I've got some stuff I've got to research, but it's on my mind. Do you mind if I tell you about it?
We have a problem that's not fake news.
-please spare me the responses about how horrible it's always been.-
-I know we've always had problems.-
-perfection is not an option.-
It's gotten worse.
The economist had ideas and beliefs. Powell had a plan of action.
Action causes results.
Universities were a buncha commies.
People on the radio and TV were a buncha commies.
No, he wasn't that out there. He was reasonable. But he reasonably showed that things like feeding the hungry, housing the homeless...
So what Lewis Powell said, was,
"First we gotta shape our message. We need to create some foundations, entities to write our story."
Heritage. American. Enterprise. Federalist. All born in that sentence.
We. Need. To. Shape. Our. Message.
Who is "we"?
We is sensible people who will talk in complete sentences and not tolerate falsehood in the conversation.
First step: Ideas.
I'm tired of the old ways of saying them.
I'm tired of the "this one thing or that one thing" debate when the whole country is obviously one interconnected system.
But I digress.
The next thing Powell said is, "The Universities are outta hand. A good lie can't even get a respectful discussion."
Only not in exactly those words.
"Our," in this context, means, "Highly educated white men who have already got it made"
Powell wrote this in 1971.
In 1976 Powell took part in the Buckley v. Valeo decision, which was the one that did what everybody thinks Citizens United do, did it first, did it better, and was the foundation of Citizens.
The decision was unsigned - "by the court" - but Powell helped write it.
The dissent pointed out that under those terms not everybody could talk.
Ha, Ha, it's a joke. You lose.
You may not believe this, children, (everybody under 50, say) but there was a time in the United States
Anyway - these weren't poor folk, but the weren't the Masters of the Universe, either.
And Lewis F. Powell said: Masters of the Universe. Buy those radio and TV stations.
And they did.
And they did.
Now: tell your story. You are the good guy. The Masters of the Universe wind the springs that make The Magical Economy go round and round.
Here, we've got all these hotshots working at Heritage...
As far as I can tell the only big dog that even pretends to want to talk to you respectfully is MSNBC, and not much of that.
Maddow. Lawrence is pretty close. Nicolle much less.
Everybody plays you all the lies verbatim.
On the one time I know of she was going to she explained why, and warned her listeners, played the very short clip of him lying.
But mostly she refuses to play that game.
Because rich people own them all. You want one? OK, make me richer.
It's supply and demand AND it's the fact that if you control the information you control the society.
Ask Kim Jung Un
It's not about ratings and money.
It's about controlling the information of a society, and money beyond your wildest imagination
The say, "We broadcast objective discussions of the topics people are interested in."
Close, but no cigar.
You pick topics and interest people in them.
That's what TV does.
Of course they could. People would gobble it up. Ratings! RATINGS!
s o m e w h e r e o n t h e i nt e r n e t
And meanwhile I've seen a thousand iterations of some asshole's latest tweet.
For one thing, bless her heart, is she can't imagine what it's like down here either
Not saying they shouldn't be - everybody's got a right to a living, but...
psst... $7.50 an hour is $15,000 a year BEFORE TAXES
In fact, I've only got maybe one.
TV reporters used to live in the next block from mailmen. It gave them an undesirable viewpoint.
They thought the mailman was human.
at 175 large a year.
The math doesn't work.
Neither does the 175 large. It ought to be nat'l median. Peg.
In 1971 Lewis Powell wrote his Memo capital M, and joined the Supreme Court
Beginning in about 1972 (this is the part I haven't researched) the Heritage Foundation and its ilk were born.
In 1976 Buckley v. Valeo decreed that Speech is Money.
In 1980 Ronald Reagan
They have maintained that control, in practical terms, relatively non-stop since.
They formed and formalized a message. It included deligitimizing its comptetition.
They took control of means to mass distribute their message
They stacked the game so only the rich could play. They turned their wealth into control.
I don't mean blithering asshole drivetime "liberals."
I honest-to-god believe there is a good audience for Rachel Maddow.
Just give me the gist of it, OK?
If somebody would give me 24 hours a day of honest people like Rachel, only different folks with different personalities -
No lies in your commentary. No big lies. No little lies.
I would not go on television and say something I knew to be untrue.
Wrong, yeah, sorry, I'm good at wrong, but I'm careful.
I really don't want to spread lies.