Posts Tagged Big MSM
April 28, 2010
Flashback Friday articles mirrored in-part from other websites will be high-caliber missives not only because they contain extremely pertinent information for our times, but also because those seeking truth may not realize they are available.
Mass media is the most powerful tool used by the ruling class to manipulate the masses. It shapes and molds opinions and attitudes and defines what is normal and acceptable. This article looks at the workings of mass media through the theories of its major thinkers, its power structure and the techniques it uses, in order to understand its true role in society.
Programming Through Mass Media
Mass media are media forms designed to reach the largest audience possible. They include television, movies, radio, newspapers, magazines, books, records, video games and the internet. Many studies have been conducted in the past century to measure the effects of mass media on the population in order to discover the best techniques to influence it. From those studies emerged the science of Communications, which is used in marketing, public relations and politics. Mass communication is a necessary tool to insure the functionality of a large democracy; it is also a necessary tool for a dictatorship. It all depends on its usage.
In the 1958 preface for A Brave New World, Aldous Huxley paints a rather grim portrait of society. He believes it is controlled by an “impersonal force”, a ruling elite, which manipulates the population using various methods.
“Impersonal forces over which we have almost no control seem to be pushing us all in the direction of the Brave New Worldian nightmare; and this impersonal pushing is being consciously accelerated by representatives of commercial and political organizations who have developed a number of new techniques for manipulating, in the interest of some minority, the thoughts and feelings of the masses.”
– Aldous Huxley, Preface to A Brave New World
His bleak outlook is not a simple hypothesis or a paranoid delusion. It is a documented fact, present in the world’s most important studies on mass media. Here are some of them:
Walter Lippmann, an American intellectual, writer and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner brought forth one of the first works concerning the usage of mass media in America. In Public Opinion (1922), Lippmann compared the masses to a “great beast” and a “bewildered herd” that needed to be guided by a governing class. He described the ruling elite as “a specialized class whose interests reach beyond the locality.” This class is composed of experts, specialists and bureaucrats. According to Lippmann, the experts, who often are referred to as “elites,” are to be a machinery of knowledge that circumvents the primary defect of democracy, the impossible ideal of the “omnicompetent citizen.” The trampling and roaring “bewildered herd” has its function: to be “the interested spectators of action,” i.e. not participants. Participation is the duty of “the responsible man”, which is not the regular citizen.
Mass media and propaganda are therefore tools that must be used by the elite to rule the public without physical coercion. One important concept presented by Lippmann is the “manufacture of consent”, which is, in short, the manipulation of public opinion to accept the elite’s agenda. It is Lippmann’s opinion that the general public is not qualified to reason and to decide on important issues. It is therefore important for the elite to decide “for its own good” and then sell those decisions to the masses.
“That the manufacture of consent is capable of great refinements no one, I think, denies. The process by which public opinions arise is certainly no less intricate than it has appeared in these pages, and the opportunities for manipulation open to anyone who understands the process are plain enough. . . . as a result of psychological research, coupled with the modern means of communication, the practice of democracy has turned a corner. A revolution is taking place, infinitely more significant than any shifting of economic power. . . . Under the impact of propaganda, not necessarily in the sinister meaning of the word alone, the old constants of our thinking have become variables. It is no longer possible, for example, to believe in the original dogma of democracy; that the knowledge needed for the management of human affairs comes up spontaneously from the human heart. Where we act on that theory we expose ourselves to self-deception, and to forms of persuasion that we cannot verify. It has been demonstrated that we cannot rely upon intuition, conscience, or the accidents of casual opinion if we are to deal with the world beyond our reach.”
–Walter Lippmann, Public Opinion
By: Mike Krieger
October 29, 2014
Journalists should be dark, funny, mean people. It’s appropriate for their antagonistic, adversarial role.
– Matt Taibbi, in this New York Magazine article
Reporters on the ground aren’t necessarily ideological, Attkisson says, but the major network news decisions get made by a handful of New York execs who read the same papers and think the same thoughts.
Often they dream up stories beforehand and turn the reporters into “casting agents,” told “we need to find someone who will say . . .” that a given policy is good or bad. “We’re asked to create a reality that fits their New York image of what they believe,” she writes.
– From the excellent New York Post article: Ex-CBS reporter’s book reveals how liberal media protects Obama
Earlier this week, I published a piece titled, Former CBS Reporter Accuses Government of Secretly Planting Classified Docs on Her Computer, which I thought was incredible in its own right, yet the information in that post seems almost trite compared to the flood of information Attkisson has revealed to the New York Post’s Kyle Smith.
