Meanwhile, many journalists have been the news lately instead of reporting the news. From the Mole hired by Bush to distract from real issues in his White House press conferences, to the three other journalists paid to spread right-wing propaganda as normal news, to the CNN journalist forced to resign for daring to tell the truth about the shocking and unprecedented life-expectancy of journalists in Iraq, to the crew fired at CBS, included Dan Rather who will retire early for even attempting to point out that our Emperor used the silver spoon in his mouth to get out of the war in Vietnam, and then went AWOL from the National Guard (yes the documents were forged, which allowed everyone the stupid excuse to forget that the charges were really true). Bush is playing the mass media like a great big Wurlitzer organ, which blares whatever keys he presses.
Disinformation campaigns run by the government are now revealed, as back in the '60s, to be standard practice. But it doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand that democratic decisions based on false information is fake democracy, pseudo-choices made by people who've been fed a bunch of lies. Where truths are omitted, democracy doesn't exist. Hence my insistence on the terminology about "post-American" imperialism and neo-fascist religion.
This cartoon is now dated. The devolution has continued into a lower stage in the 21st century.
Not only is Gonzo Hunter gone, who no doubt killed himself because he could no longer bear the creepy perversity of what passes as mainstream now, but also that gang of overly smarmy tokens are also now irrelevant to the new low we've arrived at.
We now need to add a post-contemporary panel: in 2005 the new brand of journalists get extra paychecks directly from the White House, and take their orders directly from the Pentagon. If they step out of line, they're forced to resign. Or they go into exile, like Greg Palast in London.
Again, these are more desperate times than yesterday. Legal opposition to illegal practices has been ineffective. Again I propose the search for unprecedented means, perhaps neo-gonzo means.
So long, Hunter.