Fourth Estate Sale

What happens when the Mainstream Media (MSM) sells it’s last shred of journalistic ethics to some nameless Devil in order to become the propaganda machine for certain non-normative ideologies?  What happens when the Fourth Estate becomes a Fifth Column within America?

Below is an example of exactly what has happened and what is continuing to happen at an ever accelerating rate.

There was a time in America’s past when the media was largely staffed by journalists. Sadly this is no longer the case and objective reporting of the news has given way to social activism and the desire to shape the news as opposed to reporting it.

And so they held a Fourth Estate Sale, in which the remains left behind by the death of journalism were sold off to various groups who have used them to attack America from within. And some people wonder why so many of the MSM outlets are failing…

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11 Responses to “Fourth Estate Sale”

  1. zhann Says:

    Very well said. Just curious, but whats your take on who controls the media? What are your thoughts on Chomsky?

    Also, are you getting the linkbacks?

  2. chris Says:

    All the more reason for the Fairness Doctrine to be passed or some version of it. We get the truth when both sides debate it.

    Lets have public debate on creationism and science, which God is real, Buddha, Allah, Krishna, Christ and provide the evidence to support your preferred version of God. Which party democrats or republicans are being honest with us (likely none of them). Until we have such open debate, we continue to develop extreme groups that follow one view without giving a bit of thought to any view that opposes what they have been taught or want to believe for some non-objective reasoning.

    Our kids are exposed to this one sided debate and like I stated on my blog in a comment to you, this is harmful to our kids. A kid raised with one point of view, often not encourage or allowed to oppose it, is handicapped and not able to grow to their maximum potential.

    We need to start presenting both sides, provide facts, expose lies, criminal behavior of our leaders just like we would for any citizen. If the president lied about having sex with an intern, investigate it, expose it and punish his actions. If you lie about evidence for war, spying on americans, and torture other humans in a manner that is unlawful, then investigate, expose and punish those that made it possible. pretty simple concept and fair.

    However, for some reason, if the side many agree with as a whole does something wrong, even horrible, that group often continues to excuse, support, hide and avoid open debate and of course any investigation. I say whip it, whip it good, whip it into shape, when a problem comes along, you must whip it, it’s not too late to whip it, whip it good. I think that is about how the song goes. All I ever hear are excuses but I want to hear debate and I have a great idea for a news channel. I would guess one side would do better than the other on open debates on most subjects. Especially if it involved creationism vs science, science and all versions of God.

    Until we hold all parties accountable equally, present both sides of the story with open debate, our children are going to suffer as most people tend to favor one network over the other and their kids are little pieces of clay that can be molded for honor or dishonor by their father… or mother.

    I never understand why people are so afraid of presenting both sides with equally educated and competent individuals presenting their side of the topic.

  3. jonolan Says:

    The “Fairness Doctrine” and anything like it would be nothing but tools that would further this problem instead of ameliorating it. This is something that has to be dealt with through education and market pressures.

    One thing that is helping is the rise of alternative media and the new, global nature of information. It’s to fragmented to be controlled and presents all the variations in viewpoints that you’re desirous of.

  4. chris Says:

    I personally think a form of the fairness doctrine would help but those are my opinions and not necessarily fact. But, I support them based on what I had stated. peace

  5. jonolan Says:

    Chris,

    I support your desires for better discourse on matters and of a single standard of accountability. I just don’t think that a “Fairness Doctrine” can achieve those ends.

    I’d much rather see an increase in the number of available news outlets, both traditional and alternative. I support that premise based on the history of governments, media, and propaganda.

    And yes, peace.

    zhann,

    Sorry for the delayed response. :(

    My belief is that the the mainstream media is controlled by an oligarchy that care only about two things – social engineering and profit (NewsCorp being the exception; they care only for profit). I also believe that it is heavily influenced by the government who can inflict harm upon the industry either through legislation or from denying them access to stories and interviews.

    …And no, I’m not getting the linkbacks but that is OK.

  6. Max Says:

    Whist I agree with you that the US media is nothing short of a joke, I’m not sure if you’re concurring with or objecting to the video you posted?

  7. jonolan Says:

    Oh I definitely agree with the video’s premise that the MSM was “out to get” Bush and was and is”in the tank” for Obama. That’s a fact proven (method: preponderance of evidence) by a plethora of evidence and of direct statement by people in the media.

  8. Max Says:

    So do you not include FOX news and affiliates as part of the mainstream media? How about commentators such as Rush Limbaugh, who gets 10 million listeners?

  9. Sheilanagig Says:

    BTW….lovely blog you have here.

  10. jonolan Says:

    Max,

    Newscorp seems to be the lone exception, but only in the fact they’re twisted in the opposing direction. Were it not for the rest of the MSM being so biased in one direction, Newscorp couldn’t exist as it does today.

    That doesn’t make them any better of course, just differently aimed.

    Sheilanagig,

    Thanks. Welcome aboard and I hope you continue to find it interesting.

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    [...] So Casey Brezik remained an “unknown assailant” as it were from September 14, 2010 to January 21, 2011 – just over four months and carefully past the 2010 elections – due to the disgusting racism and anti-American leftist ideology of the Media which has degenerated into little more than a traitorous fifth column. [...]

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