Weapons of mass deception
The media's the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power. Because they control the minds of the masses.
The goal of this new law is to let anyone enter any communications business -- to let any communications business compete in any market against any other.
In their June 2nd decision, the FCC relaxed and eliminated several key media ownership restrictions. One of the material features of the new regulations are relaxed broadcast-newspaper and radio-television cross-ownership rules.
Since the mid-1980s, major media companies had been engaged in a feeding frenzy, swallowing up other media firms to form ever-larger conglomerates. ... Growth in the number of media outlets, for example, does not necessarily ensure content that serves the public interest. Centralized corporate ownership of vast media holdings raises the possibility of stifling diverse expression and raises important questions about the powerful role of media in a democratic society.
... all of us should be alarmed about the effects of media mergers on the future of American democracy.
Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one.
And the more money and the more media that a group has the more effective it is in imposing its narrative on the broader unsuspecting (and often ill-informed) public.
In the corporate-commercial media, certain viewpoints are routinely excluded from mass distribution because of how market-driven news organizations operate.
In a capitalist "democracy" like the United States, the corporate news media faithfully reflect the dominant class ideology both in their reportage and commentary. At the same time, these media leave the impression that they are free and independent, capable of balanced coverage and objective commentary.
A central issue in the health of democracy concerns the vibrancy of civil society, and a key issue for this is the problem of information. Few people would disagree that information is pivotal for a democratic, free society. When dictators seize power one of the first things they do is seize the TV stations and close down opposition newspapers.
We have entered in a time in which we need to be very skeptical about the news stream and look at it critically and ask for more verification and more enquiry.