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Uncle Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-24-11 11:53 AM
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67. Obama is an individual, most of Gore's message targets our dysfunctional institutions, primarily
Edited on Fri Jun-24-11 11:59 AM by Uncle Joe
the corporate media.

Page 1 Is exclusively devoted to that.

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.

Page 2 Is devoted to reflecting evidence that man made global warming is real, that it's happening before our eyes and there are severe costs.

Page 3 Offers solutions and Gore taking the corporate media to task again, he does this with no equivocation or qualifying unlike his criticism of Obama.

Continuing on our current course would be suicidal for global civilization. But the key question is: How do we drive home that fact in a democratic society when questions of truth have been converted into questions of power? When the distinction between what is true and what is false is being attacked relentlessly, and when the referee in the contest between truth and falsehood has become an entertainer selling tickets to a phony wrestling match?

Page 4 is again devoted to critiquing the current state of the media, its' high advertising cost, example of propaganda power and dysfunctional effect on our election campaigns and American society in general.

And the "referee" — the news media — looked the other way. Some, like Fox News, were hyperactive cheerleaders. Others were intimidated into going along by the vitriol heaped on any who asked inconvenient questions. (They know it; many now acknowledge it, sheepishly and apologetically.)

Page 5 Starts off with an example of how media propaganda impaired serious deliberations in the Senate during the run-up to war with Iraq, it takes the corporate media to task again, it critiques the Congress, presents a rational for human psychological denial of global warming climate change and qualifies Gore's page 6 critique of Obama by citing the challenges facing him, stating some of Obama's accomplishments and reminding the people that Obama inherited the disastrous legacy of Bush upon taking office.

These vulnerabilities, rooted in our human nature, are being manipulated by the tag-team of Polluters and Ideologues who are trying to deceive us. And the referee — the news media — is once again distracted. As with the invasion of Iraq, some are hyperactive cheerleaders for the deception, while others are intimidated into complicity, timidity and silence by the astonishing vitriol heaped upon those who dare to present the best evidence in a professional manner. Just as TV networks who beat the drums of war prior to the Iraq invasion were rewarded with higher ratings, networks now seem reluctant to present the truth about the link between carbon pollution and global warming out of fear that conservative viewers will change the channel — and fear that they will receive a torrent of flame e-mails from deniers.

Page 6 Starts off with the only critique of Obama by name in the entire essay, it takes the media to task again along with the fossil fuel burners, presents possible solutions, a call for Presidential leadership, critiques the Citizens United Decision by inference and finishes by warning of the severe consequences of denying reality.

Those who profit from the unconstrained pollution that is the primary cause of climate change are determined to block our perception of this reality. They have help from many sides: from the private sector, which is now free to make unlimited and secret campaign contributions; from politicians who have conflated their tenures in office with the pursuit of the people's best interests; and — tragically — from the press itself, which treats deception and falsehood on the same plane as scientific fact, and calls it objective reporting of alternative opinions.

Page 7 Starts off with a call for individual/grass roots action to pressure the political leaders, encourages participation in the political process, encourages us not to give up and cites an example of how this pressure has already worked, it finishes by stating the stakes both from a climatic point of view and of our democracy's ability to use reason.

In short the vast majority of this essay criticized the corporate media, which is as it should be because that is an ongoing institution, will last far longer than Obama's career and in its' current state of dysfunction poses a major threat to our democratic republic's ability to use reason, this is the greatest danger.

I will close with a final question how much of this "fourth estate" critique; which dominates this essay did the corporate media cover?

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  -Al Gore’s 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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