Beware the spin!

                                                                                                                                                            By Kathie MM
In 1961, Dwight D. Eisenhower warned the nation about the threat of the military-industrial complex (MIC) to national security, social justice, and peace. Not only has the MIC become gargantuan since his warning, it has also swallowed up institutions that should be alerting citizens to the persisting dangers identified by Eisenhower.

In 2005, Norman Solomon* warned the nation about the entanglement of the corporate media in an expanded military-industrial-media complex. He provided frightening examples of members of the media cozying up to the military and assuring the public that each new war is good, valiant, necessary, and desirable when pursued by the U.S. government (which, after all, must struggle to line all those pockets that bring it to power).

To Norman Solomon, I sing, in the music and words (with a little editing), of Don McLean:

“Now, I understand, what you tried to say to me

How you suffered world insanity

And how you tried to set them free

They would not listen, they did not know how

Perhaps they’ll listen now.”

Sadly, war drums are once again drowning out voices of reason and ethical reflection. The enthusiastic rush of the corporate media to anoint Donald Trump as miraculously “presidential” because he ordered the launching of those “beautiful” missiles towards a site in Syria is a scene right out of 1984.

The day after the first strikes, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) revealed that the corporate media were singing the same old song: Rah, rah for the red, white, and blue.

If you must read the establishment newspapers and watch hyped-up television programs glorifying Trump’s attacks, at least balance out your exposure to the military-industrial-media complex by diving into alternative media:

Read War is the ultimate distraction by Mark Summer.

See what Former Chief of Staff to Colin Powell, Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, tells Paul Jay on Real News  .

Learn more about #HandsoffSyria demonstrations .

Listen to the first song (Nasty Man )  Joan Baez has written and recorded in 25 years:

And see what the Friend’s Committee on National Legislation recommends .


*Solomon’s War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death (John Wiley & Sons, 2005). The first chapter of the book can be found at


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5 Responses to Beware the spin!

  1. Deborah Belle says:

    Yes! So wonderful to see and hear Joan Baez with her new song. We have been down this path so many times. We must resist this latest march to war.

  2. Barbara says:

    GOAL: Stop the U. S. from Making Syrian War Even Worse. The only hope of achieving this goal is for all fair-minded, sane American citizens to join hands and voices, step up to the plate, and shout a resounding NO to any military so-called “solution.” Let us never forget Hitler’s evil answer to Germany’s ills. Let us never resemble those who embraced that evil, leaving terror and murder in their wake. Let us never stop knowing we can be better, wiser, and kinder than people in past wars who let themselves get convinced that the answer to all their problems was just to destroy whomever they were told was “the bad guy.” Resort to a military solution? No way!

  3. Gold Dust Twin says:

    I always thought that WBUR was a progressive public radio station, a place where thoughtful educated views were aired. So it was very disappointing to read the words of one of the “cognoscenti” jumping on the now-trump-is-a-man-because-he-attacked-someone-nasty-bandwagon.

  4. Tris says:

    Thank you for sharing all these valuable links. I like Summer’s article as he points out at the end that had Trump been concerned about the lives of Syrian babies, he should have never tried to close the gate of this country to these Syrian refugees. And obviously, the strike is more of a political act, and it is primarily, as these articles discussed, a “stunt” without a sustainable strategy in Syria.
    A local NGO reported that four people were killed in this strike. Still, four people’s lives are lives. No matter how reliable the source is, to me, it just shows again that civilians are always the victims of the political war. As the rally against the war took place last Friday, I noticed some comments on the social media about why people are against the government who helps to fight against the “vicious Assad regime.” However, to be against Assad regime, the government could choose strategies other than the strike, which only kills people and provides no sustainable solution to the issue.

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