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  •  As you may have noticed, the amount of... (5+ / 0-)

    ...climate change coverage on the FP and in the diaries at Daily Kos is in a sharp upswing since the election. And that covers a wide range of things, including original reporting from some of us, as well as, pointing out new studies and the like.

    But, like it or not, the broadcast channels, not the cable channels and definitely not NPR and PBS are where most Americans still get their news. Pointing out that propaganda has clout, especially when there is little in the traditional media countering that propaganda, is an important part of our role as activists. We have to know what those we are trying to persuade are seeing and hearing in regard to subjects—like global warming—that we care about.

    Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 06:02:25 PM PST

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    •  And it is pointed out... (1+ / 0-)
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      several times a day. Over and over but to what end?

      If I ever see a Democrat trying to work information into the national public debate and the network denying them or pretending those efforts don't exist I'd be the first to diary that fact. Now that would be an issue I could sink my teeth into.

      Go ahead and invalidate my point. It's been done enough times. There is no point to be found in promoting well run media when there is knocking the network's brains out to fall back on. Just keep punching someone. I get it we are powerless to promote the media that is covering the issues but everyone knows there is enormous gains to be made by constantly whining and complaining about the networks. Perhaps they will change their ways and switch from the stories that will best keep asses on the couches for the next pharmaceutical commercial. Or perhaps the goal is just to get the aging audience to give up watching news. If it is about pointing out some fact about what they ignore,  I think we get it by now.

      I no longer post comment with links to those screaming "The Media Ignored This!" diaries. Comments like "Oh you mean this that was covered on Morning Edition, then discussed by Brian Lerher, the story that The PBS NewsHour had a roundtable discussion about this evening, that ignored story?" I don't bother anymore because the comment are usually followed by a (none/0) and no reply. That just dosen't fit in with the "See it's the media's fault" meme when things are slow in the "See it's the Republicans fault department."

      Shit, I no longer post anything political or can even be bothered with the "actions" here anymore. I wouldn't even be here except fo the fact that someone I respect and trust sent me an email about this important diary.

      But you know what always get me? How many links I can find to Bill Mckibben on either the CBS, NBC or ABC news sites and how few I can find on an elected Democrats page or see his name linked to an elected Democrat. I went looking for Democrats attempting to force climate change into the national debate after my President announced it would be a second term priority, pretty slim pickings.

      Now there is something I could write a zero impact diary about or try to make points about getting the people we supported into office into the national debate so people who are not paying attention will take notice. Yes I was taught well, these cannot be done so go find someone else to blame. But one thing, that is fucking useless and no matter how many efforts to scream about the media get posted here those Democrats keep getting more and more corporate and swinging further and further to the right.  

      But you're right, keep exposing the networks. Everyone know you can always change a TV station but politicians cannot even be addressed.  Hey if it was kept down to anything but a full blown propaganda program here I wouldn't have a beef but it has become total bullshit. Just some more silliness to type, whining and complaining about everyone in this nation who is not an elected Democrat.  

      •  Eddie, I did not try to invalidate your... (3+ / 0-)
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        ...comment. I pointed out the rationale behind knowing what the traditional media is talking about on various subjects because that traditional media reaches far more people than outlets like NPR and PBS and we need to reach those people as well.

        As far as my friend Bill McKibben is concerned, I posted a lengthy excerpt from his "Why climate change won't wait for the president to act" in this very space on Monday.

        More and more diaries about a range of global warming topics are appearing on right side here by A Siegel, beach babe in fl, FishOutofWater, HoundDog, Bill Moyers, Lefty Coaster, Laurence Lewis. And there will be more on the Front Page as well. It's noted at the beginning of this diary that President Obama was all-but-silent about climate change in 2012. Other Democrats who are into the delay game when it comes to climate change will not be let off the hook in these diaries.

        Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

        by Meteor Blades on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 07:27:03 PM PST

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