posted on Jan, 21 2004 @ 02:45 PM
All these stories churned out constantly by CNN, FOX and MSNBC depend on the super-hype surrounding a celebrity in order to exploit the viewer and
Michael Jackson, Martha Stewart and Kobe Bryant, to name a few.
But when the spin-meisters come up with their elitist assessments of the situation when it is politically expedient for them to do so, it crosses the
line between real news and propaganda for the wealthy.
Take this example from CNN's Aaaron Brown on yesterday's "Newsnight." In the lead question to the much hyped TV story surround Martha Stewart's
case, he asked-"this really isn't insider trading is it? I mean, she is accused of lying to investigators, right?"
That is what we call damage control, broadcast by and for America's elites. This is the result of what happens when too much corporate power has the
ability to decide the guilt or innocence of a person before the trial has even begun. In this case, an icon of a fellow media giant, Viacom (which
owns CBS and broadcasts Martha Stewart) is decided on by another media conglomerate, Time-Warner.
And yet, Aaron Brown has already exonerated her for any wrong doing. He has sent the signal to other media elites, whether movie star or athelete,
"We'll protect you, celebs. Its us, your big brother, your media buddy."
Because of course, there is one law for the rich, and one law for the poor. And not only do the rich get a good lawyer, but free PR from the broadcast
Before Aaron's 'report' on Martha ended, they had concluded that Stewart would get at most 6 months in jail, if not probation. How quaint. Why
bother with a trial at all? Why not just take an online poll and decide her fate?
Interesting also, but not at all different, is how the mega-corporations, CNN and FOX, allow the Washington insiders favorable treament also, when
questionable ethics or criminal violations come up.
I haven't seen any stories lately on CNN about Dick Cheney's energy task force case, or Bush's holding documents back from 9-11 investigators, and
any updates on the independant investigation in the White House outing a CIA officer who didn't tow the Bush line.
Take this other example from Fox News, who regularly broadcasts news on talk radio station-breaks around the country.
During the preliminary stages of the Kobe Bryant case, they flooded the airwaves with scores of stories surrounding the alledged mental health of the
rape accuser. They also repeatedly made statements about drug use, and supposedly 'loose' behavior.
Fox News on the radio has station breaks every fifteen minutes during the normal hour of a radio talk show broadcast. Fox Sports Network also
broadcast and has the contract to promote Los Angeles Laker games. If their boy is convicted of rape, will it ultimately effect ad sales and ticket
[Edited on 21-1-2004 by darkwraith]