One very common tactic for enforcing political orthodoxies is to malign the character, “style” and even mental health of those who challenge them. This method is applied with particular aggression to those who engage in any meaningful dissent against the society’s most powerful factions and their institutions.
Nobody has been subjected to these vapid discrediting techniques more than Noam Chomsky.
The more one dissents from political orthodoxies, the more personalized, style-focused and substance-free the attacks become. That’s because once someone become sufficiently critical of establishment pieties, the goal is not merely to dispute their claims but to silence them. That’s accomplished by demonizing the person to the extent that huge numbers of people decide that nothing they say should even be considered, let alone accepted. It’s a sorry and anti-intellectual tactic, to be sure, but a brutally effective one.
The corporate media. Brutally effective character assassins. They hurt the ones that I love best and cover up the truth with lies. But one day they’ll be in the ditch, flies buzzing around their eyes, blood on their saddles.
Remain calm, NSA and FBI, that was just symbolic imagery of the ratings death of those high and mighty horsemen of the corporate cavalry, waving the flag so high and carrying the cross so piously on Amerika’s last ride into the Valley of Consequences.
We used to have Edward R. Murrow.
Now we have Wolf Blitzer. Candy Crowley. Luke Russert.
For every actual journalist left in America there are a thousand hacks, for every true report there are a thousand lies, for every real interviews of a politician there are a thousand propaganda spectacles featuring corporate stooges with a meaningless (D) or (R) after their names.
The corporate media Idiot wind, blowing every time they move their mouths, blowing every time a truthteller like Chomsky or Greenwald or Krugman calls this “government” what it really is, calls this “economy” what it really is, tells Americans what the real problems are and who keeps making them infinitely worse with “austerity” and “free trade” and “bipartisanship” and “Grand Bargains”.
William Faulkner . . .
Some things you must always be unable to bear. Some things you must never stop refusing to bear. Injustice and outrage and dishonor and shame. No matter how young you are or how old you have become, refuse to bear them.
That Idiot Wind is going to keep right on blowing unless we refuse to tolerate it any more, we’ll just keep sinking deeper into injustice and dishonor and shame, the outrages will never end. Don’t let that Idiot Wind blow forever across America . . .
The Idiot Wind will fade away if enough people support progressive websites and become the voices of the new media. The corporate media is still powerful, but its busy dying and all of those hacks on their death march to irrelevance know it. New media is busy being born, its influence will expand as old media loses all credibility. Be a part of the journalistic renaissance that’s dawning on the websites of the People, build the new media with the courage and honor and hope and pride and compassion and sacrifice that have guided humanity through every dark age and will guide us through this one.
William Faulkner . . .
I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance. The poet’s, the writer’s, duty is to write about these things. It is his privilege to help man endure by lifting his heart, by reminding him of the courage and honor and hope and pride and compassion and pity and sacrifice which have been the glory of his past.