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MEDIA: A viable press essential to democracy

Letter by Todd Iverson, Gig Harbor on June 11, 2012 at 1:29 pm with 10 Comments »
June 11, 2012 2:38 pm

Leonard Downie’s essay, “40 Years after Watergate” (TNT, 6-10) was spot on in calling for the need for more investigative journalism. Without reputable sources given the proper resources to investigate our government’s role and conduct, especially its cozy relationship with corporations and the military industrial complex, our American democracy is at stake.

There is a role for the press in our democratic process to watchdog those in power and call out abuses like Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein did during the Watergate investigation. If enterprising journalists and news sources pursued today’s events with the same vigor, perhaps we would have resolution in the abuses of power that led to our invasion of Iraq, the Wall Street bailouts, and the incestuous relationship between Congress and its corporate overlords, among others.

If we value our democracy, America will find a way to keep a viable press investigating those who wish to lead, and those who enable our leaders.

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  1. charliebucket says:

    instead we have FOX ‘news’ leading the charge calling the President of the United States a socialist America hater and a (fill in the bank with your choice: marxist, liar, Muslim, Kenyan, terorrist sympathizer etc etc). yikes.

  2. Turn off fox and talk radio.
    That alone raises the credibility of the media.

  3. bobcat1a says:

    Good news gathering costs money; entertainment news sells. Don’t blame the media, blame the consumer. We get more of what we buy. That’s why I cancelled my cable. You can find investigative journalism but you have to subscribe to it.

  4. lylelaws says:

    Gosh, Todd, I would think that you should be happy as a clam since at least 80% of the members of the press in America are probably liberals.

    And on the subject of investigative journalism, the White House leaks should provide enough information to keep droves of investigators busy for years. That is, of course, if the information that may well cost many American lives, is pursued as vigorously as it would have been if it had come from the Bush White House.

  5. SwordofPerseus says:

    Lyle, as usual you are so passionate about being wrong.

    Lyle says- “at least 80% of the members of the press in America are probably liberals” From what orifice did you pull that non sense Lyle?

    Maybe half of all reporters are “Liberal” or vote Democratic, but their bosses or the editors are mostly “Conservative” or vote Republicon.
    Lyle perceives the media to have a liberal bias but hours of news broadcasting would reveal the truth to be otherwise.

    Interesting article explains the disconnect.


  6. Concentration of media ownership (also known as media consolidation or media convergence) is a process whereby progressively fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media.[1] Contemporary research demonstrates increasing levels of consolidation, with many media industries already highly concentrated and dominated by a very small number of firms.[2][3]

    Globally, large media conglomerates include Viacom, CBS Corporation, Time Warner, News Corp, Bertelsmann AG, Sony Corporation of America, NBCUniversal, Vivendi, Televisa, The Walt Disney Company, Hearst Corporation, Organizações Globo and Lagardère Group.[4][5][6]

    As of 2010, The Walt Disney Company is the largest media conglomerate in the US, with News Corporation, Time Warner and Viacom ranking second, third and fourth respectively.[

  7. charliebucket says:

    when the (republican controlled) legislature passed the law giving the OK to media ‘conglomerates’ to own multiple media sources in the same market, I realized we were in BIG trouble. I felt sick to my stomach that day watching that. A city’s newspapers, TV stations and other media all owned by the same folks is TERRIBLE for this country.

    Propaganda anyone?

  8. Used to be local news media focused on local events rather than rehashing the national and international news.

  9. MarksonofDarwin says:

    To be fair, local news does do some investigative journalism. A couple examples here in our area:


    It would be great to see more of this, but the reality is that these stories take lots of money and sometimes years to develop.

    Also, I couldn’t agree more with bB. Consolidating the sources of information to a few indifferent monoliths certainly has many unpleasant consequences. The most troublesome is the fact that money flows to power….government and media should have a somewhat contentious relationship. Not a symbiotic one.

    As with anything else, journalism does its best work in an environment of healthy competition.

    **I guess I have to post the second link in another comment. Why?…your guess is as good as mine!

  10. “at least 80% of the members of the press in America are probably liberals.”

    Everyday, every post the rightists just make things up.

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