Breakaway Consciousness

via: AmericanDream
July 23, 2012

In one of the most shocking articles that the New York Times has ever put out, a New York Times reporter has openly admitted that virtually every major mainstream news organization allows government bureaucrats and campaign officials to censor their stories.  For example, almost every major news organization in the country has agreed to submit virtually all quotes from anyone involved in the Obama campaign or the Romney campaign to gatekeepers for “quote approval” before they will be published.  If the gatekeeper in the Obama campaign does not want a certain quote to get out, the American people will not see it, and the same thing applies to the Romney campaign.  The goal is to keep the campaigns as “on message” as possible and to avoid gaffes at all cost.  But this kind of thing is not just happening with political campaigns.  According to the…

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  1. Tea Party Slayer says :

    Very interesting read. Thanks for posting. But if I understand the contention correctly, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with this. This is controlling the pr message. It’s been going on forever in special situations in print media in politics and business. I’ve basically written dozens of print articles around the country, but don’t get credit because I’m feeding media contacts stories on behalf of coporate clients in order to get a positive message out for their business. For example, we recently conducted a survey in which we interviewed middle-market businesses across California about how gas prices are effecting their operations. Because we created an angle and topic that media contacts were very interested in, we got the results of our survey placed in print media all over the state with the agreement to include quotes and information about my banking client. Likewise, the presidential campaigns are hot topics now, so they will be consistently approached, and they will attempt to control the message in these special situations. However, if the contention of this post is that somehow the current presidential campaigns exert control over the media, I find that absurd. President Kennedy, and even the more recent Clinton Administration, would find it very difficult to operate under conditions where every utterance from the candidate and surrogates are picked up and ridiculously scrutinized. Now more than ever, I believe candidates have the least control over the media. Now if the contention is that the quality of reporting is poor, that’s a different story in my book.

    • thejumbledmind says :

      My main contention is that our “news” reporting, with some exceptions, is very poor. We often don’t really get “news” we get opinion(s). Media will portray one side and then the other and let you figure out what is closer to the truth. But what really happens is we side with our own belief system whether it is true or not. I have personally never felt that the politicians have any control over the news media. At a corporate level, however, you have something quite different and Fox and MSNBC are good examples of it. As always, I really like your commentary and insight – thank you!

      • Tea Party Slayer says :

        “We often don’t really get “news” we get opinion(s). Media will portray one side and then the other and let you figure out what is closer to the truth. But what really happens is we side with our own belief system whether it is true or not.”

        Amen! I agree totally.

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