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Our Corporate Media Lapdogs

Once again, the so-called liberal media, represented this time by NBC, CBS and Warner Brothers, is playing lapdog to the political right by refusing to air ads for the new documentary, Shut Up and Sing, which chronicles the hostility faced by Dixie Chicks during a 2003 concert appearance following their critical remarks concerning the President.

It's no wonder that the most recent Reporters Without Borders Worldwide Press Freedom Index ranked the United States just 53rd in the world. That's right, we rank behind luminaries of free speech and human rights such as Panama, Chile, El Salvador, and Mozambique -- not to mention just about every single western democracy in the world.

And let's be clear: corporate censorship is just as evil and insidious as government censorship -- especially when major corporations control most of the nation's media and they feel that it is in their best interests to downplay and bury information that is harmful to the political party they have aligned themselves with.

Yep, the United States: the freest country in the world (at least in theory). It brings a tear to your eye.


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Oct. 27th, 2006 02:17 pm (UTC)
Spot on.

I love how conservative pundits are always thrashing the "liberal" media.

Cause GE, Time/Warner, Disney and Rupert Murdoch are so much for the "common man".
Oct. 27th, 2006 02:21 pm (UTC)
I think you posted your comment before I added an additional paragraph, but yeah... just look at how each major network as well as virtually every single cable news channel is owned by a major conglomerate. These companies have a vested interest in keeping as many Republicans as possible in the power structure. Even in an environment where the people by and large are ready to hand over the reins of government to the Democrats, these companies still minimize and distort information harmful to the Republicans as much as possible.
Oct. 28th, 2006 12:48 pm (UTC)
I found a cartoon once that played on the "land of the free" thing. It's not so funny anymore.
Oct. 28th, 2006 04:30 pm (UTC)
I wish I could say that the media have ever been different
There was a brief thaw, between Watergate and Reagan when the press actually reported stuff.

But consider:
1. In the 1980s, the press shouted down John Kerry's subcommittee, which exposed the links between arms trafficking and drug trafficking later confirmed by the CIA Inspector General.
2. The press took Reagan's economics seriously, even after OMB Director David Stockman confessed to William Greider that they were cooking the books and that the goal of the tax cuts and defense spending was to bankrupt the US government.
3. The New York Times was one of the first newspapers to question the Vietnam War... in 1968, after public opinion had already swung against it. Their star reporter, Scotty Reston, was covering for Henry Kissinger's lies.
4. The United States learned that ca. 200,000 Guatemalans, mostly Indian farmers, had been slaughtered by troops armed, trained, and provisioned by the US between 1954 and 1990 only after the fact. Most people still have no idea.
5. The press had no problem with the mass internment of Japanese civilians during World War II.
6. The press knew that Joe McCarthy was a drunk and a liar from the beginning, but allowed him to tell his tales because they made for good copy.

What people are noticing is not that the press is a state propaganda press but that ownership has become so concentrated that there isn't any diversity in messages. It's as if the cereal aisle, where you have your choice between wheat, rice, and corn with or without toxic levels of sugar suddenly was reduced to Cap'n Crunch, Cocoa Puffs, and Froot Loops. Without minimizing it... is it really that big a change?

Charles of Mercury Rising
Oct. 28th, 2006 04:40 pm (UTC)
Oh, and another thing...
You cite Reporters Without Borders showing that press freedom in the United States has diminished.

Reporters Without Borders is largely covertly funded by... (http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Reporters_Without_Borders) the US government

Charles of Mercury Rising

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