It's remarkable how successful all that PR spin has been in blunting the thoughts and feelings of those who live in the US and, to an extent, all of us. It's as if so much energy goes into setting the record straight that there isn't much left over for "telling it like it is". It's easy for me to say but what I say is: more telling it like it is will have more effect than trying to unravel bs. Here's an example of some straight telling on a well-worn subject: Barbara Ehrenreich on Walmart in Slate:
. . . why pick on Walmart when there are so many equally Scrooge-like employers around? Why not go after, say, the bodega on the corner? Well, the question answers itself. By gobbling up thousands of acres of farmland and suburban sprawl to feed its relentless appetite for growth, recruiting (and spitting out) thousands of workers a day, and achieving near-monopoly status in some parts of the country, Walmart has made itself into an unmissable target for anyone concerned about poverty and mounting inequality. The bodega may be bad — not to mention any number of retail chains other than Walmart — but you might as well start with the biggest piggy of all, which is the largest single private employer in America.