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  •  Well Decades Ago We Severely Weakened Public (2+ / 0-)
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    service requirements for broadcast media, and began to allow vast media consolidation.

    By 15-20 years ago the free press --structurally-- had become state press. The actual Bill of Rights itself makes the press not a free press but a state press, simply by the way it works in our time and current laws.

    THese press are global not American, they are some owned and all sponsored by large global corporations, those corporations and their owners overwhelmingly dominate the funding that elects our government.

    Free press --> corporate press --> state press.

    Sure they're businesses, and one part of their model is to sell eyeballs, so there are and will be times they present the peoples' perspective just because it happens to draw big audiences. Mostly though their role is to promote top ownership and defend it against the people.

    So the press holding their government's law enforcement accountable to the people??

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 12:56:03 PM PDT

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    •  Even Al Jazeera America (1+ / 0-)
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      which is a press group I respect, is not pressing charges against cops for any of the actions taken against them, from the illegal stop, bodily threats and assault of them just outside of Ferguson the other night to the deliberate firing of tear gas at them and dismantling their gear.

      If all you (the Press) got is whining, who gives shit. It is HIGH TIME for all press to band together to attack the problems with every thing they can bring to bear, from exposes of rogue cops, to pieces about the "good cops" covering for the bad cops with names and dates, to law suits, etc.

      These jack-booted murderous thugs told us all to, "Bring it, fucking animals, bring it." It is time the 4th estate find its courage and do it.

      Of the almost 1,900 dead Palestinians, the IDF said it killed "900 terrorists" in Gaza. Add that to its long list of lies.

      by pajoly on Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 01:39:58 PM PDT

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