Fog Facts

Fog Facts

Searching for Truth in the Land of Spin

Book - 2005
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Everyone in the world knows what Bill Clinton did with Monica Lewinsky, or the sordid facts about the O.J. Simpson case. Ask them about the in and outs of the British Royal Family, or what happened to Brad and Jennifer and you'll find they're pretty clued in. These facts, or events, or factoids, mysteriously capture the world's attention and creates a media frenzy. But there's a flip side to this. Fog Facts -- the important things that nobody seems able to focus on anymore than they can focus on a single droplet in the mist. They are known, but not known; the sort of things that journalists and political junkies know, but somehow the world does not. Such as President Bush's war record (he doesn't have one), or how Dick Cheney became that rich. Who really won the election in Florida 2000 and how many people have perished since the invasion of Iraq. Beinhart's book is a dazzling and unsettling exploration of how this has come to pass, about "The Soft Machine," a mysterious mechanism that manufactures consent in a so-called democratic society and how ordinary citizens can fight back.
Publisher: New York, NY : Nation Books, c2005
ISBN: 9781560257677
1560257679
Branch Call Number: 302.23 Beinhart
Characteristics: 199 p. ; 21 cm

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Oct 07, 2015

This is not an unimportant book, it is simply that Larry Beinhart really doesn't make his case, he hasn't really put in the necessary and requisite due diligence. He won't be explaining to the reader that the top 100 newspapers and the major media corporations have the same four investment firms as majority shareholders: Vanguard Group, BlackRock, State Street and Fidelity [FMR LLC]. He hasn't researched into how many of the top teleprompter readers and newspaper so-called journalists have interned at the CIA during their college years [e.g., CNN's Anderson Cooper]. He won't correct the NY Times when they misreport that Carlos Slim is the major shareholder [he's not, it is again those four investment firms]. He won't wonder who the major investors are who invest through those big four investment firms. He hasn't really gone down the rabbit hole, so he isn't really capable of explaining the reality we exist with today! But his points are still valid!
[It would never occur to Beinhart to wonder who owned those Spanish-language radio stations which organized the national immigration rights marches some years back, which conveniently knocked the warrantless wiretapping stories off the front page - - HINT: the Blackstone Group, the private equity/leveraged buyout firm, whose four major shareholders are. . . Vanguard Group, BlackRock, State Street and Fidelity.]

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