Thursday, November 04, 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.


Citizens for Legitimate Government:
"The Obama Effect: The Demise of the Democratic Party and a Gift to the Country By Michael Rectenwald, Ph.D. 11 Dec 2009
The decision to escalate Afghanistan War should put the final nail in the coffin of "change" and "hope" that Democrats and others crawled into when they supported Obama. The evidence that Obama is every bit the representative of the corporate oligarchy and no less a corporate shill than the rest has been mounting for nearly a year-or well before the election for the cognoscenti. Only fanatics could have heard Obama's speech on Afghanistan and failed to hear the resonances of Bush. But the writing was on the wall over a year ago when Obama supported the bailouts of the banks and brokerage firms that leveraged their destruction of the economy on the foreclosures of homes. Few could miss the fact that the health care reform bill, should it ever pass, will be another unwarranted and gratuitous bailout-this one of the insurance and pharmaceutical companies... Only a working-class majority can overcome the power elite and end the wars.
-->Why can't the mainstream media come up with such an analysis? Instead, we hear this week that Obama is too far to the right. Don't trust the talking heads paid for by the corporate media. They can be counted on to always advise a move to the right, with less government regulation, and more tax cuts for the very rich.

Inter Press Service:
"WASHINGTON - The revelation by Wikileaks of a U.S. military order directing U.S. forces not to investigate cases of torture of detainees by Iraqis has been treated in news reports as yet another case of lack of concern by the U.S. military about detainee abuse.
But the deeper significance of the order, which has been missed by the news media, is that it was part of a larger U.S. strategy of exploiting Shi'a sectarian hatred against Sunnis to help suppress the Sunni insurgency when Sunnis had rejected the U.S. war.
And Gen. David Petraeus was a key figure in developing the strategy of using Shi'a and Kurdish forces to suppress Sunnis in 2004-2005.

The strategy involved the deliberate deployment of Shi'a and Kurdish police commandos in areas of Sunni insurgency in the full knowledge that they were torturing Sunni detainees, as the reports released by Wikileaks show."
-->The US military responsible for the sectarian violence that still plagues Iraq? Americans will never see that part of Wikileaks in the major US media, which often serves to support such US occupations in the Third World. The best The NY Times can do is run "People Magazine" like articles attacking the Jullian Assange, as in: "WikiLeaks Founder on the Run, Chased by Turmoil."
Marketplace offered a special segment last week on controlling the federal deficit. The head of the Columbia School of Business Administration was there to claim that the problem is really with Social Security. This despite the fact that Social Security has run surpluses for decades, billions of dollars owed retiring American workers. The surpluses all went to funding US wars and giving tax cuts to the very rich. Social Security is still running a large surplus and will so for the foreseeable future. But Wall Street wants its cut, like the insurance companies wanted their cut of healthcare. So the mainstream media, including WAMC/NPR, must constantly distort the facts about Social Security. How else to rob the majority for the benefit of the richest?

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