Saturday, December 20, 2014

Obama’s censorship speech is incredibly hypocritical!!

Sony made mistake pulling film, Obama says 12/19/2014

WASHINGTON D.C. - Sony Pictures made a mistake in keeping "The Interview" out of theaters following terror threats, President Barack Obama said in a year-end news conference at the White House Friday.

Obama said "the hackers are going to get better too" as America gets better at putting measures into place to prevent acts of terror, and that he disagrees with the censorship the incident caused.

"Imagine what they start doing when they start seeing a documentary they don't like, or news reports they don't like. Or even worse, imagine if producers and distributors and others start engaging in self-censorship because they don't want to offend the sensibilities of somebody whose sensibilities probably need to be offended.

"That's not who we are," he said.

"I wish they had spoken to me first. I would have told them, do not get into a pattern in which you are intimidated by these kinds of criminal attacks." Complete article

I find it extremely hard to believe that I'm the only one that sees how incredibly hypocritical this speech is.

The news media routinely sells an enormous amount of advertising space for the oil companies; yet they rarely ever allow environmentalists to get their views across. Instead they present them as fringe protesters and only inform the public that they're protesting without fully explaining why. And even then they don't cover them unless they feel it is large enough that they can't ignore them.

They sell an enormous number of deceptive Christmas ads that often lead to unruly shoppers and even riots during Black Friday. Yet they refused to sell ad space to Adbusters when they tried to recommend a "Buy nothing day." If anything this would have made Black Friday less likely.

Deceptive advertising that is designed to maximize profits by deceiving consumers gets an enormous amount of protection under the first amendment; yet I get the impression that if someone wanted to buy time so that Susan Linn author of "Consuming Kids" or Juliet Schor author of "Born to Buy" could take the time they needed to explain how many of these scams work and how they're targeted to children before they learn how to develop critical thinking skills the media would almost certainly not sell them the time; and the Supreme Court might find a pathetic excuse to allow it assuming they didn't find an excuse to avoid even hearing the case which is actually more likely.

Actually this is already happening; is there anything remotely as good as these books ever even mentioned on the mass media?

The Supreme Court has said that "falsely shouting fire in a crowded theater" is not protected speech; however the example that is protected in practice are the false claims by advertisers that are more likely to incite riots while the recommendation for a "Buy nothing day" isn't protected.

Not that it is surprising that they apply this wrong in this cases; they didn't even apply it right in the first cases where Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. first wrote it. He used this argument to prevent war protesters from speaking against the war. These protesters weren't making false claims, nor were they inciting a riot or a stampede.

The same continues to go for peace protesters that are telling the truth in recent wars including false claims about weapons of mass destruction which were repeated over and over again before the Iraq war while the speech of the protesters was relegated to the fringes, even though it was much more accurate.Reports about Jimmy Carters deal which George Bush arbitrary abandoned have also been mostly forgotten and Obama and the media rarely if ever mention that they had an opportunity to  reduce tensions which could have eliminated this conflict before it began.

Barack Obama said he was concerned that the media might "start engaging in self-censorship," as if it is not already routine on these and many other subjects. He says "That's not who we are."

He uses that phrase a lot.

If there aren't some holiday discussions about how incredibly hypocritical this speech is then this country just might be full of mindless zombies blindly believing what the government and mass media tells them to believe.

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