Cross Post from IfLizWereQueen
TURN IT OFF! THROW IT IN THE JUNKYARD!
They are all the same. It is the business of the corporate sponsored media to make them appear as if they are not.
still from “The Twonky “(1953)
“Winston turned a switch and the voice sank somewhat, though the words were still distinguishable. The instrument (the telescreen, it was called) could be dimmed, but there was no way of shutting it off completely . . . Winston kept his back turned to the telescreen.” – from 1984 by George Orwell
The Corporate Owned Pundits Are Buffers and all the Candidates they feature are cut from the same corporate cloth.
The role of the corporate owned, sponsored and managed media is to provide a buffer zone between the American people and the candidates that the king pins of the corporate state select for the two-party side show they present every 2 and 4 years. The last thing that any of the candidates and their handlers want is for some citizen to come out of left field and ask a question that really matters.
The millionaire pundits like John King, George Stephanopoulos, Brian Williams, Bill O’Reilly, etc. who lead the presidential “debates” are there to ensure that the really important questions don’t get asked. They are there to keep the focus on the irrelevant, the titillating gossip. They are there to manage the impression that a debate has taken place when in fact, what has really taken place is no debate. It is a set up and the show we watch is about as relevant to the lives of most Americans as what the Kardashians do or who wins American Idol.
But the Deck was Stacked Long before the Primary Debates
The deck was stacked in favor of the corporate state in the USA long before the television political “debates.” Furthermore, the deck has been stacked for almost 25 years.
In 1987 the corporate leadership of the Democrat and Republican parties got together and formed a corporation called “the Commission on Presidential Debates“. The purpose of this commission is to choose and control the topics of the debates. THEY along with their corporate sponsors choose what is “important” to discuss–not the American people.
Furthermore, they decided that it is best to limit the “official” debates to the two “major” parties so as to not confuse the American people with too many choices–aren’t they thoughtful?
Furthermore, since Wall Street corporations and corporate media outlets such as GE, the largest war contractor in the world who also happen to own the NBC networks, fund this corporation (“the Commission on Presidential Debates”) they have a heavy hand in saying who can and cannot participate even within this limited membership requirement of the two parties. We saw a perfect example of this in the fall of 2007 when MSNBC’s Chuck Todd informed Mike Gravel (a Democrat candidate) that he could not participate in the debate because he had not raised a million dollars. That’s how the corporate world measures the value of a person–by how much money they have.
Then during the Iowa caucus in early 2008 Gannett Corporation (who own the Des Moines Register) applied an arbitrary and actually nonexistent rule to kick Dennis Kucinich out of those debates. They claimed they had a rule that candidates were required to have a store front established in Iowa by October 10, 2007 in order to participate in the debate. [Oct 10 just happened to be the date that the last of the other Democratic candidates, Dodd, had put up a store front.] What we all should be asking is: ”Who died and gave corporations the right to control state election laws regarding who can and cannot participate in presidential debates?
We do not have a two-party system in the USA.
We have a one-party corporate state system that is controlled by Wall Street king pins.bThe purpose of BOTH parties is to grind to a halt the passage of any meaningful legislation for the majority. The leadership of BOTH parties are experts at managing impressions.
Other Democratic nations have many different parties represented in their government. In our Senate we are represented by the two corporate sponsored parties and one Independent. This is ridiculous and needs to change.
The only way to change it is to stop voting for either a Democrat OR a Republican. You will not change things by voting for either a Democrat or a Republican. If you want better, you will have to vote for better. You will have to become better yourself.
That is our POWER. If we continue to vote for a Democrat or a Republican NOTHING. N-O-T-H-I-N-G will change because they are all part of the same corporate state machine—all of them: Obama, Boehner, Gingrich, Romney, etc.