The Pardu

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Sunday, February 1, 2015

US Media's Complicity In Growing US Devolution To The Right

Andrew Rei, Friend of the TPI, non-affiliated voter (NAV), avowed anti-Fascist and political screed developer has keyboarded a piece that nails the growing move of MSNBC away and other television media from entities that report news to facilitators of Right-ring dogma. Why MSNBC? Because over the past decade the network stood as the sole purveyor of progressive news and current events coverage. As the nation has moved through six years of the Obama Administration, even MSNBC has moved to a business model that in many ways supports American conservatism. 

NBC's President, Phil Griffin, believes MSNBC offers an effective business model. We understand Phil Griffin's affinity for network's model. He has carefully developed a broadcast model with his former exclusive morning conservative fare opposite his former evening progressive broadcasts. Chuck Todd's promotion to Meet The Press seriously dampened the morning segments conservative lean and the conservative leaning Hardball has worked to dampen the progressive lean of the networks evening programming. Griffin support of Todd for the Meet The Press host also signaled a concerted effort to move Right, and will prove to be a short-lived decision. 

In January of 2014, Griffin responded to questions regarding an MSNBC "ideology" from The Daily Beast's, Lloyd Grove.

An ideology is a single thought across all programs,” he said. “We’ve never had that.” However, Griffin asserted, MSNBC instead has “a progressive sensibility,” which he claimed is not the same as an ideology. “Obviously, I hire people who fit the sensibility” because “we do stay true to facts. You have to build your argument. That's why I call it a sensibility.”
He continued by saying:
If you’re a Democrat in trouble, we’re not a place where we’re going to rehabilitate you. You’re not going to get a free ride if you did wrong.

I think [the people at Fox News] do have an ideology because every Republican who’s in trouble goes on that network to be taken care of.

Nevertheless, Griffin praised his network's competition by stating that it's “owned by News Corp., which is Rupert Murdoch. Roger Ailes runs it, and he comes out of the Republican Party.”

“That’s fine,” he continued. “They’ve done an incredible job over there. They’ve been very successful. They drive a lot of the conversation.”
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In October 2014, Griffin sat for an interview with the with Bill Carter of the New York Times. He responded to continued MSNBC ratings slippage (both liberal and conservative shows) while speaking in oral anticipation of moving away from a sole "Washington beat" network.

Griffin has most assuredly injected measures to slow the ratings bleeding, but I question measures that appeal to conservative viewers. Many of the networks liberal shows have become entertainment critique show with solely focused on entertainment segments. From critiquing movies, to New England Patriots "deflatgate" (and opening segment for Chris Hayes a week ago) to Maddow's sometimes inordinately long lead-ins to segments, and the obvious strategy of the Hardball crew to move at attracting more right-wig viewers. Why else would Chris Matthews and his New Years holiday segments book Michael Steele, former RNC Chair, and GOP shill, as guest host?

Andrew Rei's piece far exceeds concern for a changing MSNBC. The piece also doesn't reach the depths of personal criticism I have of Chris Matthews. The Hardball host has successfully evolve to a schmooze master for the periphery of the US political Right and periphery conservatives who retain a vestige of sanity. Rei's piece very effectively captures the essence of the diminution of American media; its focus and intent. 

Andrew Rei.....

Chris Matthews and the rest of the MSM, listen up!

As those who've watched MSNBC know, Chris Matthews hosts a show on the channel called "Hardball", which is an offshoot to his book of the same name.

Conservatives consider Matthews and his show a part of the "Mainstream Media" (MSM)....

Last year, during the first Hardball where Matthews answered tweets live on the air, I tweeted a question and the producer included it at the end of the segment....

Matthews prefaced my question with this statement, "this question packs quite a punch". My question regarded as to why don't we simply call the Republicans Fascists, as they adhere to each and every one of the 14 defining characteristics (now 15 as I added one last September) of it. 

