Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Media Monopoly Messaging: Savagely Attack Donald Trump and British Brexit Proponents

America’s Sunday morning political shows had a synchronized message; cite an ABC/Washington Post poll on Brexit and Donald Trump showing those Brits who voted for Brexit were old, uneducated, uninformed xenophobes and Donald Trump’s popularity is tanking.

The American media monopoly sets the messaging agenda for the week on Sunday morning.  Last Sunday the messaging centered on Brexit and an ABC/Washington Post poll showing Trump trailing Hillary Clinton by double digits.  What the media failed to reveal was, of the people polled 36% were Democrats and 24% Republicans.  The Washington Post is owned by Jeff Bezos who is involved in a very public feud with Donald Trump.

The Trump/Bezos feud began when Trump leveled the charge that Jeff Bezos owner of Amazon, is using The Washington Post paper to attack him because as President he would force the massive online retailer to pay more in taxes.  Trump has threatened to go after Bezos for antitrust violations because he has a monopoly and is getting away with murder tax-wise.  Bezos denied he used the Post to go after Trump, but Bob Woodward, editor of the Post revealed a “20 man army” has been assigned to dig up dirt on Trump.

Trump has been a vocal supporter of Brexit and a believer in national identity, taxing the rich and border control.  After his “Trump emblazoned helicopter” landed in Scotland, Trump congratulated the British people for achieving an exit from the European Union.  Trump went on to state "I think it's a great thing that's happened. It's an amazing vote, very historic.”  "People are angry all over the world. They're angry over borders, they're angry over people coming into the country and taking over and nobody even knows who they are.”  "They're angry about many, many things in the UK, the US and many other places.

The media pounced on Trump citing tanking global markets and volatility.  The Clinton campaign released a campaign video stating “The last thing we need in volatile times is a volatile President.”

Now, we know why the media savagely attacked Trump, the biggest losers from Brexit are the world’s 400 richest people.  According to Bloomberg 15 of the wealthiest people in Britain lost $5.5 billion; Amancio Ortega, Europe’s richest person lost $6 billion and Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos lost $1 billion each.  So, it’s pretty evident who the beneficiaries of membership in the European Union are.  

Trump went on to further enrage the media when he criticized President Obama for interfering with the Brexit vote.  In May Obama spoke to the people of the UK threatening trade deals would take ten years if they voted to leave the EU.  Trump said “I was surprised that President Obama would be so bold to come here and tell people what to do.”  "I think a lot of people don't like him and I think if he had not said it I think you're result might have been different."

Nigel Farage party leader of the pro-Brexit UKIP also harshly criticized Barack Obama for interfering in the Brexit referendum saying "He has done the bidding of the giant American corporates who want Britain to stay in the EU.”  "Why? Because they want this Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership deal done so that the big American corporates can buy up chunks of our public services, including the National Health Service - that's a bigger motivation."

Minutes after the announcement of the Brexit vote, it was announced a petition bearing 3.5 million signatures requesting a referendum “do over” was presented to Parliament.  But in fact only 353,000 of the 3.5 million signatures are from Britain.  Steve Lendman is reporting “tens of thousands of fake names from America, Germany, France, Italy, other EU countries, even Middle East, Asian, Latin American and African nations as well as virtually uninhabited Antarctica” have been identified.

The global press is owned and funded by the same billionaires who financially benefit from wars, globalization and banking cartels.  In 2014 the European Union awarded Rupert Murdoch’s BSkyB unconditional clearance for its acquisition of Sky Italia and at least 57% of Sky Deutschland.  That gave Murdoch’s media empire 20 million pay TV subscribers in the U.K., Ireland, Italy, Germany and Austria. Potentially, Sky Europe will be able to reach up to 97 million households.

In America, Public Broadcasting is funded in equal parts from government and the private sector and is governed by a board of directors that is selected by the President of the United States and confirmed by the Senate.  C-Span is funded by the cable companies and provides a 24 hour a day platform for the neoconservative and neoliberal think tanks’ propaganda.

So wake up folks, anything you hear in the media is pure, unadulterated propaganda designed to intimidate and frighten you into submission.  The media wants you to believe that those Brits who voted for Brexit were old, uneducated, uninformed xenophobes and Donald Trump’s popularity is tanking.  Don’t buy it follow the Brits and say “we’re not gonna take it anymore.”

By Patricia Baeten

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