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Hysterical Corporate Media Fueling War Fervor, Xenophobia in 24/7 Cycle


#1

Hysterical Corporate Media Fueling War Fervor, Xenophobia in 24/7 Cycle

Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

Just as they did in the wake of 9/11, corporate media outlets—led by cable news networks—are spreading hysteria, fueling anti-immigrant sentiment, and beating the drum for war by providing "context-free coverage of terror," as one analyst put it this week.

The 24/7 coverage of Friday's attacks in Paris and their aftermath, marked by speculation and sensationalism, is only helping the media conglomerates.


#2

"What these times demand, Masri declared, is the "liberation of the
mainstream press from the corporate press...so that the media can return
to its original objective, which is to inform,"

Hear, hear!

The cavil and sycophantic so-called-news reporters/journalist stenographers have given over all semblance of integrity, honor and accuracy as they propound the edicts of the warmongers and Ministry of Truth. There once was an honorable tradition that was journalism and there still exist some but not in those places where 90% or more of the public get their news.


#4

Lydia Wilson interviews captured ISIS fighters. What motivates them?
http://www.thenation.com/article/what-i-discovered-from-interviewing-isis-prisoners/


#5

The priority of the capitalist corporate media (and that's an accurate name) is to provide content that attracts viewers and readers that their advertisers covet so that they may profit. Providing information so that people can make important decisions about their lives is literally beside the point.

If you don't like this, then place the blame where it belongs: on capitalism.


#6

" And it is not just the cable news networks that are the culprits."

The Fourth Estate, Corporate Media, is with very few exceptions, nothing but a propaganda arm for the Fourth Reich. They have been, and are, pressituted and fawning parasites for the US military and the world wide Amerikan Empire. To call them mainstream is a misnomer, they are a lying stream of lies and obfuscation that are nothing more than war mongering, cheerleaders and apologists for the US war criminals like Kissinger, Bush, Cheney, Obama and too many more like Condi, to list here.


#8

Mars rules: The preferred religion of ALL card-carrying fascists, everywhere; and on full display in this:

"The leading cable news networks, when they haven't been spewing outright bigotry and fear-mongering, have hosted one general and CIA official after the next to say whatever they want without the slightest challenge. Print journalists, without the excuse of the pressures of live TV, have been even worse: article after article after article does literally nothing other than uncritically print the extremely dubious claims of military and intelligence officials without including any questioning, contradiction, dissenters, or evidence that negates those claims."

What was it about the Third Reich that had so many of its upper echelon imported--tout suite--into U.S. military operations?

Was it their adoration for the kind of homage for militarism that Hitler "inspired"?

Was it the Third Reich's skillful use of pro-war--of-aggression propaganda?

Was it the deft use of lies told often?

Was it psychological experiments and related inroads into trauma-induced mind control?

Was it the weapons and the prize: The Bell--its use of reversed magnets to create energy without a fuel source?

Or was it "all of the above"?

It's useful to pose the question because so much that is presently underway reflects the modus operandi of the Third Reich. Its worship of soldiers and militarism, its use of scapegoats to justify wars of aggression, its lies told often, and punishments directed at any heretic so bold as to challenge the pro-war militarists' official version of events.

When the "allies" become the Beast, from what source shall Salvation come?


#9

These latest "developments" are an ongoing and heavy shock to my general intuition regarding these times. Not sure how else to say it.


#10

That is clearly HALF of the equation. There could be no corporate capitalist takeover of other nations' labor and resources without lots of military muscle.

The merging of govt. with corporate interests = fascism. And fascism is never supported without The Boot bearing down to enforce its imperatives.

Citizens poll Progressive because normal human beings have no problem sharing in fair deals. What they object to is so much disproportionate luxury granted to a few at the expense of the many.

Capitalism would be the skinny rich kid who'd be knocked down on the street were it not for the fact that he has the goods to pay for macho body guards. That's the relationship between the 1% and the military.

