“My junior year of college, I was lucky enough to attend Free Press’ National Conference on Media Reform in Denver. In her keynote speech, Amy Goodman said, “This is no longer a mainstream media. This is an extreme media beating the drums for war.” And she’s right — between network investment in weapon production and the exploitative narratives that made me feel disconnected from everyone but my immediate family, mainstream media outlets generally fail to present narratives that run counter to their interests.”
When media relentlessly DOES pound the drums for war, and:
- Major sporting events feature impassioned deference to soldiers and the military (shown by flyovers and such)
- Hollywood “sexes up” the role of the soldier-conqueror or policeman equipped with naked firepower
- Any open question of the make-war narrative is bashed as a sign of giving comfort to the enemy, supporting terrorists, or showing a dearth of patriotism
- Message repetition works the magic Goebbels taught as per the power of “the lie told often”
This type of propagandized media ambiance can reliably program LOTS of people. That’s what corporate capture of media is all about!
If message was not a component of war, there’d be no history of war propagandists.
Therefore, to those apologists for the empire, and/or Mars-ruled state who insist that a majority were in support of the war… as I’ve stated MANY times in the past, such support is artificially manufactured. It’s the product of false narratives, respected individuals repeating talking points cum lies redundantly, and a media chorus all marching in lockstep to insist on the same messaging.
Social ostracism is painful. That compels most people to conform or go along with things (in order) to get along. And this aspect of human nature is well-understood by those who design the frames and talking points used to (as Noam Chomsky aptly put it): manufacture consent.
What kind of poll numbers would emerge if U.S. citizens heard from peace activists, the few individuals within the MIC who perhaps realize the moral and financial and geopolitical folly of these wars? The professors who can point out the historical parallels and journalists who can expose the lies told often?
We see this manufacture of consent IN progress in how the media kept repeating that Syria’s Assad was bombing his own people. Also in the way that Putin is endlessly depicted as The Aggressor in Ukraine. These narratives are just as false as the “evidence” used to make the case (fixed) for war against Iraq.
When a corrupt media services the state that’s become beholden to both the corporations/bankers who profit from war and the massive martial machinery of the MIC (that’s populated by lots of big boys with lots of war toys and an adolescent “itch” to explode all that ordnance) it enables a monster… unleashed.
It takes constant programming and indoctrinating to whitewash what this military monster is doing. Part of the formula is to embed journalists who get to see war in the same way that regulators walk into prisons and only get to see the veneer of things on a “good day.”
Maybe Ms. Siegfried will prove more enlightened than her father who evidently signed up to participate in “military adventures”?