"Mainstream news sources now report ONLY what the capitalist cabal instructs them to.
"Journalism is one of the devices whereby industrial autocracy keeps its control over [so-called] political democracy; it is the day-by-day, between-elections propaganda, whereby the minds of the people are kept in a state of acquiescence, so that when the crisis of an election comes, they go to the polls and cast their ballots for either one of the two candidates of their exploiters. Not hyperbolically and contemptuously, but literally and with scientific precision, we define Journalism in America as the business and practice of presenting the news of the day in the interest of economic privilege."
"The news" is no longer the news--it's cabal "talking points," sound bites, and propaganda headlines.
You're letting mainstream TV, radio, and newspapers feed you lies, spin (biased opinion), and babble.
"The news" has become "paid lying."
"Today's major media journalism is biased, irresponsible, sensationalist reporting that distorts, exaggerates or misstates the truth. It's misinformation or agitprop disinformation masquerading as fact to boost circulation, readership, viewers, or listeners, and on vital issues lie about or suppress uncomfortable truths to provide unqualified support for state and/or corporate interests - to the detriment of the greater good that's always sacrificed for profits and imperial aims." Source
Two Examples of Genuine Investigative Reporting
"In a lengthy article published Sunday [4/6/2014] by the London Review of Books, investigative journalist Seymour Hersh reports that the sarin gas attack on a Damascus suburb on August 21, 2013 was actually carried out by Syrian 'rebel' forces acting at the behest of Turkey, for the purpose of providing a pretext for a US attack on Syria."
On December 10, 2013, Seymour Hersh published an
exposé of Obama's "not telling the whole truth" when he claimed that Assad perpetrated the sarin attack on civilians. Obama didn't have evidence of this and he knew that it was just as likely that the US-NATO-backed rebel death squads created and lauched the chemical weapons attack instead of the Assad forces!
The next day it was revealed that both the Washington Post and the New Yorker had turned the Hersh article down! Mainstream news sources don't have the courage to print the truth about what is happening in the world!
Hersh's article was extremely mild; he didn't point out that the so-called Syrian rebels are not "freedom fighters" in a civil war, but paid al qaeda death-squads backed and funded by the U.S. and the U.N. He failed to point out that a U.N. report revealed that the death-squads perpetrated the sarin attacks, proving the Obama administration lied!
All Mainstream News Is Now Nothing More than Cabal Propaganda
Mainstream "news" has become a conduit for cabal misinformation. Fox News, of course, is nothing more than right-wing extremist lies. But now the major television and radio networks, and mainstream Internet sites have all become purveyors of capitalist lies and disinformation.
Such cabal puppets as CNN's Anderson Cooper don't even pretend to objectivity in their reporting.
The seizure of the mainstream press by cabal fellow-travelers has most recently been highlighted by the exposure of the extreme influence of the Murdoch empire over British and American "news" sources and political figures.
Before the cabal assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the black-flag operation of 9/11--and the resultant international capitalist cabal's attacks on constitutional freedoms following those
disasters--American citizens had the option of whether or not to inform themselves. But the cabal's attacks on our civil liberties now constitutes such an ongoing CRISIS that Americans must
either inform themselves or continue to suffer from the cabal's attacks on basic Constitutional freedoms.
If you're going to become an informed citizen, you're going to have to inform yourself through the intelligent search for and use of alternate news sources on the Internet! The so-called TV "news" shows don't even pretend to provide a balanced presentation of varying points of view. A Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting study of ABC World News Tonight, CBS Evening News and NBC Nightly News in the year 2001 revealed that 92 percent of
all U.S. sources interviewed were white, 85 percent were male and, where party affiliation was identifiable,
75 percent were Republican.
exposé of the Bill O'Reilly program revealed the ugly visage of bigotry and egomania. So-called TV news programs only
provides DIS-information and inane entertainment which it calls "news."
In a January 9, 2010
article entitled "Hard Lessons from Decades Past," Robert Parry made it clear just how "news" has degenerated into brainwashing.
"Newsweek was in the vanguard of what would become a trend of the American news media, to ignore or 'debunk' investigations of major national security crimes rather than seriously investigate them.
"By the early 1990s, the historic role of the American press as watchdogs for the public had been transformed. Instead of growling at the corrupt and powerful, the press corps had become guard dogs, protecting the new Republican establishment and snarling at citizens, whistleblowers and even fellow journalists who sought to expose wrongdoing.
"But many Americans--including some who should have known better--still thought the Watergate/Pentagon Papers press corps was alive and well. After all, the new reality was obscured by a steady flow of right-wing propaganda promoting the false (or at least obsolete) notion that the national press corps had a 'liberal bias.'"
"If information is the oxygen of democracy, the United States has just been gassed, not by weapons of mass destruction but by a weapon of mass distraction . . .
"The transformation of active citizens into passive consumers was enabled by the Federal Communications Commission
under Ronald Reagan's Mark Fowler, who declared 'the perception of broadcasters as community trustees should be
replaced by a view of broadcasters as marketplace participants.'
"TV's Fox could not get away with its shameless shilling for the White House if the Fairness Doctrine were still in
place, and radio's Clear Channel monopoly would not be able to impose wall-to-wall Limbaugh, Hannity and Savage,
etc., on the public if broadcasters were accountable to public opinion rather than the dictates of plutocrats.
