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The Time to Hold The Media Accountable Has Come!
Sunday, 11 January 2009 08:22
by Timothy V. Gatto

I have been writing about the American media for years now. Now that the Bush Administration has for all intents and a purpose has been defanged due to the election of Barack Obama, don’t expect the media to change. They are not controlled by the government, but by corporate America. The corporate sector that makes up the Military Industrial Complex is unfortunately is alive and well. No administration will rein them in as they are the ones that fund almost every national political race. The power of corporate donations as well as AIPAC support oftentimes determines the winner of any political contest.

Those of us who are left, liberal and free-thinkers know this. I have never written an article about media censorship that was ignored by the alternative media. Because most of American opinion is predicated on media information, as long as the mainstream media continues to misinform the public that doesn’t get its news from the sites on the internet that talk truth to power, there will be no change in American opinion as the majority of Americans get their news from newspapers and networks.

This simply means that there will be no change in American policy as long as Americans support their government on every reckless decision made. We will continue to support the Zionist faction in Israel that is hell bent on the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people. All of the writers that see through the propaganda of the mainstream media can write until their fingers are bloody will only be preaching to the choir, so to speak, because the average American will not change their habits unless forced to. We are fighting a losing battle in trying to change the mindset of the Americans that get their news from the propaganda outlets.

Yesterday I saw one media personality, Rick Sanchez from CNN question whether or not it was Hamas that broke the six-month truce. He read from a number of weekly magazines that also intimated that it was Israel and not Gaza that broke the truce. Unfortunately this was regulated to Utube and wasn’t commented upon by the other networks. I applaud CNN’s Rick Sanchez for having the gall to buck the networks by speaking the truth. http://liberalpro.blogspot.com/2009/01/who-started-war-on-gaza-rick-sanchez.html I have been following Rick’s career since I lived in Fort Lauderdale when he was the anchor on WSVN 7. I can only hope that he continues to speak truth to power.

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The rest of us have a duty to our fellow citizens to free them from their ignorance. One way is to hit the networks in their most vulnerable area, and that is by hurting them in their ratings. It’s their rating that determines how much they can charge for their ad spots. If every Progressive, left-leaning, independent and politically savvy person in the United States would refuse to watch or listen or read the networks , radio stations and newspapers that spew propaganda and mistruths, it wouldn’t be long before they would be begging us to stop the boycott. I propose that during the month of February as a good time to start. This gives us one month to get the word out. It’s also time to put the Obama administration on notice that we will not accept half-truths and government propaganda disguised as news.

If we want an unfettered press, we must work toward that end. Nothing will come of doing nothing when it comes to thwarting the desires of those that would manipulate the truth in order to keep the present paradigm. This will take a comprehensive effort by all of us that realize what the stakes are, and that is our entire representative democracy, for only a well informed citizenry can decide what our actions should be. Don't let the corporations along with the Military Industrial Complex decide what actions America should take.This should be a government by the people and for the people, not moneyed interests that don't have America's best interests at heart.

Email Tim at timgatto@hotmail.com - he blogs at liberalpro.blogspot.com

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