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A democracy requires a free independent press. The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution codifies that right. Unfortunately, while the press represented by the traditional media has the right to be free, it has chosen indentured servitude to the American plutocracy.

There are severe dangers to this choice, specifically that the traditional media has become the arm used to manufacture or hide real news. Many times it creates the path that makes the desired policy outcomes of the plutocracy tomorrow’s reality.

The midterm narrative is that the party in the sixth year of an administration will take a beating at the polls. In other words, Democrats will lose the Senate, some House seats and some governorships, leaving an impotent president. Red state Democratic Senators are supposed to take a beating because their constituents hate President Obama and his poll numbers are in the toilet (well, near the toilet, they imply).

Activists, however, know that Americans are not dumb. Generally many are just misinformed. Eventually however, truth becomes the disinfectant that cleans up many messes. For example, McCarthyism ultimately was exposed. The false rationale for many prejudices has been exposed. The false narrative for many of our wars has been exposed.

More on the issue of reality versus narrative below the fold.

Many realities are all around us, yet remain unreported by the traditional media in any substantive manner. How many realize that the Rasmussen daily tracking poll, a conservative poll, has President Obama with a 50-percent approval rating? How many know that the Gallup's daily tracking poll currently pegs his approval rating at 45 percent,  and that he has been skirting 50 percent at times? How many know that the five supposedly endangered Red state Southern Democratic senators are virtually even or leading in every race?

Did you know that the governor’s race in Georgia is very competitive? Did you know that the failure of the Republican governor to accept the Medicaid expansion to Obamacare could cost him that race?

The narrative is that Democratic voters fall off more than Republican voters in the midterms. Should it not have been news that the virtually uncontested Democratic Senate race in Kentucky drew more voters than the contested Republican Senate race (402,421 vs 355,132)?

The traditional media narrative on Republican governors gives the impression that their governance would propel them to the heights of being president. How many know that states in which these governors have been able to institute their policies substantially, they have decimated their states’ coffers?

How many know that Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) is robbing the pensions of those from whom he extracted concessions? He tries to blame others while refusing to implement any increase in revenues.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R-KS) instituted standard Republican policies—he cut taxes, cut education budgets and turned down the Medicaid expansion to Obamacare. He preached the same trickle-down nonsense that has never worked in the past. His state’s revenue has dropped dramatically. How many know that he is now in a dead heat with his potential Democratic rival, Rep. Paul Davis (D-KS)?

Did you know that media darling Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s (R-WI) 7-point lead in the poll has vanished? He is now tied with his Democratic challenger, Mary Burke (D-WI).

Did you know that a general election disaster, Chris McDaniel, may defeat incumbent Sen.Thad Cochran (R-MS)? This puts a solid Southern senate seat in play.

The traditional media has laid out a narrative. To most of them, reality does not matter— everything fits into a pre-conceived narrative. They ignore what does not fit. The problem is that this behavior can promote self-fulfilling prophecies. If one believe the outcome is already baked in, then why vote?

It is that behavior that activists must mitigate. These narratives are not just journalistic heresy. They are intentional. Journalists are not dumb; they simply know who signs their paychecks. They know what is expected of them and they oblige.

The traditional media are not oblivious to their narrative falling apart. In fact, they are petrified that everyone else will realize it. It is for this reason they figuratively ask, “Are you going to believe me or are you going to believe your lying eyes?”

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  •  I find... (126+ / 0-)

    I find the MSM are the ones who are ignorant and clueless, not the American people.  

  •  On far too many days recently, (26+ / 0-)

    I think your headline could have ended after "oblivious". Unfortunately.

    Great Questions of Western Philosophy: How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

    by Mnemosyne on Sun May 25, 2014 at 06:07:37 PM PDT

    •  Indeed ... (20+ / 0-)

      Unfortunately, they are not "oblivious", they are dishonest.

      They are, in the main, bought and paid for mouthpieces of the oligarchs.

      I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
      but I fear we will remain Democrats.

      Who is twigg?

      by twigg on Sun May 25, 2014 at 07:46:02 PM PDT

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      •  It's a little (13+ / 0-)

        more complicated than that string of buzz words, as I think you know.

        The media in this country -- newspapers, magazines, TV -- operates for profit. The largest part of a newspaper page, in the makeup stage, is for advertising. News get put into the space left over, the "news hole." Newspapers have never operated as eleemosynary institutions, not if they wanted to continue operation for any length of time.

        There are still plenty of reporters and editors doing their damnedest to find out where the local bodies are buried and to report on them, but they are now grievously handicapped by the corporate consolidation of the last couple of decades, which has greatly reduced the number of owners until there are only five large corporations controlling almost all of the US media.

        Great Questions of Western Philosophy: How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

        by Mnemosyne on Sun May 25, 2014 at 07:59:20 PM PDT

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        •  We have seen, recently (9+ / 0-)

          some excellent examples of local newspapers digging the bodies up, and reporting.

          I applaud that wholeheartedly.

          At the same time, we see MSNBC report those stories extensively, but the networks? Crickets!

          I am all for a free press. On this point I agree with the Founders, yet with freedom comes responsibility, and if the editors know that then the publishers forgot.

          I wrote a Diary about Chuck Todd the other day. It is quite clear that Mr Todd is fully aware of his responsibility, and equally clear that he wants to run with the hares ... You can;t do that while hunting with the hounds.

          I could have written the same Diary about David Gregory and most of the other national reporters and presenters.

          I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
          but I fear we will remain Democrats.

          Who is twigg?

          by twigg on Sun May 25, 2014 at 08:12:40 PM PDT

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          •  Freedom of the press, as the fellow said, (4+ / 0-)
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            is guaranteed only to those who own one.

            Babylon system is the vampire... ~Bob Marley

            by sfinx on Sun May 25, 2014 at 11:10:28 PM PDT

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          •  on the individual level, it is celebrity (6+ / 0-)

            we talk about the corruption, willful ignorance, and suck up to power factors evident in the disgraceful slide into sycophancy by the national news media, but we often forget the lure of celebrity on the individual reporter-turned-pundit-turned celebrity.
            America loses its sh*t over anyone who has a TV face. When you are one of those people, your every tweet is read by thousands, your every appearance on the magic box of fame is preserved for eternity, you never have to wait for a table (and seldom have to pay), first class travel is a basic goes on and on.
            Power corrupts, yada yada.  But the power of celebrity corrupts on a more insidious level, because fame translates into immunity from self reflection, blanket excusal from error, and instantly refreshable relevance simply by the power of face and name recognition.
            Chuck Todd got a really obvious case of the celebrity flu when he was elevated from a number cruncher to a TeeVee face. His transformation was quick, thorough, and ugly to watch. Russert is another; a legacy version of the same phenomenon. Gregory just sucks. Royally. bet he digs those perks, though.

            Last full month in which the average daily temperature did not exceed twentieth-century norms: 2/1985 - Harper's Index, 2/2013

            by kamarvt on Mon May 26, 2014 at 04:51:37 AM PDT

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        •  recommended (9+ / 0-)

          for "eleemosynary".

          I once made this word in scrabble, joining "el" (one of those two-letter nonwords, serendipitously placed) to "nary".  Alas, I didn't get a 7-letter bonus and had no double or triple word squares, so it didn't net me many points.  I ended up last in the game.  I was worth it though ;-)

        •  agree but let's not forget what political party (0+ / 0-)

          has been hell-bent, since the 80's, to consolidate all media.  This is just part of the Grand Plan since Goldwater's loss. While I credit them for tenacity I damn them for everything else.

  •  The media has become a cruel joke (32+ / 0-)

    on the American people. Seem all they know how to do is repeat right-wing talking point over and over! It would be nice if they got off there back sides and did there job!

