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As for their resentment of the 'takeover' artists, apart from the fact that that's a rather simplistic theory of what happened to US industry, if all those 'Reagan Democrats' had voted like us 'elitist New York intellectuals' and 'inner city thugs and welfare queens', then things would be a little different.

What newspapers were the 'Reagan Democrats' reading, do you think?

People seem to be struggling with the reality here, which is that the media win elections.

I don't much care that the WaPo eventually covered Walter Reed. I'm more interested in the fact that the WaPo and the NYT have appeased and enabled what is arguably the most criminal US government in history, while ignoring issues which are maybe, just perhaps, a little more important overall.

While the media used to be independent, the current crop of US media icons is a Goebbels-style propaganda outlet for the US neocons, with some token but marginalised printed dissent to create the useful illusion of democracy.

People think the news is something that happens on TV. But that's not how it works. The job of the news is to define what's important, what can be talked about, and what needs to be talked about. The news sets the frames which people use to make sense of the world around them.

If that framing is partisan and detached from reality - as it's become in the US, and also in Europe - democracy can't even begin to function properly.

The reason the media are called the Fourth Estate is because they're literally the fourth branch of government. Without accountability and fairness laws, that branch can be - and will be - bought, paid for and made to dance like a monkey on a string.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Tue Jul 1st, 2008 at 04:35:05 AM EST
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