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  •  If the media were entirely at fault here (6+ / 0-)

    then how do we know so much more than the rest of the American public?

    Maybe it's the fault of the public at large instead.

    •  It's the newsmedia's JOB to go through records (3+ / 0-)
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      greenearth, Jimdotz, Executive Odor

      and archives to inform their reporting.  WE do that stuff here because many of us are interested in the subject.

      For the casual news consumer, the demo that covers most people, they rely on the integrity of the newsmedia.

      You think most people have even processed the fact that the major share of newsmedia is controlled by a handful of corporations?

      You think the newsmedia is going to inform them of that?

      •  Based on your argument (0+ / 0-)

        The "casual news consumer" also shares a large portion of the blame, doesn't (s)he? If we are so interested in the subject and have so much information at hand, the fact that the "casual" consumer does not reflects poorly on the intellectual curiosity of the consumer. Look, everyone, including the casual consumer, knows that the media really does not care much about hard news and is largely ratings-based (they should have figured out from now by the hours of coverage the media devotes to worthless celebrity stories). However, we must ask ourselves why such worthless, lazy, and misdirected reporting from the media gets high ratings. Perhaps it's because the public is really not that interested in hard news, in which case the problem circles right back to the public.

    •  If it weren't for the eyes and ears of Kossacks, (3+ / 0-)
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      Hornito, greenearth, echatwa

      I wouldn't know nearly as much as I do about those juicy news bombshells that only get 1 day coverage buried inside the MSM newspapers and magazines.

      It's out there in the MSM, but it's so damned hard to find it all without blogs to amplify and clarify it.

      The Netroots will change American government as profoundly as the printing press changed medieval Europe, pamphleteers changed colonial America, or television changed the "Jim Crow" South, apartheid South Africa, and the Soviet Union.

      Many of us here can envision those changes, and that frustrates us to no end, but 2006 was only the beginning.

      The Revolution has begun and Kossacks are leading it.

      I fear that the Bush Era of American History shall forever be as stained as the Nazi Era of German History, bringing shame to all Americans for decades.

      by Jimdotz on Fri Sep 14, 2007 at 01:20:16 PM PDT

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    •  a) In Which Case We Have the Wrong Sys of Govt (1+ / 0-)
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      and require elite rule just as the Republicans have been insisting; and

      b) Because we don't depend on the MSM. There are always a few who don't.

      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 Fri Sep 14, 2007 at 03:44:08 PM PDT

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      •  Then the question becomes: (0+ / 0-)

        Why are we so special in that we do not depend on the MSM? Is that not a sign of a lack of intellectual curiosity from the rest of the public?

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