FOX News’ First Lie Came Before FOX Existed – Richard Nixon’s Infomercial in 1968

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To understand the subtleties of the FOX News propaganda machine, which is so good that even some of its “journalists” think they’re working at a real news agency, you have to understand the history of FOX News creator Roger Ailes. FOX News’ sappling was rooted not its 1996 debut, but in the fertile ground of RIchard Nixon’s 1968 presidential campaign, when Ailes used the comfy talk-show/town-hall format to create an infomercial designed to redefine Nixon, from perpetual loser to predestined leader.

Ailes’ brilliant idea for this fake town hall is indistinguishable from the real deal, to the untrained eye. Put yourself in the shoes of the 1968 everyman/woman/child, without, without the diverse view of a hundred pundits and a million bloggers to hear after the airing, and consider whether you would have been able to tell the difference. With this propaganda machine blurring the line between fact and fiction TV, there is no doubt it helped convince voters to anoint one of the more disturbed persons to ever hold the office (though admittedly, there are many candidates in that race).

Here’s the full broadcast. Fittingly, Mitt Romney’s dad makes an appearance at 2:15.

Relying on this program and a barrage of TV ads, Nixon was able to stay in the public eye, even while his campaign kept him away from the press; the only reporters to whom he gave two-minute interviews were already drunk on unlimited food and alcohol provided by the campaign, assuring they “fell into a state of what one can only call astounded torpor.” In modern times, many pundits would questions whether this would assure the public received fair and balanced reporting, so instead, the Republican Party media wing that is FOX News simply provides millions of dollars in salary and perks a year to the only reporters Republican candidates will grant access.*

Get deeper into the technique of psychological manipulation by reading – but for democracy’s sake, not buying – Ailes’s book, You Are The Message: Secrets of Master Communicators

To know more about the policies Nixon was able to pass, and how he did so, see The Shock Doctrine on our Primer List of essential information on understanding the root problems of our system.

* was unable to confirm reports that FOX News green rooms contain abundant Twinkies and other Monsanto-based products.

Because You Are Silent: Journalists Arrested By House Republicans

They are emboldened by your silence.

This is history being made before your eyes. The anti-corporate movement is being met with illegal action by blindly-obedient police, under orders by corporate-owned politicians.

From the original article on the Huffington Post:

Josh Fox, director of the Academy Award-nominated documentary “Gasland” (trailer below on this page) was taken into custody by Capitol Hill police this morning, along with his crew, after Republicans objected to their presence, according to Democratic sources present at the hearing. The meeting of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Environment had been taking place in room 2318 of the Rayburn building.

Approximately 16 officers entered the hearing room and handcuffed Fox amid audible discussions of “disorderly conduct” charges, according to Democratic sources present at the arrest.

“Gasland” received strong critical acclaim and takes a critical eye toward the practice of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” a process in which several tons of highly pressurized water and chemicals are injected into the ground, allowing valuable natural gas to escape. The practice is decried by ecological experts for destroying ecosystems and polluting groundwater. The energy industry keeps the actual content of fracking chemicals secret.

A separate ABC News crew, which did have official Capitol Hill credentials, was also denied access to the public hearing.

Arresting journalists, attacking citizen documentarians… you see it on the streets of Occupy every day. Today you see it on Capitol Hill, right in front of your face, because they are betting they can keep turning up the heat as they boil the American frogs — you. They are betting we will keep becoming ever-more complacent, apathetic, or helpless. We sit online and complain, but do not get out in the streets to stand up against it.

Do you not know that fracking is no fringe issue — it is the permanent destruction of your water supply? Do you not know that fracking, not unlike the Canadian tar sands, is simply a last-ditch effort to get at the last few drops of fossil energy accessible, just so these corporate heads can make a quick billion bucks on development and exorbitant higher rates on your energy bill, getting as much capital as possible before the entire fossil energy sector collapses, at the expense of permanent destruction of entire swaths of American homes?

When and where do you stand? Democrats, Republicans, the American people… they have proven to be ineffective, apathetic, or in on the game, so what are you going to do?

Get educated. Find out how they’re doing it. Learn why it’s madness to do this when we’re at the end of economic and environmental-destruction growth. Learn what this will do to you, your economy, and your environment — you know, that place you get your food from.

For the sake of all that is American, open your eyes, open your neighbors’ eyes. Get to the hearings, get to the streets, and do whatever is necessary to stop this corporate takeover of your government happening before your very eyes.

Commentary by Ben Zolno

VIDEO: The Deficit and Debt Ceiling Game

The cliché goes: the Democratic leadership want to increase the deficit and go deeper into debt, bankrupting our government, and the Republican leadership wants to cut spending on everything but perks for the rich, bankrupting 99% of the American People. But what are the facts behind this perception?

Here’s an objective video by explaining — in layman’s terms — the constant game the government plays with the deficit, to keep up the illusion that the United States is a stable economy, that can go growing forever. It covers the last round of the game, and will not be a much different story from the future rounds. As observed in The End of Growth (first book to be read by Occupy Educated’s new Meetup), such a thing is physically impossible, and keeping up this game may best be described as collective insanity. As seen in Debt: The First 5,000 Years, this game has been a long time coming.

How do you see this game ending, and when? Comment here or in the discussion forums.