"Renaissance Thinking About the Issues of Our Day"
Bill Moyers: Big Money + Big Media
= a "Disney World" of Democracy
Big money and big media have coupled to create a ‘Disney World’ of democracy in which TV shows, televised debates, even news coverage is being dumbed down, resulting in a public less informed than it should be, says Marty Kaplan, director of USC’s Norman Lear Center and an entertainment industry veteran. Bill Moyers talks with Kaplan about how taking news out of the journalism box and placing it in the entertainment box is hurting democracy and allowing special interest groups to manipulate the system.
Later on the show, Bill talks about Florida Rep. Allen West and shocking modern-day McCarthyism. Wasn’t this lesson already learned?
"But it is time to acknowledge
that the nation's news organizations
have played a large
and unappetizing role in deceiving the public…."
- The New York Times
The Corporate Muzzle
Trolls of Fascism
"It now seems clear that 'tea party' movement types, organized by highly-funded corporate backed outfits like "Freedom Works" are putting together a plan to disrupt and shut down as many town hall events as possible. That's entirely different from making sure you've got a lot of activists at events with t-shirts or protesting with pickets outside the venue or making sure one of your activists gets to ask a question. This amounts to a sort of civic vigilanteism."
The Town Hall Mobs
By The Daily Dish, Aug 4 2009
Corporate Welfare Rats - 03/21/09
Strong corporate profits amid weak economy? = Outsourcing
"Another weapon I discovered early
was the power of the printed word
to sway souls to me.
The newspaper was soon my gun, my flag
- a thing with a soul that could mirror my own."
-- Adolf Hitler
Today, our nation is fighting two wars: one abroad and one at home. While the war in Iraq is in the headlines, the other war is still being fought on our own streets. Its casualties are the wasted lives of our own citizens.
I am speaking of the war on drugs.
And I cannot help but wonder how many more lives, and how much more money, will be wasted before another Robert McNamara admits what is plain for all to see: the war on drugs is a failure.
MSM, Mainstream media has ALL CONTROL OVER THE NEWS and they manufacture news. The mainstream media has changed because of concentration of media ownership.
It is no longer the fourth estate. Rather, it has become a propaganda agent for the interests of government and large corporations. When the government and the media are both controlled by mega-corporations, it is in the best interests of the media to voluntarily undertake the government's censorship and propaganda distribution.
News Corporation" to search for Fox' owner and see what else they own.
Here are the search results as of August 2008:
Fox Broadcasting Company, Fox Television Stations, WNYW - New York City, WWOR - New York City, KTTV - Los Angeles, KCOP - Los Angeles, WFLD - Chicago, WPWR - Chicago, KMSP - Minneapolis, WFTC - Minneapolis, WTXF - Philadelphia, WFXT - Boston, WTTG - Washington D.C., WDCA - Washington D.C., KDFW - Dallas, KDFI - Dallas, WJBK - Detroit, KUTP - Phoenix, KSAZ - Phoenix, WUTB - Baltimore, WRBW - Orlando, WOFL - Orlando, WOGX - Ocala, WAGA - Atlanta, KRIV - Houston, KTXH - Houston, WTVT - Tampa, WHBQ - Memphis, KTBC - Austin, DBS & Cable, FOXTEL
BSkyB, Sky Italia, Fox News Channel, Fox Movie Channel, FX, FUEL, National Geographic Channel, SPEED Channel, # Fox Sports Net, FSN New England (50%), FSN Ohio, FSN Florida, National Advertising Partners, Fox College Sports, Fox Soccer Channel, Stats, Inc.
20th Century Fox Español, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, 20th Century Fox International, 20th Century Fox Television, Fox Studios Australia, Fox Studios Baja, Fox Studios LA, 20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Fox Television Studios, Blue Sky Studios
United States: New York Post, The Wall St. Journal, Dow Jones, United Kingdom, News International, News of the World, The Sun, The Sunday Times, The Times, Times Literary Supplement, Australasia, Daily Telegraph, Fiji Times, Gold Coast Bulletin, Herald Sun
Newsphotos, Newspix, Newstext, NT News, Post-Courier, Sunday Herald Sun, Sunday Mail, Sunday Tasmanian, Sunday Territorian, Sunday Times, The Advertiser, The Australian, The Courier-Mail, The Mercury, The Sunday Telegraph, Weekly Times
InsideOut, donna hay, SmartSource, The Weekly Standard, Big League, ALPHA
HarperMorrow Publishers, HarperMorrow, General Books Group, Amistad, Caedmon, Avon, Avon A, Avon Inspire, Avon Red, Collins, Collins Design, Ecco, Eos, Fourth Estate, Harper Mass Market, Harper Pakerbacks, HarperAudio, HarperBusiness, HarperCollins, Perennial, Perennial Modern Classics, HarperCollins e-Books, HarperLuxe, Rayo, William Morrow, William Morrow Cookbooks
Children's Books Group
Amistad, Greenwillow Books, Joanna Cotler Books, Eos, Laura Geringer Books, HarperAudio, HarperCollins Children's Books, HarperFestival, HarperTeen, Katherine Tegen Books, Julie Andrews Books, Rayo, Trophy, HarperCollins International, HarperCollins Canada, HarperCollins Australia, HarperCollins UK, HarperCollins India, HarperCollins New Zealand, Zondervan
Los Angeles Kings (NHL, 40% option), Los Angeles Lakers (NBA, 9.8% option), Staples Center (40% owned by Fox/Liberty), News Interactive, Fox Sports Radio Network, Broadsystem, Classic FM, Festival Records, Fox Interactive, IGN Entertainment, Mushroom Records, MySpace.com, National Rugby League, NDS, News Outdoor, Scout Media, Rotten Tomatoes, AskMen, FoxSports.net, WhatIfSports, kSolo, Fox.com, AmericanIdol.com, Spring Widgets, News Digital Media, News.com.au, FoxSports.com.au, CARSguide.com.au, Careerone.com.au, Truelocal.com.au