Fool Me Once, Then Fool Me Twice……

Did anyone out there watch Obama’s speech to the UN General Assembly yesterday?

Yea….me either.

The US has a long history of “fooling” the pubic in favor of war….The Gulf of Tonkin attack 2, Gulf War 1, Iraq 2003, Libya in 2011 and now it is Russia that is getting the full nelson…..

I appears that the UK is suffering from this deception as well……

After the British report exposing falsehoods to justify invading Iraq in 2003, a new U.K. inquiry found similar misconduct in the 2011 attack on Libya, but no lessons are learned for the West’s new propaganda about Russia, writes Robert Parry.

A British parliamentary inquiry into the Libyan fiasco has reported what should have been apparent from the start in 2011 – and was to some of us – that the West’s military intervention to “protect” civilians in Benghazi was a cover for what became another disastrous “regime change” operation.

The report from the U.K.’s Foreign Affairs Committee confirms that the U.S. and other Western governments exaggerated the human rights threat posed by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and then quickly morphed the “humanitarian” mission into a military invasion that overthrew and killed Gaddafi, leaving behind political and social chaos.

Source: Getting Fooled on Iraq, Libya, Now Russia – Consortiumnews

The media is working long and hard with the governments to make the case against Russia…..Russia has been responsible for many things but could they be getting a “bum’s rush” these days?

Check out my past post on how to recognize propaganda and tell me what you think this is all about……

Propaganda 2.0

What Is Propaganda?

The American Pravda

Pravda….does anyone older than a stick of gum know what that word means?

Let me help…it was the official media organ of the Soviet Union…..a propaganda rag….the same as many of our “award winning” newspapers like NYTimes or the WaPo to mention only a few……

Skip forward….have you read any of the conspiracy theories floating around the internet?  You know 9/11 was a false flag, chem-trails or the school shooting was staged….those sort of BS reports.

Ever wonder where all these conspiracy theories got their start?

A year or two ago, I saw the much-touted science fiction film Interstellar, and although the plot wasn’t any good, one early scene was quite amusing. For various reasons, the American government of the future claimed that our Moon Landings of the late 1960s had been faked, a trick aimed at winning the Cold War by bankrupting Russia into fruitless space efforts of its own. This inversion of historical reality was accepted as true by nearly everyone, and those few people who claimed that Neil Armstrong had indeed set foot on the Moon were universally ridiculed as “crazy conspiracy theorists.” This seems a realistic portrayal of human nature to me.

Obviously, a large fraction of everything described by our government leaders or presented in the pages of our most respectable newspapers—from the 9/11 attacks to the most insignificant local case of petty urban corruption—could objectively be categorized as a “conspiracy theory” but such words are never applied. Instead, use of that highly loaded phrase is reserved for those theories, whether plausible or fanciful, that do not possess the endorsement stamp of establishmentarian approval.

Source: American Pravda: How the CIA Invented “Conspiracy Theories” – The Unz Review

This from a site that leans toward the Libertarian side of the political discourse….so take that into consideration…..

 

 

America’s Journalistic Hypocrites

The hypocrites are NY Times, WaPo, InfoWars, Drudge, all of them that are more concerned with corporate well being than the news….

ALL MSM are concerned with the spread of the approved message….no matter which side of the aisle they reside……their only intention is to spread the propaganda of the day…..as handed down by government and corporate leaders…..then the American people help spread crap in the name of “the news”…….

Keep in mind the statement….”If it bleeds it leads”…..take Paris….recently the police foiled a terror attack, a massive one, but did you hear about it?  Nope.  Why?  No blood flowed!

How do we know what is propaganda and what is not?

That is simple….a couple of years ago right here on IST I gave my readers all the information they need to determine what is what……few took my advice about printing them out and then check the news to see which category it falls into…..

Source: What Is Propaganda? – In Saner Thought

And later…….

Source: Propaganda 2.0 – In Saner Thought

I suggest it again…..that is unless you are just looking for crap that reinforces what you already want to believe…..then I cannot help a closed mind….

I read an interesting piece in Consortium News by Robert Parry…..

The U.S. news media flip-flops on whether international law is inviolate or can be brushed aside at America’s whim – and similarly whether killing civilians is justified or not depending on who’s doing the killing, says Robert Parry.

Over the past few decades, the U.S. mainstream media has failed the American people in a historic fashion by spinning false or misleading narratives on virtually every important global issue, continuing to this day to guide the nation into destructive and unnecessary conflicts.

To me, a major turning point came with the failure of the major news organizations to get anywhere near the bottom of the Iran-Contra scandal, including its origins in illicit contacts between Republicans and Iranians during the 1980 campaign and the Reagan administration’s collaboration with drug traffickers to support the Contra war in Nicaragua. (Instead, the major U.S. media disparaged reporting on these very real scandals.)

Source: America’s Journalistic Hypocrites – Consortiumnews

The hypocrisy does not end with political stuff……terrorism is another arena that the media is a bit problematic……their evening reports do nothing but feed the fear that they created in the minds of the American viewer…..

Mass media and terrorism have become ever more intertwined in a mutually beneficial relationship often described as ‘symbiotic.’ This column examines that dynamic and outlines the need for news organizations to balance the public’s right to know against the ability of militants to exploit news coverage to promote their beliefs.

On its side, the mass media capitalizes from the confusion and consternation caused by terrorist attacks to produce the kind of dramatic news that draws the attention of its viewers and readers.

Source: The Symbiotic Relationship between Western Media and Terrorism

I try to help my readers discern crap from facts……please feel free to check out this stuff….journalism is dead…..propaganda rules…..and we as a society accept lies over truth…..what does that say about us?

The New McCarthyism

How many of you young’ns even know what the term “McCarthyism” means?

