"A successful current affairs television show seems
to be more and more a cross between a music hall turn and a scene in a torture chamber." - Harold MacMillan
Current Affairs becomes a Sinister Melodrama
The popular culture is a pithy substitute for real
life. Trivia and amusement has supplanted substance and meaning. The uninterrupted didactics that mold every younger generation
into a non thinking and unknowing creature shapes the streaming narrative of current affairs. Viewing life in digital terms
only produces zeros and ones. Humanity is seldom taught from a historic perspective. Only a purity of indoctrination is allowed
in the secular humanism universe. All others need not apply to be accepted.
And here lies a central failure of a failed culture. The behavior that is demanded in polite
company is one of the most destructive falsehoods inflicted on the mind of individuals. By definition, “polite company”
is the conventional assimilation into a social order that is delineated by cultural dictates.
Since memories of past ages expire with the death of well educated students of
history, and reflecting on the written accounts and chronicles from those eras is as extinct as the generations that lived
through the experiences, the video and motion picture interpretations become the preferred link to the past.
As flawed as many of these accounts portray accurate
events, the common denominator is that the producers and researchers of these projects bring their own prejudices and objectives
to shape the conclusions that their audiences will draw from the rendering. Watching a movie from the 1930’s or 40’s
is much different from viewing a Smithsonian Channel account on the same period.
It is not that the facts have actually changed, but that the conventional wisdom from an earlier
time just does not pass the muster of the current outlook. While much of this phenomenon is natural, the implication needs
to be appreciated for the discernible departure of outlook over time.
With this background, one can only ingest the dribble that masquerades as journalism; reporting
on current affairs, with the greatest degree of skepticism. A prime example can be found in the George Clooney co-written
and directed movie, Good Night, and Good Luck.
The Good Night, and Good Luck -- movie review by Wendy McElroy provides a very detailed analysis of the dialogue. From her selection, a clear confrontation
Murrow corrects him on air, McCarthy is revealed either as a liar or as an ignorant man who prosecutes people on the basis
must respond. At first, he suggests that urbane and intellectual William F. Buckley rebut Murrow on air. But CBS chief William
Palely (Frank Langella) refuses. McCarthy must speak for himself.
As McCarthy delays, Murrow continues to air footage of the senator’s deteriorating
behavior especially at the notorious hearing of Annie Lee Moss. Moss is a demure, elderly black woman who is being “tried”
on a secret report from an FBI agent who does not testify. When the hearing goes badly, McCarthy is so rattled that he refers
to a pressing engagement and flees the room. Thereafter, a presiding senator raises strong objections to “trying”
Moss on hearsay rather than sworn testimony, which is her constitutional right. The presiding senator uses the word “evil”
to describe the fact that accusations, once uttered, cannot be stricken from the press or the public mind.
McCarthy finally responds
to Murrow. McCarthy desperately needs to refute the specific criticisms against him but, instead, he launches a personal attack,
calling Murrow “the leader of a jackal pack.”
A far more critical assessment from Jack Shafer argues that Good Night, and Good Luck and bad history is a tainted evaluation. Yet, this passage illustrates the message that the populace was left with after the CBS icon of
the “public trust” concluded his urbane postmortem.
“If paranoid bullies deserve a fair presentation of their views in a television
program, Ed denied Joe his. Instead, Murrow and CBS gave McCarthy rebuttal time on See It Now (April 6, 1954), which the senator
wasted. He barely referred to the previous broadcast and ratified Murrow's portrayal of him as a loon. Murrow's producing
partner, Fred W. Friendly, played by Clooney in the movie, wrote this about McCarthy's performance in his 1967 memoir, Due
to Circumstances Beyond Our Control:”
“It was twenty-five minutes of unrelieved McCarthy, denouncing Murrow as "the leader
of the jackal pack." The long shots consisted of contrived posturings of the anti-Communist instructor at a desk with
maps and photos. In close-up, it was as though some gifted "menace" actor was playing one of his juiciest roles.
