The Danger of Demonization

Where do Americans get their news and views?  Most likely from their fave news outlet….FOX, NBC, ABC, CNN and the rest of the establishment called the “fourth estate”……

I have never been a fan of the MSM especially in the past decades….I lost any respect for “journalism” when corporate America started sucking up the outlets….I said then it was a bad idea and so far my opinion has not been altered.

But these days the media is more like a propaganda machine than a group of journalists….the media is owned wholly by corporate America and will do their reporting that benefits their owners not educate the public.

The government has its enemies and the media is used to demonize those enemies….whether it is Iran, Russia, ISIS, Syria on and on….granted some of them are truly evil in scope….but that is not the media’s concern…theirs should be reporting the events and situations and the people decide who they think is a demon….

As the West is sucked deeper into the Syrian conflict and starts a new Cold War with Russia, the mainstream news media has collapsed as a vehicle for reliable information, creating a danger for the world, writes Robert Parry.

Does any intelligent person look at a New York Times article about Russia or Vladimir Putin these days and expect to read an objective, balanced account? Or will it be laced with a predictable blend of contempt and ridicule? And is it any different at The Washington Post, NPR, MSNBC, CNN or almost any mainstream U.S. news outlet?

And it’s not just Russia. The same trend holds true for Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Nicaragua and other countries and movements that have fallen onto the U.S. government’s “enemies list.” We saw the same pattern with Saddam Hussein and Iraq before the 2003 U.S. invasion; with Muammar Gaddafi and Libya before the U.S.-orchestrated bombing campaign in 2011; and with President Viktor Yanukovych and Ukraine before the U.S.-backed coup in 2014.

Source: The Danger of Demonization – Consortiumnews

Do you, my readers, think the media is doing their job or are they just arms of the propaganda machine of the government and corporate America?

Air Crash–Just What The Media Needed

Over the night we have had another air crash and the victims are the 66 most important people of the day….

A flight from Paris to Cairo carrying 56 passengers and 10 crew disappeared from radar early Thursday morning, the airline says. EgyptAir Flight 804 was lost from radar at 2:45am local time when it was flying at 37,000 feet, the airline says. It says the Airbus A320 had vanished 10 miles after it entered Egyptian airspace. Egyptian armed forces are searching for the plane, which was carrying 56 passengers, including one child and two babies, and 10 crew. EgyptAir later confirmed the nationalities of those on board as including 15 French passengers, 30 Egyptians, one Briton, two Iraqis, one Kuwaiti, one Saudi, one Sudanese, one Chadian, one Portuguese, one Algerian, and one Canadian, the AP reports.

A tragedy indeed but why am I so sarcastic about the reporting?

This is a story that the media desperately needed…..for a couple of days they have harped on the mini-riot at the Nevada delegate selection meeting…..where the Bernie supporters were angered and began protesting….and the story was reported by a reputable journalist that even chairs were thrown…..death threats to other DNC officials……well yesterday the story was developing that it was all a false report and all the news channels had run with the lie…….embarrassing, right?

Jon Ralston, the dean of political reporting in Nevada, has spread nothing less than a pack of lies about what went down at the state’s Democratic convention on Saturday. And the fact averse oligarchic national media has run completely riot with the provable falsehoods. No chairs were thrown at the convention Saturday. No death threats were made against the chair of the convention Roberta Lange. And Bernie Sanders delegates were not simply mad because their louder shouting was ignored.

Source: The Faux Fracas in Nevada: How a Reporter Manufactured a Riot

Now the MSM has a disaster that they can fixate on and speculate their butts off and never have to admit that they reported a lie…..the American people will be so enthralled with the hunt for this plane and the only thing they will remember about this mini-riot is the lies spread by the media.

Since there were NO Americans on the flight and it has nothing to do with the US there is NO need for days of endless speculation….the only reason is to divert the news from the lies that they have reported.

It is not about the plane but rather about saving face.

Fair Reporting Would Make A Difference

This press is of an op-ed that I wrote for my friends at Ace News Room……it is no secret that I am a supporter of the Palestinian people and their desire for their homeland and the right to return…..

Western media seldom reports accurately about the situation and the incidents occurring in the Holy Land……I try to remedy that oversight on their part.

