of the other side, the opinions that would normally offer you some diversity.
Diversity is the lifeblood of free will. Without it, we become puppets of google’s AIs or other totalitarian forces.
When TV news industry leaders privately admit that “we are a cancer,” and a cure would “change the world,” where can we turn?
In my humble and yet infallible opinion, (ha, ha) the cure is educating ourselves on the UFO phenomenon and the intelligent mind(s) behind it, possibly aliens of both physical and ethereal substance. Possibly “breakaway” Earthlings of some variety.
Whether or not this idea sounds completely nuts to you now, it’s nearly certain that after you’ve spent a year or two acquainting yourself with the world’s most credible UFO data, you’ll find your devotion to conservative and/or liberal politics fading into a broader perspective.
Humanity is one. Philosophical and political diversity are as essential to our survival as genetic and spiritual diversity.
Love to both sides of the aisle,
Morrill Talmage Moorehead, MD