Mainstream Media Intellectual Prostitutes.

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May 31, 2013

by Jerry Alatalo

Throughout human history men and women have shared their ideas and thoughts regarding the perennial condition.  Generations of our ancestors were dealing with the same issues and problems that we are still trying to resolve up to now. Is it possible to finally, create a world where the age-old problems are solved once and for all?

The answer is a yes. The solutions are spiritual.

Mohandas Gandhi (1869-1948).

“Ahimsa (infinite love) is a weapon of matchless potency. It is the summum bonum. It is an attribute of the brave; in fact it is their all. It does not come within reach of the coward. It is no wooden or lifeless dogma but a living and life-giving force. It is the special attribute of the soul.”

Gandhi, along with many other men and women throughout human history, had come to a certain point in their respective experiences where the concept of Infinite Love had been understood to be a real, tangible one for them. This would be nothing less than proof positive that creating a world where our problems can be solved is entirely possible. Can we imagine, like John Lennon, “all the people, sharing all the world”?

John Lennon along with many others were and are today talking about a very real possibility. Anything that man can imagine he can create. We have all felt the sadness and compassion when observing the news reports showing our fellow human brothers and sisters suffering every kind of pain up to death. Does it not seem that this has become an untenable situation?

How long will we continue to place these absolutely searing images out of mind, out of sight as we watch our American Idol, our sports programs, our fictional situation comedies, our fictional dramas and our “reality shows” on our 80″ plasma televisions? What will it take to bring us to a point where those who have concerns about solving these immense life problems are no longer in the minority, mostly unseen by the majority of the human population, on the mass media? When will these men and women be given their chance to share possible solutions on the 80″ plasma?

The television is the major form of mass communication for the human race. We simply must ask ourselves what has gone on since the invention of television that has resulted in programming that, for what seems like 99% of the total air time, has almost nothing in it that pertains to the human issues and problems of our times. Let us look deeper.

Perhaps we need only to read the words at the end of journalism Professor Ben Bagdikian‘s book “The Media Monopoly”, written in 1983, where he says, “If this generation of Americans exercises its responsibilities to political morality, it will be following the dictates of eighty years ago by that remarkable physician-philosopher William James.”

James said “The deadliest enemies of nations… always dwell within their borders. And from these internal enemies civilization is always in need of being saved. The nation blest above all is she in whom the civic genius of the people does the saving day by day, by acts without external picturesqueness; by speaking, writing, voting reasonably; by smiting corruption swiftly; by good temper between parties; by the people knowing true men when they see them, and preferring them as leaders to rabid partisans or empty quacks.”

Mr. Bagdikian’s 1983 book deals with the media ownership situation at that time where the media was becoming more and more concentrated, owned by fewer corporations. Men and women sit on the boards of media conglomerates as well as on the boards of oil, banking and manufacturing corporations to the point where we can easily see why no investigative reports of certain organizations are seeing the light of day on your 80″ plasma.

This phenomenon is called “interlocking directorates” and is elaborated on up by Mr. Bagdikian when he said:

“…which way will the common oil/RCA (RCA owned NBC in the 80’s) director vote “in the best interests of” conflicting corporations?”

Louis Brandeis, before joining the Supreme Court, wrote:

“The practice of interlocking directorates is the root of many evils. It offends laws human and divine… It tends to disloyalty and violation of the fundamental law that no man can serve two masters… It is undemocratic, for it rejects the platform: “a fair field and no favors.”

Basically The Media Monopoly points out that interlocking directorates results in a form of media censorship. Any news of relevance about large corporations which is of a negative nature will probably not be seen, read or heard of by the average television viewer and reader. Unfortunately the consolidating of the media into fewer and fewer owners/conglomerates has only accelerated since 1983.

Hence the information we receive from sources other than alternative media or the internet has mostly been sanitized.

