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Watching what is presented as "news" these days, caused me to think about an essay I wrote recently about an event a few years back that should have been a call for revolution in the streets. It pains me to see so many people blind to the fact that there is an obvious conservative bias in the corporate media.  

To believe there is a liberal bias in the media is one of the most pathetic things I've ever heard ascribed to human beings. Where was the outrage in the media when peaceful protesters were beaten by rabid members of NYPD during the Occupy Wall Street movement? Where were the pleas of tyrannical persecution when internal documents revealed the length members of the FBI and Homeland Security were going to in order to spy on OWS members? I saw outrage for the IRS when it was revealed that they closely scrutinized conservative groups requests for tax-exempt status leading up to the 2012 election. A "head" had to roll, despite the fact that it was revealed that not only was it also done to liberal groups, the only organization to be denied tax-exempt status was a liberal group!

This story is about the pre-eminent conservative propaganda organization in the land effectively legalizing lies and deception in the "news". The fact that what they broadcast doesn't have to be factual would inherently mean it isn't news, but in the land of milk and money...

While many people are aware of a serious decline in the quality of journalism in the U.S. during the past few decades, few people seem to realize the dire implications of a startling series of events that took place between 1997 and 2003 and culminated in a court decision legalizing lies and deception in broadcast news. Yes, the nervous system of what was formerly known as U.S. democracy has grown cancerous and the attending doctors are telling us that everything is fine.

In 1997, Journalist Jane Akre and producer Steve Wilson had just been given a weekly news program in which they were going to bring “hard hitting” news to Fox affiliate WTVT in Florida. They worked on a story they thought was of supreme importance to the public. Traces of Posilac, a recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) had been found in milk throughout the United States. Studies – even those done by Monsanto, the manufacturer of Posilac - showed levels of toxicity dangerous to human health, including definite links to cancer. A study was published in the January 1996 issue of the International Journal of Health Services which came to the conclusion that consuming milk from cows injected with rBGH increases risks of colon and breast cancer. However, the results were never included in the final report to the FDA. Did Monsanto keep this important information from the government agency or did they buy secrecy at the expense of the U.S. public? Either action shows evil intent that should bring serious jail time to those responsible. This is an unforgivable tragedy, but this story is about events that transpired in so-called “news” offices and a U.S. courtroom which have legalized distortion of the news and manipulation of minds in the U.S.

FOX management tried to stop the story at the outset. After refusing to drop it, the reporters were offered a bribe to keep quiet about the toxicity of the milk, Monsanto’s attempt to censor them and FOX’s corporate response of trying to kill an important story. Next, a compromise was agreed upon in which the reporters and Fox management (propagandists) would work together to come up with a version amenable to both sides. After being forced to rewrite the story 83 times and still not being able to find common ground, Akre and Wilson realized that Fox and Monsanto never had any intention of allowing news of corporate deception about toxins in milk to reach the public. The two declined to take part in a doctored version full of lies and distortions that would be nothing more than a coverup. They knew that this would allow vile criminals to get away with feeding dangerous toxins to the public – especially to children – and that it would be tantamount to taking part in the crime. They were subsequently fired by Fox and a corporate-friendly version was aired to Florida residents. Management said the firing was due to insubordination by the journalists. Well, if caring about the health of your fellow citizens is insubordination, it should be rewarded. The arrogance of the Fox management team can best be summed up with this statement one of their executives made to Steve Wilson: “We just paid $3 billion for these television stations. We’ll tell you what the news is. The news is what we say it is.”

The journalists documented this information and brought a lawsuit against the network for being dismissed for “resisting WTVT’s attempts to distort or suppress the Monsanto rBGH story.” It was obvious to anyone who followed the story that Fox was guilty of a manipulative attempt to censor news important to the well-being of the public in deference to the financial interests of Monsanto, a client who advertised many products with the network.

