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A quote you see everywhere is Gandhi's line about being the change you want to see in the world. Since I'm a corny guy, I took that to heart. Here are some of the main problems with the establishment media that I want to help change:

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AWAY AWHILE Cal Mendelsohn (1067)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 3:54 am
Great article Michael.

I love this part:

"They confuse neutrality with objectivity. If the Cowboys and Steelers play and the Steelers win 21-0, and you say the Cowboys and Steelers both played equally well - you have lied to your audience. You are neutral, but nowhere near objective."

Carol H (229)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 4:18 am
noted, thank you Michael. very good article!

Jarno Lahtinen (26)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 4:22 am
Thanks Michael!

Gotta love Cenk Yugur - he is one of the brightest, sanest commentators on politics in the U.S.

I fully agree with the article, and wish him luck in trying to change the media culture.

Diane Stollger (40)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 5:06 am
Thanks Michael, great article. "If you are not careful the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing." So much truth in that quote.

Terry King (113)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 5:07 am
Noted... Thanks

Calliope S (47)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 5:17 am
Michael that quote you posted by Malcom X has prompted me to learn more about this figure in history.
Like all great quotes, this one is insightful and explicit. A classic case of Divide and Rule.
The article is superb!!! The media have the power to "paint a canvas" in whatever colour they wish depending on what outcome is required. Main stream media are the servants of the establishment, knowingly or otherwise. People are disinterested in political shows as they have no confidence their credibility plus they are down right boring as the article says!! Hope speech video is brilliant!!!

Gayle R (37)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 5:22 am
Thanks for posting this, Michael.

Past Member (0)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 5:22 am
Noted. Thanks.

Thom Loveless (20)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 5:24 am
Interesting, You are in the ranks of the warriors on the 'good' side of the battle for America's soul. However in my opinion battle is being waged over something that is already lost beyond redemption. Nonetheless I genuinely wish you luck with your attempt to struggle free of the American corporate juggernaut....

Elizabeth Fuller (134)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 5:28 am
Noted with thanks for an interesting new take on news and commentary :-)

Elizabeth Fuller (134)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 5:35 am
Thank you for Chris Hedges "Hope" We need more like him...everywhere.

Patrice M (84)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 5:44 am
Thanks, Michael. I stopped watching the lamestream media. I like Cenk U., Colbert, and Stewart. I think they give better and more accurate news.

Excellent article! Thank you!

Pamela D (16)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 5:45 am
Excellent article and very true. I hope something can be done about it. Progressive thinking like this gives me hope that each generation becomes smarter, more insightful and hopefully bring the change we need, otherwise the human race will probably parish by it's own hand. I even liked the quote by Malcom X, but from other things I've seen and read from and about him, he's a separatist and I am not for that, so I was a bit turned off that the quote, even though wise, was chosen from Malcolm X.

. (0)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 5:53 am
Thanks for the post, Michael, I am a fan of Cenk.....

Jane Barton (966)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 5:53 am
Malcolm X knew what he was talking about. The newspapers have all been bought off by our politicians. But he didn't know about the INTERNET. The Republicans ARE trying to brainwash us into hating the poor, gays, and Muslims but they didn't count on the silent majority who see who the REAL THIEVES ARE and it's THEM. Only the Bible thumping ignorant don't know who their oppressors are.

William Y (54)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 6:15 am
Right on.

Lakmal Bandara (0)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 6:17 am
Yes Michael, so true....

John Farnham (52)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 6:19 am
I don`t know how you think you can change an èstablishment`media which is reflecting the wishes of its owners in the way it operates - and the dictates of editorial policy as established by the propaganda offices of the White House and Pentagon. Even Karl Rove`s budget doesn`t account for the authority he will have in promoting fear and hate. Nor can one forget that AIPAC is only a visible sign of media manipulation throughout the world, especially including Britain.
That`s why I long ago started compiling alternative sources...and is part of the reason I ended up frequenting this newsboard despite a lack of sympathy with Pollyanna politics.

lee e (114)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 6:49 am
Thanks Michael, good article.

Daniel Partlow (179)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 7:14 am
We are sheep being led to the slaughter every day. The news "services" are all bought and everything is scripted. Even when you go on the internet, what you see is "tailered" to you.

divergent revolution (309)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 7:14 am
thanks michael,
I'll stick with believe,half of what you see, a quarter of what you read, and none of what you hear.
I majored in journalism, and they will have to really impress my ethics,to get my attention.
studied edward murrow, and won't have much to do with the news again, till it is what he promised it should be.
(worked with some real losers,when I did work in the industry)

Yvonne F (181)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 7:30 am
Noted! Thanks Michael for posting this really interesting article!

