Skip to comments.MSNBC: Cherry Picking News & Issues to Make Toxic Democrats Look Good
Posted on 01/23/2014 1:19:55 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
For the last couple weeks and several more to come, Chris Christie will get more air time on MSNBC than drone murders, gentrification, NSA spying, and network neutrality put together. Why not? He's a Republican, and Democrats are only fighting it out between the 40 yard lines.
Why are some stories news and not others? Why will New Jersey governor Chris Christie's antics make the top of MSNBC news broadcasts for weeks to come, while the poisoning of 300,000 people by corporate greed and government abandonment on a scale not seen since Katrina dips below the radar as soon as corrupt officials declare there's nothing to see here, nothing at all? Why do Chris Christie's follies get more air time than drone murders, the revocation of network neutrality,
The answer is that some news stories make it easy to poke fun at racist, homophobic Republicans... the venal Chris Christies, the militantly ignorant Sarah Palins, and Michelle Bachmans, the craven Eric Cantors of the world, while others point inconveniently at the systemic evils of capitalism for which gender and ethnically diverse liberal Democrats are just as eager to front as Republicans.
The death toll for government abandonment of people in West Virginia isn't nearly as high as that in Katrina, partly because pollutants and carcinogens kill and cripple slowly, but the principle is the same. Like New Orleans residents left to get out of town the best way they could, West Virginians were left to their own devices to do what their government was supposed to do for them to figure out where, when, whether and how badly corporations were poisoning them. Nobody in government on any level lifted a finger to protect those people till hundreds of households simultaneously complained to local officials that their tap water stank of hydrocarbons. When government officials finally swung into action, they still held back full accounts of which chemicals they detected, in an apparent effort to safeguard the rights of customers as EPA likes to call the corporations it supposedly regulates.
The problem is that Democrats run West Virginia from top to bottom. Like Katrina, the evil forces on display in West Virginia implicate the core system of capitalism itself, not just the table manners of one out of the two capitalist parties. That makes the mass poisoning of West Virginia barely newsworthy, whether the carrier is Fox News, or CNN or MSNBC. All the news and cable networks, just like both the capitalist parties have to drink from that trough.
Whether it's urban black Democrat regimes in our big cities or the white Democrat establishment in West Virginia the mechanism is the same. Black big city urban Democrat mayors won't come out against gentrification or privatization or resist the federal initiatives that are privatizing public education because they are just as much the eager servants of capital as their Republican opponents. White West Virginia Democrat honchos won't rein in the rapacious corporations that have made Appalachia a toxic wasteland either, for the same reason.
In the realms of actual policy, of reining in corporate privilege, the creeping prison and military state, Democrats will do very little to distinguish themselves from Republicans.
Nobody said it better than Democrat-in-chief Barack Obama to the Wall Street Journal's CEO Council late last year
People call me a socialist sometimes. But, no, youve got to meet real socialists. Youll have a sense of what a socialist is, Mr. Obama said. Im talking about lowering the corporate tax rate. My health-care reform is based on the private marketplace. The stock market is looking pretty good last time I checked... Here in America, the difference between Democrats and Republicans were fighting inside the 40-yard lines,
When fighting inside those 40 yard lines, Democrats need to foster strategic delusions, to deploy tactical distractions and effective branding that preserve the illusions needed to hold Democratic voters in the herd. That's why the Christ Christie follies will get more air time this month than the revocation of network neutrality, drone murders, NSA spying, and administration lies about Syria and Afghanistan put together. All these are things the Obama administration could turn around tomorrow, and none of them are things he or we can blame on Republicans. So they aren't news. Clamping down on toxic polluters is way outside those 40 yard lines.
It's time to stop letting major media and Democratic party operatives tell us what the issues are. MSNBC, just like Moral Monday, is about keeping the political game between those 50 yard lines where the two capitalist parties want it, We need a political game played out in the red zone. We need to come up with urban development strategies apart from gentrification. We need to raise social security, roll back the prison state, anchor the minimum wage to the cost of living and re-legalize real unions. We need to halt the privatization of public education and put it in the hands of teachers, parents and communities. We need to bring all the troops home, stop US imperial wars in every part of the globe, and pass a single payer health care plan.
We won't find any of those things mentioned during Moral Monday street theater, or explained on MSNBC, because all of them implicate Democrats at least as deeply as they do Republicans. And Democrats need to keep the political fight, as President Obama put it, between the 40 yard lines.
Indeed. The problem which is really fascinating is why people think that way - or else, why do I think anyone in their shoes would think any differently? IMHO it is a matter of self-righteously taking all good things for granted, as natural rights, and complaining that that is all I get. Queen Victoria wasnt as well off in the last 8 decades of the Nineteenth Century as an American secretary is after the first decade of the Twenty First Century. Many things - not least, transcontinental/intercontinental air travel - which are commonplace and readily affordable today were not available to Victoria at any price. The list of such things is long, and starts with medical technology which is worthy of the name today, and the lack of which made Victoria a widow for the last 20 of her 81 years.
The key problem of socialism is that since it takes what is for granted, and does not respect the credit due to the people who made what is, socialism subverts any incentive to make what could be in the future turn into what is. Worse, as Peters et al pointed out in In Search of Excellence, the reality is that "if you are not trying to get better, you are getting worse. So what is turns into what was - a lost golden age.
Hey, but you have free health care!"
Corporatism is such a catch-all term for societal structures that there is not a single government in human history to which it doesn’t apply.
But I suppose Corporatism is coming to mean an unholy welding together of the totalitarian machinery of the state, fascistic unions, TBTF banks and competition-averse corporations who all seek to maintain their parasitic position on top of the tax-payer.
It’s not a small-state, primacy of the individual philosophy like Conservatism. It’s big-state, “collective rights” Socialism.
"What I am saying is, we have now what we have always needed, real partnership with the government."
This is not news.
Sure MSNBC has become the Christie/Bob” McDonnell channel lately ignoring other stories that don't favor Dems,
but FNC is similar. They spend little or no time reporting bad news for GOP and zero news about GOP disunity, and instead stories that embarrass Dems dominate, like Obamacare as #1.
I see them as the two party's channels.
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