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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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