The Gypsy Media
Another stunning example of the unceasing guillibility of Americans is the media shell game over Don Imus and his half-brained antics. Let us recap the past week's events and see what lessons jump out -
1. Don Imus calls the Rutgers women's basketball team a bunch of "nappy headed hos".
2. CBS and NBC, with the other media propagandists in tow, in choosing what to present and call "news", decide to make the comments front page news. Perhaps it was an attempt to drum up ratings for the juvenile, Animal house throwback or a purposeful way to distract the American sheeple from real news like war and the bankruptcy of subprime lenders. Either way, we would not have known about it if they did not shove it in our faces.
3. The story wouldn't be complete without the antagonists, however, so in come Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, neither of whom would be remotely relevant or even known if the corporate propaganda machine didn't appoint them as spokespeople for the Black community (irrespective of what the Black community happens to think about that). Each gets his two minutes of fame and is presented to White America as the example of what all Black people in America think. With minimal effort, the media have reinforced division of the races. Divide and conquer works like a charm every time.
4. MSNBC, followed by CBS, drops Imus. Front page news again.
5. The conclusion is that pressure from Sharpton and Jackson left Les Moonves at CBS no option but to fire Imus. Those who have worked with Les Moonves, who is known in the television industry as a tyrant, find this suggestion more than laughable. Sharpton and Jackson do not dictate terms to Moonves. It's the other way around my friends.
6. The "free speech" crowd gets mad because the p.c. movement (code name for Black people) allegedly instituted thought control on America and debate this non-issue vigorously. Not a peep about thought control when the Israeli lobby effectively shut down discussion on the Israeli bombing of the USS Liberty or the pressure put on the Polish consulate to deny an audience to a Jewish scholar who dared discuss the Lobby. Appalling silence from the "free speech" crowd when Phil Donahue was fired from MSNBC because he refused to act as a mere stenographer for the White House when discussing the war. How about the conspicuous absence of any presidential candidates besides those carefully screened and approved by the corporate media? Dennis Kucinich or Ron Paul anyone?
In the meantime, with the populace thoroughly enthralled with the important, crucial national debate over whether rappers' use of the term "hos" excuses Imus' diarrhea of the mouth, the Toddler In Chief is still threatening to play cowboys and Indians in Iran, the contestants on Presidential Idol unanimously agree with Bush and the neofascists that the use of nuclear weapons to stop the making of a nuclear weapon will save the world from chaos, the resistance has penetrated the Green Zone in Baghdad, subprime lenders are going bankrupt and the price of gold is on the rise again.
The gypsy pick-pockets who roam the streets of Rome and St. Petersburg have well-known, tried and tested, tactics for stealing the wallet right out of your pocket. One group is sent across the street to create a commotion and, while the suckers are engrossed in the action, the second group stealthily creeps from behind, snatches wallets and cameras and surreptitiously departs without anyone realizing they were there. Likewise, when the media create a distraction over the paternity of the daughter of a cheap, $2 whore and the job status of a 60-year-old who has the intelligence and maturity of a 15-year-old, you better watch your wallets because the pick-pockets are distracting you.