YaHoo News just posted a brief piece about Ajit Pai (the FCC Chairman) doing a gag skit for some group in which he was a shill for Verizon. A member of upper management in Verizon participated in that "joke". The gag apparently fell flat.
The fact is, for some time now the Corporatocracy & its Crony Capitalists have been supremely confident that Americans are so propagandized & distracted that they (the Corporatists) never will be dethroned. As a result, they don't even try & conceal their Cronyism anymore.
The main problem is that too many Americans don't appear to understand the difference between Corporatism (essentially Crony Capitalism) and genuine Capitalism. Too many believe the battle here is between Capitalism (or really, a Mixed Economy) & Socialism. It isn't. It's between Corporatism and genuine Capitalism. Most of the Right Wing and even much of the Left Wing seem to think those two are the same thing. They aren't even close to being the same. This is why the Right Wing, in particular, is supporting (without realizing it) the destruction of our economy---they think they're supporting Capitalism. They aren't; they're supporting Crony Capitalism...which basically is Fascism. Until they overcome that ignorance, our country--- & especially our economy--- is doomed to NeoFeudalism.
The same exact thing is true for "Conservatism". People who think they're "Conservatives" today aren't even close to that. They are NeoConservatives (based on the idiots they've been supporting for at least a couple of decades). NeoConservatism is a horse of an entirely different color, & over a period of 20-25 years, it has totally replaced genuine Conservatism. The Corporate Media all know this, but continue the myth that current Right Wing politicians are "Conservatives". They do it because NeoConservatism has a very tiny base of support, whereas the old, long-gone Conservatism has a much, much larger base of support. NeoConservatives essentially are Globalist, hegemonic, monopolistic, militarist, Crony Capitalist, elitist politicians (pretty much Fascists)...nothing at all like 99% of the old Conservatives, such as Russell Kirk or Paul Craig Roberts. I would venture to guess that almost all Americans who call themselves Conservatives today haven't even read the "Bible" of Modern Day Conservatism by Kirk, The Conservative Mind (1953). Had they read it, it would dawn upon them that they've been supporting the wrong politicians.
In The USA, Propaganda reigns supreme. And so it goes.
Not only my opinion. Be Well