How many times have we seen a child so full of promise succumb to laziness? When CNN was bought out by Time Warner AKA (Mr. Burns) Bernard Shaw left and Peter Arnett left to be replaced today by Wolf Blitzer and Dr.Sanjay Gupta. Turner’s original vision had been a news network with buearu’s all over the world but “Doah! That’s expensive.” Instead we get a 24-hour Time Life book, with pictures and a point of view but very little reporting.
Management have a vision but it’s a corporate vision, they let Amanpour out to do one or two stories a year just to prove they still do those sort of things but Larry King Live is on every night. Lou Dobbs talks about middle class issues but there is very little reporting, only a regurgitating of some one else’s reporting and all with that superficiality that Time Life is famous for. Then Homer, I mean Jack Cafferty chimes in as curmudgeon in chief but then its back to The Situation Room.
For hours the administrations positions are presented with a veneer of scrutiny but never with any context or serious analysis. Yesterday for example, the administration line was Iranian involvement in Iraq, the news footage, a rehash of old footage, with an American General using adjectives such as “we believe” and “we have intelligence that suggests.” The same old discredited story about “Iranian” IED’s and improved targeting of rockets and mortars. I taught myself to play the guitar so if I get better at it is that evidence that Jimmy Page came by?
As the footage ends the CNN anchor was quick to point out that 85% of all American fatalities are caused by IED’s. A = Iranian IED B = dead servicemen so A + B = Iran killing US servicemen with the proof being “we believe and intelligence suggests.” Ignoring the real news that 100% of all US casualties in Iraq stem from an administration that lied us into this war in the first place. That these IED’s (Improvised Engineered Deceptions) were manufactured at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. and broadcast from that very desk. So using the administrations argument, A = cows stand outside in the rain and B. Cows grow bigger so A + B = rain makes cows grow bigger.
Like Ralphie they live in a dream world where they are the rootinest tootinest cowboys in town and they’re gonna get Black Bart. And CNN’s job is to make sure every one in the country knows just how evil Black Bart really is. But the reality is Black Bart only exists in Ralphie’s mind and in the administrations mind. For CNN war means ratings and profits for the Time Warner Stockholders.
The administration like a compulsive gambler thinks they can get themselves even with just one more sure thing long shot. But for CNN they can only claim naiveté once, the second time around they’re an accomplice just like the rest of them and the blood that flows from the crime is on their hands. If this was just a case of calling Scooter Libby a White House employee rather than the Vice Presidents Chief of Staff or doing a hatchet job on Michael Moore’s movie Sicko it could be excused.
But in aiding and abetting the manufacturing of consent they have crossed the line and commit premeditated crimes against innocents. They cease to be media and lose all protection that might be afforded to them. They have made themselves combatants; the launch of a cruise missile is news but if you aid in making that launch possible you might as well have launched it yourself. But unlike the airman or sailor who are just following orders you do so voluntarily to help the corporate bottom line, blood for profit.
Tass and Pravda and the Nazi propaganda machines could all claim they were organs of the state and required to follow orders and publish what they were told. But CNN takes the mantle of Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Paine and Edward R. Murrow and reduce it to paparazzi that take down the stop signs at an intersection just to wait for the crash.
When Judas sold out Christ for forty pieces of silver he rationalized it to himself.He thought maybe he was doing a good thing and in the long run and that it would all work out for the best. When Christ was crucified Judas realized he had been used by those people, that their plan was dark and sinister from the start. The most famous traitor on earth was overcome with grief, mourning and self loathing yet CNN cares not as it attempts to help sell another war. After all it was all Michael Moore could do to get CNN to admit their transgressions when placed in their face. What can be said in defense of those who promote war?
We call them as we see them? Their job is not to see them but to investigate them and to turn them inside out and to shake them until the truth falls out. If we don’t like our coverage go somewhere else! If I don’t like your lies I should turn my back and let you keep telling them unchallenged? If I don’t like Fascist’s I should just ignore them and maybe they’ll go away?