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November 12, 2009

Editor’s note:
This chapter discusses how mainstream media has fallen from grace in the eyes of the American People in a single election cycle. We watched them deify an African American candidate with no experience, destroy a woman with a lifetime of public service and twist the truth to their own hyper-partisan ends. We wrote thousands of letters to them protesting this injustice but they fell on deaf ears. We saw them disparage citizens who disagreed with them as ignorant, racist, mobster. They were unable to disguise their contempt and elitism. Not surprisingly they are losing their audience but their delusion is such that they pretend not to notice. Meanwhile, their marketplace has been reduced to a few players due to technological change, media consolidation and entry barriers. Soros exploited all this brilliantly through direct investment in parent companies, funding left wing media watchdog organizations and providing perks to talking heads.


An acquaintance of mine is the former publisher of a periodical which was widely regarded as the best small town newspaper in America; his father was president of the Newspaper Publishers Association; and a colleague of Washington Post publisher Ben Bradley. He is a Republican so he was not emotionally invested in the outcome of the Democratic Primary, the way others were. Nevertheless he saw the same thing the rest of us did, namely a concerted effort by mainstream media to hijack a presidential election. That was unprecedented. Later studies by the Pew Institute confirmed what all of us saw, namely that mainstream media coverage was grossly unbalanced in favor of Obama. Moreover, Professor Jamieson of the Annenberg School of Journalism among others confirmed the obvious namely that sexist attacks were launched by mainstream media against Hillary and later Sarah. Mainstream media became a Ministry of Propaganda.

Specifically, mainstream media (with the sole exception of FOX) promoted Obama to the American People as a demigod in waiting, categorically refused to vet him (who can forget the anguished look on Anderson Cooper’s face when CNN was forced to cover the Reverend Wright goddamn America arias), and echoed the message of the Obama campaign in South Carolina that it was racism to criticize him. At the same time, they tried to destroy Hillary Clinton both as a candidate and as a person because she stood in the way of their Messiah. They stamped a negative brand on her candidacy in the beginning, applied a double standard in air time and content of coverage and did their level best to terminate her campaign. From Matthews, to Maddow, to Dowd, to Shuster, to Olberman, to Rich, to Herbert, to Goodwin, to Huffington, to Milbank, to Cilezza, etc. the words of Orwell came to life: “a hideous ecstasy of fear and vindictiveness, a desire to kill, to torture, to smash faces in with a sledge hammer, seemed to flow through the whole group of people like an electric current, turning one even against one’s will into a grimacing, screaming lunatic”. The herd regained its ancient evil primacy.

The question I discussed with the newspaper publisher was not whether mainstream media had sold out. That answer to that question was beyond cavil. Rather, we focused on the more intriguing question of why mainstream media sold out. We concluded that it boiled down to three things:

First, there is the problem of corporate ownership. If you read Jack Welch’s book “Winning”, you get an informed sense of what has happened to mainstream media in the last twenty years. Welch was CEO of General Electric—a manufacturing conglomerate. He bought NBC which had a long and distinguished history in the news business dating back to General Sarnoff. Welch may be many things, but a traditionalist he is not. On the contrary, he was determined to impose the standards of a widget factory on a newsroom. Not surprisingly, there was a revolt in the newsroom and a battle ensued. One of the issues at stake was the integrity and independence of their news programming. Suffice it to say the good guys lost, and the new philosophy took hold. Shortly thereafter we had the Dateline episode where NBC rigged a GM truck to explode and claimed that it was unsafe. They were sued and they paid because GM had the goods on them.

The other broadcast networks were also bought up by conglomerates. CNN is owned by AOL Time Warner, ABC is owned by Disney, and CBS is owned by Westinghouse. Each of those parent companies has global economic interests to protect and to pursue. It is inevitable that those interests would seep into their news coverage of an election. At that point, the question is not which candidate is best for the country, but which one is best for the business interests of our parent company. This became obvious in the latter part of the campaign when the current CEO of General Electric who wants to pursue nuclear power killed a negative story on Obama by an NBC affiliate. I had lunch with a man awhile back who has significant economic interests which are global in scope, and no other reason in the world to say nice things about this particular Administration. Nevertheless he told me how great they were to work with. It was obvious that he had some kind of a deal with them, and if that was the true, then there can be little doubt that the conglomerates which own news organizations do as well.

