Op Ed News
June 12, 2010
A new MSNBC documentary called ‘Rise of The New Right’ that is set to air next Wednesday falsely paints the Tea Party’s growing influence in electoral politics as a precursor to a new age of racist rage. The documentary, hosted by Chris screwball Matthews, also targets popular radio show host, documentarian, and one of the internet’s rising stars, Alex Jones. Infowars.com received a copy of the script for the piece from an MSNBC insider, which reveals the program’s soft propaganda, and deliberate lies about the nature of the citizen backlash against the corrupt government in D.C, and the banks and corporations who rule it.
The usual Establishment rhetoric against government critics is used throughout the production, derogatory terms like “conspiracy theorist”, “crazy”, and “racist” are frequently used. Instead of examining the rational reasons for why people on the right are furious, such as the government’s dictatorial laws since 9/11, its dismal economic and foreign policies, and the overall failure in the leadership of the political class to halt the federal debt, Matthews and company seek emotional and tribal causes for the popularity of the Tea Party. It takes a bogus slant of the raison d‘Ãªtre for the Tea Party, and one that doesn’t enlighten anyone in the public.
The documentary’s most critical mistake is that it singularly concentrates on the rising anger from the right, specifically, the recent electoral victories by Tea Party figures like Rand Paul, but fails to mention that there is a general popular anger against the status quo in Washington D.C., which manifests itself in the growing voter dissatisfaction with the two main political parties. Dylan Ratigan, whose show on MSNBC debuted last summer, is probably the only individual on MSNBC who hasn’t used his platform as a democratic swinging bat to target government critics as “racists” and “crazies.” Olbermann, Maddow, and Matthews have all taken this particular line against Tea Party participants.
Indeed, true bi-partisan outrage against Barack Obama, and the Republicrat leadership is never heard on MSNBC, the supposed representative of the “liberal” media. So the common disposition between Fox News and MSNBC is not correct. The two networks are not competitors, but equals. Both represent elitist interests, and protect the legitimacy and credibility of the current government in Washington, where dominant corporations from every industry, along with the Military Industrial Complex, and Wall St. banks have unlimited access to the public purse.
Not one mainstream network is accurately documenting the split between the American people and the American elite. Populist critiques of the Democrats and Republicans are never given air time. But democratic loyalists still have the audacity to say that since Fox News spotlights Tea Party protests it is the spokesmen of the right. What they fail to point out is that Fox News doesn’t authentically express popular rage from the right, rather, it presents the corporate spin of people’s frustrations. And the same is true for republican loyalists when they speak about the oppression of the “liberal” media.
What both groups of loyalists have trouble grasping is that there isn’t a right-wing media, and there isn’t a liberal media. There is only the corporate, elitist media, with two sides who are allowed to criticize each other, but must not breach the boundaries of what’s considered legitimate talking points. Noam Chomsky and Edward S. Herman analyzed this reality in the media long ago.
There is zero media coverage given to the views of the “silenced majority” as Amy Goodman says. This majority is not made up of liberals, or conservatives, but political independents, and rational citizens who strongly believe in the principle that government is ruled by the consent of the governed. What they believe and think is almost never highlighted by the pro-Establishment mainstream media.
They consider the separation between church and state as one of the most important elements in a free country, they are critical of the Empire and its corrupt beneficiaries, they’re fed up with Wall St. and corporate influence in politics, and they want the reversal of laws like the the Patriot Act, as well as the prosecution of American leaders for illegal torture, spying, and war crimes. You’ll be hard-pressed to hear Chris screwball Matthews give voice to any of these ideas in his highly unpopular broadcasts. In fact, you’ll hear support for the exact opposite of such ideas. As Paul Joseph Watson writes:
“The establishment press anoints itself as some kind of trusted guardian of the safe and serene status quo and a bulwark against dangerous political extremists intent on violence and bloodshed. In reality, the corporate media, and particularly MSNBC, which is owned by General Electric, a military-industrial complex giant that makes obscene profits from developing weapons that kill millions of innocent people around the world, routinely promotes the most barbaric lies and propaganda which directly lead to violence on a mass scale.It was corporate media outlets like MSNBC who sold the lie of weapons of mass destruction that led to the slaughter of over a million Iraqis.
It was corporate media outlets like MSNBC who sold Americans on the acceptance of torture, leading to the Abu Ghraib abuse scandal and similar black sites all over the world that still exist in which innocent men, women and children are brutalized on a daily basis.”
The same corporate media that lied to the American people about the concocted story of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction is now lying about the danger posed by the Islamic Republic of Iran to the Mighty and Powerful American Military. MSNBC’s coverage of U.S. and Iran relations is full of rumors, and baseless fears, much of them taken from the mouths of leading neocons, and other spokesmen for Israel and America’s empire. And their cowardice, and lack of journalistic integrity was shown once again after Israel’s criminal raid of a humanitarian aid ship earlier this month.
This article was posted: Saturday, June 12, 2010 at 4:37 am