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View Diary: Climate change coverage down 90% in 2011 on the Sunday talk shows. All Republicans, no scientists (148 comments)

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  •  It is time to go after the advertisers (1+ / 0-)
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    Pay attention to the commercials on the evening news, I actually monitored commercials during three local newscasts over a two week period when I was in college and I found that 30% of the commercials were from the auto industry.  The auto industry has a major financial interest in making sure nothing is done to address climate change, the fact that they are providing such a large amount of money to fund the news is hugely significant.  We need to make it clear that we know that advertising dollars influence the news we hear, we can not allow the media to continue to pretend that the interests of their advertisers has no effect on the content of the news.

    •  The networks are the Pravda of the ruling class. (0+ / 0-)

      The content of news programming promotes overall corporate interests even more effectively than ads for individual products. The ads are just an additional revenue stream -- the icing on the cake.

      If they had to, the top 1% could easily afford to entirely underwrite the cost of news programming that is entirely favorable to their wealth and hellfare. Although, it's more likely the bottom 99% would be compelled to foot the bill for that as well.

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