To me, if the media were structured as a social enterprise instead of a for-profit business model it could solve many of its own self-created problems. I think what matters to most people is the quality of reporting and the integrity of the news source--not the medium in which its delivered. But since we can't trust our local newspaper and TV stations to deliver solid, honest, relevant information that affects our lives, we've had to turn to the internet for our news feeds. Until media executives prize truth over profits they'll continue to chase after an audience that will just ignore them.
...for trying to bring balance to a skewed world of 'reporting'. Get them both here:
As well as practical and fun. They can go anywhere that people go, including sidewalks. Check out www.atlantasegway.com.
LOVE the High 5 comment!! Also, I think its now safe to say the White House can be referred to as the always-full-of-crap-about-progress-in-Iraq-and-nuclear-weapons-in-Iran White House.
The mainstream press would like us to believe that a villian (MoveOn.org) verbally attacked a hero (Gen. Petraeus) and We the People (victims) should all condemn such behavior as despicable and disgusting. Shame. Shame on us. (Full disclosure: I am a proud MoveOn member).
If it weren't for the free alternative newspapers and the bloggers digging deep looking for Truth and the REAL STORY, instead of the hype that sells newspapers and increases ratings, facts like the Iraqi death toll or how war violence is counted (only bullets to the back of the head are now counted--not the front) would never see the light of day. Unfortunately, corporate media is just like any other business and the only way to challenge the official narrative is to buy an ad.
However, even that recourse may soon come to an end in what appears to be an ominous capitulation by the NY Times. Denying use of this public space occurred this week when the NYT publisher rejected an ad for placement because of its content. The prospective buyer was The World Can't Wait--and the headline was "One Million Dead in Iraq".
The point is they got to go. Our governance is based on a participatory democracy, and if we want it to stay that way, we have to name their actions for what they are--a betrayal of trust. Having a defeatist attitude only gives away our power.
Thank you, Andisheh, for reframing Bush's rehetoric and always keepin' it real. The bottom line is, he and General BetrayUs have an agenda to sell in order to maintain a US military presence in the Middle East for years and years. Fortunately, thinking people aren't buying the lies and deceptions from the least credible president of all time. And the time-wasters in Congress who voted to condemn the MoveOn ad all need to find new employment. George Lakoff, of the Rockridge Institute, said it brilliantly in his article defending the controversial Petraeus/Betray Us ad, "Betrayal is a moral issue, and with respect to war, mass destruction, maiming, and death, it is a moral issue of the highest order. Betraying trust is a matter of deception that knowingly leads to significant harm. There is little doubt that the Iraq War and its aftermath have done considerable harm -- to our troops, to the Iraqi people, and to our nation as whole. It is equally clear that there has been a considerable amount of deception in the instigation of the war and throughout the occupation. In short, there has been, and continues to be, a considerable betrayal of trust. It goes well beyond the general and the fudging of his figures. Read full article here:
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