In an unprecedented attack on an elected American president, America’s lying liar media weasels were in overdrive during Donald Trump’s first week as President of the United States. The week started with the media tweeting out that Donald Trump removed the bust of revered civil rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr. from the Oval Office and placed it in storage. This was a lie. The tweet was retracted but only after it had been retweeted thousands of times. The purpose of the false report was to incite racial hatred against President Trump.
As Trump called for an investigation of “voter” fraud, claims that the GOP has been making for years in order to pass racially discriminatory voter elimination laws, the media in unison screamed “liar.” After a week of continual media attacks against the fledgling Administration, one of Trump’s top advisors, Steve Bannon wrote an opinion piece in the New York Times calling the media the “opposition party.” From Paul Craig Roberts:
The Media Is Now The Political Opposition
Stephen Bannon Is 100% Correct—The Media Is Now The Political Opposition
Bannon is correct that the US media—indeed, the entire Western print and TV media—is nothing but a propaganda machine for the ruling elite. The presstitutes are devoid of integrity, moral conscience, and respect for truth…
Who else but the despicable Western media justified the enormous war crimes committed against millions of peoples by the Clinton, Bush, and Obama regimes in nine countries—Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Yemen, Syria, Somalia, Palestine, and the Russian areas of Ukraine?
Who else but the despicable Western media justified the domestic police states that have been erected in the Western world in the name of the “war on terror”?
Along with the war criminals that comprised the Clinton, Bush, and Obama regimes, the Western media should be tried for their complicity in the massive crimes against humanity.
The Western media’s effort to sustain the high level of tension between the West and Russia is a danger to all mankind, a direct threat to life on earth. Gorbachev’s warnings are correct. Yet presstitutes declare that if Trump lifts the sanctions it proves that Trump is a Russian agent. It is paradoxical that the Democrats and the liberal-progressive-left are mobilizing the anti-war movement to oppose Trump’s anti-war policy!
By refusing to acknowledge and to apologize for its lies, euphemistically called “fake news,” the Western media has failed humanity in a number of other ways… By taking the role of the political opposition to Trump, the media has discredited itself as an honest critic on topics where Trump needs criticism, such as the environment and his tolerance of oppressive methods used by police. The presstitutes have ended all chance of improving Trump’s performance with reports and criticism.
Trump needs moderating on the environment, on the police, and on the war on terror. Trump needs to understand that “the Muslim threat” is a hoax created by the neoconservatives and the military/security complex with the complicity of the presstitutes to serve the hegemony agenda and the budget and power of the CIA, Pentagon, and military industries. If the US stops bombing and slaughtering Muslims and training and equipping forces to overthrow non-compliant Muslim governments such as Syria, Iraq, and Libya, “the Muslim threat” will disappear.
Maybe Trump will add to his agenda breaking into hundreds of pieces the six mega-media companies that own 90% of the US media and selling the pieces to seperate independent owners who have no connection to the ruling elites. Then America would again have a media that can constrain the government with truth rather than use lies to act for or against the government.
Amen brother Roberts. President Trump also requested and received the resignations from a slew of war criminals at the State Department, including Victoria (F*&K the EU) Nuland. The State Department officials were a treasure trove of unnamed sources for the New York Times and the Washington Post. From Counter Punch:
The Anonymous Blacklist Promoted by the Washington Post Has Apparent Ties to Ukrainian Fascism and CIA Spying
Last month, the Washington Post gave a glowing front-page boost to an anonymous online blacklist of hundreds of American websites, from marginal conspiracy sites to flagship libertarian and progressive publications. As Max Blumenthal reported for AlterNet, the anonymous website argued that all of them should be investigated by the federal government and potentially prosecuted under the Espionage Act as Russian spies, for wittingly or unwittingly spreading Russian propaganda…
What the Washington Post did in boosting an anonymous blacklist of American journalists accused of criminal treason is one of the sleaziest, and most disturbing… things I’ve seen in this country… The WaPo is essentially an arm of the American deep state; its owner, Jeff Bezos, is one of the three richest Americans, worth $67 billion, and his cash cow, Amazon, is a major contractor with the Central Intelligence Agency. In other words, this is as close to an official US government blacklist of journalists as we’ve seen—a dark ominous warning before they take the next steps.
Joe Scarborough of MSNBC’s Morning Joe has warned Donald Trump that he must cave and bow to the media, because the media always wins. “Taking on the press like that, it always works badly. The press always wins, Washington always wins. You figure out how to work with them or you’re going to get crushed.” Scarborough continues “I said the same thing to the Obama Administration, I’ve said it to every administration and some people get it some don’t.”
Yes Joe, some people get it some people don’t. From Poynter:
Obama to the press: ‘America needs you’
President Obama praised the press as central to democracy Wednesday in a final "farewell" that was part ironic homage to the media and part admonition to the incoming Trump administration.
