In fact, the Washington Post recently published a "Fake News" Black List or "Smear List" that included many brave and bold reporters that people have relied on for years to get news that is suppressed or ignored by the corporate empire media. For example, Robert Parry, who exposed the Iran-Contra scandal, wrote about his shock and dismay at finding WaPo placing his Consortium News and Black Agenda Report on that hit list of 200 targeted news sites! Washington Post’s ‘Fake News’ Guilt by Robert Parry at Consortium News, November 27, 2016.
Continuing with Richard Just's article in the Washington Post, he wrote correctly that: "Ochs wrote perhaps his two most haunting melodies for “Changes,” a song that isn’t about politics but rather about love, and “When I’m Gone,” which is glancingly about politics but really about living well alongside the ever-present prospect of death:
“Won’t see the golden of the sun when I’m gone. And the evenings and the mornings will be one when I’m gone. Can’t be singing louder than the guns when I’m gone. So I guess I’ll have to do it while I’m here. All my days won’t be dances of delight when I’m gone. And the sands will be shifting from my sight when I’m gone. Can’t add my name into the fight while I’m gone. So I guess I’ll have to do it while I’m here."
As he once wrote: “One good song with a message can bring a point more deeply to more people than a thousand rallies. And that - the moral power of one good song - is why I have a pitch for Lady Gaga. In two weeks, she is slated to perform at the Super Bowl. To sing just one Phil Ochs song - to introduce millions of people to his ideas and poetry — would be both a glorious act of cultural transgression and an enduring gift to American democracy. Which song should she choose? My suggestion would be “Power and the Glory.”
“Here is a land full of power and glory,” goes the chorus. “Beauty that words cannot recall. Oh her power shall rest on the strength of her freedom. Her glory shall rest on us all.” America, Ochs sings in one verse, is “only as rich as the poorest of the poor. Only as free as a padlocked prison door.”
This is nationalism as it should be deployed: aspirational, ennobling, altruistic. "Power and the Glory” was brilliant enough as Ochs usually sang it during his lifetime. As it turns out, however, he wrote an additional verse, which is now frequently performed with the rest of the song. It’s a statement of faith in the American people amid encroaching political darkness:
“But our land is still troubled by men who have to hate. They twist away our freedom, and they twist away our fate. Fear is their weapon, and treason is their cry. We can stop them if we try.”
In addition to the Broadside Balladeer Blog about political songs, Vic Sadot writes Truth Troubadour Blog – 9/11 Truth & Deep Politics and Berkeley Calling Blog - Free Speech in Berkeley & the Bay Area