Second, they sold out for the sake of power. For better or for worse, the two prior administrations held mainstream media at arm’s-length. What the media saw in Obama was likeability, the promise of access and influence, and the rare opportunity to be part of the governing coalition. Now that is heady stuff. They were tempted the same way Faust was tempted to sell out and they succumbed. In one sense, they got what they asked for. The White House sends them an average of 12 emails per day, watches their coverage like a hawk and lets them know whenever it is displeased. Access is granted or withheld accordingly. Thus, mainstream media went from being rebuffed by prior administrations to being micromanaged by this one. Many of journalists are lazy and do not mind. But those who are any good chafe at it. They know that a liberal democracy needs honest journalists—not propagandists. FOX is the only network that has not been neutered. Sometimes they are excessive. But at least they have the guts to stand up to power. That is why the Administration is determined to defrock them.

Third, they sold out for personal reasons. Many journalists are insecure people. That is understandable and forgivable up to a point. After all, in their world, the first priority is to satisfy their editor, the second priority is to please their peers, the third priority is to titillate their audience, and the last priority is to tell the truth– and by that I mean the whole truth. Are they all that way? No. Thank God, there are a few like Charles Krauthammer who have not sold out. They practice journalism the old fashioned way—with brains, skepticism and hard work. But that is not what you see at NBC, MSNBC, CNN, NYT, Politico, Time, Newsweek and AP. Those organizations practice a new-fangled journalism where facts are slippery, practices are shoddy, and the herd mentality prevails. The polls reveal the truth which is that they are losing their audience. Peter Kahn of the Wall Street Journal warned us this would happen in his 1992 message to readers. When you see a cover of Time Magazine which says this about Obama: “Yes he can, but hasn’t yet”, you wonder why they choose to perpetuate the myth. In a courtroom it would draw an objection: assumes facts not in evidence.

What does all this have to do with Soros? The answer is simple. The recent concentration of media power in few hands gives Soros undue influence over the public mind which he would not otherwise have. He owns a major interest in AOL Time-Warner which perpetuates the themes of the campaign like the one cited above. It continues to promote Obama and attack Hillary. In addition, Soros owns an interest in 257 newspapers in 113 countries. (See: Soros Media Empire)

And of course some of the scions of mainstream media like Tom Brokaw and Bill Moyers sit on the boards of Soros organizations but neglect to mention it.

In sum, I shall not scruple to say that mainstream media has committed a breach of trust. The impact upon the public mind is subtle but apparent. As we look back on the primary, it becomes obvious that whether you like her or not Hillary Clinton offered solutions to our nation’s problems, whereas Obama had no real solutions- but oh so much hope. Many well meaning people responded to that emotion, and felt a sense of personal triumph when he took the Oath of Office. They never investigated his background, never studied what he did in Illinois, and never dreamed that there was an uber-capitalist behind him pulling his strings. Mainstream media suppressed much of that information, and encouraged those people to settle for bread and circuses. Today those people defend him because they love him. He is their sun, their moon, their east, their west and nothing else matters–least of all reality. Others, who believed in him, and trusted him to keep his campaign promises, look at him now and wonder what became of the man they voted for. And then there are those who did not vote for him—the ones Politico’s Chuck Todd would call “racists” solely for that reason. Many of those people—black and white alike have been bludgeoned into silence by the race card. Mainstream media is no longer protector of the community. On the contrary, they exploit the fault lines for profit. And now they have created a new McCarthy Era where people are afraid to speak the truth and contribute to the marketplace of ideas. That serves the interests of no one more than Soros.







Author: Bill Boe 11/03/2009


First they called us racists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a racist;

Then they called us a mob, and I did not speak out—because I was not a mobster;

Then they threatened a news network, and I did not speak out—because I was not a journalist;

Then they destroyed our country, and I did not speak out—because I wanted to believe their lies;

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak out for me. . . . .

One Comment
  1. November 12, 2009 9:26 pm

    Another brilliant addition to the archives of this diarist’s account chronicling what has gone wrong with America in just the last 18 months.

    The initial edition of the fantasy movie entitled The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe have nothing on this fantastic account of American history, bereft of anything remotely we once knew it!

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