…us msm news – lullabies, and lies?…Posted: 2014-04-14
…ah, but for the blogs and alternative media…
Understandable is the utter bafflement that most folk experience on meeting or hearing the views of USans who seem genuinely at sea, adrift, on matters international or even on events within their country. After all, in the US there is all this access to information and knowledge so far superior to that in many other countries. Strangely, there may be some extenuating circumstances, aside conditioned indifference in an existence of a gerbil on its treadmill, a path to nowhere.
The news that the US MSM considers news is much less so, ranging from superficial to irrelevant, useless for informed opinion or decision making. And that brings up a recent article by Paul Bucheit over at common dreams, Eight Headlines the Mainstream Media Doesn’t Have the Courage to Print
His items 1 and 2 and 3 – 5 explain matters. Items 7 and 8 would be too alarming for the 99% to fully digest and tolerate, hence the need by the MSM to omit or discredit. [One US network news personality has used some of these reasons for departing the Treacle News Shop – a word gaining acceptability for describing the drivel, ‘McMedia’.]
In that vein, an article by Abby Zimet at the same blog touches on the blistering farewell speech of the head of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that clearly is too embarrassing to be in the ‘mainstream’. Tollbooth on the Bankster Turnpike: Ripping the SEC
Among those who have done so, Joseph Stiglitz is one who highlighted institutional failure to regulate, even weak regulations, as a contributor to the enhanced position of the 1%; doing so in his recent (2012) very readable, The Price of Inequality. One minor quibble: Stiglitz, to some, may have been a tad too generous toward the other of the two corporate political parties.
Then there is the obvious and well ignored fact that the increase in inequality in the US has been undiminished since 2009 – evidence of two corporate political parties whose public wrestling on issues would disqualify them from even semi-professional wrestling, where the action is less unbelievable, less risible. Now, if something so obvious is yet to dawn on the wider US citizenry…