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July 10, 2007


What would it take to get Andrea Mitchell called out publicly for this sort of favoritism ('cause it sure ain't journalism)?

You don't want to talk about it. Okay then."
Your Fourth Estate, hard at work.

Yup, the Fourth Estate and the Fourth Branch, good friends for a long while now.
Too bad the name "The Wives Club" is already taken.

It's clear, with approval ratings in the dumpster for a l-o-n-g time and with clear evidence of criminal behavior, that certain media outlets are consciously pulling their punches. It can't just be the fear of ratings or the producer's assessment of the attention span and intelligence of the audience, as I've always supposed. I mean, I think it's pretty clear that if a news channel like CNN or NBC were to actually do their jobs and report the corruption, the lying, and other things like the shredding of the constitution or needless deaths in Iraq (or the unspoken cost to the economy of the war--upwards of $10 Billion a month--and the wholesale shift to Chinese production of domestic goods), their ratings would go through the roof.

There's some kind of stark fear playing here. Nothing else makes sense.

What have Rove and the Gang got that hangs over the media's head so threateningly? 'Cause something is controlling these people.

Can it be just a business decision? Some kind of clear warning of lines not to cross or else? Or is it just a complete lack of courage and independent thinking?

Isn't the issue access? If some member of the MSM is critical of e.g. the WH, then the WH limits that member's access. This not so subtle tit for tat discourages real journalism by the MSM, because it makes their job more difficult - not impossible. But who wants to work hard for scraps? Besides bloggers, that is.

Finally everything snaps into focus: the Fourth Estate reports to the Fourth Branch. How could we have missed that for so long?

But then, what exactly is the nature of the Fourth Branch?

It is now clear that the Fourth Branch represents the interests of huge, and hugely wealthy, multinational corporations. At the time of the French Revolution there were no comparable entities operating outside national, regional and even continental boundaries. Presumably that is why we missed this connection for so long. Lacking the necessary authority, we have not updated our political imagery since then.

We are stuck in 1789.

mr njr
"Some of the biggest men in the United states, in the field of commerce and manufacture, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it."
Woodrow Wilson

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