Fake News and the Media

2017 ,    »  -   12 Comments
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Storyline

How can truth survive in a society that no longer values verifiable facts? Perhaps no organization has been more plagued by this dilemma than the mainstream news media. In recent times, the media has been met with a tremendous amount of ire and skepticism from bellicose politicians and an increasingly embittered population. Fake News and the Media examines this troubling phenomenon from a myriad of fascinating perspectives, and attempts to diagnose what it all means for journalism and the culture at large.

The film doesn't hold back in its depiction of the cancer that has spread from within the industry itself. Rapidly shrinking budgets, diminishing readership, massive personnel losses, and the changing face of content consumption have all had a major impact on journalistic standards. The desire to be first often exceeds the need to be right. Facing unprecedented time constraints and pressures from an endless well of competitive outlets, journalists are too often forced to play fast and loose with the facts.

But this is only one piece in the mosaic of misinformation. Our politically divisive landscape has fragmented the industry like never before, and its tainted our ability to discern fact from pleasing fiction. Consumers are no longer looking for informed or unbiased journalism. They want a media that affirms instead of challenges their points of view.

President Donald Trump has successfully manipulated this culture war to his advantage. By stoking the fires of mistrust among the populace, he's branded the media as a public enemy, and managed to mangle even the most negative coverage in his favor.

The film explores a series of essential questions. Is there such a thing as parallel truths, and how valid are they? To what extent does corporate obligation compromise a journalist's ability to speak truth to power? How can the modern media continue to operate in this climate while remaining true to its foundational roots of integrity?

Noam Chomsky, Gay Talese and Amy Goodman lead a line-up of journalists and cultural icons who join in on the debate.

Fake News and the Media tackles one of the most relevant and timely issues of the day with great insight and clarity.

Directed by: Héctor Carré

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12 Comments / User Reviews

    zef
  1. zef

    Of course this presupposes that anyone of consequence actually want the truth to survive.

  2. jerry
  3. jerry

    Poor journalists. Give them food stamps. I almost cried.

  4. Roger Andout
  5. Roger Andout

    Big on theory - "power wants certain stories suppressed."
    Short on examples.
    Poor report.

  6. bob
  7. bob

    Why are there no dates on anything here?
    This story, the doc, and the comments could all be ancient history.

  8. Donald Dump
  9. Donald Dump

    okay, so i didn't want to watch this because of the donald dummy preview and the donald dummy "fake news" bs, but it seems this wasn't propaganda for that dummy. they did mention how biased news networks hide the facts to make someone else look better, but this wasnt a really hard hitting documentary. the fact of the matter is, we've got a narcissist in the whitehouse. he'll say and do anything to make himself look better and everyone else is worse than him. come on.....obama is the leader of isis? who really believes that?......

  10. Mark Gaboury
  11. Mark Gaboury

    Sounds like you are excusing fake news, which makes you fake news. You need to be honest and to expose the sins of the MSM Fake News Complex.

  12. David Llewellyn Foster
  13. David Llewellyn Foster

    Valuable narrative, but far too much derivative stock-footage of boring crowds and wasted silences. This would have been more effective if cut back to 30 minutes. In fact everything could have been said without any accompaniment and images. Spoken word is often far more content rich, than examples like this of unnecessary time-consuming 'documentary' dressing. The thing is to communicate essential information, not entertain us and distract our focus with cliched imagery and background sound.

  14. Soeren
  15. Soeren

    Donald Dump, its not propaganda when it actually gets out that a lot of stuff said about him is fake. It doesnt matter if you like him or not, im not particularly fond of him, but Id be ripping my hair out if it was Hillary

  16. Alan
  17. Alan

    When PPL find themselves with way too much money they buy newspapers to shape the narrative.

    I found it humorous that the NYT which is almost out of business was put out as the gold standard, and the Washington Post is the gold standard.

    This is a left wing bleat.

  18. bobby
  19. bobby

    A person who knowingly lies spiritually negates themself.

  20. johnnyringo
  21. johnnyringo

    The main questions he kept asking was based around could this happen,which in all cases have most unfortunately been answered.

  22. Soren
  23. Soren

    I hope most big medias today crash and that a new one will emerge. But it wont, cause thats gonna be a shitfest. All that is needed now/soon is a great conflict. That way those in power wont be touched, cause "then we fear we will lose the war, cause its such vulnerable times"

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