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Old 09-02-2008, 07:53 AM
 
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Isn't it time for the American media to get out of the business of dictating to the American people who they should elect for their next President? "Separation of Church and State" is already a part of the Constitution, now it's time to add "Separation of Media and State".

Somthing has to be done to keep the politicians and networks from their parasitic relationships, which ultimately leads to network news being biased, corrupt, impartial and tabloid.

This is the electronic age, "Separation of Media and State" makes sense today and will keep the news media honest and impartial during political elections.
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Old 09-02-2008, 07:55 AM
 
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You'd have to separate Americans from their TVs first. Oh, and get them off the Internet.
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Old 09-02-2008, 09:02 AM
 
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The state is one of the things that the press and other media are supposed to involve themselves with. We formerly had a much more effective media than we do today. Removal of media consolidation rules has invited corporate takeovers and ultimately made profit, not news, the bottom lne. And whatever you think of it, the Fairness Doctrine kept over-the-air media from taking one side without also giving a free opportunity to the opinions of opposing sides. All in all, it was a more reliable and worthwhile arrangement...
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Old 09-02-2008, 09:25 AM
 
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As harsh of a critic of the contemporary media as I am, I cannot even say that the media dictates much, but they certainly try.

With the coming of age of the internet medium, we no longer stuck with just what is provided by us from your standard commercial media outlets, we now have millions of independent voices throwing in their two cents. Now while many of these millions will pass along junk, there are some who take it very seriously and are quite notable and worthy. In addition, the sheer numbers of individual outlets that can provide information to the greater network will often "get it right" by simple statistics.

I have also noticed a tendency of the media in the case of elections where it seems they want things to be "close" much like a football or sporting event. When you have a blow out, there is little excitement and the viewer may change the channel, but if it is nail biting close, then ratings soar.

Although to be honest, I expect government and media to all have their slant, no biggie. I would also hope that people would view the images and sounds they hear each night on the tube with a bit more of a critical view and a healthy dose of skepticism. This is where WE fall short. I suppose if people could honestly see that media is simply marketing in a sophisticated manner in order to sell a product that they would approach it as such.
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Old 09-02-2008, 09:27 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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You'd have to separate Americans from their TVs first. Oh, and get them off the Internet.
Non sequitur. "Americans" and "the state" are two different things.

What is actually happening is that the state has relinquished its responsibliities to the Corporate Branch of Government, of which the Media is a part. So, the media is in fact a wholly-owned subsidiary of the corporate quasi-state. Said corporate quasi-state serves without the advice and consent of the people, so influencing what the people think is only window-dressing. Consequently, they don't really care of Jon Stewart mucks up their message, since the media has erased the line between information and entertainment anyway.

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Old 09-02-2008, 09:38 AM
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
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I don't think Media necessarily "dictates", but sure does stir up some troubles, and problem really is not with media, but the public who gets sucked in, and hang on every word that flies out of their TV set. Media is known to expose "facts" and take no responsibility for it. Media is nothing but brainwashing, just turn TV off, get out and smell the roses.

Sometime even little information is too much.


Pathetic, really.
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