So Who Really Pays Television Pundits?

It is the job of the Fourth Estate to act as a check and a restraint on the others, to illumine the dark corners of Ministries, to debunk the bureaucrat, to throw often unwelcome light on the measures and motives of our rulers. ‘News’, as Hearst once remarked, ‘is something which somebody wants suppressed: all the rest is advertising’. That job is an essential one and it is bound to be unpopular; indeed, in a democracy, it may be argued that the more unpopular the newspapers are with the politicians the better they are performing their most vital task.

- Brian R. Roberts from a October 29, 1955 article in the London periodical “Time & Tide”

I’ve used the above quote before, and it is one that many others have paraphrased in various ways over the past century. The key point is that news is supposed to be delivered by people who do not have direct financial conflicts of interests that will cause their news or opinions to be biased based on receiving a fat paycheck from an outside entity. If such conflicts exist, they should at the very least be disclosed. It’s hilarious that so many pundits call Glenn Greenwald an “activist” and not a “journalist,” when it is clear he is delivering information based on a genuine passion for civil liberties. Many of these same people that accuse Glenn of “activism” are paid shills for public relations (PR) firms that represent large corporate clients and special interests. Even worse, it is almost never admitted on air. I’d much rather a person report the news biased with a genuine passion for a cause than based on a bias that revolves around his or her bank account size.

I’ve been waiting for someone to put together a more comprehensive article on this topic, because while many people recognize that television news is nothing more than tabloid garbage or statist/corporate propaganda, most people don’t understand the inner workings of it all. One of the primary reasons television news is so bad is because the so-called “experts” or pundits are actually quite often highly paid spokespeople for special interests, something which is disgracefully almost never disclosed by the anchors.

Earlier this month, the organization FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting) put out an excellent article that called out some of the more egregious examples of the above practice. They leverage the excellent article, which I highlighted in June, by Lee Fang in the Nation in which he calls out NSA defender and television pundit Mike Murphy. Mr. Murphy was merely identified as a “Republican Strategist” on Meet the Press, when in reality the lobbying firm he founded, Navigators Global, represents large private contractors that work with the NSA.

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However, the most ridiculous example of television news fraud outlined by FAIR relates to Michael Steele and Lanny Davis. FAIR writes:

And then there are the times when the ideological lines get a little blurry, if they weren’t blurry enough already. Former RNC chair Michael Steele and Fox News liberal Lanny Davis are cable news fixtures—and business partners. Steele’s tenure at the RNC was marked by gaffes and scandal (Washington Post,4/7/10), while Davis’ history has included working on behalf of the dictators of Equatorial Guinea and Ivory Coast (Salon, 12/21/10).

In June 2012, they founded the bipartisan-themed Purple Nation Solutions, a communications firm that specializes in “solutions through legal means, political lobbying and media management” for “CEOs, Fortune 500 companies, political leaders, lobbyists and individuals facing a crisis.”

You have to check out the website for Purple Nations Solution. Don’t just read the description, also check out the logo on the top left. It has the Republican elephant and the Democrat donkey happily together. That’s exactly how things really work in the District of Criminals, as Bill Moyers excellently demonstrated here.

So they take different positions while on air, while serving the same corporate masters off the air. TV news in America would make Joseph Goebbels blush.

I strongly suggest reading the entire FAIR article, it is excellent.

In Liberty,
Mike

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  1. 10 September 2013
    A Closer Look At the Gold Daily Chart – This Town

    “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”

    Abraham Lincoln

    Life can be disappointing at times. And I think quite a few people have come to the conclusion that among those disappointment’s is President Obama, the reformer, and the Congress.

    I am about half way through This Town by Mark Leibovich. I do not know that I would recommend it for everyone, but I am enjoying it because quite a long time ago I swam in those waters, and had friends in the political business with whom I kept in touch. I know the types, and some of the players, so the gossipy elements of the book are enjoyable. I can easily see where they could become very tedious to someone who was not familiar or interested in that sort of thing.

    Other than the personal details of famous and nearly famous people and their idiosyncrasies and antics, the book is useful because it highlights the bipartisan dedication to personal advancement and greed that has possessed the heirs of the ‘Me Generation.’ Politics is always a dirty business, and it therefore always attracts vile creatures. But when their venality becomes not only accepted but the fashion, then their hypocrisy and toleration of soft bribery knows no bounds.

    The book shows how bad things can get when virtue is no longer held in high esteem, and the shame of dishonour, dishonesty, and deceit no longer carries any social sanctions or financial repercussions. It is the story of moral hazard written in capital letters. And we are not done with it yet.

    http://jessescrossroadscafe.blogspot.com/2013/09/a-closer-look-at-gold-daily-chart.html

  2. MSM people think they are personally insulated from the consequences of lying and manipulating news that affect the masses.

    People are waking up to their complicity, MSM better wake up to the reality of living in the same world of the very masses that they are knowingly misleading, as the middle class is systematically harvested and strip mined.

    As more of the corralled sheeple realize their in for the slaughter, the MSM complicit shill faces and names are becoming well known.

  3. And people are waking up, MSM take notice:

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    Finally naming names:

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