Did you ever notice that the night-time programs such as 20/20, Primetime, Nightline etc. seem to always deal with stories involving one family or other stories where the content pertains to only a handful of people? This, it would seem, gives proof that the sanitization of “news” is a reality. Can you imagine what progress we as humans could have made during all these passing years if air time were devoted to the most important issues and problems facing us all?

Such a potentially powerful tool which has been so drastically underutilized.

Bruce Springsteen wrote the song “57 Channels, And Nothing On” years ago which sums up his agreement with the awareness that television programming choices have been an example of the wasted opportunities to use the power of communication inherent in the television media.  So much potential, so much wisdom, especially from the world’s elders, could be being shared with everyone on Earth. Think about all the real wisdom that is available from our elders to be shared now.

Wouldn’t you be interested if there was a channel on your cable listing devoted to those who are concerned with solving major human problems?

Would not this wisdom be of so much more value to us than the words of teenagers from the entertainment industry or the words of professional athletes or the words of power-hungry, greedy politicians? Does it not seem that the wisdom of the grandmothers and grandfathers gives us a greater chance of arriving at truth? Our elders are to be respected above all according to many spiritual traditions, including those whom some call primitive.

To you reading these words, please remember. Do give the utmost respect to the elders. It is a law. Please give respect to all livings things. The principle of not harming others is the number one principle of all. This includes all people, all life and all things. But the elders, especially, absolutely are to be respected.

Let us get to the heart of the press/media issue with the help of some historical quotes. The words and thoughts contained in the following quotes were worthy of recording and sharing.

Speaking about the press American historian Henry (Brooks) Adams (1838-1918) said in 1862: “The press is the hired agent of a moneyed system, and set up for no other purpose than to tell lies where their interests are involved. One can trust nobody and nothing.”

Ponder the next time you click on the “news”.

English reformer Charles Bradlaugh (1833-1891) said in 1890: “Without free speech no search for truth is possible… No discovery of truth is useful… Better a thousand-fold abuse of free speech than denial of free speech. The abuse dies in a day, but the denial slays the life of the people, and entombs the hope of the race.”

Have you ever wondered why there are not any channels for world leaders to express their thoughts on the most pressing concerns of the day? Would it not be very useful if men and women around the planet could tune in to those channels and gain a better understanding of the true situations on the ground where there have been warnings of potential military conflict? Or where there exists a humanitarian crisis as a result of natural disaster?

The technology is available for world-wide broadcasting of solutions based information.

American writer Theodore Dreiser (1871-1945) said in 1942: “The American press, with a very few exceptions, is a kept press. Kept by the big corporations the way a whore is kept by a rich man.”

We apologize, for some of the information we are sharing with you is not the most positive. We simply believe that the awareness of these realities is necessary for people to have so that truth will be able to emerge.

Truth must and will emerge in the very near future as the human race is going to experience, and is experiencing now, a rise of consciousness which will be simply unstoppable. Many are aware of these changes coming from the Creator at this time and are glad. These changes will result in the human race becoming aware of its divine origins. There is nothing anyone can do to stop this.

This will be the greatest event in human history as our spiritual physical balance will be restored. We will all come to understand infinite, unconditional love.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas (1898-1980) in his dissent in the Earl Caldwell case of 1972, said: “The function of the press is to explore and investigate events, inform the people what is going on, and to expose the harmful as well as the good influences at work. There is no higher function performed under our constitutional regime… A reporter is no better than his source of information. Unless he has a privilege to withhold the identity of his source, he will be the victim of governmental intrigue or aggression. If he can be summoned to testify in secret before a grand jury, his sources will dry up and the attempted exposure, the effort to enlighten the public will be ended…”

“…The intrusion of government into this domain is symptomatic of the disease of this society. As the years pass, the power of government becomes more and more pervasive. It is power to suffocate both people and causes. Those in power, whatever their politics, want only to perpetuate it. Now that the fences of the law and the tradition that has protected the press are broken down, the people are the victims. The first amendment, as I read it, was designed precisely to prevent that tragedy.”

