April 27, 2007
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I recently sent you all a heads up about the Bill Moyers special that aired last night on PBS. (Transcript and replay HERE.)
For this I am deeply ashamed, and I apologize.
I told you that this would be a good thing to watch, that it would shed some needed light on the media industrial governmental conspiracy to sell the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
Well, I was wrong. Wrong squared. I suspended my disbelief for one minute, put my bullshit detector on pause, and bammo.
The Moyers show was a gigantic crock of shit.
He committed precisely the same egregious errors he so piously attributed to the bad guys. He sold us a lie.
Only ONE sentence of anything approaching the real truth was allowed to stick its head outside the sheets of complicity that shrouded Moyers’ whitewash.
Only Phil Donahue said it: “It’s good for business.”
Moyers played the same game which got us into Iraq, and has gotten us into myriad wars of overthrow and regime change since the nineteenth century.
(The concept of the “embedded” journalist was in fact created in the nefarious Mexican War of 1848.)
Moyers limited his sources to the same major media co conspirators (CBS, CNN, Wash Post, NY Times) who colluded last time, and have colluded every single time the Government and their big business bosses have decided it was “good for business” to have a war.
He paraded Dan Rather and many similar pimp media Meas who Culpa’ed all over the screen, but Moyers never got to the true story.
The war, as all others before it, was begun solely to further the venal and rapacious interests of American business and power.
The war was justified on totally mendacious grounds, invented by the government, and spread like fungus by major media.
The major media depends on the kindness and advertising of the very people who benefit the most from the war, and it participated with great vigor in the selling of the war and its justification, moral and otherwise.
The business interests that wanted the war, paid the government, and elected officials to create a scenario where the war could be justified and prosecuted.
The business interests that wanted the war, paid the media and its journalists to not just go along but play a strong and active role in selling the lie.
One so-called “progressive” voice was heard- that of Norman Solomon, ( of the so-called Progessive Democrats, if your stomach can take it) who got the job of explaining gosh how did this all happen ? Solomon appears to be angling to run for something pretty soon. He has turned to a Politicians’ Ptolemaic Progressiveness– perchance he will run on the Ostrich Party ticket.
Well, Norman explained, “we were all bamboozled.”
Bam f—-cking boozled !!!!!!!!!
Well, that sho nuff splains that one Lucy.
Never mentioned: the hundreds, the thousands of anti war blogs, organizations, newspapers, monthlies, writers, and just plain folks, who saw and loudly and demonstratively spoke the truth and who were purposefully ignored, derided– and often persecuted- for their actions.
Never even whispered: the fact that millions of people marched and demonstrated and fought to stop the wars.
Moyers did exactly what he accused the bad guys of doing- he pursued a willful ignorance, refusing to recognize or reveal that many of us were right, and were loud and were ubiquitous, and were purposely ignored by ALL of those who benefited from the war.
The facts were all out there. WE were not bamboozled. WE were ignored, vilified, and hounded by Homeland Security.
The press did not snooze. The press was not fooled, nor bamboozled nor tricked.
It is not enough that these whores apologize.
Apology NOT accepted.
What are they gonna DO about it ? Thass what I wanna know.
Selling us another pile of doggie poop and telling us its Mount Ararat is NOT gonna be OK.
Moyers and PBS proved to be two more allies in selling us the big lie, and should be hounded outta town for it.
Even better, they should be ignored.
We have serious and brilliant sources for truth available to anyone and everyone.
They are NOT on network or cable TV.
They are NOT printed by giant corporations.
You KNOW where to find the truth, and ignorance is no excuse.
Shame on Moyers, and shame on me for suggesting you watch it.
Time to go and read something real.
You know where to find it, but if you don’t, I’ll be very happy to send you a list.
It’s all free. Our lives depend on it.
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Quote of the day:
“In order to rally people, governments need enemies. They want us to be afraid, to hate, so we will rally behind them. And if they do not have a real enemy, they will invent one in order to mobilize us.” Thich Nhat Hanh – Vietnamese monk, activist and writer.
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