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Anne Sacoolas on the lam after world record hit and run

US Air Force flew one of its intelligence workers’ wives out of the UK after she committed vehicular homicide, then claimed diplomatic immunity. The British press reports that her whereabouts in the US are being concealed from journalists and investigators. The US media is conspiring to keep all personal details being made public. Freedom the the Press does not protect your freedom to know. Anne Sacoolas, 42, wife of a US "diplomat", fled the UK after killing Harry Dunn, 19, when her Volvo collided with his motorbike while she was driving on wrong side of road. Sacoolas had just exited the RAF Croughton base in Northamptonshire, which is leased to the US and called the Joint Intelligence Analysis Centre (JIAC). Sacoolas’ eldest of three children was in the car at the time of the accident. Usually diplomatic immunity only covers diplomats in London, but a special deal signed as early at 1994 includes this particular base. US media is reporting the story, without mentioning her name, or that her "diplomatic immunity" is a cover for intelligence work. Curious things, these media moratoriums.

Today kids are learning a valuabe civics lesson. Government won’t do anything for people, without a gun to its head.

OH THE IRONY. But Poe's Law probably carries to high schools, for the same reason irony doesn't compute on social media: adolescent frontal lobes. I don't have much use for guns myself, but it's obvious to me that when the corporate media gets behind a public issue like gun control, it can't be in the people's interest AT ALL. And since when have Big Dems done any right thing? The news usually blacks out calls for social reform, unless it's the common people you're asking to disempower, not corporate hegemony. Today the press is platforming the protests with live feeds and biographical highlights of the youthful petitioners. This is MANUFACTURED DISSENT. Nickelodeon suspended its television programming to accommodate in essence a protracted commercial break. A young person's choice to "walk out" today is not rebellion, it's conformity to the astroturf. Get a load of the profiling of the Florida students, portrayed as movement organizers, though their role more resembles contestants for an America's Got Talent Protest Edition. The #March14 school walkouts across the country only confirm the mendacious education our children are getting. Gee kids, when you graduate to no job, no health care, no environmental protections, no economic rights, maybe even no home, and a leveled playing field of no privilege for any of you, you kids are going to need guns.

The Fourth Estate is a Fifth Column

The Premier, Seconde, and Tier Etats were pre-revolutionary constructs to harness the power dynamics of the Anien Regime. Academics and journalists then sought to pretend impartiality by pronouncing themselves a Fourth Estate, but there is no such division. That concept is a fabrication of the press to feign independence from their bosses. If we must talk in terms of arrondissements, the Fourth Estate in reality is a Fifth Column. It acts like it seeks the truth, in the interest of the people, but in reality propagandizes for the oppressors. The conventional 1st and 2nd classes, the clergy and the nobility of all monarchies, disguise a single religious scam that presents the despot's raison d'etre. The two were only ever one. Even now that partnership persists in today's simulated democracies. The Third Estate, meant to represent the populace, is not an estate at all. It's a people deprived of unity and, literally, estate. There are only two classes: the haves and the have no estates. Schools and media indoctrinate members of the public about the inherent superiority and inevitable supremacy of their betters, and assure us that these journalistic conclusions have been independently sourced. Oscar Wilde wrote in 1891: In old days men had the rack. Now they have the Press. That is an improvement certainly. But still it is very bad, and wrong, and demoralizing. Somebody was it Burke? called journalism the fourth estate. That was true at the time no doubt. But at the present moment it is the only estate. It has eaten up the other three. The Lords Temporal say nothing, the Lords Spiritual have nothing to say, and the House of Commons has nothing to say and says it. We are dominated by Journalism.

Racists don’t care about hurricanes in Puerto Rico or typhoons hitting Guam

American viewers saw no coverage of Hurricane Irma as it hit Cuba, even as Irma was the 24/7 headline story. Instead we watched live feeds from Florida as TV crews braved the wind and wet to report on preparations there. It was boring stuff compared to what we could surmise was being blacked out from Cuba. The understanding was clear: Americans only care about natural disasters as they impact Americans. Perhaps it's more accurate to say, by America we mean the United States of America. When Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, our news networks ignored it like a disaster befalling any other third world republic of colored people. Puerto Rico is a US territory. We deny Puerto Rico statehood or representation in Congress --essentially the protections stateside citizens enjoy against unfettered free trade capitalism-- but Puerto Ricans are Americans. Viewers apparently also don't care about typhoons which hit Guam or American Samoa in the Pacific for the same reason. So while Puerto Ricans suffer, domestic news coverage is dominated by the NFL taking a knew, or football players linking arms to prevent spoilers taking a knee. And the media make that about the flag and the anthem instead of about the protest's original focus, police brutality against dark skinned people. Point fingers at your insufficiently schooled allies or at southern rebels or at white pride weirdos, but whose racism surpasses them all is America's corporate media.

