Corporate America vs The American People. This is what it boils down to. This is the struggle that lies before us. This is the struggle we have been locked in for the fifty years since Eisenhower warned us about the “potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power“ of the Military Industrial Complex. The MIC has morphed into the Wall Street/Congressional/Military Industrial/Media Conglomerate Complex. It is what we in the 60s called 'the establishment.' It is Corporate America, Inc. and there is a corporate coup taking place in America.
Media Ownership MattersIt's a bitter struggle indeed when your opposition has all the guns, money, control of information and raw power. But that balance of power is only good for as long as they can manage to keep us divided. That's what all this business about the Teabaggers has been all about. It's what Viacom's 10/30 rally for national distraction is about too IMHO. They're worried. They're afraid the American people are going to come together in overwhelming numbers to stand up for themselves. And guess what? We are.
TV, radio, movies, books, newspapers and the Internet are our prime sources of news and information. They shape our values, beliefs and perspectives.
Media are also essential to our democracy. We depend upon media to know what’s happening in our communities, to play our part as citizens, and to serve as a vital check on government and corporate power.
Media owners influence:
What news and information communities receive
What voices are heard – or silenced
Whether important issues get covered accurately – or covered at all
Who gets hired to report and produce the news
What music and which artists get airplay
How women and people of color are portrayed in the media
So who owns your media? Is it someone from your community delivering your news? Or even someone who shares your issues and concerns? Probably not.
We all deserve a just and fair chance to achieve the American Dream. Our national identity is rooted in the ideal that all people – regardless of race, class, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, heritage or ability – should have the opportunity to fulfill their potential.The teabagger movement was bought to you by FOX and the billionaire Koch brothers to make rebellion toxic and resistance futile. They conceived, financed, generated and manipulated this little 'movement' of know-nothings to achieve their own nefarious ends. They did it because they know that if the American people ever get organized and united in a real people's movement, their little greedhead utopia is over. The right wing have been busily poisoning the well...just like they did with impeachment. They want to make all rebellion, all resistance seem ridiculous. Notice how they targeted the phrase 'take our country back.' They want to ridicule the power of that phrase, because they know that phrase is a righteous cause for the vast majority of Americans who have had their very futures stolen from them.
One Nation Working Together will chart a bold, pragmatic path toward a more unified, sustainable, prosperous future by building support for these core principles and policy ideals.
So they just have to do their damnedest to muddy up the picture when it seems that the American people are coming together to stand up for themselves against the mighty corporate golem...at long last.
One Nation Working Together is a coming together of all the civil rights, peace/antiwar, labor and environmental groups to act as one to achieve peace so that we can focus our energy and treasure on jobs for the American people and a more sustainable way of life for everyone. The number of organizations involved is truly impressive IMO.There hasn't been a coalition like this in America in decades. The purpose is to start a genuine people's movement that will pull the American people into a united front against the Corporations and the Military Industrial Complex and their minions in Congress. If we get this right, it could become the thing that shifts the balance of power in our direction for a change.
Check out this coalition!
A. Philip Randolph Institute
All Hands on Deck
Amalgamated Local 171 UAW
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
American Federation of Teachers
American Friends Service Committee
American Rights at Work
Americans for Financial Reform
Black Leadership Forum, Inc.
Black Women’s Roundatable
Black Youth Vote
Brooklyn for Peace
California Black League of Voters
Campaign for America’s Future
Campaign for Community Change
Campaign for Peace and Democracy
Campus Camp Wellstone
Center for Community and Economic Justice
Central Jersey Coalition Against Endless War
Charlie Fink Productions
Chicago Democratic Socialists of America
Chicago Teacher’s Union – AFT Local 1
Cleveland Peace Action
Coalition of Black Trade Unionists
Coalition on Human Needs
Coalition of Labor Union Women
Coffee Party Progressives
Color of Change.org
Committee of Correspondence for
Democracy and Socialism
Communications Workers of America
Equality Wisconsin, Inc.
Ex-Offenders Association of PA
Fellowship of Reconcilliation
Fur Cultural Revival (Darfur Community Center)
Green For All
Human Rights Campaign
Injured Workers United
Institute for Policy Studies
Institute of Caribbean Studies
International Socialist Organization
Interfaith Worker Justice
International Union of Automobile Workers of America
Jewish Funds for Justice
Jewish Labor Committee
Jobs With Justice
Jordan Rustin Coalition
Latino Equality Alliance
Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Left Labor Project
Long Island C.B.T.U.
Maine Green Independent Party
Majority Agenda Project
Maryland and DC AFL-CIO
Maryland Black Family Alliance
Minnesota Coalition for a People’s Bailout
National Action Network
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
National Black Justice
National Black Law Students Association
National Black Police Association
National Coalition on Black Civic Participation
National Congress of Black Women
National Council of La Raza
National Domestic Workers Alliance
National Education Association
National Exhoodus Council
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
National Immigrant Solidarity Network
National Nurses United
National Union of Home and Health Care Employees
National Urban League
New England Region – AFSC
New Haven People’s Center
New Jersey Black Issues Coalition
Pax Christi USA
Peace Action Education Fund
Peace Action Maine
Peace and Freedom Party of California
People’s Organization for Progress
Pride at Work, AFL-CIO
Progressive Democrats of
Rainbow PUSH Coalition
Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU)
Roosevelt Institute Campus Network
School of the America’s Watch (SoA Watch)
SEIU Local 32BJ
Stonewall Democratic Club
Stonewall Young Democrats
Teamster’s Local Union 808
The Gathering For Justice
The Maryland Black Family Alliance
The New Testement Revival Cathedral
The Other 98%
The Power Online
The William Kellibrew Foundation
Tikkun-Network of Spiritual Progressives
Transport Workers Union of America
UAW, International Union
Union of the Unemployed
United Food and Commercial Workers International Union
United Food and Commerical Workers Minority Coalition
United for Justice with Peace
United for Peace and Justice
United Mine Workers of America
United States Students Association
United Steelworkers of America
US Human Rights Network
US Labor Against the War
US Peace Council– Wisconsin
Veterans for Peace
War Resisters League
Ward 7 Business and Professional Association
Washington Peace Center
Welfare Rights Committee
Women’s Action for New Directions
Young People For
And they are definitely worried. That's why Viacom, the mega-corporate owner of Comedy Central, is staging a rally for national distraction and nonsense, and why they're talking that up and ignoring the real march coming up on 10.2.10. I'm not surprised at this Rovian bullshit, but I'm very disappointed that Stewart and Colbert would go along with it. Come on guys, you've been heroes to the left. Don't let the corporate agenda hide behind the love we have for you.
