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    Upscale bias in the broadcast media

    We often hear comments about how the broadcast media represent minorities in crime and how it differs with white collar crime depiction, but we don't often hear about the bias in how day-to-day programming presumes an upper middle class bias in the audience.

    I consistently hear comments from television and radio hosts implying that the audience is of their income bracket, with frequent references to ski trips, tropical vacations, various bourgeoisie prestige purchases, or pricing that is beyond the reach of perhaps half the listening audience.

    The latest example came in a NPR interview of an author who was telling about how drop shippers online use something like Shopify to set up a shell company and merely act as a low-volume middle man to order your item from China or some other low-wage center. The story was great, but the bias was still present, as the host and the guest kept glibly referring to how unrealistic it was for the guest to have ordered a coat for under $100.

    As I listened, I thought it instantly offensive. Leaving the 2nd-hand market out altogether, there are plenty of winter coats available in many styles for under $100 retail, plus the annual clearance of winter stock in February when coats are marked down to less than half, sometimes 75%.

    The implication was plainly upscale, whether it be for chic and overpriced sport wear like North Face, or premium down or leather.

    The best way to live intentionally and take the materialism and waste down on this planet is to teach our young, and remind ourselves, that America doesn't have to be on a consumerism treadmill that quickly progresses from need to greed.

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    Re: Upscale bias in the broadcast media

    I am not certain that they are aware of how vain they sound. That being said, most people that I have known that become wealthy or even upper middle class seem to take a great deal of pleasure in 'rubbing it in' to those who are less fortunate.

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    Re: Upscale bias in the broadcast media

    An awful lot of people invovled in mainstream media seem to be completely out of touch with real life.

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    Re: Upscale bias in the broadcast media

    I attribute it to obliviousness about the lower classes whom they rarely encounter socially. They're just the subjects of a few stories, usually crime or poverty themes.

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    Re: Upscale bias in the broadcast media

    Quote Originally Posted by NotHardUp1 View Post
    I consistently hear comments from television and radio hosts implying that the audience is of their income bracket, … NPR

    The implication was plainly upscale
    The NPR salaries do not seem unreasonable to me. [2013]



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    Re: Upscale bias in the broadcast media

    Not unreasonable. You misunderstand me.

    My point is that they speak to the middle classes to the exclusion of the poor and lower classes. And I mean casual remarks, not so much the stories necessarily.

    And not that NPR is any more guilty than any others, only that they make such a blather about social justice and then are pretty much consistently speaking to the Whole Foods caucus.

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    Re: Upscale bias in the broadcast media

    Do “the poor and lower classes” have a reasonable alternative to NPR? One that is not elitist.

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    Re: Upscale bias in the broadcast media

    It is not a question of alternative, nor is it all about NPR. It's about the industry. It's about the average on-air broadcaster, especially those in the news industry.

    The "major networks" do it every day in their morning "news" shows, both at the local affiliate and the national broadcast. They talk over the heads of those who do not reach the bar of the middle of the middle class.

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    Re: Upscale bias in the broadcast media

    In the UK the mainstream media, along with polticians from all parties, appear to despise and ignore the 'working class'.

    That is why they are so often taken completely by surprise when things do not turn out the way they had engineered and expected. The Brexit vote being a prime example.

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    Re: Upscale bias in the broadcast media

    Quote Originally Posted by HoodedRat View Post
    An awful lot of people invovled in mainstream media seem to be completely out of touch with real life.
    No kidding. It spills over into politics as well.

    Quote Originally Posted by NotHardUp1 View Post
    It is not a question of alternative, nor is it all about NPR. It's about the industry. It's about the average on-air broadcaster, especially those in the news industry.

    The "major networks" do it every day in their morning "news" shows, both at the local affiliate and the national broadcast. They talk over the heads of those who do not reach the bar of the middle of the middle class.
    I think it starts in college when they're in journalism classes -- there's a presumption that everyone who is anyone can afford college. It gets to sound like a echo chamber, with no comprehension that their world isn't the only world.

    "Thirty-one* states allow all qualified citizens to carry concealed weapons. In those states, homosexuals should embark on organized efforts to become comfortable with guns, learn to use them safely and carry them. They should set up Pink Pistols task forces, sponsor shooting courses and help homosexuals get licensed to carry. And they should do it in a way that gets as much publicity as possible. "

    --Jonathan Rauch, Salon Magazine, March 13, 2000

    *the number is now forty

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    Re: Upscale bias in the broadcast media

    Quote Originally Posted by HoodedRat View Post
    In the UK the mainstream media, along with polticians from all parties, appear to despise and ignore the 'working class'.

    That is why they are so often taken completely by surprise when things do not turn out the way they had engineered and expected. The Brexit vote being a prime example.
    The Brexit vote was fed to a large extent by the way social media distorts reality by fueling negatives far more than positives.

    "Thirty-one* states allow all qualified citizens to carry concealed weapons. In those states, homosexuals should embark on organized efforts to become comfortable with guns, learn to use them safely and carry them. They should set up Pink Pistols task forces, sponsor shooting courses and help homosexuals get licensed to carry. And they should do it in a way that gets as much publicity as possible. "

    --Jonathan Rauch, Salon Magazine, March 13, 2000

    *the number is now forty

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    Re: Upscale bias in the broadcast media

    Quote Originally Posted by Kulindahr View Post
    The Brexit vote was fed to a large extent by the way social media distorts reality by fueling negatives far more than positives.
    Very true. Both sides focussed (almost) entirely on the negatives involved in either staying or leaving; no one seemed to have anything positive to say on either side. Of course the media loved it; fear-mongering is what MSM does best.

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    Re: Upscale bias in the broadcast media

    Quote Originally Posted by Kulindahr View Post
    I think it starts in college when they're in journalism classes -- there's a presumption that everyone who is anyone can afford college. It gets to sound like a echo chamber, with no comprehension that their world isn't the only world.

    That, and the person who becomes enlightened about society and the spectrum is rarely the person who gravitates to broadcast journalism. The market is so selective on looks that there are few who fit in that mold and retain an other-centeredness.

    The profession attracts individuals with lower IQs, lower language skills, and a greater hubris.

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