As opposed to impartially providing information, propaganda in its most basic sense presents information in order to influence its audience.
“Propaganda is neutrally defined as a systematic form of purposeful persuasion that attempts to influence the emotions, attitudes, opinions, and actions of specified target audiences for ideological, political or commercial purposes through the controlled transmission of one-sided messages (which may or may not be factual) via mass and direct media channels. A propaganda organization employs propagandists who engage in propagandism – the applied creation and distribution of such forms of persuasion.” – Richard Alan Nelson, A Chronology and Glossary of Propaganda in the United States, 1996
Meet Edward Bernays, Master of Propaganda
Most people generally think of propaganda in political contexts, in particular to refer to certain efforts sponsored by enemy governments and political groups. While it’s true propaganda has been used by our enemies, it is also true propaganda has been a communication tool used by the United States aimed at its enemies and also at its citizens. Propaganda has much in common with public information campaigns by our government, which are intended to encourage or discourage certain forms of behavior (such as wearing seat belts, not smoking, not littering, conserving energy and so forth).
Read more about Edward Bernays and the techniques he developed.
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Its close cousins, advertising and public relations, shares the same techniques as propaganda, albeit for different purposes. Advertising and public relations can be thought of as propaganda that promotes a commercial product or shapes the perception of an organization.
Mainstream Media Propaganda Techniques Exposed
Mainstream Media Propaganda – Part 2: Modus Operandi
In recent years, the differences between propaganda, advertising, and public relations have become more blurred as the roles of government and commercialism have blended.
After graduating from Middlebury College, Ari Fleischer worked as press secretary for numerous Republican congressmen, senators, and roles such as field-director for the National Republican Congressional Committee and spokesman for the House of Representatives’ Ways and Means Committee. He later worked as deputy communications director for George H. W. Bush’s 1992 reelection campaign and was named the White House Press Secretary (propagandist) for George W. Bush from 2001 to 2003. Fleischer is credited with having been the first to introduce the phrase “homicide bombing” to describe what has also been called suicide bombing, in April 2002, to influence American support of the war on terror. More recently, he’s been a regular neocon contributor to CNN and FOX News.
There appears to be a revolving door between government communications offices and corporate mainstream media platforms. Like Mr. Fleischer, numerous others have found their place on TV news programs after leaving the whitehouse.
“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.” – U.S. Congressman Oscar Callaway, 1917
In 1983, ownership of the mainstream media was spread among 50 companies. Today, they have consolidated ownership to only 6 companies that now own and control what we see, hear and read.
And because the FCC slashed its media-ownership limits in 2017, corporations will now be able to own the daily newspaper and multiple TV and radio stations in the same market, limiting our access to fair and balanced news even further.
The entire corporate media today – from Fox to CNN and MSNBC, most major newspapers to Hollywood movie producers – is one huge propaganda machine erected by the ruling elite. The infection of propaganda has spread also to the Internet with search giants such as Google and Yahoo, social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter, and perhaps the major news source for a younger generation: YouTube. Their combined primary purpose is to disseminate globalist propaganda, shape public opinion, and keep alive the false right-left paradigm that divides people going at all cost.
I believe George Carlin was pretty accurate in his assessment: “There’s a reason for this, there’s a reason education sucks, and it’s the same reason it will never ever ever be fixed. It’s never going to get any better. Don’t look for it. Be happy with what you’ve got… because the owners of this country don’t want that. I’m talking about the real owners now… the real owners. The big wealthy business interests that control things and make all the important decisions. Forget the politicians. The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice. You don’t. You have no choice. You have owners. They own you. They own everything. They own all the important land. They own and control the corporations. They’ve long since bought and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the state houses, the city halls. They got the judges in their back pockets and they own all the big media companies, so they control just about all of the news and information you get to hear. They got you by the balls. They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying. Lobbying to get what they want. Well, we know what they want. They want more for themselves and less for everybody else, but I’ll tell you what they don’t want. They don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t want well-informed, well-educated people capable of critical thinking. They’re not interested in that. That doesn’t help them. That’s against their interests…“
New World Order propaganda spokesmen are seeding the corporate owned mainstream media.
Each of the major networks feature their Operation Mockingbird news anchors, reporters and pundits to offer up to the mesmerized public audience a version of reality in line with the collectivist message of the New World Order. Massive public relations campaigns are pitched to convince the public these spokespersons offer credible opinion or commentary on a particular subject area on which he/she is presumed to be knowledgeable.
Before you believe anything you see on TV, think about what these insiders have at stake should they loose their crooked providers in government? It is the job of these people to sell the American public on the merits of the New World Order agenda.
