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The day the National Conference for Media Reform began, the Associated Press reported that the event's top issue would be corporate reform.
Moyers and Rather did not disappoint.
Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather and journalist Bill Moyers addressed the perils of corporate media and the shared burden the media bears for the disaster of the Iraq war and the conglomeration of news organizations.
"America's biggest, most important news organizations have, over the past 25 years, fallen prey to merger after merger, acquisition after acquisition... to the point where they are, now, tiny parts of immeasurably larger corporate entities — entities whose primary business often has nothing to do with news," Rather said.
Rather added by stressing the importance of the current political climate regarding Iran and Scott McClellan's recent book criticizing the Bush administration.
"The stakes could not possibly be higher. Scott McClellan's book serves as a reminder, and the current election season, not to mention the gathering clouds of conflict with Iran, will both serve as tests of whether lessons have truly been learned from past experience. Ensuring that a free press remains free will require vigilance, and it will require work," Rather said.
Originally posted by yellowcard
The problem with reporting or even writing...is that no matter what, there will be a biased...there are even bias history books.
[edit on 8-6-2008 by yellowcard]
So when you hear me talk about the press, please know that I am talking about all the ways that news can be transmitted. And when you hear me criticize and critique the press, please know that I do not exempt myself from these criticisms.
But when a tough question is asked and not answered, when reputable people come before the public and say, "wait a minute, something's not right here," the press has treated them like voices crying in the wilderness. These views, though they might be given air time, become lone dots — dots that journalists don't dare connect, even if the connections are obvious, even if people on the Internet and in the independent press are making these very same connections. The mainstream press doesn't connect these dots because someone might then accuse them of editorializing, or of being the, quote, "liberal media."
But connecting these dots — making disparate facts make sense — is a big part of the real work of journalism.
These are entities that, as publicly-held and traded corporations, have as their overall, reigning mandate: Provide a return on shareholder value. Increase profits. And not over time, not over the long haul, but quarterly.
One might ask just where the news fits into this model
It means that we need to continue to let our government know that, when it comes to media consolidation, enough is enough. Too few voices are dominating, homogenizing, and marginalizing the news. We need to demand that the American people get something in exchange for the use of airwaves that belong, after all, to the people.
Originally posted by Ian McLean
Moyer's speech is available on YouTube, haven't watched it yet but I'm about to