Editorial: How Bad is the Corporate and Conservative Media?
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December 20, 2013
| AlterNet / By Don Hazen
HOW BAD IS THE CORPORATE AND CONSERVATIVE MEDIA?
both corporate and right-wing press are getting much worse. There are
dozens of examples of journalistic failure every week. The right-wing
media is often insane as we report on AlterNet in our super popular
weekly series on Right-wing wackos. And, increasingly, mainstream media
is about protecting the 1% and the media owner’s financial interests.
They too often miss the real story or mislead the reader.
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is no accident that the world's richest man -- Mexico's Carlos Slim,
worth $73 billion -- is the second largest stockholder of the New York Times
. Or that The Washington Post
is now owned totally by one super rich person -- Jeff Bezos, the emperor of Amazon.
Bezos recently landed a $600 million contract with the CIA
. But, the Post’s
articles about the CIA are not disclosing that the newspaper’s sole owner is the main owner of CIA business partner Amazon.Too often the media's performance is a disgrace to journalism
- The New York Times,
in an astonishing bit of big bank propaganda, had the audacity to
publish, “It is not a crime to make stupid mistakes, and much of what
happened in the years before the financial crisis was more foolish than
venal.” This is an astonishinglybrazen lie, as AlterNet's writer explains,
"…our biggest banks were found to have committed -- or have confessed
to committing -- thousands of real and deliberate crimes, some of which
rank among the largest financial crimes in history (such as LIBOR
falsification, phony mortgage scams, and the $800 billion worth of drug
money laundered by HSBC, to give just three examples)."
- It also was the New York Times that first called the bumpy rollout of healthcare.gov “Obama’s
Katrina" in a front-page story. Soon, this over-the-top message was
puppeted all over the media. If ever there was a flawed, destructive
analogy, this is it. Hurricane Katrina amounted to an abdication of
government responsibility, resulting in the deaths and displacements of
many thousands? How can anyone in their right mind compare this
disaster with the slow web-site role out of the ACA?
- Another media shocker was the shameful and distorted editorial in The Washington Post,
which downplayed the retirement crisis and stoked generational tensions
by suggesting that Social Security is a burden on young people instead
of a vital safeguard. The editorial actually mocked a sensible bill
introduced by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) that would boost Social Security
benefits by increasing taxes on the wealthy. The Washington Post's nonsense
was blasted by Senator Elizabeth Warren, who spoke out strongly against
cuts of any kind, including Obama's "chained CPI" cut which would
prevent Social Security from keeping up with seniors' increasing costs.
- Recently, The Washington Post so-called
"liberal columnist" Richard Cohen wrote, "People with conventional
views must repress a gag reflex when considering the mayor-elect of New
York—a white man married to a black woman and with two biracial
children.” Enough said on that one. The Post also employs notable rabidly Islamaphobic blogger Jennifer Rubin.
Todd, NBC News Political Director, actually asserted during an
appearance on Morning Joe, “It’s not our job to inform viewers when
Republicans lie.” This is what journalism has come to -- in the context
of one of the most intense disinformation campaigns in history attacking
the Affordable Care Act. What do Chuck Todd and NBC think journalists
There are many more egregious examples... but far
too many for this communiqué. Put simply, we cannot trust corporate
media to protect us. They too often protect the needs of the billionaire
class, not all the classes. Help us provide the alternative 24/7
. We have your interests at heart. An end of the year, your tax-deductible contribution will mean a lot
Happy holidays to you,
Executive Editor, AlterNet.org
Don Hazen is the executive editor of AlterNet.
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