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Subj: Re: America is a Hybrid-Regime
Posted: Sun Dec 26, 2021 at 09:20:43 am EST (Viewed 181 times)
Reply Subj: America is a Hybrid-Regime
Posted: Sun Dec 26, 2021 at 12:30:36 am EST (Viewed 204 times)
Quote:Corporate control over the media allows the establishment to frame issues so that progressives sound insane, or simply starve progressives of coverage entirely. It also allows corporations to control the range of acceptable debate. Thus, they can encourage vigorous debate over purely social issues, while preventing debate over real changes to the political machinery design, or deep economic systemic change.
There is non-corporate owned media, The associated Press is a nonprofit. It also has 180 years of experience and reputation to fall back on. How does it go up against the big boys?
You have the right cause here, but the wrong problem.
You ever notice that the left makes the same claim you are, and conservatives say it is always pushing a radical leftist agenda?
The more common active choice is to not report on something that is connected to another part of the company. However, even that is often hard to do since competitors will do it, so it just ends up delaying things. Not impossible, but hard.
The real issue is more that the companies act as any company would, and gives the consumer what they want.
On March 17, 2016, Barack Obama declared that what was happening to the Chaldean minority in Iraq was considered a genocide. That week, the major and only news story in the three major networks was Trump and Rubio arguing about dick size.
Back in June 2017, Trump administration policies tried to force massive deportations... mostly for minor drug crimes, that had already been served decades prior...back to the same country where there was a genocide against them. All of them getting this death sentence had lived in the US since the 70s and 80s.
This is against US and international law, ad was reported heavily near me, and a little in LA, but again did not make cable news. Why? , Because the earlier Muslim Ban reporting...over 90% of Chaldeans are Catholic, but again, they had all been living in the US since they were children decades earlier... did not get the ratings. It is a business, and that kind of thing matters.
But like I said, local news covered it, but that is not exactly doing well. Despite local news covering a wider array of stories as well as the larger ones, people opt for the 24 hour news cycle.
CNN, MSNBC, and Fox all have decent reporting...before 5:00. At that point it has to compete with sitcoms and reality TV. So it becomes the opinion lineups, which would be fine, but does not openly identify itself as such.
All three have problems, most of them overlapping, but the American people has chosen this as what they want. They value drama and team sports like mentality over being informed.
Late Great Donald Blake pointed it out when the Afghanistan War ended. The Afghanistan Papers showed just how much of a disaster the war was, in detail, but most people overlooked it.
National politics is a very small part of what constitutes news, 24 hour news channels use it only because it is what the most people would care about. A big story in Seattle will likely not matter much to Cleveland or Tallahassee. But, the American people eat it up because it makes them feel like they are a part of community, that sports team mentality. Entertainment over everything else.
The best example is the Clinton administration. Both when NAFTA was passed and when Glastiegel was repealed, there were plenty of analysts who looked at the possible benefits, but also the downsides. Some even predicted what happened, on major outlets. No one cared as much as with Lewinsky.
As long as the American people choose entertainment and having their ego stroked over being informed, the outlets that outlets that act properly are ignored, remain small potatoes, and go out of business.
Quote:Gerrymandering allows politicians to pick their voters rather than voters picking their politicians. It also gradually results in districts, and sometimes states, becoming one-party. This means that corporations only needing to corrupt the leadership of one party. It also makes young politicians beholden to party leadership rather than the people, creating a Master/Apprentice relationship between old and young politicians rather like the Sith.
Here in Michigan, we actually did pass anti-gerrymandering laws at the ballot.
The Republicans are actually in hot water because they got their hand caught in the cookie jar. It got kicked back and they were told to do it again. There has even been talk of litigation. The Free PRess and Detroit News even sued for info.
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