Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for September 27, 2023

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    BE THIS GUY  5 months ago

    The rich and powerful have always owned the media,

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    BasilBruce  5 months ago

    This is why I watch Euronews, France24, etc.

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    alasko  5 months ago

    Looking at you Jeff B.

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    B UTTONS  5 months ago

    The rich and powerful don’t buy the media, they manipulate it to tell the story how they want it.

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    ronaldspence  5 months ago

    I would call it “food for thought” but it is probablynot GMO free!

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    GeorgeInAZ  5 months ago

    Democracy dies in darkness. At least that’s the plan.

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    blunebottle  5 months ago

    Gee, Pastis, you hit the nail on the head again. Better be looking over your shoulder…

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    David_the_CAD  5 months ago

    That is why a variety of news sources is important. Yes there is bias in all news sources, but if you check out enough, you should get a more balanced view.

    To get an idea of how biased any one news agency is, look to how much they call the other agencies biased, or how much they tout how unbiased they are.

    For my main source I prefer NPR.

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    Qiset  5 months ago

    Don’t forget that through out history, governments have taken control of the media too.

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    The Big Sad  5 months ago

    You can’t get out of bed because we live in a dystopian nightmare.I can’t get out of bed because I gave myself crippling depression and anxiety and guilt and don’t know how to handle it, let alone tell anyone so I can get into therapy (not that it would work anyways) cause I’m only 16 (please help me).We are not the same.

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    shanen0  5 months ago

    Ha ha ha! The media is becoming worthless.

    Latest example:

    Q: How can you get a $20 billion media company?

    A: Pay $40 billion for the website formerly known as Twitter.

    But I’m hoping he runs it down to zero, though it would still be funny in joke form as $1 billion, which still sounds like a lot of money. Or even Dr Evil’s $1 million?

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    priyansh.jeziel  5 months ago

    SkyNews-Australia, although most any of the foreign news agencies do a far better job of accurate, unbiased reporting than do any of the US based agencies, and I include NewsMax and The Gateway Pundit, since they, too, are willing to cite proven sources of fake ‘news’ as their source..The funny thing is, that when I was working in the North Sea, nearly 40 years ago, SkyNews in the UK was a laughingstock, with its softball ‘journalism’, and fascination with ‘reporting’ sport, as ‘news’.

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    markkahler52  5 months ago

    It’s now too Autumn to want to get out of bed too soon, anyway…

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    win.45mag  5 months ago

    Funny, but his bed does NOT look like a rats nest.

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    iggyman  5 months ago

    To look for stories and sensationalize them to get people’s attention, and to make money!

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    JoeStoppinghem Premium Member 5 months ago

    It’s all tied to Reaganomics, let the rich have all the money, all corps to become monopolies.

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    colddonkey  5 months ago

    Not what if, they already have.

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    Huckleberry Hiroshima  5 months ago

    Stay away from Fox “News” and MSNBC and you should be okay… well CNN has turned too… um, try PBS.. well, they’ve always been a bit on the flaky side.. perhaps a few select local outlets, and maybe a foreign press or two. Or, do what Rat is doing. Take your pick. I’ve had some luck with unbiased news from a Japanese English as a second language college newspaper. Good luck.

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    eric_harris_76  5 months ago

    Then you go to new alternative media sources.

    Until the rich and powerful get them shut down.

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    wdtabordds  5 months ago

    No, the job of the press is to tell the truth, regardless of who it helps or hurts. The moment it takes sides, for any reason, it no longer serves its purpose

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    Steve Dallas  5 months ago

    Pastis alternates between complaining about mainstream media as controlled by the rich and powerful and complaining about citizen journalism on social media as unprofessional and shallow. He’s basically that caricature of a grumpy old man who says everything was better back in the day at this point.

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    zerotvus  5 months ago

    Or are allowed to buy all the newspapers and radio and tv stations……

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    Znox11  5 months ago

    To pander to the gullible?

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    Ellis97  5 months ago

    It won’t be long before Disney takes over the world.

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    stuart Premium Member 5 months ago is also a pretty good non mainstream media source. Mostly about health but not always.

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    grocks  5 months ago

    Good one, Pastis!

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    HOTLOTUS1  5 months ago

    cause it’s great watching everyone else’s problems

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    Goat from PBS  5 months ago

    The role of media is to read the comics, of course.

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    gingerspike88 Premium Member 5 months ago

    “And when you trust your televisionWhat you get is what you got’Cause when they own the information, ohThey can bend it all they want.” John Mayer

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    Sir Davecelot  5 months ago

    The point of the media is to bash Trump as much as possible. If Biden does something, the media doesn’t give two hoots!

