Accuracy in Media

Ask the media critics on the left to identify the bible of their movement and they will inevitably cite Ben Bagdikian’s famous book, The Media Monopoly. But in a sign that the media monopoly has turned into a weapon of the “progressive” movement, it is Donald J. Trump and his economic adviser, Professor Peter Navarro, who are leading the charge against the corporate interests with media properties backing the Democratic Party and its global socialist agenda.

In a hard-hitting statement, Trump adviser Navarro announced that Trump, if elected president, “will break up the new media conglomerate oligopolies that have gained enormous control over our information, intrude into our personal lives, and in this election, are attempting to unduly influence America’s political process.”

A professor of economics and public policy at the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine, Navarro identified the corporations with a monopoly over news and information as the same ones that are ripping off American consumers and shipping jobs overseas. “The very corporations that have gained from shipping America’s factories and jobs offshore are the very same media conglomerates now pushing Hillary Clinton’s agenda,” he said in a statement. “She is the official candidate of the multinational ruling elite.”

Bagdikian’s The Media Monopoly, first published in 1983, has served as a guidebook for students of the media industry who critically analyze the consolidation of power into fewer and fewer companies. But as these companies demonstrate their influence in the 2016 presidential campaign in a way favorable to Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party, leading “progressives” have grown silent about the need to break up the media monopolies and give Americans access to more choices for news and information.

Navarro compared Trump’s plan with the one used by Republican President Teddy Roosevelt, who “busted up more than 40 oil, railroad, steel and other ‘trusts’ that were wielding their rapacious monopoly power to gouge consumers and interfere with the efficient functioning of the American economy.”

Citing examples of how these modern-day monopolies work, Navarro said, “NBC, and its Clinton megaphone MSNBC, were once owned by General Electric, a leader in offshoring factories to China. Now NBC has been bought by Comcast, which is specifically targeting the Chinese market—even as Comcast’s anchors and reporters at MSNBC engage in their Never Trump tactics.”

Citing a proposed mega-merger in the news, he said, “AT&T, the original and abusive ‘Ma Bell’ telephone monopoly, is now trying to buy Time Warner and thus the wildly anti-Trump CNN.”

Navarro said, “Donald Trump would never approve such a deal because it concentrates too much power in the hands of the too and powerful few.”

Taking aim at The New York Times, an influential national newspaper, the professor said that its “strings are being pulled by Mexico’s Carlos Slim, a billionaire who benefits from NAFTA and supports Hillary Clinton’s open border policies.” Regarding The Washington Post, owned by Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos, Navarro said it “profits from the flow of illegally subsidized foreign products through its distribution channels. Lower costs mean higher margins—no matter if bad trade deals lead to massive unemployment in America.”

Navarro, who carries the title of senior economic advisor to Trump, said America is witnessing the “oligopolistic realignment of the American media along ideological and corporate lines” in a manner that is “destroying an American democracy that depends on a free flow of information and freedom of thought.”

As noted by Trump himself in a recent speech, the giant media companies are part of the “global special interests” determined to stop his campaign and destroy him personally. Their tactics, he said, involve personal attacks. “The establishment and their media enablers wield control over this nation through means that are well known,” he noted. “Anyone who challenges their control is deemed a sexist, a racist, a xenophobe and morally deformed. They will attack you, they will slander you, they will seek to destroy your career and reputation. And they will lie, lie and lie even more.”

In the case of The New York Times, Trump said, the publication won’t correct the record after publishing false allegations. He explained, “Six months ago, The New York Times wrote a massive story attacking me, and the central witness they used said the story was false, that she was quoted inaccurately. She said I was a great guy, and never made those remarks. We demanded a retraction, but they refused to print it—just like they refused to print the comments from another source who praised me in her book, or the words of another wonderful woman who said nice things.”

“These attacks are orchestrated by the Clintons and their media allies,” he said.

The New York businessman declared that he is getting in the way of the “global special interests” whose agenda is “global government” and “radical globalization” schemes.

“The Clinton Machine is at the center of this power structure,” he said. “We’ve seen this firsthand in the WikiLeaks documents in which Hillary Clinton meets in secret with international banks to plot the destruction of U.S. sovereignty in order to enrich these global financial powers.” He noted those same emails also prove how the media serve the interests of the Clintons and their global backers.

However, in Britain, Trump noted, the people revolted. He said “…they voted to liberate themselves from global government and global trade deals and global immigration deals that have destroyed their sovereignty.” But the real fight is here: “…the central base of world political power is here in America, and it is our corrupt political establishment that is the greatest power behind the efforts at radical globalization and the disenfranchisement of working people.”

There used to be a time when Democrats and progressives claimed to be for working people. These workers and their families are seen today as expendable. “Just look at what this corrupt establishment has done to our cities like Detroit and Flint, Michigan—and rural towns in Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina and across our country,” Trump said. “They have stripped these towns bare, and raided the wealth for themselves and taken away their jobs.”

After the looting of U.S. manufacturing industries, the globalists now want to acquire American media properties. And the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently voted to allow the sale of American radio and TV stations to foreigners. The FCC ruling enables front companies of hostile regimes to literally take over media properties that were once legally required to serve the interests of American consumers of news and information.

Not surprisingly, however, the scope of what the FCC did and the damage that will be done to the belief that the American media should serve American consumers were issues that received no coverage from our corporate media that want to sell out to foreign interests.

