Daily Archives: August 23, 2009

Corporations should not control the national political dialogue

Advertisers are fleeing Fox “News” blowhard Glenn Beck’s show in droves, The Associated Press reports.

As much as I hate Beck and his stupid-white-man ilk, as much as I see them as a threat to our democracy (which they call “tyranny” when it doesn’t go their way), I am disturbed that corporations are controlling, through their advertising dollars, the national dialogue to the extent that they are.

Notes the AP:

The Clorox Co., a former Beck advertiser, now says that “we do not want to be associated with inflammatory speech used by either liberal or conservative talk show hosts.” The maker of bleach and household cleaners said in a statement that is has decided not to advertise on political talk shows.

So what is the effect of this, then? That there is no political dialogue at all on the air waves? I mean, how do you define “inflammatory speech” when just about anything that you say is going to make someone butt-hurt?

Sure, the corporations would love that — what little Americans already engage in thinking and in the political process already is too much for the corporations, who only want Americans to be obediently exploited worker bees, wage slaves, and insatiable consumers of goods and products that they don’t need but that they want because of a relentless onslaught of corporate advertisements.

As damaging to the nation as I find the wingnuts to be, if they are silenced, then any of us can be silenced. When the wingnuts go too far — such as by bringing guns to appearances by the president, intimidating everyone around them with their lethal weapons (the Second Amendment is meant to guarantee actual self-protection, not to chill the free speech of others with whom you disagree by packing heat) — then they need to be put in their place, but otherwise, it’s their constitutional right to spew forth their fascist bullshit.

Besides, without the wingnuts as a troglodytic contrast, there can’t be such as thing as progressivism, can there? No, without national political dialogue, no matter how polarized, all that would be left is the universal mindless mush that the corporations want, which they already almost have achieved.

Americans have been brainwashed by all of the corporately owned and controlled media (including school textbooks, of course) into believing that we really have free speech in the United States. No, the fuck we don’t. For the most part, we have only the speech that the corporations want us and enable us to have, since they own and control the means of mass communication (duh).

As long as corporate money influences the national dialogue, we do not have free speech; we have corporately endorsed speech.

P.S. Note that according to the AP article, most advertisers are just moving their ads somewhere else on Fox, just not on Beck’s show, so Fox apparently isn’t losing money. Only one corporation — United Parcel Service, surprisingly — has decided not to advertise on Fox at all, at least for the time being, according to the AP.

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