Corporate Control

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Corporate Control


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It seems that there is an ever-increasing trend in our society. Big corporations are
becoming more and more influential in our lives. As they gain more and more muscle in our
government they also invade our schools and many other facets of our lives. Perhaps the
most disturbing area of potential influence, however, is corporate control of the media.
Can the American media uphold its values of free press under pressure from big
corporations? Can they continue to present the absolute truth? The simple answer,
especially in my opinion, is no. The movie The Insider provides us with an excellent case
to back that point of view. Perhaps one of the biggest stories of this decade has been the
tobacco industry. We saw them stand before Congress and tell the world that cigarettes
were not addictive. The industry was able to "lawyer" its way out of trouble time and time
again. They essentially used legal maneuvers, and certainly money, to keep the truth from
the American people. Finally, we saw all that come to an end. When Jeff Wigand decided it
was time to tell the truth, he put everything he valued at risk. He stood to loose his
family, any chance at a job, and quite possibly his life. He knew all these things and
still he went on, because he thought he could make a difference. He knew that his
testimony would never be heard in a court of law, so where could he turn. The answer: the
fourth and fifth estates, or the press and television. Every night millions of Americans
sit down and watch the nightly news or read the paper. We know that we will be told all
the days news, that we will be educated about what is happening in the world around us. We
also know that we will be updated on issues that we care about as individuals and a
society. Another delivery mechanism for information is television magazine shows like 60
Minutes. People know that when Mike Wallace talks to them, they should listen. They can
also look at his reputation and know that he is telling the truth. Wigand put faith in
that fact. Wigand agreed to do an interview with 60 Minutes because he knew that people
would listen. He knew that the absolute truth would finally be out in the open, and that
it would come from a source that people would believe. He risked everything because he had
faith in the media and journalists. What happened next is, quite frankly, disgraceful.
When the tobacco industry, specifically the company B&W learned that CBS intended to air
the interview, they began to lean on the CBS corporate office. They threatened lawsuits
that could quite possibly mean that B&W would end up owning CBS. There were other factors
as well. Westinghouse was about to purchase CBS. That meant that corporate managers stood
to make lots of money. A lawsuit with B&W could have easily made Westinghouse pull out of
the deal, and people would loose money. Essentially the whole situation came down to an
issue of money. CBS News decided not to air the story. It is quite obvious that they did
not make that decision based upon any journalistic issues. They were being leaned on by
the corporate office, which was looking at dollar signs. CBS News was setting aside the
truth for money, something it never should have even considered doing. Than goodness that
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