The following excerpts from the piece will confirm all of your worst suspicions about mainstream media:
Sharyl Attkisson is an unreasonable woman. Important people have told her so.
When the longtime CBS reporter asked for details about reinforcements sent to the Benghazi compound during the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack, White House national security spokesman Tommy Vietor replied, “I give up, Sharyl . . . I’ll work with more reasonable folks that follow up, I guess.”
Another White House flack, Eric Schultz, didn’t like being pressed for answers about the Fast and Furious scandal in which American agents directed guns into the arms of Mexican drug lords. “Goddammit, Sharyl!” he screamed at her. “The Washington Post is reasonable, the LA Times is reasonable, The New York Times is reasonable. You’re the only one who’s not reasonable!”
Interesting, because as Matt Taibbi notes in the quote at the top, investigative journalists are not supposed to be reasonable. I digress…
In nearly 20 years at CBS News, she has done many stories attacking Republicans and corporate America, and she points out that TV news, being reluctant to offend its advertisers, has become more and more skittish about, for instance, stories questioning pharmaceutical companies or car manufacturers.
Working on a piece that raised questions about the American Red Cross disaster response, she says a boss told her, “We must do nothing to upset our corporate partners . . . until the stock splits.” (Parent company Viacom and CBS split in 2006).
Mainstream media pushes malicious fluoride lie: Fluoride-free bottled water is harming children, they claim!
by: Mike Adams
August 3, 2012
[NaturalNews] The mainstream media is at it again, lying to the public about fluoride. This time, the culprit is HealthDay, a “canned news” service that spits out lies and disinformation to be published by subscribing websites. Recently, HealthDay put out a story by author Alan Mozes claiming that bottled water might be harming children’s dental health because there’s no fluoride in it! (http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=667053)
And to really push their lie, they print the following conglomeration of total disinfo:
A salt formed from the combination of fluorine and soil and rock minerals, fluoride is voluntarily added by the vast majority of states and/or local municipalities…
This statement is, of course, a complete fabrication. The so-called “fluoride” actually added to municipal water supplies does not come from soil and rock minerals; it comes from industrial waste facilities and phosphate mining scrubbers: http://tv.naturalnews.com/v.asp?v=905DEA3798062673BC2C54E981BC8F07.
Much of it is imported from chemical companies in China, and it often contains over 100 different chemicals — including radioactive elements — which aren’t even fluoride!
These toxic chemicals are so highly corrosive that they eat metal, undercover footage reveals:
See the bizarre history of fluoride:
See this interview with Fluoride Free Austin:
Mandatory, not voluntary!
Even worse, HealthDay tries to make fluoride sound like something everybody wants by saying it is “voluntarily added by the vast majority of states…”
This is a lie as well. Fluoride is mandatory in the water for those people who are unfortunate to live in a fluoridated area. They never “volunteered” to have fluoride in their water. They were never given a choice. To write that fluoride is “voluntarily added” — against the will of many members of the public — is wholly deceptive. To people turning on their tap water, fluoride is mandatory!
Saying that fluoride is “voluntary” is like saying breathing air pollution is voluntary, too, because chemical plants “voluntarily” spew toxic pollution into the air. Such word choice is highly deceptive journalism, if you can even call it journalism. (It’s really just blatant propaganda.)
USA Today’s headline Monday in the “Money” section of the newspaper read “Will fragile U.S. economy shatter?” This story should have come with an apology to readers for reporting a so-called “recovery” for a couple of years now that was, in reality, nothing more than bottom bouncing. And even though the story talked about “worrying signs” and people taking jobs“for half the pay,” the writers still would not let go of the “recovery” theme. Monday’s story said, “When the job market began to crack in April, most economists said they weren’t worried about the recovery. They’re worried now. As the recovery slows, optimism is giving way to caution, with undercurrents of something darker.” (Click here for the complete USA Today story reprinted from The Tennessean.) Really, it all turned to crap in just three months?
In April, USA Today reported, “As the recovery finally puts down what appear to be stronger roots, it faces one big force (pent up demand) that could strengthen and reinforce it — and an even bigger one (spending cuts and tax increases at the beginning of next year) that threatens to derail it.” (Click here for the complete USA Today story.) What kind of whack-a-doodle reporting is this? The recovery was finally putting down “stronger roots,” and three months later, the economy is “fragile” and might “shatter”? How about it’s been bad all along, and the reporting is mostly a cheerleading job that gives people a false picture of what is really happening.