The media is public enemy number one

You may want to disagree with everything the Trump says, but I'd like to see you argue that he's wrong about the media being "the enemy of the American People." President Trump is a maniacal clown, but the Fascist corporate media is public enemy number one.

Prince the Artist Formerly

Everybody has something to say about Prince, RIP, the artist formerly known by a pseudo-hieroglyph. Of his own design, it was pseudo-silent and un-typeable so he became "Formerly Known as Prince." Before that he was the single-named Madonna-esque "Prince".   The media's gushing last chance push of the Prince back catalog reminds me how completely the "independent" maverick was integrated in the pop crap industry. I'm addressing Prince's pioneer branding because up until today his musical legacy was illusory. An earlier hit gave Prince a comeback when "1999" became relevant to the turn of the millennium. The musician's second act was to impersonate a Hendrix tribute icon. Tormented, gifted, undead. WHAT PRINCE REALLY TAUGHT US was that you can forbid the media to speak your name and they will obey. What a crock! You try it! I have a friend who goes by just "Lotus". He has a hell of a time getting local journalists to report his name as only that. They usually write "Lotus, he doesn't use his last name, etc." Often they don't quote him because one name is too weird. By royal purple edict apparently, Prince was even let to declare his hieroglyph was unpronouncible. The real lesson was about everyone's complicity in the manufacture of marketing campaigns. You'd think that the music business or our corporate celebrity culture might be reported like news. It appears to be. It certainly makes up most of mainstream news. Its happenings are not irrelevant to a consumer economy. But no. Instead, publicists dictate how their brands are sold, just as lawyers insure trademarks aren't violated, and the media divisions of the same entertainment corporations comply. If the news tellers don't play along, products like Prince wear no clothes.

Even the Pope doesn’t want Trump. Uh, who is more status quo than the Pope?

When is the last time the corporate media was on your side? The fact that every news pundit opposes Donald Trump's candidacy should indicate the real threat his election bid poses to the powers that be. Consider too that you are only seeing Trump through their lens. His lunacy and inanity are colored by their filter. What have you heard beside outlandish hyperbole? Is Trump a racist? In the hospitality business, most of his customers and his workforce cross the border. Fences? Bans? Trump is trolling, he's saying whatever wins him attention over airwaves throttled and moderated by hostile gatekeepers. Neither Fox nor NPR want to consider Donald Trump "electable". What does that say?! What gets me is the left's kneejerk alarm at Trump's rise. As if the media's clarion call rings for them. Alternative media is uncritically amplifying the mainstream fearmongering. Fortunately they're all underestimating the American public. TRUMP IS NOT A FASCIST, he's a conceited blowhard. Trump is not an idiologue, he's an ignorant narcissist. Trump is not a dictator, he's a spoiled bully. AT WORST Trump could run the White House like a syndicate thug. Is that worse or better for the American people? We've already got government lawlessness. Let's unleash absolute power to fight society's real criminals. AT WORST Don Trump could order drone strikes on the legislature. At worst he could deploy death squads against Wall Street and Madison Avenue. A gangland don's ego will only be threatened by his rivals. Those of us without power have nothing he needs. If Trump crowns himself tsar maybe we'll see bankers and media moguls have their hats nailed to their heads. The status quo's worst nightmare could not help but benefit its have-nots. And the American People know it, hense Trump's unwavering popularity. To our political sages, Trump's support is incomprehensible. Hardly. Trump is not a populist, he's dumbo Rambo. Probably more Rambo than Dumbo. Uh oh. No wonder everybody in Who's Who is terrified the public beast will get its proxy.   Now Pope Francis has spoken out against Trump. Figureheads for established power don't get any bigger than the Pope.

Is Palin writing for SNL or vice versa? Who are this election’s screenwriters?

