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  •  in related news (12+ / 0-)

    people's daily doesn't cover much in the way of official corruption in beijing, the housing bubble in shanghai, or riots in the chinese countryside.

    •  Good Point. (1+ / 0-)
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      But then, People's Daily is a government publication so we don't have very high expectations. Not that we should for Time, either. But.

      Both cover enough of what you mention to claim they do and the conclusions are as satisfyingly predictable and mediocre as MacDonald's Fries.

      I'm willing to bet I can read the first couple of paragraphs of any article in either and predict what follows with at least 60% accuracy. Maybe 90% with China Daily, their articles are shorter.

      What about my Daughter's future?

      by koNko on Sat Nov 26, 2011 at 06:19:37 AM PST

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      •  one of the hardest things for us to realize (0+ / 0-)

        is that our media is not free, just because it is not officially controlled by a state. american political ideology, in its zeal to check the power of the state, seriously underestimates the degree of potential social or information control by non-state actors.

        a more subtle hegemony is exercised by seemingly independent media in both systems, which sacrifice some talking points to gain the trust of skeptical readers in order to hold fast on other, more fundamental ones (or to defend strategic lacuna in their coverage, which has the same result).

        and in both china and america, as people become conscious of just how BS most coverage is, and thus how aware they become that they are not - cannot - get the whole story from their media or government pronouncements, the more important rumor becomes in filling those known gaps.

        •  Back before the creation of national networks (1+ / 0-)
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          starting with the first national radio stations - America was filled with thousands of newspapers competing for readers.

          All this competition made for a somewhat healthier environment when it came to informing the public. Most cities had papers that were blatantly Republican or Democratic, but also papers that tried to find their own unique angles (including socialist and communist papers). The New York Times was originally founded as an 'impartial' alternative to other papers with a clear party bias.

          At one point NYC probably had 20 or more MAJOR newspapers.

          Now the same handful of people control almost everything - but I guess they feel like its not enough because the FCC is laying groundwork to consolidate the media even futher:

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