CORPORATE MEDIA

We get our news information from corporate media.  The major corporations; GE, News Corp, Disney, Viacom, CBS, COMCAST/Time Warner own 1500 newspapers, 1100 magazines, 9000 radio stations, 1500 TV Stations and 2400 publishers.  Internet web sites are included as well.

There are certain web sites that claim they “fact check” statements made by politicians.  Even that is not always correct.  PolitiFact wrote that a statement made by Sanders was “Mostly False”.  However, they had to retract that statement because what Sanders said was “True”!

We are at a point where it is becoming more difficult to find the truth about anyone or anything.  We do our research but the Wikipedia profile is written by the person profiled!  Not exactly “unbiased”!  Other links are usually those provided by sources that have a positive bias in the information given. Each newspaper, magazine, radio station, TV station, and publisher has its own bias. There are few “fair and balanced” reports on anyone or anything.

I have done my own poll on corporate journalists, reporters, writers, etc.  Recently, I have read approximately one hundred thirty five different articles on different MS web sites. One hundred of those articles were pro Hillary and thirty five of them were pro Bernie!  That is about the same proportion given each of them throughout all the different MSM sources.  I was truly shocked to see the disparity between the two.  Another thing I noticed about these “Hillary” writers was that some of them had written two or three articles on the same subject but with a   different headline.  Thereby giving Hillary “three articles for the price of one”!

The week-end  before Super Tuesday an “incident” on Twitter has brought to light possible censoring on the internet. The #WhichHillary hashtag was about a BLM woman who paid the $500.00 “entry fee” to a Hillary fundraiser.  This woman held up a sign and asked Hillary if she was going to apologize to all the black people Hillary called “”Super Predators” in a speech. After asking several times, the Secret Service physically removed the BLM woman from the event.  The ensuing #WhichHillary hashtag was “twittering” all over the place!  Then, suddenly it was off Twitter completely!  The account of the group doing the hashtag was “suspended and locked”.  Twitter Executive Chairman, Omid Kordestani, just happened to be at this Hillary fundraiser.  One writer, Dana Liebelson at HuffPost used the term “a black queer organizer” to describe the BLM woman! How ugly can this get?

Twitter says it uses an algorithm to identify trending topics, yadda, yadda, yadda. Consequently, There is no way to tell if this was censorship or not.  Algorithms are the newest way for corporations to get more information and do things never before done.  It’s something everyone concerned about privacy should be aware of.   A good source would be “Secrets: On the Ethics of Concealment and Revelation by Sissela Bok, who wrote “Control over secrecy and openness gives power: it influences what others know, and thus what they choose to do….With no capacity for keeping secrets and for choosing when to reveal them, human beings would lose their sense of identity and every shred of autonomy.”  Bok has many other good articles as well.

When we watch, listen to or read any news story.  There will always be a bias there.  Some subtle and some not so subtle.  We have the responsibility to find the truth for ourselves.

 

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