Archive for July, 2009

Dan Rather Blasts Mainstream Media

by on Jul.31, 2009, under The General Pursuit

Speaking to an audience in Aspen, Colorado, former CBS News anchorman Dan Rather discussed the decline of journalistic integrity, expressing concern that the consolidation of media ownership has resulted in a decline in quality and integrity of the news.   Read these excerpts from this article in The Aspen Times:

His talk emphasized what he believes is the erosion of quality journalism, because of the corporatization, politicization, and “trivialization” of news. Those three factors, Rather argued, have fueled the “dumbing down and sleezing up of news” and the decline of “great American journalism.”

Likening media consolidation to that of the banking industry, Rather claimed that “roughly 80 percent” of the media is controlled by no more than six, and possibly as few as four, corporations.

“A democracy and free people cannot thrive without a fiercely independent press,” he said.

Think Dan knows that the mainstream media is controlled by a small group of people, and that it can be financially influenced  to propagate the myths that paint the primary picture of America for the masses?

Dan Rather currently has an in depth news program on HD Net called Dan Rather Reports.

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Anthrax-War Dead-Silence

by on Jul.30, 2009, under The General Pursuit

Now THIS looks like an interesting movie!

The provocative new film and book about the untold story of the 2001 U.S. Anthrax Attacks and the dard secrets of the shadowy world of modern day germ weapons research.

Who got Anthrax sent to them after 911?

Journalists . . .

Tom Brokaw

Congressmen . . .

Senator Daschle

Interesting. I wonder why the media and congress would be of interest to “terrorists” sending anthrax via U.S. Mail?

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2008 Spike in Oil Prices Mostly Manipulation, not Supply and Demand

by on Jul.29, 2009, under Finance

It seems so unnatural for oil (and gas prices) to have risen so fast in 2008. Did significant quantities of oil suddenly disappear or become unreachable? Was the number of cars on world roads doubled all of a sudden?

Why did the price of oil double in such a short period of time? Seriously increased demand? Surprisingly decreased supply? Not Hardly!

This looked suspiciously like a speculative bubble at the time, and lately it has become obvious that it indeed was speculation, not supply and demand, that primarily caused the sharp increase in oil prices in 2008. Recently 60 Minutes did a story indicating that speculation affected the dramatic price swings more than the economic forces of supply and demand.

On Tuesday the 28th of July, 2009, the Wall Street Journal published an article that was referenced on the Drudge Report that asserted the same. The morning of the 28th the Wall Street Journal article could be read in its entirety by clicking the link on the Drudge Report – but a day later, the article was no longer listed on the Drudge Report, and a Wall Street Journal subscription was required to read it. Is it possible that someone didn’t like that article being out there for everyone to see? The fact that it is no longer listed on the Drudge Report and no longer available for non-subscribers (just a day after it was published) is compelling evidence that the article was on target.

Click here for the article as currently listed on the Wall Street Journal’s website.

Click here for the cached Google archive of the article as it was seen before access was limited – undoubtedly by interests who wanted to limit access to the information.*

Welcome to the journalistic integrity of the mainstream media in the 21st century – where the pursuit of truth has been wholly replaced by the pursuit of the dollar.

Remember “Drill Baby Drill!”? This was the mantra of the Republican Party as the 2008 election approached. Offshore drilling was their proposed solution the problem of increased oil prices.

Think about that . . .

How completely uninformed were the people on your television pushing that slogan as a solution to the 2008 oil crisis during mainstream election coverage? Offshore drilling is what we need to solve the Oil crisis? How stupid do they think we are?

At this point, it is obvious that the offshore drilling proposed during the 2008 election had nothing whatsoever to do with what was actually going on. Yet, it was touted and promoted as a real solution by people who thought they were qualified to be world leaders – and the mainstream media didn’t call them on it, and they still aren’t calling them on it.

It is bad that political leaders with aspirations to lead the world’s biggest economy put forth such hollow rhetoric. It is much worse that the mainstream media fell for it.

*Note: this cached version of the full article as it originally appeared on the Wall Street Journal website will eventually be replaced by the current version, which requires a subscription to read.

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