Gloria Steinem, whatever her political duplicity penned a significant essay 40 years ago that spoke to how women’s magazines’ content altered to placate advertisers.
Monsanto funds a good deal of university research on bio-tech products. Naturally, that taints the findings. Any independently funded studies that challenge what Monsanto’s clout puts into place is discredited.
Media is totally awash in pro-war messaging, and so much that passes for scientific content is biased to favor those who fund it.
Thank you, Mr. Reich for pointing out how pervasive this taint is.
I differed from Chris Hedges when he primarily faulted the Liberal Institutions for the sell-out. The problem is the supremacy of Capital over all other influences, resources, and factors. When everything these days costs so much–starting with rents and mortgages–groups must pay the piper to meet at all; and when most of media has been gobbled up by the same handful of empowered consortiums, it costs a fortune to run ads or get publicity for one’s cause.
I don’t blame persons caught up in a system of controls FOR those controls. The better question is how to rob Capital of its controls. Barter, underground economies, and people learning to use and live on less (an ecological necessity that is fast becoming inevitable as shown by the new water laws in California) will all factor into the net strategy.