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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

The Elite Media

You've probably seen polls such as this one, that show that up to one-third of Americans believe 9/11 was "an inside job".

Moreover, over 80% of Americans think the Bush administration is hiding something or lying about 9/11.

So, it's safe to say huge swaths of Americans have some doubts about 9/11.

Here's my question: WHERE ARE THESE PEOPLE REPRESENTED IN THE MEDIA???

Isn't it striking that no major media figure has public doubts about the 9/11 attacks?

And it's not like 9/11 was a minor historical footnote-- it has been huge in terms of the direction the politics of the US have gone.

If the media was representative of Americans, we'd have one or two regular columnists of the New York Times openly skeptical of the official 9/11 story and calling for a new investigation!!!

Isn't this curious that there really is no significant figure in the media calling for a new 9/11 investigation?

And the idea that journalists and pundits are so well-informed about everything that they simply know the truth about 9/11 is laughable-- judging by their record with simple things like dealing with the Bush administration's lies about Iraq.

No, the answer is not that journalists know that the official 9/11 story is the absolute truth.

The answer is much more likely that journalists know that 9/11 was an inside job and are keeping it a secret:

...is it normal that members of the press know the answer to a major mystery but they withhold it, as a group, from the public?

Based on my own experience, I'd say the answer to Digby's question is: yes.


I grew up in the Washington area and went to school with lots of children of government and media types. Then I went to Yale, which is also full of such offspring. What I saw was that the corporate media—places like the New York Times, Washington Post, the networks, etc.— and government figures are blatantly, brazenly in bed with each other. And not just metaphorically; it's often literally true. There's Andrea Mitchell & Alan Greenspan; James Rubin & Christiane Amanpour; Judith Miller & a cast of thousands; and so on.

In any case, whoever they're shtupping, they share a mindset: the government and corporate media self-consciously see themselves as a governing elite that runs things hand in hand. That's why Nicholas Kristof is anxious that if hoi polloi keep calling George Bush a liar, it may make America "increasingly difficult to govern." And it's why Katherine Graham famously said this, in a speech at the CIA to new recruits:

"There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn't. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets, and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows."

William Greider explained the perspective of people like Graham and Kristof and their political cuddlebunnies in his book Who Will Tell the People:

In many private quarters of Washington, Alexander Hamilton's derisive dictum — "The People! The People is a great beast!" — has become an operating maxim. Survival in office requires a political strategy for herding "the beast" in harmless directions or deflecting it from serious matters it may not understand. Now and then, to the general dismay of political elites, Hamilton's "beast" breaks loose and tramples the civility of the regular order, though this usually occurs on inflammatory marginal issues that have little to do with the real substance of governing.

Weirdly, in fact, the media may be more invested in the status quo, and more concerned about "the people" going berserk, than actual politicians. Officeholders come and go, but the Washington Post is eternal.


(snip)

But the point is the powerhouse media and their politician lovemates truly do feel there are things normal, grubby Americans simply can't handle. Moreover, it has nothing to do with political parties. Everything I've seen in my life confirms that, with few exceptions, they feel this way across the (extremely narrow) political spectrum.

If you're not part of their little charmed circle, believe me, all your worst suspicions about them are true. They do think you're stupid. They do lie to you. They do hate and fear you. Most importantly, they think you can't be trusted with the things they know—because if you did know them, you'd go nuts and break America.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Myra99 said...

S O M E O F T H E A B O V E N E W S
Friendly, but not OVERLY-friendly


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"Listen Up, You Congressional Morons!

"9-11: The Key to Knowledge and Power

"The following article by Matt Engelman is a clearly written and concise synopsis of how one can view the whole 9-11 phenomenon in a positive light. If you find it interesting please pass it on to your own lists...."
http://www.radicalpress.com/?p=252

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Dear Some of The Above News,

"Sign a petition for a new 9/11 investigation!

