Posted by: Lotfi Frigi | February 24, 2010

“The Media-Lobbying Complex”


For the few that still believe that the conventional media is honest and represents your interests and mine, I’ve got a bridge for sale if you’re interested…

“The Media-Lobbying Complex”: Investigation Exposes Undisclosed Corporate Ties of Network Political Pundits

A four month investigation into the covert corporate influence on cable news found that since 2007 at least 75 registered lobbyists, public relations representatives and corporate officials have repeatedly appeared on MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, CNBC and Fox Business Network with no disclosure that they are paid by corporate interests. We speak to journalist Sebastian Jones, who carried out the investigation for the Nation magazine.
We turn now to an investigation into the powerful interests behind the talking heads pontificating on cable news channels all day and night. They are routinely called upon to comment on everything from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, to the recession, the environment and health care reform.
Too often these pundits are identified as political strategists or by their former positions in congress, government, or the military. But what is rarely disclosed is that many of them are closely tied to corporate interests and lobbying firms with powerful stakes in the very issues on which the talking heads claim to be independent experts.
A four month investigation into the covert corporate influence on cable news by The Nation magazine found that since 2007 at least 75 registered lobbyists, public relations representatives and corporate officials have repeatedly appeared on MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, CNBC and Fox Business Network with no disclosure that they are paid by corporate interests.
I’m joined now by New York-based journalist Sebastian Jones. His cover story in the latest issue of the Nation magazine is called “The Media-Lobbying Complex.”

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