Freedom of the Press is Dead!

Spider Harlotte

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This Is Your Country!

Good Morning, Breakfastpoppers. Today is Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Our dear friend, Spider Harlotte, is here with me at the breakfast table. She has grown so weary of our country's main stream media. They spin the news to suit their own ideological thinking and to please the Obama administration. Harlotte has asked for the pleasure of our company this morning. She will be preparing blueberry pancakes accompanied by Irish Coffees. Won't you join her?


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A Web of Lies and Omissions

Hello, my cherished human family. It has occurred to me that your nation is starting to accept the fact that the media is biased with a yawn and a wave of the hand. That kind of blase acceptance is more dangerous than you realize. When citizens just take the knowledge that the networks are influenced by government and corporate America in their stride, they become a big part of the problem. In order to make informed choices at the polls, you have to be armed with the truth. The truth in the form of news stories uninfluenced by personal bias is the source of your knowledge. An informed voter is an intelligent voter. When you don't demand unbiased reporting, you silently agree to being manipulated.

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A Puppet on a String

Dear friends, you have to take a stand now and declare that you refuse to be a puppet on a string. You are being force fed lies that are encouraged and created by the Obama administration. President Obama started this war on journalism and he is not about to give up. It is entirely justified to call this effort on the part of the Obama administration a war. Is it acceptable to send DHS agents to the home of investigative reporter, Audrey Hudson, in a pre-dawn raid? Ms. Hudson helped expose problems within the Department of Homeland Security in articles she wrote for the Washington Post. Agents dressed in full battle gear swarmed through her home looking for weapons. They confiscated her notes without legal authority to do so. Is this the America you have lived in all your lives? Is this the land of the free and the home of the brave? This is an "Obamanation" of freedom and it is time to pay attention and take a stand.

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Target Practice

The Obama Administtration is taking aim at journalists who dare to tell the truth. The attack on Fox News is a clear example of this administration's desire to have the public hear only what they want them to hear., The recent resignation of Sharyl Attkisson from CBS News tells the the whole ugly story. As Ms. Attkisson, an investigative reporter, tells her story she reports that CBS "clamped" down on her stories that were critical of the Obama administration. She has also reported that Media Matters targeted her and may have been paid to do so. It is interesting and infuriating to note that Ms. Attkisson was never discouraged from writing hard-hitting and negative articles about the Bush administration.

How free is a society that does not permit freedom of the press? The answer is not free at all. This is what your nation has morphed into. You are being treated like fools. You are being lied to on a daily basisi. You are being kept in the dark about important events. You are being brain-washed by a media that is tainted, biased, unprofessional and dangerous.

It is time to demand more. Stop buying and reading the newspapers that are failing to give you the true bones of a story. Stop watching networks that make lying and distortion a goal in and of itself. Boycott these programs and their sponsors. Write to the networks and voice your disgust and disapproval of their shoddy and painfully biased reporting. Let them know you are fed up.

I don't care what side of the political spectrum you are on. As a human being, deserving respect, you should demand the whole story. Insist upon the facts and tell the mainstream media and the Obama administration that you will decide what position to take on the issues. You won't be able to do that without having access to the truth. Demand it and do it now!

Harlotte's Song

Oh, what a tangled web we weave

When first we practice to deceive

Sir Walter Scott



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Comments 45 comments

Pino Krisio 2 years ago

POP: Words of wisdom from Harlotte. We have the nerve to blast the Russian and Cuban news, and we are doing it ourselves. If I were a journalist, I would be embarrassed to say that was my profession. There are no more investigative journalists; no one looking under the rug for the truth. I will write to the newspapers, for what it is worth. Thanks for the suggestion. I always write to my representatives in Congress with no reply, so I can use my time and effort to write to a newspaper who will ignore me, as well. I am off to the bar. Save me a seat....


taxlarry 2 years ago

I truly believe that people don't care abaout anything unless it affects them. They don't care what the news is about anything . unless it's the weather. And slowly they will realize things are not the same as they used to be, and by that time it will be too late.


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Old Poolman 2 years ago from Rural Arizona

Controlling the "free press" is a very necessary step to accomplish total government control. When the media is reporting the truth, it makes it much more difficult to control the citizens.