The term is named after Sen. Joseph “Tail Gunner Joe” McCarthy a senator from Wisconsin and his witch hunts for “communists” hiding in plain sight within our society…..

He used the House Un-American Activities Committee as a cover for his witch hunts…..

“Are you now, or have you ever been, a member of the Communist party?”

In the 1950s, thousands of Americans who toiled in the government, served in the army, worked in the movie industry, or came from various walks of life had to answer that question before a congressional panel.

Senator Joseph McCarthy rose to national prominence by initiating a probe to ferret out communists holding prominent positions. During his investigations, safeguards promised by the Constitution were trampled.

Source: McCarthyism [ushistory.org]

I bring this up because there are some the see a return of the days of McCarthyism….the demonization and the accusations abound.

The New Cold War and its fellow-traveler, the New McCarthyism, are arriving on the hawkish wings of The New York Times and other mainstream U.S. media outlets, writes Robert Parry.

Traditional U.S. journalism and the American people are facing a crisis as the preeminent American newspaper, The New York Times, has fully lost its professional bearings, transforming itself into a neoconservative propaganda sheet eager for a New Cold War with Russia and imposing a New McCarthyism on public debate.

The crisis is particularly acute because another top national newspaper, The Washington Post, is also deeply inside the neocon camp.

Source: New York Times and the New McCarthyism – Consortiumnews

I have long said that the MSM is nothing but a propaganda tool for the neocons and the defense industry…..they use the MSM to make the case for intervention and conflict……plus they are used to further the anti-Russian dialog and anyone that disagrees is somehow a “Russian apologist” (have I heard the term before?)

I have long said that the NYTimes and WaPo were nothing but tools that gave up all claim to fair journalism…..and they are not alone……just the most visible of the MSM……

The Media Is Giving Hillary Clinton a Free Pass

Did you really think I was going to give Clinton a pass?

How many times have you heard the piss ants on the Trump bandwagon piss and moan about the treatment he gets from the MSM?  Well to be fair…I wrote a post saying that Mr. trump was getting a free ride from the MSM……guess what?  So is Hill baby!

It is no secret that I do not support her nor do I think very well of her…..but the accusations about her getting a free ride from the MSM may have some validity………………

Much of the media have internalized the fantasy that the Hillary Clinton campaign is treated tougher than the Donald Trump campaign.

David Harsanyi writes:

Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was finally asked a tough question during NBC’s commander-in-chief forum, so naturally the establishment media immediately coagulated around the notion that NBC’s Matt Lauer was the worst moderator ever.

An Air Force and Navy veteran, who said he held “the top secret sensitive compartmentalized information clearance,” said to Clinton regarding her acts as secretary of state, “Had I communicated this information not following prescribed protocols, I would have been prosecuted and imprisoned.” He then asked, “Secretary Clinton, how can you expect those such as myself who were and are trusted with America’s most sensitive information to have any confidence in your leadership as president when you clearly corrupted our national security?”

Source: The Media Is Giving Hillary Clinton a Free Pass: New at Reason – Hit & Run : Reason.com

I hate that I would have to agree with the bobblehead crew of the Trump camp…..but he is not the only one that is targeted by the MSM…..Johnson and Stein get NO coverage no matter how much they try……that is unless they screw up then the MSM jumps at the situation to show that they are not ready for prime time politics.

So much for “fair and balanced”….but then when has the media ever been so inclined?

End of the Free Ride

2016 is an election like NO other…..we have had just about everything that could possibly happen do so…….I have been watching the different interviews that the candidates give and one thing sticks out above anything else….the MSM seem reluctant to ask real questions of the candidates…..

The worse example is with Trump….the media will not ask a probing question….it is like they are afraid of this person……..

There are a few questions that need to be asked and especially answered without the manure that is usually spread….platitudes and slogans……

The news media has come under a lot of fire for journalistic malpractice when it came to Donald Trump. In March, Nick Kristof, a New York Times columnist wrote a piece on that subject called “My Shared Shame: The Media Helped Make Trump.” He accused the mainstream media of giving Trump undeserved free coverage while somehow skipping over the candidate’s obvious shortcomings.

Our first big failing was that television in particular handed Trump the microphone without adequately fact-checking him or rigorously examining his background, in a craven symbiosis that boosted audiences for both.

The truth is, the media has needed Trump like a crack addict needs a hit.”

Source: End of the Free Ride: 19 Questions the Mainstream Media Should Have Been Asking Donald Trump | Nomadic Politics

The media needs to stop being a willing participant in the propaganda machine of the candidates and start acting like something they use to be……a news organization…..they are NO longer entertaining….

The Campaign Of Blame

Since 2008 and the election of Obama everything that has gone wrong has been blamed on the black man…..he is blamed for the Iraq quagmire…he is blamed for the creation of ISIS…..all city protests are his fault…..like I said….he has been blamed for damn near everything from the crucifixion to World War 2….

But in the last year or so a new person has stepped out of the shadows and he has the blame of the world on his shoulders…..

That person is….wait for it…..Putin.

Hardly a day goes by without some “news” about the Russian “threat,” and in the past twenty-four hours the hate-on-Russia campaign seems to have picked up speed. After learning from Hillary Clinton that Vladimir Putin is not only responsible for the Trump campaign, but also for the “global nationalist movement” that yanked the British out of the European Union, mainstream media are telling us that Russian interlopers are supposedly invading our electoral process by hacking into voter databases. The Washington Postreports”:

“Hackers targeted voter registration systems in Illinois and Arizona, and the FBI alerted Arizona officials in June that Russian hackers were behind the assault on the election system in that state.

Source: The Campaign to Blame Putin for Everything – Antiwar.com Original by — Antiwar.com

How long this blame game will continue we cannot say….but my guess would be at least until the election in November and then a new boogey man will step out of the shadows…..