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  •  It's just good marketing and pr (32+ / 0-)

    When you're in the advertising field, you know that a message needs to be simple but layered - and be told again and again and again for people to absorb it.

    Democrats have failed at this simple marketing strategy for the entire time I've followed politics (30 years).


    •  Good marketing and PR needs AN OUTLET (14+ / 0-)

      look, none of this is the Dems fault, other than the fact that they have a majority now and don't see fit to do anything about the Media the private, for-profit corporate information service that's out there, run amok, LYING AND DISTORTING to our people every single day. On airwaves--airwaves!!--that we willingly pay to tune in to.

      What can the Dems DO? I don't know where to start, but the fact is, the LIES you see and hear today on cable and on the networks says to me that Democrats can't get their message the appropriate and honest airtime it deserves (it also says something needs to be done to rein in the Telecommunications Act, but IANAL. Seems to me, though, is that's when The News went completely to Hell)

      The Dems will never get their real message out, and the American people will never see all sides of a report as long as corporations create, control, and monitor--among each other--exactly what information the American people are given, and how they are given it. Because it is not in the best Corporate Person interest for the American People to get all relevant information, so they can decide things for themselves.

      Necessity is the mother of revolution...

      by o the umanity on Thu Apr 15, 2010 at 07:59:11 AM PDT

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      •  They could (6+ / 0-)

        What can the Dems DO?

        start by restoring the Fairness Doctrine. Before St. Ronnie scrapped it, there was no Fox News, and no Rush and his thousands of wanna-be imitators. Ever tried getting through their call screeners? I wonder just how right-wingnutty talk radio would really be if they were required to provide equal time, or even token access, to points of view other than their own?

        Beside that, just thinking out loud I'm wondering if we shouldn't consider modifying the first amendment to
        not protect false speech and deliberate lies.

        The bottom line, however, is the bottom line: As long as the media is profit-driven, they will side with Wall St and the Rethugs every time. After all, they know who's buttering their bread, and it ain't us.

        Al Qeada is a faith-based initiative.

        by drewfromct on Thu Apr 15, 2010 at 09:15:09 AM PDT

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        •  Not so sure (2+ / 0-)
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          about The Fairness Doctrine as we know it.

          I'd like to see Akre/Wilson vs New World revisited.

          I'd also like to see the Brandenburg test revisited, re: the concept of imminent danger from speech.

          Necessity is the mother of revolution...

          by o the umanity on Thu Apr 15, 2010 at 09:22:10 AM PDT

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        •  Fairness Doctrine won't work (3+ / 0-)

          Hannity & Colmes.  Liberal punching bags.  

          All the corporate newsrooms need to do is put on liberal patsies and they conform to the fairness doctrine.  It's an unworkable law, and frankly, unconstitutional in that it limits free speech.  

          The crux of the problem is concentrated ownership of the media among a homogenous group of corporations.  These corporations exist for the purpose of generating profits, and thus all of them share the same political interests.  

          Diversity of media ownership would result in news perspectives from a full spectrum of political beliefs, rather than the "two sides" promised by the fairness doctrine.  News is no longer limited to 3 network channels, so creating diversity is possible, albiet difficult.  We will probably just have to wait for the TeeVee news viewers to die off before we get any improvement.  

          "When I was an alien, cultures weren't opinions" ~ Kurt Cobain, Territorial Pissings

          by Subterranean on Thu Apr 15, 2010 at 10:31:36 AM PDT

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      •  You have just given the perfect explanation of (3+ / 0-)
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        why the internet is so important.  It is the only counterbalance to the Corporate Media (except maybe for MSNBC later in the day).  

        So it would really be nice if everyone on the progressive side could visualize a teeter-totter and the difference you can make if you all get on the same end.  Please.  The differences amongst yourselves are minuscule in comparison to the alternative.  

        "It's a sight to see." Pres. Obama - Dec 8/09 and Jan 16/10

        by Observerinvancouver on Thu Apr 15, 2010 at 10:42:35 AM PDT

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