Alex Jones: Corporations, US government run news media
Privately owned news media promote the economic and political interests of the large companies that own or advertise with them. These giant conglomerates, all belonging to the secret Bilderberg Group, Council on Foreign Relations, the Club of Rome, and the Trilateral Commission, control the world’s flow of information.
They function as “gatekeepers” and determine what we see on television, hear on the radio and read in newspapers, magazines, books, or on the Internet.
Until recently as the alternative media exposed them, the publicly traded corporations tried to keep the Bilderberger guest-list a secret, and the corporate press scarcely reports on the event at all. The likes of Microsoft, AT&T, Bechtel, Cisco, Compaq and Price Waterhouse Coopers have nothing to fear from the press. Never mind that Microsoft and NBC co-own MSNBC cable network. In fact, among the frequently invited Bilderberg guests can be found the name of Anthony Ridder of Knight-Ridder, Inc., America’s second-largest newspaper chain, which owns such publications as the Detroit Free Press, the Miami Herald and the Philadelphia Inquirer.
According to philosopher Noam Chomsky, media organizations with an elite audience such as CBS News and The New York Times are successful corporations with the assets necessary to set the tone for other smaller news organizations which lack comparable resources by creating conversations that cascade down to smaller news organizations using the Associated Press and other means of aggregation. An elite mainstream sets the agenda and smaller organizations parrot it. (Chomsky, Noam, “What makes mainstream media mainstream”, October 1997, Z Magazine)
The CFR Control American Media
NBC, owned by Comcast.
In December 2009, Comcast purchased a 51% controlling interest in NBC Universal from General Electric (which would retain the remaining 49%). American telecommunications conglomerate, Comcast, is the second-largest broadcasting and cable television company in the world by revenue and the largest pay-TV company, the largest cable TV company and largest home Internet service provider in the United States, and the nation’s third-largest home telephone service provider. In addition to the NBC Television Network and the NBC Television Stations Division, Comcast also owns CNBC, which is the global leader in business news, reaching 175 million homes worldwide. In April 2002, NBC purchased Telemundo, the second-largest U.S. Spanish-language television network, and in December 2002, the company added the Bravo cable network to its portfolio. In partnership with Microsoft, NBC operates MSNBC, which features a mix of general news and political discussion programs with a liberal stance. Also owned by Comcast are the entertainment giants Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Animation.
Bilderberger attendee, Andrea Mitchell is a Washington, D.C.-based American television journalist, anchor, reporter, and commentator for NBC News. She is the NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, and has recently reported on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, Today, and MSNBC. She anchors the 1 p.m. hour of MSNBC Live, has appeared on Meet the Press, and is often a guest on Hardball with Chris Matthews and The Rachel Maddow Show. Mitchell is married to former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan.
NBC notables who were members of the Council on Foreign Relations include: anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News for 22 years, Tom Brokaw; news anchor, David Brinkley; news anchor, John Chancellor; reporter, Marvin Kalb; correspondent, Irving R. Levine, and executive, Herb Schlosser. Former President of NBC News and Executive Producer of the NBC Nightly News, Lester Crystal; and R.W. Sonnenfeidt were both members of the CFR and Trilateral Commission.
In a world where the Internet has disrupted traditional media, Comcast wants NBC Universal so it can deliver programing to audiences however they may want it — through TV sets, personal computers or mobile devices.
The CBS Corporation is the world’s eighth largest entertainment company in terms of revenue. Their holdings include: CBS Network News: 60 minutes, 48 hours, CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, CBS Morning News, Up to the Minute, and book publisher Simon & Schuster. As an American intelligence officer, CBS founder William Paley was trained in mass brainwashing techniques during World War II at the Tavistock Institute in England.
Bilderberger attendee, Lesley Stahl has reported for CBS on 60 Minutes for 19 seasons.
Member of the CFR: Laurence A. Tisch, CEO, Roswell Gilpatric, Dan Rather, Richard Hottelet, Frank Stanton
Member of the CFR and Trilateral Commission: James Houghton, Henry Schacht
CBS President David Rhodes is the brother of Ben Rhodes, Obama’s Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications.
ABC, owned by Disney
ABC is owned by the Disney Corporation. Holdings include: ABC Television Network, cable networks ESPN, the Disney Channel, Disney XD, Freeform, FX, FXX, FX Movie Channel, National Geographic, Nat Geo Wild, History, A&E and Lifetime, approximately 30 radio stations, music, video game, and book publishing companies, production companies Blue Sky Studios, 20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Touchstone, Marvel Entertainment, Lucasfilm, Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar Animation Studios, mobile app developer Disney Mobile, Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media, and theme parks in several countries.