Penelope Ryan (178)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 8:16 am
Thanks Michael, an honest journalist is Amy Goodman, Democracy Now.

Quinton Smith (40)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 8:18 am
We all remember I hope we remember THE THEME FOR THE OLD SCI-FI TV SHOW THE OUTER LIMITS WELL HERE IT IS There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. We can roll the image, make it flutter. We can change the focus to a soft blur or sharpen it to crystal clarity. For the next hour, sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear. We repeat: there is nothing wrong with your television set. You are about to participate in a great adventure. You are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the inner mind to... The Outer Limits. PLEASE STAND BY well this is true an it is "NOT" a tv show the onces with all the MONEY are controlling what we see hear an read what your KIDS learn in school they tell you what wear what to eat what kind of car to drive and so ON AN MOST PEOPLE JUST SIT QUIETLY AN LET THEM TAKE CONTROL OF WHAT THEY SEE AN HEAR AN READ. =^..^

Thank you Michael for posting this interesting article.

Myron Scott (70)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 8:20 am
Thanks, Michael.

BTW, I here my birthday with Malcolm. Long been irrationally proud of that fact. (Irrationally since I had no choice in the matter.) Long time after him, of course; otherwise I'd be even older than I am. I am, however, old enough enough to recall the short period irrational progressive exuberance that followed Watergate: Congress remadel journalism the most honorable of professions. Sad neither lasted.

Myron Scott (70)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 8:27 am
OOOPS! THREE typos (more coffee!), the worst being "I here my birthday..."
Of course, I share my birthday.

Suruna WTF (38)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 8:30 am
I watched Cenk on msnbc, missed why he got pulled, he was probably speaking the truth. Heads' up folks, check out Link TV, Free Speech TV, BBC America, there are a few good news channel options worthy of support. Glad to see Cenk on Current, and pleased Current is fleshing out their offerings. TY M!

Comment on eschewing news entirely because there can be so little trust to get the full story and truthfully. While I'm sympathetic to feeling that way, that's why we develop discernment. There is usually at least a kernel of truth in reporting, and if not, awareness as to just how badly facts are free to be spun can be valuable information in itself.

Alicia N (87)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 8:32 am
noted with thanks Dear Michael.

Myron Scott (70)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 9:37 am

Malcolm abandoned his separatism late in his life. That produced a rift with Elijah Mohammed and probably is what got him assassinated. (Course, could have the white power elite, too.) See
his Autobiography and the film with Denzel Washington.

JustaHuman Here (53)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 9:40 am
Thank You!

Past Member (0)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 9:52 am
Thanks again, Michael...

If this article doesn't make a lot of people feel uncomfortable, then our world is in worse shape than we could possibly imagine...

I once knew an honest newspaper journalist, but she lost her job because she wanted to do an honest piece on animal 'shelters' in our area....

Dotti L (85)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 9:54 am
Thank you this article, Michael. And thanks to Myron. I will read his Autobiography. What is the name of that movie?

Past Member (0)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 9:55 am
We have passed another tipping point. Huge methane releases are being reported in the Arctic. We are now, all of us, in a struggle for survival, whether we are aware of that fact or not.

Past Member (0)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 10:37 am
thank you.

Kamila A (141)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 10:40 am
As we face complete mental breakdown of every system man has ever created, will awakening people to see these truths help before its too late? We have been trying so hard for so long now. I am exhausted, but glad for some voices of integrity out there. Maybe, maybe, maybe we can still turn the ship around

Jim P (3257)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 10:42 am
Thanks for the article. Copied the link and mailed to a few select friends.

I still read a newsprint newspaper but have cut down on reading them mainly because
all the news "out there" is NOT being reported. The paper has become biased with regards
to political favoritism, usually tio the right conservative thinking. The trick in reading papers
these days is to read between the lines and not take those articles seriously. The other
trick is to keep abreast of the news by going on-line and re4ading those news outlets per
your own political beliefs and standings. Again, you have to read with an open mind and have
to be careful to continue reading between the lines. The one other trick is "TRUST"... Now, that
is a big "IF"...

TY, Michael.

Kit B (276)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 11:43 am

Between the article and the "Hope Is...speech, Chris Hedges has given us much to think about. As you know Chris was arrested right after giving that speech. As for the media or at least what is available to most on TV, it is exactly that, either extremely left or extremely right - or - most irrelevant so middle of the road as to say nothing.

The OWS movement has planted the seeds, it is now up to each of us to protect those seeds and help them grow. It is all in our hands.

When asked what type of government the American people were going to participate in, by a well-meaning woman, a stern Benjamin Franklin warned that our new government was going to be "A republic, madam, if you can keep it."

