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Media, Myths, Lies, Corporate Greed and Bullshit

2011 November 1

By Diana May-Waldman,WWH- I was at a store on Thursday night and noticed that the store was rather empty. The cashier remarked that the store was empty because it was toward the end of the month.

“At the beginning of the month it’s always busy because of food stamps,” she said.

This isn’t the first time that I have heard this and it pisses me off every time I hear it.

Do people realize that those who are on food stamps have run out of them by the end of the month? Are we so blind that we don’t realize at the end of the month,there are hungry children? Are we really so ignorant that we believe those who are getting public assistance are all lazy?

Would we rather point the finger and look down upon people who need help, rather than ask the question, “why?”

Where are our jobs? Where have they gone? Why are homes being repossessed? Why are people hungry?

The words “welfare” and “poor” seem to go together. But who is in the welfare line? Those who oppose the Occupation of Wall St. claim the protestors are hippies and kids. So, again, I ask, “Who’s in the welfare line?” Is it the hippies? No, guess again. It is our brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers. It’s the elderly.

Actually, if it were the hippies in the welfare line, that would make things a lot more simple.

Yet, we know, WE KNOW, this is a cop out and a way to sway belief and thinking. The people protesting are not the hippies who don’t want to work and want a hand out.

All of this leads me to putting the truth out there. To attempt to open your eyes, think back and remember. The lies were set in motion many years ago and we have forgotten.

Even during Vietnam, the Civil Rights movement and the Women’s movement it attracted people from college campuses, middle-class suburbs, labor unions, and government institutions.

And those movements remained powerful throughout the duration of the conflict.

In the beginning of the Vietnam war a set number were against it, as the war continued and people were able to see what was going on and what was being reported, more Americans turned against it. Even the staunch Republicans couldn’t agree with chemical weapons, napalm and agent orange. We were guilty of using weapons against the Vietnamese that were prohibited by international law. We didn’t like being lied to.

In 1968, the Vietnam War cost 66 million dollars a day. Thus, provoking former President Lyndon B. Johnson to increase taxes.

Who suffered? Yep, that’s right. The black and poor population. And the black and poor were more likely to be sent to Vietnam. And factor in, that during this time, many black people were still being denied the right to vote.

Our involvement in the Vietnam War was sold to us as a patriotic venture, much like things are now and people believe it. The war was sold to use as an ultra wealthy super-power.

In 1968, when the body bags started coming home, we began to question things. In May 1968, 562 US troops were killed in one week alone. We’d been lied to again and it horrified us.

As we entered the Seventies, the media picked up the images and showed the world what was happening in Vietnam. Most of us can remember the images of children running from their villages having been burned by napalm.

The truth was out there. So much in fact, that even the soldiers were angry about being lied to. We then saw the formation of Vietnam Veterans Against the War. The Vietnam heroes threw away their medals.

Our government no longer wanted people to sit in front of their televisions and seek the truth. It was causing to much trouble. We didn’t realize that in the 1980s there was a consolidation in the media, as huge television networks were bought by even bigger companies. The smaller publishing firms and small town newspapers were bought by nationwide chains. CORPORATIONS.

It is more than obvious that the loss of diversity in media is the direct reason that we can no longer make educated and informed decisions about our lives and what is REALLY going on around us. After all, the media was designed to serve the public and serve as a vehicle to access information and to make certain that controversial issues of public importance would be discussed in fair and balanced ways.

That’s just not so anymore.

In the 1980s, President Ronald Reagan, formulated “perception management.” This was designed to control the opinions of the American public through control of the American media, both TV and press reportage.

Reagan instructed the CIA to help end activism and protests and get Americans in line with government policy.

The goal was to gain control over sectors of public information and filter the news. Many major American newspapers were developed as CIA-responsive entities. The media was expected not to report certain issues and to stay away from individuals and organizations that they felt would be hostile to government policies.

President Richard Nixon viewed the American media as liberals. He used every means possible to deter anti government groups by using the FBI against them.

