Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Is MSNBC a Front for Corporate Lobbying and P.R.?

(I Thought this post by Stephen Spruiell over at NRO was so strong, that I am reposting it in full below.)
MSNBC host Rachel Maddow has accused the town-hall protesters of being mindless puppets for "AstroTurf" groups, which is how she describes Dick Armey's FreedomWorks — she called the group "a front for corporate lobbying and P.R." If we applied Maddow's own standards to MSNBC and its parent company, GE, we would have every right to lob the same accusation at Maddow and her liberal colleagues for supporting cap and trade:

Leaked e-mail shows how GE puts the government to work for GE

By: Timothy P. Carney

"The intersection between GE's interests and government action is clearer than ever," General Electric Vice Chairman John G. Rice wrote in an Aug. 19 e-mail to colleagues.

Rice was calling on his co-workers to join the General Electric Political Action Committee. "GEPAC is an important tool that enables GE employees to collectively help support candidates who share the values and goals of GE."

The full letter suggests that "share the values and goals of GE" really means "support policies that profit the company." [...].

"On climate change," Rice wrote, "we were able to work closely with key authors of the Waxman-Markey climate and energy bill, recently passed by the House of Representatives. If this bill is enacted into law it would benefit many GE businesses."

Accusing Maddow and other MSNBC talking heads of acting as GE's puppets when they attack cap-and-trade opponents would be stupid and unfair, but that's exactly what Maddow is doing when she accuses FreedomWorks and other groups of being fronts for corporate interests.
Why are the big newspapers and TV news shows failing? Because they are so deep in the liberal tank, they are drowning in their own lies and no US citizen is sane to trust them for unbiased news/information any more.

You are not longer speaking truth to power but lies to The People. Given that customers really do not like being lied to, that's a pretty stupid thing to do. MSNBC has been caught red-handed.

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