The recent events in Nevada between the BLM and the cattle rancher should be a big red flag to all of us. The BLM actually killed some of his cattle and destroyed some of his water tanks and infrastructure. Yet Harry Reid calls those who helped defend the rancher "Domestic Terrorists?"

Just think what may have happened had the press not been there with their cameras showing us what was going on. Harry Reid was elected to represent the people of Nevada, not to threaten them with his comments about it not being over. Too bad he sides with the gestapo troops that work for the BLM.

It is only while the media can still report the truth that we stand a chance against total government control. When the media is silenced it is all but over for we-the-people.


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Tom Whitworth 2 years ago from Moundsville, WV

Pop and Harlotte,

I agree with your conclusions. Sadly, like Dorothy, we are no longer in Kansas.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning Pino,

If we don't do something we might as well move to Cuba. I hear the sandwiches are great! See you at the bar.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Mornign taxlarry,

I never thought our nation would take on the characteristics of dictatorship. I believe we have lost more freedom under Obama than any other president in history. He appears to be unstoppable and he seems to know that. I'll see you at the bar.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning Mike,

Yes, it is essential to control the media in order to control the citizens. Every despot in history knew that. Reid should be thrown out of Washington. I heard that he has land about 30 miles away from the ranch that is slated for a solar energy project. Apparently, the Bundy ranch is in his sights as well. Soon we will be a third world nation run by a dictator. See you at the Inn.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning Tom,

I really don't know where we are anymore, but I am certain this is not the nation I grew up in. It's like the Wild West with a whole lot of gestapo thrown in the mix. See you at the Inn, Tom.


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Old Poolman 2 years ago from Rural Arizona

Pop - I can't believe the citizens of Nevada will re-elect Harry Reid. But I also thought that when Nevada had the highest unemployment in the country and they voted him back in.

However if you did a poll today many of our citizens have no knowledge of the incident with the cattle rancher. We truly have a great many uniformed citizens who are content with their food stamps and other entitlements. Beats the heck out of getting up and going to work everyday.


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Here here, Harlotte!! I despise being lied to and it's clear we are surrounded by this! I have already stopped watching and listening to most "news" programs for this reason. It is very frustrating to listen to the garbage we know has been tainted and twisted one way or the other. WHERE can we get the truth?

It IS an insult to the American general public.

Thank you for suggesting that we write the networks and tell them to either gives us Truth & Facts or shut up!...UP+++


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

There is no doubt that the news media is bought and paid for. Amazingly, the public still buys into the lies no matter which new station they watch. I have my doubts if the majority of the American public really cares.


Hxprof 2 years ago from Clearwater, Florida

I agree with you BPop, that "He appears to be unstoppable and he seems to know that" - absolutely. Obummer has had the media on his side from the beginning, and although there've been some changes in that monolithic support, Obummer simply applies pressure where needed, such as with Audrey Hudson and the CNN reporter. We could see the media turn on him completely if he continues to screw up, and there are indications that his hold on his administration is coming loose; the unravelling is likely to continue, and even strong supporters of Obummer will at least question, if not outright deride the president. That's when we'll see the real Obummer. Will he try to suppress even more or will he simply fold up, becoming a lame duck of sorts for the remainer of his term? We're going to find out.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear Mike,

Let's face it. If there are more people on the dole than people working, we can forget about having a future at all. I believe there are more people on food stamps than the entire population of Greece. Low information voters should lose the right to vote! Some sort of a brain should be a requirement or am I being unreasonable? As for the people of Nevada, they foisted Reid on all of us. Shame on them!


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning fp,

It is still possible to get the news, but it takes effort. Let's face it, most people are just not going to invest too much time trying to get at the facts. FOX News has a much better track record than any other network I can think of. Most of the newspapers are garbage. I hate being played, and that is exactly what is happening now. If people don't start reacting to the lies, we can expect more of the same. See you at the Inn.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning billy,

I don't think the majority of Americans give a fig about being manipulated and lied to. Those seeking to "change" our nation recognize that this apathy is perfect for what they have in mind. It is a sorry and scary state of affairs. See you at the Inn.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning Hxprof,

I want to see more of the press wake up. Regardless of their ideology, there will come a time when they are stopped from reporting something they feel needs to be made public. Obama will double down, in my humble opinion. Remember he's the guy that can do it all by himself. The only things he needs are a pen, a phone and Valerie Jarrett! See you at the Inn.


