In what surely might go down as the penultimate symbol of everything vile about the Capitalist press CNN has alleged that concern for black lives harmed by police brutality is nothing more than a Russian psyop.
In a sputtering report that Donie O’Sullivan and Dylan Byer actually got paid to write, the “journalists” allege that “One Russian-linked campaign posing as part of the Black Lives Matter movement used Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr and Pokémon Go and even contacted some reporters in an effort to exploit racial tensions and sow discord among Americans”
Of course! The ole’ highlight-actual-problems-that-people-are-being-killed-for bit, how dastardly! I mean if the police, you know, weren’t wantonly killing black people on a daily basis maybe this international subterfuge wouldn’t be an issue, but that’s not the narrative being pushed here.
Dare I ask what evidence CNN has to back up the outlandish tale that Russians were “meddling” in American affairs through a video game?
“CNN has not found any evidence that any Pokémon Go users attempted to enter the contest, or whether any of the Amazon Gift Cards that were promised were ever awarded — or, indeed, whether the people who designed the contest ever had any intention of awarding the prizes.”
Even dismissing the idiotic Pokemon go theory, what is CNN alleging? The big crime, indeed the whole theme of the investigation, is that the Russians are trying to “exploit racial tensions and sow discord among Americans.”
That’s right folks. Those damn Ruskies have the NERVE to point at the gross system of white supremacy that kills people, the same system that’s already gained international attention and caused other countries to issue advisories to people traveling here:
“Roughly 90% of Bahamas’ population is black — and young men were singled out to take special caution.
‘The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration has taken a note of the recent tensions in some American cities over shootings of young black males by police officers…In particular young males are asked to exercise extreme caution in affected cities in their interactions with the police.”
And of course CNN seems to have forgotten the 117 countries who “meddled” in American affairs when the UN Human Rights Council chastised the US over its epidemic of racially based executions in May of 2015, a story that made international headlines yet failed to get any play by the “impartial” and “objective” American media.
Funnily enough these same reporters never seem to call any investigation and publication THEY DO as “meddling.” No no, that’s simply good journalism, and if Saudi Arabia deemed an American piece on its terrible human rights record as “the work of internet trolls” we’d all double over with laughter.
This trash by CNN is the perfect highlight of what American “journalism” really is. We’re confronted with the outlines of a wholly subjective and military-minded press corps, a broad ecosystem of talentless hacks parroting whatever narratives get handed down from the White House in exchange for access and continued privileges. CNN will never turn against the wealthy or their pet politicians because it needs them to survive; it will sit quietly when Trump beats them like a mangy dog because it doesn’t dare stray too far from the “accepted standards” of American journalism, a code word for never probing too far or asking too many questions as long as your subject has an American flag on their lapel.
CNN, just like every other capitalist mouthpiece, is not in the business of printing the truth. It is in the business of making money, and to do so it will swallow the hot load of anyone in power. Today CNN labels attempts to draw attention to our system of white supremacy as “meddling” because it serves the capitalists in power, tomorrow with the flick of a keyboard and a thumbs up from the White House they’ll refer to people seeking to end that system as “extremists” and “terrorists.”
When CNN got caught allowing officers from the army’s psychological operations division to write news stories where was the “outrage” over “meddling?” Where was the integrity to The Truth while CNN’s chief news executive systematically covered up stories of Iraqi atrocities for a decade, all to maintain CNN’s Baghdad bureau?
There is something ghastly and terrible about the idea that far away in some corporate office someone is sitting down for another workday, knowing full well they are being paid to lie and deceive on a massive scale. They drive a car better than you and I, they eat better than you and I, and as they gaze up at a journalism degree their parents paid for they can kick back with the top-shelf alcohol of their choice and feel absolutely nothing.
“You mean Russians were trying to draw attention to police violence? Black children bleeding to death on dirty streets?” He uncorks the twelve -year old Glenlivet. “Sounds like a damn good angle for an anti-Kremlin piece. Really push that ‘fake-news’ bit. Get me 1,000 words and be ready for video by 4pm. By the way, when are you taking your vacation?”
We peons sweat and die in the gutter, doomed to lives of “service” and personality amputation, while full-blown liars fit only to have their teeth bashed in with wrenches collect a hefty salary.
If that doesn’t make you a revolutionary, I don’t know what will.
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