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Uncle Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-23-11 04:29 PM
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45. They didn't address what the majority of this essay was about, a critique of the corporate media.
Edited on Thu Jun-23-11 04:39 PM by Uncle Joe
In this AP column, there wasn't a single word about the current dysfunctional role that the media has played re: the debate on the environment and other critical issues however that's what most of Gore's essay; is about, our dysfunctional public square.

The U.S. corporate media is far more interested in selling a preconceived product or entertainment, Gore compared them to "professional wrestling referees," always looking the other way when the bad guys are doing shit and then paying attention when the good guys finally get fed up and commit the slightest infraction, rather than to promote or facilitate serious debate about critical issues.

He also said they focus on attacking the messengers instead of the pros and cons of any given issue.

Anyone that hasn't read the entire Rolling Stone essay owes themselves to do so, otherwise you will be jerked around like a puppet on a string.

An excerpt from Gore's Rolling Stone Essay in referring to the corporate media as professional wrestling referees.

That is pretty much the role now being played by most of the news media in refereeing the current wrestling match over whether global warming is "real," and whether it has any connection to the constant dumping of 90 million tons of heat-trapping emissions into the Earth's thin shell of atmosphere every 24 hours.

Admittedly, the contest over global warming is a challenge for the referee because it's a tag-team match, a real free-for-all. In one corner of the ring are Science and Reason. In the other corner: Poisonous Polluters and Right-wing Ideologues.

The referee in this analogy, the news media seems confused about whether he is in the news business or the entertainment business. Is he responsible for ensuring a fair match? Or is he part of the show, selling tickets and building the audience? The referee certainly seems distracted: by Donald Trump, Charlie Sheen, the latest reality show the list of serial obsessions is too long to enumerate here.

But whatever the cause, the referee appears not to notice that the Polluters and Ideologues are trampling all over the "rules" of democratic discourse. They are financing pseudoscientists whose job is to manufacture doubt about what is true and what is false; buying elected officials wholesale with bribes that the politicians themselves have made "legal" and can now be made in secret; spending hundreds of millions of dollars each year on misleading advertisements in the mass media; hiring four anti-climate lobbyists for every member of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. (Question: Would Michael Jordan have been a star if he was covered by four defensive players every step he took on the basketball court?)

