Tall Poppy Diaries

Observations and musings on life as a happy high-achiever (or what the Aussie's call a "Tall Poppy" ). "Unless you choose to do great things with it, it makes no difference how much you are rewarded, or how much power you have." --Oprah Winfrey

Saturday, August 21, 2004


  How The Media Works -- from The Moderate Voice

I feel that there are ten traits that successful, happy women embrace that keep them dynamic and at the top of their game. One of those traits is that they are "Broadminded". They don't consider themselves knowledgeable if all of their knowledge comes from a single source or point of view. They seek out various perspectives on issues so that they can intelligently and coherently comment on difficult issues with people from wide ranging perspectives. If you want to be a good conversationalist, you have to be credible and well-informed from all angles, not just the angle that you like the best. People won't tell you when they believe you're naive and uniformed, but believe me, they're thinking it.

This morning, one of my favorite political pundits "The Moderate Voice" posted a great "mini-expose'" on "How The Media Works" (click this title or the post title above to read the story). As a student of journalism in high school and college, I was taught very concrete rules of balance and impartiality that have been tossed in the trash bin by many in the 21st century media.

It's worth reading, no matter what your political leanings, in order to understand how certain stories wind up taking on lives of their own, while other stories are relegated to second string.

In addition to providing links to dozens of sites of every political persuasion, The Moderate Voice provides TRULY fair and balanced perspective on issues of importance, as well as covering the occasional amusing story that might not have been picked up by the mainstream media.

Women who stay ahead of the pack get their news from many sources and then make decisions on where they stand on particular issues, rather than blindly repeating what they just heard from their favorite partisan talking head. The Moderate Voice makes it easy to make those comparisons with a simple click of the mouse.

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