OK, so most of the consumers of the “news” on corporate media are older people, who more likely than not lean conservative, and are watching/reading/listening/clicking in part to find reinforcement for their own right-wing motivated reasoning. And it could be argued from there that if corporate news wants to stay in business, they have no choice but to pander to that.
But I don’t buy it. Most of their older audience is there primarily out of lifelong habit, and they’re not going to split just because corporate news outlets clean up their act a little. In any case, there is no excuse for the likes of this:
Researchers reviewed more than 800 local and national news stories and commentary pieces published or aired between January 2015 and December 2016, randomly sampling the most highly rated news programs for each of the major broadcast and cable networks. Those included ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox News and MSNBC.
Also included in the study: newspapers of national influence such as The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune as well as regional newspapers, conservative websites such as Breitbart, and Christian news sources like the Christian Post.
The study concluded both ideologically driven news sources as well as traditional newspapers and broadcasts furthered false narratives about black families, helping to shape public assumptions that they are “uniquely and irrevocably pathological and undeserving,” Dixon said.
Black families represent 59 percent of the poor portrayed in the media, according to the analysis, but account for just 27 percent of Americans in poverty. Whites families make up 17 percent of the poor depicted in news media, but make up 66 percent of the American poor, the study said.