The media plays to the lowest common denominator and the highest levels of ADD. Do they have an obligation to show context? Ethically perhaps, but not legally. Only FOX, AON, and maybe Infowars make any attempt to be honest and unbiased! Do media consumers have an ethical and intellectual obligation to think critically about the media they consume? Absolutely! Should they not rely on media to do the thinking for them? Of course they shouldn’t! Do they let it happen anyway, and parrot on social media what they heard on their favorite infotainment cable news programs ten minutes after hearing it? Oh yes they do!
Are consumers obligated to take an active role in how they receive information, or is it safe to rely on any outlets apart from Fox, AON, and Infowars to do the thinking for them?