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  -Al Gores Rolling Stone Article How The Corporate Media Turns The Left Against Democrats TomCADem  Jun-22-11 10:13 PM   #0 
  - Thanks for posting.  Samantha   Jun-22-11 10:26 PM   #1 
  - Bottom Line; We Dems have to be smarter ...  AllTooEasy   Jun-23-11 01:40 PM   #30 
  - Let's keep this info out there  FirstLight   Jun-22-11 10:27 PM   #2 
  - K/R  CakeGrrl   Jun-22-11 10:33 PM   #3 
  - I gave your identical OP in GD a rec, but it's still at 0. I also gave this one, up to +13 now.  Electric Monk   Jun-22-11 10:43 PM   #4 
  - That says a lot. Some people really like the "Obama failed" meme and push it as often and hard as  Pirate Smile   Jun-23-11 08:28 AM   #16 
  - That's because they're...  ClassWarrior   Jun-24-11 07:09 PM   #75 
  - I damn sure rec'd it. Because it's true  Number23   Jun-23-11 07:53 PM   #52 
  - Fortunatly, Corporate media don't appear here.  Ozymanithrax   Jun-22-11 10:43 PM   #5 
  - Well said nt  The Eagle 718   Jun-25-11 08:51 PM   #79 
  - +1  stevedeshazer   Jun-22-11 10:55 PM   #6 
  - EXCELLENT  mzmolly   Jun-22-11 11:21 PM   #7 
  - The media ain't our friend.......  FrenchieCat   Jun-23-11 01:38 AM   #8 
  - ++1  flamingdem   Jun-23-11 03:15 PM   #35 
     - +2 n/t  politicasista   Jun-25-11 08:45 PM   #78 
  - Well it's like the day Weiner resigne, and the media shut off Pelosi's press conference because...  Armstead   Jun-23-11 02:04 AM   #9 
  - I blame Dem leaders & wealthy Dem citizens for failing to commit to creating  StarsInHerHair   Jun-23-11 02:32 AM   #10 
  - You mean like Current TV? Go to their website and send an email  tblue37   Jun-23-11 11:12 AM   #21 
     - what does a small tv channel not easily available do but underline how the  StarsInHerHair   Jun-24-11 12:27 AM   #62 
  - K&R Thanks! Very well-written article from Al Gore. n/t  Mimosa   Jun-23-11 02:37 AM   #11 
  - K&R for abiding truth n/t  Denzil_DC   Jun-23-11 04:41 AM   #12 
  - While the media does play a part in trying to pit the left versus Democrats...  MessiahRp   Jun-23-11 06:42 AM   #13 
  - Why do the most prolific criticizers curl up in the fetal position when criticized?  great white snark   Jun-23-11 07:08 AM   #14 
  - I don't curl up in the fetal position, I get louder.  MessiahRp   Jun-23-11 08:20 AM   #15 
     - Deleted message  Name removed   Jun-23-11 08:46 PM   #56 
        - You can keep trying to cram those numbers down everyone's throats all day long.  MessiahRp   Jun-23-11 11:48 PM   #60 
  - I haven't read the article yet, but I just want to express my appreciation to MessiahRp  bertman   Jun-23-11 12:59 PM   #25 
     - FYI: Founder and sink is the usual idiom. n/t  xocet   Jun-23-11 02:35 PM   #33 
        - seems to me, it could go either way  hfojvt   Jun-23-11 03:16 PM   #36 
        - Interesting, hfojvt. Thanks for that. I learned a new word meaning today!  bertman   Jun-23-11 03:49 PM   #41 
        - I suppose that you could be right: I have always thought of it as a pleonastic idiom....  xocet   Jun-23-11 08:44 PM   #55 
        - Leave it to a fisherman to use 'flounder' instead of 'founder'. Thanks, xocet.  bertman   Jun-23-11 03:47 PM   #38 
           - No problem - just the other day someone on the internet taught me the word subnivean....  xocet   Jun-23-11 08:55 PM   #57 
  - kicked  Blue_Tires   Jun-23-11 08:41 AM   #17 
  - In the article, Gore predicts that his criticism would be taken out of context to attack Obama.  JoePhilly   Jun-23-11 08:54 AM   #18 
  - Excellent article!! K&R  Greybnk48   Jun-23-11 08:58 AM   #19 
  - K & R n/t  glinda   Jun-23-11 10:57 AM   #20 
  - Kicked and recommended.  Uncle Joe   Jun-23-11 11:36 AM   #22 
  - Rec. The left and the dems united in 2012 please  flamingdem   Jun-23-11 12:07 PM   #23 
  - Wasn't that the point of the article?  wysimdnwyg   Jun-23-11 12:28 PM   #24 
  - The headlines made it appear that the article was about Gore attacking Obama.  pnwmom   Jun-23-11 04:30 PM   #47 
  - I just wish it was ONLY the media that turned the left against Democrats  paulkienitz   Jun-23-11 01:01 PM   #26 
  - Very Good, Thanks  RedEarth   Jun-23-11 01:15 PM   #27 
