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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

NBC News: “GE? Taxes? Who?”

For years, everybody with two brain cells to rub together has known — and has tried to get the message across — that our consolidated corporate-owned “media” companies are NOT reporting the news. But now it’s become so obvious that it’s finally moved beyond the endless “is not, is too” arguments.

The GE tax scandal has provided us with a 100-foot neon sign and a 200-decibel bullhorn. It’s too blatant, too in-your-face, for anyone to not see it and hear it. It’s not possible to stand waist deep in a vat of steaming shit and ask “Smell? Huh?”

When the New York Times reported that General Electric had paid zero income taxes, the story went viral. But for some odd reason, NBC — including that ultra-liberal socialist MSNBC — didn’t mention it. And that’s because:

General Electric (GE) owns NBC. You wouldn’t want to report something that might embarrass your boss, now, would you?

Get it now? Any questions?

As the saying goes: “Freedom of the press is limited to those who own one.”

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

And Fox and the others will still be calling NBC Liberal.

In fact I wonder if Fox Covered it and fairly


March 30, 2011 at 11:30 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

Uh, I'm with you on your larger point, which is important, but Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O'Donnell have mentioned GE's no-tax situation in talking about corporations dodging taxes.

Also, isn't MSNBC owned by Comcast now?

March 31, 2011 at 12:54 AM  
Blogger Snave said...

As pro-big-business as FOX is, they probably didn't want to touch that story either. But if they did cover it they probably portrayed it as something like "GE has the right to not pay taxes", as that would provide a spin the tea party types would approve of.

March 31, 2011 at 6:35 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

Who's General Electric? Did he serve with MacArthur?

March 31, 2011 at 8:22 AM  
Blogger Snave said...

Comcast is now a majority owner of NBC Univeral, but it only owns 51% whereas GE still owns 49%. MSNBC is owned by NBC Universal, so the same percentages of ownership should apply.

So while Vomcast probably has the final say in most matters, they would certainly be taking into account the views and opinions of the GE people.

March 31, 2011 at 11:05 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Erik: Fox probably thought it was a great idea for GE to not give any hard-earned money to that socialist nanny state.

SW: I forgot all about that, that ComCast had bought MSNBC. One of the articles I read -- not the one I linked to -- mentioned something about MSNBC not covering the GE scam, so I was just going with that. I'm glad Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O'Donnell have mentioned it.

Snave: That actually did happen. Some rightwing Republican, I forget who, was asked about GE's tax scheme, and his response was "taxes are too high."

Randal: You're thinking of General Mills.

Snave: Thanks for the info. It sounds like our mainstream "news" is basically what a few CEOs will permit us to hear.

March 31, 2011 at 12:04 PM  
Blogger Jerry Critter said...

I think General Electric was the power behind the throne.

March 31, 2011 at 12:47 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jerry: LOL, in more ways than one.

March 31, 2011 at 1:08 PM  

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