Wednesday, February 29, 2012

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 to keep from the public eye.


Common Dreams:
"Thank AT&T, Bud, Pfizer Et Al For Heartland's Non-Global Warming. At least 19 publicly traded companies gave the climate-denial think tank Heartland Institute over $1.3 million for an array of projects, including one to teach kids that global warming is a hoax...
The companies backing the Heartland Institute: Anheuser-Busch, AT&T, Comcast, General Motors, Microsoft, PepsiCo, Reynolds American, Time Warner Cable... "
-->The NY Times finally published a story about Heartland Institute, but omitted mention of which companies were behind the effort to deny climate change. The one company The NY Times did mention, Microsoft, came with a explanation that the company gives computers to many non-profits. Why omit which major corporations are sponsoring the Heartland Institute and how these corporations benefit from the denial of climate change? As always, The NY Times puts the good name of multinational corporations above their readership's right to know.
The Activist Newsletter:
"New anti-union legislation was passed by Congress earlier this month despite a Democratic majority in the Senate and Barack Obama in the White House...
It is bad enough when the party known as 'labor's friend' ignores past injustices, or even refuses to act on a labor priority (such as the Employee Free Choice Act). It's another matter when Democratic votes make it possible to perpetrate new anti-labor injuries, as took place Feb. 6 when the Senate passed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill over union objections.
The worst part of the new legislation weakened bargaining rights for workers in the aviation and rail industries by increasing from 35% to 50% the number of worker signatures required to allow an election for union recognition. It was strongly backed by the airline industry."
-->The NY Times put the union busting part of the legislation at the end of an article on House funding for aviation programs. No mention of Obama's sellout to the airlines industry.  

Guardian UK:
"Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul warned the U.S. is 'slipping into a fascist system' dominated by government and businesses as he held a fiery rally Saturday night upstaging established Republican Party banquets a short distance away.
The Texas congressman drew a couple thousand standing and chanting people to Kansas City's Union Station as the party's establishment dined on steak across the street at the Missouri GOP's annual conference...
'We've slipped away from a true Republic,' Paul said. 'Now we're slipping into a fascist system where it's a combination of government and big business and authoritarian rule and the suppression of the individual rights of each and every American citizen.' "
-->For all the news about the Republican primary race, The NY Times did not cover these quite remarkable quotes from Ron Paul. Too close to the truth about our corporate controlled political system. The NY Times sees its primary role as preserving the illusion of democracy in America.

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