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sueh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 01:26 PM
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Could BushCo be paying tons of media people to shut up
while he pays RW media people to promote his assinine policies?
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deutsey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 01:28 PM
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1. I've suspected that they have either paid off or intimidated media
since the 2000 election.
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electropop Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 01:32 PM
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4. It must be the case.
I mean, otherwise we have to assume that you can reach a position of prominence in the media, with the IQ of a .. well.. Bush. If it were _that_ easy, I'd be a millionaire by now.
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 01:41 PM
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9. Anthrax will do that
Plus, getting your salary tied to how much "access" you're granted by the Bush White House is another disincentive to honest reporting.
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deutsey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 02:25 PM
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10. Bingo
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deutsey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 03:02 PM
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14. Check this out
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liberal N proud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 01:28 PM
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2. Has to be paying at least the Chief Editors of most major outlets
There is no way all the media can be playing this damn dumb this f#$%ing long.
There has to be huge payouts going out to someone or major threats to these groups or individuals in key positions.
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ladjf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 01:33 PM
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5. My guess is that the media owners are the big winners of the
payola and it's unlikely to be something as traceable as big checks.
There are many other ways to get the money to them, i.e. political
policies profitable to the owners. The reporters who are hired by the paid off owners just know up front what they are supposed to say otherwise they wouldn't have gotten the jobs in the first place.

The CIA has boasted for years that they had the media in their back pockets.

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fryguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 01:31 PM
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3. nah...that would be unethical....
Edited on Fri Jan-28-05 01:33 PM by fryguy
oh....wait......d'oh!

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havocmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 01:33 PM
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6. Media just subsidiaries of giant corporations. Everybody working for them
are paid to say what the bosses tell them to say. Takes a lot of courage to bite the hand that feeds
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sophie996 Donating Member (224 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 01:37 PM
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7. yes, but ...
D.C. reporters don't need actual payoffs to be compliant. see Joan Didion's 2001 Political Fictions, in which she explains the mindset and their isolation from the rest of the country.
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distantearlywarning Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 01:39 PM
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8. My guess is they don't need to pay them.
They are somehow intimidating them into compliance instead. I think this has been going on for years with this administration.
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sueh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 02:27 PM
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11. I've always thought intimidation, too
but I couldn't help wondering about paying off the media to shut up in light of RW media people getting caught taking money. Bush Co will do anything to get what they want.
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Festivito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 02:36 PM
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12. Expendables, Promotions, Secrets, Think tanks, Anthrax.
.Even a top guy at CBS can be toppled.
.Everyone wants to please the boss.
.Famous people can have big secrets and can be toppled.
.Someone keeps track and can send letters en masse from made-up names -- and DUers have caught them doing just that.
.Anthrax only went to Democrats and the "liberal" media.
. on and on

When a topic is chosen, the RNC always has an expert ready to cash in on a book deal -- even if no one reads that book, the book disapearing from bookstores in crates, not by the book, by the crate.

These propagana payments are a tip of the iceberg. And, their stories while exposing the rampant bribery, hides the rest of the iceberg from review.
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Brundle_Fly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 02:38 PM
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13. the CBC's take on the subject
here in Canada, is that the corporations that own the media in the US, dont want to make waves, in any way that would effect their well being.

but you all already know that.
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proud patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 03:04 PM
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15. I wouldn't put it past neo-con-criminal nature for a to attempt this
not at all .
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 03:11 PM
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16. I think he has a corporate "friend" sponsor a speech or a program.
Money gets slid to journalists and personalities plenty of ways.

In the case of someone like Dennis Miller, he gets a contract for a show few watch. But, it's worth it to the GOP in terms of attack politics. It all spreads somehow.

Endorsement and book deals, too, are something to watch.
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