The trial took place in 2000 and the jury denied most of the claims in the lawsuit, but held up Jane Akre’s claim for whistleblower status stating that she had reason to believe WTVT had violated provisions of the Telecommunications Act of 1934. Fox appealed the ruling and, in 2003, the Florida Second District Court of Appeals reversed it, arguing that the FCC’s policy regarding falsification of news did not qualify as a proper “law, rule or regulation” under Florida whistleblower statutes. They declared that it was a matter of corporate policy and up to individual news outlets what standard they decided to have regarding the veracity of the material they broadcast. Of course, the ruling didn’t state that Fox hadn’t falsified the news story on rBGH, just that media outlets had the right to lie and distort facts when broadcasting the news.

Now, that should have been showcased on television news programs and been on front pages of newspapers across the country. The fact that it wasn’t, shows just how detrimental to the public’s well-being having corporations provide news can be. Can we afford to allow corporations to be responsible for determining what is important in society? Can we allow them to decide what we discuss? Even though, time and again, they have shown a blatant disregard for truth, justice and human life? And, how about the Florida Second Court of Appeals deciding that truth just isn’t important enough to be included in the news? Not a mindlessly stupid half hour sitcom, but the NEWS.

It’s been said that the first casualty of war is truth. Well, in this instance, the war is against truth and the casualties are the millions of people who have, and will, become sick because some greedy sociopaths want to make a killing. And, killing is exactly the right word for it.

Just a footnote on the health impact of this story: There are STILL corporate-funded organizations in the U.S. intimating that milk from cows treated with rBGH has no ill effects on human health. The people who are being paid by Monsanto and Big Pharma to disperse this vile propaganda are too slick to come right out and say there is definitely no impact on human health through consuming this synthetic hormone. They dance around the facts and say that the studies are inconclusive – which means they admit that there could be detrimental effects on human health. So, at best, the corporate-controlled FDA is content with allowing children in the U.S. to be used as guinea pigs. That must make the pharmaceutical corporations very happy. Another generation of sick people to turn into drug addicts.

Originally posted to ashiftinconsciousness on Thu May 16, 2013 at 08:05 PM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (124+ / 0-)

    Doing my part to break the Capitalist Indoctrination Process. Here's where I rant:

    by ashiftinconsciousness on Thu May 16, 2013 at 08:05:58 PM PDT

  •  Here's one for you, sifted from Google News (14+ / 0-)

    Move Single Payer Forward? Join 18,000 Doctors of PNHP and 185,000 member National Nurses United

    by divineorder on Thu May 16, 2013 at 08:25:42 PM PDT

  •  Would so love some links (3+ / 0-) some of the references for this story which remain on the interwebs.  

    "This is the best bad idea we have by far..." ~Argo

    by MsGrin on Thu May 16, 2013 at 08:25:58 PM PDT

  •  I remember this. What I did not know is how toxic (9+ / 0-)

    rBGH is. I hadn't heard that part though I knew not to buy or drink it, and urged others to do the same.

    The networks don't even bother with faux news much now. More and more of the half hour is filled with fluff pieces.

  •  Free Press Was Always Like This Except for 1 50 Yr (4+ / 0-)

    period when so much about the US that was always bad had its only good period.

    The press was most journalistic then because that was when the press was least free and the most checked-and-balanced.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Thu May 16, 2013 at 08:54:10 PM PDT

  •  Some humans are antagonistic towards their (6+ / 0-)

    own kind. Some kill them outright. Others have learned a "kinder/gentler" strategy of subordination -- i.e. human husbandry. Human husbandry counsels exploitation instead of outright extermination.
    Now, we might consider exploitation a lesser, included offense, but blood-thirsty humans consider it a lesser evil or compromise that's to be countenanced. That's how preconceived notions influence subsequent behavior. It's all relative. If one presumes that all men are created evil (the premise of original sin), then punitive measures to make them behave are in order. And that, in fact, is the rationale behind the Cons' interest in governing. Their intent is to improve mankind so, like a surgeon confronting a rotting foot, the deprivations they inflict are legitimate. Money and the law are their instruments of choice.