Democracy "doesn't work if we don't have a well-informed citizenship...America needs you, and democracy needs you," he said, before taking questions in a final press conference that followed a final speech last week in Chicago.
It was a premeditated (and well-signaled) pre-emptive shot at President-elect Donald Trump, whose views toward the press were at times openly hostile during the campaign. As his inauguration approaches Friday, Trump's shots at the media (mostly via Twitter) have persisted.
Obama underscored the need of a free press to "cast a critical eye on the powerful. You'd done it, for the most part, in ways that I could appreciate for fairness, even if I didn't always agree with your conclusions. Having you in this building has made this place work better. It keeps us honest, made us work harder."
So Obama says the press has cast a critical eye on the powerful. He says the media weasels have kept his administration honest and made them work harder, really??? From Mint Press:
Trump Is Anti-Environment, But So Was Obama
While the incoming Trump administration shows a callous disregard for the environment, liberals have conveniently forgotten that some of the most disastrous environmental and public health crises in U.S. history have occurred on President Obama's watch.
It’s rather easy, and undoubtedly necessary, to lambast President-elect Donald Trump and his team of corporate parasites who will soon head nearly every key agency in the U.S. government…
Indeed, it wasn’t Trump, but President Barack Obama, who held the reins of the federal government and did nothing while drinking water contamination poisoned the people of Flint, Michigan. It was Obama who expanded offshore oil drilling while paying lip service to environmental responsibility in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon spill — a 2010 disaster which continues to wreak havoc on the Gulf of Mexico’s ecosystem. It was Obama who signed off on new oil pipelines, approving the construction of the equivalent of 10 Keystone pipelines between 2010 and 2015 alone. Oil and gas shipments by rail continued under his watch…
These are just some examples of the countless other irresponsible policies. Forgive me if I don’t offer the liberals a post-consumer recycled handkerchief for their eco-friendly crocodile tears.
Obama: Owner of the water crises
And while Obama did eventually make an appearance in Flint to pose for photos and, in typical Obama fashion, deliver an emotionally charged but politically vacuous speech, he has done almost nothing to address the underlying problem in Flint. With one word, one executive order, Obama could have brought the power of the presidency down on Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and other public officials who are directly responsible for the crisis. But he never did, preferring instead to deliver the kinds of hollow platitudes that have become his trademark.
It is rather striking that more than a year after the Flint crisis came to public attention while Obama was finishing another round of golf or shoring up his “Commander-in-Cool” image with interviews for Vice and “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,” the full scope of the crisis is now becoming clear.
In a shocking examination published on Dec. 19 by Reuters, researchers found that nearly 3,000 communities had recorded lead poisoning rates double those in Flint, with more than 1,100 of them showing elevated levels of lead in the blood that were at least four times higher than in Flint…
Such findings would undoubtedly be scandalous were it not for a corporate media more interested in political wrangling and Trump’s latest tweets than in covering the full scope of a story that amounts to intergenerational economic and physical oppression. For it is the poor and working class communities, most of which were formerly industrial cities, where the problem of lead poisoning is at its worst.
These communities are often predominantly comprised of people of color and immigrants who are disproportionately affected by this level of federal, state, and municipal neglect.
Yes, Obama took Joe Scarborough’s advice and learned to work with the press, good job. What is more dangerous that a lack of a free press? A monopolistic fake press. Throughout the Bush/Obama Administrations the media has continually blamed every attack on “radical Islamic terrorists” a term made up in order to justify perpetual war.
The attacks on the Pulse Night Club and the San Bernardino, which according to terrorism experts were false flags, were used to demonize immigrants of Muslim descent. The Boston Marathon attacks were committed by Muslims who, the Russian Government had warned the American government, had been radicalized but were allowed to return to the US anyway. Some believe the government knew they were planning an attack and allowed it in order for a police state mentality to take hold.
The GOP constantly talked about keeping radical Islamic terrorists out of the country but never really planned to, it was just to enable trillions of dollars to go to the military industrial complex and line their own pockets as well. It is unfortunate that Trump took them literally and has imposed a religious litmus test on the seven countries that Bush/Obama have bombed. Let’s hope some cooler heads prevail. Trump’s hold is for 120 days, let’s hope with new people at the State Department he will get better information and lift this ban.
Hopefully Donald Trump will take Dr. Paul Craig Roberts’ advice and break the media up into hundreds of pieces instead of six mega-media companies owning 90% of the US media. “Then America would again have a media that can constrain the government with truth rather than use lies to act for or against the government.” In the meantime, the media in a panic as Donald Trump continues dismantling the juggernaut this time it’s the lying liar media weasels who have morphed into the political opposition party.
By Patricia Baeten