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1 Several of our commentators have suggested that the media engage in self-censorship What does this mean and how is it accomplished Self-censorship is one of the least discussed and most routine media constraints in the United States The mass media are able to numb us in a sense dispensing anesthesia along with selected information Stories that are damaging to the financial interests of news organizations along with stories that go against the values of capitalism democracy and warfare are very intentionally avoided No one needs to instruct the editor of a magazine dependent on cigarette-ad revenue not to launch a crusade against the tobacco industry they already know not to do so The news is filled with footage and descriptions of cruise missiles F-117 Stealth bombers F-16CJ jets and other ultramodern aircraft Their awesome technical prowess is publicized in detail But dont expect much coverage or description of exactly what happens to people when the bombs detonate whom we are aiming to kill with the bombs or of what the real reasons are behind the bombing Meanwhile media conflicts of interest are unacknowledged For example if Brokaw and his NBC News colleagues marvel at the exploits of FA-18 Hornet jets they dont mention that NBCs parent company General Electric produces the engine that goes into each one One of the most powerful things that the media can do is persuade the population to view events proposals or agendas in a liberal or conservative manner Media organizations do not cover assignments factually fairly or fully resulting in a bias in their coverage when it comes to political subjects and more The power of mass media to persuade the population cannot be understated If the media gives greater coverage or sensationalizes only one theory the population sways in the direction of the information supplied The same is true for downplaying or covert negativity in coverage How and in what tone information is supplied
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