Is the “Mainstream Media” Out of Touch with the Mainstream?

While casually browsing the news channels, I noticed a disturbing trend: the coverage of the latest NSA revelations were simultaneously being “analyzed” by Alan Dershowitz on CNN and Peter King on MSNBC. Both of these “analysts” were giving the establishment opinion and seemed to downplay the significance of these revelations, even defending the NSA to some extent, especially King. According to the Columbia Journalism Review, however, Americans are more likely to be opposed to the Surveillance apparatus rather than be supportive of it. So why then are these networks not at least presenting a more balanced view?

To those of us who have been following politics for awhile, this may seem a stupid question. The fact is that these media giants are owned and run as a kind of government/corporate propaganda machine. I have long since accepted this fact, but I still watching CNN especially now and then, not for their “thoughtful analysis” but rather to see how the government plans to screw us this week. In a weird way, it reminds me of the fifth book of Harry Potter when Hermione reads the Daily Prophet even though she knows its propaganda. She wanted to know what the enemy was saying. Similar if Obama was a psychopathic, evil wizard which–who knows–maybe he is.

But I digress: the “Mainstream Media” can hardly be called mainstream any longer. It’s views and opinions which it espouses are simply not in line with ordinary working people of America, or at least as far as the Spying Apparatus is concerned.

The only question now is what will be the last straw?

Don’t worry anymore! George W. Bush says Prism is A-OK because he put it in there to protect the country. . .trust him!

From the Huffington Post:

“I put that program in place to protect the country. One of the certainties was that civil liberties were guaranteed,” Bush told CNN in an interview airing Monday. “I think there needs to be a balance, and as the president explained, there is a proper balance.”

Yeah it’s okay everyone. George W. Bush, our benevolent leader, has just told us that programs that spy on every single American indiscriminately, are good because he put it in place to protect us.

Our benevolent new Bush clone, Obama, agrees.

Does anyone see the irony of this?

They can’t agree on anything, but this??????

WAKE UP PEOPLE!

Statement from Edward Snowden at Moscow

As per http://wikileaks.org/Statement-from-Edward-Snowden-in.html?snow

Monday July 1, 21:40 UTC

One week ago I left Hong Kong after it became clear that my freedom and safety were under threat for revealing the truth. My continued liberty has been owed to the efforts of friends new and old, family, and others who I have never met and probably never will. I trusted them with my life and they returned that trust with a faith in me for which I will always be thankful.

On Thursday, President Obama declared before the world that he would not permit any diplomatic “wheeling and dealing” over my case. Yet now it is being reported that after promising not to do so, the President ordered his Vice President to pressure the leaders of nations from which I have requested protection to deny my asylum petitions.

This kind of deception from a world leader is not justice, and neither is the extralegal penalty of exile. These are the old, bad tools of political aggression. Their purpose is to frighten, not me, but those who would come after me.

For decades the United States of America has been one of the strongest defenders of the human right to seek asylum. Sadly, this right, laid out and voted for by the U.S. in Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is now being rejected by the current government of my country. The Obama administration has now adopted the strategy of using citizenship as a weapon. Although I am convicted of nothing, it has unilaterally revoked my passport, leaving me a stateless person. Without any judicial order, the administration now seeks to stop me exercising a basic right. A right that belongs to everybody. The right to seek asylum.

In the end the Obama administration is not afraid of whistleblowers like me, Bradley Manning or Thomas Drake. We are stateless, imprisoned, or powerless. No, the Obama administration is afraid of you. It is afraid of an informed, angry public demanding the constitutional government it was promised — and it should be.

I am unbowed in my convictions and impressed at the efforts taken by so many.

Edward Joseph Snowden

Monday 1st July 2013

Why does the mainstream media keep missing the point about the NSA?

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In every article that I read (or try to read) about the NSA leaks from the mainstream press, there is always a distinct focus on Glenn Greenwald, the reporter who broke the story, or Edward Snowden the whistle blower. Very rarely is there an article where the fact that billions of phone calls and internet metadata are being monitored is the focal point. Where are the articles that talk about this massive intrusion on our constitutional rights?

