Thursday, May 19, 2016

Nevada's Democratic Convention and America's Mainstream Media: Joseph Goebbels, eat your heart out!

"Success is the important thing. Propaganda is not a matter for average minds, but rather a matter for practitioners. It is not supposed to be lovely or theoretically correct... Propaganda should be popular, not intellectually pleasing. It is not the task of propaganda to discover intellectual truths... I do not enter the meeting hall to discover intellectual truths, but to persuade others of what I think to be right."

--Joseph Goebbels, future Reich Minister of Propaganda, Nazi Party, 1928 (link)

(Is this how the Democratic Establishment will protects its rigged nomination process at the National Convention in July? Photo by Angie Morelli, at the Democratic Convention in Nevada. Used here for educational and non-commercial purposes.)

(WPA poster, image courtesy of the Library of Congress.)

It appears that a series of rules were broken or bent at the state Democratic Convention in Nevada (breaks and bends that conveniently benefited the Clinton Campaign - see videos below, as well as the link at the end of this blog post). However, the mainstream media has framed the incident as an example of crazy Bernie Sanders' supporters being sore (and violent) losers. For example, I was watching CNN the other day and anchor Brooke Baldwin interviewed Nevada's Democratic Chairwoman Roberta Lange about the death threats that Lange is receiving, and whether she wants an apology from Sanders. But she did not ask (or probe too deeply at least) the allegations of rule-breaking at the convention. Why not? Because the owners of CNN are big financial donors for Hillary Clinton (that's why they're often called the Clinton News Network). And this conflict of interest (supporting a candidate vs. reporting the news in a fair and objective way) is now the norm in America's mainstream media. And that's why trust in media is on a downward spiral. More and more people realize that it's not raining, but that someone is peeing on their legs.

The death threats are, of course, ridiculous, morally wrong, counter-productive, and should stop immediately. People who don't liked the rigged nomination process, or don't like the fact that the anti-New Deal Democratic Establishment is in bed with Wall Street and financial fraudsters, should leave the Democratic Party and refuse to vote for Hillary Clinton. They should devote their energies towards making a viable and real progressive party, not towards death threats.

(In this excellent video--produced by someone who has far more objective reporting skills than our mainstream media--we see some of the "funny business" that was going on at the Nevada Convention. For example, a voice vote that was impossible to discern, should have prompted a vote of standing division. It did not. Instead, the ruling was favorable to Clinton.) 

The mainstream media's propaganda techniques seem to be having the desired effect. I'm seeing op-eds pop-up everywhere, ridiculing Sanders' supporters and/or urging him to drop out of the race. In an op-ed on Alternet, titled "Sorry, Bernie: I Love You, but This Is Over—and Getting Embarrassing," Edwin Lyngar of Salon, writes: "Hillary won Nevada, and she won the state convention. She has won more states and votes than my guy. It’s sad, but I’m not a poor loser. Nevada Bernie supporters are furious they weren’t able to wrest more delegates from a state that Sanders lost." And in an op-ed on the Huffington Post, titled "An Open Letter to Bernie Sanders Supporters," Andy Ostroy writes:

"Enough with the 'rigged system' claims. Please. The system is not rigged. Or corrupt. Or disenfranchising any of you... there’s simply not enough of you. That’s it. No vast left wing conspiracies [this statement makes no sense, of course, since Bernie Sanders is on the left-hand side of the political spectrum, while the Democratic Establishment is center or center-right]. No back-room shenanigans. No covert mission by DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz to keep your guy from winning. Bernie’s losing for one reason and one reason alone: he hasn’t convinced enough of you to vote for him. And it’s because his message hasn’t resonated as well as Hillary Clinton’s. Period."

Ostroy seems oblivious to the fact that Debbie Wasserman Schultz (a strong supporter of predatory lenders) has admitted that the Democratic Party's super-delegate system exists specifically to keep someone like Bernie Sanders from winning, explaining: "Unpledged delegates exist really to make sure that party leaders and elected officials don’t have to be in a position where they are running against grassroots activists." What part of this statement does Ostroy, and others, not understand?

(In this video, Cenk Uygur of the Young Turks--who has been giving far more accurate reporting of the Democratic primaries than the pro-Clinton mainstream media--tells us what happened at the confusing and convoluted Nevada Convention, e.g., the absurd voice voting.)

I believe that if Joseph Goebbels were alive today, he would be quite impressed with America's mainstream media, as well as the anti-New Deal Democratic Establishment. I believe he would say something like, "So, the owners of the major media outlets fund their preferred candidates, and then craft new stories to manipulate the public into disliking the opposition? And the party rigs the delegate system with so-called "Super Delegates"? Excellent! Brilliant strategies! Not lovely, not intellectually true... but very effective. Now, that is propaganda!"

(Also see Kevin Gosztola's excellent piece, "How Democrats Manipulated Nevada State Party Convention Then Blamed Sanders For Chaos," Common Dreams, May 18, 2016.)

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