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tony peluso

notes for the next media war

Jonathan Sterne does a good job of explaining why we do get fooled again, and again, and again:

As it stands, the press has essentially become a client of the Federal government for its political news. As is obvious if you read any political news story, since reporters must maintain the routines and appearance of objectivity, they need to pepper their stories with sources. And official government sources have lots of credibility and are trained to make reporters' difficult jobs easier. Or, to put it another way, agencies in the U.S. government, despite their many internal conflicts and differences, have adopted a pretty uniform strategy toward dealing with the press. To spread their messages, they use the techniques of PR ...