Notice that just as the Piketty Study exposes how wealth was re-engineered into the pockets and portfolios of the super-rich, treaties are being passed in secrecy that essentially remove govt. and courts from the global commerce equation.

Add in the wars of terror, the weapons being supplied to unconscionable leader-tyrant-strong men, and the surge of "terrorist" events that serve to further shore up surveillance and policing operations aimed at maintaining "order."

The final insult is that those who protest animal cruelty, the rape of forest lands, Monsanto, and oil pipelines can and will be characterized as "terrorists." What better way to shut down dissent and the last of the dissidents?

Capitalism, as practiced by Europe's Social Democracies is rather benign. This is unchecked capitalism merged with militarism in campaigns of targeted terror. Then, the communities impacted are blamed for how THEY react to the terror done unto them.

The whole thing is an inversion of Truth, Law, and at times, reality itself.


#11

I'm not sure of the message you are conveying.

Are you saying that basic intuition is insulted by the falsity of the narratives propped up as official stories? Or are you saying that as an intuitive, compassionate person of conscience, your basic spiritual being is insulted by the lunatics running the asylums? Or both?

The words of the French leader were basically the same as those of Bush, Jr. after 911.

Some people WANT war. Some people WANT a population reduction. Some people want to see the Middle East destroyed.

Those persons have the means, motive, opportunity and financial purse to purchase actors and events that help to foment their ultimate ends. THAT is scary... and if your intuition is picking up on it, welcome to the "club."

BTW: I don't know if this would interest you but I was checking the astrological patterns for the next 2 weeks and the full moon that comes to a head in Gemini (11/25-26) is part of a configuration that has DECEIT and DECEPTION written all over it.

"As above, so below."

Full moon means the Lights (sun and moon) are at their greatest distance from one another--i.e. 180-degrees.

Any planetary factor that conflicts with that line of polarity is said to "square" the sun and moon, and in this full moon's aftermath, Neptune is configured in that square.

Neptune, ruler of Pisces--sign of the 2 fish moving in opposite directions--is the planet most directly linked with deception.

So here's the year's annual Gemini full moon where Gemini, ruled by Mercury, speaks directly to communications and messages conveyed through media. Opposite is the sun in Sagittarius.

Basically, Gemini takes in the local scoop (or in the case of the U.S. the reflexive jingoism that's been conditioned since 911) while Sagittarius seeks to take in a more universal, global picture (of events).

Cutting the 360-stellar pie into 12 sign pieces, each sign holds 30 degrees. There is thus a 1 in 360 chance that the sun would unify--on the same degree--with a planet as sinister as Saturn, the Zodiac's enforcer and arbiter of karma.

To sum up: The Sagittarius sun seeks to see the big picture and its link with Saturn taps into long-term karmic outcomes. The Gemini full moon tends to focus on immediate perceptions and the story that any local media is telling.

Set between both is Neptune--the king of deception.

If this isn't a recipe for media lies, I can't think of a more germane astrological configuration.

Time talks. Its themes are recurrent and recognizable to those who learn to read the language of the heavens.


#12

Fascism Anyone? This entire post is the study by Lawrence W. Britt titled
"The 14 Defining Characteristics of Fascism" - media is number 6

"Fascism’s principles are wafting in the air today, surreptitiously masquerading as something else, challenging everything we stand for.
The cliché that people and nations learn from history is not only overused, but also overestimated; often we fail to learn from history, or draw the wrong conclusions. Sadly, historical amnesia is the norm.
For the purpose of this perspective, I will consider the following regimes: Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, Franco’s Spain, Salazar’s Portugal, Papadopoulos’s Greece, Pinochet’s Chile, and Suharto’s Indonesia.

  1. Powerful and continuing expressions of nationalism. From the prominent displays of flags and bunting to the ubiquitous lapel pins, the fervor to show patriotic nationalism, both on the part of the regime itself and of citizens caught up in its frenzy, was always obvious. Catchy slogans, pride in the military, and demands for unity were common themes in expressing this nationalism. It was usually coupled with a suspicion of things foreign that often bordered on xenophobia.

