Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Obama Broadcasting Company

ABC News is now coming from WITHIN the White House. ABCNEWS anchor Charlie Gibson will deliver WORLD NEWS from the Blue Room of the White House. Some say that that smacks of government controlled media, and that ABC is essentially turning its programming over to President Obama and White House officials for them to use to push government run health care. Many would argue that the White House has long controlled the media, and that this is nothing new; just more blatant. Of course ABC denies any claims of being one-sided. (They also have a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn).

Tonight, ABC will be showcasing what is termed by some as an Obama Healthcare infomercial; a pitch to the American people to hard sell a costly healthcare reform plan which will cost the taxpayer over a trillion dollars. This primetime special entitled 'Prescription for America' will be originating from the East Room. There will be no voice from the opposition, no rebuttals, no point of view from critics. Just what the President says.

It's also no secret that the Director of Communications at the White House Office of Health Reform is Linda Douglass. She worked as a reporter for ABC News from 1998-2006.

This from Peter Roff:
"... it’s politics in the media at its worst. By turning the network over to Obama to pitch the American people on his healthcare reform plan, ABC has joined the lobbying arm of the White House and the Democratic Party. The presentation that will be made to the American people will not be, to borrow a phrase, “fair and balanced.”

By the same token, NBC, MS-NBC, CNBC and all it's sister affiliates have also been in the pocket of the Obama administration. Their programming has been dubbed the "Nonstop Barack Channel". MS-NBC (partially owned by Microsoft) and CNBC (partially owned by the DOW), has reportedly had overwhelmingly more positive stories about the Obama administration. I have seen financial news anchors on CNBC routinely mock critics of Obama's monetary policies and work hard to make the economy look better than it is. No surprise why that is. The truth and solid journalism be damned, they have an agenda.

What people should understand is that NBC and it's affiliates MS-NBC and CNBC are owned by General Electric, (here's a list of their assets) and of course GE is looking for some major government contracts dealing with energy and healthcare. The Obama administration's energy plans are also being pushed by GE as GE has already launched a media campaign "Ecomagination". Is there a doubt that Microsoft and GE Healthcare will have some hand in digitizing everyone's medical records too? So it stands to reason that they are all in bed together and of course GE wouldn't want NBC to say anything negative about the Obama administration, or their plans. Microsoft also has a huge stake in doing the US census. They have provided much of the software for the handheld computers that the census takers have been using. So just as the Bush administration was castigated for working hand in hand with Halliburton, where is the outrage by Liberals for the same behavior by the Obama administration and these two corporate giants? Same church different pew if you ask me.

But the problem is not so much the Obama administration working with business on specific agenda items, but that the media is so intertwined with this. Where is the "tell all sides of the story" journalism? How can the American people truly understand the issues and plans being laid out without the benefit of a reasoned and transparent debate? It really is not just about Obama saying, "I won" - therefore he is running the show. We need to know the pros and cons of his plans. Afterall, we are all paying for those plans.

State controlled media is not healthy for our country. State and corporate controlled media is even worse.

"I have the greatest admiration for your propaganda. Propaganda in the West is carried out by experts who have had the best training in the world -- in the field of advertizing -- and have mastered the techniques with exceptional proficiency ... Yours are subtle and persuasive; ours are crude and obvious ... I think that the fundamental difference between our worlds, with respect to propaganda, is quite simple. You tend to believe yours ... and we tend to disbelieve ours. "
a Soviet correspondent based five years in the U.S.

"The media serve the interests of state and corporate power, which are closely interlinked, framing their reporting and analysis in a manner supportive of established privilege and limiting debate and discussion accordingly."
Noam Chomsky, American linguist and US media and foreign policy critic

"I think democracy fails under a variety of conditions and one of the conditions occurs when people don't have the ability to get the kind of information they need to make up their mind. Ideologically, I don't care much for FOX News. But the truth is that, as long as there are countervailing points of view available on the spectrum, it doesn't matter." - Howard Dean

For further reading:
Media Reform Information Center
Media Control

Additionally, if you are concerned about this ABC programming and want to voice your protest - there will be a protest at ABC studios in New Haven this evening - The ABC News decision is not just activism for socialized health care; it is government-controlled media. A protest will be held at the WTNH studios CHANNEL 8 (ABC AFFILIATE) , 8 Elm Street (corner of Elm and State St ), New Haven , from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Assembly starts at 7:45 p.m More here, and folks from the CT Patriot Alliance are gathering at 5:30.