Re: Gonzo Journalism and the ZeitGeist
- The Way, the Truth and the Life also begin with intellects that
penetrate beyond the barbed wire of the Intellectual Soul. The
erected Orwellian barriers. For instance both Vladimir Solovyov and
Lazarus/John or St. John in his Revelation describe the Whore of
Babylon and the rise of the AntiChrist. This was advanced reporting
and part of the high end of the upper astral initiation of The Way,
the Truth and the Life.
But humanity has only to remain awake in its baby intellect that
screams in fear when Multi-National Media corporations fire any
reporter who might jar the status quo or make people uncomfortable
by bringing higher human thinking and ethics to life in their
reporting. In order to be a member of the noble living Michael
School, this first area of intellectual discernment and courage,
offered below, must have already begun. Something in the soul must
already have begun to awaken. We thought we were so free in the
west, so arrogant. We turn out to be nothing but ruthless cowards.
Trouble in the Land of the Free
by John Atcheson
Well, it's official; there's trouble right here in the land of the
Mr. Bush can not only use taxpayer's money to set up Soviet-Style
propaganda events, but he can have US citizens kicked out of these
public meetings by strong-armed stooges impersonating Secret Service
Agents. That, at least, was the conclusion last week by the US
Justice Department Attorney who said there was not enough evidence
to prosecute an unnamed man who kicked three people out of one of
Mr. Bush's "town hall" meetings in Denver this past March. The White
House, by the way, refuses to release the mystery thug's name.
And here in the good old USA no one seems to give a damn.
Hundreds of billions of dollars and nearly two thousand American
dead to bring democracy to Iraq, but no need to go overboard with
that freedom stuff here at home, thank you.
Apparently, after years of government funded "Mission Accomplished,"
propaganda events, government-produced fake news casts, government-
funded journalists/shills, and a phoney reporter planted into the
White House press corps, we're just fresh out of outrage.
A series of fake town hall meetings in which First Amendment Rights
are violated just isn't the stuff of headlines anymore.
So now, the Bush machine routinely sets up stages with fake props
and Soviet-style backdrops, invites only registered Republicans;
excludes anyone who might just possibly might not be an ardent
supporter; pre-screens the questions; then hires goons to patrol the
audience and strong-arm and illegally arrest anyone who doesn't
look ... well ... right (as in Right wing), trampling the First
Amendment in the process. These taxpayer-supported campaign events
they call a town meeting.
The only thing missing is the Brown Shirts.
But here in the land of the free, nary a peep of protest is heard,
nary a discouraging word is printed or uttered by the Democrats or
For the last four years, the Democrats have been doing their best
deer-in-the-headlights imitation, and the press has been chasing
various White House wag-the-dog stories or faux terrorist alerts
that just seem to crop up when the spotlight focuses on their lies,
deceptions, or their gross incompetence -- or when an election is in
the offing. In short, the American press has been either fooled or
intimidated, and the Democrats have been dazed and confused.
If you want to see democracy in action these days, you've got to
look to Europe.
Recently, British MP George Galloway road into town and gave Norm
Coleman and his fellow neoconservative propagandists a public
spanking. Coleman and the rest of the right wing whackos have had
such and easy time manipulating the press and intimidating Democrats
for the past four years they must have felt like they'd been mugged.
But Mr. Galloway showed the Democrats how to confront demagoguery
with a strong dose of the truth. No head down, poll driven spins, or
weak-kneed attempts to appeal to both sides. No deer-in-the-
headlights stares, or weeks of Bob Shrumm inspired contemplation. He
called a liar a liar and he set the record straight in plain, but
eloquent language. Then he called a spade a spade the UN food for
oil "scandal" has always been a smokescreen, an attempt to besmirch
Kofi Anan and the UN for no other reason than that neocons hate the
UN. He pointed out that our own national contribution to sleaze,
corruption, mismanagement and sheer greed in Iraq dwarfs anything
the UN has done.
Hopefully, the Democrats were taking notes.
Mr. Galloway isn't the only European showing how a free people act.
For example, when the White House tried to set up one of their pre-
scripted propaganda events in Germany this past February the Germans
would have none of it.
A "town hall" meeting with the German people in the town of Mainz
was supposed to be the PR highlight of the President's February
trip. The White House had spent a week talking it up, but when the
Germans a people who know a bit about the corrosive effects of
propaganda refused to allow Bush's handlers to review and screen
all questions in advance, the White House quietly dropped the event,
according to Spiegel.
Mr. Bush and the American people got another lesson in how a free
people act on his recent trip to Europe in May to celebrate the
defeat of the Nazis. A group of students in the Netherlands showed
just how gloriously cantankerous a free people can be. At a meeting
near Maastricht, Mr. Bush tried flying without a net, in an
unscripted question and answer session with the Dutch youth. After a
half hour of tough questions, worried White House aids cleared the
room of reporters before allowing the session to continue. No
transcript of the remaining questions was kept, no summary was
And it took an Irish journalist to show our spin-dried press how a
real free press acts. In July of last year, Irish TV journalist
Carole Coleman was granted an interview with George Bush just prior
to his trip to Ireland and the US-European Summit meeting. There in
the White House map room, Ms. Coleman did the unthinkable: she asked
tough follow-up questions when Mr. Bush gave canned non-responses.
She had the unmitigated gall to point out that "... the world has
become a more dangerous place because you have taken the focus off
al Qaeda and diverted [it to] Iraq," and when Mr. Bush raised the
specter of WMDs she did what no American journalist has seemed able
or willing to do she interrupted him to point out there were no
WMDs found in Iraq.
Imagine the nerve of this woman, expecting the leader of the free
world to answer tough questions, stick to facts not fantasy, and to
be accountable for his actions. Well, of course, when the interview
was over, an outraged White House lodged a formal complaint with the
Irish Embassy. Now, as Molly Ivins likes to say, let's pause a
moment and wrap our minds around this the leader of the free world
lodged an official complaint with the Irish Embassy because ... one
of their journalists asked him some tough questions, expected him to
respond, and applied a standard of factual accuracy to his answers.
Apparently the White House believes this free press stuff is fine in
theory, as long as it's not practiced.
Here again, contrast this with our press, who act like sheep on
prozac when given the opportunity to question the President.
There is trouble here in the land of the free. It starts with a
cowed opposition party that's forgotten that honesty and integrity
are moral values, but spinning, poll watching and pandering aren't.
It extends to a press that's forgotten that the First Amendment
Rights they were given come with a codicil the requirement to
relentlessly pursue the truth, and a commitment to tell it.
And it ends with a public content to be fed a steady diet of J-
Lo/Jacko non-news, wag-the-dog wedge issues, and infotainment talk
shows in lieu of the truth.
But Mr.Galloway and his European friends may have shown us that
politics doesn't have to be a boring and predictable Kabuki dance
practiced with integrity on all sides, it's more engaging than the
runaway bride or the latest missing damsel (whites, only please) in
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