MSM OUT – SRM IN
posted at 9:14 pm on June 4, 2009 by Keemo
The Main Stream Media is no longer; dead as a leech out of water on a 100 degree day…
Once a source of daily stories and information for millions of citizens, this dinosaur has joined the ranks of respected and feared beasts that once roamed the earth searching for prey.
Taking the place of the print media formerly knows as the MSM, is the State Run Media, or SRM abbreviated. Yes some faces look familiar. Yes some voices sound familiar. But don’t let any of that fool you, as the boss of this industry now resides in Washington DC and hands down the directives each day.
E.J. Dionne, Jr., WAPO, writes:
“‘Rush and Newt Are Winning’ — A media environment that tilts to the right is obscuring what President Obama stands for and closing off political options that should be part of the public discussion. Yes, you read that correctly: If you doubt that there is a conservative inclination in the media, consider which arguments you hear regularly and which you don’t. When Rush Limbaugh sneezes or Newt Gingrich tweets, their views ricochet from the Internet to cable television and into the traditional media. It is remarkable how successful they are in setting what passes for the news agenda. The power of the Limbaugh-Gingrich axis means that Obama is regularly cast as somewhere on the far left end of a truncated political spectrum. He’s the guy who nominates a ‘racist’ to the Supreme Court (though Gingrich retreated from the word yesterday), wants to weaken America’s defenses against terrorism and is proposing a massive government takeover of the private economy.
E.J., your premise is wrong. We’re not turning state-controlled media to the right. It’s just that I, maybe Newt now and then, are the only ones saying what we say. Everybody else in the state-controlled media is an echo chamber. Whatever dictation you get from Axelrod or Gibbs, you’re right, but there’s an alternative voice out there and it stands out simply by virtue of its stark contrast and difference. I mean, what would be so hard, E.J., about you realizing and reporting that Obama is taking over the private economy? He’s not proposing to. He’s doing it. What would you call a guy who gave a speech — somebody counted it up the other day — his speech assuring the country what was going to happen to General Motors after bankruptcy, 34 times he used the word “I.” He never said we’re going to get legislation to get this done. I, the president, the president and the White House statement that came out, the president has deemed the plan put forth by GM workable. We’ve got a miniature dictator-in-waiting here, in his own mind, and he is taking over the private sector.
E.J. Dionne, Jr., is alarmed. “Steve Forbes, writing for his magazine, recently went so far as to compare Obama’s economic policies to those of Juan Peron’s Argentina.” I don’t need to point this out, but I think I did that first, too, when talking about industrial policy and automobiles, and Forbes is right. This is out of Juan Peron’s Argentina. The only thing we’re waiting on is for Michelle to become Evita and Michelle has now weighed in on Sotomayor, and Victor Davis Hanson at National Review has a brilliant take on this. He is also convinced that anger is what is inspiring and motivating the Obamas and the Sotomayors of the world. They are angry. Even though she’s been appointed to the Supreme Court she’s still mad at the way she was treated at Princeton. Michelle is still mad the way she was treated at Princeton. That was the subject of her thesis. These people have chips on their shoulders. First lady of the United States, and she’s still mad, president of the United States, he’s still mad. I don’t doubt this at all. In fact, I mentioned that to Sean Hannity in the second installment of the interview that will run tonight on the Hannity show on the Fox News Channel, second installment at nine o’clock. By the way, thanks to all of you with the wonderfully nice e-mail notes about that interview, very kind.
Back to E.J. Dionne, Jr. here: “While the right wing’s rants get wall-to-wall airtime, you almost never hear from the sort of progressive members of Congress who were on an America’s Future panel on Tuesday. Reps. Jared Polis of Colorado, Donna Edwards of Maryland and Raul Grijalva of Arizona all said warm things about the president — they are Democrats, after all — but also took issue with some of his policies. … As it happens, I am closer than the progressive trio is to Obama’s view on Afghanistan. But why are their voices,” meaning these Democrats in Congress. Have you ever heard of these people before I mentioned their names? “– why are their voices muffled when they raise legitimate concerns, while Limbaugh’s rants get amplified?” Poor E.J., he just doesn’t understand, even though he is a member of the state-controlled media, he doesn’t understand how it works.
Let’s see, “For all the talk of a media love affair with Obama, there is a deep and largely unconscious conservative bias in the media’s discussion of policy.” That is just incomprehensible, how anybody could view the state-run media today and conclude that it has an unconscious conservative bias. E.J., have you noticed when all these outlets that you decry use videotape or audiotape of me, have you noticed what they do with it? They satirize it, they pound it, they criticize it, they loop the video, they try to make me look like the biggest buffoon on the face of the earth. They are now running bulletins at MSNBC of what I say, but here I am, CNN just announced the latest approval numbers, I’m at 30%, I have a 30% favorable rating, and yet I am dragging, according to E.J. Dionne, Jr., the state-controlled media to the right.
Here is an example of how the SRM will operate:
Read this AP article… Then read how Rush breaks down the directive:
I have here in my formerly nicotine-stained fingers an AP story, and the headline of the AP story is amazing: “‘Jobless Benefit Rolls Fall, Initial Claims Dip.’ — The number of people on the unemployment insurance rolls fell slightly for the first time in 20 weeks –” cheer, cheer, rah-rah, great news, thank you, Obama, is the implication “– while the tally of new jobless claims also dipped.” Wow! Obama’s fabulous. The stimulus is working! The number of people on the unemployment insurance rolls fell slightly, while the tally of new jobless claims also dipped. But wait, you gotta go halfway down this story, more than the average American will spend time on a news story, to find this — and the way it’s written is classic: “The unemployment rate, meanwhile, will rise to 9.2 percent from 8.9 percent in April.”
ow, wait a second here. The lead is the number of Americans on the unemployment insurance rolls fell, and the tally of new claims also dipped. Yes, more people are going to work! No, people are not going to work. More people are out of work. Unemployment rate 9.2%, up from 8.9%. Do you realize this is .2% higher than they predicted, and now they’re saying it might be 10% by the end of next year. We’ve lost over two million jobs this year, since January, two million jobs have been lost. There is no way to calculate jobs saved; that is a myth. Some other highlights here of the story: “The total jobless benefit rolls fell by 15,000 to 6.7 million, the first drop since early January. Continuing claims had set record highs every week since the week ending Jan. 24. The continuing claims data lag initial claims by one week. … The number of initial jobless claims remains stubbornly high, above the 605,000 level reached five weeks ago. That was the lowest level in 14 weeks.” They’re working so hard, they are twisting themselves into pretzels to take this continuing bad news and try to put a good light on it.
There’s one thing missing here. I’m sure you’re wondering how in the hell can unemployment go up from 8.9% to 9.2% while AP-Obama reports that the number of Americans on unemployment insurance fell? How can that be? I’ll tell you how and there’s something they always included when reporting unemployment numbers with George W. Bush that’s not in this story. And it is this. I have to paraphrase it because I remember reading this in all the Bush unemployment stories, but it was, “These figures do not include the number of people who have just given up trying to find a job.” Or who think it’s not worth looking for a job. That’s how it’s gone up. They’re not counting the people who have just given up. They’re not counting the people who may have left the unemployment rolls but don’t have a job because the state-run media is doing everything it can here, to prop up a bad economy in the minds of people to make it look like Obama’s plans are working.
State run banks – check
State run auto makers – check
State run media – check
State run health care – coming