Justice Douglas was one who thought that the maturity of a nation was evidenced in its acceptance of a dissident press.  Perhaps most folks think a dissident press is one that expresses differing opinions than the mainstream press. Perhaps the time slots taken by one of the “reality” shows could be devoted to debates between the mainstream and dissident presses.

One of America’s great men, third President Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) had this to say about newspapers: “Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put in that polluted vehicle.”

Jefferson also said: “Perhaps an editor might begin a reformation in some such way as this. Divide his paper into four chapters. Heading the first: truths, second: probabilities, third: possibilities, fourth: lies. The first chapter would be very short.”

This was during a time when newspapers were the only media. It is unfortunate that the absence of truth that Jefferson mentioned has persisted until now. Thank the Creator for that powerful communication tool that we call the internet; the opportunity for men and women to talk and share ideas with anyone on Earth. We should all be expressing gratitude for this Godsend. The positive results of all the ongoing chats and the sharing of ideas across national borders have surely been blessings.

With the continuing improvements in communication technologies we can only be more and more grateful. Can you feel the joy experienced by all the men and women who have really connected in a good way with this most blessed tool? Can you see how the internet is a divine tool which has contributed mightily to the powerful changes which we are literally seeing before our very eyes? The internet allows all of humanity to keep the faith.

American newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer (1847-1911) said on his retirement: “…Always fight for progress and reform, never tolerate injustice and corruption, always fight demagogues of all parties, never belong to any party, always oppose privileged classes and public plunderers, never lack sympathy with the poor, always remain devoted to the public welfare, never be satisfied with merely printing news; always be drastically independent; never be afraid to attack wrong, whether by predatory plutocracy or predatory poverty.”

We can see why the Pulitzer Prize was created in his honor. Pray that more journalists and writers come to accept the thoughts that Joseph Pulitzer shared with us.

American press lord E.W. Scripps (1854-1926) said: “The press of this country is now and always has been so thoroughly dominated by the wealthy few of the country, that it cannot be depended upon to give the great mass of the people that correct information concerning political, economical, and social subjects which it is necessary that the mass of people shall have, in order that they shall vote and in all ways act in the best way to protect themselves from the brutal force and the chicanery of the ruling class.”

Once again, thank God for the internet. By now you are getting some idea of the realities of the media/press that are not well-known. This awareness is vital to you because once this awareness is gained you will no longer see, hear or watch the mass media in the same ways that you did before. You will no longer pass along information you received from the media to others as if it was the gospel truth.

Then the spread of untruths and propaganda from the mainstream media will diminish as men and women find truthful information elsewhere. Imagine how much time and energy we waste in conversations and communications where the ideas shared are founded on false information or outright lies.

Everyone has experienced talking with others and being astonished with the errors conveyed. Sometimes we are astonished because others have thankfully corrected us. Please remember to strive to be as honest and open-minded as possible in all of your communications. This will guarantee the greatest possibility for the real exchange of ideas and the understandings that we need to share.

Editor of the New York Sun John Swinton (1830-1901) said in 1893: “There is no such thing as an independent press in America. I am paid to keep my honest opinions out of the paper I am connected with. Any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the street looking for another job. We are the tools and vassals of the rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks; they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes.”

Seems that Mr. Swinton had come to a point where he had no fear of retribution. The honesty of his words here is something to behold. The willingness to share his thoughts in this way gives us hope and faith that journalists and reporters will give us the true depictions of events.

What a sad situation it has to be to belong to a group called intellectual prostitutes. It is understandable that those who have gone to university to study journalism, broadcasting and related fields have a really tough time with regard to the decisions that need to be considered concerning employment.

We have compassion for these men and women. Thank God that they, along with all of us soon enough, will be relieved of these difficult moral choices we must make, as the answers will become obvious to us. The option of choosing the immoral will be no longer available.

The moral choice will be the only choice.

Keep the faith.

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4 thoughts on “Mainstream Media Intellectual Prostitutes.

