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Corporate Media is a Disease

I already realized that, of course, but it became just so abundantly clear this morning when I listened to ABC Radio News.
The contents (such as they were) were a detailed update on the Terri Schaivo case, a report on how Martha Stewart dislikes her monitoring legband, an update on the status a few other Hollywood celebrities, a report on the Pope's health, and a report on Prince Rainier's health. The Martha Stewart and Terri Schaivo reports were by far the most detailed, especially the latter.

Ahh, yes, Schaivo. If there's any better example of a non-news item that's being endlessly repeated in order to distract human sheep from thinking about real news, I can't think of one. As emotional and heart-wrenching as the debate over the best course of action must be for Schaivo's friends and relatives, let's face it: she's still just one individual.

Meanwhile, the misrule of the Establishment kills millions as a result of poverty and wars. And you can bet that if folks are thinking and talking about Schaivo, then they're probably not thinking and talking as much about poverty of the illegal war of imperialist aggression in Iraq.

Any news organization that wastes much time on Schaivo has immediately proved its uselessness as a serious news source. And as for Congress and the rest of the Federal government, any governance structure that obsesses itself with such non-issues while at the same time failing to address real issues it's responsible for has just demonstrated its illegitimacy.

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oh (big) brother... 26.Mar.2005 08:42

false dichotomy watch

stop false dichotomizing like there is some type of required 'and/or' in this equation between your important issues and Schiavo.

handicapped human rights are very important--particularly under a fascist dictatorship with Nazi eugenics heritage like Bush has installed.

besides, I think all human tracking devices should be banned. Martha's inclusive. If you are out, you are out. Period. The fascists want to extend prison monitoring to everything.

See, both of your 'complaints' about the desire for 'real news' actually are very important in terms of the "kill the weak" eugenics fascism and the 24/365 fascist control grid (post prison monitoring, which turns everywhere into a prison.).

No one should stand to have these things called 'unimportant'. they are important IN ADDITION TO many other things.

re: false dichotomy watch 26.Mar.2005 10:16

Jason

Now tell me that there is any real discussion about these facets of the two stories you point out. I don't need you to tell me, cause without even watching it I know there is not.

Corporate media has given more coverage to the Schiavo case than all the anti-war protests of the past 2 years combined. It has given more coverage to it than global warming, species extinction, depleted uranium, NAFTA, FTAA, state sized dead areas in oceans, and on down the line.

Corporate media IS a disease. It is arguably the most dangerous weapon in the corporate takeover of the world. It's very purpose is to colonize your mind. It shapes the psyche until that psyche accepts the prison it is in and will even defend that prison from people who want out.

watch your enemy... 26.Mar.2005 12:07

this thing here

i'd have to agree with this post.

i occasionally watch corporate network news. i like to look for the tricks, for the bias, for the manipulating, for what is said and what is not said. yesterday, i watched NBC.

after watching a half hour of NBC Nightly News, it was completely clear to me that network news is primarily an intentional and active psychological conditioning tool, employed first and foremost to reaffirm and maintain the myths and convenient illusions of american life.

i cannot stress the terms intentional and active enough. there was no passive, objective reporting of facts in this half hour of "news". rather, every image and word and eventual "news" story was designed to do something, to push buttons, was an intentional product designed to create an image and pound in the inherent message.

the half hour began with two stories on the schiavo case. they appeared to be "news" stories. but both in my mind were clearly biased toward schiavo being some kind of a religious figure, a symbolic deity who must stay alive forever.

the bias was obvious to me. it was a bias which worked like this: what was NOT said. it was as if there was absolutely no other side to this story, none at all. not because there isn't another side to this story, but because NBC chose not give it equal time...

midway through the half hour, there was a story on the health of the pope, complete with pictures of good friday religious marches and ominous sounding warnings about the health of the pope.

the very last story concerned college kids on spring break, who instead of "drinking beer bongs and having sex", go around and preach the gospels and hand out "emergency bibles" to their "sinful" peers who haven't seen the holy light.

these "news" stories were not accidents. there is nothing random here, nothing passive or objective. all of these "news" stories are clearly the products of intentional decision making.

what is the designed message? what is being "reaffirmed" here? what is being psychologically conditioned? do i need to spell it out...

