…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
I recall the frustration years back when talking to my friends about the abysmal state of the public discourse in Australia. We could blame the education or rather the lack of it, the cancerous socialist ideology, cowardly and corrupt public service and venality of politicians, but we always came to a final point that citizens need but do not have access to free and unbiased media. Without them the ordinary, decent citizens have absolutely no chance to have themselves heard; the fact well understood by demagogues of all shades: Stalinist, Maoist, Trotskyist, and later Al Gorish, Bob Brownish, Ruddish or Gillardish. For them, silencing the population is of paramount importance. Once in power, the easy way is censorship and concentration camps, something more or less successfully applied by Stalin, Hitler, Mao and Hu Jintao, and ardently aspired to by the Australian Minister for Communications comrade Conroy and his totalitarian claque.
In relatively free societies and at the early phase of the socialist coup different methods, as recommended by Saul Alinsky and indeed many true socialists before him, had to be applied. In order to interest the media and to create an illusion of mass movement, grass-roots revolts and such like victims of frontal lobotomy had to be directed to perform various stunts to attract attention to their masters’ causes. Prancing around in smelly koala suits, chaining the more deluded ones to trees, preferably bare breasted, is an example which sticks to one’s mind. By the way, those particular stunt were performed in order to bankrupt the genuine Australian timber companies so that they, in due course, can be bought cheaply by the Chinese government front companies. The forests destroyed for the greater glory of Marxist theory and greater profits of Communist party princelings do not deserve protection. Ask Greensparty, or better, do not ask and check for yourselves.[Tasmanian forestry]
Now, in the second stage when the media have been practically taken over, such antics are no longer required. Occasionally they are still performed, perhaps from nostalgia, perhaps for practice; like the recent one involving Federal Minister Martin Ferguson and two journalism tutors.
Andrew Bolt ably deals with the sorry state of the socialist Australian media: How did journalism courses become schools for the left, but the state of the remaining semi-conservative media is not much better. Experts of all shades used to advise the aspiring political challengers: It’s economy, stupid, but most people do not understand economy. This is not surprising, as no economist understands it, though many claim they do. Of course, being academics, they are constitutionally unable to admit either errors and ignorance. [Fog of Chaos – All publicity no responsibility]
The ordinary person, massaged by medial misrepresentations, has to be hit really hard in the pocket before he takes any interest in trillions of dollars in debt incurred in his name (and future unborn grand-children names) and with his connivance by the welfarism and plain incompetence of his socialist government. By then it is too late, because he is then told by the socialist media that his plight is caused by those nasty capitalists exactly as Marx foretold. In America Hussain Obama blames the Republican Congress for, so far, restraining him from quadrupling America’s debt to Communist China, in Spain it is the fault of relatively conservative Marian Rajoy of Partido Popular that Spain has 25% unemployment and can’t pay the socialist ex-PM Zapatero’s debts, and in Australia it is all fault of the misogynist Abbott. Please, not do laugh. I happen to talk from time to time to people on the other side of the political/logical divide and I am always astounded and depressed. The lies do work.
I may return to the failure of the relics of semi-conservative thought in Australia to be at least marginally effective, but in the meantime, please read something from USA. I do not fully endorse everything Mr Kincaid writes, but it is worth reading and thinking about:
They told us this was the most important presidential campaign in history. They called it the “tipping point.” Face up to the facts: Fox News, the leading source of news for conservatives across the country, blew it. We desperately need an alternative source of information. Until we can find such a channel on a national basis, I will do my best through my various websites and our own Internet television ventures to get critical news to you on a regular basis.
First of all, here are the naked facts: Fox News contributors and commentators Karl Rove, Fred Barnes, Michael Barone and Dick Morris all predicted a Romney win. They were guilty of their own bias and distributing misinformation to you — the conservative public. Rush Limbaugh had also predicted a Romney win with over 300 electoral votes. He got it wrong big time.
These commentators misled conservatives across the country. That includes YOU. They wanted you to believe Romney would win. They also believed that conservatives would turn out for Romney. They didn’t. These commentators made a series of mistakes.
Equally important, these commentators didn’t understand the power of the Soros and Obama machines. They failed in their jobs. We had published this information at our SorosFiles website. Please take some time to review all of the information we have there. This information is critical to understand the nature of the “progressive” infrastructure that Soros put in place for the benefit of Obama.
In order to understand how Fox News blew it, read my column Fox News Conservatives Lose Credibility as Predictions of a Romney Victory Go Up in Smoke
I told the truth about Obama and Romney. You know about my work on Obama’s communist mentor, Frank Marshall Davis, going back over four years. We released the 600-page FBI file on Davis in August of 2008. We held a July 19 conference on “Vetting Obama.”
Did you know that Fox News has never had me on any of their programs to talk about any of this? They don’t like me because I am an independent conservative and not a mouthpiece for the Republican Party. Now you see where this bias has gotten us.
I tried to provide accurate and reliable information. We warned you about Romney. Go back and read my September 24, 2012, column, “Why is Romney trying to lose?” Or consider my August 31, 2012, column, “Romney takes conservatives for granted.” Or how about my September 28, 2012, column, “Why is the Marxist beating the capitalist?” We knew Obama was winning.
Ann Coulter, who backed Romney, now says “Don’t blame Romney” for Romney’s defeat. She’s got to be kidding. She must think you are a fool.
Media bias is only part of the problem. My column tells this part of the real story: Republican Campaign Failed to Confront Media Bias
Columnist Diana West makes the same point in her column:
“If he had pointed out the fact that Obama’s political mentors include a Communist Party organizer once on an FBI watch list for arrest in the event of war with the USSR; an exterrorist leader of the Weather Underground; a former spokesman of the PLO; and an anti-white, anti-American, black separatist minister, it’s a sure thing the press would have decried ‘personal attacks.’
“If he had questioned whether a man who displays an online image of a birth certificate that’s almost certainly a forgery is trustworthy enough to be president, Romney would have been demonized as both a ‘racist’ and a ‘birther.’
“Few people can shrug that off. Rather than venture into such dangerous territory, the campaign seems to have ceded character and ideology issues as a matter of self-defense. ‘Taking the high road,’ the campaign argued that President Obama was a good man but a bad president. It was as if the election turned on a difference of opinion within the spectrum of political normal rather than a last-ditch chance to stop Obama’s collectivist vision of ‘transformative change’ from destroying what’s left of the republic.”
My friends, if we are going to hold the liberal media accountable, we must hold Fox News accountable. Fox News has been humiliated because of its erroneous predictions of a Romney victory. Fox News needs an overhaul.