    Dogs and Philosophers do the greatest good and get the fewest rewards (Diogenes)

    by Out There on Sun May 25, 2014 at 06:10:28 PM PDT

  •  I like the optimism here, but unfortunately, this (19+ / 0-)

    dreary and maddening pattern of GOP wins in off-year elections and Dems taking it all back in Presidential ones is likely to dominate for an indefinite time. Perhaps a generation or more.

    That being said, I'll join the "on the other-handers" by hedging my bets: this year could surprise.

    "The soil under the grass is dreaming of a young forest, and under the pavement the soil is dreaming of grass."--Wendell Berry

    by Wildthumb on Sun May 25, 2014 at 06:14:47 PM PDT

    •  17% turnout in PA (15+ / 0-)

      Dem primary for governor.  

      Whatever the media narrative may be, and I agree, it is often wrong and for the reasons described here, there is a crisis of democracy going on when people are just not participating.  I hope we can figure out what do do about it.

      •  Part of the problem in PA (5+ / 0-)

        is the closed primary system, which discourages independents from participating entirely (and even many Rs and Ds, if they live in areas that heavily favor the other party).

        But yeah, US voter turnout is just terrible.

        Stuck in PA-3. Let's defeat "Mike" Kelly and Tom Corbett in 2014!

        by JBraden on Sun May 25, 2014 at 08:03:52 PM PDT

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        •  Yes our closed primaries here is an issue our (5+ / 0-)
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          local newspaper has been talking about and that local blogs are talking a big problem. It is becoming more of a problem in recent years with many people and a lot of them, young people, registering as independents.

          The Republican Party in PA is shrinking with so many leaving since 2008 but more than half of them are not believed to be willing to register as Democrats but instead registered as Libertarians or Independents.

          Independents cannot vote in the primary and for third party members, they do not have much to vote for in a primary.

          There is an independent running for PA-10 House seat but he is running against the Republican incumbent and the Democratic candidate in November. He was not on any primary ticket .

          Independents and third parties shut out from voting in primaries.

          I think the only time primary turnout was higher than usual was the Obama/Clinton primary in 2008 as it had not been settled yet and the campaign was still in full swing.

          We just have to do a better job at GOTV for all elections in PA but we would be delighted if we get big turnout in Non Presidential election years.

          We have high hopes and we are working our butts off for GOTV because we will hopefully elect a new governor.  That might get Democrats and Independent who lean left or often vote for Democrats to the polls as all I hear is Corbett hatred day and night from people from both parties.

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          by wishingwell on Sun May 25, 2014 at 09:03:49 PM PDT

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        •  Closed primaries (0+ / 0-)

          I choose to be a member of the Democrat party and thus can vote in primary elections.  Why should I be allowed to register as independent and still vote in a party's primary?  It's about making a commitment.  I am committed to supporting my political party, it is an organization of like- minded people, just as the GOP is.  Why should I be allowed to vote in another party's primary but not register as a member of that party?  If people want to register as independents, fine, go for it, but don't expect to have the right to come and vote in my primary when it suits you.  

          Everyone wants to have have both ways.  Being an adult citizen means standing for something.  Learn to make a commitment and then live with it.  

          Political parties exist for a reason.  If we allow open primaries everywhere, then why even have political parties?

          •  ??? (1+ / 0-)
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            What is the "Democrat Party"?  There is no such thing.  We on this site are members of the "Democratic Party."  I hope you typed that in error, and not a nod to Fake News.

          •  Vote for the best person regardless of office. (1+ / 0-)
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            Why should I be allowed to register as independent and still vote in a party's primary?  It's about making a commitment.  I am committed to supporting my political party, it is an organization of like- minded people, just as the GOP is.  Why should I be allowed to vote in another party's primary but not register as a member of that party?
            Political parties exist for a reason.  If we allow open primaries everywhere, then why even have political parties?
            Parties are a shorthand, not an end to themselves.

            It is in the best interest of democracy to have strong candidates in contested races at all levels.  When parties choose not to contest certain races, Voters should still be able to express a preference for general election candidates.  Even if that means voting in some other party primary.

            The LA/CA style jungle primary may have a lot of flaws, but one thing that it does do is ensure that the general election candidates have a significant support base.

            -7.75 -4.67

            "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose."

            There are no Christians in foxholes.

            by Odysseus on Mon May 26, 2014 at 09:35:34 AM PDT

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      •  Bad as that is, there's an up side to it (4+ / 0-)
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        The primaries don't really count, on the assumption that your 17% will choose decent candidates.

        It also means that resources have been saved for the general elections.  And in PA, Tom Wolfe will get plenty of support for his campaign.  I don't know much about your legislative races, but I'd guess that we will do better there than the national press believes we will.

        There has been a real revolution in how Democratic candidates run their campaigns, and how progressive organizations and unions are using their resources.  It is currently happening mostly "under radar".  The pieces I am aware of impress me, which is not my usual reaction to what the party is doing.

        We may yet do badly, but I think the smart money is on us out performing the expectations of the chattering classes.

        "Politicians don't see the light until they feel the heat." (Rep. Keith Ellison)

        by mbayrob on Sun May 25, 2014 at 11:10:01 PM PDT

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  •  the internet is now my news source (53+ / 0-)

    Newspapers and broadcast news no longer serves the people but the interests of the oligarchy plutocrats.  I now depend upon 12 different internet sites for my news and opinions.  These sites tend to be: liberal/progressive/ populist like me and tend to reflect by views.  This does tend to be one sided, but at 76, I have found hearing both sides is no longer necessary.  I figured out the CO2, global warming, climate change consequences after reading an issue of SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN dedicated to these matters.  No counter-arguments are needed.  Gore is right it is an inconvenient truth.  Therefore having an open uncensored internet is very important to both me and my sources for news.  

  •  Their way of life is dependant on maintaining (11+ / 0-)

    "The Narrative"

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Sun May 25, 2014 at 06:20:32 PM PDT

    •  they might even believe that (1+ / 0-)
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      but of course it isn't true.
      unless by 'way of life' you mean 'continued hegemony and lock on power'.
      And anyone who defines a way of life as necessarily including being in charge forever and ever should not be anywhere near power, imo. Because those people have despotic intent and Machiavellian tactics.

      Last full month in which the average daily temperature did not exceed twentieth-century norms: 2/1985 - Harper's Index, 2/2013

      by kamarvt on Mon May 26, 2014 at 05:00:28 AM PDT

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  •  The Democratic Party will control the Senate (19+ / 0-)

    It is crucial that we do, and we will.  The people are waking up - more of the people who vote in Presidential elections will vote this year, and the traditional midterm demographic has finally figured out why the Republicans have been blocking Obama.  This will another 1998, only more satisfying.

  •  You state that the American media "has chosen (9+ / 0-)

    indentured servitude" when I think that they are owned by the American plutocracy and have no real choices.  They have to do their masters bidding.

  •  The RWMSM lies all the time (3+ / 0-)
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    I voted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

    by a2nite on Sun May 25, 2014 at 06:26:23 PM PDT

  •  In today's "journalism" (17+ / 0-)

    opinions are considered to be facts and when these "facts" are found to be wrong, there is no obligation to report that because it is history, and today's journalism has no sense of history.

  •  The left blogosphere's biggest blunder: (17+ / 0-)

    Not assaulting the narrative-making monopoly of Corporate Media.

    And no, mocking them, pointing out their flaws, lies, and willful stupidity does not constitute more than 'the dog barking at the departing caravan.' The caravan rolls on.

    I'm talking about breaking them up into thousands of locally-controlled outlets, and using every tool of law and opinion to get there. For some reason we've accepted that 'they exist and always will and they are just too big to do anything about.'

    You know what's bigger: the reality that our entire political spectrum (excluding the 1%, their owners) despises and distrusts Corporate Media. Yet, just by virtue of giving every single American the identical narrative with a day or two, they continue to shape public perception.

