Can anyone tell me of any wall to wall on-site coverage of peace movement events over the past six years where the corporate press offered extensive air-time to listen to progressive leaders? I don't recall that ever happening. Do you?
For some, the system works best when elites make the most fundamental decisions for our society, unencumbered by the trappings of "democracy", and when the population is depoliticized, misinformed, or both.
Old media, and specifically CNN, are learning the difficult lesson that with or without their vast resources and state of the art studios, the Iranians' stories will be told. And they'll be told to tens of millions more viewers than cable and satellite programs tend to reach.
The media will flatten the debate by subjecting viewers to talking heads who chat up the theatricality of the candidates, critiquing their stagecraft, their ability to emote on cue, and their body language.
One function of a free press in a self-governing society is to tell the truth, which is why those who embrace a strategy of political lying make a concerted effort to denigrate the credibility of the press.
FOX is guilty of war- and fearmongering, spreading the administration's lies at every turn, and smearing those who try to set the record straight. I'd say these anti-war protesters get the message just right.
Concerning Obama's Saddleback Church presentation, one "analyst" asks another if he thought Obama was perhaps a bit "nuanced" or "hard to understand." The colleague, affirmed that yes, Obama was "nuanced."