Tuesday, August 4, 2009

It's Like the Clinton Administration All Over Again: GOP Obstructionism, Lies, Thuggery, and Chaos -- Filtered Through the Mainstream Media -- Aim to

It's Like the Clinton Administration All Over Again: GOP Obstructionism, Lies, Thuggery, and Chaos -- Filtered Through the Mainstream Media -- Aim to Bring Down Obama
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The threat to democracy is still very real, in particular because the corporate media is biased against governmental intervention. Obama may have won at the polls, but the media -- owned by large Wall Street Corporations -- is framing the radical redistribution of money to the wealthy and the Wall Street gambling crooks as an issue of "free markets" vs. "socialism."

What that translates to, in reality, is no risk super-wealth for a few, with welfare paid to them if they lose any of their millions -- or in the case of the financial "titans," billions of dollars.

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What we have in the corporate media is a "frame" -- as George Lakoff calls it --of "free market" bias, when what they mean is "free market" losses and risk for the middle class and poor, and no-risk fixed-market welfare subsidies for the rich to subsidize their gambling debts with our economy.

Glenn Beck was recently talking about a new Civil War on cable television.

After all, the big media is owned by big corporations -- and they still think that, for the most part, an unregulated free market is part of the solution, because they are big players in that disastrous Wall Street casino. Of course, this mythical "free market" is just -- for the most part -- a bunch of river boat gamblers who have crashed our ship of state into a bridge and blame the governnment for building the bridge in the first place, as we all sink to the bottom.

That is why on cable television opponents of the "recovery" act vastly outnumbered proponents leading up to the compromise bill. That is why so few economists were featured on television news -- or on the radio -- because proponents of government economic intervention far outnumber opponents.

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