October 20, 2005
Heil to the Chief
WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 - Judith Miller, the reporter for The New York Times who spent 85 days in jail for refusing to identify a confidential source, warned Wednesday that unless Congress passed a national shield law to protect reporters and their sources, “the Alexandria detention facility may have to open an entire new wing to house reporters.” Link.

Now that we know that Judith Miller’s reporting was mostly of, by, and for governmental interests over the past few years, it certainly sheds new light on the deriding criticism of “The Gray Lady” that we’ve heard in the blogosphere over the past couple of years — some calling it The New Pravda. Will the internet prevent the complete government takeover of journalism, or am I a hopeless optimistic who has simply failed to comprehend the complete takeover of the news media by the government that happened many, many years ago? I must say that since having returned to watching MSM television coverage a couple of years ago, I find that most of the coverage appears to be so hopelessly biased that I really do question whether the government, powerful corporate interests and media are so completely synchronized, intertwined, and in such perfect harmony with each other that we are nothing more than a fascist state which retains a fascist leader for at best eight years and then moves on with another shill to fill the slot.

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Posted by Buck Batard at October 20, 2005 05:05 PM
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The consolidation of control of big media in the hands of a few huge corporations has been going on for some time. Ben Bagdikian has been chronicling it (from http://www.benbagdikian.com/):

“These five huge corporations — Time Warner, Disney, Murdoch's News Corporation, Bertelsmann of Germany, and Viacom (formerly CBS) — own most of the newspapers, magazines, books, radio and TV stations, and movie studios of the United States.

These Big Five (with General Electric's NBC a close sixth) do not manufacture automobiles, or clothing, or nuts and bolts. They manufacture politics and social values. The media conglomerates have been a major force in creating conservative and far right politics in the country. They have almost single-handedly as a group, in their radio and television dominance, produced a coarse and vulgar culture that celebrates the most demeaning characteristics in the human psyche — greed, deceit, and cheating as a legitimate way to win (as in the various "reality" shows).”

“Fascism should more properly be called corporatism, since it is the merger of state and corporate power.” — Benito Mussolini

Posted by: Chuck Dupree (Belisarius) on October 21, 2005 2:51 PM
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