Here is America’s huge monstrous problem that devastates modern United States of America; it is very evident, but completely hidden from view, and it is universally denied but every one complains about it. It sounds intriguing, and it is. Simply stated, the American People are ‘brainwashed’ by Corporate America conglomerates’ news media; Americans just have no idea what is going on in America or the world through no fault of their own.
You may well ask, and should ask, how am I privileged to know that Americans’ minds are “controlled” by corporate American owned, operated, and edited (censored) news media?
First of all, I am a very humbled public school history teacher; which means that whether you like it or not, I’m a professional historian and educator.
Many Americans, I’ve discovered, believe I am just another damn overpaid school teacher, wasting their hard earned tax dollar, which I believe is the wrong attitude to take, for A person employed by the State to teach their kid, life’s secrets
But here I am and there you are, America!
Now I have to admit that I am not a genius; and I know what a genius is because I have had several among the many students that I taught over many years. However, I do know my IQ, which graciously measures ‘above the average’.
But, I do have to admit that I made the great discovery of how the American corporate owned new media, uses that ‘news media’ to make you believe something that isn’t true, quite by accident. It’s a long story, but basically, I learned while I lived in Europe for five years, 2000 to 2005.
During the five years that I lived in Europe, I was confounded by the fact the rest of the world’s news media was entirely different from the American news media; and European TV commentators, often mentioned it.
As an academic, I look at news in retrospect; if a news report proves to be true, the news media was accurate. Basically, I discovered American news media wasn’t true and some of the rest of the world’s news media proved to be more accurate. This discovery made me very uncomfortable.
So then, as an academic, I had to do research to discover the “why”!
And, I discovered that in Europe, news media earned their ‘profits’ from selling the news to customers; in America the news media earned their ‘profits’ from selling advertising and commercials (primarily corporate advertising). The American News Media owed the advertisers everything and their customers nothing; then, I began to understand that the news I got was not for my benefit, it was for the benefit of the news media and their advertisers.
In Europe, most newspapers were owned by different owners and in America, Corporate conglomerates owned a huge share of all the newspapers in America, and in most cities of moderate size, there was only one newspaper and that newspaper had a monopoly on the advertising.
Actually, I greatly appreciated watching European TV without commercials (it has changed now, and they have American-like commercials) and reading the newspaper that contained mostly news and very little advertisements. But I was extremely disturbed by the dishonesty of American news media.
My personal education and my professional experience was devoted to thorough study of the United States Constitution and particularly the Bill of Rights; for me, our Constitution is sacred, however, it must be studied from the legal aspect and the historic basis from which it emerged. The Constitution has been amended as required by progress, time, and technology; and that is the very reason why the writers provided for Amendment.
In terms of the media, there are four words in the First Amendment of the Constitution that requires our very careful scrutiny, in any discussion of the news media; those four words in the First Amendment are, “. . . and of the press”!
The Entire First Amendment reads: “Congress shall make no laws respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech; or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
At the time this was written, 1787, the only news media existing was the local newspaper, ordinarily owned by one man, and in most cities there existed only one newspaper. From a legal perspective, and based on American common law of liability for defamation, libel, and slander, which allows prosecution only if proved such action resulted in monetary loss, America’s Freedom of the Press actually allowed news media to lie, misrepresent fact, and misinterpret the news.
The words “and of the press” was not intended to apply to a corporate conglomerate that owned a large part of all newspapers in America or apply to TV news media that is owned by one corporate conglomerate that broadcasts nationwide. Americans can count the news media, ‘educating’ the entire United States of America, on the fingers of one hand; and those news media are owned and represent only the interests of corporate America.
Then over a hundred years ago, historically, the American news media became afflicted with something called “yellow journalism”, which is a part of history that public school history teachers (other than this one) seem to have failed to teach most Americans today; most Americans do not know of “yellow journalism”. So, here is a quick explanation:
THE YELLOW PRESS
“The Spanish-American War is often referred to as the first “media war.” During the 1890s, journalism that sensationalized and sometimes even manufactured dramatic events was a powerful force that helped propel the United States into war with Spain. Led by newspaper owners William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer, journalism of the 1890s used melodrama, romance, and hyperbole to sell millions of newspapers–a style that became known as yellow journalism. . . . Today, historians point to the Spanish-American War as the first press-driven war.” http://www.pbs.org/crucible/frames/_journalism.html
And this is what I discovered in my experience in Europe in 2000, over a hundred years later in the beginning of the Twenty-First Century; all of America’s mainstream news media, is “yellow journalism”, based on the evidence and in my estimation. You, have to decide for yourself.
So this is the lesson of today from this old, retired school teacher. Summed up, the lesson is, don’t believe much of anything you read or hear on TV, in the newspaper, or on your computer and I-phone today (including this blog post, in all honesty).
It is disheartening for me to be the one to inform you of the awesome absence of truth in the Twenty-First Century; but, I feel it is an obligation. Honestly, I feel more raped than informed by today’s mainstream news media; I feel the power of the American Corporate news media is overwhelming, and more powerful than the government, that appears helpless to regulate news media, because of their “Freedom of the Press”.
Our Constitutional forefathers did not write “and of the Press” in the First Amendment, to promote “yellow journalism”; if those Constitutional forefathers were alive today, they would be appalled.
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Have a nice day, everyone!