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

You think blue collar workers in the Midwest were reading the NYT and WaPo? ROFLMAO

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.

Give me a break. The WaPo broke the torture story in the summer of 2002 in a front page article. No one gave a fuck. Both papers have broken a number of important stories on the abuses of the administration since then, for which they've been vilified as traitors and threatened with prosecution. The Times editorial page and a number of its op-ed columnists opposed the war (Krugman, Kristof, and Herbert). In fact, there's been more mainstream media opposition at an earlier stage than there was against the Vietnam war. The idea that this constitutes a 'Goebbels-style propaganda outlet' is a descent into self-parody comparable to the hysterical rantings of the US right about how the Le Monde is some sort of far-left anti-semitic outlet. Have you ever, once, spent any time actually reading the press of a dictatorship?

by MarekNYC on Tue Jul 1st, 2008 at 09:13:13 AM EST
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