On Feb.14th, 2017, the Wall Street Journal posted an article, criticized Felix Kjellberg, a Swedish 27-year-old YouTube star, better known as “PewDiePie”, for the content in one of the video he posted on his channel. The article posted a screen shot from that video, which showed a scene of two Indian men laughing as they held a banner that read “Death to All Jews”.
The article censured PewDiePie for posting anti-semitic joke on social media. It suggested that PewDiePie payed the two men in the video to hold that banner, and called it “a Nazi imagery”. The article mentioned his videos “included Nazi messages, images of Adolf Hitler, and explicit anti-semitic commentary”.Following a request for comment from WSJ, Disney severed the tie with PewDiePie, who ran his business with Disney subsidiary Maker Studios.
However, that article is not as trustable as it should be. In his original video, PewDiePie hired the two men from a freelancer website for doing couple actions, including holding that banner. The purpose of the video is to prove how far people would go for five dollars. It is suppose to be an irony, not an anti-semitic joke. In the same video, Felix Kjellberg apologized for what happened, said he didn’t expect that people would actually do that. Again he emphasized he is not anti-semitic, but the portion posted by WSJ took the anti-semitic content out of context and distorted the original context for their own purpose.
This is not something new.
The reliability of media has became a world issue, when the newspaper and journals themselves get involved with political perspective. Instead of facing all audiences and staying with neutral perspective, those medias held their own opinion and reported things in a prejudiced point of view to amused their audiences.
As Karl Marx suggested in his book, with enough benefit capitalists can take all kinds of risk. People like controversial topics. Therefore, to increase sales volume, newspapers and journals have to find something more controversial to attract their audiences, and if they can’t, with the fear of losing their audience, medias would take the risk to report a fake news.
The consequence of the news is noticeable. Many people are misled by the WSJ article and condemned PewDiePie on social media for his “anti-semitic ” behavior. “People criticized anything that is not politically right, because if they don’t, they are going to be criticized.” As someone pointed out, it is just another way of losing the freedom to talk.
Being “right” is not right, people should be able to make their choice, no matter they chose to be “right” or “wrong”, as long as they didn’t harm others. Medias, for their own benefit has created a new value and forcing people to follow. Such value itself can be used as a tool for medias to achieve their goals.
With that being said, as long as the medias are in control of people’s thoughts, they are not trustworthy at all.