The American press is no longer a news organization. Ariana Pekary just put it in black and white what people have been saying or writing for years. So why does it still have the “freedom of the press?” Because the lawsuits to shut it down would not be an option? The actual news isn’t reported anymore, it’s all about ratings, eyes and clicks. MSNBC and other major news networks have shown one side for so long they’ve spawned an interest in seeing the other side of that coin.
Ariana Pekary left MSNBC
She penned a resignation letter that called the network a “cancer” that encourages national division. She’s learned when you turn off the news and talk to your neighbor, there might be no need for that news. It forces “journalists to make bad decisions on a daily basis”.
“July 24th was my last day at MSNBC. I don’t know what I’m going to do next exactly but I simply couldn’t stay there anymore,” Pekary said. “My colleagues are very smart people with good intentions. The problem is the job itself. It forces skilled journalists to make bad decisions on a daily basis.”
MSNBC admits it’s all about ratings
Decisions were made based on those ratings, eyes and clicks. People need to read, comment and share for MSNBC and other news networks to continue. Industry executives admit behind closed doors that the news is a cancer.
One TV veteran told her, “We’re a cancer and there is no cure. But if you could find a cure, it would change the world.” “News” as defined by Miriam-Webster is, among other things, a “report of recent events”. Would any attorney be able to say the news networks don’t do this?
Pekary concluded she’d like civil discourse
It’s time to talk to people again.
“The model blocks diversity of thought and content because the networks have incentive to amplify fringe voices and events, at the expense of others… all because it pumps up the ratings.” Pekary added, “Our viewers don’t really consider us the news. They come to us for comfort.”
She continued, “Through this pandemic and the surreal, alienating lockdown, I’ve witnessed many people question their lives and what they’re doing with their time on this planet. I reckon I’m one of those people, looking for greater meaning and truth. As much as I love my life in New York City and really don’t want to leave, I feel fortunate to be able to return to Virginia in the near term to reconnect with family, friends, and a community of independent journalists. I’m both nervous and excited about this change. Thanks to COVID-19, I’m learning to live with uncertainty.”