Sunday, April 10, 2011

Remembering things different

Yes, Dion had not rallied liberals, but the failure of the Green Shift message was not his, but the media's: 140 Canadian economists signed a letter supporting the Green shift as the best means of meeting carbon reduction targets. The consortium failed to follow the journalistic logic of so important a public statement and give it considerable column space, instead it buried the story as one day's announcement. Dion gave simple explanations of the tax because it's a simple tax, designed to be the only tax, with a built in shelf life and not something forever. The media made no real attempt to keep Harper from lying about it, and they joined in saying it was hard to understand, and vast amounts of column-inch were given over to stories belittling Dion. The Green Shift is not only better economics than cap and trade but is safer, because Wall Street can easily take over cap and trade , and will,unless the America democracy movement throws the bankster's into jail, convicted for the shakedown of the American Treasury in 2008. Another unreported story, buried in spin about meltdowns, gutless journalism when a clearer example of organized crime can't be found, "give us the money or we'll crash the world economy." but it's not the job of corporate media to delve, it's their job to perform a role in a protection racket.
We have very little democratic media on the continent, it's nearly all corporatist, and through Rupert Murdoch, it's the same around the globe. MSM is the publicity arm of the Dilbert manageriate who practice their conscienceless pursuit of profit at the expense of democracy. During the 2008 election, which Harper triggered because he knew he wouldn't survive a confidence election after Obama got elected, the corporatist media was on message and so Harper was not held to account for his conscienceless pursuit of power despite his own 4 year term law, a story the media dismissed. Dismissed as part of the protection racket in which their payment would be more wealth transfered to them through even larger propaganda payments once Harper was safely back in power before Obama won. The laundered spin cycle money receiving MSM was not engaged in journalism in defense of democracy during the election of 2008 , they failed to make the connections between the 140 economists supporting the Green Shift and the Canadian people. No, the corporatist media was on message: after getting away with the shakedown/meltdown lie, the ethical miasma that occurs during the conscienceless pursuit of profit took care of the rest of the spin cycle. Dion was Big Oil's enemy, TexAlberta Bush League politics and Big Media were against him the whole election.
On the Thanksgiving weekend before the Monday vote, as families got together, young people came home from university and defended the necessity of the Green Shift, and there was poll evidence of an electoral uptick towards Dion, he was an honest likable, brilliant guy who had no killed instincts, but we weren't electing a killer, that's why CTV released the footage of Dion struggling to answer that question that could only have come from the logical warrens of the Duffyverse whoever actually asked it of Dion, but it was the release of that footage of him trying to sort through the questions tenses, the endless showings of the threepeat of attempts to figure out the logically challenged question, destroyed the uptick for the next day vote, liberals stayed owned, other people felt let down by Dion and voted against him. Duffy and Pamela Wallin were rewarded for the release with senate seats.
So that's when MSM lost the trust of liberal democractic Canadians, which is why, in early 2009, Canadians Against Proroguing Parliament and its allies and offshoots swarmed your comment sections and your polls, it's why the yellow National Post allows now allows no comments, no challenge. CAPP changed politics in Canada, we forced the PM to come back and admit that the country had to "make up for lost time." The Canadian people forced that bumbled admission out of him,and the media did not even note that he had made the admission, when it was there in his own words, when he challenged the liberals to work through the March Break in order to "make up for lost time." The corporatist press had been paid to run a protection racket for the PM and that's what you did, and mostly do.
The PM Protection Racket, or Propaganda Man's Action Plan Media Scam, saw the PMO transfer hundreds of millions of dollars to the Consortium that controls debate in this country, the last 26 million of the protection money was paid out two weeks before the election, an ad buy that ostensibly promoted a program that was ending.
80% of Canadian media is owned by three conservative business families. 20 years ago 10% of Canadians owned 40% of the commonwealth, they now own 60%, while 50% of Canadians own only five per cent of the commonwealth. The corporatist media serves to protect those rackets, those ends, and not the goals of democracy. We have learned that as a people, enmasse, since 2008. The consortium is a cartel. The consortium is a protection racket. It will say, that I am proud of those Canadian journalists who are trying to break out the bubble in which they are forced to report. I may have to begin respecting more of you if you keep it up.

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