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March 27, 2009


Today's Washington Post - which is losing tons of money - featured on its editorial page columns by three member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a private club for those who are turned on by empire fetishes. Another column was by David Broder, who wrote in 2003: "I like Karl Rove. In the days when he was operating from Austin, we had many long and rewarding conversations. I have eaten quail at his table and admired the splendid Hill Country landscape from the porch of the historic cabin Karl and his wife Darby found miles away and had carted to its present site on their land."


Anonymous Mairead said...

"One"? Surely not merely one but the largest. Just as any mention of labor in the Business section is from management's perspective.

Newspapers today are written by and for an elite minority that's as self-centered as a gyroscope. What's astonishing is not that the rest of us are abandoning something so useless, but that it's taken us so long to begin.

March 27, 2009 3:54 PM  
Anonymous Justice said...

Important relevant facts are of course being kept from the public, making it impossible for people to confront and fight adverse challenges. Here's an excellent link to share that presents good evidence we've been misinformed and dis-informed our whole lives long (by media whose first lie is that they don't lie and omit and distort). A few nauseating/sobering snips appear below, but please go see this page:
takeoverworld - and pass it on by all means!

The directors governing the media conglomerates also sit on the boards of the military weapons manufacturers and all of the other industries in an interlocking directorate of power. So, it is not really accurate or enough to just say, "the corporate media is biased". In point of fact, the corporate media IS the war, is the military, is the destruction of the environment, is the gentrification of our cities, is the criminalization of the poor and non-aryan and foreign-born...it is everything that we loath about this society.

No such beast as a free press exists. Long ago it fell under the control of the CIA and corporate wealth.

Just like any old con artist with some skills, behavioral psychologists and PR consultants seize upon our deepest desires, our highest moral, ethical, and religious values, and our noble love of America, because they know they can twist us around, confuse us, and screw us with the very best values we possess, and USE us for their benefit.

One night, probably in 1880, John Swinton, then the preeminent New York journalist, was the guest of honour at a banquet given him by the leaders of his craft. Someone who knew neither the press nor Swinton offered a toast to the independent press. Swinton outraged his colleagues by replying:

"There is no such thing, at this date of the world's history, as an independent press. You know it and I know it. There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid weekly for keeping my honest opinions out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things, and any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job.

If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone. The business of the journalist is to destroy the truth; to lie outright; to pervert; to vilify; to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell the country for his daily bread. You know it and I know it and what folly is this toasting an independent press. We are the tools and vassals of the rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes." -Swinton

"We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false."
-William Casey, CIA Director (from first staff meeting, 1981)

So what news gets changed? Just reports of wars, or assassinations or disease threats or just national security stories? According to CIA Director Casey's statement, what gets changed is "everything." Americans have been receiving the CIA view of the world since 1950's at least, regardless if it's NPR, Pacifica, New York Times, or Fox.

Media IS mass marketing... of messages, ideas, attitudes, and behaviors. It's behavioral programming.

"I admit it - the liberal media were never that powerful, and the whole thing was often used as an excuse by conservatives for conservative failures." - William Kristol, editor of Weekly Standard, head of Project for a New American Century (PNAC), The New Yorker, 5/22/95

The CIA has been described as "Wall Street's own paramilitary police force". In the hyper-capitalist USA, where founding democratic principles take a back seat to profit and power, this view of CIA is accurate.

The history of the CIA's involvement with the American press continues to be shrouded by an official policy of obfuscation and deception for the following principal reasons... (see the link)

March 30, 2009 12:05 PM  
Blogger Wes said...

It is so easy to blame all the conspirators. I think that that Evan Thomas was about right at Newsweek He was only speaking about Krugman and the economy, but that is the way it works for all. Maybe it is the reason that the only voice in the NY Times that is getting the global warming story right is Tom Friedman... not Andrew Revkin.

March 30, 2009 12:44 PM  

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