    "The road to hell is paved with good intentions," not because intentions are insufficient to generate good acts, but because intentions are inherently perverse. Intentions are designed to make evil acts look good.
    So, when someone says "I meant well," that's a clear signal of evil being done.
    "Destroying the village to save it" is not an oxymoron. It is a fancy way of saying, "kill people to save their souls."

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Fri May 17, 2013 at 04:21:27 AM PDT

  •  Too Many Boogey Men In This Dairy Diary nt (0+ / 0-)

    There’s always free cheddar in a mousetrap, baby

    by bernardpliers on Fri May 17, 2013 at 06:14:41 AM PDT

  •  one clarification (4+ / 0-)
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    Excellent diary but the references to Fox suggest it was FNC but it was a local Fox affliate that suppressed the story.

    •  If it's an affiliate, and not FNC (0+ / 0-)

      then the next question is whether it's under the News Corp. umbrella. To my understanding some affiliates are, and some aren't.

      liberal bias = failure to validate or sufficiently flatter the conservative narrative on any given subject

      by RockyMtnLib on Fri May 17, 2013 at 08:35:52 AM PDT

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    •  According to Jane Akre and Steve Wilson... (1+ / 0-)
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      Empower Ink

      Newscorp headquarters in N.Y. sent lawyers to Florida to, first, kill the story, and then, to force the journalists to make changes in the story before they'd let it air. The N.Y. lawyers were who determined what changes would be made during the rewrites.

      Doing my part to break the Capitalist Indoctrination Process. Here's where I rant:

      by ashiftinconsciousness on Fri May 17, 2013 at 11:58:27 AM PDT

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  •  On the way in here to check the news I saw a (4+ / 0-)
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    a footer on CNN 'conservative groups targeted by the irs.

    The problem is that the right, and the religious right especially, hound the mainstream media and hammer them constantly and swamp them with complaints.
    That makes it easy for the executives to control the content of the news.

    Dems such as Durbin and Shumer and all the rest should be at work 24/7 mobilizing the left and even the moderately left of center to take their complaints to the network news. They should be getting the message, even the moderate messages, out any way they can. They should start off every press conference by first pointing out the Bullshit that is getting mainstream endorsement and coverage, and they should be doing 24/7 what Holder did the other day and calling Issa, et al out as liars.
    They should be demanding equal time on MTP, FTN, etc.
    But they don't.

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Fri May 17, 2013 at 06:23:37 AM PDT

    •  Shumer is "left" or "moderately left of (2+ / 0-)
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      center"?  In what universe?

               The problem progressives have is the same problem socialists had in the early 1900's -- the "winner-take-all" electoral system means that they are grossly under-represented in state legislatures & Congress.  (Of course, back in the good ole days 100 years ago, a lot of Republicans were progressives, but certainly not socialists.).

      "If you don't read the newspapers, you're uninformed. If you do read the newspapers, you're misinformed." -- M. Twain

      by Oliver St John Gogarty on Fri May 17, 2013 at 08:33:05 AM PDT

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  •  The Power of the Right (1+ / 0-)
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    Is truly amazing.   They are like bulldogs in getting their voice heard and drowning out the rest. One question: did these reporters go to other outlets to try to get their story out?

  •  The American Cancer Society (4+ / 0-)

    deems the connection between rBGH in milk and cancer to be inconclusive.  Here's a link.

    That being said, the problem during that time period (and now) is that there are conflicting studies.  The fact that Monsanto felt the need to bribe two reporters and that a "news" thingy covered up an actual investigative report should cause concern about the milk we drink and the news  we are fed.

    " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Fri May 17, 2013 at 07:39:33 AM PDT

    •  Neither the milk nor the news (3+ / 0-)

      is entirely wholesome. A robust immune system is advisable before consuming.

    •  The American Cancer Society... (0+ / 0-)

      is run too much like a business. Is their incentive to prevent cancer or make sure they increase donations?

