Most people tend to believe whatever they hear or see in the media. Because they have this false image in their minds, put there by the media, that the media feels a responsibility to the public to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. This is not so.
The media once felt a responsibility to the public when each newspaper, radio station and, eventually, TV station was privately owned.
Today things are different. More and more media are owned by fewer and fewer corporations and the laws have changed. Its the corporations that dictate the news to the public. They decide what the news is. They feel its their right because they paid for it They own it. So they can do with it what they want. And they use it to further their own interests, for the sake of profit, at the expense of the peoples wellbeing.
This video is one example of how the corporations control the media and indirectly the public through the media. It is an example of how reporters are intimidated to report what the media wants reported and how the media manage their public image as a reliable, believable authority of how things really are out there.
And it is also the very reason why the consumers do not hear about it on the news. They have to hear about it from their friends or on the Internet. And then they dont believe it because it wasnt on the news!
It is a segment of the documentary The Corporation http://www.thecorporation.com/ shows Jane Akre and Steve Wilson who once worked at FOX news in Florida and were fired for not lying about what they found out about the recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH), or recombinant Bovine Somatotropin (rbST) that ends up in the milk that humans consume.
Imagine the sort of information that would be available to us if people chose not to work for the corporate controlled media.
New evidence of political corruption has come to light since Iowa Governor Terry Branstad bowed to pressure from "Big Ag." By signing into law a bill that makes criminals out of undercover investigators who expose cruelty to animals, corporate corruption, dangerous working conditions, environmental violations, or food safety concerns at factory farms, Governor Brandstad failed Iowans, Iowa's farmed animals, and the American people.
According to the Des Moines Register, Governor Branstad and several other legislators largely supporting the bill received substantial contributions from influential agriculture groups, including the Iowa Pork Producers Association. The National Institute on Money in State Politics found that the agriculture industry provided nearly 10 percent of Governor Branstad's $8.9 million in campaign funding, while another leading supporter of the bill, Senator Joe Seng of Davenport, received over 25 percent of his campaign money from agricultural interests.
Founders of Iowa Beef Products topped the donor list, contributing $152,000 to Governor Brandstad's campaign. Co-founders of Iowa Select Farms - the target of a 2011 Mercy For Animals investigation - were also among the top donors, contributing $50,000 to Brandstad.
Why the "hush money"?
MFA's undercover investigation at Iowa Select Farms revealed horrific abuse to pigs, including:
Mother sows confined to barren metal crates barely larger than their own bodies - unable to turn around or lie down comfortably for nearly their entire lives
Workers ripping out the testicles of conscious piglets without the use of painkillers
Piglets suffering with herniated intestines, due to botched castration
Conscious piglets having their tails painfully sliced into and yanked off with dull clippers
Sick and injured pigs left to languish and slowly die without proper veterinary care
Management training workers to throw piglets across the room - comparing it to a "roller coaster ride"
Clearly, Iowa Select Farms has a lot to hide from the public. This issue of dirty politics is only one aspect of the disgrace surrounding Iowa's "ag-gag" law. Not a single federal law protects farmed animals from abuse or neglect during their lives on factory farms, and Iowa specifically excludes farmed animals from protection against even some of the worst forms of factory farm cruelty. This ag-gag law represents an underhanded attempt to silence animal advocates while keeping consumers in the dark about the harsh realities of modern animal agriculture.
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