January 30, 2004
You will have a choice in November: Vote for the Democratic candidate (whoever that may be) or vote for the end of democracy.
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
There hasn't been a series of stories in any major paper in the United States or on television, as far as we can tell, which has a headline something like this: "A Pattern of Lying and Deception Marks Bush Administration Political Strategy and Policy Initiatives."
Yet, you could have a daily installment in a series that would run at least two months.
There would be at least 10 pieces on Iraq. At least 10 on 9/11. At least 10 on how they use deceitful names like "Clean Air" initiative, "Healthy Forests," etc. to cover up the true nature of their actions. At least 10 on Cheney who considers lying despite other administration members denying what he is asserting -- and, of course, energy planning and the Halliburton "thing." At least three on Rumsfeld. At least 20 on Bush himself. At least five on Bush administration "classified leaks, including the Valerie Plame affair. At least three on lies vs. reality in terms of Bush promises about supporting our soldiers and veterans. At least five on broken campaign promises that the White House continues to lie about. At least 10 installments on Wolfowitz, Perle, Feith and the rest of the Neo-Cons.
Oh, as you know, we could go on and on. But, no, the mainstream media, with the rarest of exceptions (such as the Minneapolis Star-Tribune), treats this administration as if it is legitimate and credible. The New York Times writes articles noting that the White House is "facing a situation where Democrats are looking for evidence to blame Mr. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, and some Republicans are looking for evidence to blame George J. Tenet, the director of central intelligence" for the Iraq lies [LINK]
"Looking for evidence"? Oh, my God, if a New York Times reporter saw a woman being strangled to death at a distance of two feet, over a period of ten minutes -- and then went to lunch with the murderer, the news report of the killing (written by the same reporter) might read: "Police canvassed the neighborhood to look for witnesses to the crime. Some residents of the community were blaming a prominent attorney who had recently gotten into a fight with the head of the local block club, but police were dismissing the charges as based on grudges more than evidence." Of course, the person who committed the murder and with whom the New York Times reporter had lunch was the attorney. That is our analogy to the mainstream press and the White House.
Or let's take any of the bubbling million-dollar contract news readers (with the lofty title of "news anchors") who interview a Democratic candidate for president in a way that goes something like this (for the purposes of consistency, we will make it Howard Dean, but it could be any Democratic candidate for president):
Generic Multi-Million Dollar "GE, Viacom, Disney, FOX News, or Time Warner-Owns-My Ass News Anchor": Governor Dean, Now I want to ask you a tough question.
Howard Dean: I've been asked them all, shoot away.
Generic Multi-Million Dollar "GE, Viacom, Disney, FOX News, or Time Warner Owns-My-Ass News Anchor": Governor Dean, You've been accused of being spotted shaking the hands of union workers at 4 am in the morning with -- and I know this may be an embarrassing question -- with a soup stain on your tie? Now, I need to ask you, "Is this true?"
Howard Dean: Well, first of all... (Dean jumps up from his interview chair) Wait, excuse me, Peter, someone just broke into the studio and is attacking your cameraman with a knife. He's plunging it into his neck. I've got to tackle this guy. Can you call the police?
Generic Multi-Million Dollar "GE, Viacom, Disney, FOX News, or Time Warner Owns-My-Ass News Anchor" (stare sternly at Governor Dean): Governor, I know this is an uncomfortable question, but please sit down. The American public needs to know the answer: Do you regularly walk around with soup stains on your tie? Or did this just happen once when you shook the hands of the night shift in Nashua?
(Governor Dean rips off his microphone and runs toward the assailant who is repeatedly stabbing the cameraman and tackles the criminal to the ground.)
Generic Multi-Million Dollar "GE, Viacom, Disney, FOX News, or Time Warner Owns My Ass News Anchor" (turns disgustedly to face camera): As you can see, Governor Dean is being evasive about responding to the charges of soup stains on his tie.
(In the background, the bleeding cameraman gurgles "thank you" to Governor Dean. Dean is heard shouting, "Would someone please call an ambulance already? For Christ's sake. This man is bleeding to death.")