      Doing my part to break the Capitalist Indoctrination Process. Here's where I rant:

      by ashiftinconsciousness on Fri May 17, 2013 at 04:44:24 PM PDT

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    •  No the problem with the situation with the (2+ / 0-)
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      rBGH is not that there were conflicting studies. it is that our laboratories and scientists in this nation are mostly under the thuimb of Big Industry, which employs the researchers, or funds the universities. So these "scientists" keep in mind who is signing their paychecks, and they willing distort and cherry pick the data.

      It is irrelevant how many studies are done that prove something is safe, if those studies are all done at the behest and bequest of Big Industry. What is valuable for the lay person is finding  even one decent indie scientist thar can create a study using International Protocols and then determine the products risk to benefit or lack thereof.

      The last time that I know that happened in this country was in 1998-1999 when governor Davis apopointed a Blue Ribbon Panel that looked into the safety of MTBE, the gas additive. Luckily for the citizens of the state of Calfiornia, the Governor Davis knew the one of very few scientists out there taht wouldn't be bought and paid for by Big Oil.And so John Froines handled that study, with his chosen colleagues, and they determined that there was NO benefit but plenty of risk for the product MTBE.

      SO the state legislature went ahead and banned MTBE.

      Please Note: By the time Froines' panel had weighed in on the matter, there were over 1,000 industry-studies, all of which said that MTBE was safe. Froines and his colleagues offered  the only study in this country that said it was not safe! I had to, as an indie reporter, listen to all these lobbyists and spokespeople lying through theiri teeth and telling the legislature that MTBE was so safe, based on this or that study, that they would let their kids brush their teeth with it. But what was important about froines's study was that he was independent of the MTBE industry.

      For his troubles, Governor Davis was recalled, and Schwartzennegger, getting a lot of Big Oil money to help him, became the replacement governor.

      Also there was a documentary that was done on the rGHB crappola product. And in Canada, some researchers (or maybe it was legislators) were approached by people with monies from  Monsanto to help ensure that the rGHB product for the cows be approved. And fortunately for the people of Canada, those people instead ratted out Monsanto for doing this.

      Offer your heart some Joy every day of your life, and spread it along to others.

      by Truedelphi on Fri May 17, 2013 at 09:35:21 PM PDT

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  •  Bovine growth hormone not good for cows either (3+ / 0-)

    Dairy cows used to give milk for 10 years or more before being turned into hamburger or dog food.  In confined dairies, they give for 3 years before being sent to the meat packer.  

    Don't look back, something may be gaining on you. - L. "Satchel" Paige

    by arlene on Fri May 17, 2013 at 07:41:44 AM PDT

  •  FYI (9+ / 0-)

    (Sorry if this is a diary hijack but Im a food issues guy so I thought I'd weigh in on the Posilac story and skip the media conspiracy theory.)

    Posilac is a brand name for rBST.  rBST has been illegal in most countries since 2000.  Notable exceptions are the US, Argentina, Brazil, South Korea and Mexico.  rBST is banned 100% in the EU.  And the UN has refused to include it as a safe product for food production. (The UN has no authority to "ban" things but does publish a list of safe and approved standards to its member nations)

    And while we all share a kindred-hatred for Monsanto, Posilac was sold to Eli Lily in 2008.  Monsanto no longer makes any product related to bovine hormone treatment for milk production.

    oh, and last thing... in response to the uproar about rBST-milk, Kansas, Right-Wing Bastion of Crazy, tried to pass a law requiring anyone marketing an rBST-free product to print on their label a disclaimer stating that "The FDA has found no significant difference between milk produced from cows treated with rBST and those that are not." or something to that effect.  That bill was vetoed by one Ms. Kathleen Sebelius.  :)  

    ..however, I thin Pennsylvania did manage to pass something similar a few years later.  :(

    Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

    by Wisper on Fri May 17, 2013 at 08:00:13 AM PDT

    •  The disclaimer you mentioned... (2+ / 0-)
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      is in effect. I've seen it on various milk products - especially yogurt. It's usually on the bottom of the case, not on the actual containers people buy in the store. It's very disturbing.

