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  •  Although that's always tempting, and I certainly (2+ / 0-)
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    Susan from 29, twigg

    can't stand right-wing media, as a student of history I can't quite accept that.  I'm mindful of all of the viciously anti-Semetic media that Ford's auto empire paid for, as well as the outrageously low quality of newspapers in the 19th century, where it was expected that newspapers would be slanted on every page, not just the editorial pages.  As to radio?  Glenn Beck can't hold a candle to Father Coughlin, who today would be placed in the same category as that creepy guy from North Florida who had the obsession with burning the Qur'an.

    Media dominated by the owner's political agenda is not a new thing in America, and there was no "golden age" of journalism to look back to.  So I'm no defender of Rush Limbaugh or Fox News, but we need to be careful to not tilt at the wrong windmills here.  Should we get Limbaugh off the air, shame his sponsors?  Absolutely.  But we risk a lot if we ascribe too much power to right-wing media.

    "The first drawback of anger is that it destroys your inner peace; the second is that it distorts your view of reality. If you come to understand that anger is really unhelpful, you can begin to distance yourself from anger." - The Dalai Lama

    by auron renouille on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 01:58:07 AM PST

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    •  I wasn't referring to the right wing media, but (2+ / 0-)
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      to all our corporate owned media. I am aware of the sorry history of the Hearst papers that sold us a war in Cuba and the memorable characters like Father Coughlin, who were so memorable because they were the exceptions.

      It is the acceptance of the perceived conventional wisdom that we are a center right nation by the entire corporate media that has led the nation to believe it to be true, even though it clearly is not, as shown by the voters. It may have been first spoken by Karl Rove or Dick Cheney on Fox News, but all of the other media have repeated it without question or challenge, as if it were in fact truth. And that is where the problem lies.

      "I cannot live without books" -- Thomas Jefferson, 1815

      by Susan Grigsby on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 02:50:06 AM PST

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