Closing Thought–21Dec16

Stop The Presses!

There has been much written and said about the news and the news institutions…..most Americans do not like or trust their news outlets…..why is that?

This Press is pertaining to the media in the UK but all you have to do is change the UK to US and it would still be accurate….

While most of us don’t trust journalists, many of us are still under the illusion that we have a free and independent press. The truth is we don’t. Here’s five reasons why we should be very sceptical of the information we read in the corporate media and why there is hope for the future.

Source: Five reasons why we don’t have a free and independent press in the UK and what we can do about it | openDemocracy

Sounds all too familiar……huh?

Plus I seem to get a chuckle when I hear the MSM use the term “Freedom of the Press”… is all so much smoke and mirrors.


22 thoughts on “Closing Thought–21Dec16

  1. Good job! Plenty of room for being suspicious of the Press. It isn’t what it used to be and I doubt it will ever be what it was intended to be again. Too much Big Corporations with agendas owning the Press.

    1. Thanx John….glad to see your comments back…I was bummed that I could not comment….we can thank Reagan and Clinton for making the press a profit making enterprise….

      1. Reagan, Clinton, Trump and the fat guy played in a movie by the other fat guy who broadcast the martian invasion of earth — Orson Welles, I believe … some kind of Heawrst guy I believe. The “All The News That’s Fit To Print” guy….

      2. Well in my case … what can I say when it is a demonstrable fact that I know most of everything there is to know about almost everything and I am rarely wrong about anything … ? I find your question difficult this morning. 🙂

  2. I’m not surprised that Rupert Murdoch owns UK MSM as well as US MSM outlets. I’d consider him failing at propagandizing the news if he wasn’t doing it on both sides of the pond knowing that intelligent Americans will seek non-American sources for news. You hit the nail on the head, its rampant on both sides of the pond.

    “Freedom of the Press” should be footnoted with the small print legal speak you see at the bottom of car ads or spoken aloud similar to drug company commercials. Or change the saying to “Freedom of the Press, when it suits our shareholders, quite possibly fake and almost certainly not all the facts involved.”

  3. Of course the MSM would holler for freedom of the press. They’ve had it since inception. Freedom of the press means absolute freedom to publish any crap, lies, lying ads, paid-for editorials without ever being questioned or called up on it. Freedom of the press has been a real boon to the System and it is what has brought us to the current global vortex of government, bank and corporate mismanagement, corrupt irresponsibility and entitlement of the ruling kleptocracy. There was never a time when MSM’s reporting was trustworthy, they just made a greater effort at making it look trustworthy by publishing the odd memorable bit of truth, a picture here, an article there, a news program saying, not what the elites necessarily wanted said, but what people hungered to hear. So we had “60 Minutes” and things like that. But they still needed to stay within the guidelines dictated by the advertisers – lest we forget. I stopped “following” MSM (newspapers, magazines, radio and TV) in 1980. Never looked back. And guess what? I was always better informed than most I interacted with who relied on MSM to form their opinions. Of course that meant I stopped voting… and cancelled all my memberships to various political groups and NGO’s. From activist I went into observer status. I’ve only joined one protest since, and that was the protest in Vancouver against the Bush II war in Iraq. System is system, and freedom means not only removing the ankle chains, but those around wrists and neck as well. Just because one volunteers to be enslaved doesn’t make it any less slavery.

  4. *smile* Well, not being able to know what, or who, can be trusted sure sets the herd to milling around in confusion, doesn’t it? How convenient for them.

    That’s all for now; I’m faded. Plus, this one’s too easy to use for snarky jokes…

    Good post; just too gone; up early.

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