Ok, here’s the deal:
Mainstream media (owned by the rich and powerful, and paid by large corporations via advertising) caters to their ‘customers’ by providing data that is erroneous and scary, through ‘filters’ that we cannot see on the tube. Spin Alley is a witches brew of cunning. Twist the truth enough, change the rhetoric, and the meaning takes on new forms.
Create a ‘catalyst of consumption’ and people will consume. The ignorant person, full of fear, will run every which way. Buy parachutes to jump out of buildings when the ‘terrorists attack’!
The fact is, you turn on the t.v and you see Michael Jackson in his pajamas when thousands upon thousands are dying in the Sudan. North Korea is building nukes. I could name a dozen other ‘evil empires’. But it’s Martha Stewart, MJ, and Iraq–a nation which never posed a real threat.
Turn on the Comedy Channel on cable or HBO and you find the guys who have been thrown off the major networks for telling the truth, and what do you hear? The real news.
I guess what I mean is that the only way to get ‘true news’ in the US now is to turn the glass to HBO or Comedy Central and listen to the real voice. That of Jon Stewart (who recently got Crossfire cancelled due to his brilliancy) or Bill Maher (who reveals more about the issues than any news network).
The fact that you have to go to HBO in order to get true facts is disturbing…and it’s only a matter of time before the administration shuts that down too, or puts a bullet in his back.
I wonder if Bill Maher’s car is bulletproof.
I hope so, because without people like him, Ralf Nader, M Moore, and others… there would be no dialogue. There would be no truth. It would become a grey zone of ignorance and blind obedience. It would become diametrically opposed to what America stands for. Freedom, and the right to speak.
Meaning that the media has become a tool for the corporations. The politicians in their pockets.