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Follow up + a note about ideology

First: thank you everyone for your responses. I’m overwhelmed, surprised, and heartened by your reaction. Over the last couple of years, I was starting to think that people don’t care about the news (inside the industry or out), but you do care and that gives me enormous hope that change can and will happen. And there is no way I can do this by myself, so I welcome the moral support.

Second: I feel the need to say something about how Fox News reported my story yesterday. The reporter contacted me for an interview. To be honest, I wasn’t inclined to do an interview with Fox for all the reasons I outlined in the piece (I don’t know if I can trust them, because again, like MSNBC, their job is to rouse their audience). I hadn’t responded yet when they posted their story anyway.

As it turns out, Fox News inadvertently proved me right. My concern, clearly stated in the post, is with the entire industry because each outlet uses the same funding model. That includes Fox News, of course, but they couldn’t help but to turn my statement into a divisive piece of clickbait. The headline skewed the intention of my piece and they removed almost all of the context in which I explain the systemic nature of the problem. That is unfortunate, but not surprising.

I regret if my piece was presented as an attack on a single network, but that only gives me motivation to continue on this new path. It’s just another example of the division I’m trying to alleviate. My purpose isn’t to drive people away from the industry, but to raise awareness (as a first step). We all deserve better and we can do better.

Lastly on this point, I have to emphasize that my concerns are not ideological in nature. My concerns are economic. The flawed structure of the industry affects everyone. And that means everyone - red state, blue state, purple, whatever. My goal is to work to create a fair arena for discussion, debate, and reliable information. Thoughtful, independent voices should be promoted. I firmly believe that our democracy will not succeed otherwise.

Please keep sending your thoughts and reactions. There is so much more I have to share with you. I hope to have a plan very soon and I will let you know when that happens. You all are hungrier to address this problem than I thought.

Also please note: I am in the middle my move so I’m not yet able to respond to everyone but I will get to you. I apologize for the delay. It means a lot that you took the time to find me and to write so I will get back to you.

Thank you, all.

Ariana

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skmokc
Sep 18, 2020

I am not a writer or journalist but I am opinionated, or have become so since Trump won the election in 2016. I voted for Obama back in the day but this time Trump though I'm not sure why at the time. Since his election I have become fascinated with politics, consumed by it in an almost unhealthy way. Quarantine provided me lots of down time to catch up on procrastinated choirs, overdo cleaning and books to read. I felt myself sucked into the political black hole of policy debate and wanted to know more. The more I read and researched the more I was hooked. Maybe this should have been my calling in life but for now I c…


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marym096
Aug 22, 2020

I support your stand. I was a lifelong liberal democrat, the issues I believed in and cared passionately about , poverty homelessness, unemployment, civil rights are still the issues I am most passionate about. I have to say, long before I left the democrat party and became an independent, I recognized that the media certainly wasn’t reporting in the public interest, and in all candor, public radio wasn’t either. The straw that broke the camel’s back for me? I was out in Michigan visiting my daughter and we had NPR on the radio, they were discussing a large increase in animal abandonment interviewing people outside an animal shelter or pound. In reality they were looking for people to shame, they…

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lysaayres
Aug 10, 2020

Thank you for articulating what I have been trying to explain to people that I care about on both sides of the divide. They waste hours trolling the media for anything that affirms what they already believe. It is a dangerous obsession that these cable channels are purposely feeding with incomplete information and outright garbage that divides families, communities, the nation.

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fritzschittler
Aug 06, 2020

Join someone like The Hill or Jimmy Dore! Any independent news show would benefit greatly from the services of a producer with your expertise. You don't need to reinvent the wheel...but if you decide to do so, we'll all be looking forward to your voice being added to the side of honest reporting of the facts. Best of luck to you.

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jkaplenk
Aug 06, 2020

Kudos again for your courage. While all media is biased. I don't believe that Fox is as biased as CNN, MSNBC and ABC. There are multiple stories on Fox that do give liberal and sometimes leftist viewpoints and I don't hear about any journalists threatening to leave Fox due to bias, hatred and doxxing from co-journalists. But there have been multiple stories about journalists leaving NYT as well as other stories like yours because of hatred from their co-workers and superiors. Granted Fox tends right, but not totally. I can't listen to 5 minutes of ABC World News anymore without them coming up with some lie, total distortion or factless comment. I refuse to listen to ABC, because as a…

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