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"The business of the journalists is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. You know it and I know it, and what folly is this toasting an independent press?"

John Swinton, head of New York Times editorial staff, 1860- 1870

corporate news

Why the news isn’t what it used to be

Mental-Health Epidemic In The Newsroom

Retractions Of Reporting Are Quite Selective

Corporate Media Uses the Word Militant to Crush Dissent

10 News Outlets Corporate Media Doesn’t Want You to Follow

Corporate Media Refusal to Acknowledge Civilian Victims of US Wars

Fox News commentator sentenced to 3 years for lying about CIA ties

The Problem With Our Media Is Extreme Commercialism



"We see press headlines about 'schizo' murderers and fictional characters in film or on TV are often no better.

Too often, characters with mental illness are the sinister baddies waiting in the shadows, they're the ones you're supposed to be frightened of, not empathize with.

This is particularly worrying in light of research by Time to Change, which found that people develop their understanding of mental illness from films, more than any other type of media." - Rachel Hobbs



Latest Leak Shows NSA Engaging In Economic Espionage

Guardian told to destroy NSA files for national security

NSA Using Copyright Claims To Crush Free Speech?


"The corporate culture came to dominate the news business, treating news as a commodity or service no different from 'toasters, light bulbs, or jet engines'." - Lawrence Grossman 1995

"Editorializing is theoretically positioned on the editorial pages, thus giving the reader the false sense of security that opinions and persuasion are not part of the regular news." - Nancy Snow

"The rhythm of the news cycle has changed so dramatically that what's really been excluded is the time that it takes to think." - Barry Schwartz

Most newspapers in the early 19th century cost six cents a copy and were affordable only to the upper classes, though a barter system often allowed readers to trade rags, whiskey or other goods for a subscription.

Hand-powered presses are essentially unchanged from Gutenberg's design.

1810  German printer Friedrich Koenig patents the steam-powered press.

1820  500 newspapers are being published.

1843  American Richard M. Hoe makes a further improvement with the rotary printing press, which arranged the material to be printed on a cylinder rather than a flat plate, allowing a much larger volumes of material to be printed - millions of copies in a day rather than thousands - at a lower cost available at prices affordable to the working class.

1860  3,000 newspapers are being published with 1.5 million subscribers.



i am the inferior of any man whose rights i trample underfoot

US Agencies Said to Swap Data With Thousands of Firms

EU demands answers from US on financial spying



1898  William Randolf Hearst runs the following headline in the New York Journal the day after powder storage on the US$ Maine explodes:

"HOW DO YOU LIKE THE JOURNAL'S WAR!"

"I rather like the idea of war - not a big one - but one that will arouse interest and give me a chance to gauge the reflex on our circulation figures."

Joseph Pulitzer


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Joseph Pulitzer realized he needed to create a newspaper for a broad audience who was steeped in cheap dime novels and family story papers.

Joseph Pulitzer* pioneered the use of illustrations, drawn images, cartoons and comic strips, employing color lavishly and writing news in such a way that it appealed to the fundamental emotions.

The evolution of the New York World into a visual entertainment medium increased circulation from 15,000 to 350,000 within four years.

"The New York Graphic editor Emile Gauvreau, with an insight not unlike Hearst's realized that newspapers could create characters from real people and then "star" them in adventures that could be featured on the front page news. Once designed, anything these individuals did would be news simply by dint of their recognizability. Thus was the celebrity made." - Neil Gabler

"In the days before radio and television, public opinion was controlled almost exclusively by newspapers. There must have been more deliberate lying in the world from 1914 to 1918 than in any other period of the world's history." - Arthur Ponsonby



press has a powerful image making role

"A profession once dominated by tough, streetwise refugees from the working class is now dominated by dainty alumni from our finest schools, people to whom poverty is not only unpleasant and unhygienic but totally uncool." - Joe Queenan

Marquette University's Department of Journalism 1992 survey of 147 editors of daily newspapers:

- 93.2% said sponsors had "threatened to withdraw advertising from the newspaper because of the content of the stories." (89% replied advertisers followed through on this threat) 89.9% responded that advertisers had "tried to influence the content of a news story or feature."

- 71.4% said that "an advertiser tried to kill a story at the newspaper."

- 55.1% revealed that they had gotten "pressure from within the newspaper to write or tailor news stories to please advertisers."

- 36.7% said that advertisers had "succeeded in influencing news or features in the newspaper."

"From 1989 to 2005, the number of US papers featuring weekly science-related sections shrank from ninety-five to thirty-four." - Chris Mooney

"Most editors and newsmen on the staffs of Life, Look, Time, Newsweek, etc., and most editors, reporters, and commentators at NBC, CBS, and ABC take their news and editorial cues from the New York Times.

