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nothing like free speech

Posted by: Jason ( USA ) on August 18, 1999 at 00:27:37:

In Reply to: Government media posted by Nikhil Jaikumar on August 09, 1999 at 00:56:59:

: How many americans do you think know, just from reading the mass media, that the US was found guilty by teh World Court for illegally mining the harbors of a sovereign democracy during the '80s?

As a matter of fact, I do know about that. Probably not many OTHER people, but is this really an important news story? We aren't talking about a risk to lives here or anything.

: or that teh US senr a warship to Bangladesh to support the Pakistani military who was massacring 3 million people? Or that the US interfered with elections in Guyana, Chile, Italy, etcetara.

Of course, the story can be bent is so many ways it's not even funny. At least corporate media doesn't outright lie.

Ergo, corporate control over the media is not a good thing. More fundamentally, if businesses control the media, you can expect them to have a pro-business bias. If the people control teh media, you camn expect them to take the people's interest to heart.

A pro-business bias? And if the government controls the media, it will have a pro-government bisa. The people don't control the media under a Communist government, the government does! As far as I'm concerned, there's nothing like free speech.


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