11 Tactics Used by the Mainstream Media to Manufacture Consent for the Oligarchy

By Sigmund Fraud

 

The mainstream media is aging and collapsing under the weight of its own hubris and arrogance.

Now entirely formulaic in presentation and predictable in substance, the ‘major’ outlets of news, which are monopolized under only a small handful of corporations, serve the purpose of misleading the public on important issues and manufacturing consent for government and the oligarchs.

The public is still largely numb to this reality, and in a wicked catch-22 for modern man, many people are still addicted to the very media that serves as the primary weapon of social control against them.

The tide is turning, however, and to help break the spell we bring you this comprehensive list of 11 tactics used against the public by the mainstream media to coerce consensus, divide, conquer, ridicule and stifle truthful or meaningful conversation about the state of our world.

 

 

1. Lying by Omission – What is not on the nightly news?

This is the most important question to ask when consuming mainstream media.

The average hour long broadcast consists of 48 minutes or less of actual news programming, minus, of course, the chit-chatting, the expensive motion graphics and the bumpers, highlights and story recaps.

With a formula like this, full of pomp and grandstanding, the impression given is that if does not make it on the nightly news, the it is not of significance.

The most obvious way in which the mainstream media manufactures consent for policy makers and advertisers is by omitting from the news reel those stories and perspectives which may compromise the broadcasters agenda, whatever that may be.

2. Controlling the Debate

Who is arguing, and for what cause?

News programs are businesses just like anything else, and as such news executives keep a go-to list of  contacts to fulfill any necessary role in a program or segment.

If the government needs credibility, they roll out an ex-president and remind you that he has ‘gravitas.’ If the military industrial complex needs a voice, then they roll out a familiar think-tanker to interject in a debate with a common-sense perspective in favor of national security.

If something is too complicated for public consumption, then they open the rolodex to the ‘experts’ page and shuffle some know-it-all in front of the camera.

The media is laden with groomed pundits, so-called opinion leaders, and commentators, and each one has a definite reputation, each one resonates with a specific target audience, and each one fills a predictable role in a conversation.

Program guests are very well vetted, and news is a science, a very lucrative science that excels in giving the impression of a diversity in ideas while keeping the debate sequestered in a very well constructed box. The characters in this box make all the difference.

3. Selecting the Right Anchors, Casters and Presenters

Our lives have been pegged to the dollar, and as such, a ‘good job’ is valued above many genuine virtues.

People like to keep their jobs, as do news anchors and news casters, and since news is, again, a business, the voices and faces on news programs are hired to perform a role, a job description, a task. They are not employed to pursue morally driven journalism for the benefit of society.

If they perform as they are required, they advance and gain more exposure. If they rock the boat, there are a thousand other hungry job-seekers chomping at the bit to replace them and do exactly they are hired to do.

News anchoring is a job like anything else, and those at the forefront are the best at playing the role.

4. Scripting and Synchronizing News

One of the creepier and more blatant efforts to homogenize thought and manufacture consent is to script the news at high level, then distribute these scripts to many different locales and anchors to read verbatim, while they feign authenticity.

This is partially a result of the business decision to save money by employing as few actual news gatherers as possible, but is also a key part of the strategy to achieve conformity amongst people of different backgrounds and interests.

The government has also been known to interject itself into the chain of command for selecting which news scripts are to be disseminated to the public.

This is the most fundamental characteristic of propaganda, and is rather embarrassing to witness once you realize just how disingenuous your local news presenters are and just how easily duped most people are.

5. Politicizing Everything

Language is the greatest weapon of social control, and with mainstream media, powerfully debilitating language is pushed into every corner of our consciousness.

Conservative vs. Liberal. Democrat vs. Republican. Right-winger vs. Left-winger. Good vs. Bad. Left vs. Right. Right vs. Wrong. White vs. Black.

And so on. Ad nauseam.

The truth is that ideas and opinions are as vastly different as grains of sand on a beach, yet the media intentionally frames every issue in terms of a phoney left-right paradigm that has been constructed to pigeon hole complex ideas and interests into a cheapened thought prison.

No unorthodox idea or point of view can reach critical mass because everything is automatically framed in a ‘with us or against us’ mindset, turning people against each other for no reason other than to appeal to our desire to be on the winning team.

