EDITORIALS REGARDING MAINSTREAM MEDIA COMPLICITY
He Who Controls Television Controls the Masses
By Manuel Valenzuela
In this age of modernity and technology, where the television monitor has become
the center of the average American household, from cradle to grave acting as surrogate
parent, teacher, role model and as influencer of human thought, it should come as no
surprise that entire populations can be controlled with such facility and efficiency, turning
once thinking humans into grazing sheeple. For in todayís day and age, he who controls
television controls the masses, and he who controls the masses controls the nation.
Television has become, quite simply, the greatest tool of mass manipulation and thought
control civilization has ever seen, an incarnation of the myriad of myths, fables, fictions,
story telling, theologies and all other forms of Ďbread and circusí historyís elite have concocted
from which to retain power and control the lower echelons of manís corrosive pyramid of
hierarchy. In the television the elite have found the greatest weapon of mass control, seemingly
able to dictate culture, politics, events, thought and destiny from the moment of birth to the
time of death. It can even be said that it is they who can determine reality in twenty-first century
America, magically making history disappear, altering the past, changing the present and molding
the future. Reality is what they want it to be, shifting culture to their dictates, conditioning minds
to fit their goals, pushing society in the direction that most benefits them and erasing from memory
any manifestation that does not correspond to the reality they wish to create.
Newsweek and the Silence of the Lambs
14 December 2005
Newsweek's current issue, December 19th, now on the stands, has a cover
showing George Bush in a bubble with the heading: "Bush's World - The Isolated
President: Can He Change?" For months Doug Thompson's blog - Capitol Hill
Blue - has been circulating on the internet, with many of us more curious about
Thompson than about Bush. Thompson's charges were outrageous - reports of a
President who wandered the White House yelling at his aides, accusing those around
him of betraying him - surely Thompson was on a private rant of his own. (Thompson
is not a left winger - if anything, he is a libertarian, so his reports carry more sting than
something written by a liberal).
Now, with this long article by Evan Thomas and Richard Wolffe, running for ten pages
(with a terrific follow-up column on the "Imperial Presidency" by Fareed Zakaria), it is
clear that Capitol Hill Blue was reporting the reality. What is most interesting about the
article is not what is in it, but what is not in it. Where other articles discussing past Presidents -
Clinton, Kennedy, Johnson, Reagan - would have been able to quote "named sources", what
we have here is almost entirely anonymous. Take this example: "A White House aide, who
like virtually all White House officials (in this story and in general) refused to be identified
for fear of antagonize the President..." or "White House officials, as well as one of his
closest friends (also speaking anonymously so as not to complicate relations with the President )...."
ALICE IN WONDERLAND IN THE TIMES AND
POST NEWSROOMS, AND THE WHITE HOUSE IS
PATTING ITSELF ON THE BACK
Ok, did the WH set out to neutralize the two top newspapers in the country or
did it just work out that way? Let's back up for a minute, remember what happened
with 60 Minutes in its report about Bush's National Guard records -- egg on the face,
tail between the legs, and reduced credibility along with long term timidity. Humm,
pretty good results from a classic Rovian strategy.
Mike Whitney: 'The corporate media's threat to freedom'
Tuesday, November 15 @ 09:55:21 EST
There is no similarity between the corporate media and a "free press." The corporate
media operates according to its structural make-up, which requires it to serve the interests
of ownership and maximize profits. Its top-down style of management ensures that it will
align itself with the political centers of power which create the opportunity for greater
prosperity. This explains why the media giants have consistently concealed the Bush
administration's attacks on civil liberties, supported the expansion of executive power,
and paved the way for global war. After all, they are just acting in their own best interest,
accommodating the political establishment to allow for more consolidation and expansion.
One hand washes the other.
The Mindless American: A Tragedy In The Making As a result of nine-elevenís jarring impact upon our nation, journalists have discovered a near
paranoid rise in retaliation against individuals attempting to expose governmental malfeasance.
By: Doug Soderstrom, Ph.D.
October 9, 2005
Bernard Weiner: 'Before the Plamegate deluge:
Honoring our journalistic heroes'
Date: Wednesday, October 12 @ 10:14:30 EDT
Topic: Liberals And The Left
Bernard Weiner, The Crisis Papers
A political and media onslaught is about to be unleashed with the
indictments of a whole host of key White House officials (including
you-know-who) caught up in the Plamegate coverup. The unraveling of this
potentially treasonous scandal -- which began with the outing, for political
reasons, of a covert CIA officer -- could well provide the tipping point
that will allow the Democrats to retake the House in the next election,
initiate Congressional investigations of Bush Administration crimes, and
possibly even pass an impeachment resolution.
So, before all the craziness begins, it might be useful to remind ourselves
how far we've come in the battle to remove the extremists who currently rule
so recklessly and incompetently in our names. And how the work we've all
been doing in the political trenches, unearthing the corruption and
incompetence and dangerous initiatives of the Bush Administration, has
helped weaken that crowd of crooks and liars to the point where impeachment
is a serious possibility. Of course, the Republicans these days -- with
their never-ending exploding scandals and bare-knuckles infighting -- are
not doing such a bad job destroying themselves without our help.