Friday, October 21, 2005

Miller Case Shows That Media, Not Bush, Is America's Biggest Problem

By MARC MCDONALD

Over the years, there has been a long list of Republicans that Democrats love to hate: Richard Nixon. Newt Gingrich. Bill O'Reilly. Kenneth Starr. Tom DeLay. Rush Limbaugh. Ad nauseam.

But of all the GOP figures in the history of the Republic, I'd say that none inspires more intense loathing than George W. Bush.

I have to admit, I myself am a fully-paid-up, card-carrying member of the Bush-hater's club. I despise Bush with every fiber of my being. I have a difficult time watching his smirking face on TV, without feeling a powerful need to smash the screen.

But on the other hand, I sometimes wonder if we progressives are directing our rage and anger to the right target.

Sure, Bush is evil. He has the blood of thousands of Iraqi men, women, and children on his hands, all for a war that was based on lies. He is a puppet in the most corrupt administration in the history of America. He shamelessly wraps himself in the American flag and the Bible. He is a coward, who refused to serve his country in Vietnam. He always had everything handed to him on a silver platter by his rich, powerful family and yet never tires of advocating "rugged individualism" and "self reliance" for everyone else. Etc. Etc.

But shouldn't it be the U.S. mainstream media that our anger is directed toward?

After all, you really can't blame Bush for being Bush. I mean, lying, cheating, stealing and corruption is what this man is all about. What else do you expect from a Bush? Blaming Bush for the way he acts is like blaming a tiger for eating a small child that wandered into its zoo cage.

On the other hand, we should be blaming the media for a multitude of sins. The media in this country is supposed to have a watchdog role. It's supposed to keep an eye on our leaders and hold them accountable for their actions. Above all, the media is supposed to tell America the truth (even if the truth hurts).

At one time in our nation's history, our media did all of the above. The Fourth Estate was an institution that we could all be proud of. It was widely emulated and admired around the world. It was a mover and shaker in American affairs and it worked hard to draw attention to America's problems.

But today, the media itself is clearly the problem. I'd venture to say that the mainstream media is America's biggest problem today---and it poses the biggest obstacle to this nation returning to a democracy that represents the people.

The Judith Miller case sums up much of what is wrong with the media today. When Bush was peddling his case for war, many of us at the time figured it was based on pack of lies.

What did the media do in the build-up to the Iraq war? Did it investigate Bush's case for war? Did it bring a healthy skepticism to this story?

No. It simply parroted the Bush White House's lies, thus actually giving them a veneer of credibility. Later, the media also stood on the sidelines and acted as a cheerleader as our armed forces rolled into Iraq.

The U.S. mainstream media has probably reached its lowest point ever, for truthfulness and credibility. The same media that gave the Monica Lewinsky case 18 months of around-the-clock saturation coverage, has become nothing less than the mouthpiece of the Bush White House.

The same media that did hard-hitting, exhaustive investigative coverage of overblown "scandals" like Whitewater has snoozed through one Bush White House outrage after another, from Jeff Gannon, to the Downing Street Memo.

The fact, is the U.S. media has been handling Bush with kid-gloves since Day One. I have yet to see Bush get a hard-ball question in a U.S. press conference. Bush can lie through his teeth all day and never face a challenge from the press.
Remember when Bush was interviewed by the Irish journalist Carol Coleman last year? Bush seemed to be taken aback by her hard-hitting questions. Bush was actually offended that Coleman wasn't lobbing the usual softball fluff questions that he'd gotten used to from the U.S. press corps.

Bush has always gotten an easy ride from the U.S. media. Remember, this is a man who to this day has never been called to task by the mainstream media for the lies he told way back in the 2000 election campaign.

"By far the vast majority of my tax cuts go to those at the bottom end of the spectrum," Bush said at the time. I'm still waiting for the media to challenge that 5-year-old whopper.

So the next time you simmer with anger over Bush's latest outrage, be sure to remember the U.S. mainstream media's role in allowing the horrors of the past few years to happen. The fact is, if Bush was really held accountable for his crimes by the media, there would have been a popular outcry for his impeachment a long time ago.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I agree with this article except the part that say's "democracy". America is/was a Constitutional Representative Republic. This is what we need to return to if we are to save the country, not a Democracy.

Anonymous said...

