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Political Smears in U.S. Never Change: the NYT’s 1967 Attack on MLK’s Anti-War Speech


Political Smears in U.S. Never Change: the NYT’s 1967 Attack on MLK’s Anti-War Speech

Glenn Greenwald

John Oliver’s Monday night interview of Edward Snowden — which in 24 hours has been viewed by 3 million people on YouTube alone — renewed all the standard attacks in Democratic circles accusing Snowden of being a traitor in cahoots with the Kremlin.


‘Smearing’ is the smarmy veil
glued to the wall of the cave
that all walk past its conflated rough
distortions of light for your and my eyes.

But still the light that bounces there
starts from another place
far beyond the prism cast
beyond the walls of the cave.

The memory of sunlight
is not just within my head
but in the very presence of
the spectrum so abused.

Within that sacred spectrum
the light of distant stars
invites us to countless crossroads
to celebrate a journey

Together we make our journeys
we greet then say adieu
to yet more garden clearings
nurtured still by dew

This dew settles in darkness
of that you can be sure
seeping to roots
of songs yet to be sung
and crossroads yet to be met

So different and
so much the same
so much to weave and release
so journey we shall
and together we will
the sunlight to the cave.


Mr. Greenwald, although generally a fan of yours, I think you might want to revisit who did and does control the NYT.


The NYT and its ilk provide the smearing while those who control the NYT and its ilk neutralize (to use a mafia euphemism) those who are smeared when they are considered a threat to the 1%'s profits…

When MLK focused on civil rights and racial equality he was not considered a threat to unlimited profit for the 1%. Questioning the 1%'s profitable Viet Nam occupation caught MLK in their crosshairs.


Yeah, caught in the crosshairs of a lone nut, who was just another manufactured patsy for the sheeple. That is the modus operandi for the thugs that protect the 1%. Same scenario with JFK, RFK and so many more. And newspapers like the NYT feed the sheeple their BS as an accessory to their murderous lies… to protect the governments bogus lies.


When you call a public that’s been lied to so often by figures in high and respected places “sheeple” for all your protestations about power’s abuses, this perspective acts as an apologia to the elites. As your friend posts often about the U.S. morphing into the Fourth Reich, the matter is about power and how it’s been abused to instill fear, massive controls, and enough domestic terror/terrorism through the militarization of homeland policing forces to compel submission.


I think that Mr. Greenwald is on a learning curve here - realizing that (like Julian Assange already has) that the problem is not “big government” it is big capitalist interests. That is who the NYT works for. Trouble is, it is going to bring him into a direct collision with his boss…


Yes, but a point that Glenn does not fully make is that his
example of MLK being targeted for such smear by the NYT
media/propaganda-sector of the Empire was MLK’s dangerous combining,
for the First Time, of multiple ‘issues’; war, racism, inequality,
and imperialism in the same “Riverside” speech which came
dangerously close to ‘fingering’ the Disguised Global Capitalist
Empire as the central, seminal, and singular cancerous cause of all
these separate ‘identity issues’ and subordinate, but visible,
‘symptom problems’ which might have united people, energy, and
“Popular Resistance” against an Empire that could thus
loose its most significant weapon common to all predators, parasites,
and cancers — which is the weapon of disguise, camouflage, and

As Zygmunt Bauman hauntingly puts it, "In the
case of an ailing social order, the absence of an adequate
diagnosis"is a crucial, perhaps decisive, part of the

Berman, Morris (2011-02-07). Dark Ages
America: The Final Phase of Empire (p. 22). Norton. Kindle Edition.

Yes, MLK was not targeted by the nascent Disguised Global
Capitalist Empire in 1967 because he said particularly nasty things
about America, but because the DGCEmpire rightly feared that he would
‘put together’ multiple issues, problems, and all ‘the people’ who
were energized by any of the ‘issues’ that the Empire caused, in
order to successfully unite, consolidate, and ignite enough people
across all issues to Revolt against the Empire ----- as was so
clearly the case in the First (and only successful) American
Revolution against Empire.