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Money-As-Speech, Speech-As-Lies, Truth-As-Victim

Message Kent Welton
    Money-As-Speech, Speech-As-Lies, Truth-As-Victim
  "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts"
                                                                Abraham Lincoln
     A  Los Angeles Times editorial today states "Lying is free speech too."   Free?  For Whom?  How much do lies cost us, individually and collectively?  Who benefits from speech-as-lies?  Cui bono?
    The answer, given money-as-speech, is now plain.  Money-as-lies will overwhelm us with falsehoods, pervert the political process, and destroy the more honorable candidate.  Who will enter this ugly fray?
    The victims of free speech as lies will be the people in general and politicians and candidates who stand up to the ruling elite, to the corporate  fascism that has descended on this country and around the world in the name of globalization and "free" trade..
     With money and falsehoods overwhelming the honest candidate, at the earliest stages of a campaign, the victim of lies is hard pressed to equal the coverage, to counter the lies, to raise the necessary money, and to do it in the short time frame of a campaign.  
     There is no media-journalistic obligation to counter the lies, whether deliberate or innocently repeated.  No equal time or Fairness doctrine applies within a corporate media juggernaut with its own agenda. 
    Virtually no anti-establishment candidate can equal the amounts of money and media time that the pro-corporate lackeys will enjoy.  So the lie will be victorious, the deliberate falsehood will be transformed into the truth, honesty and truth will pay the price, and democracy en toto will be the real victim.
    Who would have thought that the United States would be destroyed by its own Supreme Court?   And worse, by a 5-4 decision regime enabling a one-man, one-vote, one-tyranny dictatorship?

"nine out of every 10 minutes of radio talk broadcast in America on any given day now takes a conservative view. That's true whatever the proclivities of the local market."
                                                        Tim Rutten, LA times media analyst

Today the entire "mainstream media" is closed to truth-tellers. The US media is Washington's propaganda ministry. The US media has only one function--to lie for Washington."
                                                                            Paul Craig Roberts

"A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both." -                      James Madison

There is no left wing media in America, full stop.
                                                                    Max Keiser

"We already own Washington D.C., [talk radio] now we are going to blanket the area."
                                                               Rush Limbaugh  

We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false.
                                               1971, William Casey, former CIA Director

It is a fact that corporate overlords working in secret collusion with the powers in Washington are intruding far too often in far too many newsrooms.
                                                                 Dan Rather 
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