Memo to mainstream journalists: Can the phony outrage; Bernie is right about bias
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Mainstream media is shocked at Sanders’ suggestion that ownership influences coverage. I can tell you it’s true
If Sanders had suggested that Rupert Murdoch’s ownership of Fox News impacts its coverage, few would argue with him. But Sanders referred to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ ownership of the Washington Post — a corporate centrist outlet. And the senator, an Amazon critic, complained that the newspaper “doesn’t write particularly good articles about me.”
But here’s the sad reality: There doesn’t have to be a memo from the owner to achieve the homogeneity of coverage at “centrist” outlets that media watchdog groups like FAIR (which I founded) have documented in study after study over the decades.
It happens because of groupthink. It happens because top editors and producers know — without being told — which issues and sources are off limits. No orders need be given, for example, for rank-and-file journalists to understand that the business of the corporate boss or top advertisers is off-limits, short of criminal indictments.
My point is a simple one: Our corporate-owned media system too often functions as a corporate-friendly propaganda system, and it operates smoothly. It typically operates without orders from the owner or top management, and without firings for blatantly political reasons.
August 16, 2019 at 5:18 PM #114203Ohio BarbarianModerator
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I favorited this one. Great article, with lots of examples and links to past corporate media bias. They are funded by all of the vested interests that stand to lose under a Sanders Administration, and it shows.
It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs
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August 16, 2019 at 6:15 PM #114225gordyflParticipant
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Pundits and journalists could be influenced in other ways.
As another presidential election cycle shifts into high gear, the nation’s largest special interest organizations will spend millions of dollars on consultants, advertisements, and events.
They’ll also spend millions on speakers — lots of speakers, ranging from high-profile journalists such as Bob Woodward and Chuck Todd, to retired politicians like Paul Ryan and Jeff Flake.
August 16, 2019 at 6:22 PM #114230elias39Participant
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What? We don’t have state-run media in this land of liberty.
August 16, 2019 at 8:12 PM #114383Robot XParticipant
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The”Bernie Sanders makes my skin crawl…I don’t know why” fact free style of political analysis favored by the MSM isn’t fooling anyone who is paying attention.
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