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Postscript from Chris Hedges’; “The Day That TV News Died”:
“Donahue and Bill Moyers, the last honest men on national television, were the only two major TV news personalities who presented the viewpoints of those of us who challenged the rush to war in Iraq. General Electric and Microsoft—MSNBC’s founders and defense contractors that went on to make tremendous profits from the war—were not about to tolerate a dissenting voice. Donahue was fired, and at PBS Moyers was subjected to tremendous pressure. An internal MSNBC memo leaked to the press stated that Donahue was hurting the image of the network. He would be a “difficult public face for NBC in a time of war,” the memo read. Donahue never returned to the airwaves.
The celebrity trolls who currently reign on commercial television, who bill themselves as liberal or conservative, read from the same corporate script. They spin the same court gossip. They ignore what the corporate state wants ignored. They champion what the corporate state wants championed. They do not challenge or acknowledge the structures of corporate power. Their role is to funnel viewer energy back into our dead political system—to make us believe that Democrats or Republicans are not corporate pawns. The cable shows, whose hyperbolic hosts work to make us afraid of self-identified liberals or self-identified conservatives, are part of a rigged political system, one in which it is impossible to vote against the interests of Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, General Electric or ExxonMobil. These corporations, in return for the fear-based propaganda, pay the lavish salaries of celebrity news people, usually in the millions of dollars. They make their shows profitable. And when there is war these news personalities assume their “patriotic” roles as cheerleaders, as Chris Matthews—who makes an estimated $5 million a year—did, along with the other MSNBC and Fox hosts.”
Insightful article Chris. I’ve run across quite a few interesting things in the last few years dealing with the more general questions of why Americans seem to love war so much. Despite otherwise ideological differences, warmongering seems to be an enthusiastically bipartisan affliction. Here are a few resources I’ve found especially enlightening & helpful…
Eugene Jarecki’s award winning 2005 documentary, “Why We Fight” is excellent, places a heavy emphasis on the War on Iraq, and can be watched on YouTube in its entirety; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TO7-GBRx1xM
“Is America Addicted to War?” Foreign Policy Magazine http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/04/04/is_america_addicted_to_war
General Smedley Butler, USMC, and one of the most decorated general officers ever to serve in the US military, wrote the renowned classic, “War is a Racket” in 1933: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4377.htm
US Military and Clandestine Operations in Foreign Countries -[masked]: http://www.globalpolicy.org/component/content/article/155/26024.html
Dr. Justin Burnette wrote a provocative original essay for an informal FB post which is highly relevant to this question, and was posted to this group by Ellery Curtis on 2/27/2013
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