Media Censorship And You

Someone on one of the forums I read daily posted a link to the Business & Media Institute (BMI) on an article about media bias, in particular towards global warming. I’ve never heard of this BMI so I read its “about” page:

Business & Media Institute

“Finally there is an organized effort to put an end to the embarrassing media bias against the free market – and we can thank the folks at BMI for it. From oil price reality checks to the underreported success of the most recent tax cuts, Business & Media Institute gets it done.”

– Vicki McKenna, host, “Upfront w/Vicki McKenna”
News/Talk 1310 WIBA, Madison, Wis.

Journalists are challenged every day to make sense of complicated business and economic issues. The Business & Media Institute (formerly the Free Market Project) aims to help the media do that essential job as well as possible and to monitor their performance.

According to a survey by the National Council on Economic Education, 79% of Americans get the majority of their economic information from television. The study determined that an astounding 61% of the general public could not answer questions about basic economic concepts. These results show that most Americans do not understand or appreciate our nation’s dynamic free enterprise system. Unfortunately, the single most powerful cultural force in America – the news and entertainment media – often don’t either. Even good journalists, who are bombarded with mountains of information daily, need a helping hand to have an informed understanding of our nation’s free enterprise system.

Before the Media Research Center (MRC) launched the Business & Media Institute (BMI) in 1992, there was no entity in America devoted solely to analyzing and exposing the anti-free enterprise culture of the media. With the BMI in operation, that void has been filled.

The mission of BMI is to audit the media’s coverage of the free enterprise system. It is our goal to bring balance to economic reporting and to promote fair portrayal of the business community in the media. Providing resources for journalists, such as connections to sources who can speak intelligently about the economy, is one way we pursue this end. BMI is the economics division of the Media Research Center, and it is the only organization in the world dedicated to the unique challenge of correcting misconceptions about free enterprise in the media.

The Business & Media Institute is a division of the Media Research Center, a nonprofit watchdog organization that strives to bring balance and responsibility to the media. Its other divisions include:

Cybercast News Service (CNSNews.com), an indispensable on-line source for news as it should be reported – accurate, balanced, and unfiltered.
TimesWatch, another Web venture of the MRC, follows The New York Times and exposes inaccuracies and glaring bias in news coverage.

Then I went back and clicked on the link and read the article.

Global Warming Censored
Networks Stifle Debate, Rely on Politicians, Rock Stars
and Men-on-the-Street for Science

So much for that job requirement of balance and objectivity. When it came to global warming the media clearly left out dissent in favor of hype, cute penguins and disastrous predictions.

To many in the news media, global warming and its reported cause were already established fact. It was clear by the way some journalists talked about warming that they had accepted Gore’s insistence that “the debate’s over.”

Not only did the networks censor skepticism from stories, but the cost of proposed solutions, small or large, was routinely omitted.

BMI found that 90 percent of the stories didn’t mention cost at all, even though the networks urged immediate action to stop the “climate crisis.”

“NBC Nightly News” ignored cost in a Dec. 18, 2007 report about the recent energy bill passed by Congress.

“What America drives could change dramatically under the energy bill,” said Anne Thompson before quoting David Hamilton of the left-wing environmentalist group Sierra Club.

It basically has confirmed what I’ve been saying all along that the so-called “free press” is no longer fair and balanced. And I noticed the bias years ago as more and more media outlets were being bought out by corporate interests. There was a time, way back when, that you could count on the media to give you the whole story, all sides of an issue. Not anymore. Now all you get is what the corporation wants you to get and nothing more. Personally, I also wonder about all these anchors and journalists who sit there spouting this bias. Do they feel any remorse over not reporting all the angles? I would at least hope so, otherwise they are no better than the control freaks who control the information we get. And then they have the nerve to condemn countries like China for their censorships? Hypocrites!

It’s pretty much the same thing with just about everything being reported these days. The whole smoking issue is a prime example also. Bans have been passed and are still being pushed using the worst of junk science to do so.

Wikipedia is also practicing censorship. It’s been noticed by people who have tried to correct information in Wikipedia on the smoking issues. Even WITH citations they are UNABLE to do so because the correction contradicts the tobacco control view and objective. And I’ve seen notations on Wikipedia that it is missing citations, etc, so it’s not like this is an issue of not having the proper citation. I’ve often had my doubts about the information in Wikipedia since just about anyone can make changes to it. This just reinforces my belief that ONLY changes the site owners like will be allowed. See here for more on that.

The tobacco control movement has paved the way, and provided the template (just look at the wordings, figures, etc and you’ll see the similarities quite clearly), for every other “special interest” group out there to use.

Just look at how the “war on obesity” is picking up; as is a war on alcohol, vaccines being pushed more and more. Of course all these things are for your own good, for the good of the planet, for your own safety and health, and above all “For The Children”. Talk about emotional blackmail and extortion. I don’t know about you, but that tactic didn’t work when my own child tried using it on me, no way will it work now just because a bunch of control freaks don’t like that I can think for myself.

If you really look at all these things you can see the underlying purpose: to reign in the people, to control everything they do, including what we eat…..which will eventually lead to everything we say (political correctness is nothing more than censorship with the sharp edges softened to make it palitable).

Look at this current campaign season. The media focused on McCain, Romney, Huckabee, Clinton and Obama. You rarely saw anything, IF you saw anything at all, about Ron Paul, Mike Gravel, Dennis Kucinich. Why? Perhaps because the last three are more about preserving the foundation of this country and getting back to its constitutional rule of law and individual liberty than the others? I for one am NOT voting for any of the nominees. I plan on writing in a name to show my utter contempt for the choices that the “elites” have decided we can choose from.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched the news and heard the anchor add in their own personal (feeling) adjective on what they just read, without claiming it was their personal opinion.

How very few can see this is mind boggling, especially in the United States.

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~ by swfreedomlover on March 8, 2008.

One Response to “Media Censorship And You”

  1. This is an awesome post! Great job! No shit there is censorship! Can’t wait till they go after our books! I’m sure something there will offend some do-gooder!

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