The mainstream media is the chief party responsible for creating the constructs of ‘left’ and ‘right,’ which have been tightly integrated into our social consciousness as a means of achieving divisiveness and disagreement among the populace.

This is the chief tactic of divide and conquer, and when people are compelled on any issue to ‘pick a team’ and fight the rivalry to it’s bitter end, many opportunities for true progress are lost and the populace is easily goaded into a position favorable to the elite.

6. Using the Language of Separation and Labels

Sometime in the 1990’s, the mainstream media stopped referring to people as ‘people’ or even as ‘citizens’ and began calling everyone ‘consumers.’

Once again, language is important to shaping reality, and as ‘consumers’ our role in the affairs of business and state are reduced to hapless bystanders whose job it is to choose and reject, not interject and affect.

We’ve all heard the label ‘conspiracy theorist,’ which is the most popular label used when an idea or story is unfavorable to the mainstream media and the interests that back them up.

You are a ‘conspiracy theorist’ if you ask questions, assimilate facts in a logical manner, or pursue justice outside of the main flow of public discourse on a popular issue.

This type of language is also part of the process of politicizing everything, and by also labeling people in accordance with their country of origin, religion, skin color, economic class, or whatever else, more wedges of division are driven into the populace, deflating our inherent power in numbers.

7. Asking the Wrong Questions

Press access to ‘important’ people in our society is tightly regulated, and the powers that be don’t like to be confronted with unexpected and hard questions.

For this, the mainstream media dutifully uses its access to people in high places to ask softball, trivial, nonsensical, ignorant questions about irrelevant and superfluous issues.

Independent media is winning the long race against corporate/fascist propagandized media because people are naturally inclined to resonate with common sense and truth, which is not at all what corporate mainline media is involved with.

White house correspondents shouldn’t waste our time and insult our intelligence by asking a war time president about his pet dog or a recent golfing trip. But they do, all the time.

8. Closing the Book Too Soon

Moving an important or complicated issue from the front page as quickly as possible is a common strategy to remove touchy subjects from the public conversation.

Sadly, our national attention span is at an all time low, mostly because we’ve been trained to move from issue to issue with lightening speed, never soaking up any one thing for too long.

With such a short term memory, it is easy to protect a politician, forget a genocide, ignore the long-term effects of a bank bailout, and so on, just by moving onto to something new.

Once the media has signaled that a story has been resolved or adequately discussed, then any after thought, individual investigation, or further inquiry is labeled as extremist and ignored.

9. Triviality and Distraction

With all of the important decisions being made daily by powerful people, decisions that genuinely affect quality of life for many people, the news outlets are steadfastly devoted to engaging in gossip, entertainment, murders and acts of violence, car accidents, disasters and other pablum.

The body politic is kept confused by celebrity happenings, endless sports contests and other such pageantry, and the media uses these many forms of distractions to fill time and brain space so that important issues are seen as a drag or as a downer, and never given proper reflection.

This is so ubiquitous in our society nowadays that there really is no escape.

10. Outright Lying

When all else fails, just lie, make it up as you go along, sell your air time to the highest bidder, and never look back.

In the internet age, people are pretty keen on fact checking, rebutting, arguing, and gathering stats, and there are enough facts available to prove any side to any story.

In fact, this has become an art form for major media, and the ability to gather facts in accordance with an agenda is a profitable skill for the mainstream media.

Lying has always worked, and the bigger the lie, the more likely it is to be believed.

11. Bonus – Eye Candy and Mind Melting

This one is a bonus and part of the new era of network news. Rather than employ virtuous gumshoes and hardcore reporters of truth, mainstream media instead invests in graphic artists to make each frame of the broadcast an over-designed motion collage of brain-melting info overload.

Staying focused on what the anchor or guest is actually saying is impossible.

By design, the news is presented in a mad shotgun blast of competing signals, and your attention is split in ten directions with tickers, bubbles, stock footage, gyrating lights and special effects.

The point here is to exhaust the mind with over-stimulation so that the brain cannot function methodically and cannot process an issue beyond the shallow surface. This is also known as hypnotism, or mind-control.
Conclusion

News is a commodity just like everything else these days, and although many still believe the point of news is to inform, it is important to accept the hard truth that the purpose of the news is really just to sell something, be it a product, an idea, a candidate, a public image, a war, or whatever.

