What you sow, you reap. When the FCC allowed the major corps to basically corner the media markets, we, as citizens, lost the valuable “fourth column” that protects our freedoms and our liberty.
However, it is time we stand to demand our media do its job. We do have power, and it is called consumer power. We don’t have to watch and we don’t have to buy what they are selling and they are selling propaganda and crap.
Let me give some examples here:
1). Ever heard of the Freedom Act? No? Me either until I watched a session of the EU parliament last week, where I heard Republican Representative James Sensenbrenner, former Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and representative from Wisconsin’s 5th District since 1979, testify to the EU parliament concerning a bill he co-sponsored with Senator Patrick Leahy, Democrat from Vermont, who is U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman that would end the NSA’s total collection of all our private data. As you know the EU is very angry at learning of the extent of NSA’s abilities and actual data collection, including all of our emails, phones calls, and social media activity. It has damaged our relationship with our allies more than any other act we have taken since World War II. Yet not one word on this in our media! Hell the fact that a Democrat and Republican joined on any bill would be news! The reason we don’t hear about it is because of the complicity our media has with the NSA in collecting the data and more importantly supporting the collection of data in the Op Eds both on TV and in the printed media.
2). We are in economic recovery! This is just an outright lie. The facts are we are no better off, and maybe even in worse shape than just after the crash in 2008. Here are the real facts that are not being printed in MSM. The employment-population ratio measures the percentage of the working age population that actually has a job. As you can see by the chart below, this number fell dramatically during the last recession and since the end of 2009 it has remained remarkably flat. In fact, it has stayed between 58 and 59 percent for 50 months in a row…So how is the government getting the unemployment rate to go down? Well, they are accomplishing this by pretending that millions upon millions of unemployed Americans have disappeared from the labor force.
At the moment, the employment-population ratio is just one-tenth of one percent above the lowest level that it has been throughout this entire crisis. So are we in an “employment recovery”? Absolutely not, and anyone that tries to tell you that is lying to you. According to the government, the percentage of Americans that want to work is now supposedly at a 35 year low. You actually have a better statistical chance of getting into Harvard than you do of being hired at a new Wal-Mart that is opening up in the Washington D.C. area. The store is currently combing through more than 23,000 applications for 600 available positions.
3). Inflation is low. Again this is another outright lie that is being not reported by MSM. Anyone that goes to the grocery store or pays bills on a regular basis knows that there is plenty of inflation in the economy. And if we were being given honest numbers, they would show that.
According to John Williams of shadowstats.com, if the U.S. inflation rate was still calculated the exact same way that it was back when Jimmy Carter was president, the official rate of inflation would be somewhere between 8 and 10 percent today. But the Federal Reserve certainly doesn’t want everyone running around talking about “Jimmy Carter” and “stagflation” because then people would really start pressuring them to end their wild money printing schemes. And without a doubt, what the Fed is doing is absolutely insane. The chart posted below shows that the M1 money supply has nearly doubled since the beginning of 2008.
In fact, a recent former Federal Reserve official that helped manage the Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing program during 2009 and 2010 is publicly apologizing to the rest of the country for being involved in “the greatest backdoor Wall Street bailout of all time”…
“I can only say: I’m sorry, America. As a former Federal Reserve official, I was responsible for executing the centerpiece program of the Fed’s first plunge into the bond-buying experiment known as quantitative easing. The central bank continues to spin QE as a tool for helping Main Street. But I’ve come to recognize the program for what it really is: the greatest backdoor Wall Street bailout of all time.”
Again, this points to the fact that MSM is owned by major corporations who in some cases are owned by the banks who are the beneficiaries of the so-called stimulus money, and we ,the sluggos, on the line to pay for all of this are kept in the dark as much as possible.
4). Obamacare Is Going To Be Good For Middle Class Americans. Well, while all we are hearing in MSM is how the web site sucks, the facts are not being reported. At this point, approximately 4 million Americans have already had their health insurance plans canceled due to Obamacare, and according to Forbes that number could ultimately reach 93 million. According to one study, health insurance premiums for men are going to go up by an average of 99 percent under Obamacare and health insurance premiums for women are going to go up by an average of 62 percent under Obamacare.
And so far only about 100,000 Americans have actually signed up for Obamacare, so that means that the number of Americans with health insurance has dropped by about 3.9 million since the beginning of October!
These are just a few examples of how MSM has failed to keep us informed about the really important issues we need to be informed about so we can take the actions politically we need to take to insure our personal prosperity and safety. All of this, and I mean all of this is because of two factors. Corporate greed and the influence it has on government and the media. Therefore our trusted “fourth column” has been totally comprised. We cannot allow this to continue.
To make this point even clearer and to demonstrate the mentality to which I allude, consider this.
Bloomberg News got some attention last week after it came out that the editor-in-chief had told reporters to kill a series of stories “that might anger China” and then defended that decision by arguing it was similar to appeasing the Nazis. I’m not joking.
In the call late last month, Mr. Winkler defended his decision, comparing it to the self-censorship by foreign news bureaus trying to preserve their ability to report inside Nazi-era Germany, according to Bloomberg employees familiar with the discussion.
Apparently, the main story that was killed was by reporter Michael Forsythe, who had been working on it for nearly a year. And, oh yeah, it was scheduled to run the very same month that Bloomberg’s CEO was “visiting China to strengthen business ties between the media-sensitive country and the financial services company.”
Without an honest media, we are doomed to whatever whims the government and corporate America wish to foist upon us. We need to act in concert. One thing media is sensitive to is publicity. We need to show up in front of our local affiliate NBC, CBS, FOX, and ABC television stations demanding better coverage of the real issues affecting our lives. We need to show up in front of our major metropolitan newspaper offices demanding access to the OP ED sections of the paper. Let’s let them know we aren’t fools. Sure we can try and get our news from alternative media, but as a NSA operative recently bragged, we are really good at corrupting social media and alternative news. We own it!
Think about this because I cannot think of anything more important than how we get our information and what the content of that information is…Can you?