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By The Reverend Published: February 13, 2010

UPDATED with video below:

I was talking to one of my daughters awhile back when she said to me that the U.S. had enough oil right here in North America to become independent of foreign sources, and all that we had to do as a nation was get it out of the ground.

She had come to that mistaken conclusion after having absorbed numerous teevee commercials by oil and gas interests saying, or suggesting, that it was the truth.

I'm sure many of you have seen those commercials.

The Nation's Sebastian Jones lays out an even more insidious form of corporate propagandizing of Americans in his latest article. Read's well worth the time.

This paragraph encapsulates the issue.....

Since 2007 at least seventy-five registered lobbyists, public relations representatives and corporate officials--people paid by companies and trade groups to manage their public image and promote their financial and political interests--have appeared on MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, CNBC and Fox Business Network with no disclosure of the corporate interests that had paid them. Many have been regulars on more than one of the cable networks, turning in dozens--and in some cases hundreds--of appearances.

Corporate representatives have every right to appear on the teevee to offer up their take on issues. That, of course, isn't the point.

The problem is in the teevee media's (though, not limited to teevee) seeming refusal to inform viewers about any potential conflicts of interest presented by the corporate representative doing the talking.

To demonstrate that this is not a partisan issue, at least not for me....I'm including a Democratic example from Jones' article....

On September 24, 2009, Dick Gephardt appeared on MSNBC's Morning Meeting, where he labeled the public option "not essential." Gephardt was asked by host Dylan Ratigan to discuss healthcare reform in light of his experience as a Congressman during the Clinton effort in 1993 and now simply as "an observer through this process." There was no mention of his work advising insurance and pharmaceutical interests through his lobbying firm Gephardt Government Affairs, nor any mention that Gephardt is a lobbyist for NBC/Universal.

Often The Reverend refers to the Village-media, or compromised corporate media, or, when I'm really frosted, the "corporate-whore media." Many, many times I have pointed out how today's American corporate media has helped to create the phony narratives and confusion we see in society today with more and more regularity. On numerous occasions I have referred to the 'dual narratives' that exist today in political discussions.....which make non-partisan discussions virtually impossible.

The Nation's Sebastian Jones helps to explain how it is that we find ourselves in the current situation.

UPDATE: Here's a prime example on this topic from December 17, 2009. Watch Jane Hamsher take apart Lanny Davis.....



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