What Happened to Free Speech?
All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good
men do nothing.
The attack on the First Amendment protections of free speech and
a free and independent press has been happening on multiple fronts.
The Media as Gatekeeper
On one front is the corporate owned mainstream media's loss of
its "gatekeeper" function as the primary provider of news. The gatekeeper
decides what information goes forward and what does not. Controlling the
populations primary sources of information is one of the most effective
ways to manipulate and "regulate" the minds and consciousness of a mass of
people at a very basic level. This powerful way to shape the collective
consciousness of the public has been in the hands of the corporate mass media
in the United States for years and many mass media outlets have
been both willingly and un-wittingly aiding and abetting the manipulation
of our minds by the government and corpoarte interests in carrying out
many social-engineering agendas.
Prior to the Internet and the alternative media, the corporate
owned mainstream media dominated the gatekeeper function of controling the
public's knowledge of events by letting some stories pass through and be
published, while other stories were kept out of the news. The advent of
the Internet opened the way for non-traditional journalists to publish their
opposing perspectives and write about events not reported by the mainstream
media, thus thwarting the gatekeeper function of the mainstream media.
Each of the corporate media
outlets has their own bias and controls the flow of information to support
that bias. Sometimes that bias is political and other times financial.
Regardless of its motivation, the result is the same: the news is being
"Our job is to give people not what they want, but what we
decide they ought to have." Richard Salant, former President of CBS
Some people may pride themselves as being on top of current
events by regularly reading the newspaper or watching the news. In reality,
many of those same people are really ignorant of current events since it's not
only the news they hear and read that's important... but the news they don't
hear or read. There are certain topics chosen by those in the mass media
or government that are completely censored in a media blackout. Anybody
that relies on the mainstream media today to keep them informed is simply
living an illusion.
"Americans are the most Entertained and least Informed
people in the world. Most know little or nothing about what matters most."
-- Neil Postman
An example of how the mainstream media acts as a gatekeeper, you
can look at the Kermit Gosnell trial. If you were getting your news from any
mainstream source other than Fox News, you wouldn't have even known this
monstrous person was murdering babies that were delivered alive and then killed
with scissors at his Philadelphia abortion clinic. News stories covering the
trial were conspicuously absent from the mainstream media, replaced with
exhaustive coverage of Jodi Arias.
Once confined to the educational establishment,
political correctness has now broken
out in the historical bastion of free speech - the press. Whatever the reason,
the one-time rallying cry of the media, "free speech," is no longer found in
mainstream America newsrooms. It has been replaced with "politically correct"
speech disseminated by biased reporters who refuse to speak the truth while
ignoring the evidence that our country is being plundered.
"Political Correctness is the communal tyranny that
erupted in the 1980s. It was a spontaneous declaration that particular ideas,
expressions and behavior, which were then legal, should be forbidden by law,
and people who transgressed should be punished. It started with a few voices
but grew in popularity until it became unwritten and written law within the
community. With those who were publicly declared as being not politically
correct becoming the object of persecution by the mob, if not prosecution of
the state." -- Philip Atkinson
Troubled Loner Kills Seven and Self in Texas Church,
Sept. 15, 1999
Kill a black person and it's a hate crime. Kill a homosexual
and it's a hate crime. Kill a Jew and it's a hate crime. Kill children in a
high school and it's a hate crime. Kill Christian teens in a church and all the
pundits can't figure out what might have been the motive.
in Fort Worth Texas not only reinforces the fact that our culture is in
decline, but it also points out the bias of the news media and the hatred that
Collectivists have towards Christianity. Had this shooting involved a black
church, Jewish synagogue, homosexual bath house, or high school campus, all the
mainstream media reporters would be on location with live reports and news
special reports focusing on dissecting the scene of the crime. Commentators
would fill the airwaves with pleas of anti-hatred propaganda.
when Christians are murdered in a church in Texas. What little coverage the
media did devote, they spent most of the time talking about a mentally
disturbed person, a troubled loner, who apparently acted randomly. No mention
I'm sure part of the reason the media did not devote much
coverage was because they were so focused on reporting about a Hurricane
battering the East coast. The media spent days reporting about a storm they
initially described as possibly the largest storm to ever hit the United
States. So much was made of the storm that many East coast communities were
evacuated in what has been described as the largest peace time evacuation in
U.S. history. Schools were closed, businesses were closed, government offices
were closed and even the Disney amusement park was closed for the first time in
history. As it turned out, there was very little loss of life and damage was
far less than anticipated. Even after the storm was downgraded to not more than
a tropical storm, the news media continued to report about it.
believe what we really have here is a good example of the bigotry and hatred
that the mainstream media has against Christianity. It's apparent from the lack
of news coverage afforded the story in Texas. And, it's apparent from the lack
of reporting (or should I say slanted and biased reporting) ignoring the hate
crimes angle. To the corporate owned mainstream news media, an angry man
shouting anti-Christian slurs and curse words as he shoots down innocent
Christian children is not filled with "hate" but only acting on a random act.
