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Monday, September 16, 2013

The Embarrassment of Mainstream Media: Distortion of Neil Young's Tar Sands Comments

To say that the above clip is "fair and balanced" is to make a mockery of any legitimate honest debate. It is literally beyond laughable and must be seen to be believed. We cry for our future. [ed: note, unfortunately -- or fortunately -- the embarrassing mainstream video of "The Morning Show" has been removed, probably due to this blog post. Commentary below gives a flavor of what's missing.  Meanwhile the classic graphic below summarizes even better mainstream media lies and manipulation.]

Mainstream Media Lies and Manipulates Audience

The distortion of Neil Young's recent comments regarding Tar Sands oil extraction in Alberta, Canada has been a case study of all that is wrong with the mainstream media.

Much of the outrage focuses on the quote "The fact is, Fort McMurray [Alberta] looks like Hiroshima."

From this quote, much distortion of Neil Young's message has taken place. There's been a failure by many to grasp that the use of the city of Hiroshima is simply metaphorical.

If one listens to the clip in it's entirety, one hears Neil explicitly state that he's talking about an area that is "25-30 miles outside of town". Yet, from this, even the Mayor of Fort McMurray has felt insulted and interpreted the comment to be an indictment of downtown and all of its citizens. It seems like so many media outlets are unable to grasp the fundamental point that Young was making -- or deliberately distorting the quote and misleading their audience.

Anyone who has followed this story closely should feel embarrassed by the trivialization of the debate in the above clip. It would be funny, if it weren't so sad. It's important to state what a disservice that "The Morning Show" does to it's audience with the attempted semi-humorous discussion of Neil Young's Tar Sands oil extraction and the ensuing uproar.

Furthermore, one needs to understand that this isn't simply the empty headed-ness of the teleprompter reading on-air actors. Or the script writers and producers of "The Morning Show". What you see and hear is a concerted effort by corporate media owners to take any serious challenge to the existing status quo and marginalize, trivialize and ridicule those messengers.

Turn off the mainstream media.

“Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.”

- :Buddha
According to Gandhi, Neil is somewhere between Stage 2 and 3 of victory.

Conclusion? When Neil Young Speaks Truth To Power, The World Listens.



At 9/16/2013 09:34:00 AM, Blogger Mr Henry said...

"In order to see a fish, you must watch the water."

"If you truly see things as they are, then you will see things as they should be."
--Shunryu Suzuki

Well there will come a day
When the world will melt away
--Hank Williams

At 9/16/2013 09:48:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Google Earth "Fort McMurray". Once you get it, move the view north a bit until you get to the open pit mines and retention lakes. Then zoom out. It is an astoundingly vast man made feature that occupies an enormous swath of land. This area is certainly greater than the zone of devastation around Hiroshima, hence the comparison Then multiply that swath tenfold as anticipated by future extraction. Also note that though the oil companies have promised reclamation, none has occurred, at least none is obvious. I would also assume that just opening up this ooze to evaporation must produce a toxic atmosphere for those working in and living down wind of it.

Do not expect clarification on complex issues from the media. Conflict is always more entertaining than education.

At 9/16/2013 10:43:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

That smug, pompous, witless ass claiming NY never sings "in tune"... The only time NY has ever not sung "in tune" was in 1973 on the gruelling TIME FADES AWAY tequila tour.
"SINNER !!!"

-- Eric in sunny FLA

At 9/16/2013 11:50:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

I have grown weary of all media(Neil Young is also part of it to). I use to believe but all of the media outlets(not just Fox) bleed us with untruths and innuendos. There is always an agenda whether it's liberal, conservative etc. all stretch the truth until truth does not exist . Neil Young also has an agenda which is why he to is fading as someone I believe in (Thrashers Wheat sadly you to)

At 9/16/2013 11:51:00 AM, Blogger mike d said...

What was said on the clip wasn't egregious. They are a morning talk show, not exactly the "News". They said many more good things about Neil than inaccurate. As for Fort McMurray, they just got their 15 minutes of fame. Do you remember the John Lennon comment about the Beatles being more famous than Jesus? You think that was taken out of context? Hell, Alabama had record burnings. It didn't really hurt the Beatles.

At 9/16/2013 11:52:00 AM, Blogger mike d said...

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At 9/16/2013 02:16:00 PM, Blogger Jonathan said...

Where was your outrage at the media when they failed to vet an unknown Senator from Illinois who thought he should be President?

Welcome to the club of those of us who despise the media...

At 9/16/2013 05:37:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

... Houston, looks like we got a problem....

At 9/17/2013 01:23:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

oops Jason,looks like we got a problem...

At 9/20/2013 05:29:00 PM, Blogger Mr Henry said...

Then like a pawing horse let go,
She made a sudden bound:
It flung the blood into my head,
And I fell down in a swound.

How long in that same fit I lay,
I have not to declare;
But ere my living life returned,
I heard and in my soul discerned
Two voices in the air.

`Is it he?' quoth one, `Is this the man?
By him who died on cross,
With his cruel bow he laid full low
The harmless Albatross.

The spirit who bideth by himself
In the land of mist and snow,
He loved the bird that loved the man
Who shot him with his bow.'

The other was a softer voice,
As soft as honey-dew:
Quoth he, `The man hath penance done,
And penance more will do.'

--Samuel Taylor Coleridge
The Rime of The Ancient Mariner, Part V


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