Fri Jun 22, 2012, 12:42 PM
NRaleighLiberal (40,385 posts)
Forget chess - let's use arithmetic. Media owners are mostly right wing. It's all about money.
Media needs eyeballs/watchers to sell ads.
They will ensure that it is viewed as a close race to keep the minions watching.
The vast amounts of money buys ads - and the side with the most money buys the most ads.
Most people eventually believe whatever the ads tell them - zillions spent on lies/smears will show results at the voting booth.
And, money and power create greed - so those with money and power, be it media, politicians, whoever - will fight tooth and nail to keep it.
If each of those are simple equations, then the game is rigged pretty hard against the middle class American. Not only financially, but in the blast of right wing noise that buffets them each day and induces so many to vote against their interests.
I don't know what it will take to break this cycle, and it should make us all (those of us here - who do see clearly what is going on)
redouble our efforts to wake those we come in contact with up - work to register people to vote - write letters to the editor - volunteer for Dem/progressive campaigns.
This all struck me today listening to the Friday news roundup on Diane Rehm on NPR - with the pundits falling all over each other to discredit the poll that has Obama up so big. Such effort to make RMoney credible.
And all so frustrating to listen to and process!
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Forget chess - let's use arithmetic. Media owners are mostly right wing. It's all about money. (Original post)
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Fri Jun 22, 2012, 12:55 PM
rfranklin (13,200 posts)
1. There has to be a way to counter, discredit or neuter that right wing money advantage...
Of course, as most of us have experienced, it is virtually impossible to change the mind of someone who has been assimilated into the Fox News-Rush Limbaugh universe.
Do we have to suffer 30 years of police state economic devastation before some street vendor sets himself on fire and sparks the rebellion? I hope not.
Does anyone have thoughts on what would work, because I don't think that George Soros is going to buy up the media and turn it liberal.