Corporate Disobedience: A Shrill Hysteria in the Fascist Press
It's not civil
disobedience, but corporate
disobedience -- upsetting the corporate control paradigm -- that just plain flips out the media oligarchs and their loyal proxies.
"It's not a debate. It's a debate between us. You're in the audience. Audience comes from the Latin, 'to listen'."
--Bill Maher, (confronted by WeAreChange LA regarding his 9/11 censorship)
The most powerful weapon the corporate state has is editorial control. The information clampdown is total, on certain topics. No "debate" is allowed, and opposition voices are not permitted to appear despite the validity of their case, or the amount and quality of evidence they can provide. Opposition is routinely written out of history, and it is demonized when it refuses to remain silent.
The Bill Maher case is enlightening, because he not only has taken a position on specific 9/11 issues (the official position), he has also viciously attacked skeptics as somehow mentally inferior, and in need of "Paxil." This as he hosts a debate show that adamantly refuses to debate these topics at all, even as 1/3rd of Americans disagree with Maher's overall view about the attacks [Scripps Poll, July 2006
]. One hundred million Americans get no place and no representation at Maher's debate table (while they are slandered without recourse).
IT GETS WORSE
Maher's violent response, and the thunderous applause for his belligerence:
"...or do I have to kick this guy's ass outta here? Would you get the fuck out of my building? Out! Out! Out!"
"I'll kick your ass outta here too!"
Maher's display of hostility, rushing into the audience shouting about "kicking" "ass", set the stage for the brutalization of the first man who spoke up. The protestor has told of his physical assault by members of Maher's staff. This does not seem surprising, and yet it seems to be a form of terrorism in and of itself, with the purpose of scaring away potential copycats-
"Once outside the show, on an outdoor balcony, near the ledge, he was taken to the ground roughly. He was handcuffed. Someone put a knee in his back to hold him down. He said they twisted him like a pretzel. It is fortunate he did not have serious injuries." [Inside the Bill Maher "rendition"
One of Maher's loyal goons then proceeded to taunt the protestor, while he was restrained on the ground-
"This man talked to him on the ground. Told him that he would be in jail all weekend. Told him that some black guy was going to f---- him. Told him the cell will smell like piss."
What was this protestor's crime? Upsetting the corporate control paradigm. When the machine grinds to a halt, heads must roll. This was what Maher himself suggested-
"How come I don't fire my audience department is really the question that is running through my mind right now."