by Jay Syrmopoulos
Throughout the presidential campaign, the corporate mainstream media news refused to cover the numerous damning revelations contained within the emails leaked by transparency organization WikiLeaks. Instead, they operated as a buoy to Clinton by colluding with her campaign to frame the presidential race in a manner necessary to keep her from drowning in scandal.
Essentially, the media acted as a propaganda arm and surrogate for the Clinton campaign in an effort to bolster her candidacy.
So, last night, Saturday Night Live took aim at the farcical coverage provided by CNN in a skit that highlights the absolute absurdity of the mainstream media coverage. The skit features Anderson Cooper moderating a panel with Kayleigh McEnany, Van Jones, Gloria Borger, David Axelrod, and Dana Bash, featuring all six of them giving the same exact takes on a whole range of Donald Trump scandals — kind of like in real life!
And while the past week has seen widespread talk of “fake news” — mainstream “fake news” propaganda has seemingly come out unscathed – even after having been exposed as working in collusion with the Clinton campaign.
Ironically, throughout this election cycle, it was these independent/non-corporate media outlets, now being targeted as “fake news,” that reported on the numerous bombshell WikiLeaks releases. All the while, the corporate media simply ignored the daily revelations contained in the DNC and Podesta emails — or declared them illegal. It’s these very outlets which now see’s themselves in the crosshairs of a new censorship regime announced by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg.
While the old media dinosaurs toed the line — forwarding essentially only government approved news — the alternative media blew the doors off the election campaign by reporting on a continuous stream of damning revelations revealed by the transparency organization.
It’s worth noting that the U.S. mainstream corporate media has been weaponized as a means of controlling public opinion by propagandizing the American public. Noam Chomsky, in his book “Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media,” detailed how U.S. media frequently serve as an errand boy for U.S. corporate, military and imperial interests.
“The media serve, and propagandize on behalf of, the powerful societal interests that control and finance them. The representatives of these interests have important agendas and principles that they want to advance, and they are well positioned to shape and constrain media policy.” –Chomsky
Below is the skit of SNL’s damningly accurate takedown of the lamestream media:
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