At an Occupy Philadelphia event, Luke Rudkowski of WeAreChange interviews Pullitzer Prize winning journalist Chris Hedges on the state of the media today.
Rudkowski asks Chris Hedges for his opinion on the current state of journalism.
Hedges says, "Well, its been pushed to the margins, this is the problem. The press has been completely corporatized.... fallen into the hands of roughly half a dozen corporations, Viacom, General Electric, Disney, Rupert Murdock, Newscorp, Clear Channel, and that has created very narrow parameters by which any kind of debate can take place."
"You step outside of those narrow parameters, i.e. cheerleading for the Democrats or the Republicans, and you actually begin to talk about structures of corporate power, how they work, then you become a pariah."
Rudkowsky mentions that the media giants are gradually coming into the Internet media market, and mentions Time Warner buying up Huffington Post.
The general view expressed in the interview is that what we are seeing and hearing in the mainstream media is not news or knowledge, but is just their version of what they want the public to know.
"They don't disseminate knowledge, they disseminate propaganda. Knowledge is the last thing they want us to have," says Hedges.