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It is not we who are the "media unpeople."
We get acknowledged and manipulated as the sheeple that we are by the media mouthpieces of the obscenely rich and black-hearted bastards of the universe. (Sorry, I stopped using nuance since Obama date-raped America and so many of his victims still refuse to admit it).
By their polls the media minions tell us what is convenient to the bastards of the universe for us to faux-think and faux-feel. In the reality shows we get to witness the forever race to lower the bar on American narcissism and exhibitionism, our titillating capacity for baseness continuously chronicled along with D-list and even higher celebs reassuring us they are every bit as dysfunctional and neurotic as we. Sitcoms celebrate cynicism over idealism, personality over character, cool over conscience, consumer, never citizen, identity. Dramas titillate with their jaw-dropping violence and authorized, cryptic, slow-pulsed, pragmatic, hero avengers who step over ravaged bodies out of respect for their own heretofore unbloodied footwear.
So there we are, supposedly. But just who might the “media unpeople” be?
John Pilger used the expression in a recent article entitled, “Welcome to the Violent World of Mr. Hopey Changey” whereby he calls out Obama and the oligarchical mafia that is behind him. Calls out the VIOLENT and psy-ops, is that the word for it, counter-revolution now going on to “unrevolutionize” the authentic spirit for authentic freedom that has swept through the Arab world.
Well, I mean if there is anyone who can lead in the destruction of idealism and with an amiable, how can you not trust-me smile, it is Barack “Hopey Changey” O-BOMB-a. Charles Ferguson on Tavis Smiley not long ago considered that Obama had wiped out idealism among the youth of America for at least one generation if not more. Obama is a world class champion. But not for peace. Quite the opposite.
John Pilger’s depiction of Obama:
And as “Mr. Hopey Changey” (the name that Ted Rall, the great American cartoonist, gives Barack Obama), is fawned upon by the British elite and launches another insufferable presidential campaign, the Anglo-American reign of terror proceeds in Afghanistan and elsewhere, with the murder of people by unmanned drones – a US/Israel innovation, embraced by Obama. For the record, on a scorecard of imposed misery, from secret trials and prisons and the hounding of whistleblowers and the criminalising of dissent to the incarceration and impoverishment of his own people, mostly black people, Obama is as bad as George W. Bush.
So what went wrong, you of the demon class, to make you need to seriously raise the violence ante under the charming Obama, not that the American faux-republic really notices? Loose cannon suicide bombers were quite useful to you, to be demonized and inspire Western culture xenophobia. Funny how no one in the Western media ever seriously explored why someone would destroy themselves so cavalierly. Something about virgins in heaven? That is as far as it went. Nothing about that question that what’s her name, the older reporter named Helen T., broached about why the US was hated by the citizens of other countries? What had we done to the poor masses of them, the ones without any government nuclear arsenals to keep us at bay, except robbed their country’s resources, destroyed the quality of their lives or actual lives as we rewarded and propped up sociopathic rat bastards willing to play puppets, “our bastards," for money, power and ego.
So again, what is the explanation of this apparent solidarity movement of the underclasses of the Middle East? Where do they get the energy and the hope? I mean the poor bastards are actually putting their lives on the line for communal freedom. For freedom for their children or their children’s children. WTF? Of course, many of them want the freedom and rights they think that Americans now have. You know, the rights still remaining after GW, now circling the bowl thanks to our present, forward-looking constitutional educator President.
This dangerous spirit for authentic freedom must be crushed, must be dispatched, and they, rabid rat bastards of the universe, with Obama’s soft-spoken but carry a big drone help, most of the world’s money sucked into their craven coffers, and a military sociopathic killing machine, are just the shock and awe-ers to do it. I forgot to mention the pimped out US Congress who betrayed betrayed betrayed their constituents despite their occasional kabuki demos of outrage and/or denial from either side of the aisle. Forever working and dancing hand in hand with the corporate media.
The media that leads us lemmings off one ever-lower amoral cliff and onto the next. The bastards of the universe give them easy talking points of disinformation. But really, it is more about the omission of news, of reality, that is key to their success in dismantling a country’s collective will and consciousness.
Mubarek’s elimination from power? Well, that was unfortunate for the bastards of the universe, a non-secret secret it was, but what the hey. Already the Egyptian street political groups according to Mr. Pilger are being shoved aside by the non-idealist pragmatists ready to be bribed and enabled by the hungry and greedy West’s rich rabid rat bastards
As for Libya, well, the highest jump of the hypocrisy shark is the “humanitarian intervention” there. Remember the “no fly zone” that sounded so safe and protective of the innocent Libyan civilians? Mr. Pilger:
In Libya there is a tribal civil war; and the armed uprising against Gaddafi has long been appropriated by the Americans, French and British, their planes attacking residential Tripoli with uranium-tipped missiles and the submarine HMS Triumph firing Tomahawk missiles, a repeat of the “shock and awe” in Iraq that left thousands of civilians dead and maimed. As in Iraq, the victims, which include countless incinerated Libyan army conscripts, are media unpeople.
