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Corporate Media Pushs Propaganda to Keep Wealthy Rich

Discussion in 'BBS Hangout: Debate & Discussion' started by glynch, Apr 21, 2010.

  1. glynch

    glynch Contributing Member

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    It is interesting how Sarah Palin the Paris Hilton of poltics is now so reported on. The merger of politics, news and celebrity voyeurism. What are Sarah's (she just needs one name as a celeb) daughter and her child's father up to? Is she hanging with grandpappy McCain, who never claimed to be a maverick? Inquiring minds want to know.

    A Corporate Media Owned by Wealthy Interests is Going to Disseminate Propaganda Aimed at Perpetuating Wealth for the Wealthy.

    BUZZFLASH EDITOR'S BLOG BY MARK KARLIN

    A Corporate Media Owned by Wealthy Interests is Going to Disseminate Propaganda Aimed at Perpetuating Wealth for the Wealthy.

    Why is this so hard to understand? If the airwaves were truly public, we would see diversity in news and the return of hundreds of billions of dollars in broadcast profits to the public treasury.

    But in the spirit of corporate welfare, private corporations have been given or sold for nominal amounts the right to further enrich the wealthy and global businesses using airwaves that belong to the American citizens. That's not free enterprise; that's socialism for the super rich and stockholders at the expense of the working stiff.

    And what do we get from this socialized corporate bonanza?

    We get entertainment and news that is just filler in between segments of advertising that make the owners of Big Media very wealthy indeed. In fact, at a time when we most need a broadcast media with a sense of civic responsibility to sort out public policy issues, we get celebrity entertainment.

    Politics has become just another reality TV show, a soap opera of the never-ending saga of Sara Palin. Or there is the daily overload of the "Tea Party," which was literally created in part by FOX Fraudcasting and its allies in the right wing. Television media -- and radio to a great extent -- aren't neutral providers of information; they have taken sides in the great political class conflict of our time, and they side with the numbing message that the status quo of trickle down corporate welfare is good for America, when, in reality, it's good for the owners of television outlets but not for the average American.

    Politics has been reduced to a trivialized game of "American Idol on Capitol Hill." Public policy becomes more an issue of covering spectacle and personality trivia and speculation than significant issues that confront the nation.

    Distraction of the masses is good for the corporate media barons, as they consolidate ownership of Big Media, because a poorly or misinformed public is easier to feed lies to.

    When Sarah Palin and the Tea Party become real soap operas, who is able to tell the difference from the soaps that are generated out of a script room so that the stations can sell soap and feminine hygiene products?

    For some reason, wealthy Democrats have shown little interest in buying media, maybe because they feel good talking about economic justice but less motivated to see the Reagan tax cuts rolled back, so they are content with the merger of GOP talking points, celebrity news, personality politics and entertainment that dominate what used to be called "news."

    It's not news.

    It's the rich broadcast media corporations that thrive on increased ratings when all news becomes titillation and sensationalism.

    You can make a killing that way, and make the very rich even richer, because it's much easier, to paraphrase Marie Antoinette, to "Let them watch Sarah!" than to actually engage in reporting on the great issues of the day.

    http://blog.buzzflash.com/contributors/3151
     
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    I see mentions of "Palin", "Fox", and "Reagan" in this article.

    As if Democrats are not merged/forged/fused with Corporate America or the Media Establishment.

    This nonstop cat fight between you guys in this forum is laughable. They got you chasing your tails incessantly, all-the-while oblivious to the fact that both parties are one and the same and equal WHORES in every sense of the word.

    Where is all the big "change" you were promised during Obama's campaign? Structurally absolutely nothing has changed. Wars persist, national debt compounds, federal prosecutors still get 90%+ conviction rates (highest in the world), the US still has the world's highest incarceration rate, corporations still get free reign in their everlasting marriage w/ govt., and gitmo is still alive and well.

    But of course you zombies continue on in your perpetual numbness to the reality around you.
     
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  4. Red Chocolate

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    WHERE WERE U WHEN BUSH WAS I N OFFICE LMAO!!!111

    Bro, most people just don't get it. Distract, divide, and conquer. The blueprint for taking over minds, men and worlds.
     
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    Did you see the discussion of the rich Democrats who would rather not see the Reagan tax cuts rolled back or did you just see the word "Reagan?"
     
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    This.... totally agree with this...
     
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  7. GladiatoRowdy

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    Freaking hilarious. John Cleese is one of the funniest people ever and, though this clip was made for the English political environment, it applies here.

