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What the Mainstream Media Won’t Tell You(and Why) Part 4: The Corporate Media in Conflict with Government

It’s been a long time since I have made a segment on this, and there have been a lot of news in the political universe. The major one was the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States. The mainstream media has been at fault for its coverage. What isn’t the mainstream media telling you, though?

The Mainstream Media as we all know are corporate owned conglomerates, and there are only six major media companies in the U.S. These are Viacom, Time Warner, CBS, Newscorp, Comcast, and Disney. The Telecommunications Act of 1996, which deregulated the industry and allowed for mass mergers to occur easier, creating the current media system.

In an ideal world, the media would be the watchdog of the government and those in power. However, we know that the media is corporate-owned, and thus represent corporate interests.

During the Primary, then-DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz was unhappy with the coverage Hillary Clinton, the choice for the DNC and the Democratic Establishment on several channels, Particularly Morning Joe on MSNBC. She contacted MSNBC President Phil Griffin as Emails shown from the DNC leaks this summer.

A similar story between power and the media has been brewing. Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law, and top adviser held a meeting with executive VP of Time Warner  Gary Ginsberg where he critiqued CNN’s coverage of Trump.

Disclaimer: Time Warner owns CNN, so Kushner was doing what Wasserman Schultz was doing when she contacted Phil Griffin about alleged negative coverage.

These are just two prime examples of media and government interfering with each other.  In these examples, power is telling the media what to do so they are placed in a favorable light. This is a direct conflict with freedom of the press. Freedom of the press is in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. However, the United States runs as an oligarchy as a Princeton study found out. The study collected over 20 years of data and found virtually no correlation between public opinion and policy. However, the top 10% saw some significant correlation. The Mainstream Media is, as we have said, six companies and represents the corporate interests. The “Big 3” of Cable News, CNN(owned by Time Warner), Fox News(owned by Newscorp) and MSNBC(owned by GE) are all owned by a major media company, and thus the talking points of the establishment are conveyed. The other large networks such as ABC, CBS, and NBC are all part of the “Big 6” of the Media.

Here are some examples of topics covered to stray away from the main issues.

  • Propaganda based on little or no evidence:  An example is Russia. Russia is accused of interfering with the election to help Donald Trump win. The CIA came out and said it was true, and as a result, the media and many figures in government are running with the story. The issue is that there hasn’t been sufficient evidence to prove the claim of the CIA. In conjunction with the CIA, the FBI are in agreement that Russia rigged the election to favor Trump. The Washington Post first reported about the Secret CIA Assessment back in December. While reading through the articles, there was no substantial evidence given. U.S. intelligence has repeatedly stated that Russia had a role in undermining the election, but they need evidence to back it up. To be fair, some of the Russia talks is justified such as calling for an investigation into Trump’s ties to Russia. That is better that saying something is true without backing it up. That is similar to McCarthyism, which is making accusations or assertions without evidence to back it up. The term coincidentally rose during the Second Red Scare of the Soviet Union.
  • Tweets by Trump: Some tweets by Trump or other figures can be newsworthy, but they are a constant focus, and it seems like a daily affair, if not a few times per week across almost all of the Mainstream Networks.
  •  Debates over wedge topics and/or settled topics: Topics such as abortion, same-sex marriage, or climate science: These topics are non-issues or settled.
  • Identity politics: The two-party system has led to two different sides: Democrat and Republican. The topic of political polarization is one of the most common themes heard from mass media networks, particularly on cable news networks. Votes in Congress such as those on cabinet selections which are largely along party lines are overmagnified.

Independent media is more important than ever. Polls consistently show distrust in mass media, and we can see why. Viewership of television news is down, largely due to the mistrust by the people. Please tune out the mainstream networks and support independent media that is publicly financed, unlike corporate networks. By nature, whoever is funding a project, a politician, or an organization will represent who donates to them.

House Democrats No Bill No Break Breakdown plus Possible Solution

22 June 2016

Hello, again Insights.

Today, House Democrats began a sit-in and demanded that Congress won’t go to summer recess until a common sense gun bill passes. Minority whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said that “We will be sitting in until the House is allowed an opportunity to vote.”On Monday, four measures were up for a vote, and all four failed in the Senate. There have been no votes in the house, where it is a tougher battle due to the NRA’s stronger influence there.

What would need to happen for a bill to pass:

For a bill to pass the Senate, 60 votes are required. In the House, only a simple majority or 218 votes are needed to pass. Currently, here’s the breakdown of the houses by party affiliation.

Senate:

54 Republican

44 Democrat

2 Independent(both caucus with the Democrats)

House of Representatives:

247 Republicans

188 Democrats.

Part 2: Potential Solution.

Susan Collins(R-ME) is leading a bipartisan solution that would notify the FBI if someone on the terrorist watch list was about to purchase a firearm. Co-sponsors of the bill include Tim Kaine(D-VA), Heidi Heitkamp(D-ND), Lindsey Graham(R-SC), Kelly Ayotte(R-NH), Jeff Flake(R-AZ), Angus King(I-ME), Martin Heinrich(D-NM), and Bill Nelson(D-FL). We know that 60 votes are needed to pass the Senate. Assuming that all 44 Democrats and 2 Independents support it, 14 Republicans would need to support it. Four are co-sponsoring the bill, and Pat Toomey(PA) says he’ll endorse the bill. Dianne Feinstein proposed a similar measure that failed on Monday. The provision that would hopefully get pro-gun conservatives on board is because the bill doesn’t ban those on the terrorist watch list from purchasing firearms. Additionally, American citizens would be allowed to appeal a denial of a gun sale. The measure also has some concerns with Democrats, notably Chuck Schumer of New York. He says that there are issues, though they are fixable. He did not give details. Chris Murphy,  however, called the bipartisan proposal “progress.” This measure again would be attached to a spending bill. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that it may be attached to a Commerce, Justice, and Science spending bill. According to Vanity Fair, the bill could see a vote as early as tomorrow.