  - The degree of distortion is amply demonstrated by CorpoMedia's  annabanana   Jun-23-11 01:18 PM   #28 
  - MSM also reports on conflicts within the GOP  Enrique   Jun-23-11 01:31 PM   #29 
  - They didn't address what the majority of this essay was about, a critique of the corporate media.  Uncle Joe   Jun-23-11 04:29 PM   #45 
  - If it was all just about "feelings", I might agree,  bvar22   Jun-23-11 02:22 PM   #31 
  - I agree, bvar but this is referring specifically to the focus of their coverage of Gore's essay;  Uncle Joe   Jun-23-11 02:34 PM   #32 
  - Not really  Kall   Jun-23-11 02:56 PM   #34 
  - SOP: Separate the candidate from their base  KurtNYC   Jun-23-11 03:18 PM   #37 
  - Marking to read later....  BrklynLiberal   Jun-23-11 03:48 PM   #39 
  - It works here on DU. nt  demosincebirth   Jun-23-11 03:49 PM   #40 
  - I bought it. I'll ba far more skeptical from now on out.  Gregorian   Jun-23-11 08:24 PM   #53 
  - Lets give ourselves more credit  randr   Jun-23-11 03:59 PM   #42 
  - Spoken like a good Republican. n/t  pnwmom   Jun-23-11 04:31 PM   #48 
  - You mean corporate media did what you did with this OP?  Jakes Progress   Jun-23-11 04:14 PM   #43 
  - +1 --  defendandprotect   Jun-24-11 10:22 AM   #65 
     - Gore actually gives a peek behind the DC curtains.  Jakes Progress   Jun-24-11 01:58 PM   #68 
  - Well, you have to give the Democrats some credit for helping turn the left against them  nichomachus   Jun-23-11 04:17 PM   #44 
  - great post.. this REALLY pisses me off  BREMPRO   Jun-23-11 04:29 PM   #46 
  - Great Post - Thank you  RhodaA   Jun-23-11 05:31 PM   #49 
  - Good call.  wakemewhenitsover   Jun-23-11 07:37 PM   #50 
  - Great point. They do give Republicans a free pass over and over.  Overseas   Jun-23-11 07:39 PM   #51 
  - Peeps, I for one have been an O. critic. Disappointed like a  davidwparker   Jun-23-11 08:41 PM   #54 
  - Evidently you missed PAGE 6, where Gore discusses Obama ...  defendandprotect   Jun-23-11 09:48 PM   #58 
  - Gore Spends Most Of Time Discussing Facts Of Climate Change and Corporate Media  TomCADem   Jun-23-11 11:22 PM   #59 
  - +1  OhioBlue   Jun-24-11 12:22 AM   #61 
  - Gore also criticizes Obama -- which is what the original OP correctly stated ...  defendandprotect   Jun-24-11 10:04 AM   #64 
  - kr  defendandprotect   Jun-24-11 09:53 AM   #63 
  - Obama is an individual, most of Gore's message targets our dysfunctional institutions, primarily  Uncle Joe   Jun-24-11 11:53 AM   #67 
     - Think we're going to have to have a wider discussion of Page 6 and recommend more read it !!  defendandprotect   Jun-24-11 04:04 PM   #70 
        - I don't have anything against that so long as the other six pages are read as well.  Uncle Joe   Jun-24-11 04:06 PM   #71 
           - Certainly everyone should read page 2 -- where Gore discusses the "climate crisis" ...  defendandprotect   Jun-24-11 04:25 PM   #73 
  - That actually says more about the "left" than the media. And he's right.  Phx_Dem   Jun-24-11 10:24 AM   #66 
  - The left doesn't control the corporate media and Gore's primary criticism is against the media.  Uncle Joe   Jun-24-11 02:05 PM   #69 
     - Actually, what Gore is talking about is the reality of fascism taking over our government ...  defendandprotect   Jun-24-11 04:10 PM   #72 
        - Yes but as the original title and bulk of the Rolling Stone Essay alludes to  Uncle Joe   Jun-24-11 04:55 PM   #74 
           - The root cause is candidates willing to sell themselves for corporate money ....  defendandprotect   Jun-25-11 02:34 AM   #76 
              - Which would be greatly reduced if the public square weren't dysfunctional.  Uncle Joe   Jun-27-11 10:39 AM   #82 
  - The Democratic party doesn't need the media to turn the left against it. The Democratic party  Exilednight   Jun-25-11 07:27 AM   #77 
     - "Blame Democrats and Give Republicans a Free Pass."  TomCADem   Jun-25-11 09:50 PM   #80 
        - I can't speak for the entire left end of the spectrum, but the Democratic party left  Exilednight   Jun-25-11 09:59 PM   #81 

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