August 29, 2007


(Yeagley lack of facts)

It’s not such a big mistake given that the conservative media comprises most of what Yeagley reads or watches “as news.” But it’s still a mistake, and to be clear an error of fact. A blog commentator made a salient point that the mostly "bought" press is not as objective as it once was, and that it is mostly controlled by conservative profiteers (largely Republican).

Rafael — “We still have the illusion of a relatively free press. News is much too vital for freedom to be left to the raw market forces of unregulated capitalism. It used to be considered a public service. As it has become shackled to the accelerating profit motive, it has been morphed into infotainment... Radio and TV are much the same. Now, virtually all our major media outlets are controlled by a handful of multinational corporations... Investigative journalism has suffered the most...

This tirade about ‘liberal media’ is hogwash. Compared to what? The highly government censored wartime and Cold War propaganda media of the 40's, 50's and 60's? Absolutely! That is no standard to have for such a heavy responsibility. Leave it to Beaver, Father Knows Best, and Andy Griffith, et. al., were unreality shows that created a dangerously unhealthy images of how a free people actually live. Those were the days of the Right-Wing media” (8-27-07).
Yes, it appears that Yeagley has been cherry-picking his facts, by only looking at the reports that suit his inclinations. Contrarily, Yeagley then decries foul against the commentator for getting facts wrong when it is Yeagley that actually got them wrong.
Yeagley — “Raph, you don't have the facts. Donahues show was pulled after six months, for poor ratings! ...Or, now are you going to say the Right, the Republicans, the Christians, own MSNBC? So, you're beginning to annoy me now. You are so biased you are wrong on almost everything. With this kind of wrongs facts, I consider you dangerous, in a manner of speaking. I don't have the time nor the inclination to unravel all your skeins for you. The Donahue example will do.

‘MSNBC hoped “Donahue” would provide a liberal counterweight to Fox News Channel's competing "The O'Reilly Factor," but the ratings started poorly and didn't improve.’ This is the CNN news report... Straighten up there, son. Get it together. Consider that a lot of your other skeins are equally as erroneously based. You have a bias, and you just gather material you want, and paste it together with error” (8-27-07).
The actual fact is that, at the moment the Donahue show was canceled, the show was the highest rated show on MSNBC. The media “spin” claimed the show was canceled due to low rating when the opposite was true. Donahue actually went on Hannity & Colmes talking about the cancelation.
"On the October 28 edition of FOX News Channel's Hannity & Colmes, veteran talk show host Phil Donahue remarked on being fired from MSNBC in February 2003. As The New York Times reported at the time, when Donahue's MSNBC show, Donahue, was cancelled, 'he was actually attracting more viewers than any other show on MSNBC'."
So, it appears that Yeagley has simply gotten his facts wrong, and most likely got it wrong by only cherry picking what he watches and reads. It must be difficult to live in an neocon vacuum, especially if they don’t even pay you well for it.
Phil Donahue on his 2003 MSNBC firing: "We had to have two conservatives on for every liberal. I was counted as two liberals."

SEAN HANNITY (co-host): What happened at MSNBC?

DONAHUE: Well, we were the only antiwar voice that had a show, and that, I think, made them very nervous. I mean, from the top down, they were just terrified. We had to have two conservatives on for every liberal. I was counted as two liberals.

HANNITY: You have the force of two liberals.

DONAHUE: I mean, you know, it's a shame, you know? Now, we were replaced by Michael Savage, and now they have Chuck [sic: Joe] Scarborough. And by the way, I wish them all well. A lot of the people who worked for me, incidentally, a wonderful crowd of very young, bright people who worked for me, some of whom have now matriculated to other programs on MSNBC. So I want them to do well, but I certainly wasn't -- it was a very, very unhappy time for me.

HANNITY: You felt mistreated? You felt mistreated?

DONAHUE: Well, we were very -- I was isolated, and we were very alone at the end. And then we had nobody supporting us, and our numbers were very decent. We weren't Elvis, but we were often the best number --

HANNITY: You were the highest-rated show on the network.

DONAHUE: Yes. And we were told to leave.
For more on the "liberal media" myth, go read here:
Albert Einstein — "Under existing conditions, private capitalists inevitably control, directly or indirectly, the main sources of information (press, radio, education). It is thus extremely difficult, and indeed in most cases quite impossible, for the individual citizen to come to objective conclusions and to make intelligent use of his political rights"