Propaganda “Has Rendered the Constitutional Right of Free Press Ineffectual”

Americans’ trust of the media is at an all-time low.

But most Americans still don’t understand that the U.S. mass media is untrustworthy because  it’s completely manipulated to promote propaganda.

Noam Chomsky points out that big status quo-loving corporations own the media, cater to other big status quo-loving advertisers, and filter out stories which question the status quo.

Extreme media consolidation has made the problem worse than ever before.

As many have documented, the media presents a very tiny range of opinions, but then pretends that it is giving the full spectrum of opinions on topics … as a way to dumb down the population.

Lawrence Davidson – history professor at West Chester University in Pennsylvania – notes:

So well does this process work that it is probably the case that many news editors and broadcasters and most of the public taking in their reporting do not understand that their reductionism has rendered the constitutional right of free press ineffectual.

Really meaningful contrary opinion and reporting (particularly of the progressive persuasion) is so infrequent and marginalized that it stands little chance of competing with the orthodox point of view.

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President Obama makes speeches critiquing foreign governments, such as that in Egypt, for limiting freedom of the press and speech. There is no doubt that the governments he targets are guilty of gross violations of these rights and many more besides.

But what is equally true is that the vast majority of Americans can listen to the President castigate these governments with no sense of cognitive dissonance. They do not know that they too are victims of propaganda and manipulation.

How could they? They are culturally conditioned to believe that their country is the foundation of freedom and truth. And, beyond their local area, they haven’t the knowledge, or often the interest, to fact-check what their leaders and media agents tell them. That is why it is accurate to describe the U.S. information environment as closed.

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  • K. Chris C.

    “Liberty is a demand. Tyranny is submission.”

    Tyranny relies upon that which they take from their victims. If that sustance is not forthcoming, tyrnany withers and dies. The lack of submission to tyranny kills tyranny.

    Therefore one should not submit to tyranny, but instead demand their Liberty, in whatever form that demand need take.

    An American citizen, not US subject.

    • JTMcPhee98

      I want to go take over a federal wildlife refuge, “confiscate” public property, graze my landscape-killing cattle on public lands and not have to pay anything for that, and get free electricity and food and get to strut around carrying a full field load of weapons to intimidate ordinary people. I Demand That Liberty! Jesus and the Bible says that’s my God Given Right!

      • Silverado

        You must be from…somewhere else. Soon as you said “graze my landscape-killing cattle”….I realized that you’re an idiot that knows nothing about what you’re writing about. Go home to Europe loser! We have too many left wing nuts here already…

        • exomike

          So do you have any information to provide. Or do you just have Ad hominem attacks, assumptions and logical fallacies?

          • Silverado

            Here’s probably anything one needs to read about the many benefits of livestock grazing:

            https://start.me/search/google?q=benefits%20of%20livestock%20grazing&p=1&r=572475

          • Rick

            But …. we’re not talking about wild buffalo or anything that is a benefit to the public, we’re talking about private profits off of federal and/or State and/or public lands, which is unlawful.

            Additionally, someone needs to state that this article is fallacious in continiuing to “catipult the propaganda” that:

            a) the US Constitution applies to American citizens, when it ONLY applies to “US/federal” citizens/subjects living on federal territory (it’s a *US* Consitutions, NOT a *USA* or *American* Constitution) – see 18 USC 7; and

            b) that the US Constitution has been adopted, as required in order to be effective; beacuse it has NEVER been adopted by anyone! And nobody will ever find a single US employee or officer that takes any of the oaths specified in the Constitution (not even the presidents). And that is why people that take stands in court under “Constitutional Rights” are ridiculed – because firstly, they likely have no such rights, and secondly, they are likely in the wrong venue in a court that doesn’t have any jurisdiction – other than the jurisdiction over ignorant people.

      • Silverado

        You must be from…somewhere else. Soon as you said “graze my landscape-killing cattle”….I realized that you’re an idiot that knows nothing about what you’re writing about. Go home to Europe loser! We have too many left wing nuts here already…

  • Ace 1