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  •  The Free Press Model is not in operation. (7+ / 0-)

    There is a coercive process of censorship in action.

    Journalists are coerced by their editors to establish friendly relationships with government officials and industry leaders, so they can print stories which quote "highly placed sources".

    Those same journalists are coerced by the relationships they've established with the "highly placed sources". They can't report anything that will anger their sources.

    If the journalists do somehow get an important story that doesn't alienate their "highly placed" sources, then the editors exercise their editorial powers to soften stories that are detrimental to their political viewpoints or sharpen stories that are aligned with their political viewpoints.

    Any editor or journalist who does not practice the requisite level of self-censorship will be fired by the publisher.

    While I don't hold Obama in high esteem, that doesn't mean I would say he's the Devil Incarnate and the lessor of evils. He is merely the lessee of evils.

    by xynz on Tue Apr 17, 2012 at 02:40:29 PM PDT

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