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This week’s recall of thousands of salmonella-tainted eggs is proof that the media is anything but a watchdog.  

Two years ago, in the film "Food, Inc", Eric Schlosser, author of "Fast Food Nation", and Michael Pollan, author of "The Omnivore’s Dilemma", were featured by director Robert Kenner in a brutal expose of the deleterious practices of the food industry.  In one of the most disturbing segments of the film we see chickens crammed together in cages, hardly able to move, their feces dropping through the wire floor into spaces rarely cleaned.  The buildings holding the chickens are hundreds of feet long, lit day and night, and dead birds are left to rot for days before anyone comes by to check on things.

Two years after a documentary vividly laid out the facts about industrial farming, the mainstream media is finally forced to report them because its practices have made large numbers of people sick - not to mention the money being lost by those having to recall their eggs.

This morning, a week after the recall of thousands of salmonella tainted eggs, CNN finally turned to Eric Schlosser and Dr. John Boyd, Founder and President of the National Black Farmers Association, who is a chicken farmer, for “insights” into this shocking state of affairs.  Alas, the excellent medical reporter Elizabeth Cohen, instead of being allowed to add her expertise on salmonella to the information provided by the chicken farmer, was there to exonerate the industry, pointing out that it is more difficult to be on top of things in industrial-size farms.

Instead of using the ‘teachable moment’ to suggest that industrial production of eggs is a bad idea, as eloquently demonstrated by a serious film two years ago, and explained today by the small producer and the investigative reporter, the message of the news channel that reaches into every household, is that salmonella is a minor matter compared to the (supposed) benefits of big agriculture.

The drill is the same for questions of war and peace - notably, this week, the growing threat of violence in our own streets over the building of a Muslim Community Center that will house a mosque.  No meaningful information about Islam, its roots, its history, its brilliant scholars, etc.

But under the enlightening morning news features, the tiny crawler announced that Levi Johnson has filed papers to run for mayor of Wassila.

Originally posted to Deena Stryker on Tue Aug 24, 2010 at 09:37 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  OUR watchdog? LOL. (2+ / 0-)
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    One Pissed Off Liberal, ardyess

    Our media is not even the incompetent fool looking on and doing noting.

    Our media of lies and disinformation plays a vital role, I'd say The Central Role, in convincing Americans to vote corporate, and thus against their own best interests and against the best interests of this country.

    If it's dog of any kind, it's a fierce sheep dog herding the American sheeple on corporate command.

    We will talk "Venezuela" if it tells us to, and we will talk "Iran" or "China" or "N.Korea" if it tells us to. We even talk "Janet Jackson's titty" on command and we do it very well. Right now we're talking "Mosque" and "Is Obama really Christian" when what we should be talking about is the reliability of the voting machines in the November elections, the 99ers, the Iraqi occupation and the Iraqi Embassy that's 20 times the size of the Vatican City, the clusterfuck in Afghanistan, Pakistanis drowning before we had the opportunity to kill them, Haiti.... but the MSM has decided that is not the conversations it wants us to have. And like all good sheeple, we obey.

    What's in the news today?

  •  They Operate Exactly As Our System is Designed (0+ / 0-)

    for them to operate. Specifically, the Bill of Rights, which gives media near total freedom to promote their agenda.

    There exists no role of informing the people or hosting debate in our system.

    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 Tue Aug 24, 2010 at 10:33:22 AM PDT

  •  HA (0+ / 0-)

    The Media as Watchdog

    I have more faith in the fox guarding the hen house...

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