For this, the mainstream media is focused on first deciding which issues are to be discussed in the public forum, then by using a bagful of tricks to shape people’s perceptions of an issue, the media divides us and pits us against each other while leading us into consent for an underlying and hidden agenda.

 

cartoon about politics and brainwashing through the media

Yes, there are thousands and thousands of us…

 

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19 Responses to “11 Tactics Used by the Mainstream Media to Manufacture Consent for the Oligarchy”

  1. ian says:

    There are a lot of us and we get more every day. What did Dodgy Dave call us. Non violent extremists. A bit rich coming from a violent extremist.

  2. ferryt says:

    They also like to use hypnotic techniques: Lots of spinning circles, countdowns, beep beep beeeps and very fancy graphics where they interweave these techniques. Tickers too with ‘breaking news’ whittling away your critical analysis on it’s way into deep into your subconscious..

    All that aside just observe people when they are watching TV. They are usually in a trance.

    Powerful techniques to subvert and control.

    OT beautiful day here so far. No spraying this morning at least. Stark contrast to yesterday. Chem trails galore as it has been for a while.

    • ian says:

      Was beautiful here too ferryt, but a lot of high haze coming in on the wind this last hour. Possibly spraying over the Atlantic.

  3. Nig says:

    A friend of mine was telling one day that he felt like banging his head against the wall trying to wake people up. I offered to help bang his head against he wall as these sheeple don’t want to wake up, its uncomfortable thinking….
    I’m not a bible basher but do believe in God. If you have a look through the book of Genesis there is a prediction of how low the state of society will sink. Especially lots of fat people without manners, nobody caring for anyone else (genuinely). Self pleasure of the mouth, eyes, the ears etc. The skies the land poisoned, the animals dying – End of days.
    A very wise and spiritual man once explained to me the meaning of ‘Human’ – Kindness and compassion towards others – Human ‘beings’. He then said show me a human on earth? They aren’t human they are ‘beings’.
    A lot of the ‘conspiring’ to get the real truth out websites keep saying something big is coming in September.

  4. Dogman says:

    Great subject and one that needs to be addressed.

    Worth a read
    Programming Centres – http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/sociopolitica/esp_sociopol_mindcon06.htm#DICTIONARY%20OF%20PROGRAMMING%20CENTERS

    Beta waves are the normal waking brain wave activity. In that state one is alert and aware at a concious level. In the beta wave state your conscious mind acts as a kind of gate keeper for the subconscious mind. Kind of like a virus filter. However once you start watching television you switch to an alpha brain wave state. This happens, because of the subliminal hypnotic flicker rate emitted by the television. (eighteen frames per second.) The transition to alpha wave occurs within thirty seconds to a minute of viewing a television. And it feels good. Which is why TV is so addictive.

    “Brainwashing” “mind control” and ” mind conditioning” are based upon the technique of bypassing the conscious mind and downloading messages and data directly into the subconscious mind. This is done easily by using images, data and signals that cannot be detected on a conscious level, such as a flicker rate of eighteen frames per second. Also, as previously noted, these rapidly moving images induces an alpha brain wave state. Once you are in an alpha wave state you are highly susceptible to suggestion and subliminal conditioning and “mind control” becomes possible.

    The video below is an excellent illustration of the flicker rate being used to induce an alpha brain wave state and thus allow subliminal messages to be implanted directly into the subconscious mind. And, this was done back in the sixties.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDsI-zk6gfE (about eight minutes in length)

    This next video should be captioned “television mind control, sigils, mnemonic circles, and trance induction.” This one will blow your socks off. It is an advanced course on the techniques of electronic mind control. But you must listen carefully and think about the techniques being illustrated. While watching, bear in mind that it is a proven metaphysical concept that thoughts, numbers, letters, and sounds all have their own unique energy. And they ALL have a profound affect on human consciousness. If you do not understand this, then this video will probably cause confusion rather than enlightment. (See Dr. Emoto’s work, discussed briefly in this video, on water and how it is affected by our conciousness.)

