Journalist or ‘unprivileged belligerent’? – Al Jazeera English

There are many of us Americans that remember the images that the journalists gave us of the Vietnam War…..many were of horrendous battles, events and situations and in some way lead to the anti-war movement having such an impact.

The US government was NOT going to allow that to happen again!

That situation was eliminated during the first Gulf War where the military had a close grip on the media and did not allow any of the freedoms that were allowed during the Vietnam era…..and that tight hold has continued today.

Basically it is that the media can have the news that the military wants them to have…..in other words tight press censorship…..some will not call it that but that is what it is…..information control has another name that we seldom use….Propaganda.  Ask the German people just how effective propaganda can be…..

The new manual by the Pentagon, Law of War, goes a few steps beyond censorship……amazing that the news organizations have not made this issue more of a story……or are the news groups just extensions of the government these days?

Read it and tell me where this is a way for a democracy to function……

 

Source: Journalist or ‘unprivileged belligerent’? – Al Jazeera English

The empire strikes back: Salon.com

The Political-Media Empire has lost all control over the news and they are striking back to regain the control over the process that they have lost in the first couple of months of the political cycle.

I mean Jeb has a ga-zillion bucks in his PACs waiting for the best time to strike……and then there is Bernie whose average donation is $31.00……

No modern candidate can run a legit campaign without help from a super PAC with deep pockets, yes? The New York Times reports that Bernie Sanders is providing a real test of that accepted wisdom. He’s managed to build a “formidable” sum of $15.2 million while eschewing super PACs, with the average donation to his campaign at $31.30. The vast majority of that total comes from small donations routed through the ActBlue website, which handles donations for Democrats. Sanders knows he will still be widely outspent, but thinks he’ll have plenty of money to run a smart, frugal, and “winning” campaign.

The MSM cannot stand the fact that Bernie is doing so well without the use of Super PACs….and then there is Trump who is using his own cash and does not bow to a Super PAC…….it is as if these candidates do not need the MSM…..and that cannot be tolerated.

The popularity of Sanders and Trump has the media scratching their heads…..they pushed Jeb and Hillary for over a year and yet the people do not seem to be interested in their choices given by the media….

The MSM has got to take back the control over the process…..

 

The empire strikes back: The media-political elite’s campaign to destroy Bernie (and Trump) and restore order – Salon.com.

How the AP Got the Iran Inspections Story Wrong

Last week the blog-osphere went batcrap crazy because of a AP report that Iran would be doing self-inspections of the nuke facilities…..bloggers lost their minds and accused everyone from Obama to a 2nd grade school teacher for this outrage.

I posted that it was a lie…..few believed what I wrote and even fewer would check out the sources that I gave them on the Iranian deal so they could read the deal for themselves…..

Although that report was a flash in the pan and the media and bloggers have moved on….simply because they could not get more hate or use of the story…….

But I am still trying to get people to read the information out there…..I am afraid that lies are believed we will once again be invading a country that does not need to be done so…..

Am I alone?  Or do Americans truly want to be the next “imperialistic” power?

 

How the AP Got the Iran Inspections Story Wrong.

MSM: Do You Make This Crap Up?

2016 election is turning into a bizarre collection of bullsh*t!

I recently did a post on Al Gore……you remember him?  The ex-VP and the alleged inventor of the internet (no really)…….the post was that there was a rumor that Gore would throw his hat into the election fray.

Really?  He could not win before….why would anybody think he could now?

I said it sounded like a made up story by the media to drive the conversation for 2016…..and it got some legs for a little while…….and now we have another thing that sounds like a made up story…..this one is about Biden.

Newser) – Speculation about Joe Biden entering the 2016 race has been heating up of late, and Politico adds a new wrinkle: The 72-year-old is reportedly considering a run as a one-term president. “One thing that I keep hearing about Biden is that if he were to declare and say, because age is such a problem for him if he does, I want to be a one-term president. I want to serve for four years, unite Washington,” journalist Carl Bernstein told CNN. “It could light fire to the current political environment.” Biden is on vacation in South Carolina this week, and the Wall Street Journal reports that he’s using the time to sound out supporters.

To me another crap story.  I realize that Biden may be thinking about throwing his hat in…..but ….really?

The MSM will go to any length to drive the conversation…….

Do I need to say more?

IS MSM Grasping At Straws?

2016 and the election has its cast of characters…..the GOP especially has one a/hole after another….the Dems not so much.

The media has been all over Trump, who is another story……… but has been pretty much set with its fave, Clinton…….

But the MSM needs the controversy to make the news more “lively”……Trump does it on the one hand but the Dems is another…..I mean we have a scandal to be, e-mails, and the straight issue politician in Bernie….like I said not enough controversy for their liking……

What could make the Dems more ‘fun’ to report?  There is the hint that Biden may decide to run but it is just not catching fire in the public……what can they do to jazz up the Dems side of the coin?

