This Absolute Bullshit Would Not Be Possible Without Propaganda

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13-04-20 07:31:00,

So as of right now it’s Trump versus Biden. An incompetent plutocrat president selling himself as an anti-establishment people’s champion while simultaneously advancing garden variety Republican sociopathy, versus a warmongering authoritarian who is too demented to string a coherent sentence together and who is looking more and more credibly to be a rapist.

Needless to say, this is absolute bullshit.

How did we get here? How did we get to the point where the electoral contest to run the most powerful government on the planet is between a racist demented right-wing authoritarian warmongering rapist and another racist demented right-wing authoritarian warmongering rapist? How in the hell did this bullshit happen?

There are a number of factors, including anonymous and unsubstantiated “leaks” from the US intelligence community regarding Russian support for the Bernie Sanders campaign and a shockingly coordinated maneuver by Democratic Party leadership (including former president Obama) to sabotage Sanders in the late hours before Super Tuesday.

But the primary factor by far was domestic mass media propaganda. Propaganda during the primary season of course, with the billionaire press showing a very clear and undeniable bias against Bernie Sanders from the very beginning of the race. Had the Sanders campaign received a normal quality and quantity of mass media coverage for a candidate of his stature, he would doubtless have received far more support than he did. To deny that biased media messaging has an effect would be the same as denying that advertising, a trillion-dollar industry, has an effect.

CNN’s Coverage of Sanders Was 3X More Negative Than Biden Following Their Big Primary Wins – In These Times: https://t.co/cqdOn1Yjc0

— Ana Kasparian (@AnaKasparian) March 11, 2020

But it goes so very much deeper than that. The influence of mass media propaganda upon the Democratic primary race was not limited to the propaganda that was employed during the actual contest; it’s been setting the foundation for it since long before that.

Without having been raised in a media environment that is saturated with establishment propaganda, it would never occur to anyone in a million years to describe a violent authoritarian extremist like Joe Biden as a “moderate”.

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‘Absolute red alert’: Journalist Glenn Greenwald charged with cybercrimes in Brazil

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21-01-20 07:18:00,

Award-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald has been accused of hacking the cellphones of Brazilian prosecutors and public officials in a criminal case launched on Tuesday.

Federal prosecutors charged Greenwald with cybercrimes for his role in publishing leaked cellphone messages that have embarrassed the Bolsonaro administration and its anti-corruption task force, as well as charging him with membership of a “criminal organization.”

Greenwald had already butted heads with Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro, with the journalist referring to him as a “wannabe dictator,” and the president vowing not to expel the journalist from the country but instead to imprison him.

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Greenwald’s news organization The Intercept Brasil, which he co-founded in 2016, has published numerous bombshell reports featuring a multitude of leaked messages, incriminating sitting Minister for Justice Sergio Moro for undermining Brazil’s leftist Workers’ Party and preventing former president Lula da Silva from returning to power, thus paving the way for Bolsonaro to take power in 2018. 

The messages also appeared to show that Moro, then a federal judge, coached and strategized with prosecutors handling the corruption case against da Silva in 2017. Moro later went on to become Bolsonaro’s minister for justice. 

Prosecutors maintain that Greenwald played a “clear role in facilitating the commission of a crime,” by telling hackers to delete their own archives to help cover their tracks from Brazilian prosecutors. 

Greenwald’s long-time friend and ally, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. tweeted that the charges were “naked retaliation for revealing extreme corruption at the highest levels of Bolsonaro’s administration.”

In a statement, Greenwald described the charges as “an obvious attempt to attack a free press in retaliation” for the damaging reports about Moro and the Bolsonaro government in general. 

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G7-Gegengipfel: Absolute Friedfertigkeit gegen Panikmache

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24-08-19 06:17:00,

Die Demo zieht durch Hendaia. Foto: Ralf Streck

Mehr als 15.000 Menschen sind vom baskischen Hendaye ins baskische Irun über die Grenze gezogen, um gegen Grenzen und den G7-Gipfel zu demonstrieren. Eilverfahren mit Gefängnisstrafen in Bayonne gegen drei Deutsche

Es kam, wie es die Veranstalter des Gegengipfels und auch der Bürgermeister von Hendaye angekündigt hatten, die den G7-Gipfel im Sommer an der französischen Atlantikküste stets als “verrückt” bezeichnet haben.

