There’s no excuse anymore for those of you who aren’t sufficiently pissed off. Rupert Murdock apparently considers the quasi-awake public expendable, an insignificant contingency. Too engaged as citizens and too critical as consumers, we the perceptive minority have little to offer Fox these days. When we do tune in, it’s only for the cheap adrenalin buzz it gives us to bitch about Bill O’Reilly or Sean Hannity. So alas Fox News bids adieu to the last of their informed viewers.
Now, absent the threat of any real accountability, Fox canpander more freely to its base–an eclectic blend of corporate sellouts and couch potato patriots–odd partners uniting to uproot democracy. America’s spreading ignorance and acceptance of propaganda for power and profit. Thus it is now official that Fox is unconcerned about viewers whose IQs exceed their ages, banking on the majority of American viewers being too dumb to notice or too bored to care.
Since Murdock’s acquisition of Fox, the network has gradually moved to the Right. After Fox’s unapologetically slanted coverage of last night’s debates, I realized that it’s strategy has shifted. They’ve lowered the bar once again, and no longer pretend to want to convince informed citizens that their news coverage is fair and balanced. They’re banking on being able to brainwash enough people so that those of us who see through the facade can be called lunatics. The first two questions addressed to Paul were strictly designed to make him look like an ass–and I think he fielded them fairly well.
We should all take this personally, even if we’re not into Ron Paul. It’s customary for the big-business candidates to launch corporate-funded political hit jobs on their opponents; but now, Fox media pundits are doing their dirty work for them. Fox always has a solid outing when it comes time to producing biased journalism; however, not to be outdone, even CNN is chipping in now as well. Yesterday CNN supposedly happened upon some old “newsletters” from the 1980s, entitled “The Ron Paul Political Report” in which the following racist words were allegedly written in Paul’s name:
“The criminals who terrorize our cities … are not exclusively young black males, but they largely are. As children, they are trained to hate whites, to believe that white oppression is responsible for all black ills, to ‘fight the power,’ to steal and loot as much money from the white enemy as possible.”
Whether or not Dr. Paul actually wrote these words, they are offensive and ignorant–as were Fred Thompson’s Islamaphobic stereotypes about Iranians and virgins uttered during last night’s debates (to say nothing of the incessant racism that fuels Mitt Romney’s campaign and spews from his shit-eating grin on a nightly basis). Maybe if CNN blasts Ron Paul for something someone he knew might have written over twenty years ago, maybe then we won’t notice the parallels between his unfair generalizations about black people and their own widespread, pseudo-patriotic stereotypes about Muslims.
This sort of chicanery reminds me of our 1953 propaganda campaign against Iranian Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh, on behalf of oil interests in favor of the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company that later was renamed British Petroleum.
Alex Jones explains in his documentary Terrorstorm:
“In 1953, the Central Intelligence Agency, working in tandem with MI6, overthrew the democratically elected leader of Iran, Dr. Mohammed Mossadeq. Mossadeq had been educated in the West, was pro-America, and had driven the communist forces out of the North of his country shortly after being elected in 1951. Mossadeq then nationalized the oil fields and denied British Petroleum a monopoly. The CIA’s own history department at CIA.gov details how US and British intelligence agents carried out terror attacks and then subsequently blamed them on Mossadeq. In the late 1990s, large sections of Operation Ajax were declassified.”
The field commander of Operation Ajax was none other than the grandson of President Theodore Roosevelt, Kermit Roosevelt. Before his death in 2000, Roosevelt went public to the media, bragging about his patriotism in carrying out terror attacks in Iran and blaming it on the government. The provocations included propaganda, demonstrations, bribery, agents of influence, and false-flag operations. They bombed the home of a prominent religious leader and blamed it on Mossadeq. They attacked mosques machine-gunned crowds and then handed out thousands of handbills claiming that Mossadeq had done it. The handbills read “Up with Mossadeq”, “Up with Communism”, “Down with Allah”.
Ultimately most Mossadeq’s administration was put to death, while the Prime Minister spent the rest of his life incarcerated. BP of course secured massive profits, as the pro-Western Shah took power. And our relationship with Iran has sucked ever since.
Though it no longer shocks me to hear about my government investing in bush league shit like this, what does surprise me is how many Iranian citizens bought it at first. Mossadeq had ejected the communists from his country; he was about as communist as Ron Paul is racist. Somehow you’d think the populace would have known better than to think a man who had just kicked communists out of their country was not only behind the mass-killings but openly advertising himself and communism as the culprits. That’s one thing we–the masses, from San Francisco to Tehran–have in common: purported newsletters and imaginary pamphlets literally fall out of the skies, and we accept them as our new realities.
CNN senior political analyst David Gergen illustrates quite nicely the pomposity and asininity that is media in the 2000s: “I must say I don’t think there’s an excuse in politics to have something go out under your name and say, ‘Oh by the way, I didn’t write that.'”
Perhaps persistent Ron Paul supporters will test Gergen’s bullshit theory. I wonder what they’ll come up with for “The David Gergen Political Report.”
If only people were more critical of what they see on the news. Then the only ones watching the mainstream media would be people exposing its corruption; anyone who wanted to know what was happening in the world would turn to more reliable sources. In which case revenue would dry up, as advertisers would disown the mainstream news networks and migrate to the sources people watched and trusted. Propaganda will remain a lucrative project for all involved, as long as we continue to watch. Enough people trust the media so that those of us who know its tricks can be effectively marginalized.