Thursday, February 18, 2010

Fantasyland Media:

Each week, we cover the stories that are just left out of the US propaganda machine. News that the people in charge, the corporations and your government want keep from the public eye.


Democracy Now:
"Low-income Americans are facing a higher unemployment rate today than at the height of the Depression...The Center for Labor Market Studies at Boston's Northeastern University divided U.S. households into ten groups based on annual income. The lowest tenth, with an annual household income of $12,499 or less, had a fourth-quarter unemployment rate last year of 30.8 percent. The next lowest-income group had an unemployment rate of 19.1 percent."
Center for Labor Market Studies:
"At the end of calendar year 2009, as the national economy was recovering from the recession of 2007-2009, workers in different segments of the income distribution clearly found themselves in radically different labor market conditions. A true labor market depression faced those in the bottom two deciles of the income distribution, a deep labor market recession prevailed among those in the middle of the distribution, and close to a full employment environment prevailed at the top. There was no labor market recession for America’s affluent. 
-->The NY Times, published for the affluent, did not report this finding from the Center for Labor Market Studies as news, although Op-Ed Columnist Bob Herbert wrote a column on it.
School of Americas Watch:
"Since the 'election' of President Porfidio Lobo in late November, in a balloting process boycotted by the majority of Hondurans, over 10 leaders of the resistance movement have been murdered. Those who dare to raise their voices about this situation are also targeted. Last week two cameramen from media programs opposing the government were kidnapped and tortured. After filing reports on these and other situations, members of the COFADEH human rights team received death threats.
Instead of denouncing this critical situation, the Obama Administration is doing the opposite: attempting to rally international support for an illegitimate regime that almost no other government recognizes. This is part of a complete turnaround by the administration. When SOA graduates orchestrated a coup against President Manuel Zelaya last June, President Obama lent his voice to the chorus of rejection coming from all corners of Latin America. In the following months, however, that position shifted from rejection to complacency to acceptance to promotion. While most Latin American nations view the recent Honduran elections as an illegal effort to whitewash a coup, the U.S. insists that they are legitimate, and the resulting change has been positive."
-->The NY Times "see no evil" reporting when it comes to right wing death squads in Honduras is all the more deplorable since we read about Iranian human right abuses every day. In Honduras, the US supports the dictatorship. In Iran, the US wants to overthrow a democracy. And The NY Times plays its role as media harlot of the US Pentagon.

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