Monday, February 12, 2007

Cronkite Warns Drive for Media Profits Poses Threat to Democracy

No Shit, Sherlock!

The MSM and corporate press are all complicit in the Iraq debacle and now they are serving the same "steno-Sue" role with Iran.

When the revolution begins, as it surely will, the news media should be among the tops targets.

Cronkite Warns Drive for Media Profits Poses Threat to Democracy:

Pressures by media companies to generate ever-greater profits are threatening the very freedom the nation was built upon, former CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite warned yesterday.

In a keynote address at Columbia University, Cronkite said today's journalists face greater challenges than those from his generation. No longer could journalists count on their employers to provide the necessary resources, he said, 'to expose truths that powerful politicians and special interests often did not want exposed.'

Instead, he said, 'they face rounds and rounds of job cuts and cost cuts that require them to do ever more with ever less.'

'In this information age and the very complicated world in which we live today, the need for high-quality reporting is greater than ever,' he told journalism students and professionals at Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism. 'It's not just the journalist's job at risk here. It's American democracy. It is freedom.'

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