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pstraubie48 2 years ago from sunny Florida

It is our job, each of us, that is, to stay alert and aware so that we are not blindsided by what is kept from us.

Sadly too many care not and turn a blind eye to whatever is reported. It is frightening and time for us to wake up...lest we wait too long.

Angels are on the way to you ps


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RachaelOhalloran 2 years ago from United States

The public is so quick to believe when they hear news stories about news they want to believe in and so quick to throw stones at the stories they don't want to believe in.

I'm not taking up for one side or the other, but I think back to the Bush (son) administration who had a bone to pick with bin Laden (his enemy) due to some Bush family business (ugh I can't believe I said that and conjured up the Bush baked beans commercial in my mind!),

anyway, they had conducted business with him in the past on a deal that might have been shady.

Then we have 9/11 and the first place Bush's camp looks is at bin Laden because we were told the perpetrators were of that nationality. (I'm not saying one way or the other that it wasn't bin Laden; I'm just giving the other side of the argument.)

Bush or his squad of supportive politicians never looked anywhere else - never even considered anywhere else - who might have had it in for the USA. It could have been a holdover from any number of crimes the US is guilty of or has been accused of with other countries - Saddam, Iran, even as far back as the 7 day war in Israel.

They used the media to get the message out that this is the person who was responsible for 9/11, and that is who we need to direct our anger at. And the more spew they gave to the media, the more it permeated our nightly news. I don't know if they bargained for the repercussions of the bin Laden accusation - the airline security crackdown and public fear where people outright accused anyone who looked like bin Laden cohorts of concealing weapons of mass destruction. But it snowballed.

Whether it was truth or a lie, it still poisoned the minds of anyone listening to the nightly news and that was what the politicians wanted.

With population integration and migration as it is, any of the perpetrators' nationalities could have come from those countries, but they stopped looking when they got the American people to accept that it was bin Laden so that the weeks of spin that came after 9/11 became more believable. Over and over we heard on the news that it was bin Laden who was responsible. The news media helped form public opinion so much in the days and weeks after 9/11 that Bush's camp never had to say another word on the subject. It was a runaway train.

It goes back to the old adage that if you hear something often enough, you get people to believe it. If you get the majority of people to believe it, they will talk about it and if they talk about it alot, they make more people believers.

Go back to Kennedy Assassination - they stopped looking when they found and arrested Oswald, and never once looked to see if there could have been someone else. They beat him senseless to get him to admit to their scenarios and he was the perfect patsy because of his Russian affiliations (Kennedy's enemy). Congressional hearings didn't even bring an adequate answer because the truths have been so muddied up over the years. Now 50+ years later, the majority of Americans don't even believe that Oswald killed Kennedy.

With the news media, they are just an extension of government, in my opinion. Politicians put out to the news media (our main source of information) whatever they want the American people to know or believe in the form of "news reports".

The politicians either manufacture the basis, or manipulate the basis to support their "news reports," and so news media doesn't question the validity, they produce evidence to support it so it will become plausible when presented to the public. Because the public hears it on the news or reads it in the newspaper, or sees it on the internet, of course it must be true - that's the mentality of the average reader when it comes to believing what they read/hear. The point is that the news media is manipulated by government and has been ever since government has been in place. It is how government got the power they have, by using the media to get the word out for their causes, laws, elections, etc. news media finds it plausible to put out to the public as news.

Government and politicians have been using our news media system to their advantage since the first newspaper appeared in print back in 1730 or 1740 or whenever the first one was cranked out.

Each newspaper was permitted to print the news "as they saw it." And thus was born the Opinion page and Letters to the Editor.

Each news media has a commentary and they put their own spin on top of what they have been told or learned in their reporting. Information - what we need to be able to get along in the world - becomes so distorted that what you hear on Monday has more than likely changed by Friday and you are scratching your head wondering how that happened in the course of a few days.

Pundits, spin doctors, journalists, reporters, politicians, and POTUS (probably not in that order) are all in the same bullpen.

The fact that one reporter gets singled out from many other reporters means she was probably very close to something she shouldn't have been near and the powers that be, needed to put a stop to it before there was another Watergate.

We need more Woodward & Bernsteins.

