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  •  The media only controls if you let it. (1+ / 0-)
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    Dean was undone because he was an incompetent campaigner, period.  I knew that months before the "scream" moment.

    Obama, however, was portrayed in virtually every media outlet on a daily basis as someone perpetually on the losing side of whatever the day's events were.  Images of of him routinely showed him pointing his finger upward like Osama Bin Laden - they clearly waited for him to make that gesture just so they could photograph it and use it on their front pages.  Every single thing that happened was "good news for John McCain."  And nobody gave a shit.

    The conundrum of stable democracy: Reform requires the consent of the corrupt.

    by Troubadour on Fri Jun 03, 2011 at 11:22:14 AM PDT

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    •  Ahistorical nonsense. (2+ / 0-)
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      JG in MD, Mayfly

      You might find a this or a that which shows the media failed to derail (and btw almost everyone except the most rabid partisans saw the Media after the nomination favoring Obama over McCain in most coverage)

      but the fact that Sarah Palin is even considered a candidate, that Ryan's plan is described as "reform" when it's clearly about ending Medicare,

      Look at the deficit. Now it ranks high as an issue, but 3 months before it ranked low. Then media ran nothing but stories on what a problem the deficit was and now it's ranked high.

      Look at Saddam's WMDs. Soon after we found that there were none, 60% were saying there were none. Media ran two solid weeks of people claiming Saddam gave them to Syria, the Russians, even Iran, and then the "had WMD" numbers were near 50-50.

      Look at the bailout. The public opposed it by 70-30. Then we had 3 weeks of every talking head explaining we needed it or we'd all die, and then the numbers came to 50-50.

      There simply is no greater factor in our political outcomes than the gatekeeper/narrative role played by a media which can implant the identical impression in nearly every person in a 48-hour period.

      Gary Condit. Swiftboats. And you might have known, but the voters didn't know that Dean wasn't viable. C'mon. From a front runner to out of the race in ONE WEEK, after the 2-day assassination effort by mass-media, and that was no factor.

      It's completely against reason to pretend that a ubiquitous and advanced propaganda system, one which decides which issues are covered and how, has a negligible influence on our political life.  

      Until we break the corporate virtual monopoly on what we hear and see, we keep losing, don't matter what we do.

      by Jim P on Fri Jun 03, 2011 at 12:04:36 PM PDT

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      •  In a world where Mark Halperin is taken seriously (0+ / 0-)

        as a political commentator and prognosticator, you know that things are seriously fucked up.

        And it feels like I'm livin'in the wasteland of the free ~ Iris DeMent, 1996

        by MrJersey on Fri Jun 03, 2011 at 02:22:34 PM PDT

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