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  •  Of course they don't know (9+ / 0-)

    Big Oil, with their massive media control ad buys won't allow people to be informed or educated.  It's the same way that BS coverage (or no coverage at all) of the run up to the Iraq War fooled Americans (and Congress).

    Until our media is forced to serve in the public interest, they will only serve in the advertisers (or political) interests.

    There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

    by Puddytat on Sat Aug 20, 2011 at 10:53:08 PM PDT

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    •  I don't know about the 'forced' (3+ / 0-)
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      angle - for getting the MSM to acknowledge and disseminate factual and correct information, but I'd be all for some blazing consequences for withholding such intelligence from the public.

      •  Oh my (13+ / 0-)

        Check out Phil Donohue fired from MSNBC because he pissed off Big Oil by questioning the "facts" in the run up to the Iraq War was pretty eye-opening and hard to miss.  After all, Big Oil wanted their greedy mitts on that Iraqi oil Cheney promised them.

        And how about the lack of coverage of the citizens marches and protests on Wall Street and the Banksters?  Didn't see it?  Even when thousands of people, including unions, protested last year?  Well, that coverage must have gotten lost under the flurry of investment and bank ads.

        And how about any follow up on the coastal damage from the BP oil disaster and the continued illnesses residents are experiencing from the hundreds of millions of gallons of dispersant?  And the reporting on the effects of the oil/dispersant on the Gulf seafood and fish?  Yeah, those, too, must have been lost under the never-ending ads from the oil industry.

        And fracking?  Seen that covered on the MSM?  Nope!  But, I'll bet you've seen lots of ads from the natural gas industry on how their methods are "safe".  

        I could give you example after example.  But, if you want one that's current, you can look at the complete lack of coverage of the Oil Sands Pipeline - the whole purpose of these connected diaries.

        Big corporations use their ad buying power not to influence the viewers (good example:  Boeing ads - how many viewers can afford a 767?) but to influence what gets covered, and, more particularly, what doesn't get covered.

        There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

        by Puddytat on Sat Aug 20, 2011 at 11:35:49 PM PDT

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    •  Yes, big oil has bought lots of air time (6+ / 0-)

      and is filling the airwaves with lots of commercials along the lines of "the US is going to be oil-dependent for a long time, so tar sands are the answer!"... sigh.

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