The opinions here are my own and please don't throw stones at me because of them. TY


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear ps,

Yes,it is our job to remain alert and on top of things. This is our nation. This is where we live, raise our children and strive for a better tomorrow. We have to reach the point ( and it should be now) where we say, enough is enough. Frankly, it is now or never. Thank you for coming to the breakfast table. I'll see you at our virtual" Inn where common sense still reigns supreme.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear Rachel,

I have no intention of throwing stones at you. I welcome your comments. In my opinion, the press has never been this biased co, controlled and manipulated. There was a time when news wasn't a 24/ 7 ting, that we got he facts and we had the ability to take a stand based upon those facts. As far as Bush is concerned, I believe he genuinely believed as did many others that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. He acted upon the intelligence, because to do nothing was not acceptable. As for Bin Laden, there is no doubt that he was the mastermind of terror. The fact is, we have too much news and too much spin. The need to fill the airways has given rise to a lot of garbage. I agree, where are the true investigative reporters when we need them? See you at our virtual Inn, where common sense still exists.


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Old Poolman 2 years ago from Rural Arizona

One evening not long ago I was channel surfing and stumbled on Al Jazerra (sp) world news. I watch with interest when they just reported exactly what was seen on the screen. No spin, nothing added or subtracted, no taking sides, just the news. It was rather refreshing.

We have seen news coverage where a single statement taken out of context makes an individual appear to be really bad, crazy, stupid, and many other things. Both sides use this tactic to some degree, but the liberals use it most often. When another news source presents the statement in its' entirety, we see it was not at all what we were shown it was.

The big question is why does the media do this? Financial reward, favors, threats, party loyalty, or all the above?


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning Mike,

It is interesting to find Al Jazeera just reporting the news without spin. I'll have to take a look. As for our media, I believe they do it for all the reasons you mentioned, including pressure from the Obama Administration. Some journalists have said that Obama has pressured the press more than any other president. Reporters have been instructed to submit their questions before Obama has a press conference, which he rarely does. See you at the Inn, where truth still means something.


Hxprof 2 years ago from Clearwater, Florida

I'm in agreement with much of what Rachel said. I hate to use the word 'conspiracy', but there's been, at the least, lies and coverups. The Kennedy assassination is a superb example of this, and also the fact that our government's account of the events on 9/11 is a bit shakey....there's a lot of missing pieces. I recommend two documentaries regards 9/11: 9/11, Loose Change and 9/11, In Plane Site. Even if you don't agree with every conclusion in these documenaries, it will expose the holes in the currently accepted version of events on 9/11/2001. Arguably, the media fell short with the Kennedy assassination and 9/11.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear Hxprof,

Clearly, we never got the truth about the Kennedy assassination. As for 9/11, I never understood why we didn't go in and level Saudi Arabia! See you at the Inn.


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Old Poolman 2 years ago from Rural Arizona

It is interesting how many conspiracy theories are starting to come true. At least facts are coming out that prove what we were told was not the truth. It makes one wonder if and when we ever get the real truth from our own government.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear Mike,

When I realize how little we actually know, it makes me wild on the one hand and defeated on the other. How many hideous people are actually out there? See you at the Inn in a bit.


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RachaelOhalloran 2 years ago from United States

When government seals documents and files for 70 plus years after the last family member is dead, one can't help but wonder what the heck is in those documents and how it would have changed life as we knew it during the 70plus years.

Kennedy's assassination files were sealed for initially 70 years and now reduced to 50 years. I guess people's life expectancy really has changed over the years!

The reasons for sealing documents, I admit, does escape me in many cases, but in this case, I can only assume it was for nefarious reasons - to hide something that was unearthed during the investigations that they don't want the people who were alive during that lifetime span to know.

Given what students are being taught about their history, by the time documents are released for public knowledge, I feel that very few people will still be alive from back then who really care.

The ones who are alive will only have the satisfaction of saying "Ah, I thought that was the way it was" OR "This proves those suckers were lying to us all along."

And the reason I am leaving this comment is @ Old Poolman's wonderment if and when we ever will get the real truth from our government....the answer is no, as long as the government has the power to seal away files, documents and information out of the public view, there will never be truth from or in government.

End of diatribe. lol


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Old Poolman 2 years ago from Rural Arizona

I never have heard of them sealing the records of someone who did great and wonderful things and had nothing to hide. My guess is if we knew the truth about many of those elected to represent us we would be angry, horrified, and many other things.

