“To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.” (Voltaire)
“The lie is different at every level.” (Richard Hoagland)
Broadcasting legend Larry King, has recently announced that he will emerge from retirement to bring his unique brand of talk show to RT Cable Channel, formerly known as Russia Today. (www.hulu.com). Media trolls who have yet to realize that the Cold War has been over for some time now, responded with epithets such as “traitor” and suggestions that “Leningrad Larry” be shipped over to Moscow and change his name to Larry Czar. While Kremlin-backed RT has been criticized as Putin’s propaganda “Pravda for the West”, those who take the time to follow their current events coverage are likely to find less bias than our corporate controlled, heavily censored, Western media outlets. I discovered RT some years ago while traveling in Europe and was surprised to find an English language version and was also impressed by the excellent quality of their documentaries. This is still true today and this month they have an impressive film offering which covers attempts to save the Harp seals from fur hunters. (www.RT.com).
In this sometimes upside down world we find ourselves living in; for those in search of at least some truth, RT has become the preferred channel for activists and dissatisfied viewers around the globe. Apparently I am not the only one to experience uncomfortable sensations of cognitive dissonance while attempting to follow stories as they appear on our so-called mainstream news. A summary of the ownership of western media’s empire is available at StopBigMedia.com. If you insist on watching any of these channels you might want to also avail yourself of the resource provided by www.FactCheck.org.
As cultural critic and anti-imperialist Professor Noam Chomsky recently observed:
“The media serve the interests of state and corporate power, which are closely interlinked, framing their reporting and analysis in a manner supportive of established privilege and limiting debate and discussion accordingly”.
Chomsky, who often invokes the beleaguered hero of George Orwell’s 1984, goes on to point out that Orwell’s Animal Farm, written in the 1940’s, a satire on the totalitarian state of the former USSR, is also like our post 9/11 society. We now live in a surveillance state where independent thinkers and cultural critics are often heavily censored, labeled as unpatriotic dissidents, or completely suppressed as Chomsky notes: “Any dictator would admire the uniformity and obedience of the U.S. media.” (www.thirdworldtraveler.com)
For citizens fed up with profit driven, corporate-controlled, bread and circus celebrity distractions, weasel-wording interviews, and those bought and paid for politicians and pundits, RT offers another option. Dissenting voices struggling to be heard can also be found throughout the Internet, and the blogosphere, also known as “the people’s media”. Yet another option for finding out some of what’s really going on is presented by our late- night comics and “fake news “ parodies such as Daily Show and the spinoff Colbert Report . Their stock-in-trade lies in exposing hypocrisy, and herein we find a long tradition, whereby only the jester was allowed to speak truth to power.