A. A public service run by networks and media conglomerates to keep everyone properly informed and up-to-date in a modern Democracy.
B. A commercial news programming service that is unfortunately biased by the political interests of the owners of the media outlets.
C. For-profit entertainment programming run by the entertainment branches of major networks and media outlets for the sole purpose of making as much money as possible by selling eyeballs to advertisers, by intentionally distorting the news in order to "get you to watch more".
Rather, it is smarter to wait and see what the real truth is. Before we had television and radio, this is exactly what people did, by the way. And they did pretty well (although the print media was, and is, distorted as well, to suit the commercial ends of the people printing it).
In Ferguson, it turned out the "real truth" was that the fellow had just robbed a store, had lunged into a police car, and then ran toward officers with his HANDS DOWN when told to halt. The DoJ concluded this, the grand jury concluded this, even President Obama concluded this.
The media, rushing off with the "story" got it all wrong - reporting rumors instead of facts, reporting "eyewitness testimony" of people repeating things they heard, but never saw firsthand.
The guy in Staten island selling illegal cigarettes was the same deal - he had a record as long as your arm and refused to cooperate with the police, instead trying to "negotiate" his arrest and when that failed, physically resisting police force. No sympathy from me. It has never been the policy in this country that once you are put under arrest, that you start arguing your case with the arresting officer. You comply, go to jail, and then get released and later on "tell it to the Judge". When you resist the police, they use their police powers to bring you into custody. And if you are a 350 pound tub 'o lard, this may mean you get injured or even killed in the process. That was a choice you made when you decided to argue with a cop.
This latest case? Well, it initially appears to be a case of police brutality, once again, based on initial media reporting. But now the coroner is saying that he hit his head on a bolt in the van, and a fellow inmate claims he was flailing around in the van, intentionally trying to injure himself (presumably to foster a case for police brutality). Is this true?
We don't know - yet. In all three cases, people used these incidents as pretexts to run wild and riot - and even kill police officers. The real story comes out later. And it turns out that the media was BAITING US by reporting inaccurate data - knowing that it would get people to watch obsessively - capturing eyeballs for advertisers.
I am not "ceding control" to others by being contemplative and waiting for the real story - the story history writes, not the media.
If anyone is ceding control, it is people who obsess about being "plugged in" to the media 24/7 and then speculating on the latest events of the day. What ever happened to that Malaysian airplane? It turns out that watching television as hard as possible didn't find it. And it never will. Maybe someday, they will figure it out. In the meantime, obsessing about it doesn't accomplish much.
Unplug the 24 hour news cycle and free your mind!