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Otherwise it's just noise, and a useful safety valve. The Soviet-era press had very similar 'excellent reporting' with specific criticisms of individuals and of collective decisions, and news items that would have passed for honest debate if read individually.

In other words, no, you don't have a clue of how the Soviet press looked or worked.

And no matter how much Krugman writes, there is currently no chance at all of any of his sort-of-progressive ideas being turned into Washington or Wall St policy. The fact that he appears in print doesn't change this. All it does is create an illusion of possibility which isn't matched by political reality.

No matter what appears in the press it has no influence on public policy or public views. The press is impotent.

just as the ability of the media machines to get creatures like Sarkozy and Berlusconi elected is the flip side.

The press is omnipotent. [i'm confused]

Have you seen any critical stories from Iraq recently?

Nor do you read the American press.

A passive press has the power to allow them to continue, or to enable them and make sure they're not challenged. It's one of the defining characteristics of fascism that while you can blame expendable scapegoats for transgressions, you never, ever undermine the sacred patriotic authority of the leader

Have you been living in some alternative universe the past few years? And, btw, is the US fascist or communist in that world, I'm curious, you seem to suggest the former earlier on, now the latter. Since you seem to have only recently arrived, some facts about this universe: Krugman ain't in jail, nor is the Times editorial board, nor are the various writers who broke all those stories. They also managed to get published. The president and vice president have been deeply unpopular for a number of years now. I hope you enjoy this universe, rather imperfect but it sounds likes it is a bit better than the one you arrived from, albeit a bit more complicated, but I'm sure you'll figure it out.

by MarekNYC on Tue Jul 1st, 2008 at 11:34:05 PM EST
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