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My Conspiracy Theory

It’s not exactly a hot news flash, but here goes.

With all of the media events of recent years that have been molded and shaped by reporters to fit a cer­tain set of nar­ra­tives, why would any­one not believe that the fix has been in for decades with respect to almost every topic and every per­sona? After CBS’s Rather­gate and the MSNBC report­ing shenani­gans with respect to the George Zim­mer­man trial, does any­one really believe that we get the whole story on any­thing of polit­i­cal or social impor­tance? After the estab­lish­ment media’s fail­ure to report any­thing of impor­tance about the back­ground of the man who is now the pres­i­dent of the United States, do we really know about any­thing which we haven’t observed with our own lying eyes?

When I first began to blog in 2003, I recall how peo­ple like for­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Al “30 degrees in LA” Gore and Daily Beast/​Newsweek edi­tor Tina Brown reacted to being con­tra­dicted by nor­mal peo­ple. Cries of “brown­shirts” and “StaSi” filled the Inter­net air. All that spe­cific sort of whin­ing amused me because, as a nor­mal per­son who has a decent han­dle on 20th cen­tury Ger­man his­tory, I knew that both brown­shirts and StaSi were arms of con­sec­u­tive tyran­ni­cal gov­ern­ments. To toss these epi­thets at pri­vate cit­i­zens with an opin­ion, a modem and a lap­top (or what­ever) was laugh­able and, it showed that hav­ing a degree from dis­tin­guished uni­ver­si­ties did not guar­an­tee that the bearer was able to think at all, much less think any­thing through. Or so I thought. (For a proper deploy­ment of the Stasi weapon, see one Angela Merkel.)

But now as I think things through once more, I’m not con­vinced that per­sons like Brown and Gore — per­sons of the Left – care that such epi­thets make no sense when used against their ene­mies. I for­got that almost all media sagas are car­ried on for the sake of the type of observer who does not want to find infor­ma­tion inde­pen­dently or who cannot/won’t think top­ics through. Such a per­son — the low infor­ma­tion voter (LIV) – will prob­a­bly not under­stand the his­tor­i­cal illit­er­acy of call­ing a pri­vate per­son ‘a brown­shirt’ for mere dis­agree­ment. All that mat­ters is that a per­son of trust calls out his/​her ene­mies as an enemy–as some­one to fight against – and that this call falls on as many ears as pos­si­ble. Brown and Gore were merely paint­ing their tar­gets, just as their polit­i­cal fel­lows have done before and after them.

All I’m really say­ing: keep your third eye open.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. Her first novel,Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2009; the sec­ond edi­tion in 2012. Her new novel, Arlen’s Harem, is due in Jan­u­ary 2014. Help her fund it and help keep her blog alive!

It’s not exactly a hot news flash, but here goes.

With all of the media events of recent years that have been molded and shaped by reporters to fit a certain set of narratives, why would anyone not believe that the fix has been in for decades with respect to almost every topic and every persona? After CBS’s Rathergate and the MSNBC reporting shenanigans with respect to the George Zimmerman trial, does anyone really believe that we get the whole story on anything of political or social importance? After the establishment media’s failure to report anything of importance about the background of the man who is now the president of the United States, do we really know about anything which we haven’t observed with our own lying eyes?

When I first began to blog in 2003, I recall how people like former Vice President Al “30 degrees in LA” Gore and  Daily Beast/Newsweek editor Tina Brown reacted to being contradicted by normal people. Cries of “brownshirts” and “StaSi” filled the Internet air. All that specific sort of whining amused me because, as a normal person who has a decent handle on 20th century German history, I knew that both brownshirts and StaSi  were arms of consecutive tyrannical governments. To toss these epithets at private citizens with an opinion, a modem and a laptop (or whatever) was laughable and, it showed that having a degree from distinguished universities did not guarantee that the bearer was able to think at all, much less think anything through. Or so I thought. (For a proper deployment of the Stasi weapon, see one Angela Merkel.)

But now as I think things through once more, I’m not convinced that persons like Brown and Gore—persons of the Left–care that such epithets make no sense when used against their enemies. I forgot that almost all media sagas are carried on for the sake of the type of observer who does not want to find information independently or who cannot/won’t think topics through. Such a person—the low information voter (LIV)–will probably not understand the historical illiteracy of calling a private person ‘a brownshirt’ for mere disagreement. All that matters is that a person of trust calls out his/her enemies as an enemy–as someone to fight against–and that this call falls on as many ears as possible. Brown and Gore were merely painting their targets, just as their political fellows have done before and after them.

All I’m really saying: keep your third eye open.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. Her first novel,Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2009; the second edition in 2012. Her new novel, Arlen’s Harem, is due in January 2014. Help her fund it and help keep her blog alive!