Generic Multi-Million Dollar "GE, Viacom, Disney, FOX News, or Time Warner Owns-My-Ass News Anchor": We apologize for the disruption you are hearing in the background. Apparently, Governor Dean became upset with a Marine veteran from the Iraq War who was in a wheel chair and was visiting our studio today, and the Governor, known for his hot temper, unexplainably attacked the limbless combat hero. We might add that this Marine is wearing a "Bush is the One" button and that may have precipitated the Governor's outburst.
(In the background, Dean is wrestling with the assailant, trying to force the knife out of his hand. "Can someone please call the police?" the Governor shouts. "This guy also has a couple of guns stuffed into his belt. Can someone help me out here?")
Generic Multi-Million Dollar "GE, Viacom, Disney, FOX News, or Time Warner Owns-My-Ass News Anchor": Well, we are sorry that Governor Dean chose not to answer a question that may be crucial to proving whether or not he is "presidential" enough to assume the lofty duties of the White House. We hope that the Governor will soon decide to come clean with the American people and admit to the soup stain on his tie. One of our reporters following him on the campaign trail thought it looked like minestrone, but, we must say in all fairness to the Governor, that the kind of soup stain is an unconfirmed report.
(In the background, "For Christ's sake, could someone give me a hand, this guy has got one of the handguns out now," Dean shouts.)
Generic Multi-Million Dollar "GE, Viacom, Disney, FOX News, or Time Warner Owns-My-Ass News Anchor": And now, let's move on to Pierre Pretty Boy who is traveling with President Bush today. Pierre, we understand that the President is once again going to a schoolroom full of black students today because he cares so much about minority children. Can you tell us a bit more about his "Mother Theresa"-like gesture?
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Well, you figured it out by now. Howard Dean represents all the Democratic candidates who are fighting to save our democracy. Dean, Clark, Kerry and Edwards all get this sort of Karl Rovian attack treatment by the mainstream television media. (The press just ignores Kucinich.)
The so-called news anchor represents the visible television edge of the Bush Barbary Pirates corporate crony propaganda machine that is undermining democracy and turning America into a one party state run by robber barons, liars, radical extremists, anti-liberty zealots, cheats and thieves.
A crime was committed in December of 2000, when Dick Cheney's hunting partner, Antonin "the Fixer" Scalia stole democracy right out from under our feet. Since then, the people he put in power have just been looting America and dismantling our Constitution and democracy.
The overfed, talking heads who pass for news anchors and pundits on television are just the well-paid, wealthy propaganda arm of the looters, who benefit from the corporate profits that come from being tied into the Bush/Cheney campaign contribution express.
It's such a cozy relationship; it should make any true American puke.
Except, instead of puking, you need to stay angry and focused. You need to remember that the men and women who founded this great democracy had to fight for their liberty.
Now, that liberty is being taken away. John Ashcroft declared a short time ago that the Bush Cartel won't allow repeal of the Anti-Constitutional, cynically named "Patriot Act." In fact, if Bush is re-elected look for a continuing dismantling of the Constitution. Osama bin Laden couldn't have succeeded more masterfully at taking away our freedoms than what he did to empower the Bush administration to take them away from us.
As for the Iraq War, the lies that the Bush Cartel told were so brazen and bold that America can't still fully digest the orchestrated deception.
The murder of democracy is being committed before our eyes -- and the corporate mainstream media blow dry paid-shills are more concerned about the soup stains on some Democrat's ties or why he is wearing a sweater INSTEAD of a tie.
When you see a murder, you usually call the police.
But now the police arrest you for exercising your freedom of speech if Bush or Cheney are around -- and the federal police are under the control of the scariest law enforcement officer since the head of the SS died, John Ashcroft.
So, all you can do is keep focused on November.
Whoever wins the Democratic nomination for president needs your full support. We can't afford to get into self-destructive infighting among the pro-democracy forces in America.
It will come down to this when you vote in November.
You will have a choice: Vote for the Democratic candidate (whoever that may be) or vote for the end of democracy.
It's that simple.
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
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