Richard Nixon’s former Treasury Secretary William Simon was a leader of a powerful movement to squash left media.

For decades during Reagan-Bush administrations, powerful media controls were developed.

We are now forced to turn to the Internet as a source of news. Here is where the highly accurate, non-controlled and very informative news information is available. Anyone who does not believe that the American media is a fully controlled has been part of the brain wash.

It does not come as a surprise to me that so many are unaware of what Occupy Wall St. is all about. You aren’t being told the truth.

This isn’t a Vietnam protest. This isn’t a Civil Rights Movement. It’s not a Women’s movement. It is a movement for the people. It’s a Unity movement. It is people of all walks of life coming together to make aware and protest social and economic inequality, corporate greed, corruption and influence over government—and the lies that we’ve been told.

Diana May-Waldman- Bureau Editor for Worldwide Hippies in Rochester NY. Diana is the author of A Woman’s Song. Her poetry in this book deals with the struggles facing all women and the many facets of being a woman in the world today. She is a strong women’s and children’s advocate. A true example of the Hippie movements continuing growth and sprit. Diana’s activism is an inspiration to many. http://www.facebook.com/profile

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  1. Rush Shukla permalink
    November 6, 2011

    I totally agree. The media is largely in the hands of corporate entities and oligarchical secret societies that have no place in a ‘free and democratic’ world we are led to believe in.

    Ever since 9/11 the people have been robbed of any legitimate investigation and what we get are the usual whitewashed lies that spew out of the cauldron of mouths that serve their higher dark lord of corporate greed and world government.

    I stopped buying papers and relying on the media for news long ago. To me its just entertainment value with the usual suspects and heroes being portrayed like some cinderella fantasy. Quite simply there is no news, its just sensationalism and BS like you said. BS thats there to dumb us down and turn us into automatons with no opinion other than the ‘informed opinions’ given to us by Tavistock. Anyone who questions it is immediately labelled a ‘nutjob’ or ‘conspiracy theorist’ which indicates that we no longer live in a free society, but rather an Orwellian nightmare where the sheep are told what to think and believe in.

    Corporate lies and greed is the bedrock of western democracy and what defines 21st century living where we would rather shoot the messenger than hear the truth, because like George Orwell stated so prophetically

    “In times or lies and deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act”. An act that is punishable by smear campaigns and even assassination. So much for democracy huh?.

  2. November 1, 2011

    yep- poor and /or black went to war- or kids picked up for some petty petty crime- had a choice- jail and a record or the military. lots of kids went from the areas around and in pittsburgh back then.
    after watergate is when i first thought that the vocation of journalism and reporters was morphing into something unwholesome.

    great article.

  3. Maria Spring permalink
    November 1, 2011

    PS …oh yah,and when the Cashier asks, would you like to donate a dollar towards Hunger, its the person with FS digging through pockets for change to come up with a buck to give..do I sound bitter? Don’t mean to be it just IS!

    Peace N love

  4. Maria Spring permalink
    November 1, 2011

    Great article, Diana, allot to take in. You said Bullshit,lol, you called it. Nothing urks me more than a person peering down there nose at a Elderly person or young Mother, checking their balance on their EBT electronic card for FS, scrambling through there coupons ,to buy basics at the end of the month, then a person waiting to pay with their Discover , Captial One credit card..Yes it seems paying on credit for food is acceptable but not a person who paid into the System their entire lives just trying to eat!

    Much more I could say but you covered it Excellent!
    Peace N love

  5. Janet Goddard permalink
    November 1, 2011

    Well done and very well said, Diana. I really do not like what I see has happened to this country, and that so many believe and repeat every detail they hear from their “news source”. You cannot convince them that they are being lied to. Again, good job.

  6. Mitchell permalink
    November 1, 2011

    Great article, Diana. You put so well into words what so many of us are feeling and thinking. (Now I’ve got to watch another celebrity millionaire reality TV show….)

  7. Linda Wolf permalink
    November 1, 2011

    WOW! Well said and thank you!

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