I think its becoming more apparent how corrupt our media is, especially with these revelations. It’s almost sickening to watch the news nowadays, especially in regards to the NSA leaks. The mainstream media’s attempt to shift the public focus from the leaks themselves to the leaker is absolutely appalling. It just seems to go hand-in-hand with the popular theory, largely true, that CNN, MSNBC, FOX, New York Times, USA Today, etc. are in bed with government.

My advice to those reading is to look for alternative news outlets and, if you must view/read mainstream press, to do so with the knowledge that these people are not in the business of giving you the news but of manipulating the information.

Schumer and McCain think Russia should “pay the price” for harboring Edward Snowden

According to an article by Alexandera Jaffe:

“They should pay a price, either diplomatic, economic, geopolitical, for doing what they did. They’re always putting their finger in our eye,” said Schumer on “Fox News Sunday,” arguing for repercussions against Russia.

So what are we going to do? Go to war with Russia over an American Hero in Edward Snowden? Does that sound like bullshit to you?

This whole ridiculous attempt to point the blame at Edward Snowden for something the Schumer’s and the McCain’s of this world did knowingly is disgusting. All Americans should be angry about this. The NSA has been spying on every American indiscriminately for years, lying to the American people, screaming terrorist against anyone who opposed them. Does that not sound like bullshit to you?

Draw your own conclusions, please.

P.S. Freedom of Speech, mother fuckers.

Nothing to see here! Army blocks military access to NSA leaks.

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Okay as soon I read about this, I knew I had to give my two cents.

If you are a regular reader of this blog then chances are you probably know what I’m about to say which is that this is a load of donkey crap. Well, maybe not in those exact words, but still…

Obviously this is an attempt to quell any other potential whistle blowers, although I’m not convinced that this will necessarily stop them. In fact, it may just make them more curious and–in the best case scenario– more angry.

Not only is this act of censorship by the army immoral it is also idiotic. The fact that we have to hide from our soldiers what our government is doing to American citizens is absolutely repugnant. There is a word for that and it’s called ‘fascism’.

Obviously the military is sending a clear message it’s soldiers: “Hey guys! Yeah, I know you volunteered to help defend American democracy anymore but–eh–we can’t trust you with any information. Sorry!”

Apparently, according to this article, this is not something that is unusual. We will see if this creates an even bigger scandal…

The Personal versus the Political: The Fated Decision for these Nightmarish Times

doj-iphoneI do a lot of thinking nowadays. It’s hard not to for some reason; even when I try to watch stupid television shows, hang out with stupid people, and live a stupid life. Somehow. . .I can’t.

But then again, there has never been a time that I could. After all, I was just a young man searching for hope, whatever form it came in. I knew things were wrong, but I couldn’t see a way out. I knew it was only a matter of time, but I couldn’t control it. I knew people would change their minds, but then maybe they wouldn’t. After all, this is my time, my choices, my hopes, my fears. It’s all in this tiny spectrum of what I call my life.

And it’s here I remain regardless of circumstance.

But it came upon me that I was getting in to something bigger than myself. It came upon me that it was an overwhelming force that cannot be stopped. It was a gigantic hole living in the heart of humanity, and it was about time that it conquered the day.

So what is there left? Another fading dream? Another lost cause? Another terrifying blow to the human race?

Or is it a true account of our own personal experiences, wrapped up into one collective soul? the same wisdom that Tom Joad learned from Preacher Casey?

For me, this is how I view politics. I think in some ways it is the only way to view it without going absolutely insane. The fact is the government is spying on you regardless of whether they had reason to believe you’ve done anything wrong. As usual, people are quietly accepting this apparently forgetting what we learned in social studies class in elementary school. Was I an idealist to believe in American Democracy?
You cannot dare to hope. You cannot dare to despair. But you can dare to do nothing or change everything. It’s been humanity’s struggle since the dawn of time.

But choose wisely, because you only have one chance.