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Corporate Media Focus on "Infotainment" Undermines Democracy

Corporate Media Focus on "Infotainment" Undermines Democracy ~ Interview with Jeff Cohen, media critic and author, conducted by Scott Harris
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BTL:Corporate Media Focus on "Infotainment" Undermines Democracy
Corporate Media Focus on "Infotainment" Undermines Democracy

Interview with Jeff Cohen, media critic and author, conducted by Scott Harris

With the highest monthly death toll in Iraq since the 2003 U.S. invasion, a bloody resurgence of Taliban fighters in Afghanistan, a fragile cease-fire in Lebanon and a federal judge's ruling that President Bush's domestic surveillance program is unconstitutional -- the biggest news story in American media is the questionable confession of a man in a 10-year-old murder case.

A media riot followed reports that John Mark Karr, an American living in Thailand had confessed to the 1996 murder of JonBenet Ramsey, a 6-year-old beauty queen living in Boulder, Colo. After the story broke, television news, especially cable news channels, broadcast almost round-the-clock coverage of the case, virtually blocking out all other critical news stories in the U.S. and from around the world.

Television executives argue that they're only giving American TV viewers what they want, but media critics assert that journalism has long ago lost out to the entertainment value of scandal and sensationalism which is cheap to produce and inoffensive to those in power. Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Jeff Cohen, founder of the media watch group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting. Cohen, author of the book, "Cable News Confidential: My Misadventures in Corporate Media," discusses his insiders' view of how media corporations decide the time devoted and viewpoints presented in covering news stories.

Related links:


Free Press www.freepress.net

Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting www.fair.org

MediaChannel.org www.mediachannel.org

Professor Robert McChesney, author of the book "Rich Media, Poor Democracy": www.robertmcchesney.com

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All about profit 26.Aug.2006 15:50

Marleen

An honest statement: "Television executives argue that they're
only giving American TV viewers what they want"
Info-tainment & sensationalism always sell. Real news? Perhaps, perhaps not.

I've always found it quite interesting that stories like
the JonBenet case, as regrettable as the event is, is a national story.
To me, it's a very, very local (Denver-Boulder) story.

Why is the Ramsey case more important than the many, many other
unsolved murders that happen every year in America?

The Ramsey's are wealthy and white,
and the cops/DA dared to bungle a case
where the victim(s)were rich.

Media brainwashing - 28.Aug.2006 08:25

x

The Ramsey murder also feeds the pedophile currents in our society. Lots of stories about this and the Bushites. I submit that the media is not just about entertainment but brainwashing. Sexualized pics of kids in the daily papers - hard to look at a kid at the playground without the sexual overlay.

This blood/sex/death cult goes way way back. Media is just one more tool.