Sunday, June 26, 2005

The Newspaper Game


And so begins one of the great movies of all time, His Girl Friday. I noticed that the last couple of posts have concerned movies so I thought I would continue the trend.

I watched the movie again for the third or fourth time last night. The laughs come fast and quick throughout, and who couldn't use a good laugh.

I sat up, smoking the last cigarette of the evening and suddenly I was filled with disgust and loathing that was in such direct contradiction to the previous feelings engendered by Howard Hawks' classic move that it almost hurt.

These feelings were directed, of course, toward what are commonly referred to as journalists. At least that is what these parasites of humanity like to refer to themselves as, but really they should more properly refer to themselves as White House PR hacks.
Voluntary Amnesia in the Service of War

by Norman Solomon

Forget it!

That seems to be an unstated motto for American media coverage of the Iranian presidential election. The axiom comes down to: “Don’t let history get in the way of spin.”

Evasion smoothes the way to the next war.

For maximum propaganda effect, the agenda-setting must be decoupled as much as possible from clear truths -- about the current president’s mendacity in connection with Iraq, and about the record of U.S. government actions toward Iran.

While a seriously discredited President Bush strains to do damage control about his past lies and present machinations on Iraq, the U.S. media coverage typically presents his statements about Iran without so much as a whiff of suspicion. A proven liar is treated like a presumptive truth-teller. [...]
Also see:
WTC Basement Blast And Injured Burn Victim Blows 'Official 9/11 Story' Sky High

[...] The concerted effort by the media and the government to silence Rodriguez is the tragedy behind this American hero’s story. And there is no question, Rodriguez is a “silent hero” for saving so many lives and for having the courage to continue telling his story against tremendous odds. [...]
Just a couple of examples of the media's complicit silence in so many topics. Downing Street Memo anyone? This state of affairs has been ongoing for generations. Let us not forget that the New York Times buried the initial stories of concentration camps previous to WWII, thinking that rounding up people, enslaving and gassing them as not front page worthy news.

What motivates these people? Do they have a feeling for the truth, but are cowed by such examples like Gary Webb? Or, are they so fixated on appearing not to have an opinion, and the maxim that sometimes you can only reach the objective via the subjective too much of a paradox for them? Are they attempting to protect themselves from the truth just like nearly everyone else? Are they trying to protect a paycheck?

Perhaps my disgust should be directed toward the editors, who surely do their best to constrain and hinder any truth leaked to the public.

The media's complicity in the crimes against nature is becoming more and more evident every day. Their silence speaks volumes on just how corrupt our system really is.

Their silence says they like blood, death, torture, maiming, poisoning, war and hell on earth. I am not sure why they would think they will be preserved from it themselves as they sacrifice their soul to cover up or play down the Bush Regime's crimes.

His Girl Friday is in the public domain. You can download or stream it here.

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Kind of a downer post. So perhaps you should check out some savage chickens.

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