Deep State Media Puppets (DSMPs) are the term I reserve for the so-called journalists, editors, tv producers and “experts” who seek to influence the American consciousness 24/7 in the service of the US and global plutocracy, which in turn dictate US foreign and domestic policy. In the American media and much of the Western media this encompasses practically all the top personnel, from owners to the frontline faces and bylines the people are familiar with. In your Internet travels you may have bumped into other equally efficient labels: stenographers to power, presstitutes (Paul Craig Roberts favorite), media whores, media hacks, disinformers, CIA shills, Fake News providers, mind managers, etc. You can probably coin your own. The labels sound insulting because they are meant to be. These people are almost uniformly slime. That said, short of a real revolution and the construction of mass media designed to really serve the people, there’s not much we can do about this crowd, truly accomplices in many horrid crimes, but getting a clear idea of what they are and how they distort our behaviour for the worse is a good place to start.
Do no forget the new court jestersWhile doing your little census of the enemies of truth and mental independence, do remember that all establishment disinformers, as mass communicators, also include comedians. Making you laugh sounds harmless enough, but it is a sure and painless way to inject a political viewpoint, and some of the greatest comedians have done precisely that, albeit for progressive reasons. The main exponent of this strain of comedy in recent memory is George Carlin, reincarnated in the young Lee Camp, who is also a great and dedicated activist covering many urgent causes, along with the invaluable Jimmy Dore. Camp and Dore are the exception, however. Both in political lucidity and topical breadth. On the other hand, in the age of cynical all-out imperialist globalism the establishment comedians are all sellouts. And overwhelmingly Democrat, too, a fitting political coordinate for people wittingly or unwittingly enthusiastically marching in the ranks of today’s sanctimonious War Party. Put in that basket Bill Maher, Steve Colbert, John Oliver, and many others. Propelled in most cases by careerism, most of these obviously know quite well what they are doing; others, out of intellectual laziness, probably follow the mainstream brainwash. Either way, they do disseminate toxic messages, so keep your eyes open and your guard up. Even if you get an occasional laugh.
Below a sampler of DSMPs you probably admit routinely into your home.
|CBS Norah O’Donnell||Chuck Todd, NBC Meet the Press||CBS John Dickerson|
|Martin Baron, Editor, WaPo||Dean Baquet, Editor, NYT|
|Sean Hannity, Fox||Neil Cavuto, Fox|
|Bill Maher, HBO||Lester Holt, NBC||Leslie Stahl, CBS|
|Diane Sawyer, ABC||Scott Pelley, CBS|
While reflecting on the viability of genuine impartiality, do check this piece by Alex Cockburn, which simply demolishes much of this modern “professional journalist” conceit:
The ugly wages of mind managementDSMPs as those you see in this sampler keep the American people disorganised, confused and often flailing at each other. They also constantly (as does the whole capitalist media system) foster selfishness, indifference to the plight of foreigners (our obnoxious ethnocentrism is carefully hidden behind enormous faux demonstrations of American charity and concern, including well organised racialist and identity politics outbursts), involvement in endless abject distractions—from obsessions with sports to fawning over celebrities— and a host of other idiotic and indefensible priorities.
The cumulative weight of such noxious brew for the mind and spirit frequently creates a feeling of disempowerment and apathy. A malaise many Americans notice but are usually unable to define. Which is exactly the way the 0.00001% class of billionaire puppeteers like it. Leaving little to chance, and to insure that the fix is complete, in the crucial political field the shameless media hacks are also instructed to keep the US population safely within the bounds of the Lesser Evil hoax. The illusion of democratic choice must be preserved, after all. Periodic meaningless elections need to be staged and attended to maintain systemic legitimacy. It’s truly a downright demonic system of social control. And the more astonishing part is that, while some components have been put in place deliberately, by fully aware ruling circles searching for this outcome, much of this infernal machine evolved “naturally”, so to speak, out of the central dynamic of capitalism and collateral scientific and technological development.
It is certainly a distressing picture. And one of the hardest things to observe is the number of wonderfully decent people in the United States who unwittingly support history’s greatest malignancy: the smug, self-centered American Way of Life and its imperialist outgrowth.
In the vast majority of cases Americans do not realise and the media fail to properly remind them (properly being the key operative word here, it takes considerable repetition to get a counter-matrix idea to stick) what their government is doing abroad, in their name, behind glowing euphemisms, or, as is the case with the current unfolding ecocide, not doing at all, that is the complete failure to adopt prompt, extensive and ambitious mobilisations in industry and society to at least attempt a reduction in the planetary costs of the oncoming capitalogenic catastrophe.
Despite this ugly reality, or perhaps because the crisis is so immense, more and more Americans—out of sheer instinctive decency and the natural wish to escape —are overcoming these cultural trammels and emerging into the blinding light of a liberated information sphere. For the rest of the world, suffering the fruits of American exceptionalism, this awakening cannot come too soon. It’s hadly surprising, therefore, that this “mind liberation” process in the US is watched with such deep interest by non-Americans around the world. And well they might, since they are the unhappy recipients, after all, of the myriad ways in which our political innocence continues to enable the ghastliest crimes to be visited in their homes.
The always eloquent Emilios George Ades Georgiades has given us a compelling insight into this widely shared sentiment among people of many nationalities across the globe, which I reproduce below. Read it and reflect upon it. It’s about our undeniable personal responsibility. Then do something to help neutralise the power of the mind managers. For the sake of those we victimise so cavalierly, and for our own sake. Believe me, it is time.