Can the mainstream media still be trusted by the American public to give them accurate and credible news, information that matters especially those the powers-that-be want hidden, and critical and insightful analyses on the implications of burning current events to the country?
Last month, just as most Americans were caught up with the preparations and festivities of the holidays, President Obama silently but perhaps cunningly signed the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act
(NDAA) into law, which effectively gives $611billion in military spending for this year. Now, what is wrong with that when passage of the NDAA is an annual event, and a matter of formalities and regular procedures? Something is wrong because just like in the past, Obama managed to insert a controversial and dangerous provision in the NDAA.
The most insidious provision the outgoing administration deceitfully included in the 2017 NDAA is called the Countering Foreign Propaganda and Disinformation Act of 2016 which if one critically analyses it is essentially tantamount to a U.S. Ministry of Truth. The corporate mainstream media predictably, though disappointingly again, only gave token attention to the NDAA in their reports, and deplorably failed to dig deep into the grave implications of the wily provision. Such major failure on the part of the mainstream media to report on the complete and big picture on the NDAA has left the American public in the dark about the Information War being practically waged on them by the government no less- or this Obama administration in particular.
Introduced by Congressman Adam Kinzinger and Ted Lieu, H.R. 5181 officially claims it seeks a "whole-government approach without the bureaucratic restrictions" to counter " foreign disinformation" and manipulation which they believe threaten the world's "security and stability". H.R. 5181 would effectively task the Secretary of State with coordinating the Secretary of Defense, the Director of National Intelligence, and the Broadcasting Board of Governors to "establish a Center for Information Analysis and Response" which will pinpoint sources of disinformation, analyze data and "develop and disseminate fact-based narratives to counter effrontery propaganda."
What is the provision's fundamental implication? As reported by the alternative and far more critical Zero Hedge the legislation represents practically a dramatic return to Cold War era government propaganda battle. The Countering Foreign Propaganda and Disinformation Act of 2016 would pave the way for further curtailment of press freedom and will provide another means to stifle an avenue of accurate information.
These days, it has been mainstream media's tactic and devious ploy to label any news or opinion that goes against their conventional views and stand as " fake news" or " Russian propaganda" to conveniently protect their vested interest of maintaining their informational control and regaining their positions as informational gatekeepers- something which the rise and dominance of social media has destroyed. But before the mainstream media were exposed for their deviousness and were massively discredited as a result, the U.S. government was already strategizing a legally underpinned crackdown on any news that deviates from the official government line -often propagated by discredited mainstream media and government mouthpieces like the CNN and Washington Post- and dismiss the sources of such dissenting news as " fake news".This is the government's way of controlling information, and the way the public think, leaving the government the only arbiter of truth backed by the force of law- truly, extremely dangerous and practically a throwback to the dark ages of tyranny.
So if the public can not trust the mainstream media to fulfill their supposed duty and mandate, what could they do? Maintain the status quo, remain silent and just learn to grin and bear it? Or just like in the presidential election, the American public can create a movement and fight back? Ben Watching in a Twitter post is calling for just that- for the public to fight back because in solidarity the real power emanates from the people and this ' fight back' the public can achieve, says Ben Watching, by boycotting mainstream media and doing away with all the crap they're churning out once and for all. Ben Watching calls it Virtual March Chanting with the hashtag #NotMyPress.
It's time to put mainstream media in their place, as their power only comes from the people, if the public effectively boycotts them, they'll be reduced to insignificance.