    Seriously, until we take them on directly with the intent of smashing them into a million pieces, we will keep losing the War of the 1% against the 99% (although allowed a victory here and there on some social issues).

    Any idea that your, or my, favorite issue, be it equal rights, labor rights, climate change, justice, the end of the Eternal War, the end of the environmental destruction, can proceed to a satisfactory conclusion without FIRST taking down the most powerful propaganda apparatus in human history is, frankly, delusional.

    A government is a body of people usually notably ungoverned. -- Firefly

    by Jim P on Sun May 25, 2014 at 06:32:11 PM PDT

    •  The first time I read the term "Corporate Media" (17+ / 0-)

      was in 2006 when I started reading Daily Kos.  It was an epiphany.  The left is at their best when they're pulling back the curtain to reveal the reality of the wealth empire.

      •  but we've failed to distinguish between 'web' (2+ / 0-)
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        and 'mass-reach' media. The latter being the 1%s exclusive domain; the former mostly echoing the former, and constantly under pressure to be tamed.

        There's a widespread delusion that the internet will replace or unseat the Corporate/Traditional/Mass-Reach Media, and we need do nothing but wait another 20 years or so and we'll triumph.

        We won't.

        It's our failure to directly break up the narrative-making monopoly which is why we win battles, but keep losing the war for humanity and nature. We don't do that break-up, well, it ain't getting any better from here.

        A government is a body of people usually notably ungoverned. -- Firefly

        by Jim P on Sun May 25, 2014 at 08:05:42 PM PDT

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        •  One problem with the web is that right-wing (3+ / 0-)
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          leaning folks can also find their sources on sites that agree with their pre-existing point of view.

          Where's the dialogue?

          •  we invade them? (0+ / 0-)

            There is no such thing as False hope- there is only Hope.

            by daeros on Sun May 25, 2014 at 11:05:15 PM PDT

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          •  There's the flaw in 'internet will change all' (1+ / 0-)
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            as opposed to mass-reach media. We volunteer to go where we go on the web; with mass-reach everyone gets the identical impression. And what is put out by them then becomes the basis for discussion in all the little 'internet villages' which don't have any cross-talk.

            The internet just delivers confirmation bias. That's why it is indispensable to have a situation where everyone can get a chance to affect the national narrative-making.

            A government is a body of people usually notably ungoverned. -- Firefly

            by Jim P on Mon May 26, 2014 at 10:37:09 AM PDT

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    •  I have suggested that much here before, (1+ / 0-)
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      and have been attacked as an enemy of the First Amendment. One commenter even suggested that Fox News content is protected as "political speech."

      I don't find it inappropriate to use every legal and regulatory resource at our disposal to force purported news outlets to report objectively to the best of their ability - or at least not to spread blatant falsehoods and propaganda.

      •  That's not what I'm talking about though. (0+ / 0-)

        I want the human communities to determine, have input into, narrative creation. I don't want a 'liberal media' to counteract the 'conservative media.' I want media to reflect the population. There's no doubt in my mind that if you let people see the conservative arguments and the liberal, most will find themselves going toward the liberal.

        As it is, even the so-called 'liberal' media accepts the premises of the 1% as the starting point; it's fundamentally falsified.

        We need a free media.

        A government is a body of people usually notably ungoverned. -- Firefly

        by Jim P on Mon May 26, 2014 at 10:40:37 AM PDT

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        •  Yes, but at this point, (0+ / 0-)

          that will only happen through government intervention.

          •  And government intervention will only (1+ / 0-)
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            happen through popular pressure, and popular pressure will only happen once the blogosphere starts to focus it. Hence, my original comment in the thread.

            For instance, the FCC could be forced by Congress to change ownership rules to 'one company, one market, one outlet.' As it stands, here in NYC, FOX owns two newspapers, a 'broadcast' station, and two or three cable stations. You force them to sell off five of the six and suddenly NY has more diversity.

            I'm old enough to remember going to the deli every morning to get my folks 4 or 5 newspapers. Pretty much anyone interested in the news in those days bought at least two or three, because the Ledger would have one angle, the Mirror another, the Post a third....

            A government is a body of people usually notably ungoverned. -- Firefly

            by Jim P on Mon May 26, 2014 at 01:57:26 PM PDT

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  •  This is a great diary. (17+ / 0-)

    It hits square-on, with data, what had been gut sense of many in this venue.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Sun May 25, 2014 at 06:33:09 PM PDT

  •  MN Gov. Dayton challenges pipeline narrative (6+ / 0-)

    MN Governor Mark Dayton is beginning to act and speak in a way that may challenge the narrative that young voters and activists will stay home because of Democratic inaction on tar sands pipelines:

  •  Had no idea. . . (15+ / 0-)

    . . . the Kentucky senatorial primary numbers favored the Democrats--and substantially. That strikes me as maybe really significant, too. Thanks.

    •  Bear in mind that (4+ / 0-)
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      KY is a closed-primary state and there are far more registered Ds than Rs.

      But yeah, still beats the heck out of the alternative.

      Stuck in PA-3. Let's defeat "Mike" Kelly and Tom Corbett in 2014!

      by JBraden on Sun May 25, 2014 at 07:49:43 PM PDT

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      •  it's also McConnell, fer crissakes (0+ / 0-)

        the activist GOTP hates Yertl the Turtle at least as much as we do. It's their sentiment recorded in the KY primary. For whatever reason, Bevin wasn't crazy enough to get their starbursts flowing. I don't think this instance is a very good barometer of the national mood. Everyone hates McConnell is the message takeaway from that one. I'm much more encouraged by the other southern red state races.

        Last full month in which the average daily temperature did not exceed twentieth-century norms: 2/1985 - Harper's Index, 2/2013

        by kamarvt on Mon May 26, 2014 at 05:07:17 AM PDT

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  •  Even the smarty pundits here by into this, (3+ / 0-)
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    as well as the Democratic National Committee as evidenced by not funding some local races deemed uncompetitive.  So it is not just the MSM (Main Stream Media)

    The sun's not yellow, it's chicken. B. Dylan

    by bgblcklab1 on Sun May 25, 2014 at 06:40:33 PM PDT

  •  The 1st Amendment More Prevents That Facilitates (10+ / 0-)

    a journalistic press. It's been showing us that hazard for our entire history, to the chagrin of some of the framers themselves when they first began to serve under their system.

    There is no provision in the American system for informing the public or hosting civic discourses; and those are the duties of no persons or institutions or branches of government.

    All we do is forbid government, and only government, from interfering in the public square, which is ceded to be the private property and operated for the private ends of the strongest private forces that can fight their way to dominance.

    The information age is, under the Bill of Rights, Constitutional Somalia.

    Press are corporations sponsored by corporations and owned by corporations. With government forbidden to check or balance press, the press must be the voice of top private power not of the people, or of reason, or of society.

    I don't know why nobody will see this.

    --Other than the press themselves and the party that most represents their ownership's interests.

    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 Sun May 25, 2014 at 06:41:01 PM PDT

    •  Interesting (1+ / 0-)
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      can you suggest a model that I can take a look at?

    •  I sadly completely agree (0+ / 0-)

      britain doesn't have a "freedom of speech" in its amendment. it has freedom of expression.  Their society might be in a lot of debt riight now but hey criticize their government -more- than we do.

      but then again that also has a lot to do with the greater degree of egalitarianism over there. their society is less stratified.

      There is no such thing as False hope- there is only Hope.

      by daeros on Sun May 25, 2014 at 11:29:30 PM PDT

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  •  Alas, (2+ / 0-)
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    They know what is expected of them and they oblige
    is so true, on so many levels, in so very many ways with, seemingly all too often, such dire results. (sigh)

    Dance lightly upon the Earth, Sing her songs with wild abandon, Smile upon all forms of Life ...and be well.

    by LinSea on Sun May 25, 2014 at 06:44:04 PM PDT

  •  We have to fight back. (8+ / 0-)

    But I feel like people in these blogs only care about attacking the Democratic Party. I really don't care about Edward Snowden! Or "neoliberalism". I care about getting people expanded Medicare and I care about getting our veterans a modern health system.