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    mail2jbl  5 months ago

    Then the rich and powerful, most of whom are Democrats, will turn the media into mouthpieces for the Democrat party. Which has basically been the case since FDR’s Administration.

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    john  5 months ago

    While you may think it’s unbiased, it’s run by liberal elites, recognized as far left by conservatives, and even left-leaning by allsides, which is why conservatives want it defunded. Search also on MRCTV for “pbs leftist”. Looks like they don’t allow weblink citations here now.

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    SusieB  5 months ago

    I listen to NPR, watch FREE SPEECH TV, PBS, BBC.

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    Zebrastripes  5 months ago

    Tell me what ISN’T bought today ? Money

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    Ignatz Premium Member 5 months ago

    This is why we need journalistic standards, media monopoly rules, and the Fairness Doctrine.

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    rossevrymn  5 months ago

    Papa Whiskey, Oscar, Charlie Delta response to this political connotation? I am controlling you:

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    Ishka Bibel  5 months ago

    The role of the media is to put eyes on advertisements. Everything else is secondary.

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    Linguist  5 months ago

    Control the message and you control the people … something that, from time immemorial, demagogues, dictators, and those with wealth and power have always done.

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    snowedin, now known as Missy's mom Premium Member 5 months ago

    That’s already a done deal.

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    pripley  5 months ago

    Hmmm, seems like this would be more of a Pig gag than a Rat gag. To Rat, the role of the media would be; “Rake in advertiser’s dough!” I’m teiin’ ya, Pastis is gettin’ soft.

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    Tetonbil Premium Member 5 months ago

    Strong work here today Mr, Pastis! Well done! Speak the truths.

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    rhenton  5 months ago

    Funny. I always thought the role of the media had something to do with journalism and objectively reporting the news.

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    whelan_jj  5 months ago

    Why buy media companies when you can get a much better return on investment by buying politicians?

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    WCraft Premium Member 5 months ago

    It would seem like they mostly have one purpose: Be shills for the Democratic Party (except Fox) Under-report/ignore anything negative about liberals but be ready to pounce on anything that even looks wrong done by the other side. Sorry, but I no longer trust the media.

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    Count Olaf Premium Member 5 months ago

    Just read the sports page and comics

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    raybarb44  5 months ago

    First thing you do in a takeover of a country is to control the press and next take control of the weapons in that nation. That is how Lenin did it in Russia……

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    amaryllis2 Premium Member 5 months ago

    It’s been startling to see the changes at the Washington Post since Bezos bought it: slowly at first and then lots at once. A lot of good reporters are gone and the worst of the far right are there.

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    Silence Dogood Premium Member 5 months ago

    Another cheap shot, Pastis…sure to bring out the hate…

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    BWR  5 months ago
    I miss the days of a reasonably objective, unbiased media.
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    Mike Baldwin creator 5 months ago

    That does make it hard to get out of bed. Funny cuz it’s true. Depressing cuz it’s true.

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    Flatworm  5 months ago

    I am not sure what “And what if…” means in this context.

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    Windfall35  5 months ago

    Shouldn’t everyone be accountable?

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    KalloFox34  5 months ago

    Faux News in a nutshell…

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    zeexenon  5 months ago

    Careful or the trumpets gang of 75 million will come tearing through your house.

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    theoldidahofox  5 months ago

    The tongue and lips of FOX News commentators and news readers are chunk ridden brown.

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    willie_mctell  5 months ago

    Like A. J. Liebling said, more or less, freedom of the press belongs to those who can afford a printing press.

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    What do you mean: if?

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  59. Whatever  5 months ago

    I means you can get rich and powerful by selling new media to them time and again until they’re bled dry.

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    Aladar30 Premium Member 5 months ago

    C’mon Goat, that’s absurd! Right? Right???

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    [Unnamed Reader - 14b4ce]  5 months ago

    Watch NEWSMAX.Then “do an Elvis”.

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    wildlandwaters  5 months ago

    …and yet we still have to

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    Mellow Cactus Premium Member 5 months ago

    Almost right. It’s to hold EVERYONE accountable. And since power accrues to those in government, it’s essential to follow that power and make sure it’s held in check.

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    Cameron1988 Premium Member 5 months ago

    That’s usually Pig’s routine

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    thorgamma  5 months ago

    Is rat becoming a better person?

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    Sisyphos  5 months ago

    Alas, Rat, that only evades and does not solve the problem….

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    Bill Hand  5 months ago

    As a journalist I can say, “Amen and amen!”

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    jerry400  5 months ago

    The function of a newspaper or digital equivalent is to tell you the news. All the rest is garbage.

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