A Journal of America's Political Soul Heaven & Earth: Where Politics and Spirituality Meet
July 23, 2024  
Home Receive G&G for free... SPROUTS - Reader comments, discussion, and feedback... Contribute your writings to G&G future issues... More information on the current topic... Previous topics covered... Why Garlic? Why Grass? Why now? Contact G&G...

Issue No. 8 - The Matrix
U P D A T E D :

Iraq War Truth

9-11 Truth

The Matrix Hides Electoral Fraud

Watch the Labels the Media Uses

The Media Matrix Hides a Party

When Morpheus Comes

Examining the London Bombings


The 'I' Word

Democrats Better 'Republicans' Than the Politicians in the GOP

We're All Paranoid

More Evidence of Vote Corruption

When Media Dogs Don't Bark

F E A T U R E S :

Behind the Veil of the Bush & Clinton Years

Entering the Era of Deep Politics

Liberating the Mind, Leaving the Matrix

The Military: An Interview with Stan Goff

Geopolitics: It's Now or Never for Washington

Finance: I Want the Earth, Plus 5%

Book Review: Confessions of An Economic Hit Man

Poem: The Four Horsemen of the Average Fixed Cost

 M A T R I X

Congressman (R) Asks If It Was All a Big Mistake

Congressman (D) Calls For Real 9-11 Hearings

L.A. Times: Is Al Qaeda Fake?

Miami Herald: 'Dean Scream' Was Fraud

Former CIA Condemns New 'Attack Matrix'

Together, We Moved Three Mountains

Media Whites Out Vote Fraud

New Poll Finds Bush Ideas Already Out of Step (Supposedly We Just Reelected Him)

The Media Matrix Hides a Party

Do the American people know what they're missing?
Is This Our Nation?
Is this our nation?

Which American political party best reflects the views of a majority of citizens on the Iraq war, environmental issues, health care, campaign financing, population growth, genetically modified foods, and marijuana use?

The answer, based on various polls, is the Green Party.

That you may not be aware of this points to a problem with American journalism far more important than plagiarism, blogs, or Fox News. Specifically, our media - for all its professed objectivity - is stunningly biased towards the views of the American elite and particularly those who buy space in their papers or time on their channels.

On the environmental issue alone, the Green Party has been proven by the latest scientific data far more prescient and sane than either of the older parties. Yet the media prefers to dismiss, discredit or disregard the Greens as well as leaders who share their views, such as David Cobb or Ralph Nader.

Will a columnist attempt to square with this data the red vs. blue, Christian vs. secular dichotomies currently in fashion?

But let's assume for a moment that one is not entitled to coverage simply for being right, and let's adopt the childish media view that the only ideas that count are those that demonstrate sufficient strength at the polls. Still, we're left with all those Americans who agree with the Greens and don't know it:

  • The 52% of Americans who think the Iraq War was not worth fighting.
  • The 378 resolutions critical of the Patriot Act that have been passed in communities in 43 states -- including six state-wide resolutions.
  • The 68% who find the "problems of the global environment: global warming, destruction of rainforests, destruction of species, loss of ozone layer" to be very or extremely important to their life.
  • The 62% of Americans who support universal health coverage as opposed to the current system.
  • The 68% of the public who support a version of public campaign financing used in several states.
  • The 78% who think population is growing too fast.
  • The 80% or more of Americans who believe "protecting the environment will require most of us to make major changes in the way we live," that an underlying cause of environmental problems is that "the way we live produces too much waste," that "we focus too much on getting what we want now and not enough on future generations," that "we need to treat the earth as a living system," and that "Americans should have more respect and reverence for Nature."
  • The 61% of the American public who oppose arresting and jailing nonviolent marijuana smokers.
  • The 76% who believe that large companies have too much concentrated power.
  • The 73% who agree with the statement: "I regard myself as a citizen of the world as well as a citizen of the United States."
The Myth of a Divided Nation
What Would the Colors Look Like If People Were Given Another Option?

Why do we hardly ever see any of these folks on cable television, on the op ed pages of the Washington Post or the New York Times, or mentioned in political analyses? It would be interesting, for example, for a columnist to attempt to square the 'red vs. blue' and 'Christian vs. secular' dichotomies currently in fashion with some of the data above. Or to ask the question: do our elites want us to hate each other so we don't find out what's really on our minds? And what we have in common?

The Harris polling people report that over the past ten years, 31 million Americans have had someone close to them die after the removal of life support systems, but the media would have us believe it only happened once in Florida. 30,999,999 true stories left untold so one more divisive myth could be created.

Here then is the real sin of America's media matrix: It has created an America it chooses to see, not the one that exists. It has denied access to its pages and its channels to voices representing the majority or even greater percentages of Americans on key issues. And it has made us dislike each other even when on many of the critical issues that it ignores or distorts we have much in common.

Sam Smith is publisher of Progressive Review, in which this article first appeared.

comment on this article >
back to top ^

Latest at G&G
03.13 - I have very extensively researched the Twin Tower Collapses
more >
03.06 - Your article makes a hell of a lot of sense, I must say.
more >

Green Party
Democratic Party
Republican Party
Libertarian Party

IPS International

New York Times
Washington Post
   other US dailies

Common Dreams
Democracy Now
Labor Start
Mother Jones
The Nation
Tom Paine.com
The Progressive
Truth Out

9-11 Blogger


Front Page | Contact | Subscribe
most content © 2024 garlic & grass
some fair use content