Anyone who doesn’t think news content is controlled by corporations needs to take a hard look at the national media coverage of transvaginal mesh – or rather, the lack of coverage. Transvaginal mesh verdicts as large as $73 million on a single case have not been reported in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post; nor have they been reported on CBS, NBC, ABC or any other major television news channel.
Some 100,000 American women have filed lawsuits against pelvic or transvaginal mesh makers Johnson & Johnson (Ethicon), Boston Scientific, Bard, American Medical Systems (AMS) and other mesh makers. The sheer numbers of women who claim mesh injuries clearly indicate that this IS a news item, or should be. But you’d never know it by the roar of silence from mainstream media.
Transvaginal Mesh Media Blackout
So why the mainstream media blackout? One word: Advertising. Johnson & Johnson spends hundreds of millions of dollars in advertising with mainstream publications and television outlets. Do those “news” organizations want to bite the hand that feeds them?
The issue of the media blackout is not about taking a side in the litigation. The issue is that people deserve to have news reported to them when it concerns them. Transvaginal mesh concerns them, or it concerns someone they love or know. Mainstream media, instead of giving people information they need to make informed decisions regarding their health or the health of their loved ones, takes the advertising money from J&J and others, and then fails to report in timely and fair fashion, anything that could be construed as negative press against those corporations. On the rare occasions they do report, you won’t find it on page one where it belongs. You’ll find such stories buried where most people will never see them.
U.S. Press partners with Corporations
Because U.S. media is so thoroughly corrupted by corporate money, more and more intelligent people turn to the web for their news. Those people understand that the mainstream media, the press, which is supposed to be the 4th estate – a watchdog for corporate corruption, malfeasance, negligence and the like – is instead in partnership with the very corporations they are supposed to investigate. It’s not a conspiracy. Anyone with a job and a brain knows that you work to make the paymaster happy. That’s simply how the world works, or doesn’t.
Just as the Democratic National Committee partnered with the Hillary Clinton campaign to marginalize and disenfranchise Bernie Sanders and the issues he brought to the fore, the mainstream media partners with corporations to marginalize victims of transvaginal mesh.
In George Orwell’s classic novel, 1984, newspapers and all news is tightly controlled by the state. In our not very brave new world, the “news” is tightly controlled by corporations. In many cases, corporations which are most in need of having light shined on them have the least light shined.
Can’t Get Fooled Again
As George W. Bush famously (or infamously, depending on your point of view) said: “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice. . . can’t get fooled again.” Let’s not get fooled again. Dig out the news and the truth yourself, because you’re not going to get it watching television, or reading mainstream rags which refuse to print the larger truths which concern us all.