August 27, 2008

The New Main Stream Media-CSPAN and PBS

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE turn off CNN, FOX, ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC. These so called media are a joke. Particulary, MSNBC. I know that we have had an affinity for that channel because we feel they may be a little more in line with the opinion we want to hear, but I am convinced those guys only like hearing themselves talk.

Lest we forget this is the same media that crowned George Bush, the same media that became tools of the Bush Administration, beating the drum for war, bargaining our children's lives for exclusive em-bed. Remember the em-bed reporters who were implanted with the troops covering the war. Yes the war was big business for those who conspired and those who exploited.

Look at the news these days, how many familiar faces do we see? These people are all new faces, and remember they all advanced during the marketing of the war. We cannot and should not trust them. Remember what happened to Dan Rather, Bill Maher?  Who became popular, Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly. Hannity was just some obscure loud mouth on MSNBC, now we trust MSNBC.

The media's poor coverage of these conventions are a betrayal of the American people, the people who literally put the money in their pockets. The media pimps the public, luring us in with promises of being fair and balance, honest, and the only place for politics. They use our viewership to extort money from businesses for advertisement. We feed them. This is the most important election of our time and the media is not even covering the biggest event in that election. The Convention. I remember when every channel carried the conventions, every four years along with the olympics when as Americans we understood that our television programming would be interrupted, and we reluctantly tuned in and in the end was glad we did. 

It was great to get the feeling of what was happening in our country and government and see the different politicians and listen for something familiar and important to our story. The American people are being denied this opportunity. ABC, CBS, NBC are only carrying one hour of coverage. With all the money these people make and the fact that it is summer programming and everything is a repeat what is wrong with some REALITY-TV, like the Democratic convention.

MSNBC, FOX, CNN claim to be covering it but yet all I see when I tune in are the same pundits giving their opinions. Who care what they think, this is about the American people, give us a chance to hear the convention so we can make up our own minds. We don't even get the hear the speaker who don't fall into their narrative of "Clinton vs. Obama". The media has decided that John McCain should be the next president because everything they do give him the advantage. This is a time when Obama and the Democratic party can introduce his story, and the party's plan for America. The public is not getting a chance to hear it, we hear the pundits every day.

I remember when the only celebrity news was Entertainment Tonight. They are now exploiting and fabricating this rift within the Democratic Party, causing further friction between those who may not understand the business end of things.  At least we know where FOX is coming from, but MSNBC is only a bumbling bunch of talking heads yapping, and listening to their own echoes.  As much as I appreciate their opinions I would rather watch the convention and listen to their opinions after. 

I remember when CNN was reputable, but now they seem a little confused, not knowing whether to be a real channel or a opinion channel like the other cable networks. With everything that's going on why am I watching five hours of punditry. Since when did the newspaper reporter become the "expert opinion" for the television reporter. What happened to real journalism?

What's going on with the media is the next big con being perpetrated on the American people, that we have anything resembling a free press is an outright lie. How many times do we have to watch the awkward moments between guests and pundit, when the guest doesn't comport with the narrative? How many times are we going to watch them dig up the two people in the room that don't support Obama. What is James Carville and Pat Buchanan still doing on TV?

Remember they crowned Hillary Clinton the winner before people even started voting. Remeber those days of Hillary "the presumptive Democratic nominee". They were shocked that Iowa night, they werent able to predict that win and have been trying to get a handle on the election ever since. The media's biased coverage of that Iowa win is what gave Hillary her victory in New Hampshire. They were terrified of the prospect of not having the Hillary Clinton in the campaign because she is good for business, this is played out by their obsessive coverage of the so called "Clinton-Obama" rift.

CSPAN provides the public complete convention coverage including the films, from the time the doors open at 5pm. The coverage is unfiltered leaving room for your own opinion. PBS covers the convention from beginning till the end, though there is some commentary, it usually shows speeches and only talk during musical interludes. Lets not give the so called main stream media any more viewership. CSPAN is currently showing the lobby of the Denver Grand Hyatt, backstage stuff.  Lets make CSPAN and PBS the new main stream media. We have to demand that the media respect the public and since this is a free market and we are the consumers, let stop consuming.

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