Remember when Sarah Palin gave her infamous 2008 Katie Couric interview? Palin's disordered responses were so Miss Teen Carolina that Saturday Night Live writers didn't have to wring out a parody. Instead Tina Fey brought down the house by repeating Palin's folksy schtick verbatim. Essentially SNL added a laugh track. Every week the entire country tuned in to SNL in anticipation of Fey's mimicry act. Eight years later Palin has come out of the wood paneling to endorse fellow freak Donald Trump. Immediately everyone is salivating for the SNL instant replay. Hmm. It seems Sarah Palin has reprised her role as fount of Ugly Americanisms and I have to wonder. Maybe SNL's humorists hadn't caught a break after all. Maybe they had been hard at work in preproduction. Working on Sarah Palin as season pilot. Gag writers didn't have to write a Palin parody because they drafted the original jokes. We like to think of our comedians as authors of their own brilliant wit, yet we know their TV talk shows employ gaggles of writers. It's true from Comedy Central to the Tonight Show. Why do we give a village idiot like Sarah Palin credit for her seamlessly funny imbecility? Or Donald Trump for that matter? Trump has yet to miss a single sour note or plumb an inoffensive punchline with his every gutterance. If we recognize the American two party system and its lesser of bogeymen false choice as an unchanging melodrama, we must consider the show has its screenwriters. Palin and Trump and Hillary and Bernie are reciting lines already tested on focus groups, seasoned to our taste, to manufacture consent for political continuity. And how about casting directors? Somebody is deciding who gets the screentime. Why is anyone asking Sarah Palin's opinion about Trump or anything for that matter. What qualifies Palin to opine at all? She's been neither public figure, candidate, governor, nor mayor of Alaska's meth capitol, since she came and went two elections cycles ago. Political kingmaking is frequently attenuated by media gatekeepers but clearly the casting decisions they make are based on viewership ratings. If there's a show with cast and crew, there's a showrunner. Elsewhere in TV-land the spotlights is regularly turned on them. I'm not talking about campaign managers or party heads, they are the stage managers or Don Pardos at best. Showrunners are the real auteurs, if that word doesn't lend excessive dignity to their oeuvre, which is crap. Team Obama 2008 won advertizing's most prestegious award for that brand's successful campaign. The Cleo is an industry award, generally outside the public's viewshed. Of course the awards should have been Emmys. If you want to see the real wits behind the scenes, it's time to unmask the twits. Exile them to Reality TV where they belong. Let us accept or reject the showrunners if you're going to pretend this is a democracy.

So Jon Stewart decides when an act of malice is too egregious to joke about? It’s called pandering, people.

Jon Stewart's monologue last night was a moving response to the racist murders committed in Charleston on Wednesday. Dylann Storm Roof's shooting of nine African Americans was hate crime and racism pure and simple. I cheered along as Stewart declared a comic intervention: America needed to sober up to the reality of its self-perpetuating racist crimes. I'm not sure Stewart could have reacted any differently, but his comedic turn was also a reminder for me of the manipulative tool the Daily Show has always been. World events are always filled with tragedy, which Stewart highlights and lampoons, so why is the Charleston church shooting more egregious than the mosques Americans bomb every day? Is Roof's racism any more "home-grown" than our government's? Does Jon Stewart decide for you when the laughter starts or stops? I applaud Stewart calling for Americans to stop laughing about racism. #BlackLivesMatter #GodDammit! #GodFuckingDammit! Now I hope in his last shows Stewart can ask his audience to stop laughing at court jesters who provide escape valves for the horrors of systemic state-sponsored injustice. Stewart followed up his Andy Kaufmanesque cold-open with an interview of Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai, the compelling child star of Pakistan, as balm for his being overwhelmed by the day's trauma. Malala of course, the poster child for the machinations of the neoliberal globalists who need to enslave Third World young women to fill their free trade zone factories with Western-education-trafficked slave laborers. So if Stewart delivers the neoliberal agenda on a silver platter, who ordered the show-stopper?

What does “member-supported radio” mean? Friends don’t let friends air junk

It is that time again. Twice a year local public radio affiliate KRCC holds a fund drive during which it expects community support for its exclusively corporate programming. By what stretch of the imagination should listeners feel they need to pony up for somebody else's agenda? Of course, bathed in enough misinformation and indoctrination, a community will wallow, and pay for the upkeep of their own barbed wire. Yeah, those fence-sitting fence-keepers are going to be a bitch --and creative I expect, with their sardonic apolitical joie-de-rire. I don't look forward to it, but the next local effort to elevate KRCC begins Saturday. KRCC: Enough with COStupid.

