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Beating Up on Iran - by Stephen Lendman

The Obama administration concocted a fake plot to vilify Iran for political advantage and distract attention from pressing domestic issues.

After Washington bogusly accused Iran of an implausible terror plot on US soil, America's media brazenly regurgitated official lies.

It's nothing new. It's what they do instead of providing real news, information and analysis. Long ago they stopped trying, especially on television. It's little more than a worthless sinkhole no one should waste time on watching.

They don't inform. They lie, distract, entertain, and provide a platform for corporate America to sell people junk they don't need. Or as media critic George Gerbner once said, "they have everything to sell and nothing to tell."

In his book, " Amusing Ourselves to Death," Neil Postman said "Americans are the most entertained and least informed people in the world." As a result, they know little or nothing about what they most need to know.

No wonder they believe official lies, especially about alleged homegrown or foreign instigated terror plots. Iran's a favorite, beaten up on at well chosen strategic moments. 

What better time than now. Main Street's in Depression. Public anger's raging across America because millions lost work and can't find jobs. 

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Millions more lost homes. Washington's doing nothing to help, and working households have to bite the bullet so bankers get paid, and Obama's free to wage multiple imperial wars with others planned and ready when fake reasons convince people about new nonexistent threats.

Strategically timed, new enemies are invented or old ones resurrected to incite fear, distract, and divert people from what matters most - fast disappearing social justice when it's most needed.

On October 11, Media Matters writer Brian Powell headlined, "Right-Wing Media Reflexively Politicize Alleged Iranian Terror Plot," saying:

Attorney General Holder was still speaking when "Rush Limbaugh, CNN contributor Dana Loesch, and Fox News contributor Michelle Malkin began politicizing the announcement."

It's what they do instead of giving listeners, viewers, or readers real information. They like other corporate media scoundrels, of course, are paid to lie and entertain, not inform. As a result, listeners and viewers lose out by not tuning out.

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On October 12, a Washington Post editorial headlined, "Alleged assassination plot serves as a warning about Tehran," saying:

Skeptics wondered what Iran had to gain by "undertak(ing) such a brazen attack....Perhaps the doubters are right, (but it's) prudent to reserve final judgment until all the facts of the case are known."

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