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  •  I thought over 90% of media personnel voted Dem? (0+ / 0-)

    These criticisms of the general media come across as Sarah "palininisms" e.g. lamestream media.

    Some...spoke with strong and powerful voices, which proclaimed in accents trumpet-tongued,"I am beautiful, and I rule". Others murmured in tones scarcely audible, but exquisetly soft and sweet, "I am little, and I am beloved"." Armandine A.L. Dupin

    by Kvetchnrelease on Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 06:28:52 AM PDT

    •  Employees do lots of things (0+ / 0-)

      that they're bosses tell them to do, like create false equivalency memes.

      "A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will produce in time a people as base as itself." - Joseph Pulitzer

      by CFAmick on Fri Apr 20, 2012 at 08:07:01 AM PDT

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    •  Yes ... but the upper 1% that signs the checks (3+ / 0-)
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      and makes the hire/fire decisions -- THEY "lean Corporatist."

       And that's putting it gently.

      I remember a long long time ago when Democrats controlled the House and Hippies walked the Earth ... a journalist friend of mine explained why his 1979 coverage of the annual Boston Bussing Bustup was such sentimental softball compared to his deeply investigative work only two years before.

      Had a new set of editors handed out directives?  Threats? Were there censorship concerns?

      His reply "Arbitrons!  Every week the Arbitron books are put on the general manager's desk and all the on-air personnel and their staffs read the ratings.  Arbitron Ratings are the color-blind gender neutral metric by which salary increases (in a time of 12% inflation) are decided."

      "Hence," he continued "we all elbow and knee our way to see the books and if we find that our audience has slipped a couple of points, we go looking for a nice juicy sex-murder story or a tear-jerking human interest tale to bring our ratings back up to where they should be."

      "Investigative reporting wins awards ... but sentiment keeps asses on couches -- eyes on screens."

      And that was in the days before practical channel surfing technology became commonplace.

    •  90% vote Dem? (0+ / 0-)

      How fascinating.  Have a source for that?  Care to share the source?

      It is the highest impertinence ... in kings and ministers, to pretend to watch over the economy of private people, ... They are themselves always, and without any exception, the greatest spendthrifts in the society. - Adam Smith

      by treesrock on Sat Apr 21, 2012 at 04:28:16 AM PDT

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