Tuesday, August 25, 2009

They reshape it, they frame it to represent their point of view.

“The media's the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power. Because they control the minds of the masses.”

Malcolm X

In my last post I wrote of hypocrisy and the media specifically Fox White Man News. I have since taken a few days break from watching and listening to media news of all stripes. The right the left all have their own personal axe to grind. In truth they are not really reporting the news, they try to influence and make the news. They reshape it, they frame it to represent their point of view.

Anyone brought up in the UK in the fifties and sixties will recall that news people on the television, telly, were called news readers and probably still are. For the most part they reported the news and left it for the public to decide for themselves the merits of the issues. Of course there was always the newspapers both right, left and center, but one had a sense that the news readers were neutral although I doubt that is still the case, the UK seems to have become a modified version of the United States. News wasn't hyped and sensationalized, an American invention, it was reported factually and for the most part honestly and accurately something sourly missing from American media.
The sad thing is that American media has an influence far out weighing their real importance. The old expression "kill all the lawyers" may now aptly be applied to all broadcast media. Of course I don't actually mean kill anybody, it is a figure of speech. Less some unbalanced individual take the phrase seriously. The sad thing is that news media play to their base, i.e. Fox to the Republican Christian Conservative, MSNBC to the progressive left, and CNN trying to saddle the fence and address the middle, and not very well either. The old time network news has lost it's impact and it is a shame because they were for the most part honest brokers of news. With the erosion of newspapers, the reduction in print reporters and the reliance on news pools the print news has lost much of their power and effectiveness. The reliance on television news media has grown. It would be refreshing to once see news reported accurately with out an opinion from some media pundit who's opinion is no better than anyone else, except that he has the wooly pulpit of television.
One notable exception to the rule is PBS' Bill Moyer's Journal and Jim Lehrer's News Hour. These journalists always are always a breath of fresh air. There is no pandering to a base, no slogans, lies and half truths. They are what the news used to be, honest, probing and with no agenda other than truth. They may be the last vestige of honesty in broadcasting. The right hates them, the left hates them, that alone should make them worth listening to. It may be one of the few places left that seeks the truth and examines the issues fairly. This not your Fox White Man News, nor your CNN.

Health Care. The Republican Christian Conservatives continue to attack the Democratic health care proposals and for most of the protesters it is a mindless exercise of repeating mindless, mind numbing phrases and slogans. The conservative media play to their fears, twisting the facts, telling outright lies and deceiving the faithful. The Christian Conservative base is used to taking things on faith and they believe everything they are told by the conservative media. They don't question, fact check, and in so doing they are duped and used by the corporate Health Insurance giants and ultimately act against their own self interest. They don't function in their real world.
Only when they are denied by their health care insurance company for what they expected and paid for, or are unemployed and are told that to cover them it will cost between $1300 and $3000 a month for health insurance with a $1000 deductible will the lie be brought home to them. A government option may not sound like a bad idea.

Corporate Health Care denies care but don't let us have a government plan that would help people, gosh that might be government control.
"Coburn tells weeping victim of broken health care system that government isn’t the solution.
Yesterday CNN’s Rick Sanchez aired a segment from a health care town hall where a weeping constituent explained to Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) that her husband’s health insurer refuses to cover his treatment for a traumatic brain injury. As the woman continued to cry, Coburn told her that his office would try to assist her individually. But, he added, “the idea that the government is the solution to our problems is an inaccurate, a very inaccurate statement.” Watch it:"
Think Progress

The Glen Beck show continues lose sponsors. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy. In addition losing Lowes, Verizon Wireless, and Johnson & Johnson he has now lost Airware Inc. (makers of Brez anti-snoring aids), Ancestry.com, AT&T, Blaine Labs Inc., Campbell Soup Company, Clorox, Ditech, The Elations Company, Experian (creator of FreeCreditReport.com), Farmers Insurance Group, Johnson & Johnson (makers of Tylenol), Lowe's, NutriSystem, Sprint, The UPS Store and Verizon Wireless.
This as a result of the reaction to his Obama is a racist statement and other inflammatory utterances. See
News Hounds

McCain booed for stating that Obama respected the constitution. The racists were out in full force in Arizona and the hate that the GOP started is rolling along like a run away train. Obama the constitutional scholar hates the constitution, from morons, who have no clue what the constitution says or what protections it gives them. At the heart of it all it is racism, a black man is president and that they hate.

Environmental disappointments under Obama
"Logging in the Tongass National Forest
Since taking power this January, the Obama administration has made very few decisions that are completely illogical—one might even say simply stupid—but a recent decision by the new Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, to allow the clear-cutting of 381 acres of primary rainforest in Alaska falls under this heading.
It’s as though Vilsack has not come up to date both on Obama's pledge for green jobs—which clear-cutting isn’t—and on the direct link between deforestation and climate change. Everything about this decision goes directly against Obama’s speeches and pledges to date. "
mongabay.com Jeremy Hance

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