You know, I’m not so sure that Rupert Murdoch and his band of flying howler monkeys over at FUX News aren’t about to bite off more than they can chew. Watching their prime time lineup these days is like watching a live feed from R/T.
And why not? After all, Traitor tot spent 5 years of slobbering all over Putin’s shoes, taking his fatuous denials over his own intelligence assessments. And now you’ve got the likes of Fucker Carlson and Moscow Rose Ingraham trashing Biden, and not only rooting for Putin to invade Ukraine, but justifying it for him. And that could come back to kill them.
In order for my main argument to make sense, I must now briefly digress. I’m old enough to remember The Nam, and plenty old enough to remember the news coverage. Vietnam was an anomaly because it had pretty much unfettered news coverage on the ground. As a result, it became a nightly news feature to see dead civilians, explosions and gunfire, wounded Marines being carried to helicopters on stretchers, and body bags being lugged out of the jungle. This graphic portrayal of war led to massive demonstrations against the war that almost tore the country apart.
The US government learned that lesson, and so did the military. In every future conflict the US was involved in, news media access, especially television was strictly controlled by the military press corps. All trips to the front were basically tourist junkets run by the military, with reporters seeing only what they were allowed to see. Shit, Bush Lite even banned news media coverage of the dignified transfer of remains ceremony at Dover AFB when the US losses started climbing.
Here’s why this is so important. In a matter of days, if not hours, Putin is going to give the signal, and a widespread invasion of Ukraine will take place. And it will be brutal. The Ukraine army will fight back. See, here’s the thing, bombs, tank shells, and missiles don’t discriminate. They can be aimed at specific targets, but then they land, they explode, sending shrapnel and chunks of whatever they blew up all over the place. And Putin isn’t going to give a shit about civilians, hell terror is part of the point!
And for the first time since Vietnam, Americans are going to see real war on their television sets, only now with 24/7 cable news. Because the US government has already made it crystal clear that there will be no US boots on the ground in Ukraine. Which means that they can’t control where the news media crews go in Ukraine, nor what they film. And of course they can’t censor what the news networks show on their programs either.
And when those images start hitting the global airwaves, Putin will immediate become the most worldwide reviled man since Idi Amin Dada. The longer it goes on, the worse the condemnation will get, and the worse it gets, the farther the sanctions will spread for countries and entities that support Putin and Russia.
And for the last 5 years, who has been Putin’s biggest glee club in the US? FUX News of course, along with Glorious Bleater, and their kittle cadre of kamerades. Maybe FUX will be able to shield their own oh so sensitive viewers from too much of the reality on the ground, but that won’t matter. Because everybody else will be seeing it, more than they want. And the legitimate news media, sick of being lumped together with that motley crew, will gleefully play segments of Carlson and Ingraham extolling the virtues of Putin.
And that’s when the consumer boycotts of FUX advertisers will start en masse. The carnage we saw in Iraq, and Afghanistan, and even Syria was easy for most conservatives to explain away. Those were in far flung places and involved mostly Muslims. These are going to be white, mostly Christian victims in mostly modern western style cities having their own buildings collapse on top of them. And don’t forget the Americans who have chosen to stay that will die.
Americans are going to want to do something, and a consumer boycott against a pro Putin propaganda network is something anybody can do. And properly managed, a consumer boycott can be devastatingly effective. And don’t just take my word for it, ask Rush, once you get to the seance.
Rush Limbaugh was the undisputed king of conservative radio, and untouchable. His advertising rates were the gold standard for radio revenue flow. His flagship network had him signed up with the top major market radio stations in the country. And then Limbaugh called a college law student, Sandra Flook a slut for testifying that she needed birth control for an underlying medical condition, and his world imploded.
The Flush Rush movement sprang up and thrived. Volunteers nationwide suffered the sins of the damned listening to Limbaugh’s filth, to catalog his sponsors and post them on the website. And then the deluge of letters, phone calls, texts, e-mails, and tweets started coming in to sponsors. Four years later, his own flagship network debated dumping him because so many prime market stations had dumped him. A 3 minute commercial break consisted of 1.5 minutes end-of-days rations and gold scams, and 1.5 minutes of dead air. Public service announcements wouldn’t even let Limbaugh air them. His final contract was 1/3 lower than his previous one.
- Now, maybe I’m full of shit, and none of this will happen, but I don’t think so. You have to be old enough to remember Vietnam to know what’s coming soon to a tv screen near you. And when it does, people are going to be repulsed and want a scapegoat. And who better than FUX, Putins voluntary US subsidiary? Don’t touch that dial.