A few days ago all but one of the comments I sent in to the New York Times “response” section in the Op-Ed pages were not printed. There wasn’t any of the customary notice “this has been deleted because…,” rather they were just ignored. As usual I was early and the one they did print was #11 in line, meaning early enough. So one surmises it is just censorship, plain and simple. Then yesterday here at Cinemaelectronica, some one sent the following note:
“Quiver, quake and die, or resist.”
You’re getting censored because this kind of language is deemed “incendiary” by the Times. Avoid profanity and personal attacks on the writer, and adopt an academic tone, and you can say just about anything. Really! It’s your tone which is the trouble, not the actual content.
Now I know this is more or less the case, though I would object that being forced to adopt an “academic tone” is itself a kind of death. An academic tone is a method of neutralizing content, making it Dead On Delivery – DOD. It is a way of leeching passion out of something, and when something calls for passion – as do the things I write about below, to strip it of emotional force is to effectually censor it. Which is exactly what the New York Times does. Though it does so very inconsistently as there are often comments far harsher in tone than my own. But, being a “regular” I note that of late some of the other regulars, often with sharp and intelligent commentary, are seen less often, and often down in the response 100 and something instead of their usual #1 to 10 place. Now it may be they have tired of this, or have other things to do, or missed a week for this reason or that. But given the treatment I seem to have been getting, my guess is they too are falling under the censor’s chopping block.
Here’s what I posted a few days ago:
In response to a David Brooks column called The Two Moons:
Wrong wrong wrong. Both Democrats and Republicans are diminishing because both are utterly corrupted, and corrupted by the same forces which constitute the new presumptive Sun: Wall Street and corporatism (Mussolini called it fascism).
And in its embryonic form OWS is entering to offer a totally other view, not in thrall to money and the bankers and the system (rotten crony capitalism) which they represent. We need a totally new paradigm, and OWS is struggling to find it. Meanwhile the black-boot militarized “police” (comes from Greek polis, to say, of the community) pepper spray anyone who dissents from the Wall Street line. Next will come the bullets.
And then this in response to an item by Roger Cohen dancing around cuisine and Europe.
It may be that Mario Batallie’s customers like hot pepper and that explains why their Gestapo troopers like to spray it on kids who are sitting quiet and unthreatening on a sidewalk in a display of good old American civil disobedience as part of the Constitutional rights they supposedly hold and those police thugs supposedly are to uphold.
OWS and all its off-shoots offer something for which to be thankful.
And then in response to an Editor’s Page commentary on the Collapse of the (inane) Supercommittee:
Face it: the American government no longer works, period. It is a go-between fixer for the military-industrial complex and its many corporate friends. It is totally corrupted. The solution is in the Declaration of Independence, wherein it states that when a government no longer represents the people it is their right and DUTY to overthrow it and establish a government which does represent the people. That’s what it says.
And lastly, in reply to an article on Lt JohnPike’s new starring role as pepper-sprayer supreme, this:
As an activist in the 60’s (imprisoned 2+ years for refusal to serve in Uncle Sam’s military) I have to say the police were the same back then, though their costumes were not so hi-tech and sci-fi looking. But the men behind the badges were the same, and they did the same things. Though with the advent of the DHS the militarization of the police forces across the country was amplified, and they are ready now to “serve and protect” the interests of Wall Street and the corporate state which has executed a coup d’etat in front of our very noses.
If Lt. Pike is not indicted for criminal assault with a chemical weapon, as cited in already extent criminal law in California with regard to the use of these materials, and in violation of police regulations for their use, then you will know for certain we have slid well the realm of a police state. For those who didn’t already know. I trust the ACLU and others are preparing a lawsuit against him, the UC Davis administration and whomever else is responsible.
Throughout this recent episode of attacks on Occupiers around the country, there has been a conspicuous silence from Obama and those political figures who might in normal times be expected to criticize the heavy-handed actions of the police, and what constitutes an attack on the civil rights of those attacked. This silence implies consent to the behavior of the police. Just as has the failure to bring prosecution against those police who have violated both the law and the civil rights of those they have abused. Not so long ago, when the tin patriots of the Tea Party, dressed in corporate paid-for costumes, demonstrated, often with arms not linked, but at their sides in the form of weapons, the press lavished attention upon them in about as equal manner as the police made themselves scarce. Again, the implications are dark.
Here is the response that the New York Times deigned to print on the same day as those above were censored:
“The reason they are doing so is obvious: the science notwithstanding, no company wants to be cast as so heartless that it would deprive a seriously ill cancer patient of a drug that might offer hope, however slim.” And no company wants to be cast as so economically foolish that it would let a 90K a year drug be yanked off the market.
The drug operative here is money, as exemplified in the 9 “doctors” who are corrupt and sit on the panel which oversees the regulation of a drug whose manufacturer they are invested in. Conflict of interest? What a quaint notion in today’s morally and ethically derelict America.
Pepper spray, anyone?
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