February 4, 2008

Corporate Media Is DANGEROUS

Many of the people that I know personally who visit this blog are not fans of the mainstream media. I'm not either, and I voice that opinion all the time. They're constantly spinning the truth in order to serve their own agendas. This goes for all corporate media; Fox News is just as guilty of this as CNN. But do you know how scary it really is? It's been happening for the past few months, and I bet most of you haven't even noticed.

Throughout the entire 2008 presidential campaign, the big media companies have been heavily modifying the content that you are shown in an attempt to influence your vote in the primaries and in November. They are doing this by issuing media blackouts on candidates who do not meet the corporate media agenda and referring these candidates as "not viable" or a "dark horse". It has even gone so far as to EXCLUDE ELECTION RESULTS from being reported on television. For example, when CNN reported on the Iowa Caucus, they didn't label Ron Paul's slice of the pie in terms of the results. In fact, both liberal and conservative media have been blacking out anything to do with Ron Paul, including "Live" debate coverage. MSNBC/Newsweek didn't even report on or discuss Ron Paul even after he beat McCain in the Iowa, Maine, and Nevada primaries.

This doesn't just apply to Ron Paul, though. On the Democratic side, Dennis Kucinich was experiencing the same problems before he dropped out of the race. Just Google "Dennis Kucinich blackout" and you will get a very large number of hits. Note that none of the sites that you get will belong to big media. The same goes for a search of "Ron Paul Blackout".

If this doesn't scare the hell out of you, then I don't know what will. Sure, you can find the real facts if you search online and put some actual effort into researching your presidential candidates, but what about the huge number of people who vote entirely based on party lines and what they can see on the news? It's frightening to me how much corporate media is going to be influencing the election of the next president. This information needs to get to as many people as possible. Tell your friends. Tell your family. Don't let corporate media make your decisions for you!

Do your part. USE YOUR BRAIN!


Matt said...

Over-simplifying the election through means like this is a great way to keep a certain portion of viewers completely in the dark about candidates who don't fit the mold. I don't believe there is a media conspiracy against Ron Paul, and I don't think Matt does either - I think this is another case of pandering to the lowest common denominator and cutting corners in reporting.

For further reading on the subject of mass media, check out "Amusing Ourselves To Death" by Neil Postman.

Matt Silverthorn said...

I'm not sure "conspiracy" is the right word. The media has blatantly and purposefully left out relevant information about candidates which they did not deem "viable" or "electable". So whatever term you would use to describe that is what this is.