As many problems as I have with the health care bill that just passed, President Obama did make a good point on the media and how they're treating the polls and what Americans think about the bill. Once the policies go into place we're going to get a fair hearing on public opinion on what the bill does rather than one driven by the massive amount of disinformation which has been fueled primarily but not exclusively by ClusterFox along with a lot of the rest of our corporate media.
It's really pathetic that so much of the public still doesn't have any idea what is in the bill since the media is not doing their job with informing them about it. It's a corporate friendly bill that keeps our system in tact but there are good things in it. If you listen to a good deal of our corporate media and the right wing hate machine it's an evil Socialist takeover of our health care system, which I would welcome frankly, and as Obama noted, if you listened to Republican lawmakers the world was going to end the day it was enacted.
If President Obama actually cares about how terrible our media is right now, he'd have the FCC crack down on Fox for hate speech and they'd break up the media monopolies in the United States that Bill Clinton helped to create when he passed the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Until I hear him talking about fixing the mess that is the corporate propoganda machine out there that passes itself off for an unbiased media or journalism in our country, he can talk to the hand when complaining about "journalists" even if his point was valid here on how the media is interpreting the polls on the health care bill. There's a larger problem behind those polls and that is media ownership. When I hear him address that or see his administration take some action with breaking up these media companies, I'll have some hope for democracy being restored in the United States.
We do not have a media which informs the public when five or six companies control the vast majority of that music, movies, radio stations, newspapers and television stations the majority of the country listens to, reads to or watches. Obama can bitch all he wants about our media not covering him fairly but until these companies are broken up, nothing is going to change.
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