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  •  No argument with your central thesis (6+ / 0-)

    that we need to be focusing on the underlying disease (Corporate money) rather than the political symptoms.

    However, using descriptive of manipulation can be misleading.

    I've worked at corporate media outlets (CNN, the local Fox affiliate), albeit in low status, non-creative areas and while it's not beyond the realm of possibility that there could be some master strategy cooked up in the executive suites, that isn't reflected in day to day operations.

    What you see is largely the result of the corporate culture that rules in such enterprises. Most of these folks aren't journalist in any traditional sense. They are performers who produce a product. As long as they produce the desired numbers in terms of ratings without any negative consequences, their bosses couldn't care less about content.

    Certainly the resulting confusion and dumbing down of the public discourse serves the Corporatist interest but it doesn't follow from this that it is conscious manipulation beyond what is dictated by market considerations. After all, the whole point of a "market driven" model is that it objectively serves the corporate interest: profit.

     This is why arguments against boycotts and other economic retaliation against "news" outlets are fundamentally wrong headed. It isn't a question of censoring journalism, since the corporate media isn't driven by journalistic standards but by profit. Without an organized, effective, economic counter-balance to massive corporate sponsorship the Jerry Springerization of "the news" is inevitable.  

    Nothing human is alien to me.

    by WB Reeves on Tue Apr 30, 2013 at 02:24:14 PM PDT

    •  That's a very accurate analysis of the situation, (6+ / 0-)

      IMHO.  I don't quibble with that.  The corporatist ethos has spread throughout society.  It's not that any given actor is consciously colluding or conspiring.  It's a cultural phenomena.

      But how we got here can be traced back.  For example, I've written about the Powell Memo, and the "business activist movement," and organizations like the Heritage Foundation, and the American Enterprise Institute, and CATO.

      All this put together brought about this debased corporate ethos that has turned the media into a propaganda machine.

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