Attorney General Janet Reno said it was too soon to
declare the attack a hate crime. We should just find out what happened
and why, she said at her weekly news briefing. President Bill Clinton, in
the predictable "for the children" statement to reporters at the White House,
said the attack should serve to remind parents that we have to redouble
our efforts to protect our children. We know we have to act as if it were our
own children being targeted. To his credit, Texas Gov. George W. Bush cut
short a presidential campaign trip in Michigan to return to Texas and add
some comfort. Its hard to explain how somebody would have
enough hatred in their heart to walk into a church where people are seeking
Gods guidance and shoot them, he said.
Well, Ms. Reno, Mr.
Clinton and Gov. Bush, I've said it before and it bears repeating now, while
your are so busy studying the problem, you simply can't see (or refuse to see)
what is clearly before
you. And, why don't they see it? Because as the Bible says,
"The way of peace they do not know; there is no
justice in their paths. They have turned them into crooked roads; no one who
walks in them will know peace. So justice is far from us, and righteousness
does not reach us. We look for light, but all is darkness; for brightness, but
we walk in deep shadows. Like the blind we grope along the wall, feeling our
way like men without eyes. At midday we stumble as if it were twilight; among
the strong, we are like the dead. We all growl like bears; we moan mournfully
like doves. We look for justice, but find none; for deliverance, but it is far
away. For our offenses are many in your sight, and our sins testify against us.
Our offenses are ever with us, and we acknowledge our iniquities: rebellion and
treachery against the LORD, turning our backs on our God, fomenting oppression
and revolt, uttering lies our hearts have conceived. So justice is driven back,
and righteousness stands at a distance; truth has stumbled in the streets,
honesty cannot enter. Truth is nowhere to be found, and whoever shuns evil
becomes a prey." (Isaiah 59:8-15)
Another Reason For Media Bias Towards Christians
Michael Medved had another observation about the shootings at Wedgwood Baptist
Church in Fort Worth, Tx and why the media has not given the incident much
press. In comparing the event to what happened at Columbine High School in
Colorado, many people including those in the media could relate to the Colorado
students who were shot much more because those kids could have been their own.
You know the kind: white middle class kids, jocks and cheerleaders, attending
public school. Just like the reporters kids, right?
Now how well do you
suppose those same reporters and editors can relate to a group of kids
attending a Christian worship activity? And Baptist to boot? I would imagine
that Baptists are a bit too conservative for them and they couldn't imagine
THEIR kids at such an event. Not mainstream or liberal enough for them and as a
result not deserving of the news coverage given to jocks and cheerleaders being
Speech with the Fairness Doctrine
Rather than being market driven,
the federal government wants to dictate the content of information going over
public radio. Liberal Democrats tell us the Fairness Doctrine, an FCC policy
that requires broadcast stations to provide opposing views on controversial
issues of public importance, will help increase the number of liberal shows in
a landscape dominated by conservative talk radio hosts. But, nobody listens to
the progressive or liberal radio shows and they are not successful. Instead of
increasing the number of liberal shows, the Fairness Doctrine would, in effect,
reduce the number of popular conservative shows.
On another front in the assault on free speech is the profit
driven mainstream corporate media that has fallen victim to commercialism. Huge
multinational corporations control the media with their advertising dollars and
as a result control most of the information that citizens rely upon for making
In 1996 Monsanto was able to censor the Fox News organization
(WTVT/Fox 13 in Tampa, Florida) from reporting on the harmful effects of BGH
(bovine growth hormone) on humans. The report was canceled, and the
investigative reporters were fired, after Fox received threatening letters from
Monsantos attorney promising dire consequences if the series
aired. In 2003, an appeals court reversed an earlier unanimous Florida court
decision that determined that Fox "acted intentionally and deliberately to
falsify or distort the plaintiffs' new reporting on BGH." The appeals court
decision was on the basis that FCC policies on news agencies reporting the
truth did not legally require the station to report the truth in a news story,
as FCC policies are not law. Read that previous sentence again! The court
News agencies are NOT required to report the TRUTH
in a news story.
That ruling should send chills down your
Another front that has changed the media is modern day politics.
Savvy politicians understand that in order to win elections, they must control
the media. Recent election cycles have proven the influence the mainstream
media has on the outcomes of elections.
Remember, it's not so much "what" the media reports or "how"
they report it, but more importantly what they "do not" report.