So we each must decide if it is worth our effort and joining of ideas to keep a republic or allow the continued disintegration into nothing more then another police state ruled openly by the oligarchy.

Past Member (0)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 11:54 am

Joe R (190)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 12:07 pm
Thanks Michael. Article noted.

Bonnie A (76)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 12:15 pm
Thank you Michael! Noted! Thank God for Link TV, FreeSpeech TV, Current TV and the few places where you can still get honest news. As long as the Progressives and Green Party are trying to get the message out we have a chance. There never was a future for lemmings and sheep. People working together with wide open eyes gets us where we have to go.

Jonjon Hoy (146)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 12:22 pm
Awesome article article Michael. Are we the Malcolm in the middle? Makes you wonder. But are we all know news paper articles is like DRAMA. It can turn things around for the better or make it worse. News paper ought to be titled Ripley's Believe It Or Not and will say anything for a quick buck in the fast lane. Freedom of Speech needs to be word of Truth and not lure words to make people believe something different. Like anything else, their is always a read between the line reading that's not printed.

Ellen m (215)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 12:32 pm
@'s a 1992 movie aptly called "Malcolm X"
and it's a very good movie, even though a bit watered down if you've ever read his writings and what he considered his own truth.
@ Myron..if people can get through my android driven exorbitant amount of typos, trust me, your posts are great, and on yours the message far outweighs your few blips!
And thank you Michael, thank you for being "corney" my's much needed, especially by those in desperate need of clarification and honest information.

Past Member (0)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 12:40 pm
“If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.” ― Malcolm X

Yes. Just so. I see this every day on this very site.

Obama commits murder through ''extra judicial executions'' of American citizens; goes to war without going to congress first; signs the ''indefinite detention act'' into law, and the people here love him. Then vilify Ron Paul for fighting against all of these violations of the US Constitution by calling him a ''Repugnican''.




Ellen m (215)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 12:48 pm
@ Dottie, It's a 1992 film, aptly titled "Malcolm X".
It's a good movie, but a bit watered down for most that have read Malcolms writings..
@ Myron..ha! No one even notices you typos my frien, as your comments far outshine them!
Wish my comments were half as good, and i'd settle for even one less typo per comment..half the time my andrid driven posts make me look nothing short of illiterate!
Amd Michael, thank you for having and embracing your "corny"..we wouldn't have you any other way my friend. Both your heart, mind and intentions are stellar. Thanks for this great article. 1love

Micahel Dewey (1021)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 12:51 pm
Those dirty hippies of the 60s were right. I'll say it again, them fun loving folks are going to have their dreams become reality, like in a blink of a mind's eyes, or so it will see,. when Mankind, basically learns to share all of Beautiful Mother Earth.

Ellen m (215)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 1:00 pm
Whats up with care2 messaging? First comment dissapears, 15 minutes later write another, and now my drivel gets double play?!
I just added "care2 gets it together" to the top of mu Chrotmas wish list. Work it Santa!

Micahel Dewey (1021)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 1:11 pm
I found the same new way sang about in this old time rock and roll anti-establishment song. Bet that most of you can figure out where its at. But the establishment has shown not a clue of knowing what its about.

Constance F (418)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 1:19 pm
Great article and topic. Thank you! sorry I'm in a dash, and can't expound much here, but can say for certain that propoganda, pushing agendas and seperating people from each other is alive and well and living in the media. I had a part time thing with the LA Times for awhile doing political polls. Scales just fell from my eyes!

Lisa N (206)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 1:19 pm
Noted, thanks Michael.

Kit B (276)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 1:37 pm

Thanks, Micheal great link - and sadly so true.

Dotti L (85)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 2:01 pm
Thank you, Ellen. DUH, I should have guessed the title and why I didn't I see it? Don't know, now what was I doing in 1992? O yeah, working my A** off and taking care of sick family members. Keep in touch, Ellen. We miss you on these threads. BTW, I lived on the corner of Haight and Ashbury. We was really poor. It is all different now.


Yvonne White (229)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 2:15 pm
Great article & some great comments!:)

Micahel Dewey (1021)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 2:15 pm
These kind of worker ownership cooperatives is what I drea, about being talked about on the media. Then they would be reality right now.

. (0)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 3:08 pm
Mother Teresa:"If I want to know the truth, I don't read the newspapers."

Past Member (0)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 4:48 pm
Objectivity.......I assumed that word has been removed from language, thank you good article.

Mary T (178)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 5:00 pm
Thanks Michael for the great article I love the quote from Malcolm X it is so true and is happening today.

Terrie Williams (798)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 5:03 pm
Thanks, Michael. Wonderful comments. Except one.

