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  •  Is this a rhetorical question? (7+ / 0-)

    I read this diary to be naive.

    Look, I started out as a reporter and editor in a very small weekly newspaper in the mid seventies.

    After the inevitable happened, I went around the state of Texas looking for another beginning stepping stone gig.  Every paper I identified as a prospect told me the same thing.  They would have hired me except they were about to announce that they were closing.  

    Back then the trend was already underway to consolidate and for the financial big players to make inroads into the "liberal media."  

    What fueled this then and has since, is the culture of convenience, a marriage of interests, between the big business special interests and the evangelical movement's leadership, people like Richard Viguerie, Jerry Falwell, and a variety of lesser known but influential mega church pastors.  

    Big business had no interest in the revival tent.  What they cared about was that they felt that environmentalism was goring their ox and the problem for them was that is was way too popular.  

    Thus, the idea of putting whatever it took into buying up media influence.

    There is a book by McChesney and Nichols, the End of American Journalism.  They detail the trend very well.  

    Mitt Romney is an ultimate expression of the assertion by the very rich that they deserve to be in charge.  

    The shaping of the language in order to get this across to a majority of voters has been going on for about forty years.

    The press has been pretty well retrained as corporate PR agents.  This is not be accident.  It is not because they do not understand.

    Money calls the tune.

    The alternative is to get creative about inventing ways to get through despite this and then to follow the suggestion that McChesney/Nichols propose:  enlarge on the CPB model.

    hope that the idiots who have no constructive and creative solutions but only look to tear down will not win the day.

    by Stuart Heady on Sun Jul 29, 2012 at 11:52:56 AM PDT

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