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How the American public were turned into willing victims of Corporate Greed

http://ian56.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/journalists-are-easy-to-...
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Summary
The US mainstream media today is owned by six large corporations.
It is the interests of these six large corporations that are fed to the public and the public swallows wholesale. See Appendix 1.
These six corporations are in turn dependent on the advertising revenues from other large corporations.
It is thus that a democratic Republic is turned into one giant Corporation, with the American people turned into willing victims of corporate greed.

Discuss

Mainstream journalists are easy to con, it comes from their deep lack of knowledge and eagerness to get a new story or angle.
There are too many journalists working in the US today. Quality has become replaced by quantity.
There are very few mainstream journalists with any meaningful understanding of the subject they write about (there used to be some 40 years ago).
There are even fewer mainstream investigative journalists who would uncover something meaningful that is in the public interest.

The "news" in the US mainstream media today is now padded with about 90% journalistic opinion, not facts or events.
It is also padded with talking heads opinions (media pundits) whose sole purpose is to push their agenda and beliefs.
There is so much "news" published there are not enough facts or events to cover it (except on very rare days when something significant does actually happen).
It is quite often the case that a "journalists story" is more or less word for word dictated to them by someone influential who wants to push a particular story or angle that day.

It does not matter what side of the aisle you are talking about.
MSNBC pushes the Democrat agenda, whilst Fox News pushes the Republican agenda.

Journalists have to be very careful what they publish.
If it goes against the interests of their employers they are often marginalised and even fired.
So they tend to be ultra careful
The US mainstream media today is owned by six large corporations.
It is the interests of these six large corporations that are fed to the public and the public swallows wholesale. See Appendix 1.
These six corporations are in turn dependent on the advertising revenues from other large corporations.
It is thus that a democratic Republic is turned into one giant Corporation, with the American people turned into willing victims of corporate greed.

The US will never see another Watergate type investigation or story.
The media now is too tightly controlled and journalists too cowed and ignorant.

Which TV reporters or presenters do you see now, who will produce a hard hitting piece against the interests of the people they normally support?
There used to be one or two on American TV.
Maddow is one of the few who retain journalistic integrity on the Dems side.
Judge Napolitano was someone on Fox with journalistic integrity, but his show got cancelled this year.

Mother Jones is a semi mainstream site that retains journalistic integrity for the Dems.
Ben Swann is a non mainstream TV reporter who retains integrity and reports on stories of interest on the Republican side.

Examples

1) Financial example
When the big banks are eager to buy after a stock market fall they will get a stock selling show or paper to print a story about the stock market is going to crash, the end of the world as we know it, or an actual advice to sell.
They will get someone with a bearish perspective to go on a bullish show (E.G. Cramer) and present the honest opinion of the bearish person.
You never see bears on these shows near a stock market top.

The banks get a double benefit.
They buy cheap as people sell.
They get the benefit of people who go short, covering their losses when the stock market rises. They have to become buyers as well.

Sometimes they can even get a bearish view to appear on a non financial show with a larger audience.
E.G. This went out in late September 2011. The stock market bottomed very early in October 2011.
BBC has a pundit on, advising the end of the world as we know it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ky_rObbiOIU

After 9/11 the same kind of thing happened. Late September 2001 there was TV advice to buy S&P puts (a bet the stock market would go down).
The only ever time to my knowledge that this has ever happened. Guess what happened the very next day.

N.B. The big banks will put out a positive article when they have completed their buying program.
This can be real or manufactured positive news.
The journalists will run it whatever, they can't tell the difference between real or manufactured "news".

2) Political example
When a particular politician or Party wants to get a particular story or angle out, they will usually offer some kind of "exclusive" interview with a favored journalist.
The journalist will print it, pretty much word for word without any questions.
They might add some favorable comments in support.
They certainly will not add any negative comments, they do not want to jeopardize their "favored relationship" status with that Party or politician.
Said journalist is happy to be conned. He/she will get future "exclusives".

The rest of the media will usually pick up on the story and reprint it with some kind of commentary opinion of their own. They are hungry for "news".
This is the idea.

Sometimes the story will not get circulated.
The politician or Party will then usually try again with a slightly different angle but the same theme.

3) Political example
During the Republican nomination elections, just about everybody in the mainstream media, used the delegate counts produced by AP.
These were, by far, the most inaccurate counts of anyone (there were several).
Absolutely nobody (except me and a Democrat supporter who didn't have an agenda) used the delegate counts in the Green Papers.
The Green Papers had by far the most accurate delegate counts of any relatively mainstream source.
http://www.thegreenpapers.com/P12/R-Alloc.phtml

For those who do not know, the Green Papers hold detailed information on the Republican election rules for each state.
They are recognised as an invaluable source of information for this purpose.
They also publish information on main political events, e.g. the dates of elections and of District and State Conventions.
They also publish election information during elections (E.G. a running delegate count).

The Democrat supporter above, used the Green Papers as a main source for his delegate counts.
He only used the AP count as advice for what the public were being told.

N.B. The RNC had already chosen Mitt Romney long before the Republication nomination elections had even started.
At least as early as mid 2011, but probably in 2008 when Romney conceded to John McCain.
Party officials in each state were encouraged to support Mitt Romney.
Information on the state of the Republican nomination election was fed out to the media accordingly.

When Mitt Romney got into trouble by losing the Iowa election, the results published showed a narrow Romney win. It was later retracted to a Santorum win but by then it was of little value.
Romney had already used the momentum builder of an Iowa "win" and it was of little use to Santorum.
It only took the adjustment of a very few votes to switch from Santorum to Romney - the election was VERY close.
The recount showed a Santorum win.
None of the media investigated this story.

Fox always used the AP count, but almost all media did also, e.g the NY Times.
CNN had their own count but this was extremely inaccurate also. The staff producing the CNN count also had very little knowledge.

Do Republican voters really think THEY "picked" Mitt Romney?

N.B. Bain Capital acquired ClearChannel which owns about 90% of talk show radio in 2008 to further Mitt Romney's 2012 election run.

4) General
There are all sorts of examples on all sorts of subjects that are pushed by large corporations thru the mainstream media.
Food and medicine is a good example.
This site is a good counterweight to mainstream reporting of food and drugs.
http://www.naturalnews.com/

Appendix 1
US media ownership in detail.
http://www.freepress.net/ownership/chart/



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