Liberal Media? "Freedom of the press is guaranteed only to those who own one"-AJ Liebling
Remember Clear Channel? The radio conglomerate that owns 1200 radio stations across the US and was organizer and sponsor to pro-war, pro-Bush rallies? A business entity that gained it's clout through Republican led "media deregulation". They are the folks that control what new music you hear by playing favored artists and not giving others airtime. They are the reason your concert ticket prices have skyrocketed.
Just so you know," Texas native Maines said on stage, "we're ashamed that the president of the United States is from Texas." Maines added she felt George W. Bush's foreign policy is alienating the rest of the world.
As the furor over the Dixie Chicks when Natalie Maines expressed their personal opinion illustrates, and Clear Channel's policy shows, through the mega-entities organization of CD burnings and pulling this top rated band from their station's playlists; politics and business are more important than serving the public.
Tom Hicks, Clear Channel's vice-chairman, is a past donor to Bush's political campaigning. The two were at the centre of a scandal when Mr Bush was governor and when Mr Hicks chaired a University of Texas investment board that awarded large investment-management contracts to several companies close to the Bush family - including the Carlyle Group, on whose payroll Mr Bush had been until weeks previously, and which still retains.
Mr Bush might have never made much money in the oil game, his investors losing millions but he sure did well his Texas Rangers investment.
When the group sold the team last year for $250 million, Bush's share was $14.9 million after an initial investment of a relatively modest half-million dollars. His handsome profit raised questions about whether his name had landed him a sweetheart deal.
Tom Hicks bought the Texas Rangers.
Well, Clear Channel doesn't support Conservatives across the board. Lifelong Conservative Charles Goyette, a fellow voted Republican "Man of the Year" in his county, a guy supported Golwater as a kid and spoke publicly for a speakers bureau promoting Reagans "Star Wars" defense initiative spoke aloud about the specious evidence used in this NeoCon rush to attack Iraq, on his "drivetime" talk radio show.
I can assure you then that my criticism of Bush has been on the basis of long-held conservative principles. It begins with respect for the wisdom of the Founders and the Constitution?s division of power and delegation of authority, and extends to an adherence to the principles of governmental restraint and fiscal prudence. It proved to be a message that was more than a little inconvenient for my employer.
Mr Goyette was consigned to the 7-10 pm slot, losing the vast audience he had earlier commanded due to his principled stance against the policies of the present administration. He says that early on in the war he had letters coming to him (RealAudio Link) 4 to one against his views. Now they are 4 to one in favor. Much like the Dixie Chicks despite the early unpopularity of the truth he addressed the war issue with he was named Best Talk Show Host of 2003? by the Phoenix New Times.
Another Clear Channel radio personality, Roxanne Cordonier, who went by the name Roxanne Walker while working, was allegedly fired for her views on the Iraq War and is sueing her South Carolina Clear Channel employer . South Carolina has a state law against forbids employers from firing or penalizing employees who espouse un-popular political views in the work place. She states that her cohosts egged her on to participate in their pro-war on air discussions and belittled her both on and off air. She also alleges her employers forced her to attend Clear Channel sponsored pro-war rallies.
Cordonier, who was named the 2002 Radio Personality of the Year by the South Carolina Broadcasters Association, said she believes it's an employer's right to broadcast what it wants, but that it shouldn't stifle opposing views. "Either don't talk about it at all or make it fair," she said.
Something to think about as you hear the term "Liberal Media" bandied about, as these two radio personalities on two different ends of America suffered for their beliefs it leads one to wonder how many folded to the pressure of a pro-war employer and an audience, a citizenry led not to question the present administration's policies.
If you see the Bush administrations anti-drug ad hold in mind Mr Bush let America (and America's children) know he thinksthat drug addict Rush Limbaugh is a "Great American" . Let it remind you to turn to CNN and see the MoveOn ad that CBS wishes to hide "Child's Play".
edited for sccuracy. Thank you to Ms Walker
I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. . . . corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed."-- President Abraham Lincoln, Nov. 21, 1864
What is your worldview and vision for America comprised of? Do you see a nation that respects elders, children and workers, supplies jobs, sees adequate healthcare and a livable environment as important, as well as an affordable education that supplies the tools that make for good employees and citizens- an atmosphere of life based on fairplay and justice for all Americans? Or are you one of the few that supports a ruling class that utilizes lies and fear and divisiveness to their own ends as our nation and world suffers under the yoke of unthinking corporate greed, a police state administered by the few "for our own good" and their benefit.
Congressman Bernie Saunders talks about our national core values in an article entitled "We are the Majority". Give it a read. Our founding fathers had a vision well removed from the oligarchy of their day. The Revolution here was to divorce us from the values of a ruling elite passing power and wealth down family lines to the detriment of the people. This vision is one we share communally, not of an American playground for the ultra rich aristocracy, for a ruling class supported blindly by the powerless citizenry, but for a country based on decency, truth and progress. A vision for our nation in line with innate natural law based on human reason and what would now be called "Christian values" but are larger cross cultural mores millenium old based on respect for life, honesty and what could be called "common sense" or "civilization". A sense of right and wrong common among "We The People" but obviously lacking in our governmental representives, twisted by privilege and the influence of the monied few. Mr Saunders article is loaded with facts and figures as well as subtext pointing to the basic truth our Founding Fathers, our Grandparents, our parents taught us about. Never tell a lie. Market values are wrong, are limited, are without human ethics. Truth, courage and loyalty cannot be bought and sold, a commodity for the highest bidder. Life is sacred and worthy of respect. Love your neighbor as you love yourself.
It's pretty simple really. TV can't get it across without being schmaltzy, it isn't sensational enough to be the news and it can't be packaged and sold; we are talking about everyday life.
Keep heart. We are the majority.