Corporate Controlled Media
In 1948, the Office of Policy Coordination, would would become the covert action branch of the CIA. It was under this program that Operation Mockingbird, a domestic propaganda campaign aimed at promoting the views of the CIA within the media, began. All in all, 25 major publications would provide cover for CIA operatives, with 400 operatives being a low estimate to the number of people employed by the operation. Journalists would plant fabricated stories, and cover international events with a purpose of casting the CIA’s agenda in a positive light.
Network news viewers are declining in unprecedented rates, from an average of 48 million nightly network news viewers in 1985 to 24.5 million in 2013, according to Pew Research analysis of Nielsen Media Research data. Young people aged 18-29 are the least likely to watch network news regularly (only 11 percent did so in 2012), and 49 percent of people in this age group say they never watch the news.
As long as television news gives viewers a small hit of magic, it stays in business. The magic is the stage play, the anchors and reporters are the actors, and the whole show, as it passes into eyes and ears, imparts a dreamlike quality. They can twist the truth, burn it, hide it, step on it, reverse it; it doesn’t matter. If the US government hires, supports, and arms terrorists, the news can claim the government is doing everything possible to fight against terrorism—including the installation of a massive Surveillance State. The absurd contradictions are simply ignored.
Journalist Glenn Greenwald condemned the mainstream media during an address at a German computer conference on Friday and accused his colleagues of failing to challenge erroneous remarks routinely made by government officials around the globe. “[W]e knew in particular that one of our most formidable adversaries was not simply going to be the intelligence agencies on which we were reporting and who we were trying to expose, but also their most loyal, devoted servants, which calls itself the United States and British media.”
Walmart has rolled out and installed a new RFID chip reading machine called a SoloHealth Station. The RFID devices and Walmart’s SoloHealth Stations are just some of the commercial and infrastructure changes which will be utilized in conjunction with the Affordable Healthcare Act.
Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the Syrian war coverage by the mainstream media is not its underlying bias—that was always to be expected—but how remarkably ineffective that coverage has been in convincing the public of the need for military intervention in the country. After nearly three years of relentless propaganda attempting to convince the public of the virtue of the terrorist insurgency and the incomparable evil of Assad, the seemingly inevitable march toward war in the wake of the Ghouta chemical weapons attack faltered after public opinion overwhelmingly came down on the side of non-interventionist policies.
In a recent anti-supplement propaganda article by NPR entitled “The Case Against Multi-Vitamins Grows Stronger,” the notorious “news” agency lavishly reported the alleged findings of “experts” proving that “vitamin supplements don’t help most people and can actually cause diseases that people are taking them to prevent, like cancer.” Immediately, the entire mainstream media machine jumped into action promoting the statements of the “experts” and claiming that the case is now closed regarding the effectiveness and safety of nutritional supplements. Typically, Big Pharma mouthpieces such as NBC and CBS followed suit in repeating the same talking points.
“60 Minutes” is getting slammed for a controversial, one-sided report on the National Security Agency and leaker Edward Snowden on Sunday night. What drew the most criticism was the fact that in the lengthy piece, no on-camera interviews took place with NSA dissenters or skeptics.
This week Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh challenged the Obama administration’s official narrative on the September chemical weapons attack near Damascus, with a report alleging the White House “cherry-picked” intelligence to justify a military strike against Bashar al-Assad’s government. Both the New Yorker and the Washington Post rejected Hersh’s report, suggesting that the mainstream media still hasn’t learned from the mistakes it made 10 years ago when faulty intelligence was used to go to war in Iraq. RT’s Sam Sacks reports.
Amber Lyon is free of the censorship at CNN and joins Buzzsaw in an uncensored interview that deals with Anonymous, the Occupy movement, her experience getting stomped by police, the NDAA and much more. Hosted by Sean Stone, Lyon takes apart the media lies and government corruption that she witnessed firsthand in her career in journalism, and she delivers the truth about why propaganda and brainwashing is the order of the day in the press.
It’s been a tough year for corporate controlled media news networks. Data released Tuesday show CNN shedding 48 percent of total viewers since last November and MSNBC dropping 45 percent. The numbers were even worse in the all-important demographic of people aged 25 to 54 as CNN’s ratings dropped 59 percent and MSNBC’s 52 percent.
Abby Martin gives a call to action for a March Against the Mainstream Media on November 16 by talking about the abysmal failure of the fourth estate and the lack of public knowledge about important issues.
The BBC: “The more information we have about what governments and corporations are up to the less we seem to trust them. Will conspiracy theories eventually destroy democracy?”
Recently a poll was conducted among Americans to determine the extent to which people have faith in mainstream media to report the news accurately. The result showed that a staggering sixty percent of Americans do not trust the media in the United States — an all-time record.