Is it not completely obvious to anyone why the US Corporate Media have pushed Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama as the two front-runners among the Democratic Presidential Candidates? Think for a second. On one hand you have a woman, on the other hand you have a black man with an arab name. Hmm...do we really think Americans are ready to elect either?
Corporate media, not just in the US but worldwide, is concerned solely with business interests. This is not only because they are corporations themselves, but because all of their customers (advertisers) are corporations. Right-wing governments are bought and owned by the corporate elite. The corporate media is biased, almost without exception, to pro-business, right-wing politicians.
Where did Barack Obama come from? Why does he, as a Junior Senator, have more "mainstream credibility" than Dennis Kucinich? Because the media says he does. The media will only back candidates who are either sure to lose to a more favorable candidate or who are not too dangerous to their interests should they manage to win. Both Clinton and Obama fit both of these criteria, so their status as front-runners is granted by the mainstream media.
What happens if Democratic Primary voters choose someone who isn't approved by the Corporate Media? One needs only to look as far as Howard Dean. In 2004, Howard Dean had the grassroots support of Democrats nationwide -- to the extent that most of his fund-raising was comprised of donations from average American voters. He became so confident that he even began talking about regulating media monopolies. What happened to Howard Dean? He screamed a bit awkwardly at one of his rallies. What followed was a 24/7 media frenzy analyzing The Scream; which was, in essence, meant solely as a demonstration, by the corporate media, of who's in charge. The issue was absurd: What was that scream all about? Geez, he really screamed. Yet that image, coupled with enough supporting propagandistic talking-points, was enough to bring him down. It was a clear message to the Democratic Party: fuck with us (the corporate media) and you're toast.
So, once again, the media has chosen its front-runners...most likely to lose in a general election yet completely safe if they win. What happens if, somehow, Democratic Primary voters choose someone more pure to their ideals...say, Dennis Kucinich or Bill Richardson? The media will find a way to completely destroy him...if not before the Primaries then after. They'll get him on drug use, womanizing, being a Socialist, a tree-hugger...it doesn't matter...they'll get him for what they will call a non-mainstream position, value, or history.
To counteract the Corporate Media, in any country, requires such a massive shift in public opinion that even the propaganda can't get the job done. This requires a highly-educated population that is influenced more by authentic personal relationships than by manipulative corporate relationships. In other words, present-day America has no chance of electing a great President...one who does the right thing regardless of the worst kinds of manipulation and threats from the powerful elite...the oil companies, insurance companies, military-industrial complex, WTO, etc., etc.
By the way, there is only one Democratic candidate who will do the right thing as President. Others might do the right thing occasionally, if under scrutiny and if given no other choice...but only one candidate is capable of transforming America into the country it needs to be. Not only are his positions correct, but his voting record in the House is flawless.
He's Dennis Kucinich.
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