The average American goes home at night and turns on his television for half an hour to an hour to watch the news. They usually catch a half hour of local news and then another half hour of national news. They believe this makes them current on what is going on in this country and the world. They form opinions based upon the information they are given and they make choices based upon the opinions they form. But what if the information is faulty, or if it is skewed to one side to guide and manipulate your thought process?
Did you know that almost 90% of all the news companies in the country are owned and controlled by six corporations? That’s right, six companies control almost all the news you are being given. These companies are GE, NewsCorp, Disney, Viacom, Time Warner and CBS. If you could follow the financial maze of who owns those companies I bet you would find that they are all owned, or at least controlling influence is exercised, by a few select individuals. That should worry you.
The First Amendment to our Constitution guarantees us freedom of the press. But if the same people who own, and exercise control over what news stories we hear are the same people who are major contributors and moving forces behind the political parties in this country, THEN we have a big problem. Is it too far a stretch of the imagination to believe that the same people who control the media and the government are not going to manipulate the news you receive so as to guide your opinions on the issues in a manner that is agreeable to their agenda?
Now consider this. In 1917 United States Congressman Oscar Callaway, (a Democrat by the way), stood on the floor of the House of Representatives and said, “In March, 1915, the J.P. Morgan interests, the steel, shipbuilding, and powder interest, and their subsidiary organizations, got together 12 men high up in the newspaper world and employed them to select the most influential newspapers in the United States and sufficient number of them to control generally the policy of the daily press. … They found it was only necessary to purchase the control of 25 of the greatest papers. An agreement was reached; the policy of the papers was bought, to be paid for by the month; an editor was furnished for each paper to properly supervise and edit information regarding the questions of preparedness, militarism, financial policies, and other things of national and international nature considered vital to the interests of the purchasers.”
Read that underlined sentence as many times as necessary for it to sink in. The editors of these news agencies supervised what news the people were being given in such a manner that was vital to the interests of the purchasers. He said absolutely nothing about providing the American people with the facts or the truth.
You think the news wouldn’t lie, or at the least distort the truth? Think again! For all you Fair and Balanced FOX News fans, I have some bad news for you. Are you aware that a former FOX employee, Jane Akre discovered that cows in Florida were being injected with RBGH, a drug designed to produce more milk, but which also was linked to causing cancer in humans? Are you aware that FOX, under pressure from Monsanto, the manufacturer of RBGH, rewrote her report around 80 times to make it compatible with the companies requests? Are you aware that she refused to air the edited segment? Are you aware that FOX news went to court claiming “… it was their first amendment right to report false information…” And are you aware that the court ruled that the FCC’s position against news distortion is only a ‘policy’ and not a rule or regulation that can be enforced?
Don’t for a minute think that when you listen to your favorite news anchor that you are getting the truth about everything. Sometimes you may while others you may only get snippets of the whole story, and others you get an absolute distortion of the facts. If you want the truth you are going to have to research for it, and that means time and effort. But that is too much like work and people, for the most part, are loathe to expend any energy on things that do not bring them instant gratification.
A perfect example of that is fitness. How many people want to achieve quick results to losing weight and obtaining optimal fitness? Ever wonder why so many exercise machines are sold around New Years, and then are found in garage sales two to three months later? It’s because people want quick results and if they don’t get them they give up. They don’t have the time or patience to make lifestyle changes that will ensure results, they want a pill they can swallow to shed 50 lbs so they can go back to their couches, their TV and their potato chips and beer.
So you be certain that if they won’t make an effort to change their lifestyle to improve their health that they won’t make any kind of effort to find out if the news they are being told is truthful or not. But don’t for a minute go around thinking that you are informed because you watch the news every night.
The news you watch has been hand-picked for your consumption. The anchors are merely actors reading off a script which has been prepared for them. They may not even be aware that they are lying, or at the least misinforming you…but it wouldn’t surprise me if they were aware of it.
If you don’t believe this fact, consider this. Walter Cronkite was a household name when I was growing up. He was the voice everyone trusted to deliver the news to them every evening. Did you know that in 1996 author Carl Jensen wrote a book entitled Censored: The News That Didn’t Make the News-And Why. Why is this of importance? Well Walter Cronkite wrote the introduction for this book. In it Cronkite states, “A handful of us determine what will be on the evening news broadcasts, or, for that matter, in the New York Times or Washington Post or Wall Street Journal…. Indeed it is a handful of us with this awesome power… a strongly editorial power.” He then goes on to say, “…we must decide which news items out of hundreds available we are going to expose that day. And those [news stories] available to us already have been culled and re-culled by persons far outside our control .”
