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The People Have Spoken

Written by The Rev. Curtis E. Gatewood on 12 November 2010.

Perhaps Americans and President Barak Obama signed off on the notion that “The people have spoken” in Tuesday’s mid-term election, before taking the time to read what is hidden in small print. Are Sarah Palin and the “Tea Party movement” truly representing the powerful voices of the American people, or were millions of Americans hypnotized by the magic of poli-tricks whereby the true “power” was camouflaged by journalistic smoke and mirrored lies. Look closer. I am convinced you will find Tuesday’s results came by way of Americans being fooled by deceitful hands (and words) that proved to be quicker than the mind and eyes. Standing behind this smoke screen, you will find the largest media conglomerate in America who has the muscle, the might, and the motive to successfully pull off such a feat. I am referring to FOX News, which is part of News Corp, whose earnings climbed 36% in its fiscal first quarter of this year. On its top line, revenue increased to $7.43 billion.

News Corp is now undergoing the regulatory approval process for its proposed acquisition of the remaining 60.9% of British Sky Broadcasting Group that it does not already own, at a of price of $11.5 billion. By merging its wide array of media assets, it would expand News Corp, while other media companies struggle. Competitors and critics have objected to the deal, saying “it would give News Corp. outsized market power.”

FOX News already dominates all of their cable news competitors, including CNN and MSNBC through averaging 2.25 million primetime viewers daily.

Therefore, rather than succumbing to the thought the “American people have spoken”, I contend, the election brings into question, the extent of mental control media conglomerates such as News Corp have on its viewers through using repetitious, divisive, and biased 24 hour cable news programming.

I further contend, the election may prove the need for new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) guidelines to ensure such media conglomerates are not monopolizing the market and using its media muscle/dollars to control and circumvent mental freedom rather than responsibly providing facts that provoke free thinking. I am also not convinced FOX is doing all it can to minimize the reporting of distortions that needlessly exacerbate hatred, exclusion, violence, recruitment of domestic terrorists, and add gasoline onto racially motivated fire that puts the U.S. President and nation’s security at risk.

Far from being “Fair and Balanced” as claimed by its slogan, this mega-media phenomenon appears to violate the basic concept of democracy when using its multi-billion dollar empire and psychologically domineering multi-million-viewer powerbase, to push its own highly partisan agenda. Likewise, FOX has become similar to a massive ventriloquist who powerfully sits us on his lap, pulls the strings, and speaks the words of his own voice and agenda through the mouths of millions of American puppets who act upon and are subconsciously controlled by a FOX ingrained message.

Like foreign dictatorships, media conglomerates such as News Corp allow their programming such as FOX News to powerfully serve as a platform to strategically polarize, divide and ultimately conquer the poor and working class citizenry through the repetitious usage of race-baiting, fear-mongering, and other distasteful forms of demagoguery . This is strategically done in the interests of America’s or the world’s richest one percent , who realizes it would be impossible to control the other 99% of the people if their minds were truly free. I am reminded of Jesus’ of words, “Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.”

Since the emergence of Barack Obama as a serious contender for the oval office and ultimately throughout the duration of his 20 months serving as Commander-In-Chief, FOX has relentlessly used its stature as the nation’s most powerful media conglomerate, to wrongfully discredit, distort, and diminish the success of President Barack Obama.

The true voice of the American people have no vested interests in helping to exacerbate anger, magnify/amplify misinformation, provide fertile ground for White Supremacists, and drive millions to the polls to illogically reward the party of “NO”; recompense the party who has blatantly disrespected and refused to cooperate with the first African-American U.S. President; and give more power to the party who has shown no compassion for the working class, the poor, the oppressed, and proven to favor only the rich.

And most importantly, Tuesday’s election backwardly empowered the very party who for the last eight years, drove Americans into high rates of unemployment, increased poverty amongst children by more than 11 percent, created the most devastating economic recession since the Great Depression, and created unprecedented foreign policy/military disaster while wasting taxpayer dollars, lying, inflating the deficits, violating and rewriting the U.S. Constitution, and in other ways actually doing for 8 long years, everything the Tea Partiers and other so-called “Conservatives” are now deceitfully accusing President Obama of doing.

With this said, there is absolutely no way “the American People” won on Tuesday. However, we can see how Tuesday’s outcome will serve the interests of News Corp., FOX News, it’s wealthy share holders, the richest one percent, and others who have no compassion for poor children, diversity, livable wages, justice, and the well-being of the larger struggling population of Americans. Yes, I agree, on Tuesday, a certain voice spoke loud and clearly. However I adamantly disagree with the notion it was the “American people” who spoke. If we dared to dig deeper, if we dare to look beyond the mirrors and smoke, we will find, what we heard was a deranged, self-serving voice from the multibillion dollar News Corp speaking through millions of journalistically manipulated, angry American puppets.

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