While U.S. mainstream news media does not hesitate to broadcast negative impressions of OWS protests, these same news outlets appear to have no impression of corporate America.
Routinely reporting ambivalently, under-reporting, or completely ignoring actions and events that might cast corporations in a bad light, mainstream U.S. journalists are sending clear messages to Americans.
1. We, your stewards of democracy, are not as free as you think.
2. We, your ‘objective’ source of information, are not as unbiased as you’re led to believe.
3. The truth is, we are not beholden to you, the citizens. You do not pay our salaries.
General Electric up to no good?
You won’t hear about it on NBC. Why? GE owns that news network. Those journalists are not going to risk losing their jobs in order to inform you about this particular corporate giant’s destructive misdeeds.
Disney inherently racist?
ABC will ignore, disseminate, or ridicule such information to keep the magic of Disney alive. Why? The Walt Disney Company owns ABC Television.
Walt Disney’s journalists are very aware of who’s buttering their paychecks. They will not risk financial un-buttering in order to inform you about Disney’s historical and ongoing racist portrayals. Moreover, Disney owns various publishing companies, including publishing giant Simon & Schuster. So, only Disney-friendly books or magazine articles will be published in Walt Disney Companyland.
For as long as possible, you won’t hear a peep from Fox News or The Wall Street Journal. However, once alternative and foreign news media get wind of the scandal, you’ll be barraged hourly with Fox denials and WSJ spin. Why? Because News Corp owns both.
Time Warner owns CNN. CBS is the leading supplier of videos to Google (i.e YouTube). Viacom owns MTV. And the list goes on…
Is it any wonder we are mired in corporate financial manure?
We have no idea what’s really going on.
Yet blindly, we trust…
Do you believe mainstream U.S. news media serves the people?
Or the corporations which own them?