In a comment on the preceding post, JJ (is she returning to the blogosphere? Be still, my beating heart!) observes the near-total blackout on coverage of the situation in Michigan.
As in Wisconsin, Ohio and other states, the monied interests and their hirelings are orchestrating an all-out attack on the middle class and ordinary working folks. They've bought, captured and/or subverted the institutions of government and the channels through which stories are told and the boundaries for acceptable ideas and discussions are established. What they can't buy or control, they target for destruction. Hence the war on unions and the principle of collective bargaining.
JJ wonders, not without some justification, whether the protesters standing up to these assaults ought to hang teabags from their hats. She observes, perhaps sardonically, that that seems to get MSM attention.
She's definitely on to something. For now, of course, the focus is on Japan, but let's not lose sight of the essential contrast here. The disaster in Japan is a result of plate tectonics and seismic shifts. It's beyond human control. The upheaval in Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio and other states has been planned. It is by malicious, calculated design. And it's motivated by simple human avarice. It is the work of a handful of people who already enjoy far more wealth, power and privilege than anyone else, trying to amass even more for themselves by screwing everyone else.
It's not surprising, therefore, that the media aren't playing it up. The MSM aren't there to tell the truth. They're there to serve the interests of their owners and propagate a certain narrative -- one designed to sucker the mass of citizens into thinking their interests are the same as those of the owners. And keep them distracted with new bits of shiny-shiny every few minutes. What they're not there to do is encourage any critical thought or questioning of any of the underlying assumptions.
As I said in response to JJ, perhaps it's time to stop using the term MSM and start calling them the corporate media, both as a way of making their allegiances explicit and as a means of reclaiming the discursive turf. It won't shift the tide overnight, but at least it'll help change the ground on which the battle is to be fought.
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