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November 19, 2018

The Mass Media Are Giving Capitalism a Bad Name

Last night on television, one could watch a couple of documentaries. One was The Clinton Affair, an account of a presidential impeachment from 20 years ago. The other was an MSNBC “special” called Betrayal, The Plot That Won the White House, an act of treason by a GOP candidate for president from 50 years ago. Apparently we now have red and blue entertainments.

Other than treason being a mainstay in GOP national politics, both of these seem to be aimed at making money off of our political divide. There are enough Clinton haters to acquire a substantial audience for the first and enough Nixon haters to acquire a similar audience for the second.

This, of course, is as we are undergoing a major challenge to our fundamental system of government and there are topics galore that the public needs to become informed about. I do not see what benefit rehashing either of these stories has for people now. Nixon’s treason was undermining the Vietnam peace talks as a private citizen, is of a pattern. Ronald Reagan committed his treason in the Sandinista Affair and earlier in undermining Jimmy Carter’s negotiations to free our captives in Iran (in order to get elected). The details of Mr. Trump’s treason(s) have not been elucidated as yet. (I also have my suspicions about G.W. but that is another story. None of these have stopped or even slowed down people voting for these or other candidates from that party.

And, clearly, the more our “mass media” are asked to conform to the “standards” of capitalism, the more they become rootless seekers of profit. At one time the head of CBS News said something alike to “The news division doesn’t need to make a profit; I have I Love Lucy for that.” Today’s “news media” are scrambling for “revenue streams” to stay afloat and under such conditions will succumb to the dictates of survival of the profitable. Pandering to “red” and “blue” audiences comes natural as does ignoring the role a free press plays in holding our leaders to account. (Doing it after they are dead is a tad late.)

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  1. … both of these seem to be aimed at making money off of our political divide. It’s a well-known fact that the goal of profiteers is to profit — and what’s currently HOT is, well, profitable. 😉

    Actually, I found the Clinton Affair rather fascinating — primarily because for most of my adult life I rarely paid any attention to what was going on in the political realm. (That is, until tRumpsky came on the scene — to my regret.) I did know about Monica (how could I not?) but I didn’t realize how deep it went.

    Further, because of my inattentiveness, I didn’t realize how much corruption there is within the system. I sorta’ wish I’d stayed ignorant!

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    Comment by Nan — November 19, 2018 @ 1:27 pm | Reply

    • Yeah, we have deluded ourselves into thinking corruption was not a feature of our system.Actually it is based upon it. I read a remarkable book by David Brinkley (Washington Goes to War). It was about gearing up the federal government prior to WW2. (I couldn’t help but hear his voice as I read it; a weird effect.) I remember one story about patronage in Washington. I bureaucrat was interviewing a young female applicant and for the life of him he could see that she had any qualifications for the position. So, he asked her. She was astonished and told him that that her qualifications were being Senator So and So’s niece. This was back before the Civil Service had any teeth behind it. Every pol had the ability to get their relatives jobs whenever a new administration came to DC. This book is still worth the read.

      Actually there is less and less corruption, but it is more and more profitable. the pols seem to have settled for the big payoffs. (The revolving door with regard to lobbying firms and the administrations they lobby. Why we allow lobbyists to donate money to politicians is beyond me. (Also note that the number of lobbyists in Brinkley’s book was a tiny fraction of what there are now. The investment that pays the highest ROI in the US now, is lobbying Congress. Every dollar spent returns over $22 according to one study I remember.)

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — November 19, 2018 @ 1:42 pm | Reply

  2. The worst thing about old Nixon and his messing with the Vietnam war ending is that Henry the K is still alive. Proof that the really nasty, vulgar, rotten, bad critters live for a very long time. Isn’t he in his 90’s now?
    My late wife tried to get me to vote for Billy Bob Bubba the first time he ran for POTUS. Well, Dad died the Saturday after ‘saint’ Ronnie was elected as our acting POTUS, the chimp was the star of that movie, and Billy Bob IS of our generation, but I just could not force myself to abandon my Peace and Freedom party. It did not bother me at all that he was a draft dodger. After he’d won, I had this small hope that since he pulled a few fast ones and got keep from serving in the military during that nasty Vietnam war, maybe, just maybe, he’d be very slow to commit to any new wars. Oh boy! Yep, I was proven to be 100,000,000% wrong on that hope. I didn’t watch either of the shows you mentioned above. Why? Because they were on US of A MSM. I can find documentaries via the interwebs, the local library, and even with Roku on our tv set.
    I think some science types need to do a study of how it is that many of our (I think they are actually owned by big money types) elected politicians whenever even wore a Cub Scout uniform are so free about being all for the next new war, oh, they still love the wars that were ongoing when they got elected also. We need to know why. Of course, we do know. It’s the money that the ‘defense’ contractors pour into their campaigns. Sill old me. %P

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    Comment by Walter Kronkat — November 20, 2018 @ 12:31 am | Reply

    • Nail head, meet hammer! (Money, money, money … in a “pay as you go” culture, it is always and only about money.)

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — November 20, 2018 @ 10:46 am | Reply


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