How Corporate Media Works

A report in Playboy that was later pulled suggested that Santelli’s rant on the floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange may have been planned and coordinated with right-wing group FreedomWorks. Online reporters Mark Ames and Yasha Levine offered an explanation:

“There has been a lot of speculation as to why Playboy removed our original article from its site. Let us put it this way: When you look at the fallout from our article — FreedomWorks admits its role in the teaparty, Santelli issues a giant lawyer-penned opus about how he loves Obama, and CNBC (whose parent company is the megaconglomerate General Electric) frightens a bunch of Astroturfing Web sites into dropping Santelli’s name and into revealing their own PAC sponsors — then it’s clear we hit the bull’s-eye and stirred up the wrath of a very scary monster.

“Given all of this, it would not be unreasonable for one to consider the possibility (as many have) that the multigazilliondollar megabeast GE threatened the much smaller independent media company Playboy with a terrifying and expensive lawsuit, which, given the current financial crisis, is not something anyone but another GE-sized megabeast could cope with. ‘Nuf said on that.”


7 Responses to “How Corporate Media Works”

  1. libhomo Says:

    Media criticism is so important these days. Corporate media remind me of Soviet era Pravda.

  2. RickB Says:

    I like how at no point in it did any of the corporations stand up honestly for journalistic principles, it was all damage control, power and PR.

  3. Jay Vos Says:

    Well, I’m glad Ten Percent, GLH and sites like Left Eye, FAIR exist to keep us well informed. Besides being beholden to the corporations, one of my pet peeves is that these papers don’t have fact checkers or copy editors any more!

  4. ralfast Says:

    Hell, I told you this before, but it bares repeating. Down here the cable company sometimes cuts the feed when something they don’t like pops up. Just a short interruption, but almost always when the U.S. goverment gets criticized.

  5. RickB Says:

    Have you read Flat Earth News, Jay?

    Rafael- That kind of censorship is not so insidious, at least you notice the cut! Still, doesn’t show much respect for the audience, respect for the audience… I’m so old fashioned.

  6. libhomo Says:

    RickB: This is also part of why Americans are so pissed about media consolidation. These days in the US, media usually are competing more for advertisers than readers.

  7. RickB Says:

    Totally, you can look at it as a business whose aim is to deliver an audience to advertisers, the content they use is not the priority hence it is not of high quality or principle.

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