  2. Disdain for the importance of human rights. The regimes themselves viewed human rights as of little value and a hindrance to realizing the objectives of the ruling elite. Through clever use of propaganda, the population was brought to accept these human rights abuses by marginalizing, even demonizing, those being targeted. When abuse was egregious, the tactic was to use secrecy, denial, and disinformation.

  3. Identification of enemies/scapegoats as a unifying cause. The most significant common thread among these regimes was the use of scapegoating as a means to divert the people’s attention from other problems, to shift blame forfailures, and to channel frustration in controlled directions. The methods of choice—relentless propaganda and disinformation—were usually effective. Often the regimes would incite “spontaneous” acts against the target scapegoats, usually communists, socialists, liberals, Jews, ethnic and racial minorities, traditional national enemies, members of other religions, secularists, homosexuals, and“terrorists.” Active opponents of these regimes were inevitably labeled as terrorists and dealt with accordingly.

  4. The supremacy of the military/avid militarism. Ruling elites always identified closely with the military and the industrial infrastructure that supported it. A disproportionate share of national resources was allocated to the military, even when domestic needs were acute. The military was seen as an expression of nationalism, and was used whenever possible to assert national goals, intimidate other nations, and increase the power and prestige of the ruling elite.

  5. Rampant sexism. Beyond the simple fact that the political elite and the national culture were male-dominated, these regimes inevitably viewed women as second-class citizens. They were adamantly anti-abortion and also homophobic. These attitudes were usually codified in Draconian laws that enjoyed strong support by the orthodox religion of the country, thus lending the regime cover for its abuses.

  6. A controlled mass media. Under some of the regimes, the mass media were under strict direct control and could be relied upon never to stray from the party line. Other regimes exercised more subtle power to ensure media orthodoxy. Methods included the control of licensing and access to resources, economic pressure, appeals to patriotism, and implied threats. The leaders of the mass media were often politically compatible with the power elite. The result was usually success in keeping the general public unaware of the regimes’ excesses.

  7. Obsession with national security. Inevitably, a national security apparatus was under direct control of the ruling elite. It was usually an instrument of oppression, operating in secret and beyond any constraints. Its actions were justified under the rubric of protecting “national security,” and questioning its activities was portrayed as unpatriotic or even treasonous.

  8. Religion and ruling elite tied together. Unlike communist regimes, the fascist and protofascist regimes were never proclaimed as godless by their opponents. In fact, most of the regimes attached themselves to the predominant religion of the country and chose to portray themselves as militant defenders of that religion. The fact that the ruling elite’s behavior was incompatible with the precepts of the religion was generally swept under the rug. Propaganda kept up the illusion that the ruling elites were defenders of the faith and opponents of the “godless.” A perception was manufactured that opposing the power elite was tantamount to an attack on religion.

  9. Power of corporations protected. Although the personal life of ordinary citizens was under strict control, the ability of large corporations to operate in relative freedom was not compromised. The ruling elite saw the corporate structure as a way to not only ensure military production (in developed states), but also as an additional means of social control. Members of the economic elite were often pampered by the political elite to ensure a continued mutuality of interests, especially in the repression of “have-not” citizens.

  10. Power of labor suppressed or eliminated. Since organized labor was seen as the one power center that could challenge the political hegemony of the ruling elite and its corporate allies, it was inevitably crushed or made powerless. The poor formed an underclass, viewed with suspicion or outright contempt. Under some regimes, being poor was considered akin to a vice.

  11. Disdain and suppression of intellectuals and the arts. Intellectuals and the inherent freedom of ideas and expression associated with them were anathema to these regimes. Intellectual and academic freedom were considered subversive to national security and the patriotic ideal. Universities were tightly controlled; politically unreliable faculty harassed or eliminated. Unorthodox ideas or expressions of dissent were strongly attacked, silenced, or crushed. To these regimes, art and literature should serve the national interest or they had no right to exist.

