Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Searching for context

Greg Sargent raises a lonely cry from his outpost at Kaplan Prep Daily for some context in the media coverage of the propaganda ads enabled by Citizen United.
And no one is talking about what's in the ads themselves. No one is talking about how these ads are filled with multiple distortions and debunked falsehoods. In other words, no one is talking about what it is the voters themselves are seeing in these ads on an hourly basis. The discussion is largely a Beltway process argument about matters such as whether attack ads are effective and whether the Dem criticism of the secret cash is working politically for them.

None of this discussion does anything to undercut or challenge what the Chamber and Rove's groups are actually up to here: They are flooding airwaves across the country with a massive, secret-donor-funded campaign that's designed to tip control of Congress with a campaign of misinformation, distortions and falsehoods that have been widely debunked by independent fact checkers but nonetheless have attracted little to no notice.
To use a much over-worked phrase, follow the Benjamins. The teevee media isn't going to call out the lies while they're raking in hundreds of millions in ad revenue from them. Just not going to happen. [Via John Cole]

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2 Comments:

Blogger Southern Beale said...

The teevee media isn't going to call out the lies while they're raking in hundreds of millions in ad revenue from them. Just not going to happen.

DING DING DING DING DING!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you for playing!!!

I've been meaning to do a post on this forever, but it just makes my head hurt too much. No one ever asks where all of these bajillions of dollars are going, and we all know they are going to the media. They are going to buy ads on the networks and cable news. Divisive electoral politics is the media's cash cow, it's the gift that keeps on giving. Why on earth would they give that up?

2:28:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

I've been wanting to do something more on the connection too SoBeale. It's so obvious that the media needs and wants the GOP bucks and hence their insistence on horserace and he said/she said false equivalencies.

4:24:00 PM  

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