Corporate Controlled Media
The BBC: “The more information we have about what governments and corporations are up to the less we seem to trust them. Will conspiracy theories eventually destroy democracy?”
Recently a poll was conducted among Americans to determine the extent to which people have faith in mainstream media to report the news accurately. The result showed that a staggering sixty percent of Americans do not trust the media in the United States — an all-time record.
By Omar Cherif According to this article in Business Insider’s The Wire, in 1983, 90% of American media was owned by 50 companies; by 2011 and through relentless mergers, acquisitions and consolidations, the same 90% became controlled by six Major Corporations which dominate most of what Americans and the rest of the world read, see, […]
Abby Martin calls out the corporate media for its coverage of 16 year old Pakistani activist, Malala Yousafzai, highlighting her heroism promoting education against the Taliban, but omitting her important message to Obama about ending US drone strikes in her home country.
Abby Martin calls out the corporate media for their game-show style coverage of the government shutdown whilst ignoring other stories such as Israel’s fear mongering at the UNGA, and California’s recent ban the NDAA indefinite detention provision.
In the U.S. these days, privacy is so been-there-done-that. Just this week, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, a secret outfit that hears only the government side of any argument and has generally been a rubberstamp for surveillance requests, declassified an opinion backing the full-scale collection and retention of the phone records (“metadata”) of American citizens. That staggering act was, the judge claimed, in no way in violation of the Fourth Amendment or of American privacy. She also gave us a little peek at corporate courage in our brave new surveillance world, writing that “no holder of records [i.e., telecommunications company] who has received an order to produce bulk telephony metadata has challenged the legality of such an order.”
That story, like so many others in recent months, arrived thanks to the revelations of Edward Snowden about the ever-widening powers of the National Security Agency (NSA), led by a general who, we now know, lives in a world of intergalactic fantasies of power and control out of Star Trek: The Next Generation and once even worked in an Army intelligence war room created by a Hollywood set designer in the style of that show. As Christopher Calabrese and Matthew Harwood indicate today, however, gigantic as the NSA’s intrusions on privacy might be, they are only part of an uncomfortably large story in which many U.S. agencies and outfits feel free to take possession of our lives in ever more technologically advanced and intrusive ways.
Those familiar with Project Censored’s work know that we define censorship as “anything that interferes with the free flow of information in a society that purports to have a free press.” This broader conception of censorship includes:
“the subtle yet constant and sophisticated manipulation of reality by mass media… Such manipulation can take the form of political pressure (from government officials and powerful individuals), economic pressure (from advertisers and funders), and legal pressure (from the threat of lawsuits from deep-pocket individuals, corporations, and institutions). Censorship includes stories that were never published, but also those that get such restricted distribution that few in the public are likely to know about them.”
By this standard, each of the news stories in our listing of the top 25 for 2012-13 is a censored story, whether the story has received no corporate coverage at all, or—in cases where the story has received corporate coverage—that coverage is partial in one or both senses of the term, i.e., incomplete and/or biased.
Although many of the Top 25 stories can be interpreted as emphasizing “what’s wrong” in the world today, we hope that our annual list is also understood as a celebration and appreciation of the good work that these independent reporters and news organizations do.
Abby Martin gives props to world renowned journalist Seymour Hersh, for calling out the abysmal failure of the corporate media in the US, saying that the MSM should fire 90 percent of its reporters and that “not one word” of the bin laden death narrative is true.
The fact that the U.S. Senate is now defining what a journalist actually is sets a dangerous precedent threatening the present marketplace of ideas that in recent history has been greatly expanded by the internet.
With all eyes on Syria, Abby Martin calls out the corporate media for failing to report on other important issues such as immigration reform and lawmakers attempting to extend legislation that shields Monsanto from future lawsuits.
Another example of how our mainstream media constantly censors information and spins or buries the truth.
The corporate interests driving the United States, its resources, and policy, have invoked dead children in the latest and grisliest propaganda campaign yet, directed at the American public to build support for an otherwise unjustified and universally unwanted war with Syria.
It is nauseating to watch CNN shill Jake Tapper trying to use neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) on (D) Rep. Alan Grayson. Every time Tapper asks Grayson a question, Tapper nods his head in the direction of the answer he wants the viewer to believe as the ‘truth’ thus trying to persuade public opinion.
Abby Martin calls out MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow for promoting the notion that violence is rooted in conspiracy theories, while disregarding the importance of questioning official government narratives.
Abby Martin calls out the corporate media for their latest fear mongering campaign, citing the worldwide terror alert as an ironic distraction from ongoing drone strikes that are themselves seen as a tactic of terror.