The Media Turns on Obama…
February 18, 2008
By Guest Writer GregX
During the last two weeks, there have been two themes in the media coverage of the campaign; 1) an emphasis on Obama’s alleged inexperience and 2) What Hillary needs to do to make a comeback (not conversely what Obama needs to do to win). This coverage has been unfolding within an environment where Race has in subtle and not so subtle ways injected into the discourse to remind white folks that despite his charm and aspirational speeches, Obama is in fact a black man.
A major byproduct of the consolidation and “corporatization” of the media (e.g. GE owns NBC, Cap Cities ABC,, Fox etc.), is that the mainstream media is THE most powerful force in US politics. If you can control what people hear and see, then ultimately you can control what people think and do. And to the degree that the media has become an agent and extension of entrenched corporate interests, the media has an overarching interest in maintaining the status quo (e.g., war in Iraq, economic stratification and marginalization of the working poor, consolidation of wealth and political power via regressive tax and free trade policy). As a consequence, who is a relatively unknown quantity represents a threat and and a risk that folks representing entrenched corporate and political power simply cannot afford to ignore.
Unfortunately, the media will turn out the lights on Obama just like they did within 2004. I hope I am wrong, and I will continue to support Obama.
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