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What do you think about the relation btw media and politics?
It seems that all the medias are controlled by politicians and really help politicians to achieve their goals.They never tell us what's exacylt going on in Iraq.So do you still trut their news and accept the picture of world that they show you?
 

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Although i highly doubt politicians control media members... i think you cant accept the medias view of the world because of 2 reasons. You must sell the news, you must get people to watch and people only want to watch what captivates them which leads the news to only look for sensationalism and such. Another reason is that your trying to fit the news fo 6 billion people into an hour long news program... just isnt gonna work very well.

But of course, what alternative do we have :-/
 

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Not al of media members for sure but people who are the head of them.
I don't know what we could do about it.We can't trust media comp. but well we can't travel all over the world and see what's happening there!
Right now forexample people are worried about some religions.After sep. 11th,most of people are afraid of muslems more and muslems are afraid of Jewish people who live in Israel.everyone is afraid of sth.it seems that politiciens try to frighten us from an imaginary enemies.Myaybe they're trying to prevent people's unity around the world!
 

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Lisa! said:
What do you think about the relation btw media and politics?
It seems that all the medias are controlled by politicians and really help politicians to achieve their goals.They never tell us what's exacylt going on in Iraq.So do you still trut their news and accept the picture of world that they show you?
Its a symbiotic relationship: the media manipulates public opinion and politicians manipulate the media.
 

Art

Here is an interesting article on media manipulation,
http://www.americanprogress.org/site/pp.asp?c=biJRJ8OVF&b=122948 [Broken]
 
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Art said:
Here is an interesting article on media manipulation,
http://www.americanprogress.org/site/pp.asp?c=biJRJ8OVF&b=122948 [Broken]
haha i was just waiting for you to pull some partisan BS in a thread like this :rofl: :rofl:
 
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haha i was just waiting for you to pull some partisan BS in a thread like this :rofl: :rofl:
???? Is there some statement of fact contained in the article I referenced that you wish to challenge?? If so please feel free to do so. It would be extremely difficult to discuss the media without mentioning Rupert Murdoch. Here's a list of some of his media companies

Filmed Entertainment - News Corporation
20th Century Fox
20th Century Fox Espanol
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
20th Century Fox International
20th Century Fox Television
Blue Sky Studios
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Fox Studios Australia
Fox Studios LA
Fox Studios Baja
Fox Television Studios

Television - News Corporation
Fox Broadcasting Company
Fox Sports Australia
Fox Television Stations
FOXTEL
STAR

Cable Television - News Corporation
Fox Movie Channel
Fox News Channel
Fox Sports Digital
Fox Sports Enterprises
Fox Sports Espanol
Fox Sports Net
Fox Sports World
FUEL
FX
National Geographic Channel
SPEED Channel
Stats, Inc

Direct Broadcast & Satellite Television - News Corporation
BskyB
DIRECTV
FOXTEL
Sky Italia

Magazines - News Corporation
Inside Out
Donna Hay
News America Marketing
Smart Source
The Weekly Standard
Gemstar

Newspapers - News Corporation
Australasian region Newspapers:
Daily Telegraph
Fiji Times
Gold Coast Bulletin
Herald Sun
Newsphotos
Newspix
Newstext
NT News
Post Courier
Sunday Herald Sun
Sunday Mail
Sunday Tasmanian
Sunday Territorian
Sunday Times
The Advertiser
The Australian
The Courier Mail
The Mercury
The Sunday Mail
The Sunday Telegraph
Weekly Times
United Kingdom region Newspapers:
News International
News of the World
The Sun
The Sunday Times
The Times
Times Education Supplement
Times Higher Education Supplement
Times Literary Supplement
TSL Education
United States region Newspapers:
New York Post

Books - News Corporation
Harper Collins Publishers
- Australia
- Canada
- Childrens Books
- United States
- United Kingdom
Regan Books
Zondervan

Other Investments - News Corporation
Festival Records
Mushroom Records
National Rugby League - Australia
News Interactive
News Outdoor
Nursery World
 
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Pengwuino said:
haha i was just waiting for you to pull some partisan BS in a thread like this :rofl: :rofl:
No partisan BS reply to Art's post yet? :rofl:
 
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Although i highly doubt politicians control media members...
Hadn't you heard of those three columnists/commentators that were on the Bush administration's payroll with the purpose of promoting their policies?
 
