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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.

What the Mainstream Media Won’t Tell You(and Why) Part 3

Hello, again Insights.

I’m sure you have heard about the Ataturk Aiport attack in Istanbul, Turkey. Two suicide bombers killed over 40 and injured over 100 others. There were also attacks in Bangladesh and Baghdad in which the death toll in Baghdad is now over 200. When something like this happens, it’s major news for a week. The mass media often doesn’t tell the entire story.

Terrorist attacks occur frequently, and every major one seems shocking. They’re more publicized here if they happen in Europe or America. My last post in the media segment focused on fear mongering, which applies to this post. There will be calls by the media and our politicians to get “tough on terrorism” which is code to spend more on defense programs that have been proven not to work, and in some ways backfire by creating a hatred for the United States.

Going back to my first point, European and American terrorist attacks are more publicized because they occur in areas with low Muslim populations. As a result, the Paris and Belgium attacks received a lot of publicity, unlike the Beirut, Lebanon attack in November of 2015 which had similar consequences. Lebanon is close to Iraq and Syria, the home of ISIL caliphate. Attacks by the U.S. and other powers such as Israel often violate international law but is almost always called the counter-terror attacks. Presidential candidates such as Ted Cruz favor an increase of what the U.S. is doing. What isn’t frequently talked about on mainstream networks is that the United States ranks No. 1 in defense spending, which is almost four times as much as the No. 2 country, China, As you can see in this graph by the Washington Post. What is often overlooked is the effectiveness of defense programs. We bomb ISIL more than any other nation, yet nothing has changed. In fact, the United States is running out of bombs. Additionally, there are several environmental consequences of war. Examples include poorer air quality, increased oil use, as well as the dismantling of infrastructure which are obvious. As I have stated in previous posts, the MSM needs winners and losers in order to function. The media and Congress are corporate owned, and defense contractors will want to sell more war to increase their profit. That is why we need to get money out of politics to restore a government that is for the people, and by the people.

Read More: Environmental Impact of War

Part 1

Part 2

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What the Mainstream Media Won’t Tell You(and Why) Part 1

 

The Mainstream Media isn’t telling you something. That is the failure to report on real issues. Let’s see why that is the case.

All the outlets, Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, and more focus almost entirely on the “horse race” which is the current Presidential election cycle. Since the cycle kicked off last summer, it’s who is winning or who is losing. They would much rather spend a whole week dissecting the outrageous new comment from Donald Trump than climate change or how to rebuild or economy. The MSM in this country cares about ratings rather than facts, which is why they’re doing what they’re doing. To be honest, they’re system isn’t helping ratings, which I’ll get back to later on. Let’s go back on why the Mainstream Media doesn’t report real news.

Why?

Why isn’t the media reporting on the real issues? It’s quite simple. Corporations own the major media outlets. Corporations have far different interests than those of ordinary Americans. Money in politics, which is over all other issues won’t have a serious discussion because they’re part of the corrupt system. Big money controls the news, controls Congress and other politicians outside of Washington as well.

I’m sure we’ve all heard the money in politics debate. Vermont Senator and 2016 Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has mentioned the issue, as well as other progressive politicians. You’ll also hear about Citizens United referring to a 2010 U.S. Supreme Court case. If you have been following it, you’ll know the basic background. A conservative non-profit group, Citizens United produced a documentary in 2008 titled Hillary: The Movie. The McCain-Feingold Act of 2002 placed restrictions on communications electioneering. The Federal Elections Commission subsequently called it unlawful electioneering. Citizens United won the case.. The decision allowed for groups or people to contribute an unlimited amount of funds as long as they were independent of campaigns. The term “SuperPACs” became popular. Private financing of elections is allowed in the system that we have. Wealthy special interests get what they want by “buying” the politicians.

Don’t get me wrong there are plenty of issues not discussed enough. Climate change/environment, education, health care, economy and race relations just to name a few. There are also plenty of world events that aren’t reported or underreported. Many of us don’t know the corruption going on between the U.S. and other countries. The media will rarely talk about it, if at all. They’re part of the problem. Only parts of stories get reported to hide the corruption. That is the purpose of Global Insight to get down to the truth.