Whatever your take on the 2016 U.S. presidential election, it is becoming obvious that one of the biggest losers of the campaign was the mainstream media.
After generations of relying upon newspapers and network news to tell us what is going on in the world – including information about a candidate, their experience, views and policies – Americans are now finding their news sources to be increasingly inaccurate, biased, agenda-laced, and as politically motivated as the politicians themselves. The new buzz-term for this phenomenon is fake news.
The changes in our media landscape are ongoing, constant and never-ending and fake news is a new norm. For intelligence analysts, mapping this ever shifting landscape is a critical first step in navigating it.
Phi Beta Iota: The craven mediocrity of the mainstream media is not new — what is new is that a majority of the previously somulent public has realized that the mainstream media offers severely biased and erroneous “news” that mixes the official narrative with entertainment and advertising, and does nothing at all to actually inform the public. Every source needs to be evaluated with a specific focus on the individual human beings behind each story — OSINT is HUMINT, not TECHINT, that is the part that almost everyone using the term OSINT gets wrong.