It’s been a while since I’ve shared a Daily Show clip, but this one is worth checking out:
A person you’ve never heard of — like Tomi Lahren — is delivering the news on Facebook to more people than all three network newscasts combined. Her message that America is under assault from anyone who believes that we actually have work to do when it comes to improving equality under the law for non-white people resonates, I assume, with a lot of people — white people, to be specific.
And by watching or sharing that post, a person can be sure that they’ll see more information like this that reaffirms their view of the world.
In this media landscape, the loudest and the angriest messages resonate, while stories like the poisoning of Flint, a tragedy where everyone failed a city, get missed until it’s too late. And then when the bright light of the media shines on the crisis for a few weeks, who is left to tell the rest of the story?
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