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  •  I am just theorizing. (18+ / 0-)

    In response to your wondering about the MSM. I think there may be three factors.
    1. "News" has become entertainment, and seeks ratings, and thus money, rather than truth.
    2. If they get too hard nosed on the lies, they can't get interviews, or get the big names to come on their shows, and then the ratings fall. See item 1.
    3. Virtually all of the media outlets are owned by a handful of extremely wealthy individuals or corporations, who have very little interest in truth, especially if it isn't in the favor of the wealthy, and furthermore, what they want are profits, from high ratings. See also items 1 and 2.

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      4. MSM wants the election to be close, because that drives viewers and ratings. If the horse race is effectively over, no one will watch! So they pump R&R and denigrate O&B.
      5. Related to 3 above - GOP policies favor wealthy people and corporations, so MSM does its best to obfuscate just how bad those policies are for actual voters.
      6. Related to 3 & 5 above - MSM does not exist to educate or even entertain us. It exists to make money, and it does that by collecting ad revenues. The mega-corps that advertise on TV would run like cheetahs from any program that denigrated them (aka told the truth about them!) or otherwise posed a threat to their privileges, even if (especially if!) viewership remained high. Case in point - Edward R. Murrow was perhaps the most popular journalist of his time after calling out McCarthy and HUAC, but his program was cancelled b/c his sponsors withdrew. They were so virulently anti-Communist that even legitimate criticism of the witch hunt could not be tolerated. Note that this dynamic, where sponsors control content, also ensures we will never hear the whole truth about either corporate malfeasance, or mistreatment of workers.

      Democracy - Not Plutocracy!

      by vulcangrrl on Sun Aug 19, 2012 at 04:36:53 PM PDT

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      •  I have been afraid that this is the answer but (1+ / 0-)
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        I really hoped that there was something else that I missed.

        God, its hard not to be totally cynical on the press.

        "There is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats ..." - Kenneth Grahame -

        by RonK on Sun Aug 19, 2012 at 07:29:23 PM PDT

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    •  Nothing's changed. (3+ / 0-)
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      RonK, howd, kurious

      As in the days of Murrow, so it is today.

      It's still the Corporate Media.

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