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"'War Is Now The Default': KPFK 'BradCast'"
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COMMENT #1 [Permalink]
said on 4/16/2015 @ 12:05 am PT...
O/T and also very likely unnecessary to post since Brad is always on top of what's going on, but just for certainty's sake:
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COMMENT #2 [Permalink]
Ernest A. Canning
said on 4/16/2015 @ 10:18 am PT...
While the Orwellian description of a pro-war stances as "mellowing out" may be new, there's certainly nothing new in a corporate media that acts as a pro-war propaganda outlet for war and unchecked military spending.
Consider this excerpt from Amy Goodman's Exception to the Rulers:
The media watch group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) did a study of the "experts" who appeared on-camera on the major network news shows during the critical week before and week after February 5, 2003 --- the day Secretary of State Colin Powell made his case to the UN Security Council for invading Iraq. This was at a time when 61 percent of Americans supported more time for diplomacy and inspections. The FAIR study found only 3 of 393 sources --- fewer than 1 percent --- were affiliated with anti-war activism.
Goodman later added:
This is not a media that is serving a democratic society, where a diversity of views is vital to shaping informed opinions. This is a well-oiled propaganda machine...
COMMENT #3 [Permalink]
said on 4/18/2015 @ 2:13 pm PT...
Nice catch Brad, I'm sure nearly everybody who saw or heard that broadcast missed the way "mellow" was slipped in there. It went right into the subconscious. I don't think that could have been an unconscious action to frame it that way.
Michael Moore was the first to point out that there were a plethora of retired war generals everywhere on the media as experts. The media didn't care. They were just salivating, waiting for the war to get started so their ratings would go up like they did for the first Iraq war.
COMMENT #4 [Permalink]
said on 4/21/2015 @ 9:00 pm PT...
Our shared DNA can fire our imaginations to think of other choices besides giving in or fighting back when faced with a conflict. Folks in today's global culture can easily learn collaborative problem-solving, negotiation and mediation skills.
The bitter irony is that these qualities are literally showing up as organized movements all over the place and they are seldom being practiced by self-identified Christians.