Matthews' answer was very "unHardball-like". He employed two things that the MSM and GOP Progressives/Moderates do constantly. First, he mentioned that we could call the Democrats "Socialists", which is version of "false equivalency". And, besides, even if the Demos were Socialists, since when did Fascism become a better governmental system than Socialism?!? If you ask any Socialist if the Demos are Socialists, they'll laugh in your face. Democrats actually believe in a governmental system known as a "Social Democracy", which is half-Socialism, half-democracy. It's the only governmental system that's ever worked in this country. 

Next, Matthews admitted that he thinks that some of the GOP's policies are "Authoritarian", an argument which is a version of cognitive dissonance. As we know, cognitive dissonance is a situation where, if one is faced with the truth and it conflicts with their view, the person either "digs in deeper" and denies the truth or simply "shuts down". Republican politicians are's a fact. Were it not for the GOP continuing to act like Fascists at every turn, I'd not be able to correctly call them Fascists. 

In another note I wrote called, "Why are we letting a loud, wrong and INSANE minority control politics?", I detail how the FRWNJ (Fascist Reich-Wing Nut Job) "media" (Fox "News", Limbaugh, Beck, Michael Savage, The Daily Caller, The Drudge Report, Breitbart, etc.) actually cater to a very small number of people, in comparison to the country's population. For instance, Rush Limbaugh makes the dubious claim that he has 15 million "distinct" listeners per week. If you ask me, it's the same 3 million listeners five days a week (hence, the 15 million figure). Fox "News" averages 2.5 million viewers during "prime time" hours (8-11pm Eastern). The FRWNJ "media" are simply propaganda arms of the Fascist Republicans, so don't expect them to tell you the truth, ever. And, thanks to Conservative icon/hero Ronald Reagan, they don't HAVE to tell the truth. In 1987, Reagan obliterated the "Fairness Doctrine" by executive order. It required that all media give "equal time" to both sides of an issue, which usually meant that the media would "officiate" the issues by reporting the truth. Now, not so much. The abolition of the Fairness Doctrine is the reason we have FRWNJ media now. 

So, let's take Limbaugh at his word and say, for the sake of argument, that he does have 15 million distinct listeners. About 315 million people live in this country. That means, for every listener Limbaugh SAYS he has, there are 20 people who don't listen to him, meaning that he caters to less than 5% of the population. If you knock that down to 3 million listeners, that's one person in 105 that listen to the man. So, how do the Fascist and psychopathic Conservatives control the media (despite their bogus claim that Liberals do)? 

That's where the MSM come in. I'm talking about ABC, CBS, NBC, The New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times, etc. They usually do one of two things that helps out the Republican Party in amassing and keeping the power they have. The first is the aforementioned false equivalency, which is also the favorite argument of the political "Kissin' Cousins" of the GOP, the Libertarians (I call them, "Firebaggers"). "Both parties [GOP and Demo] are the same"...blah, blah, blah...this Non-Affiliated voter has already debunked that BS so many times that I've lost count. Even worse, however, is the other thing the MSM do, which is inherently more dangerous to us and a severe breach of responsibility of the media: they simply ignore the Fascism, corruption, greed, bigotry, hypocrisy, elitism, arrogance, incompetence, insanity and unintentional comedy of the GOP. 

Because the MS p;do this, many people are not aware of the sad truth of the Republican and Libertarian Parties. The MSM caters to a majority of the voters in this country. But, since they don't do what they're supposed to be doing, getting at and exposing the truth, many GOP Progressives and Moderates think there's nothing wrong with their party and happily vote for Republicans when they should vote for Democrats, because, the Democrats truly represent them now. 

