Steve Bjerklie (stevebj) Tue 11 Jul 06 16:46
I don't think #24 above answers my #16. You begin by stating, "Corporate Media is ignoring the impeachment issue because of dependency on the State Dept. Pentagon and White House for regular news feeds," then move on to a discussion of who belongs to the U.S. "ruling class" and what this class's agenda is and how influential it is. But to look at your opening sentence for a moment, there's no news there: the news media has always been dependent on the State Department, Pentagon and White House for news feeds, of course. This did not stop the news media from covering the Vietnam War in a thorough and investigative manner, it did not stop the news media from jumping on the Watergate story, it did not stop the news media from covering the Iranian helicopter rescue and "Black Hawk Down" disasters, and it has not stopped the news media from informing us every day of the climbing body count in Iraq. So why, please, is this news media choosing to ignore the "groundswell" of support for impeachment, as you claim?
Cynthia Dyer-Bennet (cdb) Wed 12 Jul 06 13:30
I hope Peter will come back and expand on his statements, Steve. I know he's been very busy this past week, though. In any case, I want to thank Peter Phillips of Project Censored for joining us, and to thank Steve Rhodes for serving as moderator of this discussion. Though our virtual spotlight has turned to a new guest, it doesn't mean this conversation has to stop. The topic will remain open for further comment indefinitely. If you're able to stick around, please feel welcome to do so, Peter and Steve. If you've got to move on to other committments, we'll understand. Good night, and good luck, as Edward R. Murrow would say!
Peter Phillips (peterphillips) Wed 12 Jul 06 17:06
Steve, Perhaps we do not know the exact reason the corporate media fails to cover important issues like the impeachment movement. We have theories on this that include self-censorship, advertisement pressure, dependency links, propaganda model, consolidation, and overt government pressure under national security concerns. Whatever the reason the facts are that very important news stories go under-covered or censored on a increasingly regular basis. This statement cannot be disputed, which we prove every year with our Censored releases. I think on impeachment these is a combination of pressures. Neither party wants a big impeachment blowup that undermines the power of the presidency. Both corporate parties want to prevent a massive grassroots popualist movement from arising that would undermine the impression of legitimacy of the current government. 50+ million eligible citizens didn't vote in 2004. It is not because they don't believe in Democracy they just didn't think it made any difference and the corporate media didn't lay out any major differences. We have a phony democracy, our last two presidential elections were fraudulant, and million of people know it. I will do everything I can to encourage the impeachment of Bush and cheney and a populist movement for grassroots democracy and political reform in the US. Most people know inately that corporations are not people. Why do they have rights of people. It is absurb and corporatons and their owners have gotten way to powerful in the US. It time for a non-violent social revolution and massive uprising to challenge the corporate power ruled over the the global dominance group. Best Wishes and Thanks you for having me on we...com. Peter
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