We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up
Friday, August 4, 2017
How Mainstream US ‘News’ Media Pump Their Government’s Lies to Deceive the Public
Zuesse like many astute observers of reports from media corporations declares that their media "pump their government lies to deceive the public" which he backs up with substantial evidence. Media corporations has been doing this forever simply because their owners are of the same class that controls every institution of our nation--especially the government--since there were large corporations. What is striking about their reports in our current era is the brazenly obvious nature of these lies as exposed over the internet by independent journalists and analysts such as Zuesse.
What I think Zuesse and others should be advocating is a well-funded independent media organization within the Empire. Of course, such an organization would be attacked by every weapon available to the ruling capitalist class, but this situation would furnish an excellent catalyst to start the process of exposing them, as the liars they are, to the American and Canadian public who, out of mostly habit, only read, listen, and view mainstream sources for their understanding of events in the world.
As it is now, Zuesse and other independent journalists and analysts must frequently post their views in foreign owned media websites like Strategic Culture, New Eastern Outlook, and TeleSur because they can't get published in domestically owned websites of any size and resources simply because they don't exist. As the news media now exists, the vast majority of Americans are totally confused and distracted by media corporations; meanwhile the left talk to each other in their mostly isolated enclaves of alternative websites. This simply must change if humans are to have any chance of survival!