From the Asia Times story
Why all is quiet on the American home front
By Sreeram Chaulia

" Aware of the media's capability and propensity to expose the ugliness of the Iraq war, the Bush administration left no stone unturned to co-opt and muzzle it. US citizens are being kept in an uninformed Orwellian condition through such mechanisms as "embedded journalists", the "code of conduct" on reportage imposed by the former US administrator in Iraq, L Paul Bremer, and the Department of Defense's censorship of print and audiovisual media.

As the Cable News Network's Christiane Amanpour confessed, media powerhouses went along with draconian state encroachments on their freedom and even practiced shameful "self-censorship" to please political masters.

Unless the true face of the US occupation of Iraq is unveiled to the larger American public (Abu Ghraib being the tip of the iceberg), the passion and relentlessness of the anti-Vietnam War era cannot be realized. To say that new-age technologies such as the Internet are enough to overcome weaknesses in the traditional media misses the point that common Americans do not search for critical stories on the war on Iraq without being initially prodded and startled by newspapers, radio stations and television. In a media-saturated environment, the Internet is merely a secondary tool when it comes to politics and news. "

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misneach said...

I have mentioned one of the other many reasons I believe are behind an American genocidal foreign policy (and a pervailing overt and tacit* support of those policies, other than complete and total ignorance of them) in another venue.

My Left Wing

(N.B. This statement does not necessarily apply to all americans.
In the words of Martin Luther King: "Many of our white brothers ... have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny and their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom" -I Have a Dream Speech.)

*One demonstrates "tacit" support for something by being aware of it yet doing nothing against it.

misneach said...

Its time, now, for people to WAKE THE FUCK UP.