US-State Media Calls to Kick Out Immigrants – Thursday Throwdown
Your exclusive dose of midweek media madness.
In countries like North Korea, China, and Russia, state-media cheerleads for its government, propagandizing violent policies and refusing to criticize political leaders. It is what separates them from free countries like the US.
In the US, we have a free press with independent journalists.
Sure, they’re hired by huge corporations which benefit from war and taking advantage of Americans. And yes, maybe sometimes they do push violent government policies like escalating nuclear conflict and kicking out immigrants who flee from places terrorized by the US. Perhaps sometimes they refuse to criticize a leader like Pete Buttigieg for letting thousands of working-class travelers suffer while airlines enrich themselves. And occasionally they’ll laugh along with the heads of the CIA when they talk about assassinating people and dropping nuclear bombs.
But other than that…
A totally free press. So don’t be calling MSNBC “state-media.” You can call them corporate-funded-government-cheerleading-pro-war-anti-immigrant-anti-working-class-propagandist media. But technically the state doesn’t fund them.
I think the folk punk band Mischief Brew said it best in “Save a City”
“And she cursed those who would approach her
And hold papers up to her face, and say
"You should feel blessed you live in the U.S
And not some other hellish place.
So take heed if you live in the city
In a part where the tourists won't tread
And beware if you maintain resistance
And choose not to be one of the led
And if you're out in suburban gardens
Don't let them plant lies deep in your head
'Cause you too could come home to no home
Or to find your family dead."
It’s our Thursday mini-episode. Let us know in the comments what corporate media monologues, interviews, or anything else you want to see on the next Thursday Throwdown.
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