In Brief—We are regularly subjected to a diet of propaganda from the mainstream media and the government. The Intercept is one method of seeing past the subtle yet pervasive propaganda bombarding us daily. Do you want an antidote? Skepticism is always a choice. The Intercept, Truthout and TomDispatch are other reliable choices.
There’s a Sucker Born Every Minute—
Hillary Clinton lied when questioned about Edward Snowden during the purported Democratic “debate.” Now, don’t get me wrong. This is not meant to suggest that any sane person vote for one of the Republican clowns running for president in 2016. The Republican candidates lie like rugs and are dangerous to the world in the bargain. I am saying that Hillary Clinton lied to burnish her “cred” as a hawk. Was there any doubt on that?
Even though PolitiFact stated that Clinton’s answer was “False,” Times journalists not only didn’t mention PolitiFact’s corrective, they unabashedly waxed lyrical in pointing out that Hillary Clinton had “won” the debate. By contrast, The Intercept told its audience that PolitiFact had labeled Clinton’s answer as “False.”
How about the chemical and seed giant Monsanto’s responsibility for the calamitous decline in the Monarch butterfly population or the suicides of despairing Indian farmers who are legally required to buy Monsanto’s seeds rather than save last year’s seeds? The media—owned by rich investors—failed to mention these outrages. One wonders why. The Intercept featured the story.
How about the media’s featuring an American general before a friendly congressional committee to describe the “accidental” bombing of the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz. Doctors Without Borders wasn’t invited to correct the record and point out that the attack killing at least 30 patients and personnel was deliberate. All President Obama needs to do is consent to an independent investigation. He hasn’t consented. He apparently prefers to let the American military’s version stand. Was this mentioned in the mainstream media? No. The Intercept and Truthout reported the truth.
The Intercept is one of a few reliable sites that report what the mainstream media either fails to report or flat hides. Makes a thinking person wonder what the mainstream media choose to ignore. And the American government? The Intercept tells us what the government doesn’t want us to know.
Truthout and TomDispatch are two other reliable sources to counteract the media version. The informed person must always check more than the mainstream media to get closer to the truth. To accept at face value what is seen in the mainstream media or what the government says is to wed oneself to the blue pill version of life, to buy into the propaganda.
Remember two things: 1) the mainstream media are owned by wealthy oligarchs and rich investors who are interested primarily in preserving their perks, in preserving the status quo. 2) the mainstream media protect their profits by attracting eyeballs. Thus, they play up the drama rather than reporting the news without fear or favor.
The Intercept, Truthout and TomDispatch—
What is The Intercept? It’s an online news publication created in 2014 by First Look Media and funded by Pierre Omidyar. Its editors are Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill. It boasts a staff of dedicated writers who adhere to the purpose of defending press freedom in the public interest. It is opposed by the U.S. military, and members of the military are banned from reading it.
What is Truthout? It is a daily non-profit progressive news organization focused on political issues and unconventional thinking. It doesn’t adhere to the same old system of doing things. Contributors include Kathy Kelly, Bill Moyers, Paul Krugman, Noam Chomsky, William Rivers Pitt and other notable journalists. It takes on the issues of war, torture, health care, prison reform, elections and other matters of national and international interest.
What is TomDispatch? It was launched by Tom Englehardt in 2001. A member of the Nation Institute, it is devoted to commentary of both domestic and international interest. It is focused on the mainstream media and how the world really works, not how the mainstream media say it works. Big difference! Writers include Rebecca Solnit, Bill McKibben, Michael Klare, Adam Hochschild, Nick Turse and other notable journalists.
The important thought to take away from this is that you must always maintain a healthy skepticism as well as recognizing that the mainstream media—and the government—are telling you only what they want you to believe. Think critically regardless of the source. Weigh the evidence. Take the red pill. Don’t accept propaganda.