  12. Obsession with crime and punishment. Most of these regimes maintained Draconian systems of criminal justice with huge prison populations. The police were often glorified and had almost unchecked power, leading to rampant abuse. “Normal” and political crime were often merged into trumped-up criminal charges and sometimes used against political opponents of the regime. Fear, and hatred, of criminals or “traitors” was often promoted among the population as an excuse for more police power.

  13. Rampant cronyism and corruption. Those in business circles and close to the power elite often used their position to enrich themselves. This corruption worked both ways; the power elite would receive financial gifts and property from the economic elite, who in turn would gain the benefit of government favoritism. Members of the power elite were in a position to obtain vast wealth from other sources as well: for example, by stealing national resources. With the national security apparatus under control and the media muzzled, this corruption was largely unconstrained and not well understood by the general population.

  14. Fraudulent elections. Elections in the form of plebiscites or public opinion polls were usually bogus. When actual elections with candidates were held, they would usually be perverted by the power elite to get the desired result. Common methods included maintaining control of the election machinery, intimidating an disenfranchising opposition voters, destroying or disallowing legal votes, and, as a last resort, turning to a judiciary beholden to the power elite.

Does any of this ring alarm bells? Of course not. After all, this is America, officially a democracy with the rule of law, a constitution, a free press, honest elections, and a well-informed public constantly being put on guard against evils. Historical comparisons like these are just exercises in verbal gymnastics. Maybe, maybe not."

By Lawrence Britt http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4113.htm

"When facism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross." - Sinclair Lewis


#13

I am familiar with the sections of Paris where Friday's horrors unfolded and fully understand the widespread fear and rage that is driving media coverage of these events. Just sitting at a cafe in Paris is a kind of dream fulfilled for many people, it is as if the terrorists have invaded our very hearts. So yes, I understand the fear and rage, just as I understood and experienced the same emotions when Manhattan, where I lived at the time, was attacked so viciously fourteen years ago. It took me about a month back then to regain the kind of rationality to fully see how those emotions were being manipulated by the corporate media to justify mass slaughter. By 2003, when Bush prepared to launch his war of aggression on Iraq, I joined the many millions around the world who marched against that war. But by then, the war machinery had been set in motion and it was simply too late, no matter how many of us flooded the streets.

My point is that most of us - me included - cannot think clearly right after such horrific events. VThe war makers know this and are losing no time in setting in motion forms of horror far exceeding what was done in Paris. France and Russia are already bombing Raqqa, as if there were not half a million innocent people trapped in that city by the Daesh fanatics. This is why they rush to demonize the hundreds of thousands of innocent people who have fled from Daesh control. The war makers are desperate to drive from our minds the image of a small Syrian boy dead on a beach in Greece and replace it with images of bodies on the streets of Paris.

I seldom agree with President Obama, but this one time he has been the necessary voice of reason, a dam against the rising tide of rage. We do not have Bush in power now, and for that small blessing we can be grateful.

Of course, the United States will strike back eventually but this time maybe, just maybe, the true perpetrators of Friday's mass murder will be the targets instead of the millions of innocents slaughtered in the wars of revenge after 9-11.


#14

Thank you for sharing this. I will add this brilliant rendition by the charismatic author, Naomi Wolf, too:


#16

I would say the 'allies" have always been one face of "the Beast.--if not the entire manifestation.


