Inspection- Have We Learned Our Lesson Yet?
…or will we still let FOX and the Republican noise machine decide what we talk about, what we think and how we react?
In 2004 David Brock’s The Republican Noise Machine was published. Mr. Brock had a very important story to tell, and unfortunately, in my opinion, he failed to tell it. Not because he didn’t want to, or didn’t try, but because books from the Left have suffered from a lack of focus.
When you have story to tell it’s best not to clutter up the story line with too many characters, too many concepts and too many organizations/situations. Though all may be important parts of what you wish to tell your readers, the reader can lose himself, or herself, and the story you wanted to tell gets lost.
Another book that, sadly, did this, was The Hunting of the President by Joe Conason and Gene Lyons. Once again: a tough read. Greg Palast, on the other hand, seems to do a great job of nailing down the story line. That may be why I find big box book stores, large corporate entities themselves, tend not to carry an author who does a great job nailing corporate vultures and vote stealers.
I had high hopes that were dashed when The Republican Noise Machine was published that the noisy BS machines managed by Moon, Murdoch, Ailes: featuring an endless loop of repeating talking points worthy of a skipping record featuring Limbaugh, Hannity, Scarborough, O’Reilly, Beck (yada, yada), would at least moderate some. Nada. In fact: got worse.
This election year I was pleasantly surprised. They stepped up to the plate and did their worse. But this year, like suddenly some Trek-ian force field was in place, their BS just bounced off… sometimes not only bouncing back, but giving them a good smack with well deserved ricochets.
Oh, still my heart, have we finally learned collectively, as a society, that these peddlers of propaganda are just that: about as valid as a news report done by Goebbels himself, or Pravda during the height of the old U.S.S.R?
I especially like, now that they’ve lost, despite trying to sell us on all this Obama won by giving away free crap, crap… all the racist, sexist and bigoted “what’s going to happen to us poor white people” nonsense… vote suppression accusations that are obviously pure projection… despite all that: the public simply isn’t buying it.
The cries of Obama being personally responsible for the attack in Benghazi, all the suggestions of plots, are bouncing off of talking point proof armor that has been reinforced by a sense of, “Damn it! We’re just flat out tired of all their sh*t.”
All the moaning, and crying, gnashing of teeth, and little boy petulant whining is being greeted by the general public like a parent who really wishes they could drag junior over their knee and turn his bottom bright red in public.
I understand. Many of us have had more patience than any saint. Sad to say, I have not. So I am grateful: it’s a breath of pure air, like drinking from the freshest, cleanest, flowing stream, in the middle of one very fracked up wasteland.
Let’s just hope it lasts.
Have we learned our lesson yet, people?
Inspection is a column that has been written by Ken Carman for over 30 years. Inspection is dedicated to looking at odd angles, under all the rocks and into the unseen cracks and crevasses that constitute the issues and philosophical constructs of our day: places few think, or even dare, to venture.
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