By Jack Kerwick
March 27, 2020

Republicans and Democrats, leftists and the Big Con, are indeed of one mind, and share the same interest, in promoting the Great Panic of 2020—i.e., the idea of “The Coronavirus Pandemic” that threatens to wipe out humanity.

I’m referring here specifically to politicians, journalists (so-called), and commentators.

To put it quite simply, those in Big Media are having a field day. The manufacturers and distributors of “news” are invested in seeing to it that their livelihoods thrive. To this end, they seek to sensationalize, as much as possible, their coverage of whatever it is they determine to be “newsworthy.” The more extra-ordinary the story can be made to sound to consumers of the product that Big Media sells, the better.

From all that is transpiring in the world, the journalists and commentators that constitute Big Media select snippets of happenings. By marginalizing, if not altogether ignoring, other facets of the ever constant flow of daily goings-on, they construct or “spin” their snippets of choice into narratives that at once satisfy the ideological and social constraints that define the contemporary world of journalism and serve the material and, not infrequently, political interests of their authors.

Perhaps not so interestingly, politicians too are motivated by the same kinds of considerations. But while journalists and commentators in Big Media are driven by a desire for ratings, circulation, and, thus, profits, politicians, obviously, want votes…….

Jack Kerwick [send him mail] received his doctoral degree in philosophy from Temple University. His area of specialization is ethics and political philosophy. He is a professor of philosophy at several colleges and universities in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Jack blogs at At the Intersection of Faith & Culture.

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