Welcome to DU! The truly grassroots left-of-center political community where regular people, not algorithms, drive the discussions and set the standards. Join the community: Create a free account Support DU (and get rid of ads!): Become a Star Member Latest Breaking News General Discussion The DU Lounge All Forums Issue Forums Culture Forums Alliance Forums Region Forums Support Forums Help & Search

Stuart G

(38,527 posts)
Tue Nov 18, 2014, 07:07 AM Nov 2014

Report: Only 3% of Mainstream TV News Guests Opposed War: Democracy Now, FAIR

Last edited Tue Nov 18, 2014, 09:11 AM - Edit history (2)


A new analysis of mainstream TV news has found there was almost no debate about whether the United States should go to war in Iraq and Syria. The group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, or FAIR, found that of the more than 200 guests who appeared on network shows to discuss the topic, just six voiced opposition to military action. On the high-profile Sunday talk shows, out of 89 guests, there was just one antiwar voice — Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor of The Nation.

Here is a link to the actual study, published by FAIR
Nov 14, 2014
No Debate and the New War
Study finds little opposition to US attacks on Iraq, Syria


Proof that the Mainstream Media wants war, to frighten all of us. Constant War!!!!!
George Orwell .....1984.. predicted this......from Wikipedia:


Nineteen Eighty-Four, sometimes published as 1984, is a dystopian novel by George Orwell published in 1949.[1][2] The novel is set in Airstrip One (formerly known as Great Britain), a province of the superstate Oceania in a world of perpetual war, omnipresent government surveillance, and public manipulation, dictated by a political system euphemistically named English Socialism (or Ingsoc in the government's invented language, Newspeak) under the control of a privileged Inner Party elite that persecutes all individualism and independent thinking as "thoughtcrimes".[3] The tyranny is epitomised by Big Brother, the quasi-divine Party leader who enjoys an intense cult of personality, but who may not even exist. The Party "seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power
15 replies = new reply since forum marked as read
Highlight: NoneDon't highlight anything 5 newestHighlight 5 most recent replies
Report: Only 3% of Mainstream TV News Guests Opposed War: Democracy Now, FAIR (Original Post) Stuart G Nov 2014 OP
K & R ctsnowman Nov 2014 #1
K&R newfie11 Nov 2014 #2
K&R! This post deserves hundreds of recommendations! Enthusiast Nov 2014 #3
Democracy? Yes, we should TBF Nov 2014 #5
The Pentagon can now LEGALLY use war SamKnause Nov 2014 #4
Fair and equal coverage of both sides is what the media does in America, you a communist? Fred Sanders Nov 2014 #6
Media Is Thus The Enemy billhicks76 Nov 2014 #7
And believing what they say is thus the problem bhikkhu Nov 2014 #14
K & R Thespian2 Nov 2014 #8
I knew that! yellowwoodII Nov 2014 #9
Darn that liberal media! progressoid Nov 2014 #10
I got an objective map of 1984's world MisterP Nov 2014 #11
War is good for ratings Victor_c3 Nov 2014 #12
"Extra", published by FAIR . . FairWinds Nov 2014 #13
DAMMIT. This shit AGAIN... calimary Nov 2014 #15


(50,983 posts)
3. K&R! This post deserves hundreds of recommendations!
Tue Nov 18, 2014, 08:02 AM
Nov 2014

This should be something the MSM should have to answer for. A democracy cannot survive with this kind of media environment.

As we can plainly see the democracy isn't surviving. It is hanging by a thread.

Any and every politician that doesn't use their office to address this issue are betraying the American people.


(32,314 posts)
5. Democracy? Yes, we should
Tue Nov 18, 2014, 08:39 AM
Nov 2014

try it. And my argument would be that we should go even further and not just try democracy (which would give rights to women and other minorities that we do not have currently under the US Constitution) but also replace the money-grubbing capitalism with socialism. There has got to be a better way to divvy up resources in this country - and in this world. A handful of billionaires sitting on most of the money doesn't work for most of us.


(13,196 posts)
4. The Pentagon can now LEGALLY use war
Tue Nov 18, 2014, 08:21 AM
Nov 2014


Our justice system ruled that news does not have to be truthful or factual.

Why would anyone expect any truth from the corporate or state owned media ???

The media is owned by the very people who will profit from war.

Fred Sanders

(23,946 posts)
6. Fair and equal coverage of both sides is what the media does in America, you a communist?
Tue Nov 18, 2014, 08:47 AM
Nov 2014

Who was the one of 89 on Sunday shows to dare to speak against war, is he/she still alive?


(10,732 posts)
14. And believing what they say is thus the problem
Wed Nov 19, 2014, 02:35 AM
Nov 2014

I cancelled my cable and stopped watching TV in the run-up to the war - just couldn't take it anymore. I hope the younger generation doesn't follow in the habits of the older, but I suspect it will. My kids watch a lot of videos, and movies and shows on netflix, but network news is so uselessly far from reality even they wonder why people watch it. They get their news on social media generally, and have gotten the hang of quickly researching things before accepting a story or jumping to conclusions.


(2,741 posts)
8. K & R
Tue Nov 18, 2014, 10:13 AM
Nov 2014

What the GREEDY BASTARDS want is world domination, using America's military (i.e., killing machine) to gain and keep the domination. With people like the KOCH-Suckers leading the Oligarchs, they are close to achieving their dream. Will ordinary Americans be able to oppose them?


(616 posts)
9. I knew that!
Tue Nov 18, 2014, 10:54 AM
Nov 2014

You have to remember who owns the media. This is why I never listen to MSM news. Bob Schieffer, for instances, has hosted McCain over 100 times on Sunday Morning. He had Netanyahu on last week. Why?


(3,557 posts)
12. War is good for ratings
Tue Nov 18, 2014, 03:52 PM
Nov 2014

It makes sense that our news media would report and focus on something that is going to benefit them and their ratings the most. The news media is in the business of news to make money, not for the betterment of our society.

Just like the health insurance industry is in the market to make themselves a profit, not to actually take care of people.

Free market capitalism at its best!



(1,717 posts)
13. "Extra", published by FAIR . .
Wed Nov 19, 2014, 01:54 AM
Nov 2014

is some top notch analysis of the MSM and (shudder) FOX.
I subscribe to it.
That way they watch the MSM so I don't have to.

Latest Discussions»Editorials & Other Articles»Report: Only 3% of Mainst...