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The Entertainmentization of Politics

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It's been a long time in the offing, but the time has fully arrived. Mainstream media coverage of presidential primary politics has been fully turned nto entertainment. Part of this process, a major part, includes major influence of election outcomes by giving more attention and airtime to some candidates. It includes using misleading delegate counts, commissioning misleading polls, omitting results from polls.

In other words, the mainstream media, all owned by massive transnational corporations, are turning one of the most important processes in American democracy, into a profit oriented process, with every intent to influence the results so as to maximize audience attention and interest, as well as produce candidates who are friendlier interests.
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Of course, the most obvious specimen is the massive difference in exposure of Donald Trump. When the history books are written, if Trump wins and goes on to become the next Hitler, in eight or ten years, the mainstream media and its owners-- Disney, Comcast, Fox, Time Warner-- will be given major credit for bringing Trump to power. While they spend some time questioning his support of violence they give him massive exposure, giving, often ten times more time to Trump than opponents. They give airtime to surrogates, including longtime anchors like Chris Matthews and Andrea Mitchell, to promote their candidate and belittle the competition.
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Several decades ago, the equal time rules required that TV give equal time to all candidates. That was thrown out and things have moved very, very far from that balanced situation.
We ought to all be clear that the mainstream news media are not our friends, not the friends of Trump, who daily castigates them, nor Sanders, Clinton, Rubio, Cruz or Kasich. The MSM is doing what it can to max the revenues they can get selling ads.
It's really bad, so bad that something should be done about it. The problem is, if you are watching real-time news, there are no choices, outside of C-SPAN, which mostly shows hearings, which, with both houses of congress run by Republicans, are pretty bad too not that it's C-SPAN's fault.
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Somehow, we need to get independent media to have access to cable and digital and they must develop real-time reporting. I would envision this to be a primarily bottom up system, where people would upload coverage and commentary.

 

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Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect, connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. He's given talks and workshops to Fortune 500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful people on his Bottom Up Radio Show, and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and opinion sites, OpEdNews.com

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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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