Then while I was lamenting about this lack of stuff to “jazz” up the Dems for 2016…..BAM!  Woot dare it is!

report that set the internet ablaze first appeared on BuzzFeed. The story suggested some conversations were already in process with Al about the possibility.

“Supporters of Al Gore have begun a round of conversations among themselves and with the former vice president about his running for president in 2016, the latest sign that top Democrats have serious doubts that Hillary Clinton is a sure thing.”

The story also quoted an anonymous “senior Democrat” source about a potential run, affirming the possibility of a Gore run.

“They’re getting the old gang together. They’re figuring out if there’s a path financially and politically. It feels more real than it has in the past months.”

There you have the newest non-story for the media to fixate upon for the near future…..this is just a made up story for the media and its need to drive the story……it is silly!  And a bit pathetic!

Mainstream Media–A Chuq Observation

Weekend arrives and I need to take a few days to myself…..that is away from the lunacy known as the news…….

I know I give my readers my opinions everyday rain or shine……and a guess we could call them observations……but this time I am talking about my observation on society and the people that attempt to function within its constraints……

Today it is the Mainstream Media that will take the hit.

I am a news junkie….have been so since early days of my life…….I was an avid reader (still am) and that was where the news and views came from back in the day…..then CNN came about and in the beginning was an adequate source for news.  Now with the 24 hour news cycle the news has become a mish mash of crap packaged as news.

Then massive corporations started buying up the news organizations……..eventually ratings became more important than truth and facts.  The quality of the news that Americans got every day began to decline.  And the decline is not finished ……….it gets worse every day.

Then came Reality TV…..pathetic entertainment for mindless fools.  These are packaged as some sort of real life story when actually it is scripted entertainment…….the only difference is they are paid less then the SAG members and that is what it is all about……profits.

For instance just last week Turkey entered into the fight against ISIS and the lead story on MSNBC was Tom Brady and Deflate-gate…….that one incident made me think of something we talked about in a political philosophy course I had years ago……

………in the mass media there is a tendency to avoid the unpopular and unconventional and to draw on ‘values and assumptions which are most valuable and most widely legitimated’

……..the issue of media portrayals of violence in terms of whether such portrayals have served ‘to legitimize the forces of law and order, build consent for the extension of coercive state regulation and de-legitimate outsiders and dissidents’. ‘They have thus examined the impact of the mass media in situations where mediated communications are powerfully supported by other institutions such as the police, judiciary and schools… The power of the media is thus portrayed as that of renewing, amplifying and extending the existing predispositions that constitute the dominant culture, not in creating them

Those were observations of Italian socialist Antonio Gramsci………his observations were made while he was in prison in the 1920’s………appears some Marxists were not as whacked out as has been claimed……huh?

The whole “fair and balanced” lie is nothing more than a marketing tool with no foot in reality.

The news is NO longer the news but rather a source of entertainment and that does NO service to the people that depend on this service for accuracy and truth……

Palestine: One Sided Reporting As Usual

I have criticized the MSM for years about their disproportionate reporting of incidents in the Holy Land…….for instance a Palestinian person goes on a rampage and stabbs several people…it makes the evening news or a Palestinian taxi driver runs through a crowd and it makes the evening news but when something negative is done about an Israeli there is little said……

Like this situation…….

NABLUS: An 18-month-old Palestinian baby died and its parents were injured in a fire started by Israeli settlers in the West Bank, Palestinian security officials said Friday. Four settlers set a house on fire at the entrance of a Palestinian village and scrawled graffiti on a wall before fleeing to a neighbouring settlement, the sources said. Extreme-right Israeli activists have committed acts of vandalism and violence against Palestinians and Arab Israelis for years, attacking Christian and Muslim places of worship and even Israeli soldiers. The attacks are known “price tag” violence – a euphemism for nationalist-motivated hate crimes by Jewish extremists aimed at Arab property.
I am not saying that Palestinian concerns deserve more reporting than that of the Israelis……just that maybe a better balance of what is reported……
To be honest and to their credit………Way Too Early on MSNBC did report this story……but so far nothing elsewhere.  The headline I saw on Twitter was “Palestinian baby dies in an extremist attack”…..no mention that the extremists were Jewish……
It is time for the media to stop ignoring the Palestinians in favor of reporting for the Jewish cause…….
Everyone is looking for a solution….and the one I have is simple……remove ALL settlers from the West Bank and allow NO more Jewish building in the area.  The Palestinians will not have to look over their shoulder daily waiting for the next attack by an “extremist”…….Israelis would not need to worry about their safety either……
But appears to me that the Israeli government does NOT want a peac3eful settlement to this problem……they prefer confrontation to co-existence…….