9:26 am in Uncategorized by Liz Berry
“No information” is corporate owned media’s sin of omission.
Simply ignoring and not reporting news is also a propaganda technique that is often used by corporate sponsored mainstream media to influence public opinion. In fact, ignoring situations is one of the techniques that has been taught to corporate managers: Pick your battles. If you ignore many nuisances they will go away by themselves like gnats. I remember being told that about 20 years ago when I worked for a corporation and was being trained for a managerial position. As I recall, this advice was in a book written by Ken Blanchard. My philosophy is different. The little things and the little people are important. It’s not the big things that bring you down, it’s the little things–like that mole you didn’t get checked out in time, or like that person on Main Street whose job and life you destroyed .
Part of the process of creating disinformation is to leave out salient facts which are in fact big news. For example, the recent voter turnout in Iowa for the Republican Primary was 5.4%! This is huge. As far as I”m concerned, it puts the victories of Romney and Santorum into the category of “And so what?” I think the real news in the Iowa story is that so few Republicans showed up to participate in the caucuses in the first place–especially since the weather was so great.
Another great current example of corporate-owned media’s sin of omission is how they totally ignored the Occupy Movement. It was
over a week six days before any mainstream media even printed one hateful story on the event. Then they spent at least another full two weeks with hateful articles trying to brush it off by mocking it as some “rich kids” game. And look what happened. Occupy became a global movement. They will never be able to put that genie back into its bottle–even though they are trying hard by resorting to police brutality.
Spreading disinformation and Spin are corporate media’s sins of commission.
Currently they are pumping up the impression that “the people” in the Republican Party are behind Mitt Romney. ”The people” in the Republican Party are no more behind Mitt Romney than a goose is. ”The people” in the Republican Party who are behind Mitt Romney are the fat cats like Rudy Giuliani (who by the way, is likely vying for a VP slot beside Romney). They are like the same 1% crowd in the Democratic Party who are behind Obama. It’s the leadership–not the membership who back these multimillionaire Wall Street jerks.
I thought about that this morning as I read a piece quoting Giuliani who criticized Newt Gingrich for his Bain Capital ad–probably the best political ad that has ever been created in the history of our country. Newt Gingrich, unfortunately, has done so poorly in other regards for the the majority that he would not be a person to elect. However, as for his Bain Ad–He should receive a humanitarian award. It is an ad that tells the story of how Wall Street criminals like Mitt Romney destroy Main Street in a way that everyone understands. They are destroying Main Street and the people who live on Main Street.
Now we see headlines pumping up a 34% approval rating of Romney: Why it’s important that 34% of Americans Approve of Romney. –complete with charts from the Gallup poll. The wizard of OZ could not have done better.
Other ways to put that that same “news”
66% of Americans will not likely be voting for Mitt Romney in November and if Ron Paul splits the vote, that percentage will even be lower.
and speaking of Ron Paul. . . He is not that different from Mitt Romney. He has described what Bain Capital does as being “the American way of life.” A candidate who endorses hedge funds and private equity groups like Bain Capital is not fit to lead this nation. But it did not come as any surprise to me to hear Ron Paul say this. As far as I’m concerned, he is a hypocrite’s hypocrite. He votes against Trade Agreements and rails against the War on Drugs and yet he reaps millions as a result of Trade Agreements and the War on Drugs.
For example, Ron Paul increased his wealth from $3,930,000 in 2008 to $5,064,000 in 2009 – over a million dollars richer. Yep, Saint Ron Paul made over a million bucks in the Wall Street Casino at a time when millions of Americans were losing their jobs and homes. Ron Paul is no different from any other greedy millionaire Wall Street shyster that we have “representing” us in Congress. Paul makes his money by investing in foreign mining companies who murder workers who try to establish better working conditions. Often these miners are murdered by thugs who are hired with funds from the War on Drugs to combat drug trafficking. They moonlight for the mining companies and other corporations like Chiquita and Coca Cola who want to make sure that they keep labor at slave wages with no margin of safety for workers. They have proved more than once that they are willing to murder to keep control.
If the Republican Party elect Mitt Romney, it just shows how far out of touch their leadership is with mainstream Americans. They should all watch the full 28 minutes of the Gingrich commercial on Bain Capital because that is how the 99% feel and they are waking up.
Oddly enough, Rick Perry’s son, Griffith, delivered one of the most clever one-liners on Twitter yesterday about Mitt Romney:
“Mitt Romney knows how to lead lead people straight out the door with a pink slip.”
and he is right. If his father had as much sense as he appears to, Rick should have Griffith writing his ads for him.