Wednesday, January 25, 2006


Thought Experiment

Representative Louise Slaughter joins the chorus of voices asking why Chris Matthews in particular (and the SCLM in general) keeps irrationally propping up Bush and bashing anyone in a position to expose Bush's blunders and crimes. Now of course, the standard GOP/Media Axis response is "But 9/11 changed everything!" Which is a lie, because they were fluffing for Bush and the GOP long before that date. In fact, I invite the reader to conduct a thought experiment: If 9/11 had happened in 2000 instead of 2001, would the GOP and their corporate media allies have rallied around Bill Clinton the same way they rallied around George W. Bush? Or would they have tried to impeach him a second time? Anyone who has studied the behavior of the US press and their GOP overlords over the past three decades knows the answer to these questions.

Matthews is so bad because he knows that as long as he is doing the bidding of GE and Microsoft he has a safe and well-feathered nest for himself. He will continue this as long as he things it's in his interest to do it.

He can be made damaged goods, however. It's not easy making a Republican media whore into damaged goods, seeing that the rest of the media have similar career aspirations, but that doesn't mean it's not worth trying. Pointing out his lies is a good start.

Telling the truth. it's always correct.
The one thing that can be done is to turn him off. This is happening at a notable rate. The reason that Americans know anything at all is a testament to their intelligent skepticism and commitment to principle.

I don't think there has been a national propaganda apparatus this seamless and persistent in human history. Yes, there were Big Brother states in the USSR, China, and Germany and those had very powerful propaganda apparatus. But they didn't have the ability of electronic and print media to penetrate every nook and cranny of the national conversation. Their power was based in the fact that each of those nations faced real crises. Bushco's propaganda apparatus keeps the Republican goats in line purely by the power of nightmares.
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