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Truth, Propaganda and Media Manipulation

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posted on Jun, 29 2011 @ 03:19 AM
I don't know if many people here trust the MSM, but for some who do and claim it is due to their independence from the government, that is bogus. The government and the "big corporations connected with the government", control the MSM directly or indirectly.

It is an illusion. People for a long time had this idea that US is nothing like the regimes it is supporting in certain parts of the world, and nothing like the regimes it installs in other parts of the world. That is completely true, but only in a sense that US is much more advanced capable of creating much better political illusions than those regimes it supports, or holds in power, or installs.

Hey, Egypt had elections too, did you know? But it didn't have all the dazzles and emotional strings attached to it. Just like a magician distracting you with all the chatter, or some other "magical words", to perform the trick and fool you, the same way politicians work, but once you realize and see it, you won't hesitate to say "ohhhhhhhhhhh" or "%$#$" I'm stupid. But we are human.

The article below is not written by me, rather by Global Research, but a great article explaining what I mean above, all the non-sense they add to elections, all the different branches of the government, all the supposed separation of powers, it is all a farce and is created to instigate the sense of freedom, the freedom for acceptance of different opinions, and a sense of justice.

Never before has it been so important to have independent, honest voices and sources of information. We are – as a society – inundated and overwhelmed with a flood of information from a wide array of sources, but these sources of information, by and large, serve the powerful interests and individuals that own them. The main sources of information, for both public and official consumption, include the mainstream media, alternative media, academia and think tanks.

The mainstream media is the most obvious in its inherent bias and manipulation. The mainstream media is owned directly by large multinational corporations, and through their boards of directors are connected with a plethora of other major global corporations and elite interests. An example of these connections can be seen through the board of Time Warner.

Time Warner owns Time Magazine, HBO, Warner Bros., and CNN, among many others. The board of directors includes individuals past or presently affiliated with: the Council on Foreign Relations, the IMF, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Warburg Pincus, Phillip Morris, and AMR Corporation, among many others.

Two of the most “esteemed” sources of news in the U.S. are the New York Times (referred to as “the paper of record”) and the Washington Post. The New York Times has on its board people who are past or presently affiliated with: Schering-Plough International (pharmaceuticals), the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chevron Corporation, Wesco Financial Corporation, Kohlberg & Company, The Charles Schwab Corporation, eBay Inc., Xerox, IBM, Ford Motor Company, Eli Lilly & Company, among others. Hardly a bastion of impartiality.

And the same could be said for the Washington Post, which has on its board: Lee Bollinger, the President of Columbia University and Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York; Warren Buffett, billionaire financial investor, Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway; and individuals associated with (past or presently): the Coca-Cola Company, New York University, Conservation International, the Council on Foreign Relations, Xerox, Catalyst, Johnson & Johnson, Target Corporation, RAND Corporation, General Motors, and the Business Council, among others.

It is also important to address how the mainstream media is intertwined, often covertly and secretly, with the government. Carl Bernstein, one of the two Washington Post reporters who covered the Watergate scandal, revealed that there were over 400 American journalists who had “secretly carried out assignments for the Central Intelligence Agency.” Interestingly, “the use of journalists has been among the most productive means of intelligence-gathering employed by the CIA.” Among organizations which cooperated with the CIA were the "American Broadcasting Company, the National Broadcasting Company, the Associated Press, United Press International, Reuters, Hearst Newspapers, Scripps-Howard, Newsweek magazine, the Mutual Broadcasting System, the Miami Herald and the old Saturday Evening Post and New York Herald-Tribune."

By far the most valuable of these associations, according to CIA officials, have been with the New York Times, CBS and Time Inc. The CIA even ran a training program “to teach its agents to be journalists,” who were “then placed in major news organizations with help from management.”

These types of relationships have continued in the decades since, although perhaps more covertly and quietly than before. For example, it was revealed in 2000 that during the NATO bombing of Kosovo, “several officers from the US Army's 4th Psychological Operations (PSYOPS) Group at Ft. Bragg worked in the news division at CNN's Atlanta headquarters.” This same Army Psyop outfit had “planted stories in the U.S. media supporting the Reagan Administration's Central America policies,” which was described by the Miami Herald as a “vast psychological warfare operation of the kind the military conducts to influence a population in enemy territory.” These Army PSYOP officers also worked at National Public Radio (NPR) at the same time. The US military has, in fact, had a strong relationship with CNN.

