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The failure of the mass media

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  • Liberal Democrat
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    Matthew Yglesias, Vox, November 2, 2016: Mass media has utterly failed to convey the policy stakes in the election

    Yglesias addresses an issue that we have discussed before in this website. The for profit corporate media has failed to inform the public of the policy issues of the day critically important to the future of our country. Instead they are opting for what I would call tabloid journalism. As Yglesias points out, "A recent study showed that network television news has dedicated more minutes to Hillary Clinton’s email server than to all policy issues combined."

    The fact that the race is close as it is a testament to the success of the for profit media in sensationalizing trivial stuff that doesn't matter to the well being of our country. That and the success of Republicans to fear monger and distort. The Republican establishment has a friend in the corporate media that needs a close race to maximize their profits.

  • Liberal
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    Part of the problem is there is not enough real news to go around so they are forced to "manufacture" it. How often have you ever found any real, unbiased truly newsworthy story's from the MSM - 3 or 4 stories a week perhaps and that includes NPR & PBS.

    I'm sorry but which team won the big game last night isn't news, what Beyoncé wore or didn't wear, which media personality is sleeping with whom is not news it's entertainment for the lazy, boring, uninterested and uninformed masses.

    The media isn't even capable of calling out Trumpie for the phoney, sick, deluded pervert he is. His nonsense provides them with viewers and therefor revenue. Profit is all they truly care about the rest is just a vehicle to get the deplorables to pay the piper and give up their hard earned cash to support the 1%.

    The biggest news story tonight and tomorrow is who won some meaningless baseball game. The USA is (has) become a "banana republic" and all the media can report on is some foolish drivel about a sports even that will have absolutely no impact on the daily lives of its citizens. Keep them barefoot, pregnant, uneducated and uninformed and you can own them - the mantra of the people who are really in power.

    Hint - it's not the lawmakers!

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Trump can't be hurt with negative criticism. I can't imagine any more negativity there can be put out about one person. It may be that the day of reckoning will be when the voter is standing in front of the ballot and looks at the name Trump.
  • Independent
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    pr Wrote:

    Part of the problem is there is not enough real news to go around so they are forced to "manufacture" it. How often have you ever found any real, unbiased truly newsworthy story's from the MSM - 3 or 4 stories a week perhaps and that includes NPR & PBS.

    I'm sorry but which team won the big game last night isn't news, what Beyoncé wore or didn't wear, which media personality is sleeping with whom is not news it's entertainment for the lazy, boring, uninterested and uninformed masses.

    The media isn't even capable of calling out Trumpie for the phoney, sick, deluded pervert he is. His nonsense provides them with viewers and therefor revenue. Profit is all they truly care about the rest is just a vehicle to get the deplorables to pay the piper and give up their hard earned cash to support the 1%.

    The biggest news story tonight and tomorrow is who won some meaningless baseball game. The USA is (has) become a "banana republic" and all the media can report on is some foolish drivel about a sports even that will have absolutely no impact on the daily lives of its citizens. Keep them barefoot, pregnant, uneducated and uninformed and you can own them - the mantra of the people who are really in power.

    Hint - it's not the lawmakers!

    Yes P.R. This country has an ingrown toe nail and refuses to go to the doctor. Yes it is not brains, but only "money" what drives this country. If you have no money then you are dead meat. I'll have my "banana" and eat this country.
  • Center Left
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    Why not discuss on the news what the candidates have said about: energy, education, job creation, etc.. Instead we are fed bs rhetoric. Keep teaching towards the least intelligent in the classroom and 50 years later you're here as a massively under acheiving country who has no direction. Dumbing it down causes the majority to suffer. The media has done a disservice to us all.

    Unrelated: POTUS gave a great speech in NC yesterday. He's a masterful communicator.

  • Independent
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    TJ Wrote:

    Why not discuss on the news what the candidates have said about: energy, education, job creation, etc.. Instead we are fed bs rhetoric. Keep teaching towards the least intelligent in the classroom and 50 years later you're here as a massively under acheiving country who has no direction. Dumbing it down causes the majority to suffer. The media has done a disservice to us all.

    Unrelated: POTUS gave a great speech in NC yesterday. He's a masterful communicator.

    Tony easy said; the "deplorables" just want their beer and guns, and free- bees ; not education; it has been that since the civil war in Ohio and other places. If you mean FOX news and Trump B.S.; they love it.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Schmidt Wrote: The fact that the race is close as it is a testament to the success of the for profit media in sensationalizing trivial stuff that doesn't matter to the well being of our country. That and the success of Republicans to fear monger and distort. The Republican establishment has a friend in the corporate media that needs a close race to maximize their profits.

    Yglesias is one of my favorite journalists out there. I highly encourage anyone who enjoys podcasts to listen to Vox's weekly (or more) podcast "The Weeds". It's hosted by Ezra Klein, Sarah Kliff, and Matthew Yglesias.

    Regarding your last paragraph - I couldn't agree more. The for profit media is not driven by informing the public, it's driven by advertising dollars. I blame them more than anything else for Trump's rise.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Sorry about the duplicate post. When you are posting from overseas on a slow internet sometimes shit happens. Anyway, I lifted this from a friend's Facebook post...author unknown. I think it says a lot about our mass media.

