Our good friends at the Pew Center for Journalism and Media (Numbers, facts and trends shaping your world, they claim) paint a distressing picture of corporate media. Distressing, at least, if you work in corporate media. Actually, Messrs. Pew Center, it’s not our world you are shaping. Rather it is the reality you are trying to shape. And your reality came crashing down around the same time the internet became commercially widespread and allowed billions of people to fact-check your claims in a matter of seconds.
According to Pew, corporate newspaper circulation saw single-digit crops in circulation continue throughout 2015 while advertising revenue plummeted. One-quarter of ad revenue now comes from “digital advertising” (i.e. those pop-up ads to take over your cell phone for 30 seconds, or the forced video ads that slow down websites like CBC, CNN, the Washington Post, etc until they are absolutely useless crap). And those revenues are down a modest two per cent. Over the past two decades, over 20,000 jobs have disappeared in the newspaper industry.
Pew’s numbers do not differentiate between paid circulation (i.e. people actually paying for a newspaper) and newspapers being distributed for free in larger metropolitan areas (mainly universities and public transport stations).
Paywalls – once the great saviour of corporate media – are crumbling down. It’s one thing for us to know we are being lied to and being had. It’s quite another thing altogether to actually pay for that privilege.
People recall how corporate media (all media, not just print) lied about the babies and incubators hoax babies and incubators hoax which got us into the Gulf War of 1990. We certainly remember weapons of mass destruction and Saddam’s nukular bombs. In a 2006 New York Times / CBS News poll conducted by Angus-Reid that has since been scrubbed from the internet, a whopping 16 per cent of Americans believed the “official story” of 9/11. Fifty-three per cent said government was “hiding something” while 28 per cent said “mostly lying.”
Up until the past two decades, suggestions that the murder of John F. Kennedy was anything other than what was reported were dismissed, ridiculed and even condemned. Even after the public release of the Zapruder film proved Dan Rather to be a liar. Now, only a fool believes the “magic bullet” theory.
The stuff that doesn’t make sense, the contradictions, the propaganda and outright lies have caught up to Corporate Media and they don’t have a clue what to do about it. Nobody owns newspapers to make money. Corporations and billionaires own newspapers to try and shape public opinion to suit their own needs (see Jeff Bezos, Sheldon Adelson and Warren Buffet). Don’t forget George Soros hiding in the background. Watching politicians and their corporate media allies squirm when questioned about how the “Earth can be warming” (as if that is a bad thing) even after record cold winter weather is like watching a Sunday school teacher try to explain away how the Earth is 5,000 years old when children know dinosaurs lived at least 150-million years ago.
To this day, even with the overwhelming evidence to the contrary, Big Media continues to push the global warming hoax. It shamelessly covers up israeli war crimes in the middle east and around the world. And those israeli crimes it can’t cover up, it justifies and enables. The corporate media has spent the past year-and-a-half ridiculing and dismissing Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy. First in the Republican primaries, and now as the Republican candidate. Corporate Media assured it’s readers Trump’s campaign was a joke and a distraction. He was never supposed to get as far as he has now.
At the same time, big media has been the protector of Hillary Clinton.
Corporate Media tried to stamp out any suggestion that there was criminality with regards to Mrs. Clinton’s private e-mail server. They continue to run interference as the next logical question emerges: Was Hillary using the Clinton Foundation as a pay-for-play front for the State Department? And even worse, was her inexcusably lax security on her home servers the means for conducting an espionage operation?
Corporate Media’s inexcusable conduct continues to this day regarding any suggestion that Mrs. Clinton might be ill. Even as she was carried limp by secret service agents into her van, Corporate Media assured their readers and viewers everything was just fine. Not unlike their Soviet Bremya or Pravda counterparts from three decades ago.
As long as readers’ and viewers’ legitimate questions about the world around us continues to be dismissed as “conspiracy theories” Corporate Media will continue circling down the toilet until the inevitable. As long as Corporate Media continues to respond to our questions and our challenges with insults, nothing will change.
On the other hand, if Corporate Media were to apologize, own up to or at the very least express regret for for its past conduct and start telling us the truth and asking real questions on our behalf, we would gladly pay for those paywalls, newspapers would sell so many papers there would be a shortage of trees, and advertising rate cards on the evening network newscasts would be competitive with the Super Bowl. There would be a waiting list for would-be advertisers on those newspaper websites. Assuming their technical garbage was corrected, of course.
Unfortunately, big media shows no signs of apologizing for the millions of people it has gotten killed since The Gulf of Tonkin, Babies and Incubators and Saddam’s Nukular Bombs. It is not about to expose the global warming hoax any time soon. Hillary could have a state funeral in the District of Criminals and Corporate Media would still tell us she’s just fine. The BBC has so far refused to tell us how they knew World Trade Center Building Seven had collapsed, half-an-hour before it did indeed collapse, while the building stood erect and intact live outside the window of Jane Standley’s make-shift studio.
On September 10, 2001, Donald Rumsfeld announced the Pentagon had, ahem, misplaced over $2-trillion dollars. Corporate Media never said another word (save for their pet “fact-checking” sites like Snopes. Media Matters and other George Soros fronts debunking the whole thing).
Why did all those “mass-shootings” take place in “gun-free zones?” Was Sandy Hook a real, operating school? Why do all those same people show up at different events (i.e. Mason Wells)? Is there something to the “crisis actors?” Where is the surveillance video from The Pulse? Why did NORAD stand down on 9/11? Why was Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab walked around security at Schiphol Airport (one of the most secure in the world)? What happened to Libya’s 99-tons of gold after its glorious “liberation?” Why was John McCain in Syria and why did he meet with Abu-Bakr al-Baghdadi? And is Mr. al-Baghdadi really Simon Eliot? And how has al-Baghdadi managed to come back to life so many times? What is Rita Katz’s role in the “beheading movies” she “discovers” on “Muslim websites?” What role does the federal reserve play in propping up the stock market every afternoon? Where does that “money” come from? Where is the gold? How much does israel (including its government, its agents and its citizens worldwide) influence our public institutions including our government, universities and, yes, media?
These are a few very basic questions real people have. An until Corporate Media starts addressing those questions on our behalf, rather than belittling, insulting and marginalizing us, its decline and irrelevance will continue.
After all, Jeff, Sheldon, Warren and the rest of the billionaires only have so much money to go around. It’s got to run out some time. Even George Soros will not allow himself and his progeny to be impoverished to keep funding these public relations scams.
Now be careful, Corporate Media. Be very, very careful. Because we are at the point where more people than you feel comfortable admitting are starting to go all the way back to the 1930s and 1940s and ask questions about the various historical narratives back then, too.
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