Feb 26, 2015

Information/Press 1 - Setting The Stage for Understanding The Corporate Media's Past


First a little review of how bad a controlled media can be for a Democracy helping a tyrannical government grab hold of the population, or a large segment of the population, through misinformation and propaganda;
The Information Scale
A community rests low on the information scale when the press/media is controlled by a few people and when citizens HAVE TO accept what they are told.

If students are not taught critical thinking skills (with a well rounded education so they have basic knowledge of history, politics, sophism, economics etc.) THEN despotism has a good chance of establishing itself.

By keeping students unable to think critically, you get adults who can't think critically (or have any ability to evaluate facts from lies). These adults will accept whatever thier chosen authority source tells them.

In 2003, when the Bush Administration decided to invade Iraq, we were told many many things. People believed Saddam was involved in 9/11 then eventually that he had WMD's then finally that Saddam was a bad man and that's why we decided to go against common knowledge and invade Iraq. i.e.  even Dick Cheney knew invading Iraq would result in a quagmire;
In reality we invaded Iraq for oil... all the other stories we heard back then was just propaganda to make that possible:


Democracy Now: New Iraq Oil Law To Open Iraq’s Oil Reserves to Western Companies

Democracy Now: The Halliburton Agenda: The Politics of Oil and Money

Halliburton got $7B in no-bid Iraq contracts

During Vice President Dick Cheney's tenure as its chief executivethe Halliburton Corporation altered its accounting policies so it could report as revenue more than $100 million in disputed costs on big construction projects, public filings by the company show. Halliburton did not disclose the change to investors for over a year.

Vice President Dick Cheney’s stock options in Halliburton rose from $241,498 in 2004 to over $8 million in 2005, an increase of more than 3,000 percent, as Halliburton continues to rake in billions of dollars from no-bid/no-audit government contracts.

Why do we not have more information on the Iraq Oil War?

Answer: We fine whistle blowers now since the Bush Administration!

Fired Army Whistleblower Receives $970K for Exposing Halliburton No-Bid Contract in Iraq

State Dept. Seeks Firing of Peter Van Buren, Whistleblower Who Exposed Wasteful Iraq Projects

An accurate look at what happened with Iraq:

Documentary: "Why We Did It" - The Invasion of Iraq

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