Open your eyes, Ken, none of us here loooooooooove Obamas betrayals. He is just the lesser of two Fascisms right now. Fascist Light if you will (my opinion only). Ron Paul, while having some good ideas, is a racist (card carrying member in good standing of the John Birch Society), doesn't give a flying rats southern end if old people, disabled people or the severely poor of any/all colors live or die. He doesn't give a crap about breathable air, drinkable water or contaminated food. Votw for that, I think not.

Caitlin M (104)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 5:38 pm
Thanks, Michael, for one more of your interesting and thought-provoking posts. I couldn't give Kit a green star according to C2's rules, but she got it right from my point of view, too.

Pat B (356)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 6:17 pm
Good read!!! Thank you, Michael for this...

Michael Carney (217)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 6:59 pm
Well, you can't trust the Media to tell the truth...noted, thanks Michael

Anne Settanni (152)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 7:31 pm
thanks for the good article Michael!

Larry S (391)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 7:51 pm
Of course the media is going to do what Uncle Sam wants, media is cencored by the FCC.

Tracey E (87)
Thursday December 15, 2011, 11:37 pm

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Friday December 16, 2011, 1:31 am
Thanks Michael. Loved the HOPE speech video with Chris Hedges. Does give me hope that things will turn around if we be the change we wish to see in the world.

Patricia E G (53)
Friday December 16, 2011, 2:03 am
Bravo Michael.....Nice Choice

Thank you for this

Arild Gone for now (174)
Friday December 16, 2011, 2:20 am
Thanks Michael.

Micahel Dewey (1021)
Friday December 16, 2011, 3:47 am
I would suggest that we get Ron Paul the GOP nomination, so we could properly hear what he is talking about. Anyone who thinks he would roll back any of the civil rights gains, does not see the whole picture, of what he is about, with getting sound money and closing all over seas bases would do.

Craig Pittman (52)
Friday December 16, 2011, 6:51 am
Super article thanks, Michael. I still read mainstream media but balance this with alternate news sources.

Vicky SlaySlay (11)
Friday December 16, 2011, 10:39 am
Thanks Michael - I don't read the newspaper - watch nightly news and read on the internet.

Jane H (139)
Friday December 16, 2011, 12:36 pm
noted.---yeah....Ron Paul is an isolationist and a good libertarian, BUT my father who was born in1900 would love him.......Let them nominate Gringrich. O bama is the best and can win against any of them .

Micahel Dewey (1021)
Friday December 16, 2011, 1:25 pm
Obama is just the same old status quo that got us in this mess.

Lydia S (155)
Friday December 16, 2011, 1:31 pm
Thank you Michael , An excellent post !

Evelyn Z (300)
Friday December 16, 2011, 6:26 pm
Thanks Michael

antonia maestre (25)
Saturday December 17, 2011, 8:00 am

Harsha Vardhana (56)
Saturday December 17, 2011, 8:35 am
Thanks, Micheal!

MarietteAWAY G (175)
Saturday December 17, 2011, 3:11 pm
Noted. Thanks Michael for another excellent post!

Joycey B (750)
Saturday December 17, 2011, 6:47 pm
Noted with thanks Michael

Mary P (157)
Sunday December 18, 2011, 3:13 am
Thanks Michael. Great post. I am so glad people are waking up to the deceiptful and false reporting of the mainstream media. Truth will always overcome falsehood.

. (0)
Sunday December 18, 2011, 11:31 am
would be nice to know where the real truth, and nothing but the truth can be found.....

how can one not remain skeptical in this day and age???

Lika P (130)
Monday December 19, 2011, 2:49 am
I am anti-establishment. I go against the Status Quo. I'm good at it. People like to say I complain too much, but, hey, it's what makes this place a better place to be.

Micahel Dewey (1021)
Monday December 19, 2011, 4:23 am
I'm looking for solutions for this mess. They are going to come from thinking outside of the box that made life insane.

Stelizan L (258)
Sunday December 25, 2011, 10:44 am
Stunning post, Michael - thanks for sharing! Yes, solutions will only be successful if from 'outside the box'! We very seldom watch TV but hubby reads the daily newspaper 'back to front' - and just decided he's no longer buying that (after MANY years!) as the Sunday paper has the 'same old stories'!!!

Micahel Dewey (1021)
Monday December 26, 2011, 3:01 am
I use to be a MSM Junkie until a few years back. Its the same crap over and over every 15 minutes.

Past Member (0)
Friday February 3, 2012, 7:57 am
Mainstream media changes when people change. Time to self educate for inner peace, take a stand for what matters most to you in life, and contribute to a world of greater possibilities. Replace negative reaction, fear and resistance with curiosity and new possibilities find you.

Karen Marion (30)
Tuesday February 21, 2012, 7:34 pm
so true.....thank you

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