When comments distract from posts: The dirty ice cream stick in your hand

The Guardian covered the immigrant mothers protesting their detention in the private facilities run by GEO in Texas. Reading the comments on this article, I'm reminded of a story from my youth, some 60 years ago. We young boys would all head for the Midway of the "Iowa State Fair". The Midway is where all tents were set up with the tattoo artist, the two headed calf and the bearded lady. This area was sometimes referred to as "The Freak Show" They also had the scantily clad women who came out and danced on a stage for a few minutes to entice the men to buy a ticket for a more revealing show inside. While the men stood mesmerized by the hoochie-coochie girls dancing on stage, we boys would quietly slip up behind them. Picking up a dirty ice cream stick, we would gently place it in their open hand. Without thinking, unable to tear their eyes away from the girls, they would close their hands tightly on the ice cream stick. When the girls left the stage the men would come back to their senses; they would look down at their hand holding the dirty ice cream stick with a bewildering look on their face and then fling the stick to the ground, glancing around to see if anyone noticed. You can be sure of one thing; GEO, the private prison corp. is reading these comments and loving it. They have you all distracted while they put the "dirty ice cream stick in your hand" (picking your pocket). I never quite figured out why they called it "The Freak Show". Was it because of the bearded lady or those who bought the tickets to see her? If you don't stand up for these mothers, you probably wouldn't stand up for your own mother.

Je suis a manipulated photo, like statue of Saddam toppled by fake Iraqi crowd

HEY! Where are the Parisian masses supposed to have been marching behind the World Leaders?! Media images were cropped to suggest the Euro cabal headed the populist march, but a long shot establishes the illusion to have been a lie. It turns out the forty figureheads held their own parade for Charlie Hebdo in a vast no man's land of high security. Video footage shows the leaders surrounded by only media, beckened to move hither and forth to simulate an advance, marching in place more or less like a chorus line of marionettes. The photo-op is disgracefully contrived, the subjects looking cluelessly right and left at imaginary onlookers, waving occasionally at what are probably only government snipers on the rooftop. An audio track records applause generated by a small number of determined clappers, while stage managers bark cadences to prompt the line forward, repeating "Vite, vite, vite" and "Ein, Zwei, Drei." The complicity of the international press recalls the iconic toppling of Saddam Hussein's statue by US marines, flanked by an entourage of Iraqi collaborators made to look like jubulant masses by means of judiciously cropped camera angles, unmasked in the alternative press by under-populated far shots. Even if the leaders' isolation is dismissed as pragmatic, what does a complicit media tell you about whose agenda is rolling out the JE SUIS CHARLIE offensive? The impromptu summit had media waxing that Paris at that moment was the "Capitol of the World." An Anglo-Capitalist Putsch, yes. The march in Paris was a self-congratulatory televised re-declaration of the War On Islam. President Obama's non-attendance is a red herring, and points to another missed opportunity. Had Obama been any kind of people's hero he could have sent a drone in his stead to dispatch this Islamophobic assembly like just another Afgan wedding party.

Video evidence supports uncompelling theory that ISIS is an army of one

Western warmongers have caught on to viral videos for scaring up public support for military airstrikes against Iraq and Syria. So far three videos have emerged appearing to show a Western captive being beheaded by a faceless executioner presumed to represent "the Islamic State". Though viewers are purported to be screaming for Islamic blood, the evidence at hand doesn't implicate more than one person, himself faceless and of indeterminate identity, nationality and religious preference. It could be Mr. Califate himself, if the video is genuine --as usual we have only the CIA's word on that-- or it could be a mercenary under anyone's employ. Apparently experts are convinced this is provocation enough to launch a war. I say, let the US and its military allies show the intellectual honesty to release videos of detainees they've tortured or of families they've executed with drones. If videotaped atrocities are going to govern international policy, let the global viewership determine whose side of the war they want to be on.

BREAKING: CNN loses Korean ferry

Whether an airliner disappears in thin air, or a ship capsizes right before the eyes of rescuers, the failure of modern technology is confounding television viewers. Will the common fate of passengers become the tragic constant?

