Wednesday, May 18, 2005


Teeth gnashing and condemnation of BushCo in regard to controlling and/or muzzling the press. Tsk-tsk. But from my view the press/MSM reports as they always have, what they're told (by one side or the other). How can anyone think the state of American news media is any different now than it was 10, 20, 30, 40, 50+ years ago? The press has always been an arm of the ruling power. Name one event that the press "broke" (without approval) that changed history and made the world a better place? Pentagon Papers (did that end and punish a secret government that ruled by conspiracy?) Watergate (did Nixon die an honored respected statesman?) Iran-Contra? I never had sex with that woman? Hahahaha, you're kidding right?

"America's image abroad" is put forth as a serious concern, as if it matters. America has never suffered anxiety over image abroad. The halls of power are run by the same global group of Anglos with a token or two brown princes. Who's left to worry about? The poor and powerless? Those we hope will protest violently so we can shoot 'em down, smoke 'em out? You think a few more American troop deaths mean any more than the 56,000 they sent to die a generation ago?

Where is MSM on Negroponte, Bolton, Chertoff, Rice, Goss, all of BushCo choices? Waiting for the media to "out" these thugs? Look in their eyes. They're empty, coarse, corrupt, murdering; we've finally perfected a generation of political vipers that would gladly depopulate the world for the pleasure of their 15 minutes. Ask millions of Asians, Latin Americans, Africans who've died over the last century looking upon the US "image" at the end of a gun, bomb, embargo, or indifference.

Take one example: there was little outrage regarding MSM coverage of Clinton's intervention in Haiti (and still little in the media over BushCo intervention). Under democrats or republicans Disney keeps making big profits for shareholders because Haitians keep dying and dying and dying to make cartoon trinkets at 11 cents an hour. Haiti's production of baseballs, textiles, cheap electronics, toys, sugar, bauxite and sisal are all controlled by American corporations. No politician has ever told the truth of what goes on in Haiti. It's the big plantation for many of their backers, yassuh boss it's fundraiser time. When the Haitians attempt democracy, whichever party is in the WH, will put down the rebellion with a few US troops, polish up the paragraph of "freedom" and send Haitians a bill for the service.

Major General Smedley D. Butler said it…."I was a high-class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street, and for the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer for capitalism… conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses." Guatemala, Honduras, Indonesia, Thailand, Iraq, Iran, wherever muscle is needed. Think MSM has tried to enlighten the masses with truth?

Abroad, someone told me they could tell Americans by their walk, "because you swagger when you walk, all Americans walk that way." As Americans we can't help swaggering, around the globe, even unimportant, over-extended credit card American tourists swagger because of an asinine belief that "us" is omnipotent, and always correct. Vietnam, almost a mistake, was ignored for a nearly a decade afterwards, until Ronnie the Communicator with the help of MSM sold us we were right after all to fight the evil empire of communism, regardless how many died. What a relief, Amerikuh almost had a mistake on its record.

The WaPo, owner of Newsweek, the rag to look bad this month, did what all MSM does, it put it out and pulled it back and asked BushCo "was it good for you?" The only difference with BushCo and past regimes is Bush isn't giving us a kiss first, but most Americans won't remember anyway.


Deleted said...

I'm going to keep on gnashing, even though I have mostly sat this one out and for most of the same reasons you outlined.

How much things have NOT changed over in the mainstream become clear to me a few years ago. I stumbled across a collection of scanned diary entries from a 19th century journalist who beat his breast about what bootlickers he and his fellows were. It was dated 1880-something.

My goal in tooth gnashing is to drive people to consider getting their news from journos who at least try to be honest and competent. Failing that, to read the papers with skepticism, and not paranoia or childish cynicism.

Kate-A said...

I'm glad you're gnashing Harry. I make attempts in the small pond around me to convince people to look at other news sources. But I most often find those who want to already do and others shrug.

Tomlin said "No matter how cynical you get, it is impossible to keep up."

That seems to stick in my mind these days.

umkahlil said...

I lived and worked on Camp Butler and it was there in Okinawa that I first learned about General Smedley Butler. A brilliant post of which the General would be proud, I'm sure.

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