  •  Anyone have the history of productivity at VA? (1+ / 0-)
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    The press is a joke. The first question to these whistleblowers should start with productivity. Why hasn't the VA in thirty years modernized its productivity measures. These some tools to understand a group of physicians capacity. The VA made some tools but for some reason few of the VA physician and administrators use them. I would love to know the reasoning behind it.

  •  For the most part, I don't think the media (12+ / 0-)

    has become biased for the left or the right but rather has become biased towards money which is generated by reporting scandal, presenting false dichotomies so that two talking heads can scream at each other, etc.

    The big television media companies used to have news divisions that they knew would lose money but provided public service.    This is not true anymore.   News divisions have been cut to the bone to increase profits and focus has changed from doing the best job at reporting the news, to attracting the most eyeballs.

    Newspapers have been devastated and along with them any budgets for actually having reporters in the field.   Very few papers have foreign reporters and most rely on a single conglomerate AP and just regurgitate whatever they report.

    Of course we also have the problem of conservatives like Rupert M. using his wealth to buy up big media and then wielding it to promote his political agenda.   In this case, we do have media that is not just in it for the money but also at the same time promoting a biased point of view.  

  •  This is great! (7+ / 0-)

    Thank you. I agree. No, I didn't know most of the actual news you shared.

    We need to see a lot more of this, please.

  •  If Democrats Think That The American People (4+ / 0-)
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    have woken up or will wake up, they are sorely mistaken.

    Americans haven't a clue.

    They will vote for Republicans because they have been told to by Republicans.  Simple as that.

    They are ready to get rid of those Democrats because they've seen a stagnation in their own lives and figure any change is better.

    Yeah they may have gotten health insurance, but they've been told it's awful.

    Yeah the stock market brought back some of their 401k but they are simply back to zero after 7 years.

    Democrats think that citizens should be seeing all the good things the President has done for them.

    Sadly all they hear is that everything done for them is bad.

    Democratic Leaders are so bad at talking about the good things they've done.

    Maybe the plan is for Democrats to lose the Senate so that Republicans will have control of House and Senate and in 2 years citizens will be sick of them and vote Hillary in.


    "I think that gay marriage is something that should be between a man and a woman.” - Arnold Schwarzenegger 2003

    by kerplunk on Sun May 25, 2014 at 07:12:49 PM PDT

  •  Our democracy is a joke because the MSM is a joke. (5+ / 0-)

    The voting public doesn't even hear the facts on the major issues about the world and our country as it is.  How can people vote properly when then know far more about the religious doctrines they grew up with and the way pingers work in the South Indian Ocean than they do about the science behind climate change, or the statistical facts about wealth and income inequality?

    Add to that sad state of affairs the systemic corruption of Washington DC, elected officials who are bought and paid for, regulatory agencies that have been captured by the industries they are supposed to oversee, and all the money in politics, and I see no way out without huge disruptive series of crises in our future.

    America is a sick nation due to the media and MANY other things.

  •  All so-called news is "skewed" (4+ / 0-)

    Depending on the source, most news and media stories are skewed toward whatever political leaning the particular media source has.  

    I hate that media has come to this...but, alas, it has.  I personally don't trust ANY information totally that I read or hear or see today.  

    I know that is a very pessimistic look at today's media, but it's how I believe and I'm betting I'm not alone here.

  •  The only news I watch any more (5+ / 0-)

    is Aljazeera America and the local stuff.  I've even given up on MSNBC.  Oh, and I'll watch Democracy Now! now and again,   and  once in a blue moon I'll watch Brian Williams on NBC.  Otherwise, screw it.  I'm fed up.  

    Online, of course, it's a different story. DKos is a given as are TPM and Americablog.  Then there's McClatchey, the Guardian (UK, though), Die Zeit, Die Welt, and Corriere della Sera.  

    -7.13 / -6.97 "The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion." -- Edmund Burke

    by GulfExpat on Sun May 25, 2014 at 07:16:24 PM PDT

    •  I rarely watch MSNBC except for a few programs (1+ / 0-)
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      I used to watch it frequently and regularly.  

      Our cable has no other news choices than CNN, Fox Noise and MSNBC, well except for CSpan.

      So I get most of my news online and rarely watch TV news, whereas I used to watch it a great deal.

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      by wishingwell on Sun May 25, 2014 at 09:11:30 PM PDT

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      •  it's really rather remarkable to me how much msnbc (2+ / 0-)
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        withholds in spite of the fact that I watch a lot of it.  It seems like they WANT to but they largely are held back by something. Fear?

        There is no such thing as False hope- there is only Hope.

        by daeros on Mon May 26, 2014 at 12:56:38 AM PDT

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        •  Held back by something? I think it's someONE, (0+ / 0-)

          namely, the oligarchs that own them.  Look at what happened while Ukraine was beginning to fall apart and the latest Snowden revelations were made public.  There was an enormous amount of broadcast time devoted to Malaysian Flight 357.  That's all they talked about -- especially CNN -- during that whole period.  Can't have ordinary, low information twits LEARNING something.  Meanwhile, Aljazeera WAS covering it, and covering it superbly.  Too bad it's so difficult -- and expensive -- to get for most people.  

          -7.13 / -6.97 "The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion." -- Edmund Burke

          by GulfExpat on Mon May 26, 2014 at 04:21:58 PM PDT

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  •  Our people have to be just as loud as (8+ / 0-)

    all the people on the right. Just as vociferous over every little thing. And we cannot be afraid to smack down the media to their faces when they bullshit. They can't be afraid of pulling a Robert Novak and exploding on the air, ripping the mic off and walking off.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Sun May 25, 2014 at 07:29:50 PM PDT

  •  It's one of the MOST (7+ / 0-)

      astonishing "lapses" I've EVER seen.
       Point to example: The Los Angeles Times recently changed their web format. Check it out. Enough said.
       IF we Democrats keep the focus on the koch bros buying, we'll win.
       I'm 63. Rarely have I seen the Democrats FIGHT with what they have against the repukes. If the Democratic Party made a simple graph of the amount of TIME and MONEY Congress has wasted doing ABSOLUTELY nothing, that would appear at the end of ALL Democrats candidates commercials with a national short 30 seconds commercial with a bit more explanation, including the pain caused to Vet services, the unemployed and social services, we'd blow them out of the water.
      That would take the National Democratic Party working together like a party.

    March AGAINST monsatanOHagentorange 3/25/13 a time warp

    by 3rock on Sun May 25, 2014 at 07:35:06 PM PDT

  •  Ah, so everyone hates the lame stream media? (2+ / 0-)
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    I know, the diary makes good points, but is there a little Sarah in all of us?

  •  Ni modo, güeyes. (2+ / 0-)
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    In some cities, Univisión is the number one rated TV station and El Cucuy has the highest rated radio show.

    "states like VT and ID are not 'real america'" -icemilkcoffee

    by Utahrd on Sun May 25, 2014 at 07:41:55 PM PDT

    •  FML you're making me want to switch back (0+ / 0-)

      to learning French just because it's closer to spanish you Ass! I have Hiragana to memorize!!!

      There's really nothing that says you can't do both though but it's murderous.