Bystander video of Schumacher ski crash puts lie to “off-piste” connerie

When Formula One racer Michael Schumacher broke his crown on a French ski slope last week, Meribel resort spokesmen went into damage control mode by declaring the speed champion was skiing "off-piste". That's Anglo-French for off-the-trail or out-of-bounds. Initial reports mentioned the specific slope on which Schumacher crashed, but subsequent press releases amended the account to reassure tourists that this downhill interruptus occurred outside of the permitted area. Isn't that always the official line of resort operators and their insurers --ski accidents result when patrons stray where they're not allowed? This theme puzzles regular skiers who know the back country is usually thoroughly demarcated and sealed. It was no surprise then when a bystander video emerged which showed Schumacher's accident happening exactly where originally stated, on the Grand Couloir (trans: Big Corridor) between Mauduit and La Biche. Thus we discover the disingenuous definition of "off-piste". It means the piste's edge! Be it trees, rocks or cliff, it's the most probable thing with which a skier can collide: the border of a groomed slope. Saying Schumacher crashed off-piste is like saying his Ferrarir didn't crash at a racetrack, but rather against the track's wall; or like saying a person didn't fall from a building but rather died on the sidewalk. Now we know how so many ski accident victims got past barriers, substantial enough to deter most reckless impulses: They didn't, they crashed into them.

Sorry, Edward Snowden is not leaking “allegations” open to USG refutation

Corporate media doesn't want to do its job investigating or reporting on security state mechanisms and excesses, and it's not going to let Edward Snowden do it either. Isn't it curious that they're able to allege Snowden's leaks are "allegations" instead of LEAKS? Of course they've only got their corrupt selves for peer review. The US press leaves the foreign papers to break Snowden's documents after which it can accurately say the conclusions are "reported", giving US officials a premise to dismiss the "accusations". Except they're not accusations, or allegations or conclusions, they're unveiled fact. The US security agencies aren't reportedly violating the privacy of citizens, they ARE! And no, "everyone is[n't] spying on everyone" the security states are spying on their peoples. Neither you, nor I are spying on anyone, except maybe via Facebook. Our oligarchs and their world security apparatus are keeping close tabs on us via wildly illegal surveillance, to the bemusement of media talking heads.   NMT has for some time been writing about how the NSA is recording all phone calls and internet transmissions, not merely "meta" data. Of course our reports were suppositions, so THANK YOU EDWARD SNOWDEN for the confirmation. Any credible response to Snowden's revelations, whether from the White House or Angela Merkel, must begin with expressing gratitude for the moral superiority of a brave whisteblower.

World Press Freedom Day is cover for US sponsored voices of destabilization

Remember the jokes-on-them cautionary tale about admen trying to sell the Chevy NOVA in Latin America, oblivious that "no va" means "doesn't go?" in Spanish. You'd think Capitalism's missionaries would know their "freedom" brand has already been unmasked. Translated it means "World Bank Compliant Fascist State" whose media is embed only. How ironic that capitalism in democracy's clothing is heralding World Press Freedom Day. I suppose Russia and Iran are held as examples where the press isn't free, although RT and PRESSTV are by far more reliable sources of news than anything in the "free" world. I most appreciated WPFD for the light it brought on its international supporters, bloggers who I might not have immediately known were sock puppets for western tentacles. Here's someone in Colombia who depends "in great part on international co-operation" to fund her work.

Media conference misses inconvenient lesson: coverage of Arkansas oil spill is coming from illegals

DENVER, COLO.- It's day three of the 2013 NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON MEDIA REFORM and I haven't heard one mention of perhaps the media story most pertinent to this gathering: the tar sands oil spill in Mayflower Arkansas that is and isn't in the headlines. Because the media is being denied access to the story, because the media isn't making a story of that censorship, and because most relevant to the media reform crowd, the scarce images that are emerging are coming from activist video streamers breaking the law to get the story. I'm especially excited by that development because it renders my exhortations mute, that journalists look with skepticism on the oath of "objectivity" which binds them to the corporate spun narrative. "You can't be neutral on a moving train" was Howard Zinn's entreaty. "Neutrality helps the oppressor never the victim" said a Zionist without irony. But when reporting means having to break the law, then wanting to tell the story means becoming an activist.   I use the expression "illegals" in accordance to the AP's new stylebook, to connote an illegal act, and to poke fun. "The I-word" is no longer acceptable to describe undocumented immigrants, but speaker after speaker at the conference heralded the announcement as if it had not just been explained by the previous. It was apparently "the applause line" of this year's conference. Too bad, because in a year of unending Obama betrayals, the victory is meager cause for celebration.

