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Friday, February 5, 2010

An Example of State Media Control

This story was interesting. Allegedly, famous radio commentator Paul Harvey worked directly with the FBI. They censored his scripts and helped him write.

Previously confidential files show that Harvey, who died last February at 90, enjoyed a 20-year friendship with FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, often submitting advance copies of his radio script for comment and approval. Harvey wrote Hoover and his deputies regularly. Hoover, in turn, helped Harvey with research, suggested changes in scripts and showered the broadcaster with effusive praise.
If Paul Harvey refused to cooperate, he would not have been as successful. He probably would have been fired and replaced with a more willing puppet. If necessary, a scandal could be invented to discredit him.

In the present, such flagrant explicit control isn't as necessary. When nearly all the workers in an industry are brainwashed pro-State trolls, it's very hard to have dissenting thoughts. You adopt a culture of self-censorship as a means of survival.

There is no explicit written censorship code. However, most mainstream media personalities know there's a list of things they can't say. For example, Bill Maher expressed sympathy with the terrorists' point of view, and allegedly that cost him his show on ABC. It only takes a few high-profile incidents to keep everyone else in line.

Is the State media censorship engine deliberately coordinated? Or, is it merely incompetence. This story of Paul Harvey is an example of explicit censorship. Paul Harvey willingly played along with it, because otherwise he would not have been successful.

When the State media cartel has a monopoly, it's impossible for someone to start a competing program that tells the truth. Even if your ideas are better, you're barred from the market. Fortunately, the Internet is changing that. State thugs haven't (yet?) assaulted me for writing my blog.

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