Excitement about this bullshit distraction was all over the Internet the day after Viacom's 'big announcement,' and it's clearly distracting attention from where we need it to be. This is the kind of unfair advantage we have to overcome. But I believe we're up to it. We better be.
Defenders of narrowing control of the media point, accurately enough, to the large numbers of media outlets available to the population: almost 1,700 daily papers, more than 8,000 weeklies, 10,000 radio and television stations, 11,000 magazines, 2,500 book publishers ... and more ... Unfortunately, the large numbers deepen the problem of excessively concentrated control. If the number of outlets is growing and the number of owners declining, then each owner controls even more formidable communications power.I keep emphasizing the 10.2.10 March on Washington, but much more important is going to be the movement that comes from it. With any luck at all the American people are going to organize against their corporate overlords finally – and if we don't win, we ain't rolling the fuck over.
Ben H. Bagdikian, The Media Monopoly, Sixth Edition, (Beacon Press, 2000), p. 222 (Emphasis Added)
A message from Howard Dean on One Nation Working Together. Sorry but the video won't embed.
For those of you excited about the 10/30 rally for national distraction, meet your hosts:
Viacom, Inc. HeadquartersIn my last diary on the subject of Viacom's rally for national distraction, one kossack sailed in late and dropped this nugget in the punch bowl:
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One of the largest global media empires, Viacom has a financial interest in broadcast and cable television, radio, Internet, book publishing, and film production and distribution. Some of this vertically integrated conglomerate's highly recognizable properties include the CBS network, MTV, Infinity broadcasting, Simon & Schuster, Blockbuster and Paramount Pictures. With such a diverse portfolio of properties, Viacom is one of the most profitable media giants as CBS is a top draw for older viewers while MTV remains the most popular teen orientated media outlet.
BET Event Productions
BET Hip Hop
CMT On Demand
CMT Pure Country
Tr3s: MTV, Musica y Mas
TMF (The Music Factory)
College Media Networks
Nick at Nite
Nickelodeon Consumer Products
Spike Filmed Entertainment
Paramount Pictures Corporation
Paramount Home Entertainment
LOL! (0+ / 0-)So Viacom says their rally for national distraction is actually a rally to restore sanity and Glinda takes that at face value. And she questions my grasp of reality. Pretty fuckin' funny.
Jon Stewart's rally on 10/30 is one to restore sanity ... a word that, I recognize from your diary history, you have at best a tangential knowledge of.
"No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people." -- H.L. Mencken
by Glinda on Sat Sep 18, 2010 at 08:57:12 PM PDT
Yep, Viacom and their ilk are all about -restoring- destroying sanity.
Jlynnes's comment was much more rational if you ask me:
Bugs me 2 (1+ / 0-)They are coming for our social security, they are coming for the free Internet, they are coming for our jobs, they are coming for our futures. How much crap are we going to swallow from our corporate overlords before we start fighting back?
One Pissed Off Liberal
The fact that they didn't even mention 10/2/10 lumps the event in with the likes of Glenn Beck and that is not helpful. It's not that they are obligated to support 10/2, but couldn't they at least stay silent? Must they use their big ass soapbox to mock us along with Beck?
Maybe they are 11 dimensional chess players, too. Maybe they'll get shamed into supporting 10/2, jump on the bandwagon, and use their podium to generate more media coverage and general awareness of the rally.
Bleah. This stinks.
"Rules must be binding. Violations must be punished. Words must mean something." President Obama in Prague on April 5
by jlynne on Mon Sep 20, 2010 at 09:30:25 PM PDT
Here's some reality for those of you who believe Viacom's mission in life is to restore sanity in America.
As Election Day 2010 approaches – as the United States wallows in the swamps of war, recession and environmental degradation – the consequences of the nation’s three-decade-old decoupling from reality are becoming painfully obvious.And Viacom has more than a little to do with the “endless spin, half-truths and lies” that holds our populace in place. So don't suck up to Viacom and then come wagging your finger at me about reality...as if you would know it if it bit ya.
Yet, despite the danger, the nation can’t seem to move in a positive direction, as if the suctioning effect of endless spin, half-truths and lies holds the populace in place, a force that grows ever more powerful like quicksand sucking the country deeper into the muck – to waist deep, then neck deep.
Robert Parry at Alternet - This Country Just Can't Deal with Reality Any More
It's us against Corporate America people. Who doesn't see that by now? And to all of them who don't, I would say, 'there are none so blind as he who will not see.' Our corporations have become monsters. They have no conscience, they have no compassion, they have no morals. All they have is a profit motive – and it stinks to high heaven. And now, thanks to SCOTUS, they can buy government with impunity. They are out to own every-fucking-thing...including you and me.
Compare the two lists in this diary and then tell me which side are you on?