Jordan Chariton, a political reporter at The Young Turks, seeks to provide a voice for rural America in his new book, “Corporate Con Job: How Mainstream Media Aids the Oligarchy.” While covering the 2016 campaign trail, Jordan took detours to the Rust Belt. His book sheds light on stories he feels “weren’t getting enough attention” in the media, such as the poverty and lead crises in Flint and Chicago.
On Bold TV, Jordan exposed the disconnect between corporate media and rural America. Jordan talked with a single mother in an Indiana trailer park who was forced to choose between buying medicine or groceries for her kids — then returned to a hotel to watch the media discussing Trump’s tweets. “Bias is what the media chooses not to cover,” noted Jordan, as he explained that the media aired low-attendance Trump rallies while crowds of 30,000 flocked to Bernie Sanders’ rallies.
Donald Trump labeled certain stories “fake news,” and ever since, criticism of the mainstream media has become more commonplace. “The corporate media doesn’t actually go out and talk to the real people in the rust-belt…they don’t leave their coastal bubble,” Jordan said. Although they feature focus groups and polls, Jordan claims that corporate media reporters are “very out of touch” and fail to convey the true perils of rural America.
Due to the decline of political engagement, media companies have had to adjust their reporting to appeal to a general public with low-attention spans. He also commented that “Cable news is a dying breed…they really need sugar highs to keep their business model going, so they just ran ‘Trump, Trump, Trump.’” Because of this, many Americans failed to seriously consider candidates like Bernie Sanders, Jordan said.
So how do we fix this problem? Jordan suggests that keeping an open ear and opening our perspective to rural America may be the solution. “People need to realize you really need to get out in the country…people in Flint don’t care about Russia…would like to see more coverage on the disappearing middle class.”
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