      We all know that corporations purchase whatever they desire in Corporatocracies. When you can purchase elections, you can purchase anything you want from corporate spies posing as government employees.

      Doing my part to break the Capitalist Indoctrination Process. Here's where I rant:

      by ashiftinconsciousness on Fri May 17, 2013 at 12:06:52 PM PDT

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    •  That was not Kansas that did that - that was (1+ / 0-)
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      The FDA.

      It's a statement you will find on many food products produced here in California as well.

      But please don't take my saying this as proof of state of Kansas policies being deemed sane!

      Offer your heart some Joy every day of your life, and spread it along to others.

      by Truedelphi on Fri May 17, 2013 at 09:37:33 PM PDT

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  •  My pet cause and case (4+ / 0-)

    I remember when this story first broke, we were Conspiracy Theorists for suggesting this employment law decision allowed news corporations to lie to the public.

    And now it's featured and nobody seems to HR it anymore. How far we've come and how sweet it is.

    SCOTUS should have heard this--I can't remember now offhand why it didn't...

    Now, that should have been showcased on television news programs and been on front pages of newspapers across the country. The fact that it wasn’t, shows just how detrimental to the public’s well-being having corporations provide news can be. Can we afford to allow corporations to be responsible for determining what is important in society? Can we allow them to decide what we discuss? Even though, time and again, they have shown a blatant disregard for truth, justice and human life? And, how about the Florida Second Court of Appeals deciding that truth just isn’t important enough to be included in the news? Not a mindlessly stupid half hour sitcom, but the NEWS.

    It’s been said that the first casualty of war is truth. Well, in this instance, the war is against truth and the casualties are the millions of people who have, and will, become sick because some greedy sociopaths want to make a killing. And, killing is exactly the right word for it.

    "The “Left” is NOT divided on the need to oppose austerity and the Great Betrayal. The Third Way is not left or center or even right. It is Wall Street on the Potomac."--Bill Black

    by lunachickie on Fri May 17, 2013 at 09:02:11 AM PDT

  •  An info link for further details (1+ / 0-)
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    regarding Jane Akre and the Fox lawsuit:

  •  As an EPA enforcement attorney in the Carter- (6+ / 0-)

    Reagan transition years, I got to deal with, and be dealt over, by Monsanto, the world's most evil corporation. What a surprise that this Mouth of Sauron is still up to the same old stuff, and happy to brag about what they do.

    Here's a gag-me-with-a pitchfork piece from the Monsanto public face:

    Why Does Monsanto Sue Farmers Who Save Seeds?

    See how RIGHTEOUS they are? How DARE a farmer who SIGNED AN AGREEMENT save some seeds from this year's crop, the stuff that used to be called "seed corn," like farmers used to do before they got onto the Monsanto treadmill? They would be cutting into rightful profits!

    If the Earth is our mother, these are the worst of the mother-f___ers.

    "Is that all there is?" Peggy Lee.

    by jm214 on Fri May 17, 2013 at 09:56:44 AM PDT

    •  I'm actually okay with (2+ / 0-)
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      Monsanto going after seed-savers, because if they didn't care to enforce the exclusivity of their genetically engineered cultivars, those cultivars would spread much farther and faster than they already do by pollen (and promiscuously species-jumping transgenes). There are USDA regulations related to the planting of GMO cultivars which are supposed to protect organic producers and the natural environment (other plants and insects). They don't often work very well - corn pollen, for instance, can travel for miles in the wind to contaminate conventional and heirloom crops - but they do serve more purposes than just protecting Monsanto, et al.

      The dangers of genetically engineered pharmaceuticals - both human and veterinary - are not so well regulated by the FDA. Which is and has long been known to allow known carcinogens and other harmful substances into our foods and drugs, usually based on which Big Pharma concern the current gub'ment functionaries worked for last. rBST is not good for dairy cattle. It is known to cause mastitis, shortened productive lifetimes, tumors, and udders so grotesquely swollen they drag on the ground and get stepped on. It is present in the milk products and increases growth hormone levels in humans, and that is also known to lead to cancers. I am highly suspicious of all of 'em, but for some medical conditions short-term gain outweighs long-term dangers. That's always been true of drugs. It has not always been true of basic staple foodstuffs.

