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Operation Fracture Democrats: Mainstream Media's Orders

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The media is on a crusade to fracture the Democratic Party. The New York Times has played a leading role, launching verbal mortar attacks at Democrats before their majority session even begins. The people see through these divide and scare tactics.

Where is Sheryl Gay Stolberg's front page puff piece about Harry Reid or Nancy Pelosi--two politicians who are not even war criminals? Oh, that's right, she's embedded with the wire-tapping, torture-approving Dictator. Where's the generous propoganda for a minimum wage increase like there was for WMDs in Iraq? Where is the amount of coverage on global warming--a more dire threat to our existence than terrorists--that al-Qaeda receives?

The media has showed more desperation in the two weeks since Election Day than the Republicans who lost power. Why? Because the news media has benefitted enormously under a corporate-friendly Republican government.

The mainstream media's latest tactic is to split the Democrats by hyping a fizzled-out, fractured, ruptured, washed up Democratic caucus. They are desperate to portray the Democratic Party as fractured because it increases the odds that Democrats will break ranks with other members of their party and vote with the Republicans on corporate welfare initiatives.

Here is the Times' front page on Sunday:
"Democrats Split on How Far to Go With Ethics Law."
This is the 26 point font that shapes our view of the Democrats. How do they appear? Fractured and falling apart at the seams.

Here is the strange closing sentence of another Sunday political article, "A Sometimes Awkward Changing of the Guard": "And [lyrics about brevity are] just what Republicans hope about their newfound minority--that it doesn't last too long." The closing sentence of this article sounds more like a Christmas wish list item, than a well-researched objective fact.

Here's an op-ed in the Times: "The Unraveling Begins?" The guest columnist, Thomas B. Edsall, wrote, "Since [Thomas] D'Alesandro's (former Baltimore mayor and Nancy Pelosi's father) day, the Democratic Party has become increasingly fractious."

Yes the unraveling begins, Mr. Edsall...two weeks after Election Day. Actually, the unraveling began 400 years ago, I know, that was before they even got raveled in the first place, but who's counting?

The media is foaming at the mouth to paint the Democratic Party as doomed. They are outraged over victories that symbolize the courage and spirit of common Americans whom our media has tried to cow with fear, manipulate with lies and discourage with neglect.

The Gloom York Times headlines continue: "Pelosi Rebuffed Over Her Choice For Majority Leader." Or how about this one: "After Win, Democrats Revert to Finger-Pointing." Or this one: "Many Say Leadership Race Damages Democrats' Image."

By contrast, here's how they've comforted the Republicans over the same time period: "G.O.P Gears up for New Leadership Fight;" "Trent Lott Wins Back Senate Leadership Spot;" "House Republicans Pick Boehner As Leader;" "House G.O.P. Re-Elects Leadership Team for New Congress." Can you hear the marching music playing in the background?

The words "Republican" and "leader" almost leave me wondering who really won the election. The Times is betting that it can cow and scare Democrats just like it has scared American voters with wildly under-reported stories about WMD's in Iraq.

"Fracture and destroy" is the motto for the next two years.

Why do I single out the New York Times, when the other media organizations are even worse? To make a point. If even the Times will betray the common people and pick up the banner of the Corupublican Party, who can we trust?

Independent media.
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