The things that take place in the backroom meetings in Washington are shameful. The buddy system prevails and millions of our tax dollars are wasted because of this.

Hmmmm. it might be time for a change?


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RachaelOhalloran 2 years ago from United States

Whatever has been released for public knowledge, a lot is heavily redacted (sp?) so that one can't make heads or tails out of the documents. @ Sealing records, I can show you where I get my info by giving you the following links. Please replace DOT by using an actual dot and close up any of the spaces I might have inserted, because I didn't think I was allowed to post live links.

wwwDOTclevelandDOTcom/metro/index.ssf/2013/11/kennedy_probe_files_still_sealDOThtml

wwwDOTmaryferrellDOTorg/wiki/indexDOTphp/Freeing_the_JFK_Files


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Old Poolman 2 years ago from Rural Arizona

Interesting links, thanks for sharing. I just put a link directly on here when I include a link. So far, they have not banned me, had me arrested, or even sent me a nasty letter.

Unless they have again changed the rules I think it is OK to use links as long as you are not promoting your own hubs with a direct link. But I could be wrong on this.


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RachaelOhalloran 2 years ago from United States

ok, tyvm. I wasn't sure. I'm still pretty new and didn't want to get kicked off the site. lol

@Kennedy sealed files - with accessibility on internet to long ago news articles, archives of documents that no one remembers, people's comments on articles 'everywhere' and as certain government and presidential files have been unsealed, it is an interesting education on government at work or should I say government coverups, many of which have now been exposed.

The Kennedy White House was the first presidency using news media to inform Americans of government in action and journalists were permitted unprecedented access to the president and the Kennedy family like no other president before him.

He set the pace for future presidents whether they wanted the exposure or not. As we saw with Nixon, obviously he wasn't schooled in the fine art of how to handle the news media or he would have used them to better advantage with discovery of Watergate and would have avoided foot in mouth disease. With Clinton, he was absent from school that day too.

Public opinion/news media worked against Nixon and after the whole Watergate incident went down, the powers behind the presidency (press secretaries, Congressional string pullers, and speech writers) made sure they were in control of what gets released to the news media from Watergate onward, so that no president since then has been able to be as candid and truthful as they would have liked with the public. The buddy system with certain news outlets had to remain in place so government could still use them to push their agendas, but that didn't mean they had to be 100% honest with them anymore. So they aren't.

It was all a facade and still is with Obama White House. We see this every time someone points out a contradiction in something he said last month compared with something he said last week. The words "let me clarify that" are getting a workout in Obama's White House. That's why I said in an earlier comment that something you hear on Monday becomes an entirely different news story by Friday. Obama is one example; Clinton was another. Constantly trying to 'fix' previous statements.

Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton wrote in their books post presidency how they didn't have control 100% of the time and they had to bow to others (senators, lawyers, etc) to allow public statements to be made on their behalf on any number of issues - war, congressional bills, even to when and where they went on vacations.

It's been downhill ever since. lol

Have fun reading. I'm interested in other people's opinions (pro and con) regarding news media and how the government used them.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear Rachel and Mike,

I really enjoyed your back and forth on the issues. Let's face it, although we get to vote, we don't really have a chance to affect policy in this nation. It is all out of our hands. With this president Congress is cut off as well. Obama has been behaving like the dictator he probably always aspired to be. As far as " We the People" learning the "truth" about anything, I wouldn't advise holding our collective breath!


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nicomp 2 years ago from Ohio, USA

"Freedom of the Press" is a term applied to government agencies' interference with news gathering and reporting.

CBS may "Clamp Down" on a theme or an individual story but that is not indicative of any systemic Freedom of the Press issue. CBS is not the government.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning nicomp,

You're right, CBS is not the government, but it is answerable and beholden to the government. We, the people, don't even enter into the arrangement.


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nicomp 2 years ago from Ohio, USA

Pop, nonsense! CBS is beholden to viewers, not beholden to any government. The mainstream media is obligated to return a profit to the shareholders, which requires selling advertising, which requires eyeballs, which often requires a bias. MSNBC is stupidly biased, but not because of government pressure. The Daily Show is wildly popular with hordes of intellectually lazy viewers, but that has nothing to do with government intervention.