      •  Total agreement. Best course would be to get these (5+ / 0-)

        monsters and their "innovations" out of the food chain altogether. How do you drive that wooden stake into and bury a $44 billion (market value) corporation staffed and ruled by people who have sold their souls to Moloch?

        "Is that all there is?" Peggy Lee.

        by jm214 on Fri May 17, 2013 at 11:27:34 AM PDT

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      •  I ageee with... (1+ / 0-)
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        most of your comment. However, I don't believe a corporation should even be able to own a patent on something like seeds.

        And, I doubt who the farmer buys seeds from effects how much of our crops are GM, it's only a matter of who gets paid for it.

        Thanks for the comment.

        Doing my part to break the Capitalist Indoctrination Process. Here's where I rant:

        by ashiftinconsciousness on Fri May 17, 2013 at 12:20:18 PM PDT

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        •  The patent is on the transgene(s) (0+ / 0-)

          in the seeds. Soil bacteria based toxins normally expressed only in the unique digestive systems of target insects who can dissolve the spore shell and activate the bacterium to start reproducing and producing the toxin. Now expressed raw in every single cell of the entire plant - fruit, flowers, pollen, roots, leaves, stalks... all of it. Toxins no mammal has ever been exposed to at any point in their evolutionary history, because our digestive systems don't dissolve the spores. Target insects? They quickly become desensitized (immune). Then you need more and better toxins... some GMOs have 3 or more expressed in abundance.

          What could possibly go wrong?

          As for herbicide resistance, that comes naturally enough to the most gnarly of stubborn weeds - pigweed, morning glories, dandelions, whatever. Spreading that resistance to rapeseed, leftover soy and corn and whatever is just a short-term problem. Dangerous mostly for the much more drastically poisonous-to-life herbicides they have to use once the weeds are immune to the lessers. Absolutely not acceptable in the scheme of Things Sustainable long term.

          Sure, the draconian ugliness is all about proprietary 'secret' patented genes and who gets to profit from them. But because they're serious about that, a lot of genetic pollution of the natural world has so far been held in check. Call it a perk. I'll take it.

  •  Because I see what a real free press looks like (4+ / 0-)

    when I go to France I have something to compare.  There is content missing from what's covered in the US.  And the coverage Americans are shown is pablum.  

    Example: Marine Le Pen, leader of the far right Front National, appeared on TV for an hour long interview.  She was introduced and the first question was:  People say you're a fascist.  How do you respond to that?  Is it true?

    It wasn't a joke.  No one in the live audience laughed.  That's just one example.  It seems very strange to hear Americans get indignant about freedom of the press as if it was still  a real thing in the US.

    There is no existence without doubt.

    by Mark Lippman on Fri May 17, 2013 at 10:23:13 AM PDT

  •  What would a "liberal bias" even be? (0+ / 0-)

    Liberalism is the belief that people should govern themselves in their own interest.  Look it up.  The "liberalism" that the crazies rant against has never been anything but a strawman.  The "conservatives" of my acquaintance are always accusing me of believing stuff that I that I don't believe, all part of this ludicrous strawman they've been fed.

    The "invisible hand" doesn't regulate the market - it wanks it. -- SantaFeMarie

    by Dinclusin on Fri May 17, 2013 at 12:21:08 PM PDT

  •  Good Diary thanks.... (1+ / 0-)
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    We need to do something about it. I like OPOLs idea yesterday I don't know if he was being serious in going forward with his idea, but I believe in his philosophy.
     As you have pointed out, it is very difficult for certain news to get through the corporate filter, and only mass organization will stop it. Wikileaks tried but now Assange is hiding in a room in England. Robert Greenwald and Michael Moore both do excellent work, but of course the corporate puppets in the right wing media diminish these guys with smears and lies.
     I don't have the answer, but we do need to keep talking about it until we find a way to beat them.