    This film will show you how to protect yourself. It will expand your consciousness, and it will make you much more aware of the forces that govern our lives, even if you fail to fully understand it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ixwC6tm_Cc (Preview)

  5. Dogman says:

    Newspeak has become the dominant culture and TV is the chief vehicle for spreading the lies and deceit. Jack Blood provides a succinct summary in, TV = Mind Control (Why do you think they call it Programming?)
    “Once again the system is at work, knowing how easy it is to control the minds of a dumbed down population that has been well trained, and some might say socially engineered, to never question authority, never think outside the box, never seek accountability and never think for itself. Easily manipulated, millions of people are conditioned to believe, from a very early age, that anything emanating from television is sacrosanct. Thus, everything they watch is reality and anything they hear is truth. Anchors and reporters become trusted personalities voicing reticent opinions whose veracity are seldom, if ever, questioned.
    The Establishment has perfected its machination of propaganda, creating the realities it wants into society, forming whatever truth that will be of the greatest benefit, not to society, but to itself. Whatever reality it wants to create and disseminate is quickly absorbed by a population eager to feed off the mammary glands of television. The Establishment, the corporate world and government have for years told us how and what to think, how to act, who to obey and where to follow, condemning our minds to obedience, our lives to conformism and silent acquiescence.”
    Is it not time to make a clean break from this self-induced imprisonment of images and sounds that spills out of the television machine?
    SARTRE – February 10, 2014

  6. Dogman says:

    Most naively assume the television is simply a form of entertainment and information, when in reality the television is a weapon of mass deception, social and cultural distortion, and mass mind control.

    “Control the manner in which a man interprets his world,” Stanley Milgram, a Jewish social psychologist, once wrote, “and you have gone a long way toward controlling his behaviour.” And that’s exactly what the television does. It controls and shapes our perception and interpretation of the world around us.

    The entire “New World Order” agenda, which in actuality is nothing more than Jewish imperialism and global subversion and subjugation, is largely perpetuated and advanced by the Jewish-controlled mass media and “entertainment” complex centered around Hollywood and corporate television broadcast companies. The television is indeed a weapon of mass deception and psychological and emotional exploitation. It is the main tool being utilized to advance international Jewry’s agenda of world domination and subjugation.

    The Jewish propagandist and public relations specialist Edward Bernays wrote in his 1928 book Propaganda:

    The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.
    We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. Bernays would go on to write that “it remains a fact that in almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons… who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind, who harness old social forces and contrive new ways to bind and guide the world.”

    Bernays defined propaganda as “a consistent, enduring effort to create or shape events to influence the relations of the public to an enterprise, idea or group,” and contended – correctly in my view – that “Propaganda is the executive arm of the invisible government.” And how is propaganda disseminated in America and around the world today? Largely through the television.

    In a nutshell, the television, mass media, and Hollywood:

    •Regularly present altered, distorted, manipulated, and/or even outright fabricated photographic and video imagery, coupled with false scripted testimony, in order to advance certain geopolitical and cultural agendas;
    •Manufacture and perpetuate an artificial reality we are all forced to operate in;
    •Promote subversive ideas and values, including homosexuality, pornography, sexual promiscuity and degeneracy, transgenderism, and other debauched lifestyles;
    •Systematically attack, undermine, and debase traditional Western culture, lifestyles, and history;
    •Manufacture demand for unnecessary and often useless products and services;
    •Trivialize the very nature of the world we live in by promoting mindless consumerism, materialism, and celebrity (including professional and collegiate athletics) worship;
    •Distort and fabricate historical and current events in a manner which promotes Jewish interests, perspectives, and narratives; and
    •Use fear and hype to traumatize and control mass populations.
    The television, mass media, and Hollywood are no longer benevolent, enlightening forces – if they ever truly were – that seek to entertain and honestly inform the public about important political, economic, social, and historical issues, in addition to holding powerful forces operating in society to account.

    No, the television, mass media, and Hollywood have been weaponized, and have been and continue to be used to systematically deceive and psychologically and emotionally exploit the American public in order to advance certain geopolitical and cultural agendas, along with false narratives of history and current happenings.

    If you are still watching television, know you are being deceived, programmed, and conditioned. Understand the television is a weapon of mass deception, and spread the word.

    Posted by John Friend – The Realist Report

  7. Dogman says:

    A Google News search on the military’s “Information Operations Roadmap” reveals that, of major media in the US, only the Los Angeles Times, Newsday, and ABC even mention the recently released “Information Operations Roadmap,” and none of these give much detail. Why is the U.S. media so reluctant to report on these matters which are vital to the preservation of freedom of speech guaranteed in the first amendment of the U.S. constitution? If you care about preserving the free flow of information over the Internet, please spread the news about this most important BBC article. Together, we can and will build a brighter future.
    With best wishes,
    Fred Burks for WantToKnow.info
    Former language interpreter for Presidents Bush and Clinton

    http: //news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/4655196.stm

    US plans to ‘fight the net’ revealed

    By Adam Brookes
    BBC Pentagon correspondent

    A newly declassified document gives a fascinating glimpse into the US military’s plans for “information operations” – from psychological operations, to attacks on hostile computer networks.