Terri Schiavo isn't living and handicapped -- she is UNDEAD 26.Mar.2005 15:58

The Grand Narrator

The Schiavo case has nothing to do with the rights of handicapped people -- it has to do with the rights of the parents of the UNDEAD ! ! Whether they have the right to keep a body that is NOT a living human being in a continuing undead state through high tech biomed. Biomed is now at the point where her heart, if that is what you think means that she is alive, could be removed and placed in a solution with various inputs and outputs and kept probably for centuries! What has that got to do with the rights of the living?

Your right! 26.Mar.2005 17:10

D. Burbeck

This was a very well timed smoke screen to give the faux news organizations something to talk a lot about to cover the second anniversary of the Iraq War.

There were over 75 reports to IMCs around the country which represent some 700 + demonstrations in the US. Around the world there were over 100 demonstrations, many that were much larger than any in the US. Belgium - over 50,000, London - over 20,000, Rome - tens of thousands, and many more.

This type of distraction from dissent is the same thing the Bush administration did on each of their foul-ups during the election time and time again. The American people are not picking up on the manipulation of the news that is happening, they are being led around like they have a ring in their nose.

This site is a compilation of Protest News from IMCs around the world. You tell me how much of this was shown on our major media.

 http://www.angelfire.com/nb2/www.dissentam.org/Mar.html

REVOKE CORPORATE BROADCASTING LICENSES ! ! 26.Mar.2005 19:52

Progressive Democrat

Let Terri Schiavo go -- take to the streets

-- but NOT carrying "Let Her Die" or any other signs about Terri Schiavo!

The Republican corporate gangsters that are running America have exposed their callous disregard for ordinary Americans and how we live and what we have to put up with. The corporate media is finding out that NOBODY IS WATCHING anymore! Beyond that, Terri Schiavo is already effectively dead, and God Bless her, never speak ill of those who have gone!

But we have lives of our own. And we are not the undead: we are the living American people! We have a job to do -- restoring democracy in America! In the Ukraine, the people took to the streets with just ONE ISSUE ON THEIR MINDS -- FAIR ELECTIONS! That means "REAL ELECTIONS" ! !

WE DEMAND FAIR ELECTIONS ! !

WE DEMAND THAT OUR VOTES BE COUNTED ! !

WE DEMAND VOTING MACHINES THAT LEAVE PAPER TRAILS --

SO THAT EVERY VOTE CAN BE COUNTED

AND EVERY VOTE-COUNT CAN BE AUDITED ! ! ! !

BUSH DID NOT HAVE A MAJORITY IN OHIO IN 2004 !

BUSH DID NOT HAVE A MAJORITY IN FLORIDA IN 2000 !

THE TV NETWORKS LIED ! ! !

THE AIR WAVES BELONG TO THE PEOPLE ! !

REVOKE CORPORATE BROADCASTING LICENSES ! ! ! !

IMPEACH BUSH NOW ! ! ! ! ! !

CORPORATE VOTING MACHINE COMPANIES ARE SELLING OUR VOTES --

AND WE ARE MAD AS HELL ! ! ! ! !

STOP CORRUPT CORPORATE ELECTION FRAUD ! ! !

REFORM PARTISAN ELECTION LAW ! ! !

WE DEMAND REAL ELECTIONS NOW ! ! !

For "Progressives" 29.Mar.2005 15:36

Superscede

Progressive Democrat, you will not get what you want because you are content with the system that is the source of your troubles. You hate the fruit but can't imagine it's from a poisonous plant. So long as power is able to protect its interests it dosn't need you and has removed your voice from every institution - natural corrupt in themselves - in society. You have no way of speaking truth to power because you are atomized in a "lonely crowd." But I do agree on the point that we need to take back the airwaves!