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    the corrosive role of the corporate media.  As much as I share WeNeed3rdParty's feelings about the destructive consequences of 8 (or more) years of pseudo-fascist rule, we - and the Democratic Party - cannot afford to dismiss or deride the sort of sentiment expressed (quite thoughtfully) by John.  Image does matter in politics.  The reason why image matters is not that the American people are stupid and shallow, but that the corporate media depicts civic life in a way that is stupid and shallow.

    Media corporations are concerned primarily with selling an audience to advertisers.  We are their "product," and their programming is calibrated not only to attracting the widest audience, but to attracting the "right" target demographic for certain advertisers.  Real journalism doesn't accomplish this.  Even if we ignore for a moment the economic interests of media corporations that were at stake in the 2000 election, there was an institutional bias toward making election coverage "entertaining" and digestible (i.e. "shallow").  In the absence of civic values that would lead to coverage of actual policy issues, the story became how people [should have] "felt" about the candidates.

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    by Cool Blue Reason on Sat Sep 10, 2005 at 08:44:52 AM PDT

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