Many of us like to think the evening news is unbiased, and honest. It smaller markets, and local channels, that is for the most part true. However, the national media channels are corporate owned, and often times do the bidding of their corporate masters. When you add that to the fact that a majority of people who enroll in journalism programs at colleges across the country are liberals, and the majority of professors teaching those courses are liberals as well, the news begins to take an opinionated twist. The big question is, who is driving the narrative, the liberal or the corporate agenda?
Several times I have seen companies vilified in the mainstream media to the point that the public opinion of those companies turns against them. Many times, a little bit of research shows that the companies in question are actually far more honorable then the people who are trying to discredit them. So why the mainstream media campaigns against them?
Case #1: Sea World
A few years ago, a documentary came out called Blackfish. This documentary lambasted SeaWorld’s treatment of Killer Whales and other animals. This documentary was full of inaccuracies, and conjecture. It misrepresented SeaWorld, and showed a vilified perception of the company. Mainstream media jumped on the bandwagon and supported the documentary with devastating effect against SeaWorld. As a result of the negative publicity in the mainstream media from this dishonest documentary, SeaWorld lost 25.4 million dollars in revenue as park attendance plummeted.
The sad thing about that is that this loss in revenue hurts animals more then anyone. SeaWorld is one of the largest sea life rescue organizations in the world. To date, SeaWorld has rescued over 25,000 animals. I live on the east coast of Florida, and I have seen first hand the good that SeaWorld does. Recently, 19 Manatees became trapped in a drain in a town very close to me. Who came to their rescue? SeaWorld. Just a few days ago, a truck carrying sharks from the keys to an aquarium in New Jersey crashed on a Florida highway not to far from where I live. Who came to the sharks rescue? SeaWorld.
These are not isolated incidents, this is what SeaWorld does. Many people only think of the parks when they think of SeaWorld, but the truth is SeaWorld is an organization that rescues and helps sea life. The parks are there to finance their work (and to introduce the rest of us to the amazing world that lives in our oceans).
With that in mind, doesn’t it make you wonder why the mainstream media, and other groups, would claim to be trying to “save the animals” with their attacks on SeaWorld, when those attacks are damaging SeaWorld’s efforts to actually save the animals?
Case #2 Wal-Mart
Wal-Mart has always been a target of the mainstream media. I have to admit, I have never been a big fan of theirs either. My problem with Wal-Mart is simple. They tend to drive out small businesses. They do this by being able to negotiate lower rates from manufacturers because they buy in bulk for their many locations. This gives Wal-Mart lower prices, and therefore more people shop there. It seems like a good thing. I don’t like it because it takes the consumers money out of the consumers neighborhood. The owner of a Mom & Pop business usually lives rather close to their business. As a result, their profits get spent locally, and they pay taxes locally putting more of the consumers money back into their own neighborhood. But that is the only real fault I have with Wal-Mart.
The mainstream media would have you believe that Wal-Mart is the cause of our nations low wage problem. However Wal-Mart recently announced that it is raising the minimum wage it pays it’s employees to $10.00 an hour. That is far above the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.
Wal-Mart is also often accused of pushing cheap foreign made goods. However, Wal-Mart actually works hard to promote American manufacturing. According to their corporate website, “Items that are made, sourced or grown right here in America already account for about two-thirds of what we spend to buy products at Walmart U.S. But there is room to do more.
We are committed to American renewal. In January 2013, Walmart announced it will buy an additional $50 billion in U.S. products in 10 years in an effort to grow U.S. manufacturing and encourage the creation of U.S. jobs.
When you add up what we spend each year, our pledge is to buy an additional $250 billion in American products. “
Case #3 McDonalds
McDonald is usually at the top of the mainstream medias list of “evil companies destroying America” As a result, McDonalds sales have been on a steady decline.
The mainstream media would have you believe that McDonalds is responsible for the high obesity rate in America.
Yes, if you eat at McDonalds every day you will get fat. However, that is not McDonalds fault. If you make hamburgers and french-fries with a large soda at your house everyday, you will also get fat. McDonalds is not meant to be a daily meal. It is meant to be the place you go for a decent, cheap meal when you didn’t have time to make yourself something good.
But shouldn’t McDonalds do more to make their food healthier? They Do. McDonalds has some of the highest lean beef standards in the industry, and uses grass fed beef for their burgers. Their standards are so high, that there is not enough beef being produced in America that satisfies their standards. (most American cattle is grain fed. Grain fed cattle is not as lean as grass fed cattle) As a result, McDonalds buys some beef from Australia and New Zealand where government beef standards are even more stringent than in the U.S. As a result, U.S. Cattle farmers have said “McDonald’s leanness standards are too high, and that if McDonald’s lowered its standards to a more reasonable level, it could easily purchase all the lean beef it needs without resorting to foreign imports.”
What about their other food? Let’s take a quick look at McDonalds Sausage egg McMuffin. According to the nutritional information on McDonalds website, the sausage egg mcmuffin has 450 calories. You can get the same thing at Starbucks. According to the nutritional information on Starbucks page, their version has 500 calories. So why is McDonalds Vilified for “making America fat”, yet Starbucks is praised?
The reality is, McDonalds food is about as healthy as it can be. However, eating burgers and fries everyday isn’t very healthy.