#17

"Of course, the United States will strike back eventually but this time maybe, just maybe, the true perpetrators of Friday's mass murder will be the targets instead of the millions of innocents slaughtered in the wars of revenge after 9-11."
* That may happen, but don't count on it. Frankly, I see the CIA, NSA, or whomever, using Paris as a way to increase their surveillance, imprisonments, brutality by the Brownshirts dressed in Blue, to suppress thought or resistance. I would not be surprised at another very messy "black op" to drag the people along, just like 911 did.
* Tell me, are a bunch of US boys and girls, all primed, trained, psy-oped, armed and sent into various foreign nations, to kill the evil enemy (whoever is identified to them as such, at the time) in the name of the Fatherland (Homeland?) any different than those doing the same thing for their country, their families, their beliefs?
* As long as war remains the most profitable investment for the very rich (who never have to worry about them or their children becoming involved), we will never see peace. It is bad for the bottom line, I am told.
* If those endless trillion$ being siphoned off into the war machine and buying politicians was to be put into helping poor nations better themselves and improve the lives of their citizens, was being invested in rebuilding our trashed infrastructure, bringing our manufactories back home to provide decent jobs so the people could feed their families, maybe even afford a homelife instead of both parents working two jobs to just pay the rent and feed the kids, we could turn this country around.
* I grew up in the tail end of the Great Depression and through WW-II. I remember the sacrifices and the cooperation to finally end that awful war. Our dream was of peace and, for a short time, we had it.
* For many years, we had had a War Department. Its job was to defend the US. It was not a large force, but sufficient to repel any attack. Then, after the war, the name was changed to the Defense Department. Since then, it has absorbed huge amounts of money and materiel to become the largest Wehrmacht the world has ever seen, and its job has become to make war upon any nation or group who does not kowtow to, or agree with, US policy.
* Every year, it demands more trillion$, more oil, more military hardware, and the construction of more bases around the world, to do its "job."
* Every year it awards still more huge weapons contracts to its regulars such as Boeing, Raytheon, et al.
* The thing to do, to solve the problem, is scale the Wehrmacht down to a true defense department, that can protect us from an invasion. Close our thousands of bases around the world, and work hard to achieve world peace. That does not mean by ramming a bayonet down everybody's throat until they agree with our definitions. It means reinventing Diplomacy. Being willing to sit down at a table and solve problems, compromise, try to make a better world so people do not have to fight to survive.
* For the alternative, just sit down one of these evenings and reread Orwell's 1984. Is that the way the world should live...and die?
;-})


#19

Glenn Greenwald is one of our greatest national resources. May he stay safe.


#23

Goebbels' would be flattered if he could see how his methods keep working so well that they are embedded in the Democratic Party and GOP's playbooks.


#24

No doubt about it!

If Sinclair Lewis were still around, he would have to write a sequel to his prescient book that when fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and be carrying the cross.

Sinclair's book sequel would now read: FASCISM HAS COME TO AMERICA WRAPPED IN THE AMERICAN FLAG AND CARRYING THE CROSS!

The bigger the lie the easier it is for the sheeple to fall for it. 9/11 is proof of that statement!


#25

Another money maker for the corporations, a sentence of death or disability for our troops. Why don't we try caring more for the troops than for corporate profits?


#26

Terror (and/or war) is good business

Invest your airtime

Was the media's "objective" ever to "inform"?

And can we stop referring to war crimes and the flouting of international law as "mistakes"?

Jesus, Mary and Joseph ...


#27

There is nothing I can do to stop the mourning

The seas are full of children
the beaches at sunrise breathe
and undulate rainbows of scarves and bags.
I cannot stop weeping.

My leaders have taken their bowls of grapes
and their slave boys
and retreated behind the gated walls
of their hoarders' castles
and surrendered my people
my classrooms
my ships
my anchors and my sails
to the salesmen of fear and the capital
of death.

I cannot stop watching: a circus of campaign clowns
their fetid gyres of waste, of scavenger birds
and great beasts that migrate
and run from the last lands
that have not succumbed to the fires
the clear-cut lungs and corals
of our bodies.

Our planet has no island to float to,
no refugee station
in the cosmos of the dark.
Its children will suffocate in the vacuum
of the suck of that greatest of absences
once the rich and the candidates for the various
presidencies
prove again their loyalty has been
and will always be
to the Hades of creosote
in the mountains of their blasphemous
capitals of shit.

The waves push in: human clutching human,
desperate as a Guernica horse, air
fleeing a nightmare of squealing and thunder,
jets and droning curses
far above us, out of sight suddenly spinning
into the kitchen of the lovely world
just to mine it for the filth it will become
and to squeeze out its heart:

this is what we invented,
this is what we voted into being
and we cannot take it back.

So much of our body is dying.

We cannot afford anything but hope.