"I have created a petition to the leaders of the new Congress to begin a new investigation of the events of September 11, 2001. I used the E-The People site of which I am a long time member to create it. I hope all who read this will sign the petition so it can be delivered in January with a ton of signatures.
http://www.e-thepeople.org/petition/15447/view

[This petition can be "dugg" at http://www.digg.com and "buzzed" at http://www.buzzflash.net (i.e., voted for)]

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UNCLE CAVEMAN'S Book Recommendations For Some Young Friends

....The other book, "WE THE PEOPLE, A Call To Take Back America" by Thom Hartmann http://www.we-the-people-book.com is like a comic book, but its ... subject matter deals with "Civics," which is ... the study of civic affairs and the rights and duties of citizens. In short, it will teach you about how the government of our country functions and how you can become involved and not only vote for and support your favorite representatives....
http://walterkarp.tripod.com/jamescurtis/id15.html

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[KILLING KIDS AND CALLING IT NEWS
5,000 Die Daily from Dirty Water]

By Allen L Roland
THE WAR PRAYER / 2006
How fitting this Veteran's Day 2006 that we are reminded of the true human cost ( On a typical day in Iraq, 2 American soldiers die, along with 450 Iraqis. And now the U.N. is reporting that 5,000 CHILDREN ARE DYING EVERY DAY FROM DIRTY WATER, and we don't say a word ) of our tragic and senseless wars by perhaps our most beloved and celebrated American writer ~ Mark Twain.
http://www.opednews.com/articles/genera_allen_l__061111_the_war_prayer__2f_200.htm

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Humanity Hanging from an Iron Cross

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed. The world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children....This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from an iron cross.
-- Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1953

http://www.commondreams.org/views03/0311-08.htm

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[Should he be tried as an adult?]

HELP SCHOOLS STOMP OUT INQUIRING MINDS!

10-Year Old Disciplined for Visiting 9/11 Website

A fifth grader named "Mark" reported to Alex Jones' Infowars TV show by phone that he had been sent home with a disciplinary report for visiting 9/11 Truth websites such as http://www.911truth.org

Full article here: http://www.truthring.org/?p=2636

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3 Washington hotels in Abramoff's pedophile ring

Sheraton, Ritz Carlton, and Watergate: hotels involved
3 Washington hotels in Abramoff's pedophile ring

Washington¡ªOctober 5, 2006

http://cleveland.indymedia.org/news/2006/10/23128.php

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ARE YOU A 16 PERCENTER?

There is help for you!

If you are among the 16% who still believe the Neonazicons' conspiracy theory about 9/11, YOU CAN BE HELPED! Simply click on the links below to read the scientific debunking of the Bush pseudoscience fairytale about the WTC 9/11 atrocity.

http://911research.wtc7.net/reviews/kevin_ryan/newstandard.html

http://911research.wtc7.net/essays/pentagon/index.html

http://www.wtc7.net/events/kc_science/index.html

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BREAKING: Housewives Exonerated in 9/11 Atrocity!

FROM: NorthernPatriot@aol.com
Subject: Re: Are You One of The 16% Who Still Believe Bush about 9/11?
To: someoftheabovenews@yahoo.com
9-11 DID HAPPEN !! it was not done by disgruntled housewives-- it was done by terrorists!!
would you like to fight the terrorists on the streets of NY or the beach in Miami ?
NO-- then lets fight them on their turf !
If you email me again with your garbage, I;ll report you as spam

=======================================================[Cindy Rodriguez's column below is the most truthful and objective report on 9/11 investigation that Some Of The Above News has so far seen in the mainstream media.
MAY THE WORLD SEE MANY MORE!]

Read entire column:
http://www.denverpost.com/lifestyles/ci_4543650

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Oct. 26/06

AIPAC INQUIRY WIDENS.

It can now be reported that a Federal Grand Jury in Virginia has indicted Israeli Spymaster Meyer Dagn on four counts of espionage, bribery, murder and RICO against the United States.

Bay Point Schools, Florida, was the launching point as the cover for the election fraud testing and....
http://cloakanddagger.de/CLOAKANDDAGGER.DE_TOM%20HENEGHAN/cloak_IEAR%20Oct26.htm

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James Petras' New Book -
THE POWER OF ISRAEL IN THE US

http://sf.indymedia.org/news/2006/10/1732813.php

By Stephen Lendman(SF Indymedia)

It was the OSP's job to cook the books, come up with the idea of weapons of mass ... In addition, it's believed its agents knew in advance about the 9/11 attack but ... USA Patriot Act passed in short order right after the 9/11 attack, ...

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1:36 AM  
Blogger Conspiracy Smasher said...

We're laughing at you again over at my blog....

http://911conspiracysmasher.blogspot.com/

9:26 AM  
Blogger Spooked said...

Conspiracy Smasher --

That's okay, it's normal to laugh at things you don't really understand. And when you're 17, there are a lot fo things you really don't understand yet.

12:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like spelling of?

7:16 PM  

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