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Best and brightest?
BEST: Liars in the history of this country
Brightest: Dim bulbs ever
Your post really swirls around the subject of the MEDIA. I almost posted this as a seperate thread, but I think it interfaces with your post:
*"Rise of the Mediacracy
Posted: 17 Oct 2012 08:57 PM PDT
A nation where governments are elected by the people is most vulnerable at the interface between the politicians and the people. The interface is where the people learn what the politicians stand for and where the politicians learn what the people want. The bigger a country gets, the harder it is to pick up on that consensus by stopping by a coffee shop or an auto repair store. That’s where the Medicracy steps in to control the consensus.
The media is no longer informative, it is conformative. It is not interested in broadcasting events unless it can also script them.** It does not want to know what you think, it wants to tell you what to think. **The consensus is the voice of the people and the Mediacrats are cutting its throat, dumping its body in a back alley and turning democracy into their own puppet show.
Media bias was over decades ago. The media isn’t biased anymore, it’s a player, its goal is turn its Fourth Estate into a fourth branch of government, the one that squats below the three branches and blocks their access to the people and blocks the people’s access to them. Under the Medicracy there will still be elections, they will even be mostly free, they just won’t matter so long as its upper ranks determine the dialogue on both sides of the media wall.
The Medicracy isn’t playing for peanuts anymore. It’s not out to skew a few stories, it’s out to take control of the country. In military empires, the military can act as a Praetorian Guard. In political empires, it’s the people who control the political conversation who also control the succession…"*
Read the rest: Sultan Knish: Rise of the Mediacracy
[/quote]I am reminded of the TV show Dragnet where Joe Friday say “just the facts”. Years ago the news outlets could be depended on to give the facts and not engage in yellow journalism or opinion pieces. That is no longer the case when we had Walter Cronkite shaping the news which was picked up and is the norm today. Long gone are the days of Edward Roscoe Murrow.
Journalists come out of school now not with the seven goals in accuracy in reporting but to shape the narrative so that they influence their audience whether in front of the camera or in print.
The last few years the media has really worked overtime to sell a bill of goods to the public. With Obama the media flat out refused to vet him and even the GOP spent little time verifying Obama’s credentials.