Joseph Stalin once wrote, " Print is the sharpest and the strongest weapon of our party." Alexandar Solzenitsin wrote about the Soviet press and how the Russian people had become so immune and acclimated to it that with the announcement of a government program of temperance and sobriety the knowing in the crowd would immediately mumble to themselves, "the potato crop has failed."
George Orwell said, "Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind." The recent alleged assassination of Osama Bin Laden brings this point into clear focus; the seal team went into the Pakistan compound with the intent to bring out only a dead body. Or as one eye witness described it, the helicopter carrying Bin Laden exploded and crashed when it attempted to lift off from the compound. The US military admits that it lost at least one helicopter in the operation and this event, if as described, could easily explain that crazy co*k and bull story we were told about dumping Bin Laden body somewhere into the ocean a thousand miles from the scene of the crime. Did the US military really fly Bin Laden's body a thousand miles just to dump it into the drink?
The truth is that we don't know the truth. We don't know what happened and never will, but only in the United States do so many people simply believe what they are told unquestioningly. I'm not speaking of those who are regular readers or blog readers; I'm speaking of the New York Times readers, CNN and Fox News viewers. There isn't a dime's worth of difference between any of them as they don't report the news as much as they define the news. Was Barack Obama actually born in Kenya? The story was obviously fallacious and yet the main stream media spent months of coverage upon it.
The media defined the story and the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck redefined the story. The purpose is the misdirection of the news, to generate a false controversy to paper over real events. While Vice President Dan Quayle was being lampooned for his misspelling potato the American public missed the story of our Ambassador April Glaspie, either missing or ignoring Saddam Hussein's warning and inadvertently causing the first Gulf War. Did they paper over the Glaspie error because Ms. Glaspie missed a clear war warning or was the US suckering Saddam into invading Kuwait? The war opened a lot of doors for the US in the Persian Gulf and in the aftermath we obtained a permanent foothold in the region.
CNBC- Retail Sales May Be the Silver Lining in Gloomy Economy
"When the going gets tough, the tough go shopping, and the markets Thursday will be watching July chain store sales to see just how much consumers bought.
After a series of worrying economic reports, the nation's chain stores may actually tell one of the better stories about activity in the month of July even as consumer spending likely remained pretty weak. Thomson Reuters forecasts a gain of 4.3 percent for same stores sales."
File this one under some people will believe anything, after over a week of market volatility caused by manufactured crisis's the news media tells a worried public, "Its alright now, you can go back to sleep. There will be no recession, move along, nothing to see here."