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Saturday, November 06, 2010

Medium: rare ethics

The yawning chasm between news and propaganda has never been more vividly on display this week. Just ask Keith Olbermann. Or Barney Frank.

While Rush Limbaugh and friends spread tall tales about the cost of a presidential visit to India, lies that were quickly spread by the Fox "News" operation, Olbermann felt the wrath of MSNBC -- staying true to the values in the "NBC"-- by being suspended for making campaign contributions to Democrats.

On the home front, Frank has become the central target for the Herald's GOP talking points transmission belt, an assault likely to get even more vituperative because Frank doesn't have an off button either.

And in stark contrast MSNBC's disciplinary actions, Fox, Rupert Murdoch and Sean Hannity get off without so much as a "tut-tut" while the Herald ignores Howie Carr's "off-duty" hosting of Republican political events.

You really don't have to look very far to find a major reason for the demise of moderates in today's America. Starting with the demise of Fairness Doctrine, conservatives have been pushing the news-commentary edge farther to the right, all the while yammering about media bias.

It's the ultimate big lie of propagandists and it has split this nation like at no other time since the Civil War.

The most disheartening thing is there is very little that can be done in a constitutional democracy -- where the Supreme Court has equated money with speech and the media are properly protected from government intrusion.

But it surely leaves you sad for the future of this country, seemingly doomed to the domination of shouting heads from a telescreen.

We have met the enemy is he is us.

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Blogger Readwriteblue said...

There is more of Neilsen rating, than of politics in the decision to fire Mr. Olbermann. The contrived controversy may cause a ratings boost. Such a boost might favor the NBC share holders’ price in their sale to Comcast.
Mr. Frank is his own worst enemy and richly deserves all the attention that he is now getting. This can be a good thing for the Progressive Democrats if they use it to retire Mr. Frank and absorb his gerrymandered district into some lees high profile yet reliably liberal congressmen.
As to the President’s trip abroad, I only learned about the $200 million road trip lie when it was shown to be false on Bill O’Reilly.
The corruption of the media has nothing to do with the long expired fairness doctrine and everything to do with liberal group think and scandals like KTVA-CBS 11 news in Alaska and Journolist. But we will have to agree to disagree on that matter

Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the two shall meet, Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God’s great Judgment Seat;

November 06, 2010 11:25 AM  

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