The Villagers and Their Idiot Mobs…….

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A few nights ago I watched The Fountainhead for the first time.  It was a real eye opener.

Not only was this my first Gary Cooper movie–yes, I was a virgin–but it gave me a weird sense of deja-vu, kind of like I had just spent an hour flipping between CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News.

Sure, Howard Roark was a real stand-up guy, with all of that integrity, but the story line which really grabbed my attention had to do with The New York Banner, a scandal sheet with an enormous circulation and little honor.

The paper is run by the ruthless capitalist, Gail Wynand, a self-made man who traded his principals for cash.  Wynand cooks up scandals and then feeds them to the masses.  Whether these stories are true or not is of no concern, the value is measured by the hysteria it creates.

Even though Wynand peddles in trash, he values truth.  In his private life, Wynand is polished and educated.  In short, he feels he is much superior to his readers.  Therefore, since his audience are such simpletons, Wynand believes he can easily manipulate the mob and give them their marching orders.

And then there is the ideologue Ellsworth Toohey, the architecture critic for The Banner.  Toohey also believes the common people to be idiots, but instead of manipulating their feeble minds in order to amass a personal fortune, Toohey trades in personal power.

Unlike Wynand, Toohey doesn’t believe in truth or inherent value.  In fact, he believes it is dangerous–a threat to his quest for power predicated on the rise of mediocrity.  Toohey actually believes the bullshit he is peddling.  His only truth is the newest lie which will add to his power.

As The Fountainhead reaches its dramatic conclusion, there is a struggle between Wynand and Toohey as to who will controll The Banner and by extention the mob.

Who wins?  I’m not going to spoil it for you.  I will give you a hint, though.  Just turn on your television.

Economists Comprise only 5 Percent of Cable News Guests Debating Economic Recovery Plan | Think Progress…….

Wouldn’t want any facts mucking up the right-wing paranoia.

[A] Media Matters for America review of the Sunday talk shows and 12 cable news programs from January 25 through February 8 found that during 139 1/2 hours of programming on Sunday mornings and weekday afternoons and evenings, of 460 total guest appearances in discussions about the economic recovery legislation and debate in Congress, only 25 were made by economists — a mere 5 percent.

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REPORT: GOP Lawmakers Outnumber Democratic Lawmakers 2 To 1 | Think Progress…….

Once again, the Democrats decide to sit back and let their economic stimulus plan sell itself.   Meanwhile, the Republicans dominated the on-air debate, trashing the plan 2 to 1 on the cable news networks.

Worst still, the most charismatic asset for the Democrats, President Obama, decides to sit out the debate for the sake of bipartisanship.

The Republicans take advantage of Obama’s self inflicted handicap, and completely play him for a sucker.  Does  Obama learn a lesson about Washington’s dream of bipartisanship?  I sure hope so.

On Sunday, conservatives began an all-out assault on President Obama’s economic recovery plan, with House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) both announcing that they would vote against the plan as it stood. Despite Obama’s efforts at good faith outreach, congressional conservatives have continued to attack the stimulus plan with a series of false and disingenuous arguments.

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Joe Johns’ Golden Age of Propaganda…….

Did you know the corporate media has a varsity team?

I sure didn’t.

Last night on Anderson Cooper, talking head Joe Johns let slip the existence of a media corps varsity team “of the likes you have just never seen.”

This highly trained journalistic strike-force was known for its dogged persistence and ability to get the job done.

They never take no for an answer.  Instead, these superheroes will hound presidents, always asking the difficult questions, and are never satisfied with a none response.

Here is the startling revelation, straight from the transcript:

JOHNS: Sure. And nobody wants to jump out there and start slamming him immediately. But I’ve got tell you, at the end of the day, this is a varsity media corps of the likes you have just never seen.

And people are going to hammer away at a question and an individual like Barack Obama doesn’t want to ask. It’s just the nature of the beast. Wherever you go, you’re going to get that question after a certain point.

Wow…at every turn…hammering away at the hard questions…it’s just the nature of the beast.  Booyeah, I tell you.

This, of course, got me thinking.  Where has the awesome varsity media corps been hiding for the last eight years?

You know, when Bush lied us into the Iraq War, a shredded Constitution, an economic apocalypse, and a climate crisis turned into a daily worldwide catastrophe.

Hmmm.

How the Military Analyst Program Controlled News Coverage: In the Pentagon’s Own Words | Glenn Greenwald…….

The real reason the Iraq War was not a cake walk.

Clearly, the principal reason the story has received virtually no coverage on the television networks is because the story reflects so poorly on them. But as to his primary point, I don’t believe Collins is right. The public has long been inculcated with the notion that we have a "liberal media" that opposes and undermines whatever Republicans do, etc. etc. Yet here is mountains of evidence as conclusive as can be as to how the Government/media cartel actually functions — media outlets and their corporate parents rely on the Government for all sorts of favors and access and, in return, do nothing to displease them. To the contrary, the Bush administration itself here is proudly touting its ability to control media content and ensure the presence only of pro-Government voices with regard to war and military matters.

Amazingly, not everyone bought the round the clock Propaganda R Us coming out of the network news.

Protest

On the weekend of February 15-16th of 2003, anywhere between six and ten million people world-wide, came out to protest Bush’s plan to invade Iraq.

In Seattle alone, an estimated 50,000 people came out to try to stop Bush’s war, more than the number which made Seattle protest central after the WTO flare-up. 

As Michael Moore recently said on Larry King, "I and 100 million other Americans knew that we were being played here and that they really wanted to go to war and this was about oil and that there was going to be a horrible catastrophe."

Now we know how Bush and Cheney pulled off the United State’s biggest foreign policy blunder–with a domestic propaganda program and an obedient, corporate press corps, more interested in currying favor with the powerful than protecting the interests of the people.

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