posted on Dec, 21 2011 @ 01:12 AM
Full disclosure: I'm from Canada and I don't really get the whole Democrat/Republican thing. I also don't get the Liberal/Conservative/NDP thing
we have going here.
Thinking any media outlet is presenting anything approaching the truth is a mistake. It's as if CNN is arguing that Miller Lite tastes great, and
MSNBC is arguing that it's less filling, while Fox correspondents drink Miller Lite on camera. They all support the same agendas, they merely do it
in superficially different ways.
The content that they want you to absorb isn't the stated content of the story. It's the unquestioned, unstated assumptions that make up the
background of the stories. They will differ over what types of tactics should be used to fight a war, but will all accept that the war is right and
just. They will broadly debase a protest movement, or argue that a "few bad apples" are spoiling the image of the movement...but they will never
suggest that the protestors have legitimate concerns, nor will they take the focus off the violence and put it on the peaceful majority.
They may demonize "big business" but they will never run a story that offends their advertisers. Their political coverage will be strictly limited
to "gotcha" politics and smearing particular parties or candidates, never systemic flaws or widespread corruption that transcends party lines.
This idea that Fox News lies is problematic because it implies that some other news outlet is somehow trustworthy. ALL the news channels portray the
state's enemies as dangerous lunatics, and act as apologists for the state's allies. Some are inflammatory, and some cultivate the aura of
sophistication and intelligence, but none of them are deviating from the officially approved message, the underpinning narrative, the false construct
made up of our standard cultural myths.
You may now resume screaming at one another over who is a tree-hugging bleeding-heart liberal and who is a soul-less baby-eating conservative.