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"Russian aggression"--CBS provides a perfect example of imperial disinformation

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"Heavy U.S. weapons for Europe to answer "Russia's provocations"

A dispatch by CBS This Morning, BROADCAST ON 6.23.15

Editor's Log: Hypocrisy in action writ large. It's the American Way. Yay!

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ABOVE: IMAGE DISTRIBUTED BY CBS, accompanying its piece, "U.S. sending arms to answer 'Russia's provocations'" (see below (2))

Everything--and I mean that literally--everything in this item filed by CBS This Morning on 6.23.15, is false. The object is, as usual, to sell the almost completely clueless and habitually semi-indifferent American public the idea that Russia is the new Nazi Germany, with Putin as the new Fuhrer, rampaging across Europe and grabbing, insatiably, one hapless nation after another in his march toward the conquest of the"whole Free World!

But wait! The US has heard the cries of the victims and those who fear the new Russian juggernaut"the poor onetime fascist Baltic nations and long-suffering, reactionary Poland, plus other quivering, nervous nations in Russia's baleful sphere of influence"and the Pentagon, the rightful home of Captain America, champion of everything that is good and righteous in this and any other universe, is already on the job working to stop the bullies. So says Ashton Carter, the obsessive warmongering neocon currently serving as Secretary of Defense (an Orwellian title in an of itself given what the US normally does), and we should believe him--or should we?

Impudent propaganda

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This CBS report, which should be preserved as a perfect example of Washington's style of disinformation, manages to sport all the signatures of Western propaganda, a classic instance of in-your-face impudent Orwellianism at its best. The problem is that, as alert people already know, CBS, while excellent at disinformation, is far from alone: all US media behave more or less along the same lines, and the examples of highhanded lies abound, they are, in fact, the norm for anything of any social or political significance. Which means that maybe you can trust the weather and the crushingly boring sportscasts and not much else.

"Russian aggression", intones Charlie Rose sternly, without an ounce of hesitation, as befits a man descending from Mt. Olympus.

In any case, to fully appreciate why I call this an exceptional example of disinformation requires that you, an ordinary member of the US audience to whom such propaganda missiles are primarily aimed, already know (or have more than a good grasp of) a number of things:

" Who Ashton Carter is
" What Neocons are, what they do and where they come from
" Why Neocons are not only allowed to shape US policy but dominate it
" What America's elites really want

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" A hefty amount of European and world history, in general, including our own.

Naturally, when I say that you are required to know these things I mean you should know them 'in fact", not in their self-serving, propaganda definitions. If we used that approach, we'd all be going in circles--forever. Which suits the empire's mind managers fine, but not us, if we are really on a truth-seeking mission.

The pre-requisite is a pretty tall order. The problem here is (and I am sympathetic) that picking up a history book, watching the history Channel or the PBS Newshour, or what seems like a respectable magazine is well-nigh useless. The biggest share of foundational propaganda is delivered by history books, as most historians at any given time are busy singing the praises of the status quo. It's been that way for thousands of years. So you must look for counter-establishment voices, again not easy for you because, despite the Internet, the world of "information and opinion" is still dominated by mainstream sources. So when you start on your search for iconoclastic viewpoints, you face something of a triple challenge: you likely never heard of them, don't even know where to begin to look for them, and once found, you are likely to reject what they say due to your own heavy indoctrination in the system's "truths." Yea, the American brainwash is so potent and subtle that your mind will go into full rejectionist mode, ten times worse than your body rejecting a full organ transplant, the minute it encounters anything that contradicts the sacred catechism. That means you must persist, and not only persist but begin to do something really novel in a culture accustomed to received "wisdom": using your brain to measure and compare different versions of reality, correlating them with the facts, as far as your own personal experience can attest"and hope for the best. As you can see, this is pretty much impossible for most Americans who, by alarming majorities, don't even know who Joe Biden is. Not to mention that America is a "can do," anti-intellectual nation impatient with long explanations.

Let the above serve as a little digression to show you why CBS and its minions (the grossly overpaid on camera disinformers, like the unctuous media courtier Charlie Rose, or in this specific case Margaret Brennan) can strut around winning awards for "journalism," while lying--wittingly or unwittingly--to their hearts' content, with total impunity. For this is what passes for professional journalism these days, what is being held up in J-schools as the meat-and potatoes stuff of daily journalism, and therefore what legions of young would-be reporters are expected to imitate, if they know what's good for them. (Now, that's another story we best leave for another day.)

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