July 24, 2012
July 21, 2012
Allow me to preface the information below with a significant caveat.
The situation presented by David Wilcock at his website Divine Cosmos has been an ongoing undertaking of prodigious proportions which has spanned a lengthy amount of time. Due to this, there is additional information at his website which is vital to comprehend the key steps that have lead to this current development.
Many people have rightfully been concerned at the current state of the global economy. They may not comprehend how some of these dilemmas began, but these folks do inherently realize something very disturbing is occurring in the financial sector.
In addition to that, a sizable amount of alternative media pundits have been warning of another looming financial tsunami that is likely to decimate the global economy [and many other sectors for that matter] once mass panic ensues.
The criminals syndicates responsible for the 2008 financial crisis, and the current economic downturns in Europe are addressed below.
There are a total of fifty corporations at this moment in time essentially at the top of the pyramid controlling the world. Evidence of this has been ascertained by Swiss Scientists and can be seen in page 33 of the document provided below. The Swiss team published this scientific paper in September of last year.
Why should all this concern you? Because not only have these corporations controlled nigh every facet of society for profit, but also they have siphoned [y/our] wealth via a variety of methods, particularly the LIBOR manipulation. As an adjunct, please keep in mind that LIBOR is not the only manipulated economic number, which is extremely disconcerting because additional turmoil is underway.
Below there are mostly key points in order to facilitate the understanding of the event taking place. However, it is urged that the entire report is read at length at Divince Cosmos in order to attain a greater understanding of the full predicament taking place. And please remember to always do your own due diligence & exercise discernment.
By: David Wilcock
Friday, July 20 2012
The Department of Justice — home of the US Marshals — has now blown the lid off of the biggest financial scandal in human history… after a highly covert three-year investigation.
The LIBOR scandal has started the Great Revealing of Financial Tyranny. Mass arrests must begin with mass charges, and mass court cases — and that has now arrived. Disclosure of many great hidden truths will follow.
THE MEDIA IS ALSO IMPLICATED
The Great Revealing has not yet become the one thing everyone is talking about.
The arrests and resignations have only just begun — and the mainstream Western media is equally as culpable as those controlling the financial system.
After all, it’s the same people.
This is one of many popular notions that are proven in Financial Tyranny. It is no longer a “conspiracy theory.”
Vast psyops have been used — including tens of thousands of professional online hit-men, paid to look like normal people sharing their opinion.
Shame has been a very powerful weapon to stop people from learning the truth. No one wants to be “crazy” or hated for their beliefs.
You are about to see a variety of article links where the writers express surprise that the American media isn’t covering this story yet.
As you are well aware, this has nothing to do with the press being “shy.” They are simply staring into the face of their own destruction.
THE COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION — WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
On June 27, 2012, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, or CFTC, filed a surprise legal order against Barclays Bank — in a move that has shocked the world.
A wealth of emails were presented, giving irrefutable evidence that Barclays was manipulating their own credit score — to generate almost unthinkably vast profits.
Here is the link where you can download the legal order yourself — and a photograph of the top page of this historic document.
This may not seem like a big deal at first — but in order for Barclays to have rigged their own credit score, they had to be conspiring with all the other biggest banks in the world.
These are the banks they are supposedly in competition with.
This story has taken off with unprecedented, explosive force in the UK — but is almost non-existent in the US, except on Huffington Post and alternative news sites.
This legal action required extraordinary secrecy to perform. Had the Cabal gotten wind of it, they would have killed everyone involved.
ALL THE BIGGEST BANKS ARE IN BED TOGETHER
Indeed, the world just found out that all the biggest banks are in bed together.
They are all implicated in a vast conspiracy to lie to the public, and create artificial investor confidence that benefits no one but themselves.
Mass criminal charges are already being prepared — by labor unions, local banks, local governments, state governments and federal governments — as a result of this move by the Department of Justice.
All the evidence is now freely available, as we will see — and the story is nearly moving faster than we can keep up with at this point, with new developments on a day-by-day basis.
THE SCIENCE ALREADY CAME IN — BUT NO ONE WAS PAYING ATTENTION
Last September, an incredible scientific paper was released that proved, irrefutably, that the world is being controlled by a vastly interconnected cabal.