Member of CFR: Thomas S. Murphy, CEO until 1996; John Connor; Diane Sawyer; John Scall
CFR member, Barbara Walters has been a regular fixture on morning television shows (Today and The View), an evening news magazine (20/20), and co-anchor of ABC Evening News and correspondent on World News (then ABC Evening News). Since retirement as a full-time host and contributor, she has continued to occasionally report for ABC News.
Chase Manhattan Bank controls 6.7% of ABC’s stock – enough to give it a controlling interest. Chase, through its trust department, controls 14% of CBS and 4.5% of RCA. Instead of three competing television networks called NBC, CBS, and ABC, what we really have is the Rockefeller Broadcasting Company, the Rockefeller Broadcasting System, and the Rockefeller Broadcasting Consortium.
Rhodes Scholar and Bilderberger Group member, George Stephanopoulos is ABC News’s Chief Washington Correspondent, host of ABC’s This Week, senior political adviser to the 1992 U.S. presidential campaign of Bill Clinton and former communications director for Clinton.
The ideas and policies that come out of the Bilderberg annual meetings are used to generate news in the leading periodicals and news groups of the world. The point is to make the prevalent opinions of the Bilderbergers so appealing that they become public policy and to pressure world leaders into submitting to the New World Order. The “free world press” is completely at the mercy of the Bilderbergers disseminating the agreed-upon propaganda.
ABC President, Ben Sherwood, is the brother of Obama’s Special Adviser Elizabeth Sherwood. ABC News executive producer Ian Cameron is married to Susan Rice, National Security Adviser. ABC News correspondent Claire Shipman is married to former Whitehouse Press Secretary Jay Carney. ABC News and Univision reporter, Matthew Jaffe, is married to Katie Hogan, Obama’s Deputy Press Secretary.
CNN, now owned by AT&T
Cable News Network (CNN) was founded in 1980 by media mogul Ted Turner as the first all-news television channel in the US. It’s counterpart, CNN International broadcasts to over 212 countries and territories worldwide. Today WarnerMedia (formerly Time Warner Inc.) holdings include: CNN, The CW (a joint venture with CBS), HBO, Cinemax, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, HLN, NBA TV, TBS, TNT, TruTV, Turner Classic Movies, AT&T SportsNet, Audience, Otter Media, Warner Bros. Pictures, Castle Rock, DC Comics, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, and New Line Cinema, DirecTV, U-Verse, other channels.
Member of Trilateral Commission: W. Thomas Johnson, Pres.
Member of CFR: Daniel Schorr
CNN host Fareed Zakaria argues that the Constitution is outdated and its principles should be “debated and fixed” to conform with the modern era. He makes regular appearances on shows ranging from ABC’s “This Week” to BBC World News, to NBC’s “Meet the Press.” He has been editor at large at Time magazine since 2010, and spent 10 years overseeing Newsweek’s foreign editions. He is a Washington Post (and internationally syndicated) columnist. Zakaria is a member of the Council On Foreign Relations and a Bilderberg member. He also sits on the board of the Trilateral Commission.
James Carville is a Democratic strategist who serves as a political contributor for CNN, appearing frequently on CNN’s The Situation Room as well as other programs on all CNN networks. Carville was formerly co-host of Crossfire, CNN’s political debate program. Carville, an outspoken Democratic political strategist and commentator, emerged onto the national political scene after his consulting firm, Carville & Begala, helped elect President Bill Clinton in 1992. He went on to serve as a senior political adviser to the president.
Paul Begala, a prominent liberal and a former advisor to President Bill Clinton. He gained national prominence as half of the political consulting team Carville and Begala. Until June 2005, Begala was a co-host of CNN’s political debate program, Crossfire, and now appears regularly on CNN as a Democratic pundit.
Trilateral Commission member, David Gergen is best known as a political consultant and presidential advisor during the administrations of Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and Clinton. Gergen is a political contributor to CNN and frequently appears on Anderson Cooper 360.
Environmental advocate, civil rights activist, and ex-special advisor to Barack Obama for Green Jobs, Van Jones, shares his Marxist ideology on CNN. He has contributed to segments on a wide range of topics, including Obama administration policies, Supreme Court decisions,protests in Ferguson, Missouri after the fatal shooting by police of an unarmed young black man, and the 2016 Republican presidential primary. After the November 2016 election victory by Republican Donald Trump, Jones described the result as a “whitelash”: his term for a racist backlash by white Americans who had opposed President Obama.