Technically, a great newspaper, it reports the news in conformity with editorial policies." - Alice Widener



make up your mind !

Stagecraft itself is at the center of 'news reports'.



Journalism of verification has ceded ground for years on talk shows and cable to a new journalism of assertion, where information is offered with meager attempts independently to verify the informations veracity.

The result is that stories are sometimes true and sometimes false.

All this makes it easier for those who would maniplulate public opinion.

Those who distrust corporate news media are often heavier consumers of news outlets than those who are more trusting.

This is explained by the fact that there is so much conflicting content.

Journalists need to document their reporting process openly so that audiences can decide for themselves whether to trust their reports.

Viewers of PBS have a different range of concerns from those who watch cable, where entertainment and celebrity are the agenda.



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"I thought news briefings were meant to inform not entertain."

Matt Giorgi



On Fox News, journalists offer their own opinions, without attribution to any reporting, in seven out of ten stories. That happens in less than one story out of ten on CNN, and in fewer than three stories out of ten on MSNBC.

Fox news stories are more deeply sourced than those of its cable rivals, but are also more one-sided.

PBS's NewsHour, however, is noticeably even more thorough in its sourcing.

"News organizations often willingly collude with efforts to censor because media owners are members of the political elite themselves and therefore share the goals and outcomes of government leaders. Profit ranks higher than truth telling in the minds of media owners and many of their employees." - Nancy Snow

2004  7% of all newspaper stories, and 13% of front-page stories, contain anonymous sources.

Among the largest newspapers, 12% of all 2004 coverage contained anonymous sources, compared to just 3% at the smallest newspapers and 6% at mid-range newspapers.

Magazines, the growth area in publications, focus on shopping.

53% of all network television stories contain anonymous sources.

On the morning television programs the figure rose to 79%.

The use of anonymous sources was rare on cable television news.

Just 9% of the stories overall contained any anonymous sources.

Online 19% of the stories studied contained anonymous sourcing.

The long term trend is toward investing fewer resources in news gathering.



this just in ...

"No wonder Jon Stewart has such a loyal audience: His perspective is
rooted in reality
and is not ideologically based." - Marty Kaplan



Any new investment and effort is in repackaging, reformulating, redacting, reenacting and re-presenting previously presented "information" in newly distracting ways, not in gathering it.

Americans are more likely to see the same images across multiple television channels, read the same wire story in different publications and observe the crosspollination the various media outlets such as a television advertisement that is also played on the radio and, as well, is visually incorporated into a billboard and print ads venues than they were a generation ago.

A wave of high-profile scandals involving plagiarism and fabrication at the most established news institutions confirm what people already thought.

People have long considered the press sensational, rude, pushy, and callous.



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"In the early 1980s, consumers of news began to see the press as inaccurate, less professional and caring about the interests of ordinary Americans.

Statistical changes of opinion about 'news' between 1985 and 2002:

highly professional - decline from 72% to 49%;

moral - decline from 54% to 39%;

accurate - decline from 55% to 35%;

cover up mistakes - increase from 13% to 67%;

politically biased - increase from 45% to 59%.

Overall, trust in news sources is down.

English language newspaper circulation declined 11% since 1990 and network evening news ratings are down 34% over the last decade.

The percentage of people who believe what they read in newspapers has declined from 80% in 1985 to 59% in 2003, and the percentage who give high grades in credibility to network news dropped from 74% in 1996 , to 65% in 2002.

Americans resent the lack of independence, the lack of altruistic aspiration and the sense of professional ethics that defined the quality journalism of the past." - Project for Excellence in Journalism



News Distotion Rule

News Distortion Rule

Monsanto and Fox: Partners in Censorship

Monsanto Forced Fox TV to Censor Coverage of Dangerous Milk Drug

"An unconditional right to say what one pleases about public affairs is
what I consider to be the minimum guarantee of the First Amendment."

Hugo L. Black, Baptist, Mason, KKK, Supreme Court Justice, 1886-1971




2003 Goldman Environmental Prize, known as the "Nobel Prize for grass roots work," bestowed on former Fox television network reporters Jane Akre and Steve Wilson.

The two investigative reporters lost their jobs when they refused to change a news report that had displeased Monsanto.

The reporters have visited regional dairies and had discovered that Monsanto's bovine growth hormone was being injected into cows.

The chemical was present in the state's milk supply despite commitments by Florida's supermarkets not to sell milk tainted by bovine growth hormone.

