by William Skink
When you hear someone criticize Fox News, but ignore MSDNC, don’t trust anything they say. Corporate news across the political spectrum is the problem, not one set of biases vs. another.
For example, die hard viewers of MSDNC get fired up over the violence in Syria, but express virtually no concern over the slaughter and starvation of people in Yemen. Why? One reason is because MSNBC is ignoring what is happening–with US military logistical support–in Yemen. From a recent FAIR report:
For the popular US cable news network MSNBC, the largest humanitarian catastrophe in the world is apparently not worth much attention—even as the US government has played a key role in creating and maintaining that unparalleled crisis.
An analysis by FAIR has found that the leading liberal cable network did not run a single segment devoted specifically to Yemen in the second half of 2017.
And in these latter roughly six months of the year, MSNBC ran nearly 5,000 percent more segments that mentioned Russia than segments that mentioned Yemen.
Moreover, in all of 2017, MSNBC only aired one broadcast on the US-backed Saudi airstrikes that have killed thousands of Yemeni civilians. And it never mentioned the impoverished nation’s colossal cholera epidemic, which infected more than 1 million Yemenis in the largest outbreak in recorded history.
This is disgusting, but not surprising. MSNBC functions just like Fox News, but the brilliance is viewers of MSNBC consider themselves well-informed and politically enlightened. They are not.
Don’t tell that to Josh Manning, the COMBAT Veteran who has appeared on MSNBC and CNN. In his recent piece of partisan propaganda at Montana Pos(t) he takes aim at Fox News:
By now the world has learned Fox News operates as an extension and propaganda arm of the conservative movement. But all the groveling Fox does will pale in comparison the what will happen when the Sinclair Broadcast Group becomes a larger force in broadcast news. Sinclair–which owns stations in Missoula, Butte, and Bozeman–is poised to take over more stations as it weaves through the Trump-stacked Federal Communications Commission and antitrust laws the Department of Justice is unlikely to pursue. If Sinclair wins it can become the propaganda arm of our authoritarian state, which is the ultimate desire for any dictator. The initial indications of what Sinclair will do as a media giant are becoming more evident and frightening.
Be afraid, noble Democrats. And please forget the Telecommunication Act Bill Clinton signed into law, and Jon Tester’s vote to confirm the dude dismantling Net Neutrality.
Another point of criticism you won’t get from Democrat-supporting corporate media is the disturbing trend Josh Manning is a small part of: Democrats are becoming the party of military and intelligence candidates:
An extraordinary number of former intelligence and military operatives from the CIA, Pentagon, National Security Council and State Department are seeking nomination as Democratic candidates for Congress in the 2018 midterm elections. The potential influx of military-intelligence personnel into the legislature has no precedent in US political history.
If the Democrats capture a majority in the House of Representatives on November 6, as widely predicted, candidates drawn from the military-intelligence apparatus will comprise as many as half of the new Democratic members of Congress. They will hold the balance of power in the lower chamber of Congress.
Now that the State Department is being run by a “former” CIA director, and the CIA is being run by a war criminal involved in the torturing of enemy combatants and the destruction of evidence, let’s see how much criticism they receive from MSDNC.
I do agree with Manning that controlling the message results in controlling the masses. I just don’t differentiate anymore between Democrats and Republicans because the corporate power that keeps the political duopoly going needs this sense of political division to hide how power in this country actually functions.