    Bloggers beware.

    As the world turns networked, the Pentagon is calculating the military opportunities that computer networks, wireless technologies and the modern media offer.

    From influencing public opinion through new media to designing “computer network attack” weapons, the US military is learning to fight an electronic war.

    The declassified document is called “Information Operations Roadmap”. It was obtained by the National Security Archive at George Washington University using the Freedom of Information Act.

    http: //www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB177/index.htm

    Officials in the Pentagon wrote it in 2003. The Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, signed it.

    The “roadmap” calls for a far-reaching overhaul of the military’s ability to conduct information operations and electronic warfare. And, in some detail, it makes recommendations for how the US armed forces should think about this new, virtual warfare.

    The document says that information is “critical to military success”. Computer and telecommunications networks are of vital operational importance.

    Propaganda

    The operations described in the document include a surprising range of military activities: public affairs officers who brief journalists, psychological operations troops who try to manipulate the thoughts and beliefs of an enemy, computer network attack specialists who seek to destroy enemy networks.

    All these are engaged in information operations.

    Perhaps the most startling aspect of the roadmap is its acknowledgement that information put out as part of the military’s psychological operations, or Psyops, is finding its way onto the computer and television screens of ordinary Americans.

    “Information intended for foreign audiences, including public diplomacy and Psyops, is increasingly consumed by our domestic audience,” it reads.

    “Psyops messages will often be replayed by the news media for much larger audiences, including the American public,” it goes on.

    The document’s authors acknowledge that American news media should not unwittingly broadcast military propaganda. “Specific boundaries should be established,” they write. But they don’t seem to explain how.

    “In this day and age it is impossible to prevent stories that are fed abroad as part of psychological operations propaganda from blowing back into the United States – even though they were directed abroad,” says Kristin Adair of the National Security Archive.

    When it describes plans for electronic warfare, or EW, the document takes on an extraordinary tone.

    It seems to see the internet as being equivalent to an enemy weapons system.

    “Strategy should be based on the premise that the Department [of Defense] will ‘fight the net’ as it would an enemy weapons system,” it reads.

    The slogan “fight the net” appears several times throughout the roadmap.

    The authors warn that US networks are very vulnerable to attack by hackers, enemies seeking to disable them, or spies looking for intelligence.

    “Networks are growing faster than we can defend them… Attack sophistication is increasing… Number of events is increasing.”

    US digital ambition

    And, in a grand finale, the document recommends that the United States should seek the ability to “provide maximum control of the entire electromagnetic spectrum”.

    US forces should be able to “disrupt or destroy the full spectrum of globally emerging communications systems, sensors, and weapons systems dependent on the electromagnetic spectrum”.

    The US military seeks the capability to knock out every telephone, every networked computer, every radar system on the planet.

    Are these plans the pipe dreams of self-aggrandising bureaucrats? Or are they real?

    The fact that the “Information Operations Roadmap” is approved by the Secretary of Defense suggests that these plans are taken very seriously indeed in the Pentagon.

    And that the scale and grandeur of the digital revolution is matched only by the US military’s ambitions for it.

    Note: You can view the entire 78-page U.S. military document titled “Information Operations Roadmap” (parts are redacted) on BBC’s website at the link below. A free PDF reader is required (download the reader here).
    http: //news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/bsp/hi/p … psyops.pdf

  8. Dogman says:

    Jane Akre – Fox News. After our struggle to air an honest report [on hormones in milk], Fox fired the general manager [of our station]. The new GM said that if we didn’t agree to changes that the lawyers were insisting upon, we’d be fired for insubordination in 48 hours. We pleaded with [him] to look at the facts we’d uncovered. His reply: “We paid $3 billion dollars for these stations. We’ll tell you what the news is. The news is what we say it is!” [After we refused] Fox’s GM presented us an agreement that would give us a full year of salary, and benefits worth close to $200,000, but with strings attached: no mention of how Fox covered up the story and no opportunity to ever expose the facts. [After declining] we were fired.

