DC Rally and the Corporate Media

Despite several Twitter friends who repeatedly tell me to stop torturing myself by watching the corporate news channels, I can’t help myself.

DC Rally

The corporate news has spent weeks and untold hours of air time fretting about the right-wing rally today in Washington.  It’s almost 2 PM, and there are not more than a handful of people at the rally.  What an enormous waste of time and energy and money.  In addition, what a diversion from covering some of the more serious issues that confront the society.

I am not minimizing the seriousness of this right-wing, authoritarian movement, but there was no need to spend hours and hours of valuable media time with people talking about what MIGHT happen today.  In addition, because of all the hype, the low turn-out crowd makes it seem as if the media is blowing the threat out of proportion.  The threat is not taken seriously enough, not talked about seriously enough, but the coverage of what might happen in one rally is overblown.

We have a house full of sick cats and Wednesday night I spent sleeping on the floor downstairs so I could hear if one of them needed something.  Needless to say, I did not sleep, but spent most of the night listening to podcasts.

One of the very best was an interview of Kathleen Belew about right-wing movements.

Belew pointed out that the coup attempt on January 6, was intended as a recruiting tool, not a violent insurrection.  Far from a failure, the right widely considered Jan. 6 a stunning success.  I would guess that they view September 18 as something similar, a fake out of the corporate media and a demonstration of how they can make fools of the establishment.

The podcast is Spy Talk, part of the Deep State Radio group.

Just a note: MSNBC has its anchors sitting outside on a platform as if they are covering Macy’s Parade.  There is nothing, just nothing that corporate media can’t cheapen.  A deeply serious challenge to democracy itself turned into a spectator sport. 

NEWS RUNDOWN: WEDNESDAY 8 SEPTEMER 2021

News Rundown

The BBC is reporting that women staging a protest in Afghanistan were met with pepper spray by the authorities. They were demanding the right to work.  Taliban leaders have said that women will not be given senior roles in the new government (BBC 9/4/1).

Fighting is still going on in the Panjshir Valley (BBC, 9/4/21).

The new caretaker government has been announced in Afghanistan including a new Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior (wanted by the FBI).  There were no women or outsiders appointed (BBC, 9/8/21).

Protests of Pakistan’s support of the Taliban.  Taliban fired in the air in response to the protests (BBC, 9/8/21). 

The UN says that basic services are collapsing in Afghanistan (CNN, Podcast, 9/8/21)

9/11 planner, Shalid Sheikh Mohammed, is still awaiting trial.  Lawyers for Mohammed are still awaiting documents.  They argue that the government is trying to hide evidence of torture before Mohammed was moved to Guantanamo.  Had he been tried in a normal court; this would have been over a decade ago.  It is possible that there will never be a trial (Apple News, 9/8/21). 

ABC News Article: Shalid Sheikh Mohammed https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/trial-911-mastermind-khalid-sheikh-mohammed-resumes-hits/story?id=79876586

While there is a narrative that police officers are leaving in droves in response to a lack of confidence in police, the figures don’t bear this out (The Marshall Plan).

If you are interested in the history of the war against terrorism since 9/11, this is a really good book by spencer Ackerman. 

“We’ll be fine”

TODAY:

  • Afghanistan has evidently disappeared since Biden and the corporate democrats have declared the war over and the operation a “success.” 
  • Now, the corporate media evidently intends show hundreds of hours of disaster coverage.  Fortunately, there is a hurricane that can be used as an excuse for doing any real investigative reporting.  The disaster coverage comes in two categories.  The first is telling us what has happened and reciting statistics, flood levels, houses affected, etc.  The other involves telling “hero” stories, heart-warming stories of heroic behavior during difficult times.  These stories are designed to convince Americans that what they are watching is not clear evidence that climate change is an existential threat.  As one New York Congresswoman said today “We’ll be fine.”  That should be the sentence running over and over endlessly at the bottom of the screen. 
  • The “hero” stories are like the “brave first responder” stories that always follow a mass shooting.  Look, the corporate media says, this is not a mass shooting which should make you go bat shit crazy over the state of the society you live in, this is an example of how wonderful we really are, how we are an exceptional people.  And, with the hurricane, this is not about climate change that has been brought about by the greed and corruption of a few, but an opportunity to celebrate our heroic natures. 
  • Meanwhile, as the corporate media is interviewing the hundredth reporter standing in water saying NOTHING OF INTEREST TO ANYBODY, Kevin McCarthy is using the Republican Party and threatening to destroy private companies if they comply with a lawful investigation into the Jan. 6 coup attempt.  Just let that sink into your head.  Kevin McCarthy (with the agreement of Marjorie Taylor Greene and Tucker Carlson) is promising to use the power of the government to destroy private companies if they comply with federal law while Democrats are in power.
  • You can’t appoint members of the Supreme Court if the Democrats are in power and you cannot comply with a lawful order if Democrats are in power.
  • But, why get too bent out of shape?  We’ll be fine.
  • Neal Katyal, the darling of legal commentary on MSNBC, is on Nicolle Wallace’s show to comment on the Texas SCOTUS decision about abortion.  Katyal is whining about the decision and blaming the Republicans for putting three radical authoritarian judges on the Supreme Court.  Katyal was the person who introduced Gorsuch in his confirmation hearings.  Katyal wrote an article scolding Democrats and liberals for not supporting Gorsuch as the best qualified candidate.  And, MSNBC still has him on.  And, to make matters even worse (if that’s possible) Katyal is now saying that we have to “do something” about the state of the judiciary.  Well, there were people who were trying to “do something” about the state of the judiciary when Kaytal was out there trying to win career brownie points chiding liberals for pointing out the dangers of a Gorsuch appointment.  I am so sick of these people.