A big news day, with” WikiLeaks” releasing thousands of pages of classified documents containing information about a cover-up of civilian casualties in Afghanistan and the apparent fact that Pakistani intelligence has been supporting the Taliban. There’s also information about the abject failure of the puppet government we continue to support. Vietnamization, anyone? Denial, denial and more denial. Lots of money being made though. But it’s really nothing new.
“As the senior commander in Vietnam, I was aware of the potency of public opinion – and I worried about it.” -William Westmoreland
If it takes WikiLeaks to get our corporate-owned mainstream media to get beyond their denial and to start addressing the reality of what’s happening in Afghanistan and Iraq, then so be it. That children, will be a very good thing.
We should be pulling out of Afghanistan and Iraq by now. Let Pakistan take care of itself. We cannot, and should not, police the entire world at the expense of destroying the American middle class. That’s why the country elected Mr. Obama. Time for him to deliver on his promise to get us out of this war without end. He said he’d get us out of Iraq in 16 months. It’s been nearly 19 months and we’re still there. As for Afghanistan, the WikiLeaks documents should provide added incentive to abandon that occupation as well. It’s a loser’s game, except for the military industrial complex which continues to reap billions from the continued carnage while corporate owned big media continues to look the other way. Just as it did when exit polls showed John Kerry beating Dubya Bush in 2004. There was no good explanation for it and little or no follow-up from the mainstream media. I won’t even get into the perversion of the democratic process by the Supreme Court in 2000.
And now comes Mr. Obama, who ran as a progressive Democrat but somehow turned into a pre-Reagan Republican following the election. That whole “Republican Revolution” thing has worked out pretty well for the far-right, hasn’t it? I mean, they still have this overwhelming influence even though they lost the House and Senate to the Democrats. Another minor issue the mainstream media has failed to follow-up on and sufficiently analyze.
“A media system wants ostensible diversity that conceals an actual uniformity.” -Joseph Goebbels, Propaganda Minister for Adolph Hitler
Anyone working for a news media outlet who can’t understand this should quit his (or her) job and go sell shoes. Or do something else of your choosing. Anything but news.
Gotta go now, Katie Couric is doing a hard hitting story about a sailboat made from sugar and cashew nuts. Considering all the big pharma commercials CBS has to jam into its 30 minute nightly newscast, I would imagine Katie is left with only 12 minutes or so for news. With so little time to actually inform the public, there must be a whole lot more to this sailboat story than meets the eye?
Are cashew nuts actually nuts, or are they really a fruit? Oh, who cares. Screw the facts. It’s only news. Never mind that double checking stuff. It sounds good, so just go with it. Nuts are nuts. Except when they’re not.
Should you hear chains rattling in the night, have no fear. It’s only Peter Jennings, Walter Cronkite, David Brinkley and a few other ghosts of broadcast journalism’s past wondering how things could have gone so terribly wrong.