Who Decides What Is News?

I remember growing up in an America that had three television networks, a few (very few) independent stations, and PBS (which I couldn’t get with our antenna on the roof). When we wanted news, we had only three real options, with Walter Cronkite being the most popular. How did we know what was news? Whatever these networks decided.

Now there are multiple avenues for obtaining news. The old three networks must compete with cable news and the internet for an audience. Just the fact that I’m writing a blog like this—which was unimaginable throughout most of my life—reveals how there are so many more sources.

Yet when it comes to TV news, even with the cable channels, has much really changed since the old days? Take the recent tea parties, for instance. If not for Fox News Channel, one might not know they existed, or if mentioned at all, one might get the impression they were rather distasteful affairs filled with people who “hate” the new administration.

This is merely one of many examples of how it is still difficult to reach the mass of the population with truth. Even though there are new outlets for news, the broadcast world remains dominated by those whose worldview rejects Biblical values and conservative policies.