American Mass Media And Punditry Remain A Dishonest, Militaristic Embarrassment

Authored by Mike Krieger via Liberty Bltizkrieg,

When it comes to U.S. presidents, experience has taught me to always assume the worst. Irrespective of what the winning candidate said on the campaign trail, a few things things tend to happen once they’re sworn into office. To name a few, we almost always end up with a further expansion of the imperial presidency, more pointless wars, growth in the surveillance state and continued unaccountable pillaging by Wall Street. The worst trends and elements of society tend to grow no matter who sits in the oval office.

As such, I’m genuinely heartened by those rare occasions when a U.S. president tries to reduce geopolitical tensions and prioritize peace. This isn’t to say such attempts will work out perfectly, or work at all, but in a world in which a hammer-focused American foreign policy tends to see every situation as a nail, attempts at peace should at the very least be supported by those who claim to care about such things.

Nevertheless, here in America we’ve encouraged and rewarded a peculiar class of people who tend to cluster within specialized niches of the imperial economy, namely the mass media and think tanks often funded by military contractors and foreign dictatorships. While these types always cheer U.S. overseas belligerence, nothing gets them clutching their pearls more fiercely than Donald Trump doing something reasonable.

When it comes to U.S. presidents I’m nobody’s cheerleader, but if the executive tries to make the world more peaceful I’ll support it. If they do the opposite, I’ll oppose. As such, I’m on board with Trump trying to ease tensions on the Korean peninsula and I’m glad he’s doing it. Naturally, mass media pundits took the opposite approach and immediately resorted to their trademark creepy militarism and ignorance.

One of the most telling examples came courtesy of an interaction between Washington Post opinion writer and MSNBC pundit, Jonathan Capehart and a non-pundit human over Twitter.

Of course, there’s always MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow who can be consistently relied on to find a way to link everything that happens in the world to diabolical mastermind Vladimir Putin!

What an utter lunatic, but this sort of thing’s to be expected from mass media in the era of Trump. As I noted in a recent piece, May You Live in Stupid, Corrupt and yet Fascinating Times:

If anything, the media’s gotten worse since its total failure during the 2016 election and shows no sign of even wanting to improve. Much like the status quo in general, the mass media is fully committed to propagating a culture of stupidity and corruption.

And these are the people who lecture us about fake news.

Incredibly enough, these professional propagandists get worse by the day. For example, just as militaristic Maddow was getting her audience into another Russia-conspiracy tizzy, the network canceled the appearance of an actual expert on Korea.

Finally, just as mass media was having a uniform panic attack about a peace summit, those peacenik Middle East democracies, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, were preparing an attack on the port of Hodeidah in Yemen, a move that could lead to the starvation of millions.

It’s worth remembering that the U.S. government plays a direct role in Yemeni atrocities by arming and refueling the planes of the Gulf states responsible for the greatest humanitarian disaster on earth at the moment, yet U.S. mass media barely pays it any mind.

As Reuters reported in late May:

GENEVA (Reuters) – The United Nations aid chief urged the Saudi-led military coalition that controls Yemen’s ports to expedite imports of food and fuel supplies, warning that a further 10 million Yemenis could face starvation by year-end.  

Yemen is the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, according to the United Nations, with some 8.4 million people severely short of food and at risk of starvation.

For the past three years, the Yemeni government backed by Riyadh’s coalition which is armed and supported by the United States and Britain has battled Houthi fighters aligned to Iran.

“I am particularly concerned about the recent decline of commercial food imports through the Red Sea ports,” Mark Lowcock, U.N. emergency relief coordinator, said in a statement read out to a Geneva briefing on Friday.

For several weeks at the end of last year, the Saudi coalition imposed a blockade on Yemeni ports which it said was to prevent Houthis from importing weapons. This had a severe impact on Yemen, which traditionally imports 90 percent of its food.

Naturally, the Saudis (with U.S. approval and assistance) have decided to make the situation even worse. Here’s what went down earlier today:

(Reuters) – A Saudi-led alliance of Arab states launched an attack on Yemen’s main port city on Wednesday in the largest battle of the war, aiming to bring the ruling Houthi movement to its knees at the risk of worsening the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis…

The United Nations says 8.4 million Yemenis are on the verge of famine, and for most the port is the only route for food supplies.

Oh, and in case you missed it, the Saudis recently bombed a cholera treatment facility in Yemen.

But remember, Trump gave Kim Jung-Un “legitimacy,” so let’s all obsess over that instead of potential U.S. sponsored genocide in Yemen.

Finally, let’s never forget the following:

That, ladies and gentlemen, is your mass media.

