With all of the "journalistic" noise that corrals our political discourse into a hysteric corporate-centric yelling contest, it has become increasingly difficult to "get the news" from major outlets. A great piece on the media's role in corporate ideology by Chris Hedges:
The cable shows, whose hyperbolic hosts work to make us afraid of self-identified liberals or self-identified conservatives, are part of a rigged political system, one in which it is impossible to vote against the interests of Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, General Electric or ExxonMobil. These corporations, in return for the fear-based propaganda, pay the lavish salaries of celebrity news people, usually in the millions of dollars. They make their shows profitable. And when there is war these news personalities assume their “patriotic” roles as cheerleaders, as Chris Matthews — who makes an estimated $5 million a year — did, along with the other MSNBC and Fox hosts.
Is this the state of our media and news today? While this rehearsed "patriotism" may aid the short term success of certain parties in our corporate culture, the emotional divisiveness it cultivates in our society ultimately weakens the nation state as a whole.