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    Yes, who exactly are these "rich Democrats" who no longer buy media?

    John Edwards? :grin:

    And please educate me on these Reagan tax cuts. From my understanding the top bracket individual tax rate was 70% when Reagan took office and something like 28% when he left.

    So now what percentage have Clinton/Obama rolled back those Reagan tax cuts? And a step further, what has happened to Corporate tax rates during their terms? Tax dividends? ooooh from 15% to 20%, when they were at 39.6% just a decade ago :rolleyes:
     
  9. glynch

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    Hey, I largely agree. The article criticizes rich Dems for not contesting the status quo-- just leaving the media status quo to the conservatives.

    The wealthy he is talking about would have to be guys like
    Buffet, Bill Gross perhaps Gates if he is a Dem-- not small fry like Edwards.

    At least Buffet said on one interview that while he and Gates' foundation is very large for a private charitable organization, it is peanuts can compared to what the government spends and therefore could do if it wanted.

    Buffet and Gates if they really want to change things could invest in media to spread the type of info that would lead voters to change the status quo rather than the type of thing we see with the Teabaggers and many of the consrvatives on this fourm who believe talking points that support the wealthy, hurt the environment etc.
     
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    well said. The D&D is a wasteland, which is sad because it would actually be nice to talk about issues. However, once you start to talk to someone you are either a liberal or conservative and automatically attacked.


    spoken like a true neo-con warmonger ;)
     
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  12. B-Bob

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    Ah, a nice post until everyone who disagrees with you becomes... wait for it... a zombie. Yes, just like people who don't believe the government carried out 9/11 are zombies in an adjacent thread. And of course, we've been told countless times that anyone who voted for Obama is a zombie.

    This appears to be the new "nazis." It's only a matter of time until an entire group of people are labeled braindead zombies for even a slightly different point of view. Color me completely unimpressed by that ironically braindead rhetorical turd.
     
  13. pippendagimp

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    The John Edwards mention was only meant in jest.

    Regarding Buffett, he has spoken out against tax cuts for many many years now and lamented that "there is class warfare in America, and his class is winning." The convenient fact of the matter however is that he's never really had to pay any taxes thus far anyways because he never sells out of his stock positions :grin:

    Gross may be a Democrat I dunno, but he sure doesn't like the current spending spree Obama's gone on and he's spoken out against it at length.

    Gates I also don't know if he's donkey or elephant but in any case he's been sitting on the country's biggest monopoly for 2 decades now and his Gates Foundation is partnered up with Monsanto/Rockefeller Foundation so quite frankly I'd really rather he not invest in media to spread any type of info :grin:

    Nonetheless all this Dem/Rep bickering is an exercise in futility. They are 99 44/100% the same!
     
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    I apologize that you have taken offense to the term I used, "zombie." It was honestly the first, and at the time of writing, the most accurate description I could find in my palette. Do you prefer sheeple?
     
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    I thought it might improve after the disappearance of Biggie and T_J (or is it Biggie/T_J :grin: ) but it's just the same nonsense. Every issue is automatically framed around whether the poster is Dem or Rep from the start and any real discussion is hijacked from thereon.
     
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    At the sametime though MSNBC has been providing an ideological counterpoint to Fox News while media people like Jon Stewart have been skewering the corporate media (lets not forget though that Comedy Central is owned by a big corporation Viacom.) If you don't like those there still is NPR and PBS which are not corporately owned and beyond those there is Democracy Now. Lets not forget all of the blogs out there too.

    Rather than their being a lack of diversity if anything media is way more diverse than it ever was. Lets not forget too that back in the good old days of uncle Walter the broadcast media was even more dominated by a handful of companies, called CBS, ABC and NBC.
     
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    So instead of trying to engage in rational debate you would rather just call people "zombies".

    The D & D is what you make of it and while some might be zombies there are a lot of thoughtful people on here too.
     
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    As opposed to thinking that everything is a conspiracy? Indulging in conspiracy theories are its own distraction and escapism as it removes any responsibility on your part to try to change things when its easier just to blame it on forces beyond your control.
     
  19. DonnyMost

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    The D&D gets nauseating when something controversial is happening (major event, election, etc) but for the most part, the above is true, the majority of posters here during the downtimes are actually very thoughtful and intelligent. A couple of lame-o's stick around persistently like dingleberries unshakable from the butthole of partisanship, but otherwise it's actually a good pool.
     
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    Gaddamit.
     

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