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If I Had My Way
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To: Glenn Greenwald - glenn.greenwald@theintercept.com

Cc: Margaret Sullivan - public@nytimes.com

From: Doug Skoglund - skoglund@pdmsb.com

Date: 17 Oct 2014 09:00 am CDT

Subject: 2014029 - Well Said, Glenn...

But the very idea that the U.S. government and its media allies are motivated by those flaws is nothing short of laughable. Many of the U.S. government's closest allies are the world's worst regimes, beginning with the uniquely oppressive Saudi kingdom (which just yesterday sentenced a popular Shiite dissident to death) and the brutal military coup regime in Egypt, which, as my colleague Murtaza Hussain reports today, gets more popular in Washington as it becomes even more oppressive. And, of course, the U.S. supports Israel in every way imaginable even as its Secretary of State expressly recognizes the "apartheid" nature of its policy path.

Just as the NYT did with the Venezuelan coup regime of 2002, the U.S. government hails the Egyptian coup regime as saviors of democracy. That's because "democracy" in U.S. discourse means: "serving U.S. interests" and "obeying U.S. dictates," regardless how the leaders gain and maintain power. Conversely, "tyranny" means "opposing the U.S. agenda" and "refusing U.S. commands," no matter how fair and free the elections are that empower the government. The most tyrannical regimes are celebrated as long as they remain subservient, while the most popular and democratic governments are condemned as despots to the extent that they exercise independence.

To see how true that is, just imagine the orgies of denunciation that would rain down if a U.S. adversary (say, Iran, or Venezuela) rather than a key U.S. ally like Saudi Arabia had just sentenced a popular dissident to death. Instead, the NYT just weeks ago uncritically quotes an Emirates ambassador lauding Saudi Arabia as one of the region's "moderate" allies because of its service to the U.S. bombing campaign in Syria. Meanwhile, the very popular, democratically elected leader of Bolivia is a grave menace to democratic values -- because he's "dismal for Washington's influence in the region."

Glenn, you are doing an excellent job of identifying a Problem; however, you are doing  a piss poor job of solving the Problem. The fact that the NYT is a big part of the problem is well understood by many observers -- so what??

We, in the United States, are NOT functioning like a real Democracy should function, because we keep electing leaders that appear to tell us what we want to hear -- and the NYT (and you) continue to ignore my protestations.

We need to change the infrastructure to concentrate on voter education -- the media's emphasis on lecturing doesn't work, and you would understand that if you had any kind of results measurement.

The upcoming election is looking more and more like a continuation of the electoral fiasco. All, and I mean ALL, the ads are only confusing the issues.

The Media needs to see themselves as Teachers (get involved with the readers), as opposed to lecturers.

Remember : The world, in the 21st century is run by computers, that were programmed by a college drop-out. If you want to change the world you must reprogram the computers!! 

How about a Secure Personal Computer System??

Stop wasting your valuable time on The Problem and start working on Solutions

To be continued (I really hope) 

Doug Skoglund skoglund@pdmsb.com

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