Thursday, 25 December 2014

Need to Know Basis: You Only Know What the TV Wants You to Know

For people who consider themselves “awake” to the nonsensical idiocy being parroted in the 24/7 mainstream mind-melting cycle, almost nothing that happens these days seems to fit the definition of “real” or “believable.” Everything needs to be double-checked. Trust but verify.

That’s not the mind of a paranoid conspiracy theorist as the talking heads in charge might claim. No, that’s called critical thinking, a skill that I like to fantasize was once prized and even encouraged in this society back in some magical day.

It means a person makes reasoned judgements based on taking a factual assessment of any given situation before deciding to allow their brain cells to accept what they are told simply because someone with a suit, a fancy backdrop and a practiced intonation said it on a screen.
It could be something as simple as a mistress. Think about how many politicians and government officials have been destroyed by affairs in the news cycle, while others who continue to cheat are never discussed. Had the media talked about JFK’s habitual transgressions against Jackie O, would the public view him differently even today? While I think he was probably the last real president we ever had in many respects, he was far from perfect. That’s not the point, however. The point is, the media selectively builds up and destroys people to fit the agenda. It’s used as retribution. It’s used to neutralize critics and discredit (or silence) whisteblowers. It’s used to detract and distract. And it’s used to remove people from power when they’ve overstayed their welcome. The media selects and projects specific information to keep other knowledge hidden.

Quick example: the media crucified New York Governor Eliot Spitzer for patronizing an elite escort service, an action some would argue is likely ubiquitous in the upper levels of our corrupt government. Spitzer was, however, removed — death by media. While the newsbots were busy making jokes about everything from Spitzer’s choice in women to the size of his penis, no one was discussing the fact that he had been involved in suing investment banks for inflating stock prices, investigating banking crimes including “late trading” and “market timing,” and he had also charged that then Chairman of the New York Stock Exchange Dick Grasso violated his position as a chairman of a non-profit organization. Someone didn’t like what Spitzer was investigating, so the media burned him at the electronic stake.

Meanwhile when the D.C. Madam came out later and wanted to publish a list of names of her high-level clientele, well, she wound up dead. That list outed, among others, former Vice President Dick Cheney. Has the media ever given even a tenth of the focus on Cheney’s transgressions that they gave to Spitzer’s? Has anyone ever asked why that is?

There’s a reason the people on the news are called “reporters” and not “journalists” or, Heaven forbid, “investigative journalists.” They aren’t investigating anything.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 25th, 2014.]

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