You are being told exactly what the owners of the news media want you to be told and nothing more. The truth does not even come into play here. The news you get is filled with half truths, lies, and omissions. Why do I say omissions? Well if they don’t report on something, then how can you be aware of its existence?
Did you know that according to some, at a Bilderberg Conference in Baden Baden Germany David Rockefeller said the following, “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 forty 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 now more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practiced in past centuries.”
Now this can’t be verified as the Bilderberg meetings are exclusive and confidential, but the comments were quoted in many French publications and in Programming, Pitfalls and Puppy-Dog Tales (1993) by Gyeorgos C. Hatonn, p. 65. I will leave it up to you to believe it or reject it. I myself tend to believe that he said it.
However, this is fact. In 1971 Congressman John Rarick said, “The Council on Foreign Relations is “the establishment.” Not only does it have influence and power in key decision-making positions at the highest levels of government to apply pressure from above, but it also announces and uses individuals and groups to bring pressure from below, to justify the high level decisions for converting the U.S. from a sovereign Constitutional Republic into a servile member state of a one-world dictatorship.” And the CFR, if you weren’t aware, has very close ties to the Rockefeller family. In fact they run a think tank named the David Rockefeller Studies Program.
If one were to look at a roster of current and past CFR members one would find that many of the news anchors and the owners as well of the various news agencies have all been, or currently are members of the CFR. Are you that naive to believe that if they are members of a group like the CFR they don’t share common beliefs and would use their position to spread those beliefs, or at least manipulate the news in a manner which led us to accept the agenda they all followed?
And as I said earlier, if the same people who control our government also control the news then we have a big problem. Not only are members of the news media members of the CFR, but government officials in key locations…all the way up to presidents. In fact, if you browse through the roster of CFR members you will find that they are in key positions everywhere that your life, or your thoughts can be influenced; politics, the media, and academia.
My God people, if you were capable of any level of critical thinking all kinds of alarms should be going off in your heads by now!
One last thing and let me begin by asking you a simple question. How do you typically feel after watching the evening news? Are you angry, possibly a bit fearful? I don’t find it hard to believe that after an hour of the news each evening that anyone would not be fearful about something. The news is all about disaster, terrorist threats, gun violence, or some other thing to keep us in a perpetual state of fear.
Did you know that fear is a great manipulator? It can be used to cause people to accept things that they might otherwise not accept were they not afraid of something. Do you think that any of us would have tolerated the Patriot Act, TSA searches and the growth of Homeland Security had 9/11 not happened?
I absolutely love the movie V For Vendetta, particularly the scene were V takes over the broadcasting station and airs his speech. I have been criticized for using it in my articles as it is only fiction. But fiction often mirrors the truth, so I will use it again here. V states, “Words offer the means to meaning, and for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth. And the truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn’t there? Cruelty and injustice, intolerance and oppression. And where once you had the freedom to object, to think and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and systems of surveillance coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission. How did this happen? Who’s to blame? Well certainly there are those more responsible than others, and they will be held accountable, but again truth be told, if you’re looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror. I know why you did it. I know you were afraid. Who wouldn’t be? War, terror, disease. There were a myriad of problems which conspired to corrupt your reason and rob you of your common sense. Fear got the best of you…”
Films often portray snippets of truth in them, even though they are fiction. I find it amusing, at best, that people will criticize me for using a quote from a film like V For Vendetta, yet they will watch a film like Lincoln, or the new Russell Crowe version of Noah and believe them as the absolute truth. It simply amazes me how people readily accept some things as gospel truth simply because the film is based upon a historical event, while choosing to completely disregard comments made, or events portrayed, in a fiction film simply because it IS labeled as fiction. Truth is truth and it is up to you to use your logic and reasoning powers to discern it.
Well, since you are either going to believe me or you aren’t, I’ll leave you with one last film quote. This one comes from Live Free or Die Hard. Matt Farrell says to John McClane, “The news is completely manipulated. Everything you hear, every single day is designed by corporate media to one thing only. To keep you living in fear.”
Well, it has been said that the truth shall set you free. If you want to be free of all this fear you live under than the only reasonable way to achieve that is to seek the truth. And you won’t get that on the nightly news.