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  •  A few bones? (3+ / 0-)
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    kpardue, sockpuppet, Elise

    In case you haven't noticed, DKos, Jon Stewart, Colbert, Michael Moore, etc, are pretty huge. Criticism of the President is so common that its almost become redundant. Even O'Reilly is critical of Bush on many occasions.

    And of course, there is the matter of the Dems winning most seats in 2006...

    If this was all part of some grand conspiracy, then they have let it go so far, that now it almost looks like "democracy".

    by Rohan on Fri May 25, 2007 at 12:10:43 AM PDT

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    •  Um. (12+ / 0-)

      In case you haven't noticed, John Stewart and Stephen Colbert are on cable for half an hour a night each. ABC and FOX are both 24 hour broadcast channels. FOX, MSNBC and CNN all have a conservative bias (FOX, of course, being the worst offender). There is no 24 news channel with a liberal bias, or even one with no bias (Who could imagine such a thing?) Michael Moore's movies cost $9.00 to see in theaters. "Path to 9/11" was available on broadcast television to anyone with a television.

      Almost all of the left-of-center voices in the mainstream media are comedians: Stewart, Colbert, Maher, etc. That should show how seriously their point of view is taken by the people who own the networks. "You can go out there and do a little song and dance, but no serious reporting or anything like that. Oh, and you're going to be relegated to late-night cable."

      Oh, and, by the way, if Michael Moore is a liberal, then I'm fucking Noam Chomsky.

      You might want to check him out, by the way. Try "Manufacturing Consent."

      •  Michael Moore is most definitely liberal (0+ / 0-)

        Maybe you don't think he's a leftist.  Dittoheads might not understand the distinction, but you should.

        Essential funk: 'Indictment' by Antibalas

        by pontechango on Fri May 25, 2007 at 05:02:27 AM PDT

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      •  That is a point (3+ / 0-)
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        greeseyparrot, esquimaux, dmnyct

        that has been bothering me lately since reading an article in the Believer, called The Two Jameses by Carlo Rotella (you have to pay to read the whole thing).  

        One of the main points was that the wealthy liberal elite, who live in enclaves of people like them, send kids to private school, have a lot of very civilized gentle values, and have all the pretensions and credentials of a ruling class, have instead become an 'Irrelevant Class' because they have none of the will and moral strength to stand up to those who really run the country - like wealthy oilmen, etc, you know the list.  One of his 'James' friends calls them "slow-running deer with targets on their foreheads".

        I'd love to diary that here just because I'd like to see the responses and arguments, maybe I will, just have to brace myself for the rapid scroll-off with 3 comments...

        "Virginia Woolf's idea of a room of one's own has never been the place for middle- and working-class women. We work with interruptions." - Ananya Chatterjea

        by sarac on Fri May 25, 2007 at 08:40:29 AM PDT

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    •  All it is is criticism. (4+ / 0-)

      People blow off steam and that's the end of it. There's no real, organized, effective opposition.

      •  Free speech ain't enough (3+ / 0-)
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        greeseyparrot, unclejohn, JeremyA

        Every time someone says: "Well, all is well because we have free speech", it cheapens what free speech is supposed to be: A call to action.  Speech is a concern to nobody in power.  ACTION is what they are scared of.

      •  Exactly. (2+ / 0-)
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        unclejohn, vigilant meerkat

        As much as I love John Stewart, his show pretty much amounts to:

        "Gee, that Bush sure is stupid!"

        Laughter. Applause. Repeat.

        To imply that a half an hour of that a night (an hour if you include The Colbert Report, and maybe one movie every three years from Michael Moore) is somehow equivalent to a 24-hour propaganda network that has tricked the majority of Americans into believing it's a legitimate news outlet, thousands of radio stations that carry hours and hours a day of right-wing talking points and an obvious right-wing bias in almost all of the rest of the mainstream media, is really just fucking crazy.

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