Naomi R. Wolf, born November 12, 1962, is an American author and former political consultant. With the publication of the 1991 bestselling book The Beauty Myth she became a leading spokesperson of what was later described as the third wave of the feminist movement. | Photo: Naomi Wolf
It's no secret, but for some reason the fact that our media is highly consolidated and non-independent has not sunk into the heads of the majority of our populace. For whatever reasons, most Americans seem completely inadequate when it comes to discerning corporate or state press for independent journalism. Perhaps, we as a nation are so interconnected we refuse to open our minds to stories that conflict with the neat little construct we have collectively created about our land of the "free". Currently less than six corporations own the majority of all the media in the United States, corporations beholden to profits and shareholders, not beholden to truth.
Naomi Wolf, political activist and author has always sparked my interest, mostly for her egalitarian views and public support for more critical and independent press in this country. Recently, Naomi posted on Facebook her current state of depression over the lack of real independent journalism left in our world. I have felt the same way for the past twenty years, but little if anything has changed, in most cases media consolidation has increased over those decades, and independent voices have been squashed out.
There are only a few independent news sources I can think of that are not pushing an agenda besides the truth and open debate (AND Magazine, Democracy NOW, theREALnews.com, truth-out.org). Perhaps the real news is no longer relevant when the neo-corporatists firmly in control of our Republic and the media have become so efficient in repetitive lies, bolstering, shaming, intimidation, and plain ole' misinformation. It's much easier for someone to believe something from a "credible" news source than to be in a state of flux, as you research the issues and let knowledge shape your conclusions instead of pride, ego, or comfort.
Luckily, there will always be groups of people who strive to provide independent media, and it's the responsibility of th
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e rest of us to share it with each other, in order to find truth. If not, the consequences of a colluded media are frightening, and a leading contributor to the current state of problems in our country.
When the media are controlled by a few corporations that also pay for political representation and plant agents inside our regulatory systems, their messages become intertwined, and this leads to propaganda not news. The press is supposed to play a critical role in making sure those representing us are not in fact oppressing us. Oppressing us with over taxation, cronyism, wars of choice, and intimidation through the construction of a surveillance state; a consolidated media's goal is to confuse you into blind trust.
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Please share your independent new sources with your friends and family, as it is the only way to increase the knowledge we all need in order to form sound decisions and to vote for politicians representing our needs – our Republic is counting on it.