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Post-Reality America

By The Reverend Published: July 15, 2010

Okay. The strategy has been clear for over a year and a half.

Erase reality. Never allow reality to see the light of day, at least not from mass corporate media sources. Feature the 'controversy', never explain what is true and what isn't. Air as often as possible the wildest statements from the farthest-right conservative celebrities, constantly mine those wildest of statements for nuggets of wisdom and then, point to poll results from consumers of those 24/7 looped "news" segments as evidence that Obama and the Democrats are in a lot of trouble.

Rinse, lather and, you know, repeat.

Obama's stimulus, the health care reform legislation, the financial regulation legislation, closing Guantanomo, trying criminals in American courts and imprisoning them in U.S Supermax prisons, placing a moratorium on deep water drilling,.....just fill in the blank.....American consumers of news have been disinformed purposely through corporate media's use of the new 'he said-he said' paradigm.

The U.S. is now post-reality. Who needs reality anyway? So much better living in fantasyland.

Yesterday I looked at a new Rasmussen poll. Polls, while often unreliable, do accurately record trends.

....just 29% believe last year’s economic stimulus plan has helped the economy while 43% believe it hurt.

By a 69% to 15% margin, voters believe tax cuts is a better way to create jobs rather than more government spending.

Other recent polling has found that 82% of Adults nationwide believe it’s important to cut the federal deficit in half by 2013.

From the Congressional Budget Office, May 26, 2010....

CBO estimates that in the first quarter of calendar year 2010, the stimulus...

•Raised the level of real (inflation-adjusted) gross domestic product (GDP) by between 1.7 percent and 4.2 percent,
•Lowered the unemployment rate by between 0.7 percentage points and 1.5 percentage points,
•Increased the number of people employed by between 1.2 million and 2.8 million, and
•Increased the number of full-time-equivalent (FTE) jobs by 1.8 million to 4.1 million compared with what those amounts would have been otherwise.

Corporate media could not tell audiences the truth about the CBO report....because, if they did, then the media would be "choosing sides." What corporate media did do was air the daily barks from Rush, Sister Sarah, the Beckster, and the incoherent bitching of Tea Partiers....all swearing that Obama was a socialist enemy of America for passing a stimulus bill. You know the drill. Repeat a falsehood often enough.....humans eventually believe it's true.

Alleged citizen anger "content" replaced thorough fact checking and empirical evidence "content." Angry, teabag dangling "patriots" carrying repugnant signs of ignorance laced with bitterness make for riveting teevee.....the fact that these Partiers had been carefully coached by corporate interests to act loud and crazy....couldn't be shared with American "news" consumers. Why not? Because corporate media can't choose a side in a "debate".

For corporate media to explain that a heaping, steaming pile of fresh horsesh*t is,....well....simply horsesh*t, you see, would be biased reporting. Instead, "reporters" with their "special reports", explain that some people say the pile is obviously horsesh*t while others insist it's not. Apparently, no one knows for sure except the horse and "the latest reporting" informs us that he's not talking. For "reporters" to take sides in this horsesh*t controversy would be partisan.....and today, corporate media refuses to be tricked into deciding who is telling the truth and who is lying.

The Townhallers, some armed with loaded weaponry, were also armed with their fictitious "death panels" and their laughable "keep government away from my Medicare" statements. To corporate media the Townhallers made for even more compelling teevee......and so that's all we witnessed all of last summer.

No comprehensive explanation informing audiences about health costs, availability, Medicare, the Democratic plan to overhaul health care insurance......zzzzz......see how boring?

Not so the shouting, pushing, and near-melees at exciting Congressional Town Hall events. That stuff is exciting.

Even more bizarre is how America's first offshore torture-gulag prison remains open today. Obama pledged to close Guantanomo because of what it communicated to the world. Dick and Liz Cheney, and all the usual-suspect neo-conservatives, flooded the corporate media airwaves insisting that closing Guantanomo and trying detainees in American courts would make all Americans less safe. The message, repeated over and over every day, was that the American criminal court system could not be trusted and that American SuperMax prisons, from which no one has ever escaped, were too risky to hold more than the 200 terrorists being held in them now.

Corporate media couldn't tell it's audiences whether American courts could be trusted or whether SuperMax prisons actually held Islamic terrorists now...or even whether those prisons were a risk to Americans. It's not media's job to tell us what is true and what is simply bullsh*t......that would be choosing sides.

Lately, the 'he said-he said' dynamic of the media's effort to shirk responsibility has started to focus on deficits, spending, taxes, and austerity. Once again, media cannot tell you what is factual and what is not in this discussion. That would be so biased, and that's not part of their job description anyway.

Whether government spending is the correct remedy to blunt the trauma during such a severe recessionary period can't be explained to American viewers because doing so would be acting like a partisan, something media doesn't do. Same with whether cutting taxes creates jobs or produces more tax revenue than before the cuts. Neither is true, of course, but no one will learn that from corporate media.

To do facts, to present empirical data and evidence clearly explaining the cost of deep deregulation and deep tax cuts....would be....wait for it....choosing sides.

The sun came up again this morning in the east. Somewhere a confused conservative wingnut mistakenly proclaimed that the sun rose in the west today. Now corporate media must avoid astronomical facts about our planet and our sun....because to do otherwise, would be choosing sides in the midst of a serious controversy.



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