It strikes me that the wealthy, privileged elite have used their control over the corporate media to pit left against right. They do it by delivering different “information” – it’s actually Disinformation – to the two groups. It only works because they managed to manipulate one of the two groups into isolating themselves into an information bubble.
They did it using the exact same technique some fundamentalist church groups use to isolate their congregation: “Disregard those ‘of the world’.” “Trust us but not them.” “Protect yourself from the deceptions of the serpent.” Sure, they replaced “serpent” with “main stream media” but the technique – and effect – were the same. After that, it was a small matter to send disinformation to that one, self-insulated group and other “news” to the rest of the viewing public.
Over time, most people in the mainstream got used to the idea that the insular group was misinformed. It created just the break between Americans it was intended to as the overall effect was name-calling and other insults, leading to bitterness and anger. In turn, the anger caused the group to self-isolate even MORE. Now people from outside the bubble just pretty much write off whatever comes from inside the bubble because it’s been provably false for so long it just becomes a time saver to ignore it.
But now I’m seeing a new trend. Now, the corporate media is feeding false information to those outside the bubble. Right now, it’s all about how the DNC didn’t cheat and damn those interfering Russians, anyway. Every time you hear some talking head tell you about the Russian hacks, you’re being fed false information. The corporate media is trying to wrap Hillary’s scandals into a single package – the “email hack” – and blame the Russians for the existence of the package. The entire narrative falls apart with only a little examination – so they hope you don’t look too closely. Let’s look anyway…
First, there was Hillary’s email servers. Did you see the ‘s’ at the end of ‘server’? That’s because she used several email servers. None were properly secured. Secret and even Top Secret information passed through them. This is not speculation. The FBI did an investigation, remember? The FBI said they found Secret and Top Secret information on the servers. NONE of this had anything to do with the Russians except for the possibility that her unsecured servers might have been hacked by the Russians. But none of the information on the servers was made public by the Russians or anyone else…
Second, there was the DNC email scandal. It had nothing to do with Hillary’s servers. The only commonality is the word “email” but – according to Wikileaks, who provided the information – the DNC emails weren’t “hacked”. They were leaked. That means an insider. Someone INSIDE the DNC gained access to the emails by working at the DNC, printed them out, and provided them to Wikileaks. Again, no Russians involved.
So, that’s two out of three email scandals that didn’t involve the Russians. That leaves the Podesta hack. You know how you get an email from time to time warning you that some page has been violated and you need to go to such and such a site and re-enter your user name, password, and credit card information? Those emails are scams and they have a name. They’re called phishing emails. Well, John Podesta fell for one of those. It’s technically true those are “hacks” in the sense that someone now has access to things they shouldn’t but it’s not like some computer whiz had to sneak in and breach security protocols. They just asked Podesta for his password and he gave it to them. After that it was just a simple matter of printing email.
But there is a cadre of writers and broadcasters out there consistently pounding the message that the Russians hacked the election to create “the email scandal” and they’re feeding this non-stop stream of bullpucky to those of us OUTSIDE the self-imposed media bubble in order to deflect attention from their own missteps and misdeeds. I see it as a new development.
I’m used to seeing fraudulent information coming from “the other team”. It’s so common, it’s boring. I’m NOT used to seeing fraudulent information coming from “my team”. The corporate media has had time to iron out the wrinkles working within the insular group. They’re very skilled at disinformation and can easily slip propaganda in unnoticed if one isn’t paying VERY close attention. So pay attention. Disregard broadcast media that originates inside the US borders. Read, but check what you read.
I’ll tell you this: Lincoln warned that a house divided against itself cannot stand and the privileged elite have succeeded in dividing the house that is America to their own benefit for long enough…