- There are so many major problems in this country now;
so much that literally depends upon concise and accurate information, that
this simple phrase "Who can we trust," may be the difference
between life and death.
- Too few Americans realize what has changed in this country
since the Viet Nam war.
- Like Iraq, that war was a futile and useless gesture,
an exercise in the attempted use of Imperial power. The only difference
between Viet Nam and Iraq is that then there were still a few independent
media outlets, and some authentic journalists that did report on events
in that war as it was happening. The nightly news then, brought the war
into every living room with a television set. We saw the blood; we saw
the chaos, and the failure of our military to win that war. Like Iraq,
we won every battle, but we lost the war because those people refused to
give in to our arrogant attempt to kill them and to crush their way of
- After that war, those massive corporate interests who
stood to gain from all that carnage, decided to destroy the public's ability
to know what any foreign adventure might actually look like. This they
did, by buying up those media outlets that had cost them so much in both
image and profits. Along the way, they soon realized that they could also
use this new megaphone of theirs, to control major events within the USA
as well. Here's the story from 1983 to the present: http://www.corporations.org/media/
- Now we're down to 5 major interests that control almost
everything we see, read or hear: http://www.nowfoundation.org/issues/communications/tv/mediacontrol.html
- This has been carried out under the banner of "free
enterprise" but the only thing "free" about this were
the airwaves that these corporate bandits use to spin their lies and twist
what so many thought of as the truth. All those billions that have to be
raised for every election go back into the coffers of their own subsidiaries,
to create new lies to spread over the carnage of the each previous performance.
This complex shell game is generously termed "the media." The
corporations own the logos that were there during Viet Nam, but now NBC
is General Electric, Viacom owns CBS, and Disney owns ABC. Why do these
companies not air their programs under the logos of their real owners
that should be obvious! What happened to truth in advertising? If for instance
we were told that GE and some of the other weapons manufacturers, were
behind the reporting on these wars from which they make vast sums of money
might we not view what the networks say in a whole different way?
- There is another problem with allowing the largest corporate
interests on earth to own virtually all avenues of information and
that is - that the pubic only gets one view of this nation, of the political
realities here and abroad, as well as how well policies (and wars) are
being received by the general public. When those who are being criticized
get to cover and report on the public events that are held to criticize
those same policies the impression can be skewed in favor of the
corporatists, and the puppets in government that serve these special interests:
the Congress, the Courts, and the entire Executive Branch, because they've
been paid to ensure that the truth never gets heard, seen, or discussed.
- The real problem for this nation is that the public,
over the years has come to trust the media, and has not yet realized that
while a lot of the faces are the same, the purpose behind their broadcasts
and their information - is entirely different from any real coverage of
real events. The media; has become nothing more than the segmented cubicles
of transnational corporations, that are beholden to no state, to no national
flag, and to no political actions except those that profit their bottom
line directly. Due to the success of these 'media' acquisitions, and in
tandem with the complete dominance of their views on the Federal Communications
Commission (FCC) overseen by Mr. Powell's corrupt administration
their reign would seem to be secure.
- However, if the public begins to realize who is really
behind the microphones, and who is really calling all the shots then
there might yet be some real changes in the way things are done in this
country. No society can make rational or intelligent choices about their
individual lives or the direction of the country if they do not have accurate
information. The entire point (aside from obscene profits) behind this
wholesale takeover of the media has been to corrupt the truth of whatever
the US government undertakes to do, both here at home and in the wider
- Where for instance were the television specials, regarding
the events surrounding 911? When was the last time a special report was
aired that looked into corruption or government collusion in anything like
the Enron scandal, or the massive bookkeeping and stock market frauds that
were enacted upon the public and the stockholders? Likewise, where were
the searching reports when over 10 million people demonstrated against
the war, before it happened, worldwide? There are countless areas of massive
cover-ups that the media has simply not reported on. These topics affect
everything from health and education to the very real and growing problems
of jobs, of out-sourcing, and of virtually every aspect of life for most
- The answer is simple: working people have been targeted
by the transnational corporations for a complete takeover of their lives
and of their dreams. In this adventure the government is their puppet,
doing their bidding, and creating profits for those who have something
to gain, from all the damage that we are inflicting around the world.
- The next time you watch ABC "News" picture
Mickey Mouse, and remember that this is only entertainment they cannot
in all candor claim that what they say is information is anything but propaganda.
The same is true for GE, who makes weapons and actually has much to gain
or lose based on how the wars are fought. When we do stupid things like
trying to drive our invasion force full speed through a desert sand storm,
so that we destroy a third of our vehicles, and damage a lot of what remains
then those vehicles will need to be replaced same goes for
munitions expended so why should these people be bringing us "the
news"? It's true of all of the major networks, including PBS, all
of them have major conflicts of interest, that should prevent them from
airing the stories they routinely attempt to cover or from censoring
the ones they refuse to cover. What one leaves out can be far more important
than the one covered in two sentences. In any case: the public is not getting
anything like balanced coverage of anything that is happening in this nation,
never mind the world.
- For instance: the vote on November second was a fraud,
and it appears that Bush did not win even the popular vote, much less the
Electoral one. Yet there is a news blackout in the USA on all such stories
that are swirling around this issue but the world knows!
- The media has pronounced that Bush won, and that was
that no questions allowed it's a done deal! Because if it is
proven that Cheney-Bush lost, then heads will roll, and a lot of "influential
people" will be heading off to prison for the rest of their natural
lives. This is one of the principal reasons for buying up the media in
the first place, just so things like that can't happen in USA incorporated
the new home of Fascism-To-Go.
- To ensure their protection from discovery, Patriot II
was recently passed:
- SECTION 102 of the new Patriot Act II states clearly
that any information gathering, regardless of whether or not those activities
are illegal, can be considered to be the clandestine intelligence activities
for a foreign power. This makes all newsgathering illegal. Think about
that, and while you're thinking, why not begin asking your so-called local
stations about why they don't cover the things that concern most of us
who work for a living?
- If enough people think about the new Patriot Act, perhaps
something might be forced to change this cozy relationship that is leading
this nation into bankruptcy, and into international failure on almost every
front. Of course if this is too much trouble then I guess that would
mean that you're content with being lied to, and being taken for granted
by the corporate henchmen who designed this little plot to steal the nation?
In any event, you still have to decide Who can you trust?
- To find a way to get the information to the general public,
the following needs to be considered. The information is out there - at
ASIA Times, BBC, FPF, rense.com, whatreallyhappened.com, and hundreds
of internet sites - now! The problem is that Americans do not tend to
believe that these are viable and informative sites, especially when it
comes to American motives or policies.
- In addition, because most Americans have not left this
country - they tend not to believe that others do not automatically wish
us ill. They also have virtually no conception about how 'others' could
possibly live any kind of life - that doesn't exactly replicate our own
stated preferences. Hence the problem that now exists between a corrupted
media, that tends to be believed by most people who watch it, and the actualities
that are being kept from an inquiring public.
- One other item of note is that these aspects of "our
problem" can easily be cleared up when it is realized that because
of the extreme diversity of transnational corporations - virtually every
single event in the world or here - has the potential to dramatically determine
profits and or opportunities for those companies (in a vast variety of
fields) - depending on what is "known" or "discussed"
in every event that happens in the world today.
- If this information can be disseminated to the public
at large - then perhaps the world can indeed begin to make sense out of
this power grab, and its real purposes, as well as why their corrupted
candidates MUST continue to be elected even if those elections have
to be stolen!