posted on Sep, 8 2008 @ 02:15 PM
reply to post by BomSquad
Perhaps, but I have seen some 'news' which is not much more than advertisements disguised as 'news.'
My local station does this all the time, with lengthy segments of 'what to do on Long Island' pieces that promote local businesses. At the national
level it is accomplished with 'human interest' stories that just happen to deal with people, places, and things, which somehow represent the
interests of the corporations that own the company.
I think the damage is done. Once the mega-corporations bought out the FCC we lost the media completely.
I am older than most posters here I think. I remember listening to national public radio and public television... they used to honor those people and
organizations that supprt them by saying something along the lines of .., "This broadcast was made possible by the XYZ endowment" or "NPR would
like to thank the XYZ chamber of commerce for their continuing support."
Now they go into a two minute descriptionof the sponsors services, their location,, website, and phone number - it's a commercial! on
Commercialism is the corporate religion, and the religion of the capitalist state. In such a state, 'journalism' is akin to the Easter Bunny or the