    Clinton emails. Trump admitting sexual assault. Clinton emails. Trump charity fraud. Clinton emails. Trump calls for nuclear proliferation. Clinton emails. Trump calls for national stop and frisk. Clinton emails. Trump violates trade embargo with Cuba. Clinton emails. Trump sued over Trump U fraud. Clinton emails. Trump bribes DA. Clinton emails. Trump doesnt pay taxes for 20 years. Clinton emails. Trump employs campaign manager involved in illegal c...orruption with Russia. Clinton emails. Trump calls for ban of an entire religion from entering US. Clinton emails. Trump lied about support for Iraq War over and over in debate. Clinton emails. Trump in court for rape of a minor. Clinton emails. Trump unaware of Russia's Crimea occupation. Clinton emails. Trump unaware of situation in Syria. Clinton emails. Trump penalized for racist housing discrimination. Clinton emails. Trump files for bankrupcy 6 times. Clinton emails. Trump goes 0-3 in debates by showing scant knowledge of world politics. Clinton emails. Trump slams people for being POWs. Clinton emails. Trump calls mexicans rapists. Clinton emails. Trump questions judge's integrity because of parent's heritage. Clinton emails. Trump deletes emails involved in casino scandal. Clinton emails. Trump commits insurance fraud after florida hurricane. Clinton emails. Trump has dozens of assault victims and witnesses come forward with allegations of abuse. Clinton emails. Trump attacks former Ms America for being overweight. Clinton emails. Trump tweets about sex tapes at 3am. Clinton emails. Trump calls for US citizens to be sent to Gitmo. Clinton emails. Trump calls for more extreme forms of torture to be used. Clinton emails. Trump asks why cant we use our nukes if we have them. Clinton emails. Trump calls for offensive bombing attack on sovereign nations because someone gave the middle finger. Clinton emails. Trump calls to kill women and children of suspected terrorists. Clinton emails. Trump says women should be punished for having abortions. Clinton emails. Trump makes fun of disabled people. Clinton emails. Trump calls for end of freedom of the press. Clinton emails. Trump calls global warming a chinese hoax. Clinton emails. Trump praises Putin and Kim Jong Un's strong leadership. Clinton emails. Trump openly admits to not paying his employees during debate. Clinton emails. Trump calls Obama an illegitimate noncitizen hundreds of times over 7 years. Clinton emails. Trump uses campaign donations to enrich his own businesses. Clinton emails. Trump says Ted Cruz involved in JFK assassination unironically citing National Enquirer. Clinton emails. Trump says laziness is an inherent trait in black people. Clinton emails.

  • Center Left
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    Exactly ! But he's white and has a penis. Repub's have demonized her forever because of that resume. They're scared and have no logical counter argument so they use repetitive rhetoric and their minions are like Pavlov's dogs. Sadly they're disciplined voters as well.

    Great post.

  • Liberal
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    Hmmm, I wonder if the Dems totally abandoning their (lower) middle class base has anything to do with Hillary and Trump being neck in neck in this election in the popular vote?

    the only way Hillary will win on Tuesday is with the support of the Electorial College. The Dems have done a horrible job selling themselves and destroying the Republican agenda.

    This contry needs a strong Progressive party and a Conservative party in addition to the Republicans and Democrats. The Republicans and Democrats only represent their leaders, not their base. Idiots for Trump, idealists for Clinton and nothing in between. Without the center the north and south will fall apart and right now the center is almost non-existent.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    The original Hillary campaign was everything is good just going to incrementally fine tune Obama's work.
  • Independent
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    Yes, I'm amazed at the media; Trump has done so many awful things but nothing gets reported on the media. My wife received an message on her Facebook, that Trump partied with under age women and fed them booze and heroin. There were even pictures with him with his arm around an teenager. The whole thing was reported by an ex New York Times reporter. Why is such not on TV or in the media? Also it was mentioned that he is an "heroin" addict with witnesses who can prove this. That was the reason for "sniffing" during the "debates".

    Yes this country is super corrupt in every aspect.

  • Center Left
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    W T F, flush the toilet and let this country (remove the o if you're deplorable) go straight into the sewer. The stupid have a God given right to remain stupid and perhaps we should stop trying. Vote Trump and Lock the Doors. All civility will be gone shortly. Maybe if we all jump ship a revised message will come in the last few days.
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    Media and groups controlled by the Feds support Trump (8/26/2016)


    Here is another news to prove Clinton has to buy TV ad while Trump doesn't need to. He enjoys a free service from media. You also can notice that in each web site there is a plenty of topic to push for the popularity of Trump. Because that's the cyber space team the Feds deploy there. Supporting Trump now becomes a mission for them.


    AUG 2 2016, 3:31 PM ET
    Clinton, Allies Have Reserved $98 Million in Ads
    by CARRIE DANN


    Hillary Clinton and her allies are poised for a TV ad blitz of nearly $100 millin dollars, compared to less than $1 million currently reserved on the airwaves by backers of Donald Trump.

    media4.s-nbcnews.com/j/newscms/2016_31/...

    nbcnews.com/politics/2016-election/team...

  • Liberal Democrat
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    katsung -- Your frequent reference to "the Feds" controlling this election in support of Trump is a conspiracy theory that is not plausible. Certainly there are many people within our federal government who support Trump (James Comey might be one of them), but to suggest that there is a systematic far reaching Federally controlled plot to sway the election in Trump's favor is pure fiction.

    The for-profit corporate media have their own agenda to make the election close by sensationalizing everything negative on Clinton while dismissing or ignoring much of the Trump revelations. Their motives are purely capitalistic...profit. The closer the election, the more money they make. They are not collaborating with "The Feds".