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Comments

Deep Snorkeler Bigly Wed, 06/13/2018 - 16:31 Permalink

The American Media

  • a self-serving lazy herd doing no investigative work
  • propagating myths, delusions and the us-them adversarial 
  • over-produced pretty people on the telescreen
  • an exciting mythological world of superficial silliness
  • celebrity on celebrity spats
  • dumbing everything down to chimp level

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Escrava Isaura 1 Alabama Wed, 06/13/2018 - 17:48 Permalink

MuffDiver69: The radicalized internationalized left wing media

It takes two to tango. The radicalized right is the muscle.

The left blaming fanatics over there and the right blaming the left over here is how the mind control works.

 

But not to worry, accordingly to the Tanakh, God will send the Messiah before the war to save humanity and the world. The Christians are not going to be able to start world war. There won’t be no Rapture but peace accordingly to God.

 

How can you tell?

“The Christian Bible is wrong because it’s a distorted version of the word of God….The Christians sodomized and corrupted the word of God. There won’t be world war.” Rabbi Tovia Singer.   

 

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MoreSun Four chan Wed, 06/13/2018 - 18:29 Permalink

The Truth Is:

Understanding Jewish Power: Who has helped create a war-addicted America?

By Philip Giraldi, Unz Review

So why do I think that we have to start talking about Jewish Power as opposed to the euphemism Israel Lobby? It is because the wars in the Middle East, which have done so much to damage the United States and were at least in part arranged to benefit Israel, have been largely driven by wealthy and powerful Jews.

If America goes to war with Iran, as is increasingly likely, it will be all about Israel and it will be arranged by the political and financial services Washington-Wall Street axis, make no mistake.

To my mind, Israel is America’s number one foreign policy problem in that it is able and willing to start potentially catastrophic wars with countries that it has demonized but that do not threaten the U.S. And those doing the manipulating are bipartisan Jewish oligarchs with deep pockets that support the multitude of pro-Israel organizations, think tanks and media outlets that have done so much to corrupt America’s political process.

Hollywood producer Haim Saban, a principal Democratic Party supporter, has said that he is a one issue guy and that issue is Israel. Principal GOP funder casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, who served in the U.S. Army in World War 2, has said that he regrets that service and would have preferred to be in the Israel Defense Forces.

They as well as others, including fund manager Paul Singer and Home Depot’s Bernard Marcus, are Jews laboring on behalf of the self-proclaimed Jewish State while the neoconservatives, fiercely protective of Israel, are also nearly all Jewish.

https://www.veteranstoday.com/2018/06/13/giraldi/

 

Additional quality, fact filled & eye opening (red pill) reads are:

"The jewish Revolutionary Spirit" E. Michael Jones

"Against Our Better Judgement" Alison Weir

"The jewish Onslaught" Dr. Tony Martin

"MegaCaust" Mike Walsh 

"The Bad War" M.S. King

 

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MoreSun liverdiefree Thu, 06/14/2018 - 00:22 Permalink

Convert to what? the putrid art of deception as prescribed by a large share of your so-called rabis, or judaism the talmudic kabalistic doctrine that again your own rabis admit to being a form of satan worship, to marxism, bolshevism, communism, neo-conism. You have accepted enough into your dark souless kingdom, and we are aspiring to end it.

Or maybe to the mossad whose motto is "war by deception" 

You worship your jew supremacist god edward bernays and uncle freud.

We ascribe to the truth, something you are bereft of.

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Chupacabra-322 DeaconPews Wed, 06/13/2018 - 17:32 Permalink

John Swinton New York Journalist at a Banquet

 

"...The business of the journalists is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of Mammon and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. You know it and I know it, and what folly is this toasting an independent press? We are the tools and vassals of "rich men" behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes."

 

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el buitre To Hell In A H… Wed, 06/13/2018 - 17:32 Permalink

All the presidents since Kennedy took their foreign policy orders form the Rockefeller/Rothschild CFR.  If one is dumb enough to believe that some of them were left and others were right, the truth is that it made no difference in practically everything that matters, that affected the world , and that affected the American people.  The left/right paradigm is a mind fuck, a stupid relic from the seating program of the late 18th century French parliament.  We should be talking specific issues and facts.  This is not a post fact based world.  I think that is the point that Kruger is trying to make here.  Does Trump break that pattern?  Hard to tell at this point but buddying up with Nutsiyahoo and with the maniacal mustache always at his right hand is not encouraging.  Time will tell.

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Jtrillian Deep Snorkeler Wed, 06/13/2018 - 16:43 Permalink

The MSM is just the communications arm of the DEEP STATE.  The sooner people realize this for themselves, the sooner the world starts making a lot more sense. 

If you want REAL NEWS, here are a few that I would recommend (all on Youtube and most on Steemit):

We Are Change
The Jimmy Dore Show
The Money GPS
Redacted Tonight with Lee Camp

Where do YOU go for real news?  Post below...