It is rather ironic that these scientists are based in Switzerland — the world capital of secretive, off-the-books banking.
I am going to re-quote some of the first section of Financial Tyranny at this point, and add new material as well.
PROOF OF A WORLDWIDE INTERLOCKING DIRECTORATE
Three scientists from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich — Vitali, Glattfelder and Battiston — recently found conclusive proof that the world is being run by a vast interlocking directorate.
The computer power, database and networking capabilities necessary to prove this point were not available until recently.
Their results were published in New Scientist, a respected science magazine.
A VAST COMPUTER DATABASE OF CORPORATIONS
Glattfelder’s team unleashed an impressive armada of supercomputers on Orbis 2007 — a very elaborate database of the top 37 million corporations and individual investors worldwide.
The results were absolutely stunning.
If you don’t mind “getting your hands dirty” with scientific lingo, this excerpt from page 3 of their study explains more about the database and what they found. I have added emphasis where appropriate.
737 CORPORATIONS HAVE 80 PERCENT OF THE CONTROL
The magic trick isn’t over. This is all still just the set-up, as the elusive magician draws us more and more into the realm of the fantastic — and the impossible.
Believe it or not, only 737 corporations control this network that directly earns 80 percent of all the world’s profits.
The smoke rises — and the audience gasps in awe at how the magician could have ever pulled off a stunt like this.
This next excerpt from page 6 of the paper reveals the truth — in stark, black and white words on this screen.
Don’t let the technical jargon fool you. This single sentence has earth-shaking implications — and everyone needs to know about it.
In contrast, we find that only 737 top holders accumulate 80% of the control over the value of all TNCs [trans-national corporations] (see also the list of the top 50 holders in Tbl. S1 of SI Appendix, Sec. 8.3).
In particular, the top ranked actors hold a control ten times bigger than what could be expected based on their wealth.
The results are robust with respect to the models used to estimate control.
THE TOP 147 ALSO APPEAR TO CONTROL 80 PECENT OF THE WORLD’S WEALTH, IN TOTAL
Let’s not forget that these 147 companies appear to be in complete control of the 737 corporations that we were just talking about.
This was very difficult to find, and could not have been revealed without massive computer power — which almost borders on artificial intelligence.
Therefore, we now know that this “super-entity” of 147 companies likely controls 80 percent of all the money to be earned in the world.
Without the advanced technology of supercomputers and chaos theory, no one would have been able to discover this.
History has caught up to the Powers that Were.
THE SAME PEOPLE RUN THE FEDERAL RESERVE
Next question: What kind of companies do you think these top 147 corporations are? Remember – they control a staggering 40 percent of the world’s wealth.
As it says on page 6 of the paper, 75 percent of the corporations within the “super-entity” were financial institutions.
The top financial institutions within the “super-entity” should sound pretty familiar to you by now.
They include Barclays Bank, JP Morgan Chase & Co., Merrill Lynch, UBS, Bank of New York, Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs.
Multiple investigators have concluded that these same financial institutions are the private banks that run the Federal Reserve.
Our Swiss scientists did provide us with a list of the top 50 of these corporations — fully one-third of the whole problem.
THE TOP 50 COMPANIES RULING THE WORLD
YES, THERE IS A MONOPOLY — AND THAT POSES SEVERE RISKS
The next big question is whether this monopoly is engaged in cartel-style corruption. Do they secretly conspire to rig the markets and profit extensively?
The Swiss scientists used the term “bloc” to describe such a cartel, as we will see in a bit.
In this first excerpt from the Discussion section, they reveal that there is no direct evidence yet that this is being done — but the implications are fearsome if there is.
The fact that control is highly concentrated in the hands of few top holders does not determine if and how they are interconnected….
This remarkable finding raises at least two questions that are fundamental to the understanding of the functioning of the global economy.
Firstly, what are the implication for global financial stability?….
Recent works have shown that when a financial network is very densely connected, it is prone to systemic risk [24, 16].
Indeed, while in good times the network is seemingly robust, in bad times firms go into distress simultaneously.
This knife-edge property [25, 26] was witnessed during the recent financial turmoil [in the Lehman Brothers collapse of 2008].
July 12, 2012
When it comes to Americans having trust in the mainstream media, the numbers don’t lie. According to a recent Gallup poll, only 21 percent of Americans have confidence in television News. The decrease in viewership has become an alarming trend, and RT’s Liz Wahl has more.