Newscasts are no longer about the news-they are entertainment, todays version of variety shows replete with “Special”guests, celebrity appearances, and even live music on occasion-todays version of a conjoined Ed Sullivan Show and To Tell The Truth.
For the most part they are aligned with a political ideology, each network to it’s own, vigorously displaying that in the name of truth and public service.
It is what sells in this era, and precious little isn’t for sale, the proverbial bill of goods as offered up by talking heads and carnival barkers.
I have a tendency to liken what passes for news as the tossing of a bone to gnaw on-might keep us busy for a while, create the illusion of being fed, but has little nutritional value.
News, the corporate media would have us believe is selective sound bites, out of context quotes, and such totally irrelevant things as the Kardashians, who got the boot from Dancing, or that Hillary and Una wear the same style of pant suits.
The entire field of journalism should be about integrity. We as indigenous people are fortunate to have our own alternative news sources like NFIC, ICT, and organizations like NAJA, we should be dedicated in our support of them.
They are in large part what stands between us and the disinformation of liberator websites and the transmutation of truth into revision they carry as their standard, or the mainstreams disinterest in indigenous communities.
In the final analysis NFIC, ICT, others, and NAJA, which in the Dine language translates to the centerpiece of a Squash Blossom necklace, provide a service and a vehicle that collates the collective voice of the nations-I’d say that’s a good thing.
Without them Annie, Ray, and many others would be forgotten footnotes in an obscure and heavily edited history.