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Today's Political Conventions: Nothing More Than An Infomercial

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: political, conventions, corporate interests, big business, government, public interest, corporate media, networks )

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Journalist Dan Rather talks about corporate interests and covering politics in today's conventions. Big business and government working for their mutual interests, rather than the public's interests.


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Marion Y (322)
Sunday September 7, 2008, 3:17 pm
As Dan Rather said, "Real issues, things of importance, were decided at the conventions [40 years ago]. The conventions [today] have been basically reduced to infomercials. Today the conventions are little more than a scripted, television show. There's nothing important decided on the stage of the conventions."

These dog and pony shows are paid for and given with the interests of big business and government...not for the public's interests.

Sandy v (91)
Sunday September 7, 2008, 4:04 pm
I couldn't agree more. I am down to msnbc to watch anymore and if they piss me off, then I will go to some mindless show. They talk everything to death, anyone cans say anything they want and no one will challenge them on TRUTH, (Yah, like anyone even knows that word any more). Our Ethical Reporters are all dead. What happened to the day someone would correct them and say the fact shows this was done or that was voted on etc. It all went to hell during vietnam when we watched them lie to us about the entire war until Dan Rather blew the whistle. I really don't think we have real truth since then.

RC deWinter (418)
Sunday September 7, 2008, 4:09 pm
Yes, I am reading a very excellent and comprehensive biography of FDR right now...and the conventions back in the day were rough and tumble affairs where all the REAL action took place.

I didn't watch either of this year's conventions and haven't for a long time - this year's especially because I have absolutely no interest in the drivel both candidates consider addressing the issues - AND because what we call a convention is an assemblage of the faithful being good soldiers, along with the brainwashed masses, hand-picked to provide the right responses to the fluff'n'stuff spewed from the podium.

Marion Y (322)
Sunday September 7, 2008, 4:11 pm
Sandy...MSNBC is all I watch too. Olbermann and Maddow. The only reason Olbermann can get away with what he says is because he is pulling the ratings. Yet, he is limited with what he can say. The networks are owned by big business. When the consumer pulls the plug on TV, the networks will be forced to give honest programming if they want to eat.

Lately, Olbermann has gotten sillier so I hope I don't have to pull the plug on him too.

Marion Y (322)
Sunday September 7, 2008, 4:12 pm
Cate...I agree. This year's conventions looked like a circus, complete with the clowns and monkeys...

Sandy and Cate...thank you for your comments.

Joycey B (750)
Sunday September 7, 2008, 4:26 pm
I just don't watch anymore. Noted with thanks Marion.

Deborah Hooper (59)
Sunday September 7, 2008, 7:06 pm
I watched both on C-span, not network TV. I didn't get the commentary crap, I got the entire convention. Motions, and seconds and aye's every day from about 5pm est on. before that they showed meetings and business (business of the convention) from the day before. Primetime was the only thing completely scripted. But everything falls down the party line, and no one steps out of line on camera. Although, I don't think the Republicans were all that happy with some of McCain's speech. Panning the audience there were people not cheering or clapping, but frowning. For what ever that is worth.

Pete Conrads (91)
Monday September 8, 2008, 1:15 am
Do as your told darnit! Where is David? back me up here! :o)

Pete Conrads (91)
Monday September 8, 2008, 1:18 am
I believe that should have been *you're*

Hi Deborah, it is good to see/read ya :o)

Peace Monger (185)
Monday September 8, 2008, 2:54 am
Well done Dan (I rather not!) I commend his stance on corporate owned media.
I hope we see more of Rather's wisdom reflected in the news media who are free from big bu$ine$$ control.
Thanx Marion for posting this interview :)

Marion Y (322)
Monday September 8, 2008, 10:38 am
Apparently the RNC boosted McCain's ratings in the polls...for whatever that is worth.

Thanks for all your comments!

Marian E (152)
Tuesday September 9, 2008, 1:10 am

The conventions are really just big parties to kick off the formal campaigns with a lot of propaganda.

Thanks Marion.

Rachel D (57)
Tuesday September 9, 2008, 10:04 am
Deborah that is such a good point - the media has definitely been playing up the support some conservatives have for McCain/Palin and ignoring other voices. They are totally invested in the idea of a "culture war" - and as we all know, when the discussion gets away from real issues and people start talking about who is elitist and who has moral values, Republicans win. That's why it's laughable to think that the media is liberal. The media understands how to cover a culture war, and celebrity, both present at the RNC, and they know how to get ratings by covering culture wars and celebrity. Today it's Palin, yesterday it was Obama. Treating Obama as a celebrity was the only way the mainstream media knew how to deal with the Obama effect - they couldn't understand that people respected his ideology, positions on issues, character and judgment. No - it must be they are wowed by his rock star status. And suddenly that's the narrative that everyone seems to swallow this campaign season.

Marion Y (322)
Tuesday September 9, 2008, 10:22 am
Rachel...So true. Even the McCain camp said this election is about personalities, not issues. How utterly backwards is that? It's embarrassing they would admit such a thing and run their platform on that narrative.
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