My first college degree was in journalism, and , at that time, we were taught to give only the objective facts on a news story. We would have failed a course where we wrote a news story and gave our opinion. Even editorials were supposed to be balanced with both sides being provided. Things have really changed since that time, and today's reporters are not really journalists in the classic sense.
Most people who complain about FOX news are probably watching O"Reilly or Hannady who often express their opinions rather than facts, but, if you watch the news stories during the day, at most times both sides are presented. FOX isn't perfect, but it does provide more balance than most of the other public news sources which lean towards the left. Watch and read everything available, and then make your decision.
There is a story about a terrible flood in Johnstown Pennsylvanioa in the early 1900's. A young reporter beamed a story to his editor which began " God stood in judgement on the city of Johnstown today." His editor sent back, "Forget flood, interview God!"
the ultimate polling in our country is a general election..the media tries hard to influence that process but in general the good sense of the American voting public prevails
the great Walter Cronkite who was the most trusted and respected tv anchor on tv, upon his return from a visit to Vietnam indicated that POTUS Johnson had lost the support of the American people..that's when LBJ went on tv to announce that he was not running for re-election ..that's what i call the ultimate example of the media influencing public opinion
I graduated from the very same prestigious school you graduated from, Todd.
quote "Inasmuch as you find the island and obviously it's administration to be delightfully, "untouched by greed and rabid commercialism". you did validate what those oxymoronic American journalists who have written about the horrific conditions political prisoners in Cuba suffer, to be unfounded did you not?"
I don't care WHAT you say Todd, you are speaking out of your ***.
I've been there. I've spoken at length with actual live Cubans. And they are delightful people. Simple people, but delightful. They don't hanker for an Iphone. They don't crave a Big Mac. But they are still quite HAPPY. At least the 50 or 60 I've met and talked to are. Their modest lifestyle and simple life philosophy make them delightful. They are an immensely moral people.
I know this boggles an ignorant mind, but it is true. Scoff all you want, but the average Cuban doesn't know or care what happened on ER last night. Nor do they crave a cruise. They are, on average, healthier than Americans (free medical) and generally well educated (free tuition) and whilest a wee bit hungry at times, they do eat. And I shared more than one meal with my host, who is an (average) watchmaker by trade, and it was delicious. Simple, but delicious.
As for the administration (taken by you completely out of context, Mr. Journalist), they are on a par with ummm Mexico, Jamaica, and a horde of other countries as goes their human rights record says Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International. I tend to believe those folks over Mr. ToddDH and his prestigious degree and his prestigious heresay propaganda journalists. I don't condone their record, but it's no worse than the comparables. Maybe cruisers should boycott the other islands on principle... ohhh ... they're too much fun to visit, huh? Mr. Todd, when you last cruised to all these places, did you stay on the ship "on principle"? Did you not cruise "on principle" because Haiti was one of the stops? I seriously doubt it.
At least I can talk. Been to Cuba. When was the last time you went? Call me after that happens, and you won't be just whistlin' Dixie.