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The News Pauper: The Quiet Ones

By W.B. Dunne

It may be the status quo that the right-wing of the political spectrum in this country has bragging rights on who has the farthest out, most violent, stupidest supporters. In the entire history of this country it has always been the right that provides the most madness, the least progress, and the greatest potential for sudden violent action.

But the News Pauper maintains that we have reached an era where the old template doesnt quite fit anymore. I have been witnessing a dynamic I am unfamiliar with. Never before has the apparatus for disseminating hatred and misinformation had such a heavily greased track to ride on. I wonder if the stirring I feel is the awakening of a real Godzilla.

Could it be that all the overkill engaged in by the likes of Fox and friends has gone too far and desensitized its target market? They have an apparatus that Goebbels would have recognized and slobbered over, but is the incompetence with which they operate their undoing? It is no longer necessary to invoke the cry for authoritarian tyranny through the false flag. One can traumatize just as severely without giving the masses as much as a hangnail, through the mass media, which the right controls.

My little column and my articles reach perhaps as many as several people. However, if I get one comment affirming my premise, I can assure myself that I havent wasted anyones time. If it were otherwise, I would hope the large readership I was addressing was equally discerning. What will happen to this machine that seems to undermine its own existence? A tool designed to educate cannot be long applied to a purpose opposed to that result. You wouldnt use pliers to hammer a nail, right?

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The News Pauper: Thank You, Balloon Boy!

By W.B. Dunne

In the News Paupers humble opinion, the Balloon Boys episode brings to light the extent of the American medias fixation on sensational stories. One wonders which well-researched story was blown out of the water by the Colorado idiot with an oversized Mylar balloon.

Ever since baby Jessica fell down that well in 87, media outlets stand like sphinxes awaiting the next distraction. Of course, we can all recall our own heart tugging distraction from the earnest duties of journalists muckraking where those trillions have disappeared to. A steady stream, an actual genre has appeared to relieve the masses from the nastiness of the news. Shows like Inside Edition cropped up; infotainment became the name of the assault on the press. All through the Clinton presidency, this disease infected the airwaves and culminated in the Monica Lewinsky story. This mentality destroyed the discussion regarding who was to lead our country, and we got George W. Bush and the Iraq War and what will most likely be remembered as the greatest economic calamity in our history.

The father of the Balloon Boy is now the target; ironically getting exactly the attention he wanted by the very media he is accused of lying to. Whether he is ultimately charged with the fraud in the courts is irrelevant. The absolute destruction of informative outlets for real news — in this hour when truth is the only thing that can help us — is as great a crime against us as any committed by Dick the Cheney.

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