The state of news gathering organizations in the US is that they need healthcare as much as we do. How do we have an informed public when the news is so broken? How many newspapers are in danger or have closed this past year? How many radio stations and media outlets can one company own? In one city? Edward R. Murrow where are you when we need you?
How many right wing wing-nuts dominate the media?
When will the myth of the “Liberal Media” end? What we have is not only conservative media in control…we have ultra right wing extremists controlling the media. Dominating the public airwaves.
This week the Tea party convention is taking place here at Opryland Hotel. Local media was not invited. There is no national progressive radio talk show hosts on the air here to discuss the progressive angle. None, Nada, Zip.
What we have is ugly side of capitalism…monopoly. 5 or 6 companies now own and control everything we see & hear. If it’s not in their corporate interest for us to know about something they just bury it. Why should you care? Why do I harp on this problem so much? I’d love to just discuss GLBT issues…I’m sure Paul Revere would have rather just made his little beautiful bowls & spoons too…
The fact of the matter is we’re in a whole lot of trouble and a whole lot of Americans haven’t got a clue what’s going on. The ways you were informed in the past are gone. Journalism is disappearing. News organizations have merged with entertainment organizations and foreign news gathering offices have shut down. Ratings guide the direction of stories and dictate what leads. Companies that have been standards for years have been bought out by right wing nut jobs that have turned them into crap. Others have simply shut their doors.
There are organizations fighting back. They need all the support you can give. There are progressive voices out there but you have to go out there and find them. I can help you there. I can point you to where they are if need be. You can’t make an informed decision if you don’t have all the facts. The corporate media likes that. If you aren’t an informed electorate…well…they can make sure the politicians are in their pocket. A few weeks ago, the Supreme Court helped them even more to do just that. Next time you send a few dollars to re-elect your favorite politician…think about how that will go… when his or her challenger has the support of say, Walmart or G.E. Whose candidate do you think will win? Democracy is kind of over at that point isn’t it?
The solution to this problem we find ourselves in? WE THE PEOPLE. America will not be destroyed from without…it will be destroyed (if it is) from within. I’ve heard that my whole life. I think my parents told me that. I think it’s true. I’m afraid we’re in the midst of it now. As a lesbian, it’s difficult enough living in a “free, democratic society.” If America were to turn into something else…Fascist, corporatist, dictatorship…well who know what it would be like. I don’t want to know. We’ve got right wingers in DC at “the family,” helping Uganda pass laws to KILL gay people.
Remember this…Democracy and Capitalism are not the same thing. We do business every day with China and they are a thriving Capitolistic society. They are also a ruthless Communist dictatorship. Their record of Human Rights Sucks.
Free Market and Free Enterprise are not the same thing either. The so called free market system that right wingers are all fighting for today is what has led us to this debacle. What it really means is Un regulated laissez-faire capitalism. Think of the super bowl game with no rules. Free enterprise on the other hand is what we used to have when you went to the mall or shopping plaza and all the little shops were owned by local people. “Mom & Pop” operations. Profits went back in to the local economy and jobs were filled by local people too. There were factories where people actually made things. What a concept! When the country was in trouble during WW2 those same factories transformed over night into military supply machines turning out tanks and bombs and parachutes. Rosie the riveter could have been your grandmother or mine. If we’re buying everything from China and they threaten us what are we going to do? Ask them to sell us the materials we need to beef up our military?
That’s all for today. Thanks for listening to my rant. Sometimes you just gotta get it out. Next time you turn on the news think about who’s bringing it to you and what’s in it for them. Follow the money. Good Night, and Good Luck to all of us.