Dan Rather: "Stay skeptical and ever-vigilant"Submitted by TheLorax on Wed, 12/19/2012 - 20:19
Dan Rather was on Reddit today doing an AMA. One of the top questions he answered pertains to the 'government-media complex', the internet and freedom:
skepticofskeptics -- You have been very outspoken about how "big business" and "big government" collude with the media to propagate their own respective agendas.
"These large corporations, they have things they need from the power structure in Washington, whether it's Republican or Democrat, and of course the people in Washington have things they want the news to be reported," he said. "To put it bluntly, very big business is in bed with very big government in Washington, and has more to do with what the average person sees, hears, and reads than most people know."
In what ways do you think that the government can have the same kind of influence over the availability of internet media? Do you think we can trust Google to resist the same kind of bias and pressure from those in government who may want to influence what we can see and find on the internet?
danratherreport[S] -- the short answer is no - freedom requires constant vigilance and one needs to be constantly skeptical about reassurances on freedom. Stay skeptical and ever-vigilant.
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