I've been hearing this argue about Democracy, as stated by the previous poster, ever since the Supreme Court awarded Bush the presidency in 2000. It's strange: I had never heard the argument that "the U.S. is not a democracy" before that time. And if the U.S. isn't a democracy, then why are we (supposedly) trying to impose a democracy on Iraq? (I'm talking about in theory, of course....the reality is we're simply setting up a client state in Iraq to service U.S. oil corporations' interests).

Jesse said...

Corporate Media - Amerca's # 1 Enemy!

We have said this all along!

mike elliott said...

Hold ALL mainstraem media accountable!!corporate media...all owned by zionist jews.since the EARLY 1900's..i.e.warner bros,harry cohn,bill fox,carl laemmle,louis mayer,adolph zukor...up to today's norm pearlstein,ed bronfman,gerald levin,michael eisner,harv&bob weinstein,george bodenheimer,melvin karmazin,sumner redstone,simon&schuster,rupert murdoch,peter chernin,ron meyer,stacey snider,barry diller,amy pascal,speilberg,larry tisch,len goldenson,david sarnoff,neal shapiro,jeff zucker,will kristol,m.silvermanmartha&david graham etc.etc.ad nauseau
WAKE UP stupud christian white fools(goyim) we've been brainwqashed for over 100 years rncluding what has been served to us as bullshit world history ....
welcome to the U.S of Israel!!!

Anonymous said...

Leak Case - Media, Not Bush, America's Biggest Problem
http://www.rense.com/general68/media.htm linked to
http://www.beggarscanbechoosers.com/

Comment:

Very right. Bush is not America's biggest problem. But Jews are. Not only the media is controlled by Jews, so is our government. Cowardliness of criticizing on Jews and dependence on capitalistic money are America's other biggest problems after the dinosaur medium.

America has produced a great number of athletic stars who are trained and built to be very rigorous and tolerant of violence. But, unfortunately, there is a shortage of people who are fearless of philosophy and logicality and willing to confront the reality of the millennium-old religious hoax.

Religion, churches, Christianity, and worshiping are America's Achilles' heel. Jews, Judaism practicers, and Zionists know about that, enough to conceal themselves into silently exploiting on vulnerable Americans because their eyes are behind as their heads fail to turn quick enough to catch the Jews' perverting action.

It explains why America was easily duped by the Zionistic media into supporting the so-called holy war. So, it is better to indicate that the media is bought and manipulated by Jews who climbed up since the early 1970s than reveal the media's complicit responsibility by itself alone.

Americans look at Jews' plots uncomprehensibly because they are being too busy with themselves by sacrificing their souls to be immersed into the multi-culturalism's faddy mess enthusiastically promoted by Zionists, progress-making on their achievement and incomes, TV-watching, sport/game spectacles, paying attention at famous and wealthy 2-legs walking mammals, invisible spirit chasing, and slaving jobs to keep the old capitalism, laden with a few ugly and selfish conglomerate lords who wear expensive suits and top hats, supported. How about us all trying to capture the famous and beloved Monopoly-game mascot then takes his favorite top hat away?

Isolatedly blame the media is going nowhere because of specification lacking. It is as empty as the sightless desert. To add the spice to the information-hungry and massive society who are energized and enlightened by oil-dependent electricity, the names of people and their backgrounds, dates of purchasing and negotiation, location of meetings, and any other details are wanted and desired. The Internet-using citizens can't live on simplicity, greedy creatures who fool around and travel unauthorizedly on taxpayers' expenses, and dishonesty forever.

Dean DeHarpporte said...

It is true that we shouldn't focus our anger on GW for the ongoing disaster he is orchestrating. Bush is very bad, but there are men who are a lot worse. Only, they arent the president of the US. We need to blame the press, yes. But we also need to blame the people who voted for Bush. You can quibble over whether Bush actually was fairly elected, but there is no doubt that he received very nearly 50% of the popular vote in 2004, and probably exceeded 50%. These are the people we should be blaming. This is a democracy and we shouldnt blame the bastard if we elect a bastard. We should blame all the idiots who voted for him.

CD said...

You apparently do not know what a Democracy is, there are none on Earth, nor is there a Democratic govt.
The Media is "the" problem of the world, they quit "reporting" and started "guiding". When the Audience starts demanding truth instead of sensational reporting and backs up the demand with refusing to watch/read, the media money grubbers will quickly roll over and suck-up to the money.
I disagree with your feeling about the media and Bush-republicans, american media has hated Republicans for all of my 55 years here.