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  •  not true at all (1+ / 0-)
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    The corporate media has a strong financial incentive to be on the side of the Rethugs, therefore, they are

    I know most of us here would LIKE to believe this is true, but alas it is not----the simple fact is that the media, as a group, are one of the very few sectors that consistently give most of their money to the DEMOCRATS, year after year after year (the pattern for MOST corporations is to give their money to both parties, switching from one to the other according to whoever is in power).

    From a diary I did a while ago:

    Dem Party and the Corporados:

    The numbers:

    Sector: Entertainment Industry as a Whole (TV, Movies, Music, Publishing)

    1994 Elections (Dems in power)
    percentage to Dems   71
    percentage to Repugs   29

    2004 elections (Repugs in power)
    percentage to Dems   69
    percentage to Repugs   30

    2010 elections (Dems in power)
    percentage to Dems   75
    percentage to Repugs   24

    Sector:  Cable TV/Satellite industry
    1994 Elections (Dems in power)
    percentage to Dems   45
    percentage to Repugs   55

    2004 elections (Repugs in power)
    percentage to Dems   56
    percentage to Repugs   44

    2010 elections (Dems in power)
    percentage to Dems   68
    percentage to Repugs   32

    Sector:  Commercial Radio/TV stations
    1994 Elections (Dems in power)
    percentage to Dems   59
    percentage to Repugs   41

    2004 elections (Repugs in power)
    percentage to Dems   42
    percentage to Repugs   57

    2010 elections (Dems in power)
    percentage to Dems   52
    percentage to Repugs   48

    Sector:  Television Production Companies
    1994 Elections (Dems in power)
    percentage to Dems   79
    percentage to Repugs   20

    2004 elections (Repugs in power)
    percentage to Dems   82
    percentage to Repugs   17

    2010 elections (Dems in power)
    percentage to Dems   80
    percentage to Repugs   20

    The entire media industry, as a whole, bucks the general corporate trend, and, as I pointed out earlier for the Hollywood movie industry, consistently supports Democrats every election.

    But there are some interesting sub-stories here.

    In newspaper/book publishing, the largest contributor, News Corp (Rupert Murdoch's company), gave over three times as much as the second-largest contributor, but split its donations almost evenly, with 54% to the Dems and 46% to the Repugs. All the rest of the top ten contributors, however, were fiercely partisan, with seven of them giving at least 70% of their money to Dems (and four of those giving 100% of their money to Dems), and the remaining 2 giving 93-100% of their money to Repugs. Of the top 20 Congressmen to receive money from the newspaper/book publishing industry, 19 were Democrats.

    In cable/satellite industry, 4 of the top 5 companies all split their donations, with Dems getting between 57 and 67%. Time-Warner, number four on the list, split 57-43 for the Dems. News Corp, Rupert Murdoch's company, ranked 14th on the list, and split its donations 55-45 for the Dems. Yes, that's right--the company that owns Fox News gave over half its political contributions in 2009-2010, to Democrats.

    Of the top 10 Congressional recipients of cable/satellite industry contributions, 8 are Dems; of the top 20, 13 are Dems.

    So, while lots of Kossacks like to yell about the "conservative manistream media", the fact remains that where it really matters--in the bank account--the media are solidly Democratic.

    It's always interesting to me that BOTH parties like to bitch and moan that the "liberal media" or the "mainstream media" are against them boo hoo hoo. The fact that both sides claim the same thing indicates to me that both sides are bullshitting, and that the simple fact is that blaming all their criticism and troubles on "the media hates us" absolves both parties from actually looking at themselves for any blame.

    •  I've seen the MSM pull so many... (0+ / 0-)

      maneuvers, erasing Edwards from the 2008 campaign, to fervently supporting the Iraq invasion, using the same talking points thru all the channels, and ignoring or minimizing anything progressive.

      What would be interesting is what democrats are they supporting?  just corporate shills or any actual progressives?

      The real conflict isn't between the parties it is between the human beings and the corporations.  Which isn't to say the parties are the same, they just aren't different enough for anything to actually get fixed.

      Though I still voted a straight demo ticket last week.

      Corporate PACs, not just bribery but a lifestyle!

      by rubine on Fri Oct 29, 2010 at 02:14:30 PM PDT

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      •  alas, I don't create reality-I only describe it (1+ / 0-)
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        And the reality is, whether we like it or not, the big bad mainstream media consistently gives most of its money to Dems, not Repugs.  Year after year after year.

        As for supporting actual progressives--hell, even the goddamn Democratic Party doesn't do that.  (shrug)

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