      There is no such thing as False hope- there is only Hope.

      by daeros on Mon May 26, 2014 at 01:00:36 AM PDT

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  •  Wait, what? (2+ / 0-)
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    I'm with you all the way through here:

    The traditional media are not oblivious to their narrative falling apart. In fact, they are petrified that everyone else will realize it.
    But who among them are asking this, even figuratively?
    It is for this reason they figuratively ask, “Are you going to believe me or are you going to believe your lying eyes?”
    They just assume we're all watching, and that all of their watchers actually believe their bullshit. They don't even care enough to ask their audience figuratively, IMO.  They already think they know everything.

    I'd laugh at them if what they were doing was even remotely amusing--but it's not. It's criminal.

    "Inevitability" diminishes free will and replaces it with self-fulfilling prophecies."--Geenius At Wrok

    by lunachickie on Sun May 25, 2014 at 07:42:54 PM PDT

    •  as per comment above (1+ / 0-)
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      It is for this reason they figuratively ask, “Are you going to believe me or are you going to believe your lying eyes?”
         check out the Los Angeles Times website, recently changed, owned by a 1%er.

      March AGAINST monsatanOHagentorange 3/25/13 a time warp

      by 3rock on Sun May 25, 2014 at 07:53:44 PM PDT

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      •  I've seen it (1+ / 0-)
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        it's interesting, but what does that have to do with my comment?  ;)

        "Inevitability" diminishes free will and replaces it with self-fulfilling prophecies."--Geenius At Wrok

        by lunachickie on Sun May 25, 2014 at 08:28:30 PM PDT

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        •  Instead of (2+ / 0-)
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          NoMoreLies, jfdunphy

            a simple front page like say The Guardian, where one can easily scroll down to see the articles, the LA Times is now a maze. An absolute maze. A waste of viewing, internet time and so easy to lose in the shuffle the liberal perspective or politicians or worldwide. It's a MAZE.

             they are petrified that everyone else will realize it.
            I don't have a TV. It wouldn't surprise me, it's an even bigger shuffle of the liberal perspective or politicians or worldwide. It was that way before I stopped watching 10 years ago. NOW completely ALL owned by the 1%.
             I "dropped" my TV when the criminal bush was reelected. Didn't watch TV for a 14 year period at another time in my life. The cool thing is the internet fills in viewing blanks nowadays.
             Just me. I'm so appreciative of people who have the capacity to report what's going on in the viewing media. I hope I'm adding from the print, internet side.


          March AGAINST monsatanOHagentorange 3/25/13 a time warp

          by 3rock on Sun May 25, 2014 at 08:55:26 PM PDT

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  •  IMHO the TRAMED is fighting............ (4+ / 0-)

    the same demographic tide as the Republican Party.  
    The Greatest Generation and Boomers, who just happen to be conservative, are their major and target audience.

    Minorities, immigrants and young people don't consume traditional media products like the whole nation did 20 years ago. The Internet and Social media is taking over the news and information dissemination process.

    The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation--HDT

    by cazcee on Sun May 25, 2014 at 07:44:43 PM PDT

  •  I remember relatively deep into 2006.... (6+ / 0-)

    ...the mainstream political press was still calling Bush a popular President and they were saying that it was unlikely the Democrats could take the House, only picking up 8-10 seats and impossible that they could take the Senate.

  •  No, I don't think they are oblivious (22+ / 0-)

    I think it is much, much worse than that.

    I think as an industry they have been conditioned, by several decades of serial poundings by the Movement Conservative Right, to very carefully consider the Movement Conservative Right's potential reactions to "unhelpful" new memes and narratives as much as they consider any actual new game-changing or meme changing developments in our society.  Think about that for a minute. The Rightwing response to something is a co-consideration to changing facts.

    If the Right freaks out, the traditional media almost instantly winces and reels back onto its heels and into a defensive crouch. Apologies are issued. Who can forget the sight of Mellisa Harris Perry reduced to tears, on camera, because of a rightwing freakout over something that a guest on her weekend show had said off-the-cuff? This was no accident. The political establishment (and those well moneyed elite behind them) of the Republican Right has been conditioning MSNBC's Phil Griffin to jump when they say jump since the day he started on the job. You can be fired from MSNBC, even if you are the actual number 1# on-air talent on the network, by the brass if the Right freaks out loud and long enough.

    Sometimes there are reporters and production staff who face career-effecting blowback. Even when they are, essentially, 100% correct with their reporting. I don't believe that you can study the American news media, especially, say, circa 1988-2014 and not see the patterns that compare to an animal being broken until it is docile and easily cowed. Think about the joke that was Lara Logan at 60 Minutes. A pander to fever swamp of the Right, and a gift to an in-house corporate Rightwing publishing imprint, at the most distinguished brand inside of the CBS News division tent. This is the fruit of placating the Movement Conservative Right for Dan Rather's story on George W. Bushes National Guard service going sideways. You can never placate them.

    Like a beaten dog that cowers and whines when it's abusive owner raises his voice, the media is conditioned to avoid pain. Pain avoidance that is systemic and so hard-wired into the system of our politics in America that those directly handicapped by it sometimes don't even realize it. Something that the almost terminally inadequate corporate media and the top of the establishment of the Democratic Party have in common in terms of how they have dealt with the rise of the radical next wave of Movement Conservatism.

    The traditional media has many, many members, in print and in broadcast and on-line, who can read the polls and see the counter-narratives. But until they see evidence that is so-overwhelming and so beyond spin, so obvious and so clear, that they can literally say to the Right that the new news story about a dramatic shift in the tide away from the conventional wisdom practically wrote itself and they just put it out there, the broken and false narratives that favor the Rightwing and Movement Conservatism will remain in play.

    The Media and the Democratic Party have something in common.

    They are just not institutionally wired for dealing with pure bad faith.

    Bad faith utterly permeates Movement Conservatism. From policy, to op/eds, to political attacks and outrage to the freak-outs with even a whiff of harsh news for the modern American Right. Bad news about Movement Conservatism has become, almost by definition, a biased direct attack on Conservatism. Simply put, if you don't have good news for them, you are attacking them by doing your job. You cannot criticize Movement Conservatism, or report bad news about Movement Conservatism, or even show polling data that is not good news for the Right, without being accused or attacking the Republican Party in an unfair and premeditatedly conspiratorial fashion.

    To deal with the current Right, in the media's case, to report on them, you have to throw out all the old rules and considerations. Those old paradigms are being used as weapons against those who are not public relations for them. You have to fundamentally re-examine how you approach dealing with it on all levels. As a partisan, as, in this case, a Democratic Party member or office-holder, you have to treat the current Movement Conservative Right like an ideological insurgency rather than a political movement. It is okay to lie to you, to lie about you, to smear and deceive and hijack you, because you are not a Movement Conservative. Which means you don't merit common decency, courtesy, or a fair debate.  

    One of the biggest handicaps to non-Conservatives of this era, both in the media and in the political opposition to Movement Conservatism, is that there is this sense that, eventually, if you just wait out the fever long enough, sanity and good health will return to the system. This is, pretty much, insanity. It is on par with thinking that cancer will become healthy tissue if you just wait long enough for balance and equilibrium to return to the body of our politics.  

    At some point, as a non-Conservative, when the same things keep happening over and over and over again, and you keep on doing the same things that you have always done in response expecting a new and different result, you are playing a part in your own oppression and you are enabling the political terrorism that is making good governance impossible in your country. You have a moral and intellectual obligation to recognize that you have to do new things to adapt to the new reality. The new reality is that the GOP has castrated the traditional news media. It's broken, not like a machine, something that will go back to the way it was with some new parts, but like a horse. It's a useful tool, a beast of burden. A whole generation of media members will have to come onto the scene immune to the game of breaking you until you serve the GOP to prove you are "fair and balanced" to change that.

    "Real journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed. Everything else is public relations." -George Orwell

    by LeftHandedMan on Sun May 25, 2014 at 08:13:22 PM PDT

    •  off to Top Comments ! (5+ / 0-)

      Question now is, how do we (figuratively) castrate Movement Conservatism?

