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  •  Thanks, Al. (4+ / 0-)

    I think the argument has been made (by Ray and others) that the mainstream media, as "tool of the oligarchy," has been all pro-war, all the time.

    Do you agree with that assessment?

    Calling other DKos members "weenies" is a personal insult and therefore against site rules.

    by Bob Johnson on Thu Sep 12, 2013 at 12:51:29 PM PDT

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    •  Not all the time no. (4+ / 0-)

      As for the tool of the oligarchy, pretty much yes.  Not all of it but the oligarchy does control it and uses it to its advantage.  

      •  It's a cumulative effect; the narrative ends up (3+ / 0-)
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        being propaganda.

        •  That's what I was thinking, the theme or narrative (2+ / 0-)
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          is consistent.  The evil dictator, WMDs, fear, danger, massacres, etc. and it sinks in to the general public who don't bother to read beyond the headlines.  There's plenty of truth but you have to read with an eye on the agenda.  Of course that's the same everywhere, alternative media also.  You have to learn to separate the wheat from the chaff.  It's like with Assad.  One thing very noticeable is how just about everybody prefaces their comments that Assad is an evil dictator.  Just like Gaddafi and Saddam.  But it's not like all these people have really studied Assad and what's he done and most refuse to rationalize the facts about U.S. actions such as Bush and a million dead in Iraq or Obama killing children with drones.

        •  Homogenization of the MSM (1+ / 0-)
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          Access, the Beltway Bubble, five major corporations now control most of the MSM, etc. all contribute to the homogenization of the MSM. Homogenization is also a case where the media has become lazy and does not dig into the real story, but accepts the talking points put out by political spokespersons.  In effect, it ends up making the MSM a tool of the PTB.  Call it propaganda or something less offensive, but the result is the same.  Much of the information leading to the truth gets obscured from the public as a result.

          "I don't want to run the empire, I want to bring it down!" ~ Dr. Cornel West speaking to Occupy Tallahassee on January 18, 2012

          by gulfgal98 on Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 09:59:52 AM PDT

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