Sunday, June 8, 2008

Dan Rather Speaks About Keeping the Press Independent Of Corporate Profiteering

For those of you who are as insanely interested as I in the blatant degradation of the News Media (MSM) and their obvious incompetence and cowardice in confronting the major issues of our time with the leaders of this country, well then Dan Rather's speech is something you will truly enjoy.

- He talks of the enabling of the press corp in the lead up to the war
- He talks about consolidation of news organizations owned by a paltry few large corporate entities who's only motive is increasing shareholder value (on a quarterly basis) and whose news organization is an extremely unimportant pieces of their holdings... but one that can be profitable only if it does not make rich people unhappy
- He talks of fighting to keep the internet safe for free opinion and a truly independent news corp

- HE SPEAKS OF COGNITIVE DISSONANCE (USING THE PHRASE) IN THE MSM!! (How could I not post this? OY... that's a little mini slam dunk for me.) About their denial of their own situation and how they feel the pressure from above and bow to it like cowards who are only interested in their personal careers, not journalistic integrity.

Sit down, relax, and enjoy Dan's speech. I don't think there is a soul in the United States that knows more about what was, and what is now the MSM, what it is really about today and is now speaking in plain english about it that every American must be aware of. As Dan notes, our first amendment to the constitution demands the press remain free. Let me help him and all of you to see what it actually says and how it is also now interpreted:

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution provides that "Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom...of the press." Although the First Amendment specifically mentions only the federal Congress, this provision now protects the press from all government, whether local, state or federal.

Dan made this speech Saturday evening at 2008 National Conference On Media Reform in Minneapolis. Enjoy:

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