The Media Isn't Shooting People

The media has a bad rap. Some say that the perception well deserved. As someone who works in the media, I often find myself defending my colleagues in debates with friends and friends of friends. When I read what people say about the media, the excuses I hear sound like broken records. The media perpetuates stereotypes. The media only talks about the murder rate. F--k the media.  Next, I try to talk to the people who make these complaints about the media. I ask them, ‘Where do you get your news from?’ They usually say that they get their news from one or two places. When I find this out, please know that I think they're lazy.

Usually, they back down because they blurted something out without thinking. We see that a lot in social media these days.

Malcolm X once said this about the media:

“If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.”

I struggle with the relevance of that quote sometimes. When I read the papers, I dislike the people who are doing all of the shooting and terrorizing our communities. These days, there are more than enough politicians and athletes to dislike instead of the people from poor and disenfranchised neighborhoods.

Here is a list of news outlets I think that you should check out so you can be a lot more informed about the world around you:

Al-Jazeera

Chicago Reporter

The Atlantic

WBEZ’s This American Life

The Guardian

Associated Press

DNA Info Chicago

The Week

Reuters

The Reader

BBC News

Pro Publica

I could have set up hyperlinks here but I think that people should find this information on their own. Trust me, it’s a liberating experience . I’m not saying the news outlets I named are the only ones you should get your news from but at least you can no longer say that all of the media is biased in one way or the other. You have options.

Remember one thing folks, the media doesn't shooting people. Idiots do.

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