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Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Media Thoughts for June

Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play. – Joseph Goebbels

Goebbels words ring true today: our mainstream media is largely defined by the wishes of the government.

The sheer size of government contributes to the press’s dependence on them as a primary source of information in the newsgathering process.

Many of Chomsky loyal followers subscribe to the view that corporate influence on media consciousness is the primary agent of corruption.

While it is no secret that media operations must ultimately meet their bottom line (sans PBS and NPR), this largely affects the sales and advertising end of the media outfit. The news room and editorial board pay little, if any attention to these details. Their focus is on content; which continues to be molded and defined first and foremost by government sources.

When the leftists decry the shortcomings of our contemporary media, they always try to find a way to fault free markets, private property, etc……These private outfits are not hiding the truth from the public. The media is being inhibited from the truth in Iraq and other foreign policy follies by government. It is our government that is so bold to make no secret of their intentions throughout the world. They have been more than upfront about their campaigns to redefine the world, and the press has acted accordingly in allowing them to slant truths with viewpoints that are conducive to their positions.

We cannot convince the left of this reality. They are convinced that the media has been hijacked by a corporate confluence hell bent on national domination. They have been blinded by their enamoration with their precious federal programs and socialist ideals. In truth, the Goebbels quote paints a much more accurate picture of the relationship that has ALWAYS existed between press and government (and thus defined our view of the country).

Instead, the left sees PBS, NPR, and other government funding for the arts as paramount in this supposed defense against the corporatization of the media. This of course plays right into the hands of politicians who will happily authorize funding into these areas, and in return be granted greater control over an institution that is vital to the health of a republic.

The left seems more preoccupied with maintaining a press that is in the good graces of government, just for the sake of preserving things that are miniscule in comparison to the on-going, never-ending war on terrorism.

Having all but abandoned their criticism of the war in Iraq, the left has refocused their criticisms on those who dare give favorable coverage to the President’s plans to privatize Social Security. This has been a disappointment for those of us who were beginning to believe the left’s criticism of the President’s Wilsonian foreign policy was in fact genuine.

There is apparently no way for the left to see the media’s primary ‘shortcomings’ as being tied to government. Even after the media gave it’s blessing for the government to go through with a fraudulent attack of Iraq. They still refuse to see the media as being historically government-friendly. Furthermore, they find a way to twist the media’s coverage of the Iraqi quagmire as being the result of these Michael Moore-esque corporate villains. Ari Fleischer and the government mouth pieces that were never questioned (while still mocked as being Pro-Bush rather than Pro-Truth), have taken a back seat to these Darth Vader CEO’s as the culprits in the press’s mistakes in believing the same old government justifications for war.

End of rant.

6 Comments:

Blogger the bastard said...

good stuff. you make a very valid point and it is underscored by the Goebbels quote. however, i think it's a shame that you should tarnish such sensible observation with partisan slandering.

the partisan criticism of media is a direct result of the media/government relationship you spoke of. during the clinton years, and beyond, conservatives like rush limbaugh lambasted the 'liberal media,' especially when the coverage of the lewinksy debacle was favorable of the president. so, it should come as no surprise that we are seeing this now from the left.

regardless of politics, do you feel that media monopolizaton is a healthy thing? if so, why?

7:20 AM

 
Blogger Justin Goggles said...

"the bastard"

-- I enjoyed seeing Al Franken and others assume Rush's role once the Republicans seized control of everything but my basement.

......still, figures like Franken have just not measured up. He's cowered on the war (he won't even speak of withdrawal now).

...bottom line: Franken and the Air America types have just failed to represent a true opposition (we don't have two political parties.....it's one big party with two wings that provide a theatrical storyline).

As for the media monopoly........ the 'pack mentality' has always plagued reporting. We have more choice now than ever, despite deregulation.

Woodward, Clarke, O'Neil's books all told us the same thing: the war was planned from day 1. Hersh gave us the prison abuse scandal in Cuba and Iraq. The bloggers pieced together Jeff Gannon and other plants. The commentators who were paid off by the feds were ID'ed.

.....So as concentrated as it has been at the top -- we're getting a hell of a lot of information destructive to Bush and the establishment.

Like I said -- what can we do with all the information? Vote for Kerry? Who's agenda would have been virtually the same (foreign and abroad)? C'mon, give me a break!

