The Dominant Media, “Left-Leaning” Economists and the Illusion of Consensus

As everyone with a an IQ above room temperature knows, the RWNJ’s at Fox News specialize in this, but there are the establishmentarian gatekeepers of information on the so-called left who herd and frame thought as well. FWIW, I take everything I read and watch with a grain of salt and try to ascertain what the person’s or organizations agenda really is. YMMV. The photo below is by an excellent satirical artist named Arizona Rainman. More of his work here 

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The Dominant Media, “Left-Leaning” Economists and the Illusion of Consensus

Thursday, 25 February 2016 00:00By Michael Corcoran, Truthout | News Analysis

“Just because some of us can read and write and do a little math, that doesn’t mean we deserve to conquer the Universe.”—Kurt Vonnegut, 1990

In a matter of a few days, The New York Times and a handful of liberal economists, most of them with close ties to the Democratic Party establishment, created an imaginary left-wing consensus against the most transformative Keynesian reforms in Bernie Sanders’ economic agenda. Many economists and experts have since attempted to counter this manufactured consensus, but the mainstream media have largely ignored these efforts. As this false narrative turns into conventional wisdom, prospects for much-needed and substantive changes to our economy – universal health care, access to higher education, a dignified standard of living for all – continue to dwindle.

This development shows the power of the propaganda function of the mass media in the United States, which keeps parameters of debate limited on an extremely narrow spectrum. These parameters are largely shaped by the political parties, with the Democratic Party reflecting the liberal end of acceptable discourse in publications like The New York Times – thus far and no further. To go beyond this point will result in one being marginalized, ignored or mocked – treated as if they have taken “off from the planet,” as Noam Chomsky once described the phenomenon. Given the narrative the mainstream media have pushed in recent weeks, it appears that proposals like single-payer health care and tuition-free college go well beyond these parameters. This is not all that surprising given the Democratic Party’s financial relationship with the pharmaceutical industry and the financial services industry.

Establishment Media and Economists Attack Sanders’ Agenda


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