State Sponsored News
In March 2011, CNN sent Amber Lyon and a journalist team to Bahrain to cover the Arab Spring. As Glenn Greenwald of the UK’s Guardian writes in his article: “In the segment, Lyon interviewed activists as they explicitly described their torture at the hands of government forces, while family members recounted their relatives’ abrupt disappearances. She spoke with government officials justifying the imprisonment of activists. And the segment featured harrowing video footage of regime forces shooting unarmed demonstrators, along with the mass arrests of peaceful protesters. In sum, the early 2011 CNN segment on Bahrain presented one of the starkest reports to date of the brutal repression embraced by the US-backed regime.”
CNN Exposed Caught Producing State-sponsored ‘News’ in Bahrain
CNN report about Bahrain 11-04-2011
CNN International (CNNi) never broadcast the documentary. Even in the face of numerous inquiries and complaints from their own employees inside CNN, it continued to refuse to broadcast the program or even provide any explanation for the decision. To date, this documentary has never aired on CNNi.
Lyon says she “saw first-hand that these regime claims were lies, and I couldn’t believe CNN was making me put what I knew to be government lies into my reporting.”
In March 2012, Lyon was laid off from CNN and given a severance and health package in an effort to shut her up. “At this point,” Lyon said, “I look at those payments as dirty money to stay silent. I got into journalism to expose, not help conceal, wrongdoing, and I’m not willing to keep quiet about this any longer, even if it means I’ll lose those payments.”
FOX NETWORKS, owned by News Corporation LTD.
The FOX network, owned by Bilderberg Group luminary, Rupert Murdoch, owns a significant portion of the world’s media and in 2011 ws the world’s second-largest media group. The Fox Television Network includes includes 22 stations, reaching 50% of US households. Fox International has extensive worldwide cable and satellite networks including British Sky Broadcasting; VOX, Germany; Canal Fox, Latin America; FOXTEL, Australia; STAR TV, Asia; IskyB, India; Bahasa Programming Ltd., Indonesia; and News Broadcasting, Japan. Also included under the News Corp. umbrella is The Wall Street Journal and 20th Century Fox.
In July 2011, News Corp closed down the News of the World newspaper in the UK following allegations of phone hackings of former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Tony blair, and the Royal Family.
The FOX News Channel has close ties to the Republican Party and among their “fair and balanced” commentators is Newt Gingrich, former GOP Republican House speaker.
You can’t hardly watch any news program on Fox without being greeted by Republican political consultant and policy advisor Karl Rove.
William Kristol is a regular commentator on the Fox News Channel. Kristol cofounded the neoconservative Project for the New American Century (PNAC) in 1997 with Robert Kagan and he is a member of the Policy Advisory Board for the neoconservative Ethics and Public Policy Center. Kristol has also been an attendee at Bilderberg Group conferences.
After leaving CNN in 2009 following attacks from liberal advocacy groups like Media Matters and the Southern Poverty Law Center, conservative host Lou Dobbs eventually made his way to the Fox Business Network in 2011 where he hosts the show Lou Dobbs Tonight. He also makes regular appearances on Fox News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor and CNBC’s The Kudlow Report.
Judge Andrew Napolitano joined the Fox News Channel in 1998. He serves as the senior judicial analyst and from 2009 until 2012, hosted the libertarian talk show called Freedom Watch.
Glenn Beck is a conservative television and radio host, political commentator, author, and media personality that has spent time in both CNN from January 2006 to October 2008 and from January 2009 to June 2011 on the Fox News Channel. In 2009 Beck’s program drew more viewers than all three of the competing time-slot shows combined on CNN, MSNBC and HLN. Glenn Beck’s Fox News one-hour show ended June 30, 2011, and he went on to launch his subscription-based internet TV network, TheBlaze TV, originally called GBTV, on September 12, 2011.
Rupert Murdoch’s Twentieth Century Fox corporation has admitted to planting political brainwashing within its globally popular TV shows and indeed boasts that it is proud of the fact. A corporate video currently being showcased on another part of Murdoch’s media empire, MySpace.com, shows Fox executives and stars of its universally recognized shows bragging about how they use the platform of hit shows that are broadcast globally to implant messages about the supposed threat of global warming.
Fox has embarked on a deliberate campaign, which could only have been done with the coordination of the script writers of each program, to force people to accept the pseudo-science of global warming by brainwashing them into accepting it as a reality. This has been achieved by weaving in messages about climate change and having popular characters in the TV shows embrace specific tenants of the global warming manifesto.
Fair and Balanced News?
What’s missing from the following?
“We report. You decide.”
“America’s Most Watched Network”
“The Worldwide Leader in News”
“America’s Favorite Network”
“CBS News is Very Good News”
“The Best Political Team on Television”
“All the News That’s Fit to Print”
If you get your perspective about the world around you from the corporate owned CIA managed mainstream media, understand this… you don’t have a clue. These organizations do not necessarily report the truth. They are all part of the modern day American Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda.