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”… 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…….

The Great Purge

Opinion from the aging fingers of Chuq

My regular readers (I love you guys) know that from time to time I like to connect today’s news with something historic…….I admit it I love my history….there is so much cool stuff in history that if you do not know it then you are missing so much…….

Recently I did a post about the firings of on-air personalities for MSNBC………I believe that this is a purge of on-air truly progressive voices by ComCast…….what started off as an experiment has turned into an ugly corporate purge…….

And now for that historic perspective……..

Throughout history there have been purges…..that is the elimination of people that are not on the prescribed page…….people that could bring down any given paradigm that is being groomed for the people…….

The first purge I want to use as an example is the Night of the Long Knives…….the year is 1934 and Hitler orders the arrest and deaths of Ernst Rohm the leader of the SA (Brown shirts)…….after he was killed the upper leadership was like arrest and executed…..after that was accomplished Hitler and the SS went after academics, writers, anyone that was in opposition to the Nazi Party……the official total was 85 deaths although the count was much higher…..the killing spree lasted from 30 June through 3 July 1934…….

The next purge was that of Stalin in the USSR……..this purge lasted from 1935 through 1938………

It involved a large-scale purge of the Communist Party and government officials, repression of peasants and the Red Army leadership, and widespread police surveillance, suspicion of “saboteurs”, imprisonment, and arbitrary executions……..It involved a large-scale purge of the Communist Party and government officials, repression of peasants and the Red Army leadership, and widespread police surveillance, suspicion of “saboteurs”, imprisonment, and arbitrary executions……..over a million were imprisoned and about 680,000 were executed…….

These are extremes to what is capable when power mad dicks “clean house”………there is a purge going on now in the MSM……..the leadership at MSNBC is purging all progressive voices from their show line-up……

Recently it was announced that MSNBC would be cancelling the Ed Show and Now with Alex Wagner…..also they have axed the Cycle, their roundtable discussion show that has seldom issued any progressive views, I think that it was just too boring even for the toads at corporate morons at ComCast…….

This is sad for Ed Show was a true voice of the working person and Alex Wagner was a true voice of feminism and progressive thought….sad to see them go…..but I do not think that ComCast is finished…..there is still Rev Al Sharpton whose voice for black America is needed and Chris Hayes who was a writer for the Nation a progressive voice then there is Lawrence O’Donnell, a Left leaning pundit and Melissa Harris-Perry another voice of progressive thought…….

On MSNBC no one with a progressive voice will be safe… may take awhile but ComCast will find a way to silence the progressives in favor of psuedo-intelligent thought like Morning Joe and that woman (trying to be nice here) Mika…..

Granted MSNBC’s purge will not be as messy or violent as those of Hitler and Stalin….but the result will be the same……silence dissident voices.

How long will it take MSNBC to make a clean sweep?

MSNBC Is Canceling Ed Schultz And Giving His Show To Chuck Todd

When I return to writing about politics and such I found MSNBC…..and I liked the network because it was not all conserv regurgitation…….at least there was a hint of a liberal point of view…..

MSNBC has shown that it is nothing more than a mouthpiece of the conserv point of view….the only ‘safe’ programs are those that cater to the mindless crap that the Right deems acceptable.

Then there is Chuck Todd……he is a tool!  He is about as interesting as watching flies mate…..he must be in bed with someone in the ivory tower……we liberals are of NO concern because we are not part of the greed and feed set……our points of view are unacceptable to the MSM……especially MSNBC.

MSNBC has lost yet another viewer……..ME!  And I suggest to all those that care about getting the truth to do the same……


MSNBC Is Canceling Ed Schultz And Giving His Show To Chuck Todd.

When The Going Gets Tough…The Tough Go………

I will be going light on my head today…….a couple of days of relaxation…….

Today is a Federal holiday……..we will be celebrating the Declaration of Independence this weekend…….and like every other event we have had a warning of the possibility of some sort of terrorist activity……

For the past couple of days the media has been reporting that there is a chance that terrorists could strike out at the US…….ISIS has issued a note for their followers to do “something calamitous”……to strike at the infidels.  And as usual that means the US…….

But while the government is giving this info to the media it is also saying something else……..

While conceding there is no specific threat, nor evidence of any ongoing plot, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are both issuing warnings about terrorist plots on the Fourth of July, and Rep. Michael McCaul (R – TX) predicted several “small scare ISIS attacks” that day.

Did you notice that there is NO evidence of a pending attack?

If ISIS is keen to attack US assets, there are much more convenient targets in the Middle East, particularly with the Pentagon sending a number of ground troops to the outskirts of Ramadi for “training” operations, meaning US forces are just a stone’s throw from a major, ISIS-held city.

As for attacks on US soil, there doesn’t seem to be any particular reason why ISIS might want to launch such an attack now, particularly with US officials doing a good job of terrorizing themselves about the mere thought of such attacks.

Here is where I have my problem…….what is the purpose of these warnings?  A warning?  Maybe fear?

After they issue the warning and the media dutifully helps spread the word, irrespective of evidence, we are told to not let this warning stop us from enjoying our holiday…..because if we are afraid to go out and spend money then the terrorists have won (remember hearing that after 9/11?)

Again…..what is the purpose of reporting this “imaginary” attack if we are to go out and walk into the middle of it?  How does this exercise make us safer?  We are warned just about every holiday of some possible attack or terrorist activity……why?  Is it just CYA for the toads in government?

Few Americans care…..that is until there is an attack then they will blame everybody from the president to the dude that delivers your pizza……..all these warning are nothing more than an exercise in stupidity……

Please be careful and go enjoy yourself……you deserve a break!



Why Do Journalists Take Delusional Presidential Candidates So Seriously? | The Nation

Holy crap!  Finally someone is asking the question that I have been asking for a decade.

I mean….really?  Carson, Pakai, Jindal, Trump and the list goes on……they have zero chance of the nomination…..but the MSM chases them for interviews…..why?

I guess it is easier than having to actually work for a story……..and these journalists win awards… is that for humor?


Why Do Journalists Take Delusional Presidential Candidates So Seriously? | The Nation.

US gun culture: What will it take to change? – Al Jazeera English

The media has its new fixation….the inmate thing was going nowhere and now they have South Carolina……

We have 48 hours of total innuendo and speculation….and as usual there is a call for a larger conversation…….we all know that will NOT happen…….

But yes we desperately need to address the gun culture thingy……..


US gun culture: What will it take to change? – Al Jazeera English.