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CNN’s ‘Courageous’ — recycling an idea that was bad decades ago

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Progressive Culture | Scholars & Rogues

Move along, now. There’s nothing new here. Really.

From the Wall Street Journal’s Steven Perlberg:

CNN is creating an in-house studio that will produce news-like content on behalf of advertisers, a move that reflects marketers’ growing desire for articles and videos that feel like editorial work.

CNN calls its foray into “news-like content on behalf of advertisers” by the name “Courageous.” But it’s nothing we haven’t seen before.

Marketers know their ads generally compete with other content.

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Written by Dr. Denny Wilkins

June 11, 2015 at 12:20 pm

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A poll says we’re fed up with big money in politics, but will it end?

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Progressive Culture | Scholars & Rogues

From a New York Timesstory this week:

Americans of both parties fundamentally reject the regime of untrammeled money in elections made possible by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling and other court decisions and now favor a sweeping overhaul of how political campaigns are financed, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll.

A ray of hope? A touch of sunshine? Can our long national nightmare of billionaire-bought elections be ending?

Yeah. Right.

And by a significant margin, they reject the argument that underpins close to four decades of Supreme Court jurisprudence on campaign finance: that political money is a form of speech protected by the First Amendment. Even self-identified Republicans are evenly split on the question. [See the poll questions.]

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Written by Dr. Denny Wilkins

June 3, 2015 at 5:11 pm

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To your favorite politician, you are merely marketable data

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Progressive Culture | Scholars & Rogues

I have given my last dollar to a politician. I will never again “like” a politician. I will never again click the “donate” button. Hell, I won’t even click a link to a politician’s website. I will stop following and friending politicians.

I’m just data to politicians, and they can and do sell me.

Headline from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Political fundraising campaigns manage debts by selling data

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Written by Dr. Denny Wilkins

June 2, 2015 at 12:30 am

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