Super Bowl 2013 commemorates American warrior culture minus wounded vets

TV NATION- Can Americans no longer embarrass themselves? This year's pregame holiday extended to Super Bowl Eve with an un-ironic commemoration ceremony, an all-star gala tribute to football, acclaiming it a venerated touchstone of the American character, the public mob like drunken monks feasting the humanitarian contributions of the Spanish Inquisition. Football celebrates America's cultural blood lust, a surrogate for our preemptive senseless war making, whose shared cartoon violence is expunged of its real antisocial inhumanity. Probably owing to this season's pre pregame homophobia scandal, where collegiate casualty Manti Teo showed signs of early onset Mohammed Ali's disease, fans learned about the concealed football side effect of compounded concussions, akin to IED survivors' collateral brain damage. Next we'll probably hear that footballers' home lives spread PTSD. As football injuries become more difficult to hide from battle-weary audiences, fans will be calling for more Kevlar and then of course commensurate armor piercing anti-Kevlar. I already think football offensive lines look spectacularly under equipped without drones. Or would that position be pretended to play defense?

NPR: women berserkers, oil whores, Goebbels Surge, presidential DNA

I accidentally listened to NPR today, what an earful of crap! No wonder Americans are so uninformed, none more than self-identifying progressives, waylaid by Corporate Public shysters. Here's what I overheard:   The Defense Department is running short on recruits so they need to draft women into combat roles. Leon Panetta has righted a constitutional injustice apparently and will deploy women into battle. Because women want equality to torture, join kill squads, shoot children, get PTSD, join ranks of homeless or commit suicide. Greatest gender advance since Virginia Slims.   NPR interviewed oil workers who shrug off risk like Algerian massacre and speak fondly of their rape of Africa. According to them it's "all about the Benjamins" to pay cash for sports cars and ATVs, and international travel for access to "cheap women". Funny, the interviewees declined to reveal their full names. The energy industry promises jobs, but decent people need not apply.   General "All Up In My Snatch" Petraeus is being credited with inventing a counterinsurgency tactic called "the Surge". Yeah, we've heard of it. Formally just a word, the "tactic" is not military, but public relations, attributable to Joseph Goebbels, to minimize an escalation or troop buildup by pretending it's temporary.   The Benghazi Kerfuffle, now a DC sideshow instead of the foreign relations comeuppance where US intervention operatives in Libya got their just-desserts, is being amplified to be a vehicle to kick off Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign. The ex Secretary of State was praised for her gravitas and standing, leading MSNBC to suggest that "diplomacy is in her DNA". Spouses share DNA? Are talking heads confusing DNA with VD? berserker

Manti Te’o mistery phone paramour is a live person whose name is not Lennay Kekua. That is not the hoax

You'd think that Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o would be overjoyed to learn his internet girlfriend's death was a hoax, that the person with whom he spent days and nights on the phone is alive and well, even if her name isn't Lennay Kekua. If it's true the NFL hot-property had never met this posthumous paramour, but fell in love with her over the course of years on the phone, you'd think the bond would be super-ordinary and he'd be on the first plane to meet his miraculously restored Ophelia. The death "hoax" could have a fairytale ending! (Maybe I'm overestimating the emotional availability of a football player, but that exclamation could be a pun and a twist.) Evidently Manti Te'o presumes his fabled "Lennay Kekua" by any other name will not smell as sweet. That's certainly the conclusion a TV audience is meant to infer. The football star's sagging enthusiasm for his ex phone pal enamorada suggests he might already know her identity doesn't it? His business-of-football associates don't seem to show much curiosity either. Is it that Lennay Kekua's real identity and physical appearance have to be vetted by Notre Dame or by the NFL before they approve a re-engagement with the Manti entity integral to their business plan? No doubt American Football might also not ready for a gender switch, if the phone passed around the locker room in the persona of "Lennay" turns out to be Manti's "prankster" friend Ronaiah Tuiasosopo. Macho Manti Te'o is entitled to the private life of his choosing, but when the media money machine plumbs real-life drama to pull the nation's heartstrings, we're entitled to see what comes up at the end of the line, especially the more feverishly they try to cut it. Because isn't there a real chance here for something transformative? Imagine if Manti Te'o is revealed to be gay, what that could do for traditional divisive stereotypes, blessed by football. Reality television teases us with the charismatic potential of witnessing real life, but carefully scripts what we see to preclude an unpredictable outcome.