      “Vote for the party closest to you, but work for the movement you love.” ~ Thom Hartmann 6/12/13

      by ozsea1 on Sun May 25, 2014 at 09:52:10 PM PDT

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      •  Fundamentally, I believe the key (12+ / 0-)

        is to break the mindset that this is a debate about two visions for the nation. It is not. Also to break the mindset that regular order will be restored if the fever is waited out and sanity returns to our politics. It will not. We are not in a debate with Movement Conservatism. See the bad faith. Recognize that it a fundamental foundational part of the Republican Party and of Movement Conservatism itself.

        We are not in a debate with them.

        Anymore than we are in a debate with a mugger.

        It doesn't have to be nuclear physics. It could be as simple as not playing a rigged game as if it isn't rigged. Recognize, and treat as such, blatant bad faith as blatant bad faith. Much of what Elizabeth Warren has done to become a rockstar is to state the obvious, even though the beltway elite have ruled stating the obvious as beyond the pale, uncivil, and out of bounds.

        As a part of my criticism that the old Democratic Party mindset is simply not wired to deal with %100 bad faith, I point to the number of times that Democrats have simply refused to recognize the bad faith and continued to negotiate or discuss issues as if bad faith players were acting in good faith when they are clearly not.

        Take the issue of Demographics. The savior of the Democratic Party that refuses to make an argument against Movement Conservatism and in favor of itself as an ideoloigcal alternative.

        The GOP solution to people of color not voting for them?

        Is to deny people of color the right to vote on a grand scale. To institutionalize denying non-Conservatives the right to vote. At least the right to vote freely. This is a mindset that should fundamentally transform your tactical and strategic approach to the Right as a non-Conservative. No matter what flavor of non-Conservative. It's a warning that you have not even begun to see the bottom that the GOP will dig to to keep winning. As winning is the only thing that matters.  

        When a Conservative accuses you of something, it is often because they are doing it themselves/thinking about doing it in the future. Funny how Ted Cruz rants and raves about "the Democrat Party" limiting the First Amendment in certain situations and circumstances. The Right projects its totalitarian mindset on to those they hate because it makes it easier to not think of them in human terms, in sympathetic ways where we can be related to. It's a warning. In your face. Telegraphing that there is no bottom, only a new base-level to dig a new low from.

        And yet, there are still pockets of systemic delusion that linger. Even now. That we can look forward to Demographics to do the dirty work of icky partisan politics. So we can get back to the business of governance. There is no getting back to business with Jihadists. They do not mellow over time.

        The so-called "Grand Bargain" was the apex of this delusion. The idea that, if a "Grand Bargain" could be struck, a new age would dawn where things would be taken off the table for a generation or more and good governance could be resumed. To believe that, you would have to believe that the GOP was motivated by good faith, as much as you are. That's insane. The GOP is openly bragging about how much they are acting in bad faith to their base to raise money. It's how they do things. If you choose, as a party, to ignore that, you are enabling your own abuse and marginalization.  

        There is a culture of pain and conflict avoidance that permeates the culture of non-Conservative politics. It is deeply embedded in the Democratic Party that activist liberalism is suicidal, and that "the Center" must eternally be chased.

        The problem is, if the Right moves the Right Rightward, "the Center" is the old ideological stomping ground of Movement Conservatism. This is the greatest failure of 90's era Neoliberalism, and why so many excoriate the idea of the neoliberal mindset.

        The idea was that you made the GOP politically extinct by adopting conservative positions to make the GOP irrelevant. To, essentially, outflank them out of existence.

        It never, ever occurred to the DLC/Third Way true believes that the GOP had any other option besides sitting around waiting to die. They could move Right, and by moving further Right, they could re-define "the Center" as the old conservatism. The biggest fear was that the mythological Democratic Party of the 1970's, as defined by Nixonites and Reaganites and then Bushies in the rearview mirror, is always knocking on the door. Had Robert Kennedy not been assassinated, it is very possible that the Nixon years might never have happened and the idea that the Democratic Party was fundamentally always crippled by it's liberals would be another bullshit myth. Like cutting taxes raises revenue, or the Rich love to spend their extra money on the rest of us via trickle down.

        The tragedy of where we are is that the Democratic Party has a myriad of winning arguments, and the GOP has a glass jaw on some of the biggest and most important issues of the day. The GOP, however, is blessed by a Democratic Party that doesn't throw knockout punches and tends to listen to those who serially tell it to keep it's powder dry for some future date where the real struggle begins. There is a real debate as to where we go from here, between those who would chase the 1990's playbook again, and those who would end the era of the Democratic Party being a legacy brand. The reality that this is even up for debate is bewildering considering how greatly the GOP and the Movement Conservative Right have benefited from the legacy brand-era Democratic Party.

        Make an argument. Make a bunch of them. Pick an ideological fight for the future and do it without hestitating to consider what concern trolls and fainting couch denizens who think of the GOP as the natural ruling party do or say. It's a start. It will pay dividends.

        Neoliberalism is a Democratic Party with no Plan B if their assumptions don't pan out or turn out to be dead wrong. As long as there is an elite that always fails upward no matter how many times they are disasterously wrong that also tend to view their own parties Left flank as a bigger problem than Movement Conservatism, the GOP has an advantage beyond money and a castrated news media. You will never go broke as a Democratic pundit who specializes in telling the Democratic Party that it is always in danger of losing if it tries too hard to make an argument other than to be a diet Republican Party else it is doomed to failure. As long as that is true, the Democratic Party will always be playing catch-up.

        The Village is not going back to Edward R. Murrow. It's going to stay the Village. The GOP is not the party of Rockefeller Republicans and Silvio Conte. It's going to stay the party of the angry white racist and the greedy white rich guy who uses them like useful idiots. Let the nostalgia for Tip and the Gipper die. Those two old bastards didn't save Social Security, they started it on a pathway to being destroyed down the line because the Democrat bought the lie that the Republican was acting in good faith. He was not.

        "Real journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed. Everything else is public relations." -George Orwell

        by LeftHandedMan on Sun May 25, 2014 at 11:21:13 PM PDT

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        •  For "Game of Thrones" fans (2+ / 0-)
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          The Village is Reek. It used to be Theon, but it is Theon no more. It is Reek. It will shave the face of the monster that castrated and abused it and beg for its approval as it does it.

          "Real journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed. Everything else is public relations." -George Orwell

          by LeftHandedMan on Sun May 25, 2014 at 11:24:14 PM PDT

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        •  Reading your comment was like... (8+ / 0-)

          a breath of fresh air and, strangely, also infuriating at the same time. It seems to me that right now the republican party has the biggest glass jaw in history and yet the democratic party is not throwing any knockout punches.

          As you say, they keep doing the same thing again and again and expect the nuts to suddenly stop acting insane and reach out a hand to them. WTF???

          How many times must it be said? Do not try to bargain with crazy people. Watching the democratic party kowtow to a bunch of screaming infants again and again is enough to drive me to near melt down mode. Enough! And I swear we lost the 2010 mid-terms precisely because we were given a mandate in 2008 and we blew it by trying to maintain some magical "center."

          Bad faith. To me, that says it all. There comes a time when one has to grow up and kick the bully exactly where it hurts most. Wake me up when the democrats finally learn this lesson.

          Your two comments here should be diaries.

