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Five Pointers for a Left Media


By Robert Parry
June 21, 2005

For those who see U.S. news as tilted to the Right, the good news is that wealthy Left funders are beginning to earmark more money for media. The bad news is that little of the money is going into the kind of media infrastructure that could restore a balance.

So, from my 27 years in Washington journalism and 10 years as editor of this independent Web site, here are some suggestions about how to best spend the precious sums for media, whether from small or large donors. (We, by the way, are entirely funded by donations from our readers.)

1. Outlets and content are the keys.

The ultimate answer to today’s media imbalance is for progressives to build strong outlets for getting information to the American people and to develop powerful content for those outlets.

Conservatives have followed this formula for the past three decades, though often their content is more propaganda than information. Nevertheless, this combination of content and outlets has enabled them to reach the public with their message and put enormous pressure on the mainstream media.

Back in the 1970s, the situation was quite different. Then, the Left had a clear advantage in media, especially from the so-called “underground press

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What the definition of "FIXED" is:

The Hardball show last night (6/20) was a well-orchestrated set-up right
out of the office of Karl Rove.

The pressure on the MSM has become too great to continue on with
the "ignore it and downplay it" strategy, so now Karl has sent forth
the "play it up, then discredit it" strategy, giving the MSM permission
to let themselves off the hook for following the prior failed strategy,
while still towing the line for the Emperor.

Conspicuously absent for this charade was the show's host,
Chris Matthews, which in and of itself speaks volumes about attempting
to downplay and/or discredit their purported "Downing Street Special."
An obvious requirement was to interview the author who broke the
original DSM story, to set a context for the attack that was sure to follow.

What in fact did follow was pure theater, as desigend by the show's
booking agent and scripted to perfection in advance. Save that entire
video as the clearest example yet of the Corporate Media's (General
Electric's in this case) desire to quell all dissent surrounding the Administration's Lies.

Rather than following the talking-head template of booking two
individuals who offer opposing points of view, the booking agent
recruited two CIA lapdogs who (SURPRISE!) ultimately arrived at the
same conclusion...that the Downing Street Memo and other supporting
documentation represent noting more than a "tempest in a tea pot!"

Before the segment even began, I already knew how it would end.
The story behind how this program was "manufactured" is all the
evidence the American public would need to understand how the
media manipulates reality to serve the Ruling Class.

Investigate the media! Reveal the truth of how and why these two
talking heads were booked and briefed, and by whom.

"For those who see U.S. news as tilted to the Right, the good news is that wealthy Left funders are beginning to earmark more money for media. The bad news is that little of the money is going into the kind of media infrastructure that could restore a balance."

Amen... they donate to glitter not content. I am so annoyed by this, I cannot tell you. LA

"For those who see U.S. news as tilted to the Right, the good news is that wealthy Left funders are beginning to earmark more money for media. The bad news is that little of the money is going into the kind of media infrastructure that could restore a balance."

Amen... they donate to glitter not content. I am so annoyed by this, I cannot tell you. LA

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