And let's face it --- a lot of Bush's policies are liberal friendly. He's very much like Nixon in that regard. The way he spends taxpayer money --- his intervention overseas (always a left wing staple) -- you can see why the left can't really complain in the media about the guy -- because they know deep in their hearts that they would support the same agenda if it was their guy living at 1600 Pennsylvanina Avenue.

2:45 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. That's a lot to wade through. I just can't walk away, though, so I'll slip on my hip waders... :)

Justin says:
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While it is no secret that media operations must ultimately meet their bottom line (sans PBS and NPR), this largely affects the sales and advertising end of the media outfit. The news room and editorial board pay little, if any attention to these details. Their focus is on content; which continues to be molded and defined first and foremost by government sources.
"

I'm not certain where you get your information. The "Media" collectively makes their money by collecting our attention, holding it for as long as they can, and selling it to the highest bidder (advertisers). To suggest that the 'content' is revenue-neutral is naive, at best. All media outlets change personnel, format, presentation, and content in a constant search for higher reader/viewer/listener counts.

Justin says:
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When the leftists...
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Dude, that's an awfully big paintbrush you have there. "The Left" is not some monolithic entity glowering at the gathered "People in the Right(tm)" with hatred and malice. There is not nearly as much consensus on the Left as there is on the Right; that's why the Right made such a big run at the political process recently.

Justin says:
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Instead, the left sees PBS, NPR, and other government funding for the arts as paramount in this supposed defense against the corporatization of the media.
"

Wow. "The Left" again... I suggest you read the history of the legislation that created the PBS/NPR bequests. They were supported by 'conservatives' and 'liberals' alike.

Justin Says:
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The left seems more preoccupied with maintaining a press that is in the good graces of government, just for the sake of preserving things that are miniscule in comparison to the on-going, never-ending war on terrorism.
" (sorry I do it that way, your blog won't allow the 'blockquote' tag)

I have absolutely no idea what 'left' you're talking about. I hear, on all sides, the people that I would consider to be 'left of center' screaming for more media opposition to the Bush Marketing Machine.

Justin says:
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Having all but abandoned their criticism of the war in Iraq, the left has refocused their criticisms on those who dare give favorable coverage to the President’s plans to privatize Social Security.
"

Again, I'm at a loss; I hear many, many 'Liberals' still asking why Nixon got impeached over a burglery but Bush and Co get away with conducting a war under false pretenses. The 'left' opposition to the Bush agenda is still strong, as nearly as I can tell.

Now, you can't have your cake and eat it, too; either the left is supporting the government, or they're opposing it... or maybe you've picked and chosen your targets of opportunity with little attention to consistent expression. Regardless, the "President's plan to privatize Social Security" is a disingenuous way to express the plan Bush presents. It's NOT what you think it is, my friend. It's NOT what Bush wants you to believe it is.

Justin Says:
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They still refuse to see the media as being historically government-friendly. Furthermore, they find a way to twist the media’s coverage of the Iraqi quagmire as being the result of these Michael Moore-esque corporate villains.
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I think you're mistaken. As a representative of the "Left" (according to those who read my blog, anyway) I would suggest that you have failed to apprehend the obvious - the delineation between corporate greed and governmental misbehavior disappeared long ago. When we allowed corporate interests to start funding the campaigns of our politicians and to install lobbyists in Washington, we made them the executors of our government. Every election cycle, our politicians have to go, hat in hand, to their corporate benefactors to fund their media blitzes, private investigators, legal staffs, and hookers; if you believe that doesn't have a far-reaching and significant impact on the decisions that politician makes, I would suggest that you have a rather naive view of the political process. Just for the record, Rush Limbaugh STILL refers to the "Liberal Elite Media" and most conservatives are still convinced that liberals 'run' the megacorps that produce our packaged and targeted media output.

Well, this is turning into a novel. Let me just wrap it up by saying that I would LOVE to hear any argument, from a conservative, that would suggest that the primary costs of production have nothing to do with the bottom line. (as per your comment about editorial staff and the like in the media)

Steve White, http://blog.kcheretic.com

11:46 AM

 
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

what has happened to justin since 6/05?

10:22 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what has happened to justin since 6/05?

10:22 AM

 

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