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U.S. Corporate Media, Government Officials "Say it", We "Print it", Ergo It Must Be True

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As expected, the government's propaganda mill is going at full throttle particularly coming on the heels of Edward Snowden's whistleblowing of the NSA's surveillance programs.

Yesterday, NSA Chief General Keith Alexander, testifying before the House Intelligence Committee said more than 50 "potential terrorist events" was foiled by the Agency's programs since 9/11.

So are we to blindly accept Alexander's remarks as the truth? I'll get back to that question a little later in this piece.

In April of this year James Clapper, the National Intelligence Director, under oath and testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee, when asked by Senator Ron Wyden whether the government collected data on millions of Americans, Clapper answered unequivocally, "No".

Of course we now know Clapper's remark was a bald faced lie as Snowden's whistleblowing leaks have revealed the NSA routinely surreptitiously data mines millions of innocent Americans electronic communications as customers of Verizon (which the company is required by the government's FISA Court to provide to the NSA) as well as the NSA's "Prism" program that taps into the large internet servers like Microsoft, Yahoo, Google and other companies.

Alexander also made a statement at an earlier conference stating, "The story that we have millions or hundreds of dossiers on people is completely false", (which may be technically correct but that depends on ones definition of "dossiers"). Replace the word "dossiers" with the words "surveillance data on millions of people" (which we know is true) then Alexander's statement would be seen as the falsehood as it is.  

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Now getting back to Alexander's 50 or more "potential terrorist events" remarks, there are these two questions:

  1. Just where is the evidence substantiating these (potential terrorist events) intercepted by the NSA?
  2. And if they are substantiated could these plots have been prevented by legal investigative means without the NSA snooping operations?

To read my morning paper's headline, "Programs disrupted 50 plots, NSA says," [1] one could come away thinking the NSA's programs are necessary to protect Americans, (which is typical of the corporate media's journalism i.e. government officials "say it" and we "print it" so ergo it must be true).

That should be the logo of all corporate media in the U.S. steno graphically regurgitating the puffery emanating from government officials.

Ex-Vice President Dick Cheney was/is the poster boy for using the corporate media to print his lies or spouting them on Sunday mornings "Meet the Press." It was all propaganda but the triumphalist fawning media gave the "Prince of Darkness" the spotlight to deliver his mendacious disinformation to the American public.

Cheney didn't invent the tactics he used. He just made it into an art form.

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Government lying is of course not a new phenomenon in America. But today ALL government's pronouncements should be met with skepticism particularly as they are made through U.S. corporate media, (which is hardly the independent press protected by the 1 st amendment to keep the public properly informed).

For those of you to young to remember them, the days of CBS's Edward R. Morrow and the later critical views expressed on air by Walter Cronkite are over.

They've been replaced by a mostly sycophantic, triumphalist corporate media that regurgitates government official's pronouncements without vetting it for the truth.

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