THE MAJOR PROTEST TODAY
The big protest today will be the attempt to shut down West Coast ports from California to Alaska. The Democracy Movement appears to be split on this, with most in support of it, but with reservations.
Since the movement hasn’t completed one of its major goals yet, that of educating the masses around the corporate media about what is happening, there is concern that there may not be enough support at this time to accomplish the goal of shutting down the ports, and if it fizzles, may make it appear that the movement is weak and not supported by the public. Another concern is that organized labor, having signed agreements that they will not participate in such activity, may be distanced from the action.
It would appear our mass media is attempting to drive a wedge between protesters and labor on this issue, and we would advise readers to look for this in mass media coverage as the protest continues throughout the day.
Internationally, corporate media are showing their usual hypocrisy by which protests they emphasize and which they ignore. This morning National Security State propagandist Steve Inskeep said on NPR that the protests in Russia were against Prime Minister Putin, who he identified with the corporate media pejorative “strong man,” although, as far as we know, Putin hasn’t authorized his government to murder citizens or imprison them for life without evidence, as have our own leaders Bush and Obama, not identified as “strong men” in corporate media.
As we’ve explained, the Russian protest was against perceived fraud in the election, but Putin is shown in polling to be the most popular person in Russia (although many protesters did speak out against Putin). Putin’s popularity has never fallen below 65%, a number Obama would die for. In 2007 Putin’s popularity hit 81%, the highest of any leader in the world. This morning there was a demonstration in support of Putin, ignored by Inskeep apparently because it goes against his National Security State propaganda viewpoint.
A trend has begun in Western media to put Putin in a bad light, and some Russians believe they are trying to turn public opinion against Putin as a mass media goal. If so, the Western corporate media often get what they set out to accomplish, dominating the airwaves as they do in shaping public opinion around the world.
Inskeep replaced Bob Edwards at NPR years ago, apparently because Edwards had been too objective. There is little chance that will happen with Inskeep.
We signed onto the Democracy Movement in May, long before the Occupy Wall Street group formed in New York. We did so knowing things could go bad, but we trusted the organizers, knowing they are good people, and we watched as, before taking over Freedom Plaza in Washington, participants began by teaching nonviolence. We knew there would be no violence from the protesters from the start, anybody following LUV News even for a short time knows our position against violence.
So we were enraged to hear on NPR repeated descriptions of police crackdowns on protesters across the land announcing that “protesters were mostly nonviolent,” without noticing that all of the violence was instigated by police. The people who make these reports are lower than whale poop, because illegal wars costing millions of lives, bankster bailouts enriching the wealthy, the polluting of our natural environment and other major criminal activities wouldn’t be possible if the masses were even somewhat informed by giving them the public interest side of things neglected by NPR and other mass media.
It gets more maddening every day that we don’t have a second opinion in our mass media, representing the public interest. —Jack