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4.1.3: Filter 3- Reliance of media on information provided by the government, business, and people approved by dominant groups

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    Media companies require a steady stream of news, but they don't have the resources to be everywhere a story might break at the same time. Thus, there are typically concentrations of reporters at places where news usually happens, and news organizations also rely on sources who will tell them when something is about to break. Governments and large corporations have the resources to fund large media outreach programs that stay in contact with news organizations. This means that there is a tendency for news organizations to treat officials as having facts (even when they don't), so that they appear unbiased. This also means that powerful governmental agencies and corporations essentially subsidize the media, which also means that they indirectly fund the media, and have greater access to news organizations.

    Ultimately, news organizations do not want to alienate their sources, so will sometimes avoid reporting on stories that might hurt their ability to profit. For instance, in late 2020, legendary journalist Bob Woodward (of Watergate fame) admitted that he had interviewed former President Trump in February 2020 about the COVID-19 pandemic, and Trump admitted that he believed it would be much worse than the media had been reporting at the time. However, Woodward chose not to warn the public about this because he was planning on writing a book (Rage) and presumably did not want Trump to refuse further interviews. 

     


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