Real journalists who aren't yet corrupted by the lure of wealth try to uncover the truth. But those who climb the ladder of fame and high salaries of the corporate media learn quickly that their jobs are to cover up the truth, and our nation suffers grievously for it.
THE CORPORATE MEDIA
Can we talk?
BuzzFlash started in May of 2000 because of disgust with two things: 1)
the lack of a backbone in the D.C. Democratic poobah leadership, and 2)
the stenographic regurgitation of Republican talking points by the
corporate mainstream media.
With a decade of rabble-rousing dust
behind BuzzFlash, little has changed. The Democrats in D.C. still act
like they lost the war with the GOP and are suing for peace, and the
corporate mainstream media still believes its role is to protect the
status quo. Billions of dollars are spent, through advertising to
promote mostly unneeded consumer products, to force feed the masses a
prism on the world that represents the financial and governing interests
of the ruling global corporations who own Big Media.
corporate media reaction to the young reporter who dethroned Obama's
losing commander in Afghanistan, General McChrystal. All the Rolling
Stone journalist -- and a real one at that -- did was report the truth.
Now, that right there is the breaking of a cardinal corporate rule
among the anchors, mega-corporation print reporters, and expensively
coiffed and paid "reporters" on cable and network "news." The kid
wasn't a "real journalist" to them; he was a rookie who thought that he
was actually supposed to uncover the truth, instead of covering it up to
protect the interests of the elite status quo, of which the decision
makers and "branded" reporters are members.
One major news network
star reporter accused the Rolling Stone journalist of being
unpatriotic. Hmmm, a general and his staff mock and deride the
Commander in Chief, a violation of the military code of conduct and a
direct threat to the balance of powers in the United States, and these
air-head, lavishly paid media lackeys consider it unpatriotic to reveal
Of course, the other side of the corporate transcriber
argument is that they can't afford to "burn their sources" by reporting
the truth, otherwise they would lose inside access to "reporting" the
propaganda B.S. that they are fed by these same sources, and this could
threaten their "journalistic" careers. Huh? Why don't they just shovel
horse manure on a farm somewhere, because it amounts to the same job,
and if they do it well, they might get promoted to doing it in an
It's the outlook of the corporate mainstream
media, which is really a few PR firms working on behalf of global
corporate governance, that has helped make Afghanistan America's longest
and prima facie unwinable war. In fact, most corporate media now
pretty much ignore Iraq and Afghanistan, as if benign neglect is the
best thing for the increasing death toll of GIs, civilians, opium
addicts, rampant corruption, hundreds of billions of dollars spent, and a
government story line shot full of holes.
Real journalists who
aren't yet corrupted by the lure of wealth try to uncover the truth. But
those who climb the ladder of fame and high salaries of the corporate
media learn quickly that their jobs are to cover up the truth, and our
nation suffers grievously for it.
Members of the corporate
mainstream media, you truly deserve to be named the BuzzFlash Media
Putzes of the week.
Mark Karlin is founder, editor and publisher of BuzzFlash.com, a website providing headlines, news and commentary to over five million people a month. He is a gun control activist with a focus on Illinois.