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Media Mine Field in the 2008 election

Well, now it begins.   It’s time for all thoughtful citizens to navigate the media mine fields for the 2008 election.  I watch a lot of television and listen to a ton of radio during presidential elections and it always amazes me how the media will focus on everything but the issues.  They remind me of maggots on a dead carcass. Now, I know that is a horrible visual, but I wanted to make sure that the point was made.  Our democracy is the dead carcass.     

It will be especially crucial in this particular election to educate ourselves on where the candidates stand on issues and who they are as people.  There are numerous places that one can go to get this information, beginning with the candidate’s websites.  This blog has links to places like the NY times political page with links to all of the candidate’s websites.  Project Vote Smart is another helpful place to go and get information.  Check the facts at “Fact Check”.  Go to the political information section of this blog.  

I bring this up because being an informed citizen is the least that we can do for the country that we all claim to love and be proud of.   So once again, let’s come in off of the playgrounds and stop being herded like sheep by the pundits, media, and focus groups.  Let us be thoughtful, rational beings that can and do connect the dots.  

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Media Matters

“The press is the best instrument for enlightening the mind of man, and improving him as a rational, moral and social being”

Thomas Jefferson

 “I have no fear that the result of our experiment will be that men may be trusted to govern themselves without a master.” 

Thomas Jefferson 

One of the cornerstones of a democracy is a free press.  We here in the United States consistently lambaste other countries, such as Russia, China, Pakistan, ect. for constraining their media.  The Freedom of the Press in the US goes back to the American Revolution.  The trial of John Peter Zenger, in 1735 was one of the cases that supported the foundation of a free press in this country. 

The First Amendment in our Bill of Rights state that: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

So, with that background, what do you think happens if I decide to go and buy up all of the TV and radio stations along with all of the news papers?  More than likely, you are going to get my perspective of all events that occur and if I don’t think that you need certain information, I can make it extremely difficult for you to have access.  Certain Voices are forever shut out of the discourse of many of the debates needed to maintain a healthy democracy. 

I know that you are thinking that, well, we do not have to worry about such a thing….this after all is the number one democracy in the world……our freedom of the press is guaranteed.   

Currently the FCC, the Federal Communication Commission, is stripping away the rules that prevent extensive media consolidation.  Corporations and wealthy moguls will be able to purchase broadcast TV, radio stations and newspapers in the same market.

 Do you remember how the war was propagandized by the media……the GROUP THINK that occurred?  Well, lookout, much more from where that emerged from.  I don’t know about you, but this is extremely disconcerting to me. 

The one thing that I try to do on this site is remind us about the Power of the People. The future of this country and the rest of the world will depend on the evolution of individuals. Of each of us taking responsibility for what we see occurring in front of our eyes.  I will tell you what I will be doing about this threat to democracy and provide sources so that, if you CHOOSE and this is important to you, you can take whatever action that you deem necessary.  I will be writing my congressman, Senators and Representatives.  I have links on this blog to all contact information for our Congress.  I will be contacting the FCC at:

To Contact the Commissioners via E-mail

Chairman Kevin J. Martin: KJMWEB@fcc.gov
Commissioner Michael J. Copps: Michael.Copps@fcc.gov
Commissioner Jonathan S. Adelstein: Jonathan.Adelstein@fcc.gov
Commissioner Deborah Taylor Tate: dtaylortateweb@fcc.gov
Commissioner Robert McDowell: Robert.McDowell@fcc.gov
http://www.fcc.gov/contacts.html 

http://www.freepress.net/ 

http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/11162007/profile2.html