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  1. Introduction.
    1. The burning Twin Towers toppling down on September 11th, 2001.
    2. Bin Laden - hiding in exile under the protection of the corrupt Taliban regime.
  2. We could get on with our lives.
    1. Sop crying about 9/11 and see Ben Stiller's 'Zoolander'.
    2. 'Axis of Evil'.
  3. The Fake News.
    1. The duty of the Fake News.
    2. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
    3. Neil Postman's Amusing Ourselves to Death.
  4. The Onion.
    1. Undermining the medium of Real Newspapers.
    2. The Onion filling in gaps with a humorous edge.
  5. Conclusion.

Everybody remembers the moment they first saw footage of the burning Twin Towers toppling down on September 11th, 2001. Everybody remembers the panic that ensued, the news tickers running constantly on all the major television stations giving updates on nothing in particular, the finger-pointing and pundit pontificating, the pictures of grief-stricken families holding up pictures of missing loved ones in vain, the re-viewing of the burning Twin Towers toppling down, maybe from a slightly different angle or in a more exaggerated slow-motion. Everybody remembers how Osama bin Laden, a footnote in the American collective consciousness for masterminding multiple embassy bombings in 1998 and the bombing of the U.S.S. Cole in 2000, and his Al-Qaeda terrorist organization claimed responsibility for the attacks on 9/11, igniting U.S. military action in Afghanistan, where bin Laden was hiding out in exile under the protection of the corrupt Taliban regime. But what most people don't recall is the media coverage of bin Laden's intentions, or his reasoning for these various terrorist assaults. After 9/11, America became a nation obsessed with asking the wrong questions, and the media was more than willing to answer those wrong questions with the gusto reserved for important information.

[...] the United States of America use rhetoric generally reserved for Jerry Bruckheimer flicks, like have to counter the shockwave of the evildoer? and other gems, to vaguely outline WHAT we were going to do as a reaction, rather than explain to us WHY an organization with operatives in at least twenty different countries was constantly making plans to kill all Americans, in addition to as many of our allies they could take out as well. Eventually, the media started telling us that we could get on with our lives?that we hadn't actually stopped living didn't really seem to phase any suits that couldn't wait for America to care about the sort of mind- numbing cultural garbage they had to hold out on throwing out to us for a few weeks. [...]

[...] These methods of critique serve a crucial role in the realm of media gatekeeping?if Real News programming, their advertisers, the politicians with ties to their advertisers, and the like are all different media gatekeepers, then Fake News is the rascal with a lock pick letting people through while the people in charge aren't looking. Fake News is a direct challenge to media gatekeeping; Daily Show? and The Onion both know that the metaphorical door is shut and seek to enlighten people to this fact before they even care about the door to begin with, to paraphrase Neil Postman's paraphrasing of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World in Amusing Ourselves to Death. [...]

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