John Zieglers documentary Media Malpractice: How
Obama Got Elected and Palin Was Targeted, is a must watch film for
anyone wanting to understand how the media influences the political campaign
trail. The bottom line is that Barack Obama would not have been elected,
or even nominated, and Sarah Palin would not be the ex-Governor of Alaska with
high disapproval numbers, if the media had been remotely fair in 2008.
according to Ziegler. The film takes hundreds of examples of what Ziegler deems
media malfeasance and compiles them into a light-hearted
Domination and Control
And, yet another front is the Marxist inspired
New World Order campaign for world
domination. In order to accomplish their goals, they understand the importance
of controlling the flow of information and will do anything to protect their
Perhaps the following quote from the preeminent New York
journalist, John Swinton, made at a dinner for his peers will help answer the
question, whatever happened to freedom of press?
"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, as cited on
Today's Mainstream Media is
The once great protector and defender of the First Amendment,
the press, is now being transformed into an oppressor of free speech and
propaganda tool of globalists designed to normalize the unthinkable.
Over the past few decades we have witnessed the conglomeration of a once free
press dedicated to telling the truth to the American public into a serpentine
corporate homogeny where news is manufactured as a consumer commodity to be
sold and controlled by the greed of corporate executives and stockholders.
As more Americans are dumbed-down by the onslaught of corporate
driven messages disguised as "truth," they are being manipulated by the enemies
of freedom as public opinion is swayed in favor of their deceitful agenda. When
a dissenting voice is raised, unreported facts disclosed, or criticism is
leveled, the press is quick to squelch that voice, fact, or criticism.
While there are numerous examples I could
cite, one I've witnessed firsthand was the media manipulation of the 2008
Presidential campaign. How many Americans do you believe would be favorable to
a message of freedom, sound money, non-interventionism, and free markets? Do
you think Americans would support a candidate that believed in protecting our
Constitution and getting rid of those things in our society that are
unconstitutional? We've all heard the mantra of "change" spewed forth from
nearly all the candidates, but how many of us know what that "change"
Sadly, the word "change" is a euphemism for "more of the
"When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually
to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and
its speaker, a raving lunatic." - Dresden James
When a candidate talked about real change, they were
marginalized by the corporate mainstream media and their message all-but
censored from public discourse. The candidate I'm referring to is
Ron Paul, and from
the very beginnings of his campaign, the mainstream media had blacklisted his
message of change. It simply was not the status quo message promoted by
corporate America and Socialist government. His fellow candidates publicly
laughed at his Constitutional message and he was blocked from sharing his
message on the public airwaves. His primary results were either under-reported
or not reported at all. The time he was given in the primary debates was only a
fraction that given the corporate hand-picked candidates. As a result, few
Americans even knew that he was a candidate for President of the United States,
and fewer were given the priviledge of hearing what his platform was.
I believe if he had been given a fair opportunity to share his vision with the
American people, there would be little doubt who our next President of the
United States would be. I believe the grassroot American is a decent person
that believes in the patriotic vision our Founders gave us in the Constitution.
However, that's not the same vision held by the New World Order and their
propagandists were obliged to shape public opinion to their mind-numbed
interpretation of change.
Protecting the Criminals
One purpose of the First Amendment was to protect the right of
all citizens to freely speak their mind. Today, we see the First Amendment
along with the rest of the Constitution being chipped away at by liberals and
socialists in our society. They don't want you to know the truth ... unless
it's "their truth."
We're told, for example, to cough up $4 plus for a gallon of
gasoline because of "supply and demand" or because the price of a barrel of oil
has been increased by Arab oil producers. We're not told how the Federal
devaluation of the dollar is impacting what you pay for
that gallon of gas.
On November 16, 2004, the
U.S. Government sued
Bill Benson to obtain an injunction to prohibit him from
telling people that the 16th Amendment was not in fact ratified. Rather than
deciding upon the facts of the case, the court instead refused to allow Bill to
present facts of the case, thus nullifying his First Amendment right to free
speech and Fifth and Fourteenth Ameendment right to the due process of law.
The court struck all of
Bills facts from the record as irrelevant, and failed
to address any of his other
questions. On January 10, 2008, the court granted the governments
To ensure the silence of Americans, the
argument that the Sixteenth Amendment was not ratified, and variations of this
argument, have been officially identified as legally frivolous Federal tax
return positions for purposes of the $5,000 frivolous tax return penalty
imposed under Internal Revenue Code section 6702(a).
As of now, then,
the government may prosecute you for lying and prevent you from presenting a
defense. As of now, speaking about a political question is against the law. As
of now, there is no due process of law. As of now, there is no First Amendment
right to speak or to petition the government for redress of grievance. As of
now, the words of the Supreme Court in Marbury v. Madison are like the words of
the United States Constitution; mere words that have no meaning.
