Hillary, Hillary, Hillary.... Oh Hillary ~
So, considered rhetorically ~ ...does this mean that US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, is openly admitting that the US government (past and present) has been involved in an ongoing, covert conspiracy with corporate media, to deceive and defraud the American people; an effort or "war" which in her opinion "we" (the American government?) are now "losing"...
and in addition to bailing out the bankers and the automakers, that the American people would now have to fork over "how many millions or billions?" to fund increased State Department propaganda, foreign and domestic, while seeing social media programs cut to zero, and net neutrality done away with?
Hillary Clinton testimony transcript/video link courtesy of Democracy Now (Amy Goodman).
SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON: We are engaged in an information war. You know, during the Cold War, we did a great job in getting America’s message out. After the Berlin Wall fell, we said, "OK, fine, enough of that. You know, we’ve done it. We’re done." And unfortunately, we are paying a big price for it. And our private media cannot fill that gap. In fact, our private media, particularly cultural programming, often works at counter purposes to what we truly are as Americans and what our values are. I remember having an Afghan general tell me that the only thing he thought about Americans is that all the men wrestled and the women walked around in bikinis, because the only TV he ever saw was Baywatch and World Wide Wrestling. So, we are in an information war, and we are losing that war. I’ll be very blunt in my assessment. Al Jazeera is winning. The Chinese have opened up a global English-language and multi-language television network. The Russians have opened up an English-language network. I’ve seen it in a few countries, and it’s quite instructive. We are cutting back. The BBC is cutting back.
So, here’s what we are trying to do. You know, in the State Department, we have pushed very hard on new media. So we have an Arabic Twitter feed, we have a Farsi Twitter feed. I have this group of young, you know, techno experts who are out there engaging on websites, and we’re putting all of our young Arabic-speaking diplomats out so that they are talking about our values. Walter is working hard with his board to try to, you know, transform the broadcasting efforts, because most people still get their news from TV and radio. So, even though we’re pushing online, we can’t forget TV and radio. And so, I look—I would look very much toward your cooperation to try to figure out how we get back in the game on this, because I hate ceding what we are most expert in to anybody else.
Worthwhile viewing and studying if you have the time. Thanks for the visit ~ I.I.
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Hillary Clinton transcript/video link: Democracy Now