  1. The internet as Divine tool. I like that. First the rise of telecommunications, then the internet. I wonder what form mass communication will take next. For now I am grateful for the medium of the world wide web. The power has shifted to the masses and people are waking up. There are still one or two bastions of honesty on cable tv: one is Link TV, and the other it Russian Television (RT). Both post much of their programming on their respective sites as well as YouTube. I however, get most of my new from a RSS feed from my favorite sites. And I spend about 15 minutes a day watching CNN, FOX News, MSNBC, etc. to keep things in perspective. If what I saw peddled for “news” wasn’t so sad I would laugh. Anyways, thanks for the post. Good stuff.

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    1. Ty, Thank you for your thoughts. Without the internet you and I would not be having this discussion. Do we know where this discussion will go? No. But if we are 100% honest with our thoughts and words then there is a much stronger chance that the discussion will end up in a good place. As the amount of 100% honest discussions increase on Earth more and more people will naturally end up in a good place. What we are seeing with our own eyes is an increase of goodness on Earth. Once we reach that stage where 100% honesty is reached by all people everywhere, in all regions and lands, then we will see love and understanding and brotherhood and peace on this Earth which some call a new paradigm. It is a human condition which is worth striving for. Thanks again for your thoughts, Ty.

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    2. That’s a tough question Jerry. I’ve had a lot of good conversations with my peers over the past few years and the consensus, at least among many in my generation, is that there are no good solutions. Our future has been leveraged to the hilt. The capitalist system in it’s current form is becoming increasingly irrelevant and unable to meet the needs of the modern world. Many of us can’t see past the inevitable collapse. Personally, I have hope. With the advancement of technology we are looking at the possibility of a quantum leap in human intelligence. The caveat I have to the techno-savior idea is that if this intelligence doesn’t result in a new consciousness, one based on the understanding of Unity, then we’ll just get much more efficient at what we’re already good at–namely destruction. One of the most intractable problems is population. If humans are to survive, and eventually flourish, we will need to find a much more sensible way to manage resources, space being one of them. The bigger one’s soul grows, the more space one seems to need. So, as far as a vision of an ideal world goes I think there are plenty of examples around the world: ecovillages, monastaries, green cities, etc. Whenever people come together and serve common values there’s beauty. If you haven’t already seen the film Zeitgeist Addendum then I recommend it for “food for thought.” To be 100% honest I hope we (humans) make it and I hope we make through our own intelligent effort. Many other lifeforms are depending on it. In the mean time I treat life as a training camp. Can I do what I hope others can do–namely live from the heart, reject fear based reactions, and expand my sphere of positive influence? I train everyday. I trust that others are too.

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      1. Ty,
        A scenario came to mind which perhaps could be used as an example. Let us imagine that I am the very wealthy owner of 1000’s of acres of farmland and you reside in the same region of the Earth without one square inch to grow food. You have a family which includes a wife and four young children. You have no access to food to feed your family while I have a vast overabundance of wealth and could easily give you enough land to grow sufficient food to feed your family. Now we could benefit by determining the crucial factors which go into my decision to either give you farmland or ignore your plight.
        The option to not give you farmland could be a result of factors such as greed or ego, wanting to be known as the richest in the region. The option of giving you farmland to grow food to feed your family could be the result of my having compassion for my fellow man and wanting to end the suffering of you and your family.
        Taking the first option would display my belief that you and I are separate and not related. Taking the second option would display my belief that we are brothers and that we are related, one.
        Now there is the challenge of rounding up sufficient energy to convert the option one version of me from believing that we are separate into the option two version where I understand all people are part of the oneness, and your family receives sufficient food to be healthy.
        The sufficient energy needed to convert the Earth to a paradise is, in my humble and honest opinion, both simply and profoundly, unconditional love.
        It makes my heart soar that you have hope my brother. Stay strong and we wish you peace and good luck in all of your endeavors. Thanks Ty.

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