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Coverage of the anti-NSA Protest is an Example of a New Way to Disseminate Government BS

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No one called for less than a 100% end to domestic surveillance.

USA Today  lied about the rally. So did the AP. As did MSNBC.

They did it by redirecting a radical, revolutionary impulse into a moderate, reformist tendency.

The U.S. is an authoritarian police state with democratic window-dressing. Stopping NSA spying on Americans would fundamentally change the system. There's no way the government, or its mainstream media outlets, would voluntarily give up their info trolling. What they might do, however, is "pull this back," as Al Gore said. "I think you will see a reining in."

Categorizing strong political views of swaths of Americans as weaker, more moderate and watered down than they really are is a relatively new tactic for American media gatekeepers. Until recently, the standard tool of the U.S. censor when confronting dissent was to ignore it entirely (c.f., the 2003 protest marches against the invasion of Iraq and the long time it took for them to cover the Occupy movement of 2011). For activist groups and protesters, this might seem like an improvement. Which is what makes it pernicious.

Getting covered by the media isn't always better than being ignored. If your radical politics get expressed in public as moderate reformism -- and you tacitly acquiesce with this misrepresentation by your silent cooperation -- you're serving the interests of the system you oppose, making it appear open to reform and reasonable, and you less angry than you really are, though neither is true.

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Ted Rall, a political cartoonist, is the author of "The Anti-American Manifesto." He was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1963, raised in Kettering, Ohio and graduated from Fairmont West High School in 1981. His first cartoons were published in (more...)
 

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Very well said and valuable.... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Friday, Nov 8, 2013 at 6:03:56 PM
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