There are increasing reasons for you to ignore the Mainstream Media (MSM – aka the ‘Dead Tree Media’, ‘Legacy Media’, Corporate Media). The handling of major issues by the MSM has become worse since the advent of the World Wide Web. It seems that the Statist Propaganda has gotten stupider while the level of crass superficial nonsense intended to incite conflict has increased commensurately.
Where the MSM routinely fails:
Conspiracy theories: The Big Media scoffs at anything that goes against the state. It’s favorite ad hominem attack is to label all anti government information a ‘conspiracy theory’. As if people would never work together to achieve their own ends. Despite the word ‘conspiracy’ all over the place in our legal code, the idea of smiling, wonderful, altruistic, weeping public servants working together, well, that’s just impossible. The MSM expect that you’ve never read anything other than your high school history textbook, because even a cursory perusal of history shows people working together (conspiring) all the time. Its favorite whipping boy is the use of the term ‘New World Order’. This, despite the fact that Fabian Socialist HG Wells wrote a book with that title, that former Pres. GHW Bush repeatedly used the term during his term, that heads of state are trying to force the idea of World Gov’t down people’s throats. You can watch this term that is supposedly used only by “conspiracy theorists” here: (but remember – ‘global governance’ and the ‘new world order’ are only things that tinfoil hat wearing oddballs talk about).
Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!
Hypocrisy – brazen and blatant: The ‘liberal press’ is something of a misnomer. A better term would be ‘corporate press’. As the American government seems completely on the take to the big corporations, as well as having consolidated itself (conspired?!) into only 6 huge companies, the idea that it is ‘liberal’ is really not true. The gov’t media complex has grown so powerful and rich, paying attention to massive corporations like NBC, or the NY Times, or MSNBC or FOX seems patently absurd. It is somewhat sad to see the once proud American Left kowtow to corporate shills like the Times or its www version, the Daily Kos. Unfortunately, the illusion of an impartial press still works, as the Tenth Amendment Centers’s Shane Trejo points out: “However, the liberals at DailyKos are the contemptible, bootlicking, excuse-making cowards that have enabled Obama’s reign of terror. They’re the type of liberals who hated Guantanamo Bay when Bush was around, but are just fine with it now. They’re the type of liberals who hated illegal wars when Bush was around, but are vocal supporters of Obama’s humanitarian kinetic military actions in places like Syria and Libya. They’re the type of liberals who whined about Bush’s illegal snooping, but are A-OK with Obama’s even worse illegal snooping”. Apparently the people at Daily Kos haven’t realized that their ‘solidarity’ with Occupy Wall St. should have included the Corporations that peddle Mainstream Media.
Create Distractions and Discord Among the People: The Trayvon Martin affair, the Benghazi Affair, Drone attacks here and overseas, warrantless wiretapping, eternal war, big banks run amok courtesy of the Federal Reserve – - these and other issues are cloddishly turned into Left vs. Right or White vs. Black. Had problems with what happened in Benghazi? Well then you must be some right wingnut conservative. How dare you question Hillary Clinton? You disagree with the NSA spooks reading, watching, storing and listening to everything you do? What are you some sort of commie liberal?
This is the sort of wholly artificial ‘debate’ that the MSM attempts to shoehorn the Electorate into. Fortunately, there are some safety valves available for thinking people:
Zerohedge.com - – Known for its rabidly independent articles, ‘Tyler Durden’ posts mostly economic news, but includes current affairs and opinion. The commenters are ferociously independent, and exceedingly funny at times. Often I get more interesting information and links from the comments, all of it detrimental to the Power Elite. Interestingly, the foul language is at a minimum. It’s great fun to watch someone (usually a sock puppet) wade into the comments section trying to gin up the fake Left vs. Right stuff, usually with a comment like “well if you constantly push Conservative policy” or “those Libs have ruined a great country!” It never works and it’s great theater watching them get obliterated.
Taki’s Magazine - – “Politics, Cultural Caviar, Commerce”, Taki’s Magazine is an independent online clearinghouse for independent thought. The old man running the show, Taki Theodoracopulos, is a well traveled writer and thinker who enters the comments section of his own site periodically. The articles are for those who enjoy contrarian and independent thought, although the comments get bogged down with internecine feuds a little too often.
Lew Rockwell - – “The Best Read Libertarian Website in the World”. Anti-State, Anti-War, Pro-Market, Lew Rockwell’s site is the bane of the Establishment. Its partner, mises.org, confound mainline opinion and thought, mainly because of its anti war stance. Rockwell and his writers have helped boost the Ron Paul revolution, as well as shown the Left how to actually be anti war. If you needed a primer on what the libertarian / anarchist philosophy is all about, Rockwell’s site is a great place to start. The LRC blog is particularly good at keeping up with current affairs, as well as showing you that “it isn’t Left vs. Right, it’s the State vs. you”. I use the LRC blog whenever I want to try to wake up an indoctrinated young person.
Corbett Report - – “Open Source Intelligence News”. James Corbett does what every good journalist should do, provides documentation, analysis and logical thought to today’s news. He provides videos, podcasts and articles that show you all the bad things going on in the world that the MSM cannot because of their corporate puppet strings. The amount of media is astonishing, and the secondary affiliates (Tragedy and Hope Communications, Global Research, Media Monarchy) provide further useful information. What can one man do? James Corbett shows you on his site.