Corporate-controlled US media will never again elevate their journalistic standards
During the course of writing this article, I reached for my handy thesaurus
to find appropriate synonyms to describe the profession of “cable television
There were three: 1). Pseudo-journalist, a.k.a. professional
liar; 2). Bottom feeding scum sucker who regurgitates garbage;
3). A coward often known to hawk unjust and illegal wars from
the safety of television
studios while avoiding military service.
Okay, I confess. There were no such descriptions in my thesaurus. Still, given
the feeding frenzy the profligate vultures of the corporate-controlled media
have engaged in after a suspect was arrested for the 1996 murder of preteen
“beauty” queen JonBenet Ramsey,
there certainly should be.
Of course such frenzy isn’t surprising in media that habitually favor
superficiality over substance, and routinely utilize perjurers, plagiarists,
psychotics and PIMPS (propagandists in media positions) as their so-called “experts.”
Nor is it surprising that many of these alleged “experts” adapt
their opinions to comport with the views of any pseudo-journalist they are trying
In today’s American
culture failure to appease a pseudo-journalist can make one the target of
“prescriptive publicity”--a McCarthy-era tactic routinely employed
by pseudo-journalists against those who express contrary viewpoints. Prescriptive
publicity involves misquoting or revealing only a minuscule portion of what
a person has said, finding some self-serving politician to “condemn”
that person’s words, then announcing where that person is employed or
how they earn their living in the hope that job loss or other forms of social
or economic persecutions will follow. Yet these same pseudo-journalists rapidly,
and hypocritically, develop a “respect” for the constitutional doctrines
of freedom of speech
and press whenever their opinions, or the opinions of those they agree with,
come under attack.
Make no mistake about it: Corporate-controlled media in America were the primary
instigators of the illegal invasion of Iraq. While it will never be known whether
adverse media coverage alone would have dissuaded the incompetent and arrogant
from attacking Iraq, these media consistently failed to ask relevant questions,
simply because they were salivating over the ratings and profit potential of
“embedded reporters,” twenty-four-hour war coverage, and the opportunity
to sponsor pro-war rallies.
But how did corporate-controlled media arrive at this dismal state? Ironically
by shattering one of the myths of the capitalist system: Competition will always
produce a superior product.
The corporate-controlled media have proven that competition often lowers competitors
to their lowest common denominator. Therefore a news network losing ratings
and profits because it covers only relevant stories and issues will invariably
lower its journalistic standards if it witnesses a pseudo-news network gaining
ratings and profits by disseminating lies and covering salacious and superficial
Sadly it is unlikely corporate-controlled media will ever again elevate their
journalistic standards, given the “junk-food” culture of America.
While many in the developing world are malnourished because of lack of food,
America is a nation where people can be gluttonous, and still remain malnourished
because of the quality of the food they are consuming.
This analogy also applies to the philosophies of corporate-controlled media:
They provide the sensation of being “full” (i.e. informed) while
their consumers starve for lack of substance.
Those who doubt this need only be reminded of how differently the media embraced
the recent developments in the Christmas
Day murder of JonBenet Ramsey and the recent developments in the Christmas day
murders of Harry and Harriette Moore. The Moores, two African-American civil
rights workers from Florida, were murdered when a bomb exploded in their home
on Christmas Day, 1951, making them the first modern-day civil rights martyrs.
A few days ago Florida’s Attorney General announced that these murders
had finally been solved. Yet a viewer was hard-pressed to find any mention of
this on the so-called cable “news” networks. Conversely, coverage
of the alleged resolution of the Ramsey murder inundated these networks for
hours on end.
That’s not surprising. Three years ago, in a PRAVDA.Ru
article entitled THE
IDEAL PARADIGM (November 10, 2003), I stated that in America, or at least
in American media, apparently the only crime victims worthy of national attention
are those who are white, female, fair-haired (preferably blonde), and from well-to-do
Clearly all should mourn the Moores, who died in pursuit of racial justice,
just as all should mourn the death of an innocent little girl who was brutally
tortured and murdered. But for those they left behind who is really more deserving
of sympathy?: Evangeline Moore, the daughter who lost both parents because they
courageously crusaded to end lynching and gain voting rights for African-Americans,
or the Ramseys, the parents who lost the daughter they made-up, dressed and
displayed like a grown woman for the vicarious satisfaction of winning a childhood
The corporate-controlled media have given their answer. And, as usual, their
answer is wrong.
David R. Hoffman
Legal Editor of PRAVDA.Ru
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