Letâ€™s get one thing clear when we discuss the news media: journalism is not a business; it is a requirement of democracy! The press is the only â€œbusinessâ€ that is protected by the U.S. Constitution because the framers knew that a free and legitimate press needs to be in place in order to protect our democracy. When we speak about the media, bias, ratings etc. keep in mind that news is not a business; it is a staple of democracy. Without it we do not have a democracy.Â Think about it!
Archive for October, 2006
Back in March I wrote an article explaining, in detail the principles of the Bush administration. I sited specific philosophies of the current crop of neocons who control our government. I explained how lying, deceit and even evil are justified to these people when it comes to achieving or maintaining power. I explained how these people have no interest in compassion, the environment, religion or caring for the people although they must â€œmaintain the impressionâ€ that they do.
The recent reports by Keith Olbermann about the Bush administrations use and abuse of the religious right is the latest and perhaps greatest piece of evidence supporting my explanation. The Olbermann report virtually mimics some of my assessment. For those of you who want to dig further into the Olbermann story please read my article. I reposted it under the POLITICS heading. It is called â€œRequired Reading for Bush Supporters.â€ (It is a permanent link on the front page of TvNewsLIES.org)
For those of you who have not read the articleâ€¦what are you waiting for? Read itâ€¦and pass it alongâ€¦to EVERYONE you know! Itâ€™s about time the people of this nation started to understand their leadersâ€¦for real! Think about it!
Article: Required Reading for Bush Supporters
Events, issues and facts do not always have more than one explanation. There is not always another side to a story.Â There is no such thing as fair or balanced journalism. Journalism is simply the reporting of events. Itâ€™s like the weather report. If it Is raining out you can not have a balanced report that also claims that it is not raining. Facts are facts and there is rarely another side to the story. â€œFair and balancedâ€ is simply code speak for propaganda. Think about it
More like a “State of D’Lying!” To believe that George W. Bush is in a state of denial would mean that you have to believe his stated motives and claims in the first place. You would have to believe that his invasion of Iraq was truly a response to 9/11 which was an event that took the Bush administration by surprise I am attaching to this newsletter the PNAC document that outlines exactly what is going on. Once you read this you will realize that the only people who are in the state of denial are the people who believe that George W. Bush is. Think about it!
Have you ever heard or read the media discuss the actions of an administration as taking place â€œunder the radar?â€ This term is used to describe events that take place with little public attention. This term is normally used to describe important events that should attract the attention of the public but are not widely â€œdiscussedâ€ and about which most of the public isÂ unaware.
What do you think â€œthe radarâ€ is? The â€œradarâ€ is the â€œpress!â€ When you hear about events taking place â€œbelow the radarâ€ you are really hearing about events that are taking place with the â€œcomplicit cooperationâ€ of the media. This burying of news is intentional and institutional. These events do not go unnoticed by the media; they simply go unreported to the public by the media.
Bill signings, political appointments, nefarious conflicts of interests within government and overt criminal behavior do not go unnoticed by the media. Most of this information is in the public record. Somewhere behind the scenes and beyond the newsrooms of our nation, decisions are made about what news should be brought to the attention of the public and what news should remain â€œunder the radar!â€
This institutionalized complicity by the media was publicly acknowledged by David Rockefeller more than a decade ago:
“We’re grateful to The Washington Post, The New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years. It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subject to the bright lights of publicity during those years. But the world is now more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government..” - David Rockefeller , 1991 in Baden-Baden, Germany
When you ask yourself how George W. Bush can appoint convicted felons and the old Iran Contra gang to important positions within our government, or how a pesticide executive can be appointed to the E.P.A., or how biological warfare programs where super-viruses that can â€œaccidentallyâ€ wipe out humanity get restarted, or how the American public still do not know about the Project for a New American Century, or how nobody seems to know about the multiple military exercises simulating hijackings were taking place in the north east portion of the United States on September 11th, 2001, or how a majority donâ€™t know thing one about Iraq (from before the first gulf war to this very day), or that the Federal Reserve is neither Federal nor is it a reserve, the answer is very simple: the criminally complicit American media, otherwise known as the radar, buried the information. Think about it!
Bushâ€™s America Had Been Telling the World to F#%K OFF. The American News Media â€œForgotâ€ to Mention This to You!Saturday, October 7th, 2006
For those of you who lost track, and for those of you who get your news by watching TV in America and therefore have absolutely no idea what goes on in the world, here is a little example of how the Bush administration has been turning our homeland into a rogue nation; a nation that spits on international law, international cooperation, human decency and the general safety and well being of Earthâ€™s inhabitants.
This is an unpublicized list of international treaties obliterated by the Bush administration, without the approval of the American people. We were not even given any chance to voice our positions on these vital matters because the criminal corporate media did not do its job and report this to the public.