Uranium tipped missiles. The armaments that keep on giving. Now, there is a US non-news subject. As for thousands upon thousands of Iraq cilivians dead and maimed just from that war, or those two wars, I think we are getting dangerously closer to the identities of the “media unpeople.” I am tempted to mention Obama’s peace prize once again, but that irony is getting old. Its potential for arousing indignation getting stale. How debilitating is the emotional borderland where rage meets despair.
Pilger brings up more non-US media perspective in terms of Libya.
In the “rebel” east, the terrorising and killing of black African immigrants is not news. On 22 May, a rare piece in the Washington Post described the repression, lawlessness and death squads in the “liberated zones” just as visiting EU foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, declared she had found only “great aspirations” and “leadership qualities”. In demonstrating these qualities, Mustafa Abdel Jalil, the “rebel leader” and Gaddafi’s justice minister until February, pledged, “Our friends … will have the best opportunity in future contracts with Libya.” The east holds most of Libya’s oil, the greatest reserves in Africa. In March the rebels, with expert foreign guidance, “transferred” to Benghazi the Libyan Central Bank, a wholly owned state institution. This is unprecedented. Meanwhile, the US and the EU “froze” almost US$100 billion in Libyan funds, “the largest sum ever blocked”, according to official statements. It is the biggest bank robbery in history.
The French elite are enthusiastic robbers and bombers. Nicholas Sarkozy’s imperial design is for a French-dominated Mediterranean Union (UM), which would allow France to “return” to its former colonies in North Africa and profit from privileged investment and cheap labour. Gaddafi described the Sarkozy plan as “an insult” that was “taking us for fools”. The Merkel government in Berlin agreed, fearing its old foe would diminish Germany in the EU, and abstained in the Security Council vote on Libya.
Like the attack on Yugoslavia and the charade of Milosevic’s trial, the International Criminal Court is being used by the US, France and Britain to prosecute Gaddafi while his repeated offers of a ceasefire are ignored. Gaddafi is a Bad Arab. David Cameron’s government and its verbose top general want to eliminate this Bad Arab, like the Obama administration killed a famously Bad Arab in Pakistan recently. The crown prince of Bahrain, on the other hand, is a Good Arab. On 19 May, he was warmly welcomed to Britain by Cameron with a photo-call on the steps of 10 Downing Street. In March, the same crown prince slaughtered unarmed protestors and allowed Saudi forces to crush his country’s democracy movement. The Obama administration has rewarded Saudi Arabia, one of the most repressive regimes on earth, with a $US60 billion arms deal, the biggest in US history. The Saudis have the most oil. They are the Best Arabs.?
The assault on Libya, a crime under the Nuremberg standard, is Britain’s 46th military “intervention” in the Middle East since 1945. Like its imperial partners, Britain’s goal is to control Africa’s oil. Cameron is not Anthony Eden, but almost. Same school. Same values. In the media-pack, the words colonialism and imperialism are no longer used, so that the cynical and the credulous can celebrate state violence in its more palatable form.
Yadda, yadda, yadda, Mr. Pilger. That analysis will never enter the US media echo-chambers. How dare you contradict the will of myopic TEAM AMERICA with the specifics of war and its violence and hypocritical and shameless double standards? What was that you were spewing, there at the end?
In the media-pack, the words colonialism and imperialism are no longer used, so that the cynical and the credulous can celebrate state violence in its more palatable form.
Yes, we exist in the age of amoral pragmatism led by the corporate friendly filtering media. Sprinkle in a few reassuring euphemisms to bury war, WARS, and no one pauses to seriously think or feel during their tv viewing.
Mr. Pilger’s final paragraph dares to reach out to another “media unpeople”:
The Palestinians understand all this. As their young people courageously face the violence of Israel’s blood-racism, carrying the keys of their grandparents’ stolen homes, they are not even included in Mr. Hopey Changey’s list of peoples in the Middle East whose liberation is long overdue. What the oppressed need, he said on 19 May, is a dose of “America’s interests [that] are essential to them”. He insults us all.
Only Obama, by the way, would have the gall to link “American interests” with self-congratulating US humanitarian support so smoothly and arrogantly.
As for Pilger’s mentioning the “Palestinians,” well, dare I quote that here, even within the progressive blogosphere? I mean there are “media unpeople” and then there are "supposedly-progressive media unpeople.”