Who Will Police the Media?

http://politicalpyro.blogsome.com/2008/0 5/25/who-will-police-the-media/

In the consumer age of federally mandated regulation and transparency, no product can be released to the public without a series of intense evaluations, tests, labels, and warnings.

Make that: Almost no product.

Look on the back of a soda can, or a box of Twinkies, and you will find a federally mandated list of ingredients. In music, check out the latest releases by Lupe Fiasco or Ghostface Killah and you will see a parental advisory warning on the cover. In movies and television, look for a rating flashed before the credits. Video games are rated. Bags come with a suffocation warning. Small items are choking hazards. Coffee is hot. Don't eat the lead paint. Not intended to be a cure...

So where is the list of ingredients for the television news media? Conservative talk radio is filled with hosts who proudly admit they are entertainers or commentators. They never pretend to be journalists. In fact, they are usually the ones screaming about the likes of CNN and MSNBC hiding behind a journalistic banner.

Almost no unbiased journalism is left in television news today. Political opinions and commentaries literally overwhelm the "news" airwaves 24 hours a day. What little journalism actually gets reported is highly filtered by network CEOs with a political agenda.

What is not reported is even more disturbing. "News networks" chose to ignore the Reverend Wright story until their hand was forced sometime after the Texas and Ohio primaries and the Barack Obama-William Ayers connection was completely ignored until George Stephanopoulos brought Ayers' name up during a debate -- and the media silence is perfectly legal.

Why has the news media been given a regulatory pass?

Another question: What is the standard journalism-to-opinion ratio that a network must live up to in order to call themselves a "news network"? Arguably, the History and Discovery Channels present far more unbiased information than CNN or MSNBC, and yet they do not purport to be "news".

Maureen Dowd writes for the New York Times underneath the banner `Opinion'. There is nothing wrong or deceptive about that. I am not in favor of censorship. However, there is no `Opinion' banner that flashes across the screen before Keith Olbermann launches into his pro-Obama tirade -- or before Chris Matthews informs the world of some chills running up his leg. Why not? Are viewers expected to assume these men are merely offering an opinion, yet NOT expected to assume their cup of coffee is hot?

Americans hold the "fourth branch of government" up to a high standard. For decades, the words of Walter Cronkite or Peter Jennings were as sacred as the gospel. However, today's news media is clearly different. Manipulation of public opinion -- under the false banner of journalism -- should be monitored by strict FCC guidelines with hefty penalties. Networks should never be allowed to have this amount of power again. Those who refuse to comply with these proposed new FCC standards should be forced to call themselves `Opinion' networks...

In other words, CNN should be forced to call themselves what they really are... CON.

Tags: ayers, CNN, Democrats, FCC, Hillary, manipulation, Media, MSNBC, obama, Olbermann, Wright (all tags)

Comments

20 Comments

Yay! Concern trolls are even better!

by ragekage 2008-05-25 09:23PM | 0 recs
Re: Yay! Concern trolls are even better!

Wow, its ragekkkage post another idiotic cat pic!

What sublime debating skills!

What tact!

What brilliance!

Now, take it back to KKKos, idiot.

by switching sides 2008-05-25 10:38PM | 0 recs
Re: Yay! Concern trolls are even better!

pootie pic aside, the specter of "policing" the media is not a pretty one

by zerosumgame 2008-05-25 11:24PM | 0 recs
The thing is

I actually agree with most of the points the Concern Troll is making, but it is a concern troll and deserves no praise only insult.

by Student Guy 2008-05-26 12:25AM | 0 recs
Re: The thing is

uh, I was speaking of the criticism of the pootie pic. the diary is pure BS

by zerosumgame 2008-05-26 07:36AM | 0 recs
The police...

after all they are in charge of enforcing laws...

(I am bitter because RK stole my kitty pic I was going to post here

by Student Guy 2008-05-25 09:24PM | 0 recs
Re: The police...

by ragekage 2008-05-25 09:26PM | 0 recs
Re: The police...

Wow, its ragekkkage post another idiotic pic instead of addressing the issue!

What sublime debating skills!

What tact!

What brilliance!

Now, take it back to KKKos, idiot.

by switching sides 2008-05-25 10:39PM | 0 recs
Project much?

I find it ironic that with your sig you are calling other people a racist, but then again you are a troll (the only reason I don't report you is for the entertainment value).

by Student Guy 2008-05-26 12:28AM | 0 recs
This is a serious thread, with serious issues!

by ragekage 2008-05-25 09:25PM | 0 recs
Re: This is a serious thread, with serious issues!

Wow, its ragekkkage post another idiotic pic instead of addressing the issue!

What sublime debating skills!

What tact!

What brilliance!

Now, take it back to KKKos, idiot.

by switching sides 2008-05-25 10:39PM | 0 recs
Re: This is a serious thread, with serious issues!

And maybe you should read the diarists other work

http://www.mydd.com/comments/2008/5/26/1 2456/0506/26#26

And then think long and hard about your observational skills.

by map 2008-05-25 10:47PM | 0 recs
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by Massadonious 2008-05-26 02:01AM | 0 recs
Oh

and the History channel does crap on Jesus every 90 days along with bogus BS on Nostradamus and the Iraq war.

Discover Channel does crap like Man vs Hotel...

To channel Chris Matthews (you diary makes me go)

HAWH!  Your base! the press is your base!

by Student Guy 2008-05-25 09:26PM | 0 recs
Re: Who Will Police the Media?

unfortunately - the media has been given the power to set the narrative in elections in the US and this has often been to the detriment of the american people (see iraq, the dean scream, gore 2000 etc).

by canadian gal 2008-05-25 09:29PM | 0 recs
Re: Who Will Police the Media?

Augh! You fed the troll! Why?!?!?

by ragekage 2008-05-25 10:00PM | 0 recs
Ask the Chinese

That's a very clear example of controlled media.

If not that, what do you suggest? Clearly corporate control would not suffice, because we have that now.

And what standards would you put in place? What would be the accepted definition of a "horrific" comment? What would be the fine for improperly labeling a comment "horrific", and who decides?

More than once, after inadvertently watching Anne Coulter debase the quality of TV yet again, I have wished "someone" would step in.

It's just not that simple.

by Neef 2008-05-25 09:30PM | 0 recs
Re: Ask the Chinese

NOOOO, YOU FED THE TROLL!

by ragekage 2008-05-25 10:00PM | 0 recs
Definition is control

Look at the rating on games. There are fairly strict rules that govern those, and a regulatory body that enforces those rules of rating. The same with movies.

Who gets to assign the "in the tank" rating for each broadcaster, and isn't that an awful lot of power?

by Neef 2008-05-25 10:06PM | 0 recs
REPUBLICAN TROLL ALERT

The diarist is a republican troll.  I suggest people read the comment he posted about Kennedy in his other thread.

http://www.mydd.com/comments/2008/5/26/1 2456/0506/26#26

by map 2008-05-25 10:24PM | 0 recs

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