Media Manipulation: How the Big Media is Manipulating the Publics Agenda
An alarming new report released by the Center for Media and Democracy on Tuesday details how the American public is being manipulated by a “Media Manipulation Council” composed of “media executives, consultants, and lobbyists.”
The report was authored by Media Matters’ Laura Kipnis and Center for Responsive Politics’ Nate Silver.
“We are seeing a media industry in the United States where corporations and special interests are pushing a narrative that is not supported by the facts,” said Kipnes.
“This agenda has been going on for a while now, and we’re not even talking about the past few years.”
The new report finds that the media industry, like many other industries, has been working to “foment social unrest” by pushing a false narrative of widespread voter fraud in the 2016 election.
The report, titled “Media and the Election Crisis,” details how a number of media outlets have been “actively working to sow chaos in the presidential election, including through fake news, misleading and biased stories, and coordinated efforts to promote the false claims of widespread vote fraud,” including in a story that the New York Times “created for the purpose of undermining the legitimacy of the election.”
The group’s report, however, notes that “the narrative of rampant voter fraud is simply not supported,” and that “no credible evidence of widespread fraud has been uncovered.”
The groups report also notes that the “American public has little confidence in the mainstream media’s ability to accurately report and accurately report the news.”
“The American public has no confidence in a ‘professional media,'” Kipns said.
“A number of the media organizations have been involved in efforts to sow the seeds of discontent and conflict throughout the country, including by promoting the false narrative that there is widespread voter-fraud in the election, and that it’s the job of the government to monitor and stop the fraud.”
The findings of the new report come as “tens of thousands” of Americans across the country have protested at the polls in what is being called a “March on Washington” in support of voting rights, the “right to vote,” and other civil rights.
A number of other major corporations, including Facebook, Google, and Netflix, have also taken part in the protests, which have also been met with protests.
The protests have been met by the US Department of Justice to investigate voter fraud, and have resulted in the resignation of President Donald Trump.
In response to the report, Kipnos called on the Trump administration to immediately “immediately take all necessary steps to address these serious allegations,” and to “stop the politicization of the investigations.”
In response, Silver and other media figures have slammed the “fake news” that has been used to attack the protests.
“There’s nothing fake about fake news,” Silver told reporters.
“The fake news is actually a political ploy to try and make people distrust the press.”
He continued, “What we are seeing is the government working with media companies and special interest groups to undermine the legitimacy and integrity of the democratic process.”
“They have the full support of the President,” he added.
“If you believe in democracy, and you want to stand up for the American people, you have to be concerned about these kinds of attacks.”
In addition to the media, the report cites a number other groups as being part of the “Media Management Council,” including the “National Association of Black Journalists,” “American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees,” and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
It also points to a number media companies including CNN, The New York Post, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal as being involved in the effort.
“As we’ve seen in the past, media corporations are working to promote a false, political narrative that undermines the legitimacy for the presidency and the election,” said Silver.
The Media Management Council report, which was written by Kipins and published by The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, is available for viewing here.
“These are the same kinds of tactics we’ve been seeing for decades from corporations to push the false narratives that are designed to undermine democracy,” Kipkins said.
As The New American reported last week, The Center For Information and Rapid Response, a group that “works to defend the First Amendment and civil liberties in the digital age,” is also part of a “media manipulation council” composed mostly of media executives and lobbyists.
According to The Center, the group is “working with some of the same media companies that the Media Manipulating Council has targeted in the ‘fake news’ allegations.”
Kipis added that the effort is a response to efforts by “the Trump administration and other major corporate players to undermine democratic norms and the legitimacy, integrity, and integrity” of the 2016 presidential election.