Posted on Jun 23, 2008
|AP photo / Charles Dharapak, file|
By Chris Hedges
Washington has become Versailles. We are ruled, entertained and informed by courtiers. The popular media are courtiers. The Democrats, like the Republicans, are courtiers. Our pundits and experts are courtiers. We are captivated by the hollow stagecraft of political theater as we are ruthlessly stripped of power. It is smoke and mirrors, tricks and con games. We are being had.
The past week was a good one if you were a courtier. We were instructed by the high priests on television over the past few days to mourn a Sunday morning talk show host, who made $5 million a year and who gave a platform to the powerful and the famous so they could spin, equivocate and lie to the nation. We were repeatedly told by these television courtiers, people like Tom Brokaw and Wolf Blitzer, that this talk show host was one of our nation’s greatest journalists, as if sitting in a studio, putting on makeup and chatting with Dick Cheney or George W. Bush have much to do with journalism.
No journalist makes $5 million a year. No journalist has a comfortable, cozy relationship with the powerful. No journalist believes that acting as a conduit, or a stenographer, for the powerful is a primary part of his or her calling. Those in power fear and dislike real journalists. Ask Seymour Hersh and Amy Goodman how often Bush or Cheney has invited them to dinner at the White House or offered them an interview.@ Truthdig
There is a saying "Never speak ill of the dead". That saying went the way of The Constitution I'm afraid.
Yaks are yaks, people highly paid to read from teleprompters, they too are not journalists.
It seems the line between journalism and yakdom is getting more blurry every day with the suck-up-manship on the part of the MSM always willing to appease the high and mighty all the while ignoring the reality that surrounds them of death and dismemberment in Iraq.
Ask yourself why we never see injured or dead troops on the teevee.
The yaks do not want you to know about the things that make turmoil in the World, instead they lead and distract to avoid the 'unpleasant'. That is NOT journalism, rather it is supportive of the Neo-Fascists to market BIG pharma, BIG oil, and other BIG interests. The News has become a marketing tool and anyone can tell you marketing is NOT journalism.
So what is a confused consumer to do? Well I can tell you what THEY want you to do, buy their products and enjoy your peacefull Prozac addled existence in what is left of the USA and you better not protest, or else.