It is no secret that I have zero tolerance for the Western media when it comes to the conflict in and around the Holy Land…..Americans have a blind spot when it comes to Israel…..

Source: Fair Reporting Would Make A Difference

What Happened To “Objective” Journalism?

I know I have been going on about the state of the journalistic world…….most of us realize that the news is manipulated by the corporate owned channels for the control of the societal paradigm.

But can there be “objective” journalism?

Every journalist has a political point-of-view and they don’t magically check that at the door the minute they land a job. Many pretend to pursue some noble cause of pure “objectivity,” but it is truly in vain. Every good journalist is informed about what the subjects they cover and it would be near-impossible to be informed and not have an opinion.

Let’s say a conservative commentator spends a whole minute speaking with passion about some issue. Journalists can show their bias by writing it up in two generally different ways: “Conservative commentator ranted about xyz topic” or “conservative commentator spoke passionately about xyz topic.” In the mind of the reader, the former could paint the conservative as a raving lunatic; the latter, an eloquent defender of ideas.

There is also the more indirect form of tipping your hand: selection bias. For example: some would say Fox News’ “hard news” hours spent way too much time harping on the Benghazi attacks over the last month; others would say MSNBC’s “hard news” programming, in addition to all the traditionally “liberal” broadcast network newscasts, outright ignored the story.

So basically….NO….there is no objectivity in the news reporting game.

One of the best examples of this non-objectivity is the Iraq War……news is tightly controlled to allow only the approved paradigm to be presented to the public.

Source: Iraq War Media Reporting, Journalism and Propaganda — Global Issues

Missing the Biggest 2016 Story

Another set of primaries is done….front runners are still front runners and the other guys are still chasing…..and the media is once again speculating on what should be done by whom…..

I have never trusted the media to be honest and forthcoming….not since corporations were allowed to own them and drive the news….the fringe media feeds the paranoid tools…..

The big story has been missed by the MSM….the rise of the “outlaw” candidates…….plus they spend all their time trying to keep the public ill informed……to feed whatever paradigm they want…….

To their everlasting discredit, most of the MSM Big Feet, which is what the late journalist Richard Ben Cramer labeled the self-important, pontificating political reporters and pundits who dominate our press, got it all wrong about Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.

That is no small thing when you consider those two are the big stories this campaign season. It’s like a weatherman missing a Category Five hurricane. Of course, if a weatherman had blown that call, he probably would be fired. With pundits, getting it wrong never seems to matter.

Source: Missing the Biggest 2016 Story – Consortiumnews

The time has come for the American voting public to re-think their choices of political affiliation….the time is now for a change….not some lame political slogan uttered for a bit of applause but rather a change in political parties….the old guard is dead just we keep them on life support out of fear….fear of the unknown….something Americans excel at doing to themselves.

Time to swallow your fear and MAKE the change that you desire….if you are incapable then slink off to your comfort zone…..ranting about immigrants or trannies or what ever your confused little brain has on it…..

What’s the old saying?  “Either you are part of the solution or you are the problem”.

(More on this later today in yet another post)

Press Freedom in ‘Deep And Disturbing’ Decline

After a relaxing weekend I am recharged and ready for another week of the stuff that dreams (nightmares) are made of…….

You see on many blogs and other such sites about the 1st amendment….everyone is concerned that it is being slowly eaten away…..and in my opinion it is…..but we have NO one to blame but ourselves.  Our fear has allowed the control of our information……

We are allowing the government too much control over our thoughts all in the name of national security….we want freedom to say or write what we want….but not so much from others that may not agree with our twisted little beliefs.

It is not just in the US but rather the world over….in a age when “democracy” is the coming thing…..how can the censorship of information fit into that paradigm?

It is bad now….but it seems to be getting worse with each passing week…..

A leading journalism advocacy group says media freedom experienced a sharp decline around the world over the past year, citing increasing government restrictions in places like Turkey, Poland, Tajikistan, and Egypt.

In its 2016 World Press Freedom Index released on April 20, Reporters Without Borders said that there had been a “deep and disturbing” decline in freedom of information in many places around the world.

Source: Press Freedom in ‘Deep And Disturbing’ Decline in New Age of Propaganda | Informed Comment

Control the news and you control the population…..a good look around in this country and one can see, if one wants to see, that that statement is more accurate today than it was last year.

And people that “1984” was fiction….HA!