In various studies Monsanto's rBGH bovine growth hormone has been linked to cancer and is banned by many countries, including Canada, New Zealand, and the entire European community.

Jane Akre and Steve Wilson's report said that Monsanto has been accused of scientific fraud in connection with information it has provided to the EPA concerning food safety and attempted to bribe public officials in Canada.

Jane Akre and Steve Wilson testify that the local Fox television network station manager, David Boylan, carefully reviewed the investigative reports for factual accuracy, find no errors, and schedule them to run the following week.

Monsanto hires a powerful law firm before the show ran and threatened to sue Fox television network if the report was run.

The station offered Monsanto an opportunity to appear on the show and respond but Monsanto declined the offer.

Jane Akre and Steve Wilson testified that the local Fox television network station manager, David Boylan, then ordered the reporters to edit the show in a way that was favorable to Monsanto and deceptive.

Declining to coöperate in the deception both reporters were given a 'special assignment' with full salaries for their contract period provided they agreed to sign a confidentiality agreement and provide a report acceptable to Monsanto.

For nine months they worked on 83 different drafts of the story - none of which satisfied Monsanto.

"For every fact we intended to broadcast, we had documentation six weeks from Sunday. The station's lawyer told us, 'You don't get it. It doesn't matter what the facts are, we don't want to be spending money to defend a lawsuit.'" - Steve Wilson

Jane Akre testified that the station had tried to force her to say that Monsanto's rBGH milk was safe and no different from milk without Monsanto's rBGH, despite abundant studies that proved otherwise.

"We told them to go ahead and kill the story," Steve Wilson says, "just don't make us lie."

They were fired. They sued. They won on whistleblower statute law. Overturned on appeal.

The 50 year old FCC News Distortion Rule which prohibits broadcast of false reports was declared to not qualify under the whistleblower statute since it had been decided over the years in judicial decisions and was never promulgated in a rule creation process.

2006 Monsanto agrees to pay $100 million to the University of California for patent infringement of the rBGH bovine growth hormone.



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news room culture

"Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one."

AJ Liebling

"The reality is that it is increasingly less realistic to expect commercial broadcast outlets to effectively serve two masters: the student and the corporate bottom line." - Orville Schell

"What were once legitimate news programs now fill our minds with stories about criminals. Dateline NBC and 48-Hours are prime examples." - John Kozy

"Most of what we, the audience, thinks is news is just PR that is pitched to program producers by the publicity department of an entity with a vested interest in seeing that person or idea promoted." - Nancy Snow

Television news is driven by questions such as, "Can we get good video of this?" "Is it dramatic?" "Will it draw an audience?" It's not impossible to produce serious, quality journalism when those conditions are always on your mind, but it's difficult. The reality is that people in the US get most of their information about politics and policy from television, and they get fed a lot of propaganda in the process." - Sheldon Rampton




Traditional journalistic news room culture determines the basic nature of a story before the facts are assembled.

Just as theorists develop a working hypothesis before collecting data, journalists formulate the frame of a story before they interview anyone, read a document, or collect any other facts.

"A young reporter writes an expose, but the editor says, "I don't think we're going to run that." The second time the reporter goes to her editor, the editor says, " I don't think that's a good idea." She doesn't research and write the story. The third time the reporter has an idea. But she doesn't go to her editor. The fourth time she doesn't get the idea." - Nicholas Johnson, formerly FCC commissioner

The changing economic structure of the television networks has eroded newsroom values. Where once a culture committed to great journalism flourished, a culture dominated by MBAs and financial accountability has taken its place.

One of the many byproducts of news consultancy on the news industry has been the decreased time spent by news programs on each story.

This emphasis on condensation and brevity is a very subtle, but very real form of censorship in that only accepted conventional wisdom will be broadcast.

Accountability to shareholders has replaced accountability to democracy and the citizens it serves.

"The realities of journalism don't involve just facts, for if they did, computers would replace journalists. Journalism always involves choices – choices among subjects, treatment, words. As a result, the claim of objective reporting functions simply to camouflage what is in fact a value laden activity. It is not only the readers who are misled by the claim. The journalists too can be blinded by their own cover." - Vladimir Vladimirovich Pozner, Soviet propagandist and son of Vladimir Aleksandrovich Pozner*.

(Vladimir Aleksandrovich Pozner was chief engineer of the European branch of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in Paris in 1938 and in 1943 headed the Russian Section of the film department of the US War Department. Vladimir Aleksandrovich Pozner was identified as a Soviet spy by the Venona Project and corroborated by the Mitrokhin Archives after the fall of the USSR.)




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