    Whoever controls the media, the images, controls the culture

    by nezzclay on Fri May 17, 2013 at 02:36:57 PM PDT

    •  Assange is hiding (0+ / 0-)

      because he refuses to stand trial for rape in Sweden.

      •  Really ? Listen that bridge in Brooklyn is.. (0+ / 0-)

        still For sale.
         I don't know why I'm bothering, but just for a start, he's not charged with anything so how can he be refusing to stand trial.

        Whoever controls the media, the images, controls the culture

        by nezzclay on Fri May 17, 2013 at 04:34:16 PM PDT

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        •  First off, to state the obvious... (0+ / 0-)

          we are talking about Swedish law.  Which is in Swedish.  Meaning that he, nor anyone else, will ever be "charged" by Sweden.  One can be "anklagad" or "åtalad", but not "charged".  Because that's an English word.

          Assange is anklagad, but not åtalad.  What does this mean?  For a person to be anklagad, first the prosecutor's office has to find probable cause that they committed the crime.  Then a judge has to sign off on it.  It gives them the right to arrest the person who's been anklagad, request their extradition, and everything else of that manner generally done with a person who's charged.  The anklagad individual has the right to appeal the decision in a court of law, having all of the evidence heard, their attorney testify, etc.  And even to appeal the decision of their appeal.  Assange did both, by the way, and lost both times, with both courts finding probable cause that he did, in fact, commit the crime he's anklagad for.

          The only thing that being "anklagad" doesn't do that the English equivalent "charged" does is have the person go to trial.  The Swedish term for that is "åtalad".  Once åtalad, the trial must begin within two weeks.  It is impossible for assange to be åtalad when he is not in Swedish custody, as he cannot be tried in absentia.

          What conclusions can one draw from this?

          1) While it's not an exact match for our system, it's pretty close.  A good translation of the two terms would be "anklagad=charged" and "åtalad=indicted".  

          2) The process cannot be moved any further up the chain without Assange surrendering himself.  Thus it could be well said that "Assange is charged to the maximum extent permissable by Swedish law"

          3) Assange's case has already undergone dramatically more judicial review (one court granting the warrants, one doing the appeal, one reviewing the appeal, and three British courts analyzing the Swedish process) than 99% of people who are charged in the US.

          Lastly, I leave you with the official sworn statement of the prosecutor:

          Subject to any matters said by him, which undermine my present view that he should be indicted, an indictment will be launched with the court thereafter.  It can therefore be seen that Assange is sought for the purpose of conducting criminal proceedings and that he is not sought merely to assist with our enquiries.
          •  Really, show me the trial date he failed (0+ / 0-)

            to show up for. Playing pedantics using Swedish law does not change the fact the Assange is not refusing to stand trial.
             You obviously believe Assange is guilty of something, I on the other hand believe in innocence until proven guilty, and yes I also believe this entire affair is bogus.
             I'm also not Julian Assanges biggest fan, I think he's an arrogant ass, but I believe in what Wikileaks was trying and still is trying to achieve, Assange's ego became a problem.

            Whoever controls the media, the images, controls the culture

            by nezzclay on Fri May 17, 2013 at 06:21:44 PM PDT

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            •  To reiterate: (0+ / 0-)

              There can be no trial without him being åtalad.  He cannot be åtalad in absentia.  Hence arguing that he should be treated as though he did nothing wrong because there has been no trial is circular logic.  The maximum legally possible against him in Sweden has been done.  There cannot be anything else done until he surrenders himself to Swedish custody, and the prosecutor has, in a sworn statement, stated intent to advance the process (indict / åtala him) upon his surrender to Swedish custody.

              What more could you possibly ask for?

              " You obviously believe Assange is guilty of something"

              I believe precisely what multiple courts of law have found: that there is probable cause that he committed one count of rape, one count of unlawful sexual coersion, and two counts of molestation.  Which is, BTW, fully in line with his history.

