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  •  It's simply surreal how damaging the media (10+ / 0-)

    is and has been to the country and the interests of most of its peoples since the 70's, by actively and eagerly accepting and promoting one RW lie, myth and anti-left smear after another, at face value, without the slightest bit of critical analysis, for which it's either incapable or uninterested, for ideological, financial and even personal reasons (well-paid media stars absolutely do not want to alienate the even richer people they work for and hang out with).

    Listening to a broad section of the political media this past week in its analysis of what the election means for the country and Obama's second term, the consensus seems to be that he has to govern the way that Romney would have governed (or at least said he would havegoverned in the latter stages of the campaign, i.e. as a mainstream but not too far-right conservative). It's simply stunning how easily and uncritically most pundits and members of the media accept this as received wisdom that only a crazy person would challenge.

    And this is the basis of the ideological current we have to go up against in trying to reform policy in a more progressive direction, be it with respect to education, energy, environmental, fiscal or labor policy. It's always the same. The accepted starting point in the establishment media is always a conservative one. Perhaps a "compassionate" and non-teabagger one, but a conservative one nonetheless.

    E.g. taxes shouldn't be raised on the rich because it'll be bad for the economy and in any case is politically impossible. Spending must be cut and entitlements must be slashed because it's the only way to reduce the deficit (which is clearly the #1 problem facing the country). Obama can't let himself be held hostage by his far-left liberal base (but he must be held hostage to listen to the angry demands of sage advice of right-wing ideologues and greedy rich people serious people in the political center). And so on. Over and over and over again, this is what we here from most people in the media across the alleged ideological spectrum.

    No wonder we still lack the populist political capital to take on the establishment. They control the media and use it to manipulate public opinion in its favor.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 11:45:25 AM PST

    •  Yes, we should hurt people right now, directly... (4+ / 0-)
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      ...instead of potentially hurting them later.

      And yes, Obama should implement White America President Romney's vision instead of the vision Obama was elected to implement.

      Why, exactly, should Obama be compromising more than Bush did after stealing the election in 2000?

      The media never address that.

      •  Because it doesn't want to (6+ / 0-)

        The establishment media is absolutely committed to promoting a policy narrative that favors the interests of the already rich, powerful and privileged. This has been going on for so long that most of the public and even people in the media don't realize it, so brainwashed have they become by decades of RW propaganda. They believe what they're told because of the flawed but very human belief that if everyone's saying something then it has to be true.

        Cognitive dissonance.

        Even people who sense that something's not quite right or are otherwise honest and smart people who should know better often self-censor out of fear of being called a loon or worse. I can't tell you how many times I've gotten into a heated argument with my dad, who's generally a liberal on economic policy, over his adamant conviction that the deficit is out of control and if it's not fixed very soon, in part with cuts to entitlements, we're doomed, and that anyone who disputes this is nuts (i.e. me). He gets his news from CNN and other establishment media sources, doesn't blog or read The Nation and such, and so buys into this RW CW.

        The dissemination of political ideology is largely controlled by people who own the media and skillfully and cynically employ modern marketing methods (i.e. lying).

        "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

        by kovie on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 12:07:32 PM PST

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    •  shouldn't be surprised (2+ / 0-)
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      Who runs the major news corporations?

      Old white males.

      Which way do old white males lean politically as confirmed on 11/6? It's said but true.

      Even WaPo has been slowly but surely drifting right since the late 90's...

      Part of the 53% who used to be in the 47%. Thank you gov't for the assist!

      by cashblaster on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 01:23:02 PM PST

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      •  Not at all surprised (0+ / 0-)

        But, being human, certainly disappointed and dismayed. I don't like it when I see people in positions of power and responsibility lie, or display such stunning levels of stupidity, cowardice and laziness, especially when I know how well paid they are and how many people believe in and get their opinions from them.

        I think that they each have their own combination of motivations for spouting the nonsense that they spout and it's not all willful and self-interested, at least not at an immediately conscious level. But they're not doing their jobs, at least as public arbiters of truth. Knowingly or not, they're basically glorified PR flaks.

        "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

        by kovie on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 01:57:07 PM PST

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