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Western media has morphed into a disinformation and propaganda monster...
There was a time when the western media (principally the US) were independent and thus far more reliable. All that has changed:|
1) salon dot com; "Former FCC chairman: Deregulation is a right-wing power grab" by Eric Boehlert;
"May 31, 2003 | In a historic session on the future of the U.S. news media, Republicans on the Federal Communications Commission voted Monday to ease long-standing rules so that more and more of the nation's newspapers and broadcast stations can be concentrated in fewer and fewer hands." (In other words Big Business and which has since happened) my brackets...
"Clinton-era FCC chairman Reed Hundt saw something more primal unfolding: an extraordinary conservative power grab that could shape the political landscape for generations."
"A company like the News Corp., owned by conservative world-media mogul Rupert Murdoch, will be able to hold newspapers, television stations and radio stations in the same market." (In other words the once independent US news media will become less so and eventually belong to just a handful of people, thus making it more susceptible to having a common agenda and all that entails)
And this telling observation:
"Hundt warned that the massive media deregulation will exacerbate the dangerously close relationship that's emerged between sprawling U.S. media companies and the government. "If Dwight Eisenhower were alive today," he said, "he'd be warning us about the dangers of the military-industry-media complex.""
Note the final phraseology, "military-industry-media complex." (An update of Eisenhower's famous warning about the 'military-industrial complex'.)
2) The late Smedley Butler (1881-1940), major general in the Marine Corps and twice awarded the Medal of Honour, "I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism."
3) The late President Eisenhower, another former army general, warned the american public in his final address of the 'military-industrial compex' (Big Business joining hands with the Pentagon and which has already happened).
4) It was an independent media that made the Vietnam war unpopular and helped bring about its end. The Pentagon learned its lesson. Ever since reporters are 'embedded' with the military and reported what the Pentagon wanted them to report ie disinformation as with Jessica Lynch and Pat Tillman, and which the media timidly reported.
Of course it would be easier for the Pentagon if they could join hands with the media as it had done with Big Business, thereby fulfilling the 'military-industry-media complex' Reed Hundt spoke of in 2003. And it seems that they have...
more to follow....