Covid Skepticism And The Credibility Of Corporate Media

by William Skink

If the dystopian reality we could be experiencing in a few months does materialize, it might be good to reflect now on why my kids may have to grow up with people like Marty Zuckerfuck determining what is real and what is not for them.

To be clear, Marty Zuckerfuck is one of those enlightened tech-bros now tasked with making sure we all understand Covid-19 came from bat soup.

If you don’t think Covid-19 came from bat soup, and you harbor wild ideas of bio-labs that do actually exist–even one in proximity to the bat soup market!–well, Zuckerfuck has a bone to pick with you, not mention the massive power of his platform to Big Brother those rogue thoughts down the memory hole.

Online censorship is just one of many juicy apples the police state was waiting to pluck from the branches of America’s covert fascism, lurking here in the states ever since that Dulles bro helped get all those out of work Nazis jobs at the CIA and NASA after WWII.

Why does all this matter amidst pandemic? Because to understand Covid skepticism (even the hardcore deniers) you have to understand that there are legitimate reasons to not believe corporate mass media.

To help interpret how these mockingbirds sing, here’s the always-worth-reading Caitlin Johnstone with a post titled People’s Skepticism About Covid-19 Is The Fault Of The Lying Mass Media:

Coronavirus disinformation is the hot topic of the day, with pressure mounting on social media platforms to censor incorrect information about the virus and mainstream news outlets blaring dire warnings every day about the threat posed by the circulation of false claims about the pandemic.

“As fast as the coronavirus has raced around the globe, it has been outpaced by a blinding avalanche of social media sorcery and propaganda related to the pathogen, much of it apparently originating in Russia,” the Washington Post editorial board warns. “As always when it comes to its relations with the West, Moscow’s main currency is disinformation, and it spends lavishly.”

This would be the same Washington Post who falsely assured us that the Bush administration had provided “irrefutable” proof that the government of Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. The same Washington Post who falsely assured us that Russian hackers had penetrated the US electricity grid to cut off heat during the winter, and who circulated a McCarthyite blacklist of alternative media outlets designated “Russian propaganda” compiled by a group of anonymous internet trolls. The same Washington Post whose sole owner is a literal CIA contractor yet never discloses this brazen conflict of interest when reporting on the US intelligence community as per standard journalistic protocol.

If outlets like The Washington Post had done a better job of consolidating their reputation as a reliable news source instead of constantly deceiving their readers about very important matters, people would believe them instead of believing a “blinding avalanche of social media sorcery” (and web wizardry and internet incantations and electronic enchantments and net necromancy).

Corporate media has destroyed its own credibility by lying to us over and over about serious things, like war, because the priority is not producing an informed public but an enriched shareholder.

If you think a global pandemic has suddenly changed that priority then your brain is occupied territory.

About Travis Mateer

I'm an artist and citizen journalist living and writing in Montana. You can contact me here: willskink at yahoo dot com
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