Come on. Get real! The mass media is antithetical
to democracy as it currently operates.
It usurps the capacity of people to genuinely and democratically come to share their own concepts of things, and reach a shared understanding of what is in agreement and what is not in agreement. It has become merely a 'feedback device' to maintain stability in certain holding of concepts and understanding of reality that is necessary to the status quo. ie. reinforcement of a certain reality. - The institutional character of the device can be easily seen in its deeply entrenched routines, ties with the business and political establishment, promotion of the values of materialism and consumerism, conservative respect for the status quo, and how its 'news' is purely a commodity to be sold.
And it is open to manipulation of course. The kind of manipulation you highlight in your post is only a very crude sort of attempt at manipulation. The Sindo often gets ahead of themselves and full of themselves. Their power goes to their head. The phrase 'if they had a brain in their head, they'd be dangerous' is a fitting one for the Sindo. I posted a diagram of 'how important the media is for democracy' in another thread yesterday that illustrates its working - viewtopic.php?f=54&t=39505&p=522752#p522752
But we are not talking about democracy. It is something very far from a real democracy. As I think my diagram shows, it is a system of control that is far from the ideals of democracy as originally conceived and later expounded upon by men like Jefferson.
+1 Great post.