You will always know the names of the Israeli Soldiers who are killed while invading Lebanon, but you will never know the names of the Palestinian children murdered by State sponsored terrorism at the hands of the Israeli Military. Why is this? How is the media in Israel and America (worse here than even there) not a flip of the coin from the worst image of Al Jazeera we hold in our prejudices and endemically drawn bigotries?
Take the 10 largest cities in the U.S. and examine their print media and broadcast media and see who the CEOs of the corporations who run them are and what they all have in common, politically, rhetorically, financially . . . in those ten largest cities in the richest and most powerful nation in the world, how many newspapers are there and who are their publishers? What do these publishers have in common politically, economically, ethically, editorially? Where do their donations go? A pack of wolves . . . all of piece. We must be cautious in our determinations drawn by what we find because Zionists are really everywhere white, black and other; are Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Atheist, Animist and other; they are men, women and children; they are kind to their children, they are kind to dogs and other people’s children, and they are none of these too. They are rich, they are working-men and women; they are poor, they are intelligent and some amounting to very many are narrow minded. Their politics is the great unifying commonality. Their politics is reactionary; the great reactionary politics oif today is Zionism. All reactionaries will coalesce.
What kind of people are they who control the media, though? Who is it behind our broadcast and print media? Is it that they are all reactionaries? I do know that America has monolithically to the right. There are far too many Democrats who would have been moderate Republicans forty years ago. Now, let me ask, What ethics do these media leaders have? Nevermind what he has said afterwards in a scramble to put the correct spin on what he woould have liked everyone never to find out. I have written how he is one of the great enemies of the Peiople and that is an enemy of Jefferson’s We the People.
But where is their morality? What is their morality rooted in–what traditions of control or contempt? Where does it have its center? What politics are behind our media really because it seems as if it were very sympathetic to the most heinous and horrific of reactionary politics?
Like people have like politics–not necessarily in the policy ping-pong we confuse for ideology in our degraded sense of what politics are . . . but media moguls do have like interests, as their commonality economically and in their common class determines their values and the values they sell.
Who does their money support, though? Ad Men, Mad Men–yes, mad men, all of them the ministers of propaganda? The American media is a tool of propaganda as it is a tool of other kinds of dissemination. Not everything about advertising has a one-toone correspondence with the form, content and effect of propaganda. But there is association. Newspapers today, when the State of Israel is concerned, have a lot more in common with Pravda from the days of the Soviet Union, than we would like to admit, or are perm itted to say openly.
When news and editorials meet with police PR in rhetoric, then I know I am living in the new Soviet Union. But, but, but listen to the news on the networks and cable; read a variety of the newspapers from across the country . . . all of piece. And here in NYC, the hottest bed of lies and deceit . . . who runs our media? What are their interests really–how aligned with Wall Street CEOs and their boards of directors. Who run the New York Times and Goldman Sachs, political bed fellows.
Where do their sympathies lie, and sympathies almost always lie? And in every other major city in America? What is their agenda? What allegiances do they have? Who do they protect? Who do they promote? The media in America and in the Soviet Union have had a lot in common for many years. The State Department is nothing other than an American Totalitarian Capitalist Politburo. And this is not hyperbole.
Yet who are these men and women controlling our media, and the media is controlled by its owners as well as its sponsors who are all of them men and women. What is the common bond that binds them? What corporations own, run or control our newspapers, magazines and broadcast media? Who are the publishers of our newspapers . . . the hundred largest circulating newspapers are owned by just sixteen conglomerates that also have their hands on broadcast media as well?
All media sell sets of values, they control perceptions by controlling the stream of images, by manipulating the ideas that are received through their organs. Control the organs of information and control the stream of images and the received ideas of the culture–anyone in control of the Media can control information and manipulate public opinion, public voting, elections. Manipulation of opinion is key; selling audiences to sponsors paramount for profit.
Controlling images and ideas is to control what the truth is, to control how Truth is defined. Most post-structuralist critique of Truth is rooted in how much the media control our reception and perception of the truths of our world. They themselves confusing the facts of the media for a kind of nature that determines.
We wonder because we are convinced that news as propaganda can only exist in a place like the former Soviet Union or a place like Nazis Germany, or certainly Al Jazeera. You were not likely to see anything in the mainstream media concerning Police Officers bullying protesters during any Occupy Wall Street demonstration. You might never see the atrocities of the Israeli Military against Palestinian or Lebanese women and children, hospitals and schools. Israel’s use of White Phosphorous against the Palestinian People has gone unreported. Our media is complicit in the atrocities of Israel at the behest, or the condoning, of the United States. Nothing in the media about Israeli crimes against humanity will be disseminated, but every Arab Muslim Terrorist Organizations retaliation or crimes will get the fullest treatment in all organs of America’s media.
Arab Muslim, bad; Israelis, good. The Jewish State is lauded as a model of and for the future of democracy in contrast with Arab Muslims who are presented as horribly degraded, endemically anti-American, hopelessly brutal and stupid. The horror of the image mongering is that Jews are presented as virtual Ubermenschen while Arab Muslims are shown skirting the border between human and subhuman. How much has Jewish self-image-making been learned from the Nazis that placed Jews in a position similar to the one Arab Muslims are placed in today.
The only possible conclusion one can draw from the premises as they are arranged in the media is this: Arab Muslims are to Jews what Jews were to Nazis; Palestinians are the people who, in the State sponsored propaganda of Israel, have created a state within the state of Israel. It is in Israeli propaganda that Palestinians are a virus in the body politic of Israel. It’s almost as if the Palestinians are perceived as having always lived as a foreign body inside a Jewish State–this land in the common Zionist rhetoric is something that by inference has always been Jewish and not Palestinian or Arab Muslim and Christian. The Jewish State for Jews, as Germany in 1933 was certainly only for Germans, seems the unofficial slogan of the State of Israel.
Not all Jews are with this, believe this, assert this, promote this, support this–but the latter gets done where no opposition is mounted. By omission, reactionary zionism has achieved many of its goals, has reached hegemony among American Zionists, whether Jewish, Christian or Muslim. We have to look more carefully, read more deeply, think more clearly, feel more rationally and less hysterically.