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Friday, February 16, 2007

Oversight of the Media: Government Propaganda Tools Need Challenges

It's comforting to know that the media, despite the so called 'Change" is still a credible whipping post. Bloggers will have plenty to do for eternity.

Ref Reminds me of how the analysts on Wall Street knew of the financial problems with companies, but chose to remain silent, sticking with the narrative.

Alot of poeple get paid alot of money, go to school to learn things, but they are excellent at spewing nothing but non-sense. What a mess.

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Ref The irony with the American government, especially the courts: They talk about being open, but are wary of reality, other views, or lack of blind obedience.

The American legal system talks about freedom while compelling discipline and assent to abuse, absurdity, and non-sense. The legal community brings the contempt on themselves, especially when they are arrogant and play stupid as to why foreign fighters expand combat: The lawyers aren't willing to assent to the law, unless there are actual, credible threats of real losses -- career, professionally, financially, or personal livelihood.

I have little respect for an industry and profession that talks about self-regulation, but requires outside oversight to continually kick them in the rear end to make them comply with their freely chosen professional standards.

The legal community gets paid too much money to require this much oversight, especially given the abysmal results: Wholesale, reckless disregard for the US Constitution, which they, as a profession, have collectively permitted to spiral into an unacceptable state. This a legal community problem to which the US government has been complicity; and the media has refused to forcefully call attention.

It's hard to have any respect for a system of governance that talks about nice ideas, but consistently does an excellent job at messing things up, abusing the customer, or making problems worse.

It's easier to refuse to interact with the government and media: They're a waste of time, liars, incompetent, looking for excuses to pretend they're important, while they cause problems, and refuse to really do what they're supposed to do. It's their credibility problem.

We the People need to decide how much longer we should put up with the non-sense; or lawfully transition to something that is marginally more competent. Something is definitively wrong when free people vote for change, but the government at all levels refuses to change.

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Thanks to "other views" the word is leaking out:

___ What incentives does the media have with assenting to illegal warfare;

___ What other narratives, despite the Iraq WMD, has the media, despite being discredited over the Iraq WMD, embraced: Rendition, war crimes, prisoner abuse --

___ What else are we not hearing, and what is being suppressed;

___ If the media is "at risk of losing sources" it if discusses the truth, why would the media want to have those kind of sources?

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It's possible to make the story the refusal of the government to cooperate, and remind the sources: You are not willing to do them any favors.

The real story is the agreement of the media and government to perpetuate fraud; then their joint agreement to whine and blame others for their credibility issues.

They way forward is to remind the media and government: When they jointly agree to not do their jobs, and embrace absurdity and non-sense, We the People can legally make their lives miserable, find other options, and create new systems of governance and media oversight which will impose lawful consequences.

They're in the government: They are the Constitutionally-protected (for now) enemy of We the People. The burden of proof is on the government.

No reason for the media to fear anything: This government needs the media more than the media needs the government.

We the People can always create a new government; we can't create as easily free minds who are willing to independently notice reality.

I look at the media and government as dancing partners who may or may not be in psych. The danger is when they stop dancing and start throwing their drinks at the audience and musicians.

Time to throw them out of the dance hall, lock the doors, change the keys, and send them packing. We the People don't need their absurdity, especially when they claim to serve the public, but they do more harm than good.

Sure, the media does a good job when its doing it right; but it sure has a funny way of being complicity with illegal activity, cover ups, unlawful warfare, and abuse of political power.

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Despite the rude lesson of Iraq WMD, it's disappointing to realize the media refuses to be independent, but is just as inclined to stick with what "everyone else" is talking about, even if it's propaganda from the White House.

___ What's the media done for us lately?

___ Has the media learned its lesson?

___ Despite the "big, rude awakenings of Iraq," has the lessons of Iraq sunk into inspire better coverage of the Iran issues?

No, as with Iraq, the private citizens have to dig through the propaganda the media shills out, and make sense of the government-media non-sense.

The abuse is when the media claims it is working "for the people," but the media's loyalty is with the government, not with the final protection of the media's rights and power: We the People.

We the People have the power to legally expand, and delegate power to the Media to check, constrain, report on, and legally abuse the government officials. Just as it doesn't make sense to delegate more power to the lazy DNC that refuses to use what little power it has; We the People should be mindful of the trust we place in the media, and to what extent the media buses that trust, especially on important national security matters.

If We the People have to, as it has come into fashion, to spend time checking the media and government, the media and government officials have less basis to compel high salaries or respect; especially when We the People have to spend this much time fact checking the media and government on a daily basis to support a decision:

___ Is today the last day that we will pay attention to this government and media;

___ Is today the first day we will transition to a new system of governance and information management.

Each day is one day where We the People have to make a conscious decision: Do we continue to support the media and government; or do we, like stockholders, dump this bad governance system, and consider alternatives.

With this much abuse, it's appropriate to consider legally dumping the US government and media institutions and transitioning to a new system that is legitimate, responsive, and credible: Something that really does what the Framers intended, not what the US government has told, not asked, We the People to put up with.

It's time to start throwing the mess back at the US government and media: What's their plan to clean up this mess. We are not required to support, be loyal to, or respect institutions that have drifted this far form the Constitutional foundations.

Freedom of the press, when abused, is one thing; the error is for the government and media to believe they can join forces and compel We the People to believe we have no other options.

We have options. It does not mean eternal loyalty to a defective US government and failed media communications system. The problems are finite; the solutions are possible; and the way forward is doable. Leaders in government and media need to accept that they've failed, not done their jobs, and We the People are going to move forward to do what this government and media have failed to do: Provide leadership.

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The media may have freedoms, but that is not the same as a green light to abuse the public trust.

We the People can legally impose consequences on the media and government when it is reckless, refuses to do its job, and assent to illegal activity.

Some say government and the media cannot be regulated. We the People cannot be compelled to cooperate with what refuses to constrain itself. The US government and media may not want to have consequences, but We the People have other options.

We the People are not stuck with this government or this media; however, the government and the media are stuck with We the People.

We have the power, not them; we can delegate the power to others, not them.