Caked in make-up that attempted to compensate for his deteriorating physical condition, the senator gave the appearance of
a mask drawn by Herblock. His receding hairline was disguised by a botched mixture of false hair and eyebrow pencil. At the
beginning his voice was muted and flat, but eventually this gave way to the fanatical trumpeting that was his basic style.”
The great ironic dissection of this yellow journalism
that likes to bill itself as the "first rough draft of history”, neglects to report on the underlying facts that
just do not fit their narration.
The article, MOST-HATED SENATOR WAS RIGHT, published on World Net Daily demonstrates that Murrow’s obsession to take down “Tail Gunner Joe” far out
passed the “so called” paranoia he would have you believe that McCarthy embodied. With a little more leg work
and due diligence, Murrow might have gotten the story right. However, that was neither the intention nor the objective.
“Although Joseph McCarthy
was one of the most demonized American politicians of the last century, new information — including half-century-old
FBI recordings of Soviet embassy conversations — are showing that McCarthy was right in nearly all his accusations.
“With Joe McCarthy it
was the losers who’ve written the history which condemns him,” said Dan Flynn, director of Accuracy in Academia’s
recent national conference on McCarthy, broadcast by C-SPAN.
Using new information obtained from studies of old Soviet files in Moscow and
now the famous Venona Intercepts — FBI recordings of Soviet embassy communications between 1944-48 — the record
is showing that McCarthy was essentially right. He had many weaknesses, but almost every case he charged has now been proven
correct. Whether it was stealing atomic secrets or influencing U.S. foreign policy, communist victories in the 1940s were
fed by an incredibly vast spy and influence network.”
This example is cited to demythicize the legend and reveal the melodrama.
Today’s Main Stream Media’s disinformation and naked propaganda is so obvious
that anyone still watching Network News or the cable News channels is consciously inflicting their minds to cruel and permanent
If you see a similarity to the
way the establishment agents portray Donald J. Trump as a villain, and a latter day embodiment of Joe McCarthy, it is no accident.
Note that a typical Washington Post hit piece and smear column, The man who showed Donald Trump how to exploit power and instill fear, pushes the sinister connection between McCarthy’s lawyer, Roy Cohn and Trump’s supporter Roger Stone.
Since Jeff Bezos bought the paper, his publisher Fred
Ryan asserts, ““He does not get involved in the journalism except to encourage us to hire the best journalists
that we can.” Well, by any objective viewpoint the WP, rag on the Potomac pushes the globalist technocratic agenda at
The state of current
affairs reporting and spin from the fourth estate has a distinct manifestation of supporting the power elite. Government invention
and perversion that reports their version of reality is the mainstay of the brainwashing machine. Recent disclosure that a Top German Journalist Admits Mainstream Media Is Completely Fake: "We All Lie For The CIA" is just the tip of the iceberg of dissemination.
Objective and factual television reporting seldom occurs and pursuit of the truth and independent autonomy in publishing
virtually does not exist in the talking heads and bleached hair bimbos who read the Teleprompters. With few exceptions like
Lou Dobbs and the recent conversion to populism from neo-conservatism of Sean Hannity, the rest of the corporate crowd is
The millennial generations,
who were indoctrinated in government schools and tutored under the American Amnesia are so clueless to comprehend the harsh certitude of real life that some, of the intellectual crippled see their ‘Murrow”
generation idol in a charlatan like Rachel Maddow.
What exactly are current affairs? A world of continued turmoil and permanent conflict that views the individual as
expendable and threatening to the power structure is the best answer. Forget about reliable sources from a network that features
a foreign agent for Israel like Wolf Blitzer or a broadcast where a race baiter like Al Sharpton gets air time.
This presidential campaign proves for eternity that allowing broadcasters to filter the news
that gullible viewers accept as fair and balanced is a primary reason for the demise of the nation. A society that occupies
their lives in a pokemon game is not capable of engaging in serious political dialogue, much less debate.
Keeping the establishment gatekeepers out of your news
aggregators is the minimum step necessary to recapture your self-dignity. That’s the true meaning of Good Night,
and Good Luck.
SARTRE – August