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Old Poolman 2 years ago from Rural Arizona

We citizens actually do have a bit of control over the networks. If we really disagree with their commentary, all we have to do is stop watching anything on that network. When their viewer ratings begin to decline they will get the message. Advertisers do not pay millions of dollars to a network with limited viewing. As nicomp pointed out, they do have to answer to their stockholders.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear nicomp,

Sorry, but I don't agree with you. FOX News blows all the other networks out of the water. The reason is quite simple. they do make an effort to report the news and give both sides of any story. The other networks have failed the public big time. Let me give you an example of what I am talking about. Brian Williams gave Obamacare a mere 28 seconds, making sure to emphasize only the positive. He reported that the government website was working better and faster. Really, Mr. Williams? He made this report despite the obvious failings of the site. That is not journalism, it is propaganda. There are hundreds of examples of this type of thing. I, and many others like me, would like to hear the unbiased facts and decide how I feel on my own. If I don't get the truth, making an informed decision is impossible.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear Mike,

I agree. Stop supporting the networks that have destroyed good journalism. I am for that. When journalism no longer strives for impartial accuracy, it is not journalism it is an opinion column or out right propaganda. All of this manipulation creates a mass of low information voters. Low information voters never make the right choices and those that hunger for power are grateful. I am not.


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Old Poolman 2 years ago from Rural Arizona

You have to trust me on this. With most of the TV today being delivered by satellite or cable, the networks can tell exactly how many viewers are watching everything they put out on the air. The old days of the Nielson ratings are over. They gear the advertising prices on these numbers and the sponsorers are willing to pay accordingly.

When the number of viewers of any show drop off, the sponsorers are not willing to pay as much for advertising.

We can control the networks if we would stop watching the one's that are slanted in their reporting.


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nicomp 2 years ago from Ohio, USA

Pop, you may disagree with me but we aren't even discussing the same thing. No doubt the media is biased. No argument whatsoever.

My point is that media bias is largely not a function of governmental interference. On the whole we do indeed have Freedom of the Press in the classical sense. If Brian Williams (a newsreader, by the way, not a reporter or editor) spends 18 seconds on ObamaCare it's not because the government compelled him to do so.


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RachaelOhalloran 2 years ago from United States

@ Brian Williams spending 28 seconds on Obamacare's website news story saying all was smooth, and a false story at that.

Well there are a few million people who would take issue with that and I'd say Mr. Williams should lose credibility for lousy reporting, if he didn't already.

This to me is another example of certain news bureaus being handpicked to deliver "the news that gov't wants to the people to know" with a certain spin on it, on any given night. Obviously it wasn't Mr. Williams' night to tell the truth possibly because some other story on that same newscast had to play into the Obamacare report that all was well. I've seen that before. They can't honestly report something and then "diss" (sp?) it in another report 5 minutes from then.

I also have noticed that some stations showcase an issue on one night and others on another night.

How many times have you seen all 4 top stations doing commentaries on the same important issue on the very same night? Almost never, because they would not have the viewers' attention for the whole broadcast. No matter how high their ratings are.

The commentaries are now advertised well in advance so that before people get home from work, they know which nightly news channel they are going to watch (or switch to) because of a promised news story or commentary or interview.

No one tells you how many change the channel after a few minutes or how many flick back and forth between channels.

I think of News media and government in the same thought:.

New media needs government activities to be able to fuel the news.

And government needs the news media to fuel their government activities.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning Rachel,

I think we need to change the term "news media' to the spin bureau. Picking and choosing what to report does the public a terrible injustice. After all this manipulation and spin, a low information voter is born and awful people win elections and elected officials get away with outrageous behavior. Some in the media are beginning to wake up, but certainly not enough. See you at the Inn later.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning nicomp,

If more people were actually paying attention to the so-called "news" they would realize that they are being spoon fed lies and distortions. If more people were really interested and listening, they would stop watching these poor excuses for news shows. Maybe, just maybe, something would change. I think we agree on most of this issue, but I still contend that this administration is way too involved with the networks. New York Times reporter, James Risen, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, claims the Obama administration is the "greatest enemy of press freedom that we have encountered in at least a generation." See you at the Inn!


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teaches12345 2 years ago

I don't watch much news these days. Who can you trust to tell you the truth? I love your advice, "When you don't demand unbiased reporting, you silently agree to being manipulated" ... we are just being spoon fed lies.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning teaches,

Yes, we are being spoon fed lies and the taste is disgusting. See you at the Inn where truth is still valued.

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