You’ve probably heard about the case of the Jena Six. If you only listened to news reports on, say, CBS drive-time radio, you would have heard all about the injuries sustained by the white youth who was beaten up by a group of black youths. But you probably never heard about the events leading up to that attack — including the nooses in the tree. (Jeralyn Merritt has more over at TalkLeft.)
Unless you read FDL or A Bluestem Prairie, you probably haven’t heard about the prominent Minnesota politician, Dick Day, who thinks that the best way to win back Tim Walz’ seat for the Republicans is to inflame and nurture whatever racist impulses exist in the hearts of the people of Minnesota’s First Congressional District.
Unless you read HuffPost or Atrios, you probably don’t know that MSNBC caved to the pressure from a Republican congresswoman and forced their own David Shuster to apologize for telling the truth while she did not.
Most of the American corporate media talks about our wondrous economic expansion — even as home foreclosures skyrocket and the gap between rich and poor keeps growing: The rich get richer, the rest of us fall further behind.
And most of the American corporate media aren’t going to tell you about the white-supremacist gatherings at Jena, either.
During the global depression of the 1930s, the leaders of nations were faced with either doing something to help the masses or looking for a scapegoat (usually a group that wasn’t that nation’s dominant ethnic group) on which to assign blame.
In America, we were lucky: Enough of our leaders and media opnionmakers chose assistance over racial and/or ethnic scapegoating, and that in turn led Americans to make the correct choice and put Franklin Delano Roosevelt into office.
In Germany, they weren’t so lucky: A depression far, far worse than what America experienced, coupled with decades of the Dolchstoßlegende (“backstab legend”) perpetrated by German leaders and media barons who didn’t want to admit that Germany was running on fumes for most of the Great War, and with an inadvertent assist from the other European powers (who decided to punish Germany for a war they were equally at fault for starting by crippling the German economy), caused the German people to turn to what the campaign posters described as “Unsere letzte Hoffnung” (our last hope): Adolf Hitler.
Now, in large part because of the decades-long systematic undoing of the wise reforms introduced by Franklin D. Roosevelt, our country is poised on the brink of a economic catastrophe that may be worse than was the Great Depression. And as with the Great Depression, the warning signs have been largely ignored by those economists who are allowed a place at the mass-media table.
The question is: Which way will our media go when the bottom finally falls out, undeniably and brutally? Who will they back to lead us?
Will they back Roosevelt — or Hitler? Action — or scapegoating?
This is why I blog, everyone. To add my small voice to the Roosevelt faction.