          I'm from the Elizabeth Warren Wing of the Democratic Party.

          by Ysmene on Mon May 26, 2014 at 12:46:10 AM PDT

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        •  Thanks, looks like a diary to me nt (2+ / 0-)
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          I voted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

          by a2nite on Mon May 26, 2014 at 12:14:04 PM PDT

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      •  same way you stop any bully; direct confrontation (3+ / 0-)
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        The conditioning LHM describes works both ways; the bullies are conditioned to be aggressive as a way to forestall any reasonable rebuttal of their outlandish statements and actions.

        giving any credence whatsoever to 'their side' of an issue when 'their side' is a provable pack of neatly packaged deliberate lies is the exact opposite of what is needed. As a whole, the vociferous Right needs to be told to STFU until such time as they can use their grownup indoor voices to say words that, strung together, do not violate the rules of logic and the laws of space and time.
        If you saw the NY Post's reportage of that stupid celebrity wedding yesterday, you have an idea of the type of coverage that a bunch of bullshit artists should get routinely from all media outlets.
        If you didn't see it, do yourself a favor.

        Last full month in which the average daily temperature did not exceed twentieth-century norms: 2/1985 - Harper's Index, 2/2013

        by kamarvt on Mon May 26, 2014 at 05:26:33 AM PDT

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    •  Please turn this into a diary. nt (2+ / 0-)
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      "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

      by Stude Dude on Mon May 26, 2014 at 03:22:10 AM PDT

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  •  We don't need to win the election now... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...we need to win it in November. The more Republicans THINK they're gonna win, the more complacent they get, and the more likely we are to win.

    Many Republicans were sincerely shocked when President Obama was re-elected because they believed the misinformation. Let us hope the same thing happens again.

    America is not 317 million individual boats afloat on an ocean; America is an ocean supporting 317 million boats.

    by Jimdotz on Sun May 25, 2014 at 08:28:07 PM PDT

    •  i don't think they think they're going to win (0+ / 0-)

      the rw media is not suggesting that- they're screaming bloody murder and obama and benghazi, and the VA.

      they're going to get out the base with anger and hate and the fear of commies and socialists destroying america and taking their guns.

      i think the vast middle roader fence sitter vote is more subject to complacency and that 'all politicians are the same' crap.

      Many Republicans were sincerely shocked when President Obama was re-elected because they believed the misinformation.
      imo guys like rove were caught by surprise because they thought they had it stolen- something prevented that.

      imo republicans like to come out when they're sure they're going to win and want to rub it in, or the opponent is a black commie from kenya.

      This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

      by certainot on Sun May 25, 2014 at 09:01:51 PM PDT

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    •  Misinformation? (0+ / 0-)

      It's the trade and stock of fallow people that don't know what they're talking about.

      Huey728 "I'm not really big on calling strangers on the phone, but I felt this election was too important to just sit back and watch." Elections are decided exactly this way; every damned election! GOTV counts... the votes!

      by Nebraska68847Dem on Mon May 26, 2014 at 10:15:23 PM PDT

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  •  radio creates the bigger buzz, polices, enablesMSM (1+ / 0-)
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    when the think tanks want to push a meme/story/scandal/lie to the msm it starts on rw radio.

    if the rw think tanks want to push a story they keep the radio stations spewing it. if they don't want to push/expose republican corruption they won't. if the MSM wants to cover one of those and they keep covering it they can easily create a diversion and give it the buzz needed to enable the MSM's producers and excuse to shift elsewhere. it's gotten as simple as that.

    if walker and christie were dems they'd be covered much more regularly.

    the MSM is more effective for what it leaves out. they make money on a close race, but they could also make money with the truth- like all those republican scandals and hypocrisy that just get glossed over. they're not doing either because they function for the most part as a vehicle for their owners to give the deregulators and tax break providers as much power as possible. republicans own most of those logos. the news/reporting/journalism employees by necessity need some level of creativity and empathy to be in those jobs, but they don't decide.

    but they are intimidated, policed, and pushed by 'public' sentiment, and the 'public' sentiment managed by those 1200 coordinated radio stations works great to enable the producers and owners of the media to prioritize on behalf of their masters. when limbaugh screams your name all day or week and the other 450 blowhards follow suit, there are consequences.

     rw radio is practically free, it's a bigger audience than many MSM components put together, reaches every part of the US with little or no real time (liberal radio) challenge, and their liars can hide behind call screeners and be prompted from the think tanks by paid callers.

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Sun May 25, 2014 at 08:46:17 PM PDT

  •  America under republican rule will not be good (2+ / 0-)
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    for 98% of the population. Darn scary as a matter of fact. Time for dem leadership to do a Morning in America like advertisement featuring the kochs and their Greedy One Percent (GOP) friends pissing (trickle down) on workers rights/wages and health care. A reality check ad campaign is needed big time to remind voters of these consequences.

    A conserative says: "If it hasn't happened to me, I dont care." A liberal says: "This shouldn't happen to anyone, that's why I care."

    by rmb on Sun May 25, 2014 at 09:34:21 PM PDT

  •  Very thoughtful post (1+ / 0-)
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    Stude Dude

    I always enjoy reading your posts, and this one is particularly energizing. From many different sources, it is beginning to seem that the MSM is turning into the echo chamber. This topic is worthy of a long rant, but I'll save it for a diary post rather than taking up your comment space. I do think you've nailed something that really bears watching . . .

    Great post!

    "The water won't clear up 'til we get the hogs out of the creek." -- Jim Hightower

    by lartwielder on Sun May 25, 2014 at 09:35:21 PM PDT

  •  Is it 2012 all over again? (3+ / 0-)

    The MSM so badly wanted the narrative of a horse race to sell they bought into the unskewed polls BS or at the least sold the race far closer than ever was.

    Now they want their narrative of a wave election dooming Obama and the Dems.

    They want the drama of the Senate to flip versus maintaining the status quo. They want Obama under the cross hairs so badly his last two years.

    This doesn't feel like a wave election either way to me. I just feel its a status quo election frankly. I hope I'm wrong and the Dems really do make inroads into governorships and the House.

  •  They Don't Call it "Tiger Beat on the Potomoc " (1+ / 0-)
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    Stude Dude

    For nothing.  Politico, that is.

    This aggression will not stand, man.

    by kaleidescope on Sun May 25, 2014 at 10:33:42 PM PDT

  •  Some day in the near future (2+ / 0-)
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    The traditional media will be completely debunked and they'll have to scramble to explain to people that they've learned their lesson about real journalism or go out of business.

  •  Persisting issues (2+ / 0-)
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    The best media news can do is deflect or divert attention. However, long running concerns inevitably emerge. For example, immigration was not the top overt message of the MEP elections in Europe yesterday. It was treated by the media as a fringe issue. The large parties in western Europe instead continued their long push for a modestly dynamic model for Europe that does not factor in DIY immigration of about 6,000 people a day. With high unemployment, even the left has to change its stance of the flood of low-skilled labor. As first-generation immigrants to Europe try to reconstruct their home culture, they do not integrate well, unlike their descendants. When you have neighborhoods in Stockholm looking like Mogadishu, parts of Paris feeling more like Dakar, sections of Leeds that resemble Karachi, or even villages in Romania looking like something from Guandong province, you get the MEP vote like you did yesterday.

    American in contrast expect plenty of discussion on immigration and wages in this election cycle. What is not getting overt discussion is the emerging food scarcity unlike anything since WWII. Water, air, soil, that is the basic natural systems we rely on, are jeopardized.

    Similarly, fairness, the theme of the Occupy movement, has pretty much been limited to minimum wage (kudos the Bill Maher for proposing a maximum wage). Yet the US gini coefficient continues to rise, and that affects everybody and the structure of the economy. My bet is that at least one of these three issues: Resilience, Water, Fairness will emerge as a top issue in this election cycle even if they are only getting moderate attention at the moment.  