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  • Chris0555555

    Does he? Only if he did so as a dictator. Not because anybody is buying the tinfoil helmet garbage he is selling.

  • IronChefSandwiches

    Exactly. Plus, he’s NEVER going to be president. Trump has been a public figure for over 3 decades. The one thing we’ve always known about him is that he’s a thin-skinned, narcissistic bully. How the GOP allowed him to become the nominee is a wonderful example of how far they’ve fallen.

  • jug

    Well, if “they have fallen”, they went towards the lowest scum of the earth, the lying “democrats”! The very same democrats who are now the same as the American communist party!
    The communist party of the USA, used to field their own candidates, but havent now for many years. The platform of the “two” parties are nearly identical, so the CPUSA, just instructs their followers to “vote democrat”!

    They are today, one and the same.

    And the establishment republican party has “fallen”, in that same direction!

    Funny, Trump, even after being a “life long” democrat, has apparently seen the truth and is trying to right the sinking ship.

    Now go collect your tainted Sorros money, you traitor!

  • Maggietish

    Congratulations to Donald Trump. Because of him the corruption of Hillary Clinton and her campaign, President Obama and those in the White House, the Democratic Party, the biased liberal media has finally been exposed. When it gets to the point that the Department of Justice, the Attorney General and the FBI have chosen to be aggressively involved in protecting and covering up for Hillary Clinton and her campaign in all of her lawlessness and the atrocities that she’s committed against this Nation and the American people the United States it’s more than time for the American people to stand up, speak out and take back our Cointry. When Trump calls the election rigged everybody jumps at him saying it’s not true because people who are jumping at him are the ones that are committing the corruption and rigging the election. The American people are smart enough to see that and we have had enough. God absolutely has a sense of humor and everything that this pack of lawless, unethical dishonest traitors of the United States are trying to do the Donald Trump is backfiring on them big time. More Americans are paying attention and more Americans are getting angry at all this corruption and we’re tired of being ignored and betrayed. That’s why Donald Trump will be elected President of these United States on November 8, 2016! Thank God!

  • Ted

    The ‘conglomerate whores’ in this economy run equally, Republican and Democratic, and the politicians who benefit from their largess also run equally, Republican and Democratic, so it’s unlikely that the Congress would support ‘Teddy Roosevelt 2.0’ … although, the type of thing Trump is yapping about is exactly what this country needs to begin to break the hold of the oligopoly on the American economy and the american working middle class.

  • IronChefSandwiches

    When Trump calls the election rigged everybody jumps at him saying it’s not true….because it’s not F-ing true. And everyone except Trump’s idiot minions knows this.

  • Maggietish

    It’s more than interesting when the Liberals are only liberal when people are agreeing with him. So so interesting that you resort to calling people names because you don’t like the fact we don’t agree with you. Get a life. You have a right to support you you support we have a right to support and we support so get over yourself.

  • mioahu

    you are either stupid, as i suspected from the beginning, or really don’t understand that the media is wildly liberal (among other things) , which again i guess makes you stupid, so I don’t see a way out for you sandwich BOY. It is rigged, from IRS targeting conservatives so they can’t raise money, to media outlets giving Hillary questions in advance, to the dems hiring people to provoke violence at Trump rallies, to postal workers tearing off registrations for conservatives, from all the media giving Hillary softballs and not covering all her scandals, to illegals voting and dems opposing any kind of voter id, of course it is rigged you dumbass ! But hey, that’s why you are making sandwiches, we should not have very high expectations from you 🙂

  • disqus_smWiOrvPtd

    Right. And we allow thousands of illegal aliens to cross into our country unchecked because our leaders care about protecting the American people. What kind of a fairyland do you live in?

  • IronChefSandwiches

    I have no idea what that first sentence even means. Please explain.

  • Maggietish

    I can’t say that I’m surprised that you don’t understand it or just refuse to accept it. FYI there was an independent research report, very accredited in the United States, the results of which just came out. The research report is done yearly in which media reporting is rated. 91% of this year’s research report said that there was proven liberal bias against Donald Trump. The beauty of this country is that we all have a right to have our own opinions even if you don’t like that. Get over yourself.

  • IronChefSandwiches

    Ohhhh. I see what you were trying to say. Utter nonsense, but I understand it now.

  • Mike S.

    If only it could be so! For now, you go, Trump! (What will AIM do when we have that Utopian media?)

  • Blue

    You are everywhere and nowhere you are a paid troll a dozen names the same words. Everywhere someone with a brain speaks out you speak against it. But never do you or your paid minions produce a fact. So although you are everywhere that there are people speaking the truth you always run counter to them. You are nowhere because you are seen for what you are a fraud and a paid troll. Same goes for Chris05, Chris055, Chris0555 and on and on. You bore me with your games.

  • Bruce

    Horrific! I’m so glad I’m without a TV right now. I’d just as well climb a giant pile of dry dung manure on my hands & knees than rely on MSM for balanced or accurate news and views. I can’t even stand the sight of Wolf Blitzer since I saw him dancing around with a martini or champagne in the press box at DNC when Hillary was pronounced the nominee.

  • IronChefSandwiches

    I have one name. YOU are the coward hiding behind a screen name that can’t be clicked on. But thanks for not refuting anything I said. Shows you have nothing.

  • willynilly

    There are so many extremely intelligent Americans in this country being held back because of the elite and their connections, the dumbing down of America is real, trump needs to unleash the willingness of our own people to show the world what we can do when our hands are untied by all the red tape.