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  •  mark, i have problems with this (1+ / 0-)
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    you underestimate radio- problems with the MSM cannot be accurately analyzed without factoring the coordinated repetition from 1200 radio stations. most all media analysis misses this fact- unfortunately you're not the only one.

    and the reason it is routinely glossed over is why it has been so successful- there is no way to read what is being blasted across the country on a daily basis. there is no database that can be searched to know what is being repeated and how often, or how state megastations are effecting state politics.

    what happened in wisconsin and the protests there, referred to in you paper, cannot be accurately recorded without factoring in radio. in you paper you write:

    I saw the trucks from the major television news organizations parked around the square: CNN, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, and Fox News;
    many of the facts about what was happening in Madison were not getting out via mainstream media.
    consolidation and the profit motive are major problems in the MSM but the effect of media on politics in this country and the success of the right in dumbing us down and obstructing nearly everything progressive is due primarily to ignoring the right's talk radio monopoly.

    the MSM is significant for what they leave out but they can't create like talk radio. even in consolidation there is still some competition. when the BS detector goes on we can turn the page or change the channel. but in most parts of the country there are no free alternatives for politics while driving and working. unchallenged talk radio repetition is where the alternate reality and lies are made acceptable.

    what happened in wisconsin, like the OWS protests, was being distorted on RW talk radio all over the country. and it will continue to be distorted long after the protestors are gone. how many protestors is one (ignored) blowhard with a megaphone worth? locally, the main madison limbaugh station WIBA-AM, 1310, with UW badgers logos on it, was attacking protestors and supporting walker all day- especially the local blowhards. that was walker's biggest booster but the protestors ignored it.

    walker's entire program has 20 years of unchallenged radio repetition behind it.

    Informing the public is not the corporate media’s principal function, making money is.
    the principle function of RW radio, 1200 or so coordinated stations reaching 50 mil a week, is not to make money. profits from ads may keep stations going but that's gravy. the main purpose is to sell propaganda for the think tanks such as
    a right-wing think tank called The Media Research Center that has been pushing the liberal bias in the media meme for over twenty years.
    and to create made-to-order constituencies, and to create buzz, and blow molehills into scandalous mountains in days, and turn mountains into molehills with intimidation (traitor!, terrorist!) and swiftboating and pressure on producers  and distractions.
    This is a problem squarely and solely owned by the GOP. From economic policy to social issues and everything in between. Facts are facts—and the right has clearly become detached from reality.
    When serious news was presented, journalists pretended to find two sides to every story, even when one side of the story was the opinion of an individual or group who had no facts to back up their opinion.
    a primary function of RW radio is to distort, distract, intimidate, swiftboat, and lay out a smorgasbord of prechewed "facts" and talking points the politicians and talking heads can choose from. they know and can feel that RW crap has already been pounded into the earholes of 50 mil a week, in some cases for years and usually unchallenged by the left. RW radio makes the bullshit from those think tanks acceptable. the rest of the MSM, including fox, can't do that to anywhere near the degree talk radio can.
    The driving force behind the false equivalency in reporting is the myth that there is a liberal bias in the media. A bias that until twenty years ago did not exist and because of this incorrect perception that the mainstream media leans to the left, mainstream media outlets have gone out of their way not to be accused of having a liberal bias (Gillmor, 2010). Where did the myth of liberal bias in the media come from?
    team limbaugh have been repeating that every day for 20 years.
    The right has pushed this meme for over 20 years. It has been repeated so many times that people just assume it is true without regard to the facts.
    If you repeat a lie often enough people begin to believe that lie.
    bush's line about catapulting the propaganda was a reference to talk radio.

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Mon Jun 17, 2013 at 10:09:42 AM PDT

    •  If I could have, I would have... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...I am not going to bore you with the ugly details of this thesis, but it is not exactly the paper I wanted or hoped for it to be.

      I had to stay within a very narrowly defined scope for the thesis committee and thesis advisors (yes, I had to fire one of them). Not everything I wanted made it into the thesis and a couple things I did not want did make it in.

      I did have a section on radio it stayed in until revision did not make the cut - I do not remember the reason my advisor had for me cut it out of the paper (with over thirty different revisions over a year, it is hard to remember the reasons).

      "Republicans only care about the rich" - My late Father (-8.25, -7.85)

      by Mark E Andersen on Mon Jun 17, 2013 at 01:29:06 PM PDT

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