Firstly, best wishes to our South African members. Here's hoping you are safe, and that this social unrest is soon brought under control with minimal
disruption and harm to life & property.
I do not consume MSM. It's garbage, not news. We have reached a place in modern society where mass consumer media no longer continues to hold the
pretense of informing the public. The BigMedia firms are about shaping and molding opinions, programming you how to think, not dissemination of
. In Ye Olden days, the place for opinions was in the Op-Ed section of a publication, or "Letters to the Editor", or similar editorial
segments on broadcast media. No longer. Now, every sentence, every article, every segment, is an opinion piece, the lines between editorialism and
journalism have been erased.
This is likely not any kind of Earth-shaking revelation to most of you.
As I have been monitoring the happenings in South Africa, both from accounts posted by members here and smaller news outlets, I decided to conduct an
experiment. As some relatives from my wife's side were in town (avid consumers of MSM), I quizzed them on their knowledge on the unrest in South
Africa. "Have you heard about the riots and violence in South Africa?". The blank stares and puzzled expressions told me that they'd not had that
incorporated into their programming runs from their MSM of choice (MSNBC). But this is not a left-right news bias situation (more on that shortly).
To set the table, let's get one thing straight. South Africa IS
important nation, albeit not a global superpower or one of the top players on
the world stage. So any and all thoughts that might attribute the lack of reporting on the unrest in South Africa due to it being an unimportant
country should exit your mind right now.
We've already had many members speak about the great attraction as a tourism center that South Africa provides for the continent. That's only part of
South Africa's economy. You can read up more on the economic data of South Africa on
, but just some bullet point material on South Africa's economic profile:
* second largest economy in Africa
* "most industrialized, technologically advanced, and diversified economy on the African continent" (gov.za
* world's largest producer of platinum group metals, gold, chromium
* is among the G20, and is the only African member of the group
* best selection of universities of any African nation, bar none
Hopefully this helps illustrate the point that South Africa is not some backwater, insignificant place. It ain't.
So then I ask: WTF is going in the US MSM, when very severe social unrest is racking such an important country
So I visited the web landing "front pages" of CNN, MSNBC and Fox News, at ~10am on July 15th. I performed a word search on "South Africa" on each
CNN - 0 hits
MSNBC - 0 hits
Fox News - 0 hits
I am confident that each of the "news" outlets above have some story on the SA unrest buried deep somewhere on their site, but ...... again WTF. The
most modern, prosperous country on the African continent is at risk in devolving into chaos and strife.
I will leave it to our members from SA to correct me if I might be over-sensationalizing the picture on the ground, but I'm sure many have seen the
threads here, and it's seeming like the SHTF moment is not far off, if not already a reality in some pockets of the country.
So one more time: WTF is the US MSM doing here?
You're telling me that the civil strife in South Africa is of lesser importance and worthy of awareness than some of these front page stories?
- CNN - "Top generals feared a Trump coup, book
- I count no less than 8 "stories" on the January 6th riots
- MSNBC - "Why Allen Weisselberg jumped
ship — and why it won't save the Trump Org."
- Fox News - "Retired investigator says
Biden nominee misleading Congress, played ‘active role’ in eco-terror group"
Again, I am sure that there is some token mention of the situation in SA on the above sites, but "they" are not putting this news out front and
center, and are in my view deliberately keeping this story off of the radar of those that frequent those "news" outlets.
I can't be bothered to sit in front of the Boob Tube to survey the "news" segments of the MSM broadcast channels, but suffice it to say that it must
be similarly barren on South African news if my MSM extended family had no idea about events there.
If we've established that South Africa is an important player, definitely on a regional scale in Africa if not the international scene, and we've also
found that the MSM coverage of the unrest in South Africa is not just sparse, but practically non-existent. then what remains to answer is:
Why the US MSM news embargo on South Africa?
I have some gesatational thoughts on "the why" but am still sifting through them and trying to form a more concrete theory. Perhaps some ATS members
have more well-formulated opinions on "the why", and I'm especially interested from our SA members on what their thoughts are to this.
15-7-2021 by SleeperHasAwakened because: (no reason given)