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LaugherNYC serotonindumptruck Wed, 06/13/2018 - 17:53 Permalink

Piece of shit site with bogus links and assorted garbage.

Example: A woman harasses two cops in pursuit of an armed suspect. Won't leave them alone as they are searching for a man with a gun. The cop tells her three time not to follow or film. She won't back off. He finally snaps, and arrests her. POLICE BRUTALITY!!!!

A cop tells you he is looking for an armed suspect, and you follow him? You FILM him, so he has to worry about how someone might edit a video to make things appear? He has a body cam for that!

Now, the cop not only has to worry about his own safety, he has to worry about you walking right behind him. And what if you are with the armed suspect, and you have a hidden gun and are just waiting to get the drop on him? mOr just trying to distract him (successfully) so the perp can split.

What kind of fucking asshole would interfere with cops looking for an armed suspect in your neighborhood? 

Sorry, if that is living in a police state, I'd prefer it to not having the cops available to protect my kids from a guy running around with a gun.

Slightly different than shooting an unarmed black man in the back. Busting some jerk for making a dangerous situation potentially much worse I am cool with.

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LaugherNYC Deep Snorkeler Wed, 06/13/2018 - 17:58 Permalink

Who cares? It's a free country with a free press. Let the libtards spout all they want. Change the channel.

That's the beauty of the USA. The media can say and do whatever the fuck they want. Including Fox, and RT and anyone else who gets a license, or just a website.

I LOVE watching the shills on MSNBC present the stupid, preening biased garbage. 

The more they do it, the more votes Trump gets.

Their sneering, smug, snorting, attitude is AWESOME to watch. They never engage a smart conservative, they just gather an echo chorus and shake heir heads and agree with each other. Pea brains.

No reason to put them down. More reason to counter their narrative, engage, and get out the vote!

 

Oh, and FUCK OFF PUTIN TROLLS. You KILL opposition journalists in your pissant hyperstupid country, so spare us your sanctimony.

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alexcojones Bigly Wed, 06/13/2018 - 16:40 Permalink

They are called Presstitutes for a reason.

 “We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of,” Said Edward Bernays in 1929. Even more true today. The handful of media companies that control the flow of disinformation and infotainment in America controls and implants the desired message. Putin Bad? Old Glory Good? No problem spinning the desired emotions and agit-prop to people.

An astute person at Zerohedge.com website posted: “Orwell vs Huxley: Maybe They Both Got It Right, 8,000 hits. Hippo vs Crocodile at the water hole Killing Frenzy, 32 million Hits. Miley Cyrus, Wrecking Ball video, 700,000,000 hits.”   Absorb those numbers for a moment and you become almost hopeless.  Almost.  Yet the American media aligned with the American Empire is losing battle-after-battle, to thousands of blogs like Rense, STR, Zerohedge, Infowars and millions of YouTube filmmakers. The MSM is losing skirmish after skirmish, losing the information war, shot by shot. Exactly how the mighty British Empire lost their colonies long ago ­ shot by shot - America will one day lose hers.Today, those in power are desperate to maintain control of their fiat money system through media propaganda, an oppressive police presence, and false flags followed by worldwide military invasion/occupation.  

“The propagandized people in the West have no idea of the fate toward which their demented governments are driving them,” wrote Paul Craig Roberts recently.

The American Media Is The Enemy Of The American People

 

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Chupacabra-322 alexcojones Wed, 06/13/2018 - 17:45 Permalink

@ Alex,

 

http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2012/03/26/empires-then-and-now/

 

Empires Then And Now

 

By Paul Craig Roberts, April 3, 2012.

 

Great empires, such as the Roman and British, were extractive. The empires succeeded because the value of the resources and wealth extracted from conquered lands exceeded the value of conquest and governance. ... America’s wars are very expensive. ... and the American people have no benefits from it. No riches, no bread and circuses flow to Americans from Washington’s wars. So what is it all about? The answer is that Washington’s empire extracts resources from the American people for the benefit of the few powerful interest groups that rule America. The military-security complex, Wall Street, agribusiness and the Israel lobby use the government to extract resources from Americans to serve their profits and power. ... In this new empire, success at war no longer matters. The extraction takes place by being at war. Huge sums of American taxpayers’ money have flowed into the American armaments industries and huge amounts of power into the Department of Homeland Security. The American empire works by stripping Americans of wealth and liberty.

 

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MuffDiver69 Wed, 06/13/2018 - 16:34 Permalink

Not to worry. Years ago this might have mattered and as the author knows all too well...it did....but these are discredited institutions now...Pointing it out is a waste of internet space...but it doesn’t hurt.