Keeping people from becoming united in promoting intelligent and fair minded political or economic reform has always been fundamental for any wealthy gang ruling by the sword or fire power, enforcing their usurpation of enough control of land and means of sustenance in order create either serfdom or wage slavery.
A political cartoon in the Denver Post encapsulates well what corporate media has promoted, namely, as illustrated, an impotent and paralyzed status quo that enables media's corporate military sponsors to do their thing unmolested by any viable political opposition .
Cartoonist Mike Keefe portrays the U.S. wagon being pulled in two directions and therefore made immobile. On its left side the Democratic donkey is pulling; the speech caption above reads: "We can't do anything!" while on its right side the Republican elephant is pulling in the opposite direction under the caption, "We won't do anything!"
Blind to the suffering of majority Mankind, the mechanically operating grey eminence of directors within the Financial-Military-Industrial-Complex dictating government foreign policy, not just since the Eisenhower administration, but since before the Civil War, have also discounted the suffering of Americans. (Who are made to suffer to a much lesser degree than their fellow human beings abroad in a U.S. dominated Third World). And just as its State Department promotes civil wars abroad to "divide and rule," its compliant media similarly promotes rank, relentless and uncompromising confrontation on all issues within the country, be it abortion, homosexual rights, health care, immigration, environmental protection or any other domestic issue, in order to create divisiveness, confusion and avoid harmonious solutions, permitting corporations to ""divide and rule" America.
Is there pressure building in high circles for a maximum use of American military might before it becomes adversely affected by U.S. economic decline? Maybe under that warning slogan "Use it or Lose it."
Or is this rise of the extreme right more spontaneous than spurred on by corporations?. "As the U.S. becomes bankrupt a back lash will come from the right wing," Chris Hedges
Sarah Palin's farcical call for some rabid but undefined sort of revolutionary action draws on her dis-educated followers' storehouse of fear and disinformation salted away over generations of subtle brain washing by capitalist controlled media emitting criminal deceptions - preying on minds of the innocent made gullible for the impoverishment of spirit in life under the dog-eat-dog low wage economy that favors America's super rich.
This burgeoning new super patriotic front of the empire at home, is evidence of monolithic corporate media's pernicious ability to keep a mass of its audience in a state of appalling pride in ignorance, and distrust of "eggheads.' It is an example of how this captive media is able to unleash pent up public frustration and goad it into violence against honest public criticism as it did during decades of war on Vietnam. (How many remember the "hard hats' attacking peaceful demonstrators?)
The apex or apogee of incomprehensibility is that in a world containing the Scandinavian and other European highly socialized model of more or less democratically controlled capitalist political economies, the highly capitalist economy of Communist China, and more than a half dozen popular elected presidents in Latin American seeking to emulate the social success in health and education of Communist Cuba, in the nation that leads in scientific innovation and space exploration, an all dominating media cartel is able to restrict public debate to the functioning of strict and unbridled capitalism.
Frightening, for well informed Americans of normal mind, unable to dent the media wall blocking public awareness and skewering priorities, realize that their ever weakening minority position is analogous to that of socialists during the rise of Adolph Hitler. Socialists had represented the largest segment of the German population since before World War I, and were still strong, though struggling, into the early 1930s. As the Nazi movement (supported by American bankers and industrialist) became increasingly hailed in the German media, socialists were driven underground.
The large following of now deceased Howard Zinn and filmmaker Michael Moore, except for small peace and antiwar organizations, is made up of silent socialists and disheartened individuals unable to adjust to American imperialism and stomach desperate patriotism, even torture as a way of life. These Americans have nothing of the cohesion and tradition of political participation that the electronic media evangelists have long put together taking advantage of the prevalence of a multitude of angry and depressed, undereducated and unsophisticated members of a disenfranchised lower middle class. .
Even as commercial media is managing, filtering, distorting information and blocking all sociopolitical awareness, the fanatical capitalist right wing eerily insists vociferously that most TV channels have a preponderance of liberal, socialist, or communist bias and insidious unpatriotic programing.