Treaties Revoked by George W. Bush
â€¢ The Biodiversity Treaty (continued non-support)
â€¢ The Geneva Convention
â€¢ The Forest Protection Plan
â€¢ The Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty
â€¢ The Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty
â€¢ The 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty
â€¢ The 1972 Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention
â€¢ The 1979 UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women
â€¢ The UN International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
â€¢ The Chemical Weapons Convention
â€¢ The International Criminal Court
* Honorable Mention: The U.S. Constitution!
Can you imagine what this list would look like if we listed the environmental protection laws and regulations that have been obliterated by the Bush administration along with this? Think about it!
It is one thing to take part in a relentless campaign of deception, as is the US corporate news media. It is another thing to be obvious about it. You see our nation is so oblivious to the obvious that even the most flagrant examples of hypocrisy and deception go completely unnoticed.
Today I watched CNNâ€™s Soledad Oâ€™Brien grill a guest who was pushing the idea of having some of our nationâ€™s school teachers carry guns in the classroom. He outlined several reasons why he thought this would help reduce the number of deaths related to school shootings. Oâ€™Brien shot back, so to speak, by rightfully countering him by mention the facts that in reality the numbers of deaths as a result of school shootings was not really that great and that having teachers carry guns may not be worth the effort. She had a point.
The problem is that Ms. Oâ€™Brien never made this very logical and accurate point when discussing any issue related to the constant state of terror the media and the Bush administration are keeping us in.Â Compare the global number of deaths resulting from terrorism to the global number of deaths from smoking, drunk driving, slipping in the bathtub or letâ€™s just sayâ€¦pollution. Terrorism does not even show up on the list. As a matter of fact it is very likely that the number of innocent Iraqi civilians who were killed by Americans during the invasion may actually outnumber the total number of people who lost their lives as a result of terrorism in the history of the world.
Just today a report was issued claiming that two million lives are lost each year as a direct result of pollution yet Oâ€™Brien does not point this out when she reports on the amount of money spent on homeland security.
There are many threats to our lives. The truth is that our government, in its present state are not only responsible for many of them but they actually represent many of them. It would be nice if we had a real journalist on TV who would report this factual information to the public. CNNâ€™s Soledad Oâ€™Brien, as are all her peers in the corporate media, Keith Olbermann aside, are clearly not real journalists and she makes that clear to anyone who cares to take notice. Think about it!
Bush, of people, is on TV now speaking about education. He just proclaimed another George W. Bush historical philosophical principle by declaring that â€œmeasuring is the gateway to success.â€ Sure, if you are a carpenter or a tailor! Bush was referring to his testing requirements in his â€œno child left behindâ€ program. This was another one of his â€œwhat the hell does that meanâ€ comments that Bush has uttered over the years; the ones where the room and media sit silent as not one single person can make sense of what he just said. â€œMeasuring is the gateway to success?â€ What the hell does that mean? Iâ€™ll tell you what it means even if the entire media wonâ€™t! It means that George W. Bushâ€™s brother Neil will be very successful if we continue to measure the progress of our students because he sells the testing materials to the schools!
Bush, in another one of his brilliant observations informed the public during this speech that we live in a â€œglobal world!â€ Really? You mean all the flat Earth talk is wrong? He went on to say that we must compete with the likes of China and India when it comes to education. OKâ€¦that I can agree with. I would love to see American schools and families dedicate themselves to education the same way the Chinese do, or even the way Indians do. I would love to visit my parents house, which is across the street from my old grade school and two blocks away from my old high school, and I would like to see one student pass their home who is carrying a sack of books as I used to when I went to that same high school. I would like to see a single student carrying ten dollars worth of books instead of $500 worth of consumer electronics, $250 sneakers and an $8 pack of cigarettes. If Bush wants to compete with China, maybe we should call in education professionals from China who already have a winning track record in education instead of continuing the corporatization of our education system by people who have but one goal in mind when it comes to educating Americans and that is to profit from it.Â Â Think about it!
Why do â€œnewsâ€ agencies poll us and then tell us how we â€œfeel?â€ Why donâ€™t they just report information to us and let us feel however we feel? They ASK us if we FEEL that Bush misled (lied to) us about the invasion of Iraq when they should be investigating and reporting to us with the truth about the situation! The reason you donâ€™t have 100% of our population knowing ANYTHING is because we have a criminal enterprise instead of a news media! Think about it!
Although I am in no way suggesting that America has a national journalism entity, the Foley situation clearly represents the potential power of the media when it comes to holding our elected officials accountable for their actions. Here we have a situation where the power structure protected itself and the only thing that broke that wall of secrecy was the media.
That is why journalism exists. We would be in good shape if they addressed all the crimes being committed by our governmentâ€¦or even perhaps just a few!Â Â Â Think about it!