    Dan Rather – CBS, Multiple Emmy Awards. What’s going on is a belief that you can manipulate communicable trust between the leadership and the led. The way you do that is you don’t let the press in anywhere. Access to war is extremely limited. The fiercer the combat, the more the access is limited, [including] access to information. This is a direct contradiction of the stated policy of maximum access to information consistent with national security. There was a time in South Africa when people would put flaming tires around people’s necks if they dissented. In some ways the fear [now in the U.S.] is that you will have a flaming tire of lack of patriotism put around your neck. That fear keeps journalists from asking the tough questions. I am humbled to say, I do not except myself from this criticism. (click for more) http ://www.wanttoknow.info/massmedia#rather

    Monika Jensen-Stevenson – Emmy-winning producer for 60 minutes. Robert R. Garwood – 14 years a prisoner of the Vietnamese – was found guilty in the longest court-martial in US history. At the end of the court-martial, there seemed no question that Garwood was a monstrous traitor. Several years later in 1985, Garwood was speaking publicly about something that had never made the news during his court-martial. He knew of other American prisoners in Vietnam long after the war was over. He was supported by Vietnam veterans whose war records were impeccable. My sources included outstanding experts like former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency General Tighe and returned POWs like Captain McDaniel, who held the Navy’s top award for bravery. With such advocates, it was hard not to consider the possibility that prisoners (some 3,500) had in fact been kept by the Vietnamese as hostages to make sure the US would pay the more than $3 billion in war reparations. [After the war] American POWs had become worthless pawns. The US had not paid the promised monies and had no intention of paying in the future. (click for more) http ://www.wanttoknow.info/massmedia#jensenstevenson

    Kristina Borjesson – CBS, Emmy award winner. Pierre Salinger announced to the world on Nov. 8, 1996, that he’d received documents proving that a US Navy missile had accidentally downed [TWA flight 800]. That same day, FBI’s Jim Kallstrom called a press conference. A man raised his hand and asked why the Navy was involved in the recovery and investigation while a possible suspect. “Remove him!” [Kallstrom] yelled. Two men leapt over to the questioner and grabbed him by the arms. There was a momentary chill in the air after the guy had been dragged out of the room. Kallstrom and entourage acted as if nothing had happened. [Kallstrom was later hired by CBS.] (click for more) http: //www.wanttoknow.info/massmedia#borjesson

    Greg Palast – BBC. In the months leading up to the November [2000] balloting, Gov. Jeb Bush ordered elections supervisors to purge 58,000 voters on the grounds they were felons not entitled to vote. As it turns out, only a handful of these voters were felons. This extraordinary news ran on page one of the country’s leading paper. Unfortunately, it was the wrong country: Britain. In the USA, it was not covered. The office of the governor [also] illegally ordered the removal of felons from voter rolls – real felons – but with the right to vote under law. As a result, 50,000 of these voters could not vote. The fact that 90% of these were Democrats should have made it news as this alone more than accounted for Bush’s victory. (click for more) http: //www.wanttoknow.info/massmedia#palast

    Michael Levine – 25-year veteran of DEA, writer for New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today. The Chang Mai “factory” that the CIA prevented me from destroying was the source of massive amounts of heroin being smuggled into the US in the bodies and body bags of GIs killed in Vietnam. Case after case was killed by CIA and State Department intervention and there wasn’t a thing we could do about it. … In 1980, CIA-recruited mercenaries and drug traffickers unseated Bolivia’s democratically elected president. Immediately after the coup, cocaine production increased massively. Bolivia [became] the source of virtually 100% of the cocaine entering the US. This was the beginning of the crack “plague.” … The CIA along with State and Justice Departments had to protect their drug-dealing assets by destroying a DEA investigation. How do I know? I was the inside source. … I sat down at my desk in the American embassy and wrote evidence of my charges. I addressed it to Newsweek. Three weeks later DEA’s internal security [called] to notify me that I was under investigation. … The highlight of the 60 Minutes piece is when the administrator of the DEA, Federal Judge Robert Bonner, tells Mike Wallace, “There is no other way to put it, Mike, [what the CIA did] is drug smuggling. It’s illegal.” (click for more) http: //www.wanttoknow.info/massmedia#levine