My message to Matthews and the rest of the MSM: DO YOUR JOBS!  Stop suborning the evil and Fascist Republican Party! We don't expect the FRWNJ media to do anything except spread propaganda, Fascist Republican your jobs and tell the truth, FFS! :( ssmdh

Update: since writing and releasing the note above, several of my FB friends have mentioned something else that makes the situation worse: the corporate executives, most of whom are greedy, Fascist and psychopathic Conservatives, hold the "purse strings" of the mainstream media through advertising dollars. That's why this is a "vicious cycle" or "Catch-22". Remember, back in the middle 90's, when CBS/60 Minutes started investigating Big Tobacco and then quickly shut down the investigation after the first few news reports/60 minutes segments? That was because Big Tobacco used their wealth and influence to get the bigwigs at the Eye Network to shut it down. So, lest you think corporations helping the Cons control  the media is a recent development....

Listen up, people, especially if you're one of those Cons: one of the major problems Fascist regimes like the GOP have regards the population of the country they rule...they can't have TOO many people because larger populations are harder to "control". Remember that about 315 million people live in this country. If enough of them discover what I and others have and start doing something about it, you Cons are going to be in trouble. Allow me to, again, point something out: before the French Revolution in the late 18th century (1789-1790, believe), the French monarchy and elites did EXACTLY what you're doing now: upwardly redistributing wealth and power....when those elite/monarchy types had upwardly redistributed nearly all of the wealth and power, the peasants/middle class were left with just one thing: REVOLUTION. 

Before you Cons get your panties in a bunch, I am NOT, repeat, NOT advocating for a violent revolution...far from it. What I am advocating is an "Icelandic" style revolution...about four years ago, the "monied interests" and corrupt politicians in Iceland were doing what you're doing now. There was a revolution whereby the wealthy and their political stooges were arrested and tried for crimes against the citizens of the country. The Icelandic Constitution was changed to bar the monied interests from ever having that much political power and barred politicians from taking campaign donations from said greedy and Fascist bastards. To date, everyone one of those who were arrested and have been found guilty and have begun serving very long prison sentences. it is that kind of revolution for which I'm advocating...there are already laws on the books to do the exact same thing to you greedy and Fascist bastards, but the USAG and Justice Department have no interest in holding you accountable for it. 

I'm afraid, however, that, if a revolution does occur, it's not going to be one that's similar to the one in Iceland...I will continue to advocate for the Icelandic-style revolt, but my suspicion is that I'll be in the minority of opinion and you'll be subject to something similar to what happened in France. So, you might want to start treading a lot more lightly. After all, wasn't the old saying, "keeping your head while others are losing theirs" begun during the French Revolution???!???  

Americans get the preponderance of their news via television.


Poll Position (2012)

Your source for political news?

There is good news for television, not so much for newspapers and a rising trend for the internet when it comes to where Americans get their political news. In a Poll Position national scientific telephone survey we asked where you get most of your political news, the internet, newspapers, television or somewhere else? Here are the results:
Television was the number one choice in all categories except one. The Internet was the choice for Americans in the 30-44 year old age group with 35% choosing the internet, 32% said television was their source for most political news, 18% said somewhere else and 14% picked newspapers. 
Poll Position’s scientific telephone survey of 1,113 registered voters nationwide was conducted January 24, 2012 and has a margin of error of ±3%. Poll results are weighted to be a representative sampling of all American adults.
Read more (linked above)

When television networks (national and cable) devolve to streaming media for US conservatism, the nation follows, is it any wonder the US has moved well right of center socially and politically?

Have you noticed internet based websites are the only media that reports on dark money contributions to US politicians (e.g. Open Secrets, GOV Track)? MSNBC, may on occasion foray into money driven politics, but even NBC's quasi progressive business unit avoids deep exploration of the US politics. Our legislators and legislatures state and federal are magnets for the nation's powerful and greedy. How would the networks report honestly? The networks are singularly focused on revenue garnering ratings based on viewers moved to the right by its own managers, producers, writers and hosts.

Some would refer to the symbiotic relationship as a "cluster ...." I will leave the state of US media as Andrew Rei's colloquial and effective screed: callous to the point of deleterious. 

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