Exposing Corporate America
20/20 Hindsight: CENSORSHIP on the Frontline, Vancouver
documentary filmmaker Paul Verge brings us a revealing interview with a Wall
Street whislteblower which exposes the (Who, What, When, Where, Why and How) of
the recent economic decline, how it was legislated into existence, defended by
corporate media and political "watch-dogs"; and allowed to drain America of
nearly $200 Trillion Dollars... through a series of Ponzi-Schemes which could
have been exposed years earlier... but weren't.
Or, we're told millions of Americans are losing their homes to
foreclosure because they secured loans they could not afford to repay,
so-called subprime mortgages. What we're not told about is how those banks that
issued those loans repackaged them and sold them to larger investment banks
such as Bear Stearns who leveraged that collateral to make bad investments in
derivatives market where they lost their shirts. We're not told how the
Federal Reserve stepped in to cover Bear Stearns' bad investments with Billions
of dollars paid for by the American taxpayer - many of whom were losing their
homes in the scandal.
American investigative journalist and Project PM founder,
Brown, was arrested on September 12, 2012, facing an assortment of
seventeen charges filed in three indictments that include posting a link to
stolen data that was already in the public domain, as a way of exposing
corporate wrongdoing in the
2012 Stratfor email leak. A federal court issued a gag
order not allowing Brown to discuss his case, thus constituting an unfounded
and unwarrated breach of Brown's First Amerndment rights. While it's been
reported the gag order has been lifted, according to Barrett Brown in an
Infowars.com, there is much still being withheld from the public.
My Post Cyberpunk Indentured Servitude
Wealthy people will always seek to influence politicians,
because government unfortunately plays a very big role in determining who gets
(and stays) rich in our country. They manipulate public opinion to elect
government officials and garner support for unconstitutional laws. These laws
are pushed and proposed by evil men whose only desire it is to undermine our
liberty and freedom and wish to implement a socialist one-world plan. As a
result, our federal government has become a taxing, spending, and regulating
leviathan that controls every part of the economy.
Having rejected the notion of limited, constitutional
government, we can hardly be surprised when corporate special interests use
corrupting campaign money to influence the
process! As long as we allow these special interests financial access to the
government, we will continue to see their interests protected and the truth
denied to the American public. We need to get money out of government; only
then will money not be important in politics. Big government and big campaign
money go hand-in-hand.
Censoring the Internet
In a move to recover control over the flow of information, the
government and corporate owned mainstream media is working to shut down the
Internet as we know it today and replace it with their own "clean" version.
Trials of mandatory
internet censorship is about to begin as I write this (Dec.
23, 2008) in Australia. If the trials are deemed a success, the Government has
earmarked $44 million to impose a compulsory "clean feed" on all internet
subscribers in Australia as soon as late next year. Although the government
says censorship is necessary to block sites containing pornography, gambling
and euthanasia material, the report provided by Industry experts to the
government has been kept secret. The Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy -
despite his promises before Labor was elected that people would be able to opt
out of any internet filters - has said the first tier of the Government's
censorship policy will be compulsory for all. This would block all "illegal"
and "inappropriate" material, as determined in part by a secret blacklist
administered by the Australian Communications and Media Authority.
The video-sharing website,
YouTube, owned by Google since late 2006, has succumbed to the pressure of
corporate and government agencies to do it's part in "cleaning up" the
Internet. It has removed thousands of video's from public view and terminated
accounts for those expressing things deemed inappropriate by some nameless
bureaucrat. They often defend their censorship by claiming to protect copyright
More Corporate Censorship
Robert Lane is learning the price of exposing the dark secrets
of corporate America. He posted on his web site,
documents about forthcoming Ford automobiles. The problem was the documents
were not just outlining features of future products, but rather were detailing
safety problems with the automobiles. The documents were obtained from Ford
employees who wanted the truth about certain Ford products to be revealed,
according to Lane.
Lane was accused of innappropriate use of the Ford
logo and internal company documents and was sued by the Big Three auto makers.
"The arguments Ford made today are that these were internal documents... and as
a matter of law should not be published," said Ford spokesman Jim Cain. "It's
not the fact that he was writing about Ford secrets, per se," Cain said. "We
want him to stop breaking the law."
There seems to me to be a double
standard here. Had the documents been from politically incorrect tobacco
companies, Lane would be heralded a "hero" for bringing to the publics
attention important information about public health. But, since the automobile
industry is not currently on the governments "hit list" of politically
incorrectness, Lane was branded a criminal.
Within days, Lane had been
partially disarmed... the web site was disabled. So much for your right to
"To disarm the people is the best and most
effectual way to enslave them." - George Mason.
1999-2014 Jeremiah Project