Toxic Journalism?

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You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to understand the power of the media.

 The media is our top source for a wide variety of information. The media tells us about politics, sports, current events, and even the best way to water our lawns.

The information the media provides has great power. What we are told influences everything from what products we buy to how we live our everyday lives.

So how do we know when the media is lying or when it is telling the truth? How do we determine whether its influence is positive or negative?

 Gary Truitt of Hoosier AG Today quotes:        

“In my research on warning labels, I did not come across a television or newspaper with the warning, ‘Contents of this publication or broadcast may contain lies, deliberate misrepresentations, and personal opinions disguised as facts.’ This is a label that would truly be helpful to us.”

A report published by Alex Avery  demonstrates the negative effect the media can have on individuals and even the world. Avery recently released a report on the history of pesticide activism. In his report, Avery talks about journalists, scientists, and the mass media distorting facts about pesticides.  

Avery says that the media has made the world paranoid about pesticides. Because of the paranoia, the agricultural productivity rate is currently dropping and not meeting the world’s food demands. 

Avery says that if the media keeps distorting information and if the low agricultural productivity rate continues, the effects could be devastating.

“Given the never ending media coverage of their discredited claims – this social disease is likely to plague humanity for the foreseeable future,” Avery said.  

What do you think? Are journalists and the media really to blame for food shortages? Or is Avery overreacting?

n  Ashley Neerhof

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One Response to Toxic Journalism?

  1. greengirlinc says:

    I did a bit of digging myself on Alex Avery. There is an old adage “follow the money.” That would be a good idea with Alex Avery. The Center for Global Food Issues operates under the Hudson Institute which is considered a conservative think tank by Source Watch. Companies such as Monsanto, Exxon Mobil, ConAgra Foods, and Cargill are some of the contributors to the Hudson Institute. I’m posting the link to Source Watch http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Hudson_Institute. That all said, some also think Source Watch has an agenda and is a left-wing organization.

    In the end, a critical eye is always a good idea. Your post brings up some excellent points. I myself do have an environmental slant, which is why I probably won’t work for a newspaper.

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