People used to recognize the difference between a free country and the rest of the world by the degree to which citizens were able to trust the mainstream media (MSM).
For instance, it was well known that in the Soviet Union newspaper readers had a choice between Pravda (meaning “truth”) and Izvestia (meaning “news”). While Pravda was the mouthpiece of the Communist Party, Izvestia expressed the official views of the Soviet Government. This was a difference that made no difference, as the Soviet Government was entirely composed of Communist Party members.
There was only one political party, and if you did not like it, you ended up in the Gulag.
But yes, you had a choice.
You could read Pravda, or you could read Izvestia. Nobody, of course, believed a word of what was printed in either, and they got the real news by word of mouth and by samizdat and through what we might call today alternative news sources. Everyone in the West laughed at the Soviet press because we all knew there was no truth in
Nobody, of course, believed a word of what was printed in either, and they got the real news by word of mouth, by samizdat, and through what we might call today alternative news media sources. Everyone in the West laughed at the Soviet press because we all knew there was no truth in Pravda and no news in Izvestia.
Today, Americans are finding that they, too, have a choice between only two branches of the MSM. Those that cater to Republicans and those that cater to Democrats.
Just recently it has begun to dawn on us that Republicans and Democrats are two sides of the same political establishment. We are encouraged to vote either Democrat or Republican, but both sides of this united political machine will allow us to hear nothing about any other choice.
Despite being on the ballot in all fifty states and the District of Columbia, the Libertarian Party presidential candidate, Gary Johnson, is kept out of the national debate by the bipartisan Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD).
In polls conducted by media outlets and used by the CPD as part of its criteria for inclusion in the debates, those surveyed are prevented from choosing the Libertarian Party or Gary Johnson through manipulative tactics that privilege the two major frontrunners.
Just recently we learned that CNN focus group pollsters manipulated a survey to make it appear that those who were voting third-party were undecided.
If the answer is not either Democrat or Republican, pollsters for the establishment do not want to hear about it. It’s not that they don’t know. They know. But they don’t want us to know.
By silencing other parties and those who have other preferences, the MSM are presenting us with two choices: Pravda or Izvestia.
If you like Trump, then, by all means, turn on Fox News. If you like Clinton, watch CNN. But if you like neither of them, then you don’t exist. Your voice will not be heard. Your vote will not be counted.
You will be disenfranchised. Because even if the majority in this country despises both major parties, when it comes to the MSM, there still are only two choices: Pravda and Izvestia.
Beyond the specific outcome of the presidential election of 2016, whatever it may be, we can now expect more and more of the public to become aware of the fraud that has been perpetrated on all of us. We will be more cynical. We will trust less and less in the news, and we will seek alternative media sources of information.
When people from the government talk to us about how lucky we are to live in a free country, where we get to vote for the candidate of our choice, there will be the same nervous laughter that all captive populations resort to when they know there is no use in speaking up, because only the KGB — or the NSA — is listening.