I continue to be gobsmacked by the MainStream Media, or MSM. A couple of samples:

Glenn Beck Leads Religious Rally at Lincoln Memorial – NYTimes.com

WASHINGTON — Tens of thousands of people rallied at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday, summoned by Glenn Beck, a conservative broadcaster who called for a religious rebirth in America at the site where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech 47 years ago to the day.

Glenn Beck Rally Attracts Estimated 87,000 (Alex Sundby / CBS News)

An estimated 87,000 people attended a rally organized by talk-radio host and Fox News commentator Glenn Beck Saturday in Washington, according to a crowd estimate commissioned by CBS News.

The life blood of the media, news or otherwise, is eyeballs — viewers, readers, subscribers, Internet link-followers, and other categories; people who go to them and look at their output, and (vitally) the advertisements whose buyers pay for their livelihood. No eyeballs, no ads, as most bloggers will tell you.

The news divisions of the media claim to be purveying information, data the “eyeballs” can use to help order their lives. When viewers or readers turn to “the news” for information, they also see the ads and become more likely to buy the product, and the advertisers pay for that. The more eyeballs the higher the ad rate.

Around half a million people went home on 8/28/2010, turned on the teevee or checked the web site of one of the news organizations, and got lied to. They know that. They were there. The folks who attended Rev. Sharpton’s “Reclaim the Dream” rally are delighted, because inflating their numbers makes it more likely that others will join; attendees at Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” are irritated, because minimizing their numbers minimizes their influence. Peeved or pleased, though, both of them know it’s a lie.

Half a million people now know from personal experience that the supposed information they get from media news is not reliable. How likely are those half-million to turn on the teevee next time they want information about something? If they know it’s not reliable, what’s the point of sitting through the ads? Time is a cost; why expend it on pure waste that isn’t even enjoyable? How many people did they teach not to seek them out for information today? And how many did those people tell?

Wikipedia:

Asphyxiophilia or erotic asphyxiation is the intentional restriction of oxygen to the brain for sexual arousal. It is also called autoerotic asphyxia, hypoxyphilia, or breath control play.

They must be getting off, or high,  on cutting off the lifeblood of their organizations. It’s the only thing I can think of. At least it’s a comprehensible motive!
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