    It is not easy to see what you are not looking for, or to know what it is you do not know.

    by kosta on Mon May 26, 2014 at 01:13:48 AM PDT

  •  My prediction (1+ / 0-)
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    We are going to lose Senate seats but only one or two. Any other year we'd consider that a bad outcome. But the GOP and the media have been SO invested in telling us that it is going to be a GOP blowout, and that they are going to take the Senate, it is going to look like a devastating loss for them. Which is stupid, because they would actually gained seats and STILL look like losers. People smart about politics would know that you should ALWAYS manage expectations so that any losses you suffer won't seem like a big deal. That's what the Dems did in 2010 and people voted for them again in 2012 because we weren't completely demoralized. We expected to lose so we weren't surprised. But then these are the same people who expected 30 million people, literally a tenth of the entire population of the United States, to descend on Washington and demand Obama's resignation. They don't seem to be the sharpest tacks in the drawer. And they never read polls. And this year, they favor the Dems more than you'd expect. We'll be fine.

    Why do I have the feeling George W. Bush joined the Stonecutters, ate a mess of ribs, and used the Constitution as a napkin?

    by Matt Z on Mon May 26, 2014 at 03:04:04 AM PDT

  •  My children *never* watch television news. (2+ / 0-)
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    jfdunphy, a2nite

    Their generation really gets it: the traditional media narrative is pure corporate propaganda, and therefore worthless if you want to understand what's actually going on.

  •  By the same token, how many people (0+ / 0-)

    know that Iran executed a billionaire for financial crimes against the state? Can the networks explore the idea of extraditing our banksters to Iran for execution, rather than slap on the wrist consent decrees from the so-called Justice Dept.? This Centaur Recession (Half-Recession/Half Depression) has been going on for years--with the major shift being from middle class jobs to sub- blue collar jobs. The guilty have a lot to account for--and not enough are even getting near courtrooms. The lack of true accountability is staggering. But if the ordinary citizen is late on a payment, he/she gets an e-mail abouuut a posssible change to their credit score. Inequality for most.

  •  Au contraire, "Americans are not dumb"? (1+ / 0-)
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    Many, many Americans may not be dumb but they are willfully ignorant, blinded and deafened by manufactured fear and victimhood, have the attention span of a three year old hopped up on candy and the institutional memory of a 7th grader. That is absolutely the only way we can get people like Michele Bachmann, Louis Gomert, Newt Gingrich, Mitch McConnell, etc. to get votes from anyone but their immediate family.

    Government works when you elect those who want it to. --askyron (2013)

    by Simul Iustus et Peccator on Mon May 26, 2014 at 06:02:56 AM PDT

  •  What can I, a regular guy, do legally to destroy.. (1+ / 0-)
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    Pale Jenova

    ..the MSM besides tuning out these past 3 or 4 years?  I wish I was a Nielsen household.  What if someone filed a class action lawsuit against the Nielsen company for dumbing down America?  Hell, they convinced the networks that reality tv is a hit and St. Elsewhere was a bomb.  I blame Nielsen.  They convince America that FoxNews is the highest rated cable nooz, that we want more info on pop-tarts rather than a lengthy report on a topic that matter, etc.  Who are the Nielsen families anyways?

    Government works when you elect those who want it to. --askyron (2013)

    by Simul Iustus et Peccator on Mon May 26, 2014 at 06:11:43 AM PDT

  •  "The media" need only look back to 1998 (0+ / 0-)

    to find a counter-example to their "midterm narrative." In fact, one can make the case from recent history that Democratic presidents have horrible first midterms but great second midterms . . . and Republicans just the opposite.

    But, as they say in every investment prospectus, "past results are not indicative of future performance."

    And God said, "Let there be light"; and with a Big Bang, there was light. And God said "Ow! Ow My eyes!" and in a flash God separated light from darkness. "Whew! Now that's better. Now where was I. Oh yea . . ."

    by Pale Jenova on Mon May 26, 2014 at 07:14:56 AM PDT

  •  i do not listen to the msm (0+ / 0-)

    maybe I am a optimist, but I believe the democrats will keep their majority in the house. perhaps even pick up two or three seats.
    I also believe the governorship in Pennsylvania Florida, Michigan, Wisconsin, Maine will revert back to the Democrats. Christie may be impeached, and at some point the New Jersey Governorship will revert back to the dems.

    The outlook is not as gloomy as the msm want us to believe. Many of these Senate and Governorship races are within  grasp of the dems because the governor or senator voted no against Medicaid expansion

  •  MSM can't see the forest for the trees? (1+ / 0-)
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    A couple reporters in Ohio who work for two major newspapers [Columbus Dispatch and Cleveland Plain Dealer] just can't/won't see the full political forest for the misleading trees that fill their reports. Recently they jumped all over a comment by Ed FitzGerald, Ohio Gov. John Kasich's Democratic challenger, who said he would use a line-item veto on a bill that doesn't allow use of this executive tool [only for spending bills]. At the same time, they and every other media source ignored a researched report with real public documents showing Kasich's favorite, rich Silicon Valley venture capitalist friend and campaign contributor let the head of the Ohio EPA [Scott Nally] live in his house. Nally and a top financial official at The Ohio State University [that we know of so far] were flown to his Montana retreat and elsewhere. Courting Nally, sources say, was to buy favoritism for Ohio's coal crowd. Nally stepped down suddenly this January for no real explained reason. OSU decided to give Kvamme $50 million. Had one of these reporters, or others that play in their reindeer games, broken this story, it would have been front page news. But they didn't, so it has gone totally unreported on, as they fawn over a governor who is soaking up talk of a presidential run in 2016 like a dry sponge soaks of up water. Kasich's PR guy even wrote the reporter, saying the report was the "dumbest blog post I've ever read in my entire life." The content of that "dumbest blog post ever" wasn't challenged with a fact or an explanation of why Kvamme's name was listed on Nally's Ethics Disclosure Statement. The snarky and evasive comment should be seen as having hit a nerve. But Ohio's MSM continues to fiddle while the state continues to burn from Kasich withholding billions in payments that traditionally went to local governments and schools.

  •  Any reporting contradicting RW talking points (1+ / 0-)
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    will have the right shrieking "LIBERAL BIAS! LIBERAL BIAS!"

    The MSM is so afraid of being called "liberal" that it bends over backwards to prove the opposite - actual facts be damned.

    Yes we can! Yes we did! Yes we will!

    by Sister Havana on Mon May 26, 2014 at 08:42:24 AM PDT

  •  Did you know (0+ / 0-)

    That reporters for these organizations don't read DailyKos because "it's biased"  ???

    So they set the narrative and it enforces then reinforces itself.

  •  They all now live in the Fox Bubble. (0+ / 0-)
  •  LOOK AT THE OWNERSHIP (0+ / 0-)

    of the so-called "mainstream" media, including television networks, and you'll find the usual suspects, the 1/2% or those with the 1/2% and the 1% on their boards or in their management.

    What do you expect their minions to bray?

    HERE is where DKOS shines... reporting news the MSM covers but with the bullshit raked off of it as much as possible.  I'm far more impressed by people's diary contributions that comb the crap off stories with facts omitted by the MSM than those diaries which are  more opinon than fact.  

    That is not to say that diaries which are MOSTLY opinion don't serve a purpose and aren't often cogent or literate or even moving.  It's just that I'm starved for **facts**, and here is one of the progressive locations where sharp-eyeed and sharp minded men and women -- many of you way younger and faster than I am -- find those facts and publish them here.  

    I thank you ALL and I share links to your diaries with pals on the internet in one or two forums and a few other places.  You are brilliant!  I can't match you, much less top you, any of you!

  •  The answer is 'yes' & it's on purpose to make (0+ / 0-)

    The evil RW corporate masters happy.

    I voted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

    by a2nite on Mon May 26, 2014 at 12:04:55 PM PDT

  •  Thanks for writing this. (0+ / 0-)

    All too true, and it is especially true of everything the "liberal" Washington Post has written about 2014.

    "Optimism is better than despair." --Jack Layton, the late Canadian MP, liberal, and Christian.

    by lungfish on Mon May 26, 2014 at 01:13:19 PM PDT

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