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Old 04-09-2010, 13:56   #61
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Is someone telling Blair what to say?
Chomsky wrote a good article about journalists and how they don't get told what to say as such - they just know how to (and do) tow the line because they know that by NOT doing so they would be out of a job. The same applies to people like Blair. He knows what he has to do to keep his position of power - and he does it.

Also, this...

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To listen to, and believe, mainstream journalists like Marr - who is undoubtedly an honest and sincere individual - is to be stifled and bemused by a necessarily superficial, misleading and confusing version of the world that cannot make sense because it cannot address the real issues. Marr is not a liar and he is not a crude propagandist; he is the unwitting product of a system that selects for the ability to talk intelligently and convincingly about anything and everything, so long as it is not genuinely costly to power. The crucial factor is that individuals are able to do this sincerely and with the firm conviction that what they are saying is the uncompromised, freely-expressed truth. This, in the end, is the real genius of the modern system of thought control-it is very subtle, invisible, and its greatest victims are often not the deceived but the deceivers themselves.
http://www.medialens.org/articles/th...r_chomsky.html

Nice article where Chomsky basically completely owns Andrew Marr.
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Old 04-09-2010, 13:59   #62
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This too...

http://www.chomsky.info/onchomsky/198901--.htm

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The first filter that influences media content is that ownership of the media is highly concentrated among a few dozen of the largest for-profit corporations in the world. Many of these corporations have extensive holdings in other industries and nations. Objectively, their needs for profit severely influence the news operations and overall content of the media. Subjectively, there is a clear conflict of interest when the media system upon which self-government rests is controlled by a handful of corporations and operated in their self-interest.

The second filter is that of advertising, which has colonized the U.S. mass media and is responsible for most of the media's income. Herman and Chomsky review much of the evidence concerning the numbing impact of commercialism upon media content.

The third filter is that of sourcing, where "the mass media are drawn into a symbiotic relationship with powerful sources of information by economic necessity and reciprocity of interest" (p. 14). The media rely heavily upon news provided them by corporate and government sources, which have themselves developed enormous bureaucracies to provide this material to the media. They have developed great expertise at "managing" the media. In effect, these bureaucracies subsidize the media and the media must be careful not to antagonize such an important supplier. Furthermore, these corporate and government sources are instantly credible by accepted journalistic practices. Anti-elite sources, on the other hand, are regarded with utmost suspicion and have tremendous difficulty passing successfully through this filter.
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Old 04-09-2010, 13:59   #63
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I had the pleasure of talking to a couple of guys on different occasions that work in GCHQ and was talking to them about geopolitics. They were pretty naive and completely disagreed that Iraq was about oil. Unquestionably believing what they were told.
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