Standing Rock Reveals the True Colors of Both the Media and the Democratic Party
Tony Brasunas
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Your expectations of the NY Times is in alignment with (apparently) thousands of other complainers about mainstream media for their bias or shortcomings in one form or another.

There is a sense in your case here that media outlets are somehow obligated as a public service to filter the massive amount of information that floods our senses into something called “the truth”. They are under no obligation to do so, nor can they afford to, given the attrition of staff and revenue due to competing channels.

Media outlets are like your local wedding DJ. We expect them to take requests and, in the age of digital media, somehow have access to EVERYTHING one could possible ask of them. Well, they can’t do it, nor are they obligated to, and you feel pissed off because “if I can get the MP3 file, why can’t you?”. It ain’t that simple.

In brief, lower your expectations and raise your information literacy. Access multiple sources with the maturity to distinguish hearsay from evidence. That is what we teach kids in school today, though it seems all prior generations did not get this kind of education. Walter Cronkite is dead, and so is “one version of the truth”.

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