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Media Transparency Discussion Series: Introduction

A new study came out that states in big bold headlines that the two sides of the political coin, Democrats and Republicans, hold vastly different opinions of the media. Whereas the political left is inclined to trust the media and have faith in it's integrity, the political right believes the opposite. This has many disturbing implications for both sides. Is that trust in the integrity of media misplaced for the Democrats? Is that lack of faith a sign of something much darker for the Republicans? What happened to make this dichotomy our new reality? In order to properly answer these questions, there needs to be a clear understanding of how mass media functions today, followed by a discussion of how to handle problems with the system, and ultimately on how to reconcile across the aisle.
To begin organizing our framework, let's attempt to define what "The Media" is. The Oxford Dictionary defines it as “The main means of mass communication (broadcasting, publishing, and …