Originally posted at Da Tech Guy Blog on December 17, 2013. Edited from the original.
It's not exactly a hot news flash, but here goes.
With all of the media events of recent years that have been molded and shaped by reporters to fit a certain set of narratives, why would anyone not believe that the fix has been in for decades with respect to almost every topic and every persona? After CBS’s Rathergate and the MSNBC reporting shenanigans with respect to the George Zimmerman trial, does anyone really believe that we get the whole story on anything of political or social importance? After the establishment media’s failure to report anything of importance about the background of the man who is now the president of the United States, do we really know about anything which we haven’t observed with our own lying eyes?
When I first began to blog in 2003, I recall how people like former Vice President Al “30 degrees in LA” Gore and Daily Beast/Newsweek editor Tina Brown reacted to being contradicted by normal people. Cries of “brownshirt” and “StaSi” filled the Internet air. All that specific sort of whining amused me because, as a normal person who has a decent handle on 20th century German history, I knew that both brownshirts and StaSi were arms of consecutive tyrannical German governments. To toss these epithets at private citizens possessing an opinion, a modem and a laptop (or whatever) was laughable and, it showed that having a degree from distinguished universities did not guarantee that the bearer was able to think at all, much less think anything through. Or so I thought. (For a proper deployment of the StaSi epithet, see one Angela Merkel, once a citizen of the late East Germany.)
But now as I think things through once more, I’m not convinced that persons like Brown and Gore—persons of the Left--care that such name-calling makes no sense when used against their enemies, we, the people. I forgot that almost all media sagas are carried on for the sake of the type of observer who does not want to find information independently or who cannot/won’t think topics through. Such a person—the low information voter (LIV)--will probably not understand the historical illiteracy of calling a private person ‘a brownshirt.’ All that matters is that a person of trust calls out his/her enemies as an enemy--as someone to fight against--and that this call falls on as many ears as possible. Brown and Gore were merely painting their targets, just as their political fellows have done before and after them.
All I'm really saying: keep your third eye open.