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Wicked Web of Deceit   Leave a comment

Inundated and overwhelmed by a flood of information from a wide array of sources, Western society needs to have independent honest voices to provide facts and analysis that we can trust. Unfortunately, most people get their news from media that are obviously biased and manipulative and connected with a complicated network of other major global corporations and elite interests.

Take Time Warner for instance. It owns Time Magazine, HBO, Warner Bros, and CNN (among others) and its board of directors includes individuals who are or once were affiliated with the Council of Foreign Relations, the International Monetary Fund, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Warburg Pincus, Phillip Morris and many others.

The New York Times (newspaper of record for the US) has board members affliated with Schering-Plough International (pharmaceuticals), the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (also major donors to PBS and NPR), Chevron Corporation, Wesco Financial Corporation, Kolberg & Company, The Charles Schwab Corporation, eBay Inc, Xerox, IMB, Ford Motor Company, Eli Lilly & Company … among others.

The Washington Post board has Lee Bollinger, the president of Columbia University and former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and others associated with 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.

I’m a capitalist and I don’t think any of these companies or individuals are evil just because they’re in business, but it’s important to realize how intertwined, often covertly, these corporations and mainstream media are with the federal and some state governments. Carl Bernstein (of Watergate fame) claims that over 400 American journalists had secretly carried out assignments for the Central Intelligence Agency.

“The use of journalists has been among the most productive means of intelligence-gathering employed by the CIA.”

According to Bernstein, the cooperative media companies include ABC, NBC, the Associated Press (AP), United Press International (UPI), Reuters, Hearst Newspapers, Scripps-Howard, Newsweek magazine, the Mutual Broadcasting System, PBS, NPR, CNN, the Miami Herald, the Saturday Evening Post and the New York Herald-Tribune.

The media are meant to be a fifth column, a bulwark against government corruption, willing to take corporations to task when needed … but how do they do that when their members are completely wrapped up in government and corporations?

Which brings us to the most important question of all. How do we the people even know what is real in the news and what is propaganda created to elicit certain responses from us depending on who is pulling the strings?

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