Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Newsweek - Fluff for Us, Bad News for Them


As noted elsewhere on the Internet, the MSNBC website has a display of current Newsweek covers as they vary around the world. For example Latin America, Asia, and Europe all got the cover with "Losing Afghanistan". Here in America we got the feel-good story of a famous photographer. It makes perfect sense. No need for the corporate media to rile up the voters with some hard news - especially when their government masters are facing an election in a few weeks.

6 Comments:

At 9:25 AM, Anonymous butch said...

Do you think the 'soft cover' here might have a little more to do with selling more magazines than it does with placating corportate masters? I do.

Personally, I think they could have killed two birds - they should have put a picture of Bill Clinton with steam coming out of his ears on the cover. Gold.

 
At 9:46 AM, Blogger Bill McDonald said...

I thought Clinton was way too polite for too long. I also wonder why President Bush passed on his pledge to get Osama. Maybe he didn't want to tick off some of his family's business partners in the Middle East.
But to answer your question: selling fluff to America and placating your corporate masters is all the same thing. Which would you rather hear about: Depleted Uranium or Lindsay Lohan?

 
At 11:55 AM, Blogger TR said...

When I saw this I first thought it was a joke and then it reminded me of something I read about the 1918 flu epidemic which was not reported in the newspapers in the U.S. or in France or Germany during WWI because in war time the governments did not want to report any 'bad' news. The reason the 1918 flu was called the Spanish Flu was because Spain was not a participant in WWI and the stories about the flu were first reported in the Spanish press. Now it appears the press doesn't need government censorship it takes care of it all by itself. How convenient.

 
At 12:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

tr,

Keep in mind, this government and the mega-corporate media are one in the same.

 
At 12:36 PM, Blogger Bill McDonald said...

I saw a PBS show about the 1918 Flu Epidemic and you know what? We still don't really deal with it, and its true impact on American History.
I know this is off your point, but it was so heavy that it plunged the entire country into denial later. Wow, was it devastating. Then just when it seemed to threaten the survival of our species, it just sort of passed by on its own. Amazing.

 
At 3:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Global Research, Canada, looking behind the News weak cover-up to see: Who benefits from the Afghan Opium Trade?

HERO ++ by Michel Chossudovsky ++ HERO

The United Nations has announced that opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan has soared and is expected to increase by 59% in 2006.

US military presence has served to restore rather than eradicate the drug trade.

... convey the sheer magnitude of this multibillion dollar narcotics trade out of Afghanistan. Based on the first figure which provides a conservative estimate, the cash value of these sales, once they reach Western retail markets are in excess of 120 billion dollars a year.

... the bulk of the revenues associated with the global trade in narcotics are not appropriated by terrorist groups and warlords, as suggested by the UNODC report. In the case of Afghanistan, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime estimates that a mere 2.7 billion accrues as revenue within Afghanistan. According to the US State department [bullshit alert] "Afghanistan drug profits support the Taliban and their terrorism efforts against the United States, its allies and the Afghan government." (statement, the House Appropriations foreign operations, export financing and related programs subcommittee. September 12, 2006)

However, what distinguishes narcotics from legal commodity trade is that narcotics constitutes a major source of wealth formation not only for organized crime but also for the US intelligence apparatus, ...

Read: CIA

That's why you know CIA assessments of either, How's the invasion going?, or Where's any real threat to us citizens?, or What did you do in the war, peeping tom homeland spy boy?, every word and all they tell us is LIARS lies. Truth is classified top secret, us piss-ant citizens can not understand or decode or analyze it.

Analyze this: the CIA is the source of addictive mind-killing drugs, from sodium pentathol ('truth serum') and LSD in the '50s to crack in the '80s to meth-ephed's now -- the CIA formulated the chemistry of each and intentionally infected urban and counterculture population groups to kill those 'undesired' Americans, (read: racial minorities), for sixty gawddamnthem years.

Decode this: October, 2001, murdering Americans, anthrax -- CIA.

Understand this: $120 billion per year slush-funds CIA black op murders and assassinations. In our American name. Without our Congress overseeing it.

CIA killed JFK. CIA blew up WTC. Abolish the CIA -- one good Congress, zero out one line item. Done.

Abolish the 'Secret Team' traitors

 

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