Today I was going through Verizon's new GUI schedule to see what channels had mysteriously appeared to replace others that had just as mysteriously disappeared, and stumbled upon another new one, One America, a channel ensconced within the news section.
I sat through a few straightforward headline news segments of One America, but then during the commercial breaks, I was appalled to witness obviously propagandistic libertarian messages in the form of historic speeches. These were accompanied by insidious visuals to further push the message in the direction the programmers intended. There was a speech by Theodore Roosevelt (which actually turns out to be transcribed from a popular email that was circulated in the last decade, but was based on the actual speeches and a letter Roosevelt produced). Here's the segment:
"There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."
The first thing that came to my mind was North Korea. I envisioned goose-stepping minions with their right hands on the shoulders of the ones marching next to them. Unity and uniformity uber alles.
Another between-the-segments interstitial was in the form of Bill Clinton giving a speech on "welfare reform," which was given in 1996 after it became clear he was turning into a Republican. That segment of his speech was accompanied by visuals of urban blight and dilapidated school rooms. It had libertarian worldview written all over it.
To further investigate, I checked OANN's Facebook page where I saw one satisfied viewer's opinion on those commercial break "messages":
"The accurate history lessons during the breaks are a wonderful public service. Its a reminder to the younger generation of what their responsibilities are to protect liberty and freedom."
Right wing people are constantly saying that liberals have all the other media at their disposal, "why can't we have just one or two?" Even OANN CEO Robert Herring, Sr. says this, which goes to show ignorance runs through all economic classes. It's wrong, of course, because all the other lower tier news programming on Verizon is owned by multinational corporations--newsflash, they all have a corporate slant and a corporate worldview, hardly amenable to liberalism. For instance, we call CNN the Corporate News Network. MSNBC has liberal programming but only during the week in prime-time. They have liberal programming because it just happens to make money for the corporation that owns it. And you'll never hear a thing about media consolidation or net neutrality on MSNBC, because it's owned by NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast. Not exactly a liberal world view.
I'm still waiting for Verizon to bring Free Speech TV to the lower tier. I have a feeling I'll be waiting a very long time for that to happen.
I would like to say that one must screen out bias intuitively. I am not a Conservative but the lies coming out of CNN, the Times etc are too much to take. And the name calling has reached a level that is so low is actually says to me they cannot be objective. They have an agenda and they don't care who gets hurt in the process. ...i don't listen to commericals ever......so i really don't care.....do you see the pharmaceutical commercials on all TV.....they are spreading poison.....and i don't absolutely believe any point of view......i determine by reflection and much more data than one person or show gives......and yes,.. one must know history to not get duped and brain washed by any media.