Mit einer friedlichen Demonstration und in Feierstimmung beendeten mehr als 15.000 Menschen am Samstag den Gegengipfel gegen den G7-Gipfel, der seinerseits heute Abend in Biarritz beginnt.

Der findet völlig abgeschottet im “Bunker” statt, zu der das mondäne Seebad ausgebaut wurde. Dort, so stellte auch die Frankfurter Rundschau fest, bekommen die Bewohner und die Gipfelteilnehmer bisher nichts von Protesten und der Tatsache mit, dass die Staats- und Regierungschefs von sieben großen Industrieländern hier absolut nicht willkommen sind.

Foto: Ralf Streck

Von der Randale eines Schwarzen Blocks, gewalttätigen Aktionen der Gilets Jaunes (Gelbwesten) war bis zum späten Nachmittag nichts zu bemerken. So waren hier Straßen unnütz geräumt worden, damit die Autos nicht als Barrikaden verwendet werden.

Anwohner wurden sogar in Hendaye, mehr als 20 Kilometer von Biarritz entfernt, mit massiven Polizeikontrollen über Wochen drangsaliert und verscheucht. Geschäfte oder Tankstellen, die verbarrikadiert waren, können als Schaden nur den Verdienstausfall für die Dummheit verbuchen, der Propaganda aus Paris auf den Leim gegangen zu sein.

Unnütz verbarrikadierte Geschäfte. Foto: Ralf Streck

“Erwartungen übertroffen”: Große Beteiligung am Gegengipfel und an der Demonstration

Die Veranstalter des Gegengipfels hatten stets betont, auch gegenüber Telepolis, dass es friedlich bleiben werde, wenn es nicht zu Provokationen der Sicherheitskräfte kommt. Und so zeigte sich der Sprecher Joseba Alvarez erfreut über den Verlauf, den er vorhergesagt hatte: “Die Beteiligung an den Veranstaltungen zum Gegengipfel und der Demonstration haben unsere Erwartungen übertroffen.”

Demo zieht über die Grenzbrücke von Hendaye nach Irun. Foto: Ralf Streck

Einzig die pralle Sonne und die Hitze machten vielen auf dem langen Weg vom Hafen im französisch baskischen Hendaye bis zur “spanischen”

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Watch Absolute Mayhem As Yellow Vests Battle French Riot Police In 9th Week Of Protests

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12-01-19 08:06:00,

The Yellow Vest movement has taken to the streets across France for a 9th week of anti-government protests, as the Gilets Jaunes movement appeared to surge in both number and intensity. While the demonstrations were largely peaceful for most involved, there were several violent skirmishes with police. 

#GiletsJaunes protest: #Toulouse

Mainstream media: ‘a few protesters’ pic.twitter.com/uqryFMj3mD

— Oh boy what a shot (@ohboywhatashot) January 12, 2019

Some 80,000 officers were deployed across France, deploying tear gas in major urban centers such as the Parisian Arc de Triomphe monument.

Vous n’avez pas honte?

Le peuple se fait gazé, frappé, il y en a qui ont des sequelles à vie à cause des CRS, mais vous chouinez car un boxeur a frapper un flic? Et en pus de ça vous donnez 1m € aux fdo?

Il y a 75 ans, on appelait ça des COLLABOS.#ActeIX #giletsjaunes #bavures pic.twitter.com/nRprATVz2u

— _ (@nongilbertstp) January 12, 2019

#Paris Use of tear gas and water cannon on #GiletsJaunes in front of Arc De Triomphe #Acte9 #Yellowvests #ActeIX pic.twitter.com/n0lKcll6Lz

— nonouzi (@Gerrrty) January 12, 2019

UNE HONTE ! 5 grenades de désencerclements, des tirs de canons à eau sur des gens qui évacue un blessé #ActeIX #Paris #GiletsJaunes @davduf pic.twitter.com/4u5LxA44WB

— L’Elite voit tout (@EPrivilegie) January 12, 2019

Protesters came out en masse in Bordeaux, where a man was shot in the head with a with a flash-ball round and police deployed a water cannon (h/t @Steph_Roy_). 

#Bordeaux Les gilets jaunes défilent dans les rues du centre-ville #GiletsJaunes #ActeIX #Acte9 #12janvier #12janvier2019 pic.twitter.com/1phMuxoFxz

— Stéphanie Roy (@Steph_Roy_) January 12, 2019

#Bordeaux Très rapide retour au calme à la demande de nombreux gilets jaunes.

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