People have short memories, and the press often takes advantage of the collective amnesia to bury the endless blunders they committed. Remember the Hunting for Bambi Hoax? Or when Andrea Mitchell cut short an interview about the NSA to report about Justin Bieber?
Most likely not, but there people such as me, who do, and make a career of finding, cataloguing, analyzing, and keeping track of those blunders.
But the middle class live in the Now. They don’t think about yesterday’s errors or tomorrow’s consequences. When people hear me talk about how serious the troubles in journalism are, there is a list of mental denials they try to pull:
It can’t be that bad. I then rattle off not just the errors, from the WMD to Stephen Glass, but then mention some very disturbing things the press doesn’t report that is happening in their area, such as what foreign governments own what in their own country, to how some countries get their weapons and tanks. As the middle class are notoriously squirmish about bad news, this starts to make them feel uneasy.
There must be some outlet out there that is doing good reportage, right? They ask for a list. I mention the Intercept and when people in Canada ask what are good outlets here, I say none. The end. When there is corruption, killers who are walking the streets, rights being eroded, and the like, this is not positive information.
Yes, but the new generation are a lot “smarter” and “more informed”; so no one has to worry about anything. Wrong again. What makes them smarter? We know universities have diluted their content, inflated their grades, and we also know that if the adults with more experience are without information, their children are, too. When I ask what those children know, it becomes obvious the answer is not very much, especially as mother is doing all of the kid’s homework assignments so the family’s financial investment in that education doesn’t go down the drain.
There is something being done, right? No, there isn’t. Journalism reform and revolution isn’t a thing. You pretty much have me and a few other lone wolfs, but unless there is a breakthrough, it just gets worse.
It’s hopeless. No, it’s not. People with cancer lived through war zones; what’s the middle class’s excuse? That there isn’t an app for them to shit-post?
We have generations who have been lulled into a Pollyanna mindset, even when they think they are savvy. They aren’t.
Some people do sense this black hole.
They know that deep down, education that is shallow doesn’t allow citizens to question the information they are hearing. The trouble is that we drill narratives and scripts into people who then expect reality to bind by their worthless urban fairytales.
And life doesn’t play by the rules followed by the middle class.
The fall of Yugoslavia snapped a lot of people out of their fantasy slumber. You had the breakaway regions such as Croatia who worked themselves up and had a fantasy delusion that all the Serbs — whom they blamed for every single one of their deficiencies and troubles — should be wiped off the map, and then Croatia will flourish and become a Promised Land filled with a superior ethnic group.
It didn’t happen, of course, because Croats are just people like any other people. They are not special or superior. They are just people.
Just like the Serbs.
Serbs, too had their own fairytales: the first was that the country wouldn’t fall apart. Then it was that people would see how distorted the media coverage was and see the truth. Finally, they thought Russia would roll in and rescue them.
Every single one of their fairytales turned out to be bullshit.
But one young Serb didn’t hold any delusions.
A young boy named Spomenko Gostić, who is Person #11 of List of People Everyone Should Know.
He was a young Serbian boy in Bosnia whose father left, and his mother raised him until that civil war killed her. He then lived with his grandmother, who was also murdered in the conflict, and he was left an orphan in the middle of a war.
And so, he became a soldier in the Serbian army. Underaged but an adult before his time.
He fought for his people because he had nothing left to lose. Those fairytales were nothing but lies.
He was mortally wounded when he went home to bake bread for soldiers.
He died at fourteen.
He was also the youngest decorated soldier in the Serbian army.
And we have people in the West who honestly think their children know something.
They know nothing because those patriarchal fairytales keep them stupid.
As an educator, I had moronic mothers enable their equally moronic adult children, telling me how their little snowflake cannot do homework because it is so hard.
They should have been introduced to Spomenko and then run that bullshit story with a straight face again.
And worse, that same ilk of snowflakes are pretending to be resistance fighters because they didn’t vote in 2016 and the superior candidate won.
But the Establishment certainly banks on middle class brain rot when we have NATO head Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said to Serbian university students in Belgrade that NATO bombed Serbs to save them.
No, you didn’t bomb children to protect them. You bombed them because you are psychopaths who get off on murdering on a big scale. (If you are wondering about the origin of the links, it is not as if Western sources are literate or vigilant enough to have even noticed the significance of the speech. The speech happened and it happened as described — but more about that in another post).
Fuck you, too.
And Nato stated its intentions in 2017 to meddle in Canadian affairs to make sure the only propaganda spewed is of their own specifications, and I do not hear those two knuckle-draggers Justin Trudeau or Chrystia Freeland doing anything to stand up for the Canadian sovereignty they blithely gave to Donald Trump.
Fuck them both.
Chaser News was based in knowing that lying is the default in larger organizations: the bigger the organization or institution, the easier it was for grifters to slip in and use the establishment as a cover to do horrible things undetected.
Journalism — had it been a real profession — would not have been spewing press releases or appealing to authority: they would have gone in knowing that the mandate was to expose not only those grifters in that collective, but also their enablers and those who had things to gain by staying silent.
There is no such thing as a “good bombing.”
And I find it interesting that all those limousine liberal Democrats who had bombs sent to them were having conniptions, but when those same Democrats lobbied to have Serbia bombed, were all righteous about it.
So yes, fuck them, too.
They are no Spomenko. Just a cabal of cowards wearing paper crowns and soggy underpants.
They have to endanger other people’s lives protecting their worthless asses.
Some leaders they are.
An orphaned teenaged boy had more morals and courage than the lot of them put together.
So if they run away at the first threat, they cannot be competent leaders.
So why are they not being called on the carpet for their cowardice?
If the middle class honestly think the wealthy will protect them, they are in for the shock of their lives.
They are even bigger milksops than they are.
Coward Central MSNBC would rather cover the boring antics of Justin Bieber than ever acknowledge the Spomenko Gostićs of the world. They do not want to admit their beloved Leftie president has blood on his lecherous hands or could they ever be wrong about the people they drool over, nor do they want to show those minion classes how timid they really are next to them.
Spomenko had the chance to be adopted by a Serbia couple living in France.
He turned it down.
He knew full well going in that he was likely not going to make it.
And if he did not, the odds would have still been dismal.
He could have run away and looked after his own backside.
Or he could make the most with what little time he had.
He chose altruism.
Unfortunately, the region where he lived was taken over by religious extremists who were aided and abetted by the very cowards who have bricks in their pants that some extremist lunatic could easily send them a bomb.
You reap what you sow. You enabled one set of extremists to take a town hostage to their own whims, and then you set off the chains of events for it to hit you.
But that cycle has got to stop.
Violence doesn’t solve problems.
Journalism are not honest brokers or truth tellers.
They are fairytale spinners, nothing more.
It is why after careful deliberation, I decided to resurrect Chaser.
I will know where I stand by the first week of November. There is a lot going on. I will discuss it when I know the score.
And then world, get ready…