Friday, January 10, 2014

When the news is no longer the news

Watched a great DVD last night, a movie I’ve seen before but easy to revisit stellar performances from Al Pacino as Lowell Bergman, producer of CBS’s “60 minutes” and Russell Crowe as Dr. Jeffrey Wigand, who in 1995 famously blew the whistle on Big Tobacco. A timely reminder of the power that big companies and institutions have to suppress information that doesn’t suit them!

That was followed today by this account of fanfare and hoohaa surrounding GM-breakthroughs that were actually nothing more than fanfare and hoohaa. Read the article for all the details and as the article states, “The problem is summed up by newspaper man Lord Northcliffe as: ‘News is what people do not want you to print. All the rest is advertising.’"

Happily, there are now many ways to look behind the curtain to see what's really going on - so don't be afraid to take a peek! 

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