My landlord, Guy, is a pretty big fool. He held me hostage for about 45 minutes yesterday afternoon so he could rant about how "there was a MASSIVE protest on 9-12 that the "mainstream media" missed!".
I don't know how many of you heard about this fox news fabrication, but I told him what I knew.
Me: "I read that fox news invented this 9-12 movement to protest Obama. I guess Glenn Beck was hyping it?"
Guy: "Where did you read that? Cause none of the big corporate news outlets got it!"
Me: "Well, the New York Times, for one. And Fox News was covering it extensively. I mean, they are the most watched cable news station. Pretty mainstream."
Guy: "Well, everyone else missed it. I mean, it was massive! I had friends there, and there were funny posters and signs and stuff." FYI: Guy is not an avowed Fox Watcher, though he said his main source of info on this event came from a blog he is a member of ("It has over 9000 members!")
Me: "Well what were they protesting?"
Me: "Seems like they were just protesting Obama. I mean, I heard it was "astroturfing", sponsored by some really well-endowed conservative lobbying corporations."
Guy: "Well no! It was totally by the people. No sponsorship. You know, real people who can only give a little. Also, just because there were no white people they said it was RACIST!"
At that point, knowing that Guy is a real paranoid who sees conspiratorial connections in many unlikely places I decided to let him run the conversation. He and I did agree that government is essentially the tool of corporate interests, but I'm sure our solutions to the problem would be entirely opposed. Inevitably the one-sided discussion turned to finance and "the government printing money to solve the problem". I have little say about things that are artificial and imaginary tools for rich people to get richer, so I couldn't speculate alongside his wild suspicions.
Anyway, in case you haven't been following this 9-12 nonsense as obsessively as myself I will include some commentary links. It is bound to amuse.
No corporate sponsors!? Take a look at their own website with its "grassroots" sponsorship: 9-12 DC
Of course, the various sponsors are not blatantly corporate, but it is fact that they are astroturfing offshoots of big lobbying entities:Freedom?Works?
(@ 912dc.org, I really love the use of red fists pumping over the capitol! Radical!)
Mainstream media! Grrrr! You LIE!
It was a massive protest against spending! I really got off on this assertion, mostly because of the fraudulent reporting on the size of the event. Between 1-2 million people! No, more like 60,000
Also, was it really about spending?
Smaller Gov't!!! Really, how stupid are these people?
Finally, I really love Bill Moyers.
Once again, thanks goes out to Fox News for sowing the idiotscape with the seeds of idiocy.