Lisa! said:
They never tell us what's exacylt going on in Iraq.
You might want to rotate the rabbit ears to improve your reception, because there's tons of news about Iraq. All the car bombings (which are routine now so may not be reported as a top story) insurgency attacks, helicopter crashes, prisoner abuse, elections, oil vandalism, etc. are constantly reported, in fact the media is why I know about all those things.

American media I believe is biased, but not necessarily just by politicians, but more so I believe by the networks/editors or people in charge of their medium. If politicians get to manipulate what's on the air/in print then (whether actually the case or not) that would be HIGHLY UNCONSTITUTIONAL. I'm not denying this is happening, but I wonder what led you to this view.
 

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...insurgency attacks...
You’ve been indoctrinated into the media leftist bias by using the phrase “insurgency attacks” rather than the proper phrase “terrorists attacks”.
 
What's the difference?
 

GENIERE

The leftist media is fully aware that the repetitive headlining of terrorist murders has a numbing effect on their audience; one hundred thousand murders become no worse than one. This allows for the leftist propaganda to emphasize the slightest infraction of their political enemy. The slaughter is forgotten while pissing on a book is considered the worst atrocity ever.
 

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What's the difference?
Moreso indoctrinated than I thought.
 

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Its a symbiotic relationship: the media manipulates public opinion and politicians manipulate the media.
Unfortunately so.

What was the news media, now more like "infotainment" :yuck:, is the in business of grabbing the attention of the public, in order to get an 'audience' (market share) to influence rather than inform. Politicians are just one set of clients who are also seeking to influence the same audience.
 
Geniere:

I can call the attacks whatever I want to, it was my decision to use the words "insurgency attacks" and rightfully so, not the decision of leftists who have brainwashed me with propoganda.

Verifying that I'm "indoctrinated" will require an argument about semantics and definitions, based on the grounds of your claim (unless you know another way I'm indoctrinated besides the usage of only two words.) I would gladly have that discussion, let me start.

Insurgency means a rebellion. This is people who revolt against a government/authority by whatever means. For example to fight back against an invading army (and the subsequent government they set up) but not necessarily acheiving a revolution. The term isn't changed by the form of weapons used. The U.S.A. army will use M16s to gun down insurgents/terrorists while insurgents can use roadside bombs. Both are weapons, plain and simple. But the means bomb vs. gun isn't going to change this definion. Are these "terrorists" not rebelling? The definions are based on motive, not means.

Terrorists are those who's actions intended to instill fear. Terrorists cause terror, that is so simple; it is not a difficult word to understand. Now an insurgency can cause terror of course due to the methods they use. U.S. soldiers may very well be afraid of roadside bombs just like insurgents ought to be afraid of the machine guns and Apache gunships. But for these to be called "terrorist attacks" you will have to prove for each and every attack that the true motive of the attacker was to instill fear, not to fight back/revolt.

Check your dictionary, and tell me again if "insurgent attacks" were innappropriate or incorrect words to use.
 

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False Prophet said:
You might want to rotate the rabbit ears to improve your reception, because there's tons of news about Iraq. All the car bombings (which are routine now so may not be reported as a top story) insurgency attacks, helicopter crashes, prisoner abuse, elections, oil vandalism, etc. are constantly reported
The best way to hide one important truth is talking about other facts.I never said there no news about Iraq but I said I don'y know what's exactly going on in Iraq.
WE all know about attaks,helicopter crashes... but I don't know why they're all hapening.Bush told us,he wanted to give Iraq's people their freedom,so why Iraq people are doing theses and another important fact is that they wanted to find nuclear weapens!And now it seems that coz of tones of news about Iraq most of us forgot it.
Ok maybe Us still doesn't want leave Iraq and so it all should happen.anyway pleas tell me if you know "what's exactly going on in Iraq and why?"
 
As far as I know in terms of what is happening in Iraq I know from the media and internet. If there's something else that hasn't been reported and none of us has heard about well I'm sure it's possible but the nature of what that is could only be speculation. For example we could say there's not just roadside bombs and helicopter crashes but they're also hiding aliens. If we go outside the information we have then we can really only guess.
 
I will admit we don't know everything because the government does hide stuff. It's their job and there is classified information so there must be something else I just can't imagine what it is not being a government official and neither can the media so it's really a tough question!
 