In 2008, it was reported that the Pentagon ran a major propaganda campaign by using retired Generals and former Pentagon officials to present a good picture of the administration’s war-time policies. The program started in the lead-up to the Iraq War in 2003 and continued into 2009. These officials, presented as “military analysts”, regurgitate government talking points and often sit on the boards of military contractors, thus having a vested interest in the subjects they are brought on to “analyze.”

The major philanthropic foundations in the United States have often used their enormous wealth to co-opt voices of dissent and movements of resistance into channels that are safe for the powers that be. As McGeorge Bundy, former President of the Ford Foundation once said, “Everything the Foundation does is to make the world safe for Capitalism.”

Examples of this include philanthropies like the Rockefeller Foundation, Ford Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation providing immense financial and organizational support to Non-Governmental Organizations. Furthermore, the alternative media are often funded by these same foundations, which has the effect of influencing the direction of coverage as well as the stifling of critical analysis.

In reality there is only the elite which runs US and no vote can change that. The media is controlled by them, there is nothing that can be done to change that either.

Internet has become a scapegoat for some, but I can guarantee one thing, that Internet will be clamp down on. As I said, "hokus pokus" and then "kaboom" there goes the alternative media which is Internet.

How? Well, the "hokus pokus" has already started, "hey look behind you, it's a hacker", "hey watch out, a hacker coming to get ya".

The same "hokus pokus" used to keep a tighter grip on some enlightened Americans. Now they spy on every one and anyone, obviously people thought there were laws in place to protect them etc. That isn't true, US is a dictatorship just like the regimes it supports and installs in other parts of the world, the difference is, the US "hokus pokus" is more appealing.

I can go on and on and on about the false sense of reality injected in us through the media, and how now they are trying to crack down on the only scapegoat (internet) from that false reality through more "hokus pokus", but that'll probably put you to sleep.

A wise man said once to keep it short, straight to the point. Sorry if I went on for too long, sometimes it happens, hope I learn (?).

edit on 29-6-2011 by confreak because: forgot link

posted on Jun, 29 2011 @ 01:39 PM
reply to post by confreak

The article you copied is not as comprehensive as you might want. It touches on some matters and examples, but is very shallow. The CIA / Journalist number = "Mockingbird" and such names as Otto Reich.. OPD ( Office of Public Diplomacy ) and William Cayce and Walter Raymond should have been mentioned.

The Columbia School of Journalism has a section on "media ownership" on their site. Notice the article didn't mention "Bilderberg Group" in relation to media or the CIA? A few books you might be interested in; two of which are online, in full.

Unreliable sources by Norman Solomon

Silent Coup:The removal of a president by Len Colodny and Robert Gettlin

posted on Jan, 2 2012 @ 04:54 AM
This is a very interesting documentary on how the media can manipulate the masses. Mostly centers on business but has a section on Frank Luntz:

Ever since Bernays founded public relations the search for new ways to control human behavior has been at teh center of business and government

posted on Mar, 12 2012 @ 05:31 PM
Voters in the US Virgin Islands hit the polls on Saturday to nominate an opponent for Barack Obama, and although Texas Congressman Ron Paul garnered more popular votes than any of his rivals, mainstream media outlets were quick to call the contest in favor of former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. While more votes were cast for Ron Paul, Romney walked away with the most delegates this weekend. For The Associated Press and others, that was enough to call the contest in favor of the conservative founder of Bain Capital.

Not only does that decision inaccurately represent poll figures from the weekend, but goes against the formula the mainstream media relied on for other caucuses and primaries thus far this election year. Jack Hunter, a blogger for the Ron Paul campaign, writes that the media is “trying to have it both ways.” Although Congressman Paul had failed to achieve the most votes in any other state contest in 2012, he has developed an unorthodox strategy of collecting delegates in districts that have been awarded to his Republican Party rivals in terms of the popular vote. In those instances, the mainstream media has reported the winner in terms of popular votes; in the Virgin Islands, they decided to switch things up.reply to post by confreak

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