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Michael Zezima, famously known as Mickey Z described the United States as a corporate propaganda state

Michael Zezima, famously known as Mickey Z described the United States as a corporate propaganda state, who is a writer, editor, blogger and novelist living in New York City, made the remarks in a phone interview with Press TV on Monday.

“There’s much debate in this country about whether the media is liberal or conservative, and many believe it’s liberal. I say that the media are as liberal or as conservative are the corporations that own them, because the major media outlets are either large corporations in and of themselves or they are owned by and aligned with other large corporations,” Mickey Z. said.
He added that media outlets “represent the interests of these corporate owners, and it would not be in their best interests to present information that challenges the dominant narrative.”
“So basically they exist primarily to sell, trying to sell ads, they advertise that basically keeps them going…So when I call the United States a corporate propaganda state, the dominant narrative in the US is the information we get from the corporate media, whether it’s television -- it used to be primarily newspapers, not so much anymore -- television, of course, then internet, they set the agenda; and then they create this illusion that there’s this broad spectrum -- you know, there’s Fox News all the way on right and then you have CNN and the New York Times all the way on left,” he noted.
“So this very narrow debate they set, these parameters are so narrow that anything outside of Fox News or the New York Times isn’t even in the discussion. It’s through this method that they basically set the agenda which then creates a populous that doesn’t question a whole lot,” Mickey Z. continued.
“And when you try to talk to people about this, it doesn’t even resonate, it doesn’t even make sense to them because everything they’ve been taught and [they] continue to hear is the opposite,” he stated.
In answer to a question about the 2011 Occupy Wall Street movement in which he played a role, the political activist said, “I’d like to believe that the Occupy Wall Street did introduce some new ideas within this corporate propaganda state that we just discussed.”
“Unfortunately, it didn’t reach as far as we would like it to reach. I think that one of the things that was lacking in the Occupy Wall Street and is lacking in activism in general is a sense of solidarity across all forms of oppression. Too often, even in activism, the people that dominate tend to be the ones who dominate in the main culture,” he noted.
The Occupy Wall Street was a people-powered movement that began on September 17, 2011 in Liberty Square in Manhattan’s financial district, and had spread to more than 100 cities in the country over a year.

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