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For sure we couldn't and maybe shouldn't know everything.Maybe we can't do anything about Iraq.we knew Us wanted to start a war against but we we're not able to stop it.so it seems that having information couldn't be useful sometimes and it's not our businss to interfere to politiciens job."alittle information could be dangerous!"
I'm just trying to say we shouldn't trust media allthe time.Sometimes we can find out lots of important facts just by thinking alittle.somehow it couldn't be bad that sometimes we get information from people who live somewhere like Iraq(I met one but of course didn't talk to him)through internet and get their information about what's going there.you know I myself before meeting that person,thought righ now there's peace in no place in Iraq!
 
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Just because it's bugging me:

media
n.
A means of mass communication

This forum, is media. The bulletin board at my high school, is media.
What a lot of people should be using is 'popular' or 'mass' media.
 

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Check your dictionary, and tell me again if "insurgent attacks" were innappropriate or incorrect words to use.
Admitting I cannot find “innappropriate” in my dictionary, I can otherwise enlighten you.

Insurgents adhere to local rules laws of war in achieving their goals with individual groups or individuals sometimes committing acts of terrorism possibly condemned, condoned, or denied by the leadership. Insurgencies have the goal of regime change, enjoy support of a large percent of the population and if victorious form governments some good, some bad, and some great as in the United States of America.

Terrorist activities violate local and international concepts of civil and military law and indiscriminately murder friend and foe alike. Lacking an ideology that can generate a public movement to achieve political objectives, the terrorist organization seeks only to demonstrate the ineffectiveness of the existing government.

Abu Musab Zarqawi and his followers are terrorists; insurgent is not descriptive of him and insurgency is not descriptive of his organization’s activities.

You and your ilk, the liberal media, the elite apologist, individually and in concert, are unequivocally incorrect.

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Art said:
Here is an interesting article on media manipulation,
http://www.americanprogress.org/site/pp.asp?c=biJRJ8OVF&b=122948 [Broken]
From the article:
Who is Rupert Murdoch?
Related question - who is americanprogress.org? Also from the site:
The Center for American Progress is a nonpartisan...

... developing a long term vision of a progressive America...
...responding effectively and rapidly to conservative proposals and rhetoric with a thoughtful critique and clear alternatives...
So... its a nonpartisan political action group dedicated to supporting "progressive" (liberal) ideas and countering conservative ones? Is that the funniest thing anyone else has read today? :rofl: :rofl:

Wow, Art, 2 in one day. Thanks again.
 
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Geniere:

I can call the attacks whatever I want to, it was my decision to use the words "insurgency attacks" and rightfully so, not the decision of leftists who have brainwashed me with propoganda.
We've discussed this before: the use of the word "insurgents" where most of the time the word "terrorists" is more appropriate is a quinticential example of the liberal media's attempt to characterize the enemy in Iraq (and not just Iraq...) as being a legitimate one (ie, not just a pack of criminals) in order to help shape public opinion against the war.

Heck, if you don't buy it for Iraq, HERE is a much more black-and-white example from Friday's USA Today:
from the article said:
...rebels...insurgents...Taliban...al-Qaeda
Excuse me? Now we're characterizing the Taliban and al-Qaeda as "insurgents" and "rebels" !?!?? My God, al-Qaeda is the quinticential terrorist organization and the Taliban was the quinticential terrorist government!!

Disgusting, the lengths the liberal media is going to to manipulate public opinion on this issue.
 
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russ_watters said:
From the article: Related question - who is americanprogress.org? Also from the site: So... its a nonpartisan political action group dedicated to supporting "progressive" (liberal) ideas and countering conservative ones? Is that the funniest thing anyone else has read today? :rofl: :rofl:

Wow, Art, 2 in one day. Thanks again.
Russ if there is some FACT quoted within that article relating to Rupert Murdoch that you would like to challenge please feel free to do so and I'll have the debate on the ISSUES. In case you are unaware R. Murdoch is an Australian not an American and besides concerns about a non-American having a very unhealthy influence on American affairs one of the central criticicisms raised against him in the article I referenced is that he is ripping off the American public to the tune of $100s millions in unpaid taxes. IF I was anti-American as you so often intimate I'd be delighted to see him take you for a ride rather than try to raise awareness of it.
However I suspect you have no interest in serious debate as you have already said in a previous post you see the political forum as a little light entertainment which no doubt it is for a person of your superior intellectual mind :rofl: If you only wish to speak on issues in childish sweeping generalities then I for one won't waste my time on you.
 
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