"Totalitarian regimes don't tolerate any distinction between journalism and propaganda, but in most democracies it
is unprecedented for the free press to abandon Joseph Pulitzer for the methods of Joseph Goebbels.
"This undemocratic confluence of politics and propaganda has long been in the making as corporate media have been
incrementally empowered while public influence, input and 'interest' have been eliminated."
Ian Masters, host of "Background Briefing" on KPFK-FM (90.7) in Los Angeles, in a 2004 commentary in the Los Angeles Times
The Reappearance of Dr. Joseph Goebbels and the Nazi Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda
In 2012, America's cabal-controlled government began using propaganda agencies to attack any investigative reporters who dare to report any news of cabal criminal operations.
"Earlier this year, two USA Today reporters--Tom Vanden Brook and his editor Ray Locker--became the victims of sophisticated online attacks that seemed to be designed to destroy their reputations.
"A slew of fake websites, social media accounts, and even a Wikipedia page popped up. Content was published in their names, such as past articles written by Vanden Brook that contained inaccuracies --suggesting that the public should be wary of the USA Today reporter's credibility.
"The trigger for the attacks proved to be a report they'd been working on about highly-expensive U.S. military propaganda efforts in the Middle East.
"It's now known who exactly was behind the malicious online activity. And it's a high-ranking individual.
"Gregory Korte at USA Today reports:
"The co-owner of a major Pentagon propaganda contractor publicly admitted Thursday [5/24/2012] that he was behind a series of websites used in an attempt to discredit two USA Today journalists who had reported on the contractor.
"The contractor is 'strategic communications' company Leonie, and the culprit is co-owner Camille Chidiac. He owned the company with his own sister, but has now been booted out."
In May, 2012, Congress passed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that legalizes "psychological operations" aimed at American citizens. This amendment overturns the Smith-Mundt Act of 1948 and the Foreign Relations Authorization Act of 1987 which made it illegal for propaganda that is used to influence public opinion overseas to be targeted at U.S. citizens here at home. There are now no limits to what the U.S. government can do to shape the opinions of American citizens. The government can now "legally" bombard us with TV, radio and newspaper propaganda messages that do not have to be true. There is now nothing to stop the government from atacking journalists and destroying their reputations and careers in COINTELPRO fashion, using false information and lies.
How To Get Genuine News and Analysis
Along with news, an informed citizen needs comprehensive analyses of information
which allow facts to be understood from a larger perspective. Those long-range news analyses are just as
important as the more immediate news sources.
So how do you go about getting news and analysis for yourself?
Easy--you get your news and analysis from alternative Internet news programs!
On any given day, if you want to know what's really happening--instead of the fascist spin given to every "news" item in the mainstream media--then seek and use progressive Internet news sources. There you'll find the real news--the information that's important for American citizens to stay abreast of. Fortunately for us, these outstanding alternate Web news sites sift through all the news daily and provide a digest of the most significant items, saving us a tremendous amount of time and energy.
The best way to review these informational Web sites is in terms of layers:
Those sites you will need to review daily
Those you'll want to review weekly
What news and analysis sources are important to you, individually, depends on your world view.
This essay only applies if you want genuine news about what's really going on--beyond spin and propaganda. If you are
intellectually committed to a doctrinaire religious or political viewpoint and want to review news and analysis from only that
perspective, then this essay won't be of any real use to you.
What I'm examining in this essay is a broader progressive perspective--which gets at
what's really going on, not what ideological spin tries to make us believe is happening.
You'll need to re-examine your news sources periodically, because some sources simply disappear or change so radically that they're no longer dependable. This essay is revised frequently so that only the latest, most reliable sources are recommended.
You need to have information daily about what's actually occurring throughout the world, so these Web sites are essential for you to review each day:
The World Socialist Web Site provides a comprehensive analysis of world events. By reviewing it daily,
you see what are the three or four most important events of that day. If you want to get a feel for the broader-based study of
news the WSWS provides, I'd
suggest this article, which
examines Obama's and NATO's escalation of the turmoil in the Ukraine.
Blacklisted News informs you of the important breaking news of the day. By selecting those items of interest, you can stay informed about what's happening in the world.
Recommending Alex Jones's Inforwar site is unusual for me, since I consider Jones a nere pretend-populist, but actually a right-wing reactionary. Jones's psychotic rants present a terrible image and he is so wrong-headed that he believes the reactionary Ron Paul is progressive. With all these faults, his daily reporting of news on his Inforwar site is must reading, since he sometimes features news items that no other alternative source provides. As an example, as I am updating this essay (4/17/2014), Infowars is the only source that highlights the news that Bandar Bush has been sacked as Saudi Arabia's spy chief because of his stance on Syria.
The Web sites I'd suggest you review at least once a week:
Each of these essential information sources has its own idiosyncrasies, but their digesting of news
worldwide makes them invaluable. One of the interesting facets of these primary news digests is that they often find
important news items in out-of-the-way locations.
Penetrating analysis of news is provided by a few Internet journalists, most of whom have their own Web sites as well as write for newspapers or magazines:
Seymour Hersh (see his articles in London Review of Books and other publications)
In this era of cabal fascism,
it's imperative that we keep ourselves informed. We can't expect the mainstream news sources to provide the information we need.
Fortunately, we have an excellent source of essential news and analysis in the alternate news sources on the Internet. Now it's up