The Fourth Estate (full documentary)

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  1. Reblogged this on Dreams of Liberty.

  2. Does this documentary only (or mostly only) cover the UK media?

  3. Interesting, but I must confess I am suspicious that there could be an ulterior motive operating here. The Leveson Inquiry (as with nearly all govt inquiries) didn’t achieve what it was supposedlt set up to do – rein in corporate media – but appears to have been more of a trojan horse to more broadly limit freedom of speech in UK – and we don’t have much to begin with.

    Yes, we need urgently to do something about media ownership – no question about that. But the film offers no clear answers and simply hints at some form of increased state control – potentially an extremely dangerous move (do I need to say Pravda?)

    And I note that it appears to be expressing views of the “Media Reform Coalition.” Well, if you visit the “About” page you will see from the address that: MRC [is] c/o Goldsmiths Leverhulme Media Research Centre (i.e., a part of Goldsmiths College at University of London).

    http://www.mediareform.org.uk/about

    Then visit Goldsmiths Leverhulme Media Research Centre and you discover that “The Goldsmiths Leverhulme Media Research Centre was founded in 2007 with a £1.25 million grant from the Leverhulme Media Trust.”

    http://www.gold.ac.uk/media-research-centre/

    Apparently, “The Leverhulme Trust was established by the Will of William Hesketh Lever, the founder of Lever Brothers.” And “Trust Board members are recruited from the highest levels of Unilever, the descendent of Lever Brothers.”

    https://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/about-us/trust-board

    Unilever – I probably don’t need to remind you – is “the world’s third-largest consumer goods company measured by 2012 revenue” at least according to Wikipedia, and bigger than Procter & Gamble and Nestle.

    Moreover, if you read down the list of appearances in the film you find that 1st and 2nd credits – and not due to alphabetical order – are:

    Dr. Natalie Fenton: Professor of Media & Communications, Goldsmiths/Vice-Chair, Hacked Off [which is itself a rather dubious pressure group]

    Prof. Des Freedman: Professor of Media & Communications, Goldsmiths/Chair of Media Reform Coalition

    There is also (from Goldsmiths):

    James Curran: Press historian, Professor of Communications, Goldsmiths

    http://www.fourthestatedoc.com/about.html

    For a film that hammers the point about corporate ownership and influence on our media isn’t this all a bit fishy?

  4. Thanks a lot, Scott. I would have missed this excellent documentary.

  5. An 80 minute documentary about the media- and not a single word about who owns and controls it.

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