Saturday, March 28, 2009

Step 6 on a 14 step journey

Back on December 6, 2008, I posted on the correlation of the 14 steps to a fascist government and the actions of the Harper regime.  A lot of you contributed other examples on the trip Harper is taking us on.  Time to update this list again.  Because Step 6 is
6. A controlled mass media.

Under some of the regimes, the mass media were under strict direct control and could be relied upon never to stray from the party line. Other regimes exercised more subtle power to ensure media orthodoxy. Methods included the control of licensing and access to resources, economic pressure, appeals to patriotism, and implied threats. The leaders of the mass media were often politically compatible with the power elite. The result was usually success in keeping the general public unaware of the regimes excesses.

It is hard to find a moredefinitive example of this than strangling a natiowide media (that leans over backwards to be fair to the Conservatives) while supporting a ridiculous far right rag that only wingnuts read (or have someone read to them).

Spring is coming.  Enjoy it.  It could be our last free one if we don't get these crazies out of office soon.

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