That’s no mystery woman, that’s my wife

Curious the class distinction made with media persons of interest. Mrs Kim Jong Un is appointed an air of notoriety by nature of having been previously unidentifiable to the West. There's not much mystery to a retroactive mystery. So what about every other North Korean? Mystique surely does not apply to anyone not already on the media's social register. But that surely says something about the "made" personalities of celebritydom. If the corporate media doesn't know their provenance, say, back to their apprenticeships at Disney, then those potential loose canons will remain without celebrity title until their personalities are known entities ie bondable to the system's image of itself. Conversely, look at the treatment of the otherwise scandalous Tetra-pack heir melodrama. Unfamiliar to the general public, a billionaire Tetra heir lost his wife, her body went undiscovered for five days, remember that headline? Eventually we learned she was lost to drugs. The billionaire heir ignored her body after her overdose, himself still on a binge, but you wouldn't get to that side of the story until five paragraphs into it. Even though the police only came upon the scene because the heir addict had been interrupted driving erratically. If the couple hadn't been philanthropists, the headline would have told of billionaire addicts, given their names where not household variety. Their chief interest in philanthropy was to support an addiction recovery program, it turns out obviously a kind of tithing in lieu of quitting drugs themselves. So their philanthropy was a whitewash as much as the obit and police blotter was in the end.

This American Life caves to Apple Corp, swaps Mike Daisey Chinese factory horror story for Marketplace puff spin

This American Life host Ira Glass tried to pull an Oprah on playwright Mike Daisey, to dress him down on creative license Daisey took with an excerpt of a monolog aired on TAL titled Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory. The debunking came courtesy of American Public Media's laughable "Marketplace" Wall Street PR engine, which Glass pretended were reliable experts on the subject of China's apparently resolved labor abuses. That's not even funny. This "retraction" reeks even upwind, and Apple's having become the most highly valued corporation probably explains Glass's uncharacteristically virulent condemnation. Shameful is what it was, and I hold it unforgivable, for the pretend-affable Glass, so-called folk archivist, to scuttle someone else's too successful artistic quest for fundamental truth. Let's be clear. Mike Daisey was "debunked" based on his Chinese translator contradicting his version of events, and Marketplace finding Hong Kong based activists ready to give Chinese labor problems the all-clear signal. Both sources no longer protected by anonymity are under duress in China, and it's not mentioned under whose employ they are now. The Apple Factory story was the first best thing TAL had aired since pioneering post-sardonic navel gazing, but this week Glass issued a full retraction, removed the episode from the archive, and aired a blistering character assassination complete with manipulatively edited confrontations with Daisey, loaded with the expectation he'd buckle like fictional-confession memoir author James Frey. Except Frey's lies unraveled because they contrived to propagate untruth. Daisey's truths were undisputed, but the liberties he took to weave a personal narrative were "debunked" to cast doubt on his every word. It was a shameful moment for This American Life, and I'm hoping this time Glass has overestimated the vapidity of his listeners. For example, when Mike Daisey explained his rationale for not wanting to "unpack the complexity" of his narrative, Ira Glass responded that he didn't know what that meant. To what kind of reporter, editor, producer, or storyteller would that concept be foreign? APM's Marketplace This was not the first collaboration between Marketplace and TAL. As the Occupy Wall Street protests grew, Ira Glass commissioned folksy research pieces from a Marketplace team to explain world banking and derivatives trading in terms sufficiently lazy to not disturb the usual NPR stupor. It was bunk coiffed in TAL's typical carefree je ne care pas. So this time, Marketplace's man in China was consulted to fact-check Mike Daisey's account. ACTUALLY, Glass reveals that he was approached by Marketplace AFTER they'd looked into Daisey's sources. Glass thanked Marketplace for offering the story to TAL, instead of exploiting the expos themselves. That's Glass pretending he doesn't know PR is about getting someone else to say it for you. Absolving Apple required more than one media property criticizing another. Somebody probably wanted a full retraction. To foul Mike Daisey's story required one phone call to the translator and guide he'd used in China, whose contact information he tried hide from Glass and co. No mention that this might have been to protect her from

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