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originally posted by: TerryMcGuire
I try to stay clear of too much conspiratorial speculation as I have found that those rabbit holes can drag one in and a person can lose their way. However, I watched this going down under Reagan and Clinton and the concerns of those days seem to have played out.
originally posted by: TerryMcGuire
a reply to: karl 12
I was stunned watching Network when it was released. That even that much of what I had already surmised about media could even get to the ''big stage'' like Network did.
Today, Network feels as fresh and vital as it did 36 years ago, and not just because Finch, Faye Dunaway and Beatrice Straight won Oscars for acting in it.
It's because the movie predicts everything about modern media in the 21st Century—from reality TV and YouTube to Glenn Beck and the tabloid news format. And it did so 20 years before the internet even existed.
It's spooky how much the movie got right about the direction of the news business specifically, and the media generally.
Pentagon used psychological operation on US public, documents show
..In a January 2005 memorandum to active members of both offices from then-Pentagon press office director, Navy Captain Roxie Merritt, who now leads the community relations office, emphasized the necessary “synergy of outreach shop and media ops working together” on the military analyst program.
Merritt recommended that both the press and community relations offices develop a “hot list” of analysts who could dependably “carry our water” and provide them with ultra-exclusive access that would compel the networks to “weed out the less reliably friendly analysts” on their own.
“Media ops and outreach can work on a plan to maximize use of the analysts and figure out a system by which we keep our most reliably friendly analysts plugged in on everything from crisis response to future plans,” Merritt remarked. “As evidenced by this analyst trip to Iraq, the synergy of outreach shop and media ops working together on these types of projects is enormous and effective. Will continue to examine ways to improve processes.”
"We paid $3 billion for these television stations, we'll decide what the news is. The news is what we tell you it is."
Fox General Manager
Court Rules: News Media Can Lie
"Intelligence officials should infiltrate online forums and chat rooms focusing on 'conspiracy theory' communities"
Cass Sunstein - Lawyer /Judge /Obama Admin /DOJ
"It's not what you put on the news that changes the world, it's what you don't put on the news that changes the world"
Roger Ailes - former presidential media advisor / founder of Fox News
originally posted by: DBCowboy
a reply to: karl 12
We don't have a choice, don't know if we've ever had a choice, what we have is the illusion of choice.
originally posted by: Generation9
That's when you knew they were all in the same group. On a mission.
Propaganda is the intentional dissemination of information aimed at influencing the opinions or behaviors of large numbers of people. Even so-called "public" television is "underwritten" (commercials in disguise) by the likes of Halliburton and The Heritage Foundation..
Is it no coincidence, then, that the United States has become a nation whose masses no longer question authority or the propaganda that passes for news? Is it any wonder why we seem so ignorant as to what is being done to us and incurious as to what is happening in the world, readily and naively accepting as true everything that is spewed out of our televisions and newspapers? We have allowed the oligarchy to hide the keys of democracy while we carelessly follow it on the road to fascism, where the elite have control of all aspects of our lives, including our mind.
The Stupefaction of a Nation
originally posted by: Oldtimer2
LOL,takeover they are the original financiers and developers,they have always controlled..
One night, probably in 1880, John Swinton, then the pre-eminent 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."
Source: Labor's Untold Story, by Richard O. Boyer and Herbert M. Morais, published by United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America, NY, 1955/1979.
"We are grateful to the Washington Post, the New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost 40 years......It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supernational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national autodetermination practiced in past centuries.”
originally posted by: 0zzymand0s
These people have been so conditioned to hate their opposing pinatas that they don't even feel the bats beating the candy out of their own arse.
Propaganda does not deceive people; it merely helps them to deceive themselves."
"The political machine triumphs because it is a united minority acting against a divided majority."
Spin - Footage You Were Never Supposed to See
Artist Brian Springer spent a year scouring the airwaves with a satellite dish grabbing back channel news feeds not intended for public consumption. The result of his research is SPIN, one of the most insightful films ever made about the mechanics of how television is used as a tool of social control to distort and limit the American public's perception of reality.
'What really goes on behind the big news stories of the day?
Toxic sludge is good for you:
While advertising is the visible component of the corporate system, perhaps even more important and pervasive is its invisible partner, the public relations industry. This video illuminates this hidden sphere of our culture and examines the way in which the management of the public mind has become central to how our democracy is controlled by political and economic elites. Toxic Sludge Is Good For You illustrates how much of what we think of as independent, unbiased news and information has its origins in the boardrooms of the public relations companies.
The CIA even ran a formal training program in the 1950s to teach its agents to be journalists. Intelligence officers were "taught to make noises like reporters," explained a high CIA official, and were then placed in major news organizations with help from management.
'These were the guys who went through the ranks and were told, "You're going to be a journalist," the CIA official said. Relatively few of the 400-some relationships described in Agency files followed that pattern, however; most involved persons who were already bona fide journalists when they began undertaking tasks for the Agency.
The Agency's dealings with the press began during the earliest stages of the Cold War. Allen Dulles, who became director of the CIA in 1953, sought to establish a recruiting-and-cover capability within America's most prestigious journalistic institutions.
originally posted by: 0zzymand0s
a reply to: ElGoobero
Of course, you believe that. It's what your favorite media taught you to believe.
What you don't know is that the corporatization of media has reduced news to the level of take-out dinners. The six corporations that control your media want you to believe that your version of the truth is real and factual. It is not. Your news, like everyone else's news, is the result of targeted marketing.