Personally, I don’t have a source where I consistently get my news from. When I do happen to come across a news article online, I’ll usually look at what other articles have said about the topic, to determine credibility – because I’m skeptical like that.
If I’m going to hear something in my day to day life without actively looking for it, it’ll be from my local radio station – Campbelltown’s C91.3 – but chances are I’m going to miss more than I’m going to hear.
Regardless, it is important to know who owns and has the power to control your news sources. C91.3, for example, is owned by the WIN Corporation, which in turn is owned by Bruce Gordon. But, why is it important to know this?
Since he owns the radio station, Mr. Gordon has the executive power to control, block, or censor any and all of the radio’s content. If he chose to, Mr. Gordon could promote his interests – political ideologies or otherwise – by pushing the station to broadcast items that align with his views, or simply block any items that oppose his views.
Why does this matter? If your main media source only broadcasts in favour of one ideological viewpoint, why should you ever disagree? If your media is saturated with a singular ideology, you may never see any opposing views, never be aware of any criticisms against that view, and thus never even think to disagree.
Therefore, one must always consider the ideologies of those that own your news sources, and develop a critical eye for what is presented, what isn’t presented, what is omitted, and how it is presented.
Personally, I don’t know what Mr. Gordon’s viewpoints are. I don’t know how much direct or indirect input he has on C91.3’s presented items, or if he just leaves the station be and receives the profits. Either way, it is important to be critical of it.
To ensure a more complete understanding of any piece of news, it is essential to check multiple sources. Consider what information is consistent between them, and consider their sources; Are they credible? Looking at a range of sources allows you to get a more complete range of viewpoints about the item, thus allowing you to have a more complete understanding of that piece of news.
To better understand who owns your news sources in Australia, I recommend the Australian Communications and Media Authority’s (ACMA) ‘Media Interests Snapshot‘.