Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Mainstream Media Will Normalize Fascism

Don't ever be fooled by the constant right-wing claims that the mainstream media is against them. The New York Times, CNN, People Magazine, MSNBC, the Washington Post, and every other news corporation will follow one thing: The Money.

These are capitalist corporations. Never forget that. They're already normalizing not only Donald Trump, but the blatant white supremacists he's putting into power. I saw the front page of the New York Times at a Starbucks this morning calling Steve Bannon a "populist." Populism is a vague ideology only defined as being on the side of the common people. It sounds perfectly benevolent. But he's not on the side of the common people. He's a white nationalist and a misogynist, and a virulent transphobe, homophobe, and eugenicist. He only cares about cis, straight, white, able-bodied white men. He only cares about the privileged minority.

HuffPo has removed its caption about Donald Trump being racist, xenophobic, and Islamophobic. People published a piece about how "cute" Ivanka Trump and her family are.

They know Trump will give them trouble if they refuse to step in line, and since all they care about is money, they'll step right in line. They were only willing to begin to really criticize Trump back when it seemed like a sure thing that he would lose badly. They're not willing to lose nearly half their viewership/readership, either. There is no real journalism to be found with these companies.

Don't read them. Don't watch them. Don't go to their websites. They are not "unbiased" or "neutral" sources. Reject the myth that they are. Give your views and your ratings and your money to those who are actually willing to tell the truth about what's happening. And I'm not talking about clickbaiters.

Democracy Now is doing great work reporting on Standing Rock.

I trust Al Jazeera for international news.

Unicorn Riot has been recommended to me for anarchist-based views.

They're not perfect, but Think Progress is my preferred national liberal news publication.

There are plenty of others. You should also be following the social media accounts of people on the ground at places like Standing Rock. You don't need a journalism degree to be able to tell the truth. I trust the average people who were actually there most of all when it comes to news about specific events.

Unfollow those mainstream media social accounts. The more you hear the hateful actions and words of Trump and his fascist cabinet normalized, the more it will become normalized in your mind. It's basic human psychology. Your brain wants to normalize this shit because it's so much less stressful to pretend that everything's fine. Fight it.

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