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Response to WCGreen (Original post)
Fri Jun 22, 2012, 08:58 AM
KurtNYC (13,169 posts)
9. MSM entitites like NBC are one of the weaker divisions money-wise of huge corps like GE
GE doesn't own NBC to make money in media -- they own it so they can control the public debate and manufacture consent for wars and large public expenditures. They have blacklists of people that are not allowed on the network. They can refuse ads. All of the major networks changed hands after the Fairness doctrine was abandoned because there was no reason for a large military contractor to own them before that. Propaganda doesn't work if you have to 'give equal time to opposing viewpoints.' Reagan was a spokesman for GE before he was the president that vetoed the codification of the Fairness doctrine and GE owns NBC.
If a corporation goes through the trouble of owning Reagan and destroying laws that would force democratic debate then they aren't , 30 years later, going to sell access to their propaganda machine at any price.
The primary business of the MSM is to sell audiences to advertisers but that business model is under pressure as the value of an ad impression continues to drop. The real reason to own a network at this point is to use it to make money in other areas of your business, eg. war. The real propaganda isn't the ads it is the programs -- Trump, Pat Buchanon, Dancing with the Stars and the TODAY Show -- worship of the faux rich and lots of happy horseshit.
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