              "and yes I also believe this entire affair is bogus."

              Great for you for declaring two women lying sluts despite what the judicial system says.  You'd fit in well in Steubenville.

              •  OK I come to Kos to be civil. (0+ / 0-)

                You just accused me of calling 2 women lying sluts, of which I did no such thing. The rest of your statement is again tied in semantics of what he could or could not be charged with.
                 Before I finish, I want to let you know that after your tactics of trying to put foul words in my mouth, I'm done communicating with you.
                  Good day.

                Whoever controls the media, the images, controls the culture

                by nezzclay on Fri May 17, 2013 at 10:29:35 PM PDT

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                •  Then: (0+ / 0-)

                  Please explain  you reconcile:

                  1) The fact that two women have accused him of rape, and he has admitted to sleeping with them.
                  2) ""and yes I also believe this entire affair is bogus."
                  3) " I did no such thing" (re: calling them lying sluts)

                  How is saying that the charges from two women who Assange slept with who says he rape him are "a bogus affair" not saying they're lying sluts?  Please elaborate.

                  Don't get offended at that which you argue when someone presents it back at you in plain language.  Saying a rape case brought by two women is bogus is calling them lying sluts, period.  And this is exactly what Steubenville was about.

                •  In short, if the mirror reflects darkly on you, (0+ / 0-)

                  don't blame the mirror.  Look at yourself.

    •  We Need To... (1+ / 0-)
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      continue educating people until enough see the twisted con game being played by corporate manipulators.
      If we do that, we might be able to get our election system back, get more people in Congress who actually care about someone other than themselves, put a check on the sociopathic greed of Wall St., supply the entire population with health care, fund renewable energy sources instead of spending billions in corporate welfare to billion dollar companies like Exxon-Mobil and BP, repair our infrastructure...

      Doing my part to break the Capitalist Indoctrination Process. Here's where I rant:

      by ashiftinconsciousness on Fri May 17, 2013 at 04:56:24 PM PDT

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  •  Abandon the for-profit press. (1+ / 0-)
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    It's a wasteland. The way MSNBC handles climate change disproves the notion that they're any different than the rest. They still answer to their owners and advertisers.

  •  I'm surprised Kos hasn't been bought by (0+ / 0-)

    Clear Channel. Maybe it has. You won't see it in the recommended diaries when it happens.

    "HAPPINESS IS A CHOICE" , bumpersticker on a burning Subaru

    by tRueffert on Sat May 18, 2013 at 06:10:05 AM PDT

  •  The day the "Newsic" died... or one of them anyway (1+ / 0-)
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    Darkness comes not all at once... but there are signposts and turning points all along the way with many days of incremental darkness killing the music of actual freedom.

    Looking back the relative importance of different increments becomes clearer... and even reveals previously overlooked major steps.

    But the evolution of media into sophisticated almost seamless and ubiquitous corporate propaganda vehicles started long ago and has run out of control for a long while now... the really serious rot set in somewhere in the past 20 or 30 years... the disease will have to run its course. As big news gets too large, uniform and even more clumsy in its too clever by half parroting of talking points it does lose credibility. The right wing noise about not trusting Government or the "Librul" media will eventually come back to bite them. And the propaganda that has allowed them to control or hamstring both and blame dysfunction the left will stop working.

    Alternate information and education is a two edged sword... while they try to control the internet and the memes pushed in privatized and home schooling the self information genie is partly out of the bottle and it will set people somewhat freer... and probably enough to overturn the dinosaur corporate media's grip on information shaping and its contribution to the sickness in democracy.

    Pogo & Murphy's Law, every time. Also "Trust but verify" - St. Ronnie (hah...)

    by IreGyre on Sat May 18, 2013 at 07:59:00 AM PDT

  •  why isn't ABC's Karl being treated like Rather? (0+ / 0-)

    basically they're guilty of the same thing. Why does Karl get a free pass and Rather lose his job?

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