    Gary Webb – San Jose Mercury News, Pulitzer Prize winner. In 1996, I wrote a series of stories that began this way: For the better part of a decade, a Bay Area drug ring sold tons of cocaine to the Crips and Bloods gangs of LA and funneled millions in drug profits to a guerilla army run by the CIA. The cocaine that flooded in helped spark a crack explosion in urban America. … The story was developing a momentum all of its own, despite a virtual news blackout from the major media. Ultimately, it was public pressure that forced the national newspapers into the fray. The Washington Post, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times published stories, but spent little time exploring the CIA’s activities. Instead, my reporting and I became the focus of their scrutiny. It was remarkable [Mercury News editor] Ceppos wrote, that the four Washington Post reporters assigned to debunk the series “could not find a single significant factual error.” A few months later, the Mercury News [due to intense CIA pressure] backed away from the story, publishing a long column by Ceppos apologizing for “shortcomings.” The New York Times hailed Ceppos for “setting a brave new standard,” and splashed his apology on their front page, the first time the series had ever been mentioned there. I quit the Mercury News not long after that. … Do we have a free press today? Sure. It’s free to report all the sex scandals, all the stock market news, [and] every new health fad that comes down the pike. But when it comes to the real down and dirty stuff – such stories are not even open for discussion. (click for more) http: //www.wanttoknow.info/massmedia#webb

    John Kelly – Author, ABC producer. ABC hired me to help produce a story about an investment firm that was heavily involved with the CIA. Part of the ABC report charged that the CIA had plotted to assassinate an American, Ron Rewald, the president of [the investment firm]. Scott Barnes said on camera that the CIA had asked him to kill Rewald. After the show aired, CIA officials met with ABC executive David Burke, [who] was sufficiently impressed “by the vigor with which they made their case” to order an on-air “clarification.” But that was not enough. [CIA Director] Casey called ABC Chairman Goldenson. [Thus] despite all the documented evidence presented in the program, despite ABC standing by the program in a second broadcast, Peter Jennings reported that ABC could no longer substantiate the charges. That same day, the CIA filed a formal complaint with the FCC charging that ABC had “deliberately distorted” the news. In the complaint, Casey asked that ABC be stripped of its TV and radio licenses. During this time, Capital Cities Communications was maneuvering to buy ABC. [CIA Director] Casey was one of the founders of Cap Cities. Cap Cities bought ABC. Within months, the entire investigative unit was dispersed. (click for more) http: //www.wanttoknow.info/massmedia#kelly

    Robert McChesney – 500 radio & TV appearances. [There has been a] striking consolidation of the media from hundreds of firms to an industry dominated by less than ten enormous transnational conglomerates. The largest ten media firms own all US TV networks, most TV stations, all major film studios, all major music companies, nearly all cable TV channels, much of the book and magazine publishing [industry], and much, much more. Expensive investigative journalism – especially that which goes after national security or powerful corporate interests – is discouraged. … A few weeks after the war began in Afghanistan, CNN president Isaacson authorized CNN to provide two different versions of the war: a more critical one for the global audience and a sugarcoated one for Americans. … It is nearly impossible to conceive of a better world without some changes in the media status quo. (click for more) http: //www.wanttoknow.info/massmedia#mcchesney

  9. Dogman says:

    Remember the 1997 film Wag the Dog. The film was about a film director being hired by the US government to make propaganda films for the news. If you think it does not happen for real you’re mistaken. In the clip below the actress holds a bag of chips and they dub in a cat…lol
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pl … NDmDZi05dY

    Now where could you use this technology?

  10. Dogman says:

    “You could get a journalist cheaper than a good call girl, for a couple hundred dollars a month.” – CIA operative discussing with Philip Graham, editor Washington Post, on the availability and prices of journalists willing to peddle CIA propaganda and cover stories. “Katherine The Great,” by Deborah Davis (New York: Sheridan Square Press, 1991)

    “The Central Intelligence Agency owns everyone of any significance in the major media.” — William Colby, former CIA Director, cited by Dave Mcgowan, Derailing Democracy

    “There is quite an incredible spread of relationships. You don’t need to manipulate Time magazine, for example, because there are [Central Intelligence] Agency people at the management level.” — William B. Bader, former CIA intelligence officer, briefing members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, The CIA and the Media, by Carl Bernstein

    “The Agency’s relationship with [The New York] Times was by far its most valuable among newspapers, according to CIA officials. [It was] general Times policy … to provide assistance to the CIA whenever possible.” — The CIA and the Media, by Carl Bernstein

    “Senator William Proxmire has pegged the number of employees of the federal intelligence community at 148,000 … though Proxmire’s number is itself a conservative one. The “intelligence community” is officially defined as including only those organizations that are members of the U.S. Intelligence Board (USIB); a dozen other agencies, charged with both foreign and domestic intelligence chores, are not encompassed by the term…. The number of intelligence workers employed by the federal government is not 148,000, but some undetermined multiple of that number.” — Jim Hougan, Spooks

    “For some time I have been disturbed by the way the CIA has been diverted from its original assignment. It has become an operational and at times a policy-making arm of the government…. I never had any thought that when I set up the CIA that it would be injected into peacetime cloak and dagger operations.” –former President Harry Truman, 22 December 1963, one month after the JFK assassination, op-ed section of the Washington Post, early edition

    As terrible as it is to live in a nation where the press in known to be controlled by the government, at least one has the advantage of knowing the bias is present, and to adjust for it. In the United States of America, we are taught from birth that our press is free from such government meddling. This is an insideous lie about the very nature of the news institution in this country. One that allows the government to lie to us while denying the very fact of the lie itself.

    The Depraved Spies and Moguls of the CIA’s Operation MOCKINGBIRD

    by Alex Constantine

    Who Controls the Media?

    Soulless corporations do, of course. Corporations with grinning, double-breasted executives, interlocking directorates, labor squabbles and flying capital. Dow. General Electric. Coca-Cola. Disney. Newspapers should have mastheads that mirror the world: The Westinghouse Evening Scimitar, The Atlantic-Richfield Intelligentser . It is beginning to dawn on a growing number of armchair ombudsmen that the public print reports news from a parallel universe – one that has never heard of politically-motivated assassinations, CIA-Mafia banking thefts, mind control, death squads or even federal agencies with secret budgets fattened by cocaine sales – a place overrun by lone gunmen, where the CIA and Mafia are usually on their best behavior. In this idyllic land, the most serious infraction an official can commit is the employment of a domestic servant with (shudder) no residency status.

    This unlikely land of enchantment is the creation of MOCKINGBIRD.

    It was conceived in the late 1940s, the most frigid period of the cold war, when the CIA began a systematic infiltration of the corporate media, a process that often included direct takeover of major news outlets.

    In this period, the American intelligence services competed with communist activists abroad to influence European labor unions. With or without the cooperation of local governments, Frank Wisner, an undercover State Department official assigned to the Foreign Service, rounded up students abroad to enter the cold war underground of covert operations on behalf of his Office of Policy Coordination. Philip Graham, __a graduate of the Army Intelligence School in Harrisburg, PA, then publisher of the Washington Post., was taken under Wisner’s wing to direct the program code-named Operation MOCKINGBIRD.

    Lots more info on this link
    http://spartacus-educational.com/JFKmockingbird.htm

  11. Dublinmick says:

    John Swinton on the Free Press

    One night, probably in 1880, John Swinton, then the preeminent New York journalist, was the guest of honour at a banquet given him by the leaders of his craft. Someone who knew neither the press nor Swinton offered a toast to the independent press. Swinton outraged his colleagues by replying:

    “There is no such thing, at this date of the world’s history, in America, as an independent press. You know it and I know it.

    There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid weekly for keeping my honest opinion out of the paper I am connected with.

    Others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things, and any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job. If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone.

    The business of the journalists is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. You know it and I know it, and what folly is this toasting an independent press?

    We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes.”

  12. ian says:

    unlike the educated commenters here, mine is a bit wishy washy, but did London weekend Television not get it’s broadcasting licence revoked by Thatcher for broadcasting “Death on the Rock”, a documentary about the SAS murder of IRA suspects in Gibralta.

  13. lord charles drake of ferferferfeckingham says:

    thames tv lost the license for death onthe rock
    replaced with carlton a mossad run outfit with kosher mi5 support.
    run by a rabbi called green a rothschild front bag man
    paid pilger a million cam moron 2
    yes carlton tv allowed to run a rabbi mock by the padophiles friend thatcher the milk snatcher

  14. Lynn says:

    The same faces day in day out. Not talent just muppetts of the same Szynagogue. Used to manipulate and be familiar. Selling lies for a living.

    Deliberate spelling mistake.

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