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  •  Journalists try to make money, not serve power. (9+ / 0-)

    If serving power makes them money, they do it.

    If writing muck-raking exposés made them more money, they would do it.

    In either case, it is infotainment.

    Given America's current media-oligopoly, in which all 6 CEO's of the companies which control 80% of all US news media (TV, radio, print, movies) lean towards the GOP, then yes, most mainstream journalists do not challenge the powers that sign their contracts and pay their salaries.

    •  They control more than 80% (2+ / 0-)
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      YucatanMan, DeminNewJ

      if I'm not mistaken, they control ONE HUNDRED percent of all that we see/hear in the "mainstream".

      But other than that, you're spot-on...

      most mainstream journalists do not challenge the powers that sign their contracts and pay their salaries.
      Because it has been legal to fire them for disobeying those powers since the early part of the new century.

      If those powers tell them to fluff a story and ignore inconvenient facts, that is exactly what they do if they want to be paid. Period.

      "The “Left” is NOT divided on the need to oppose austerity and the Great Betrayal. The Third Way is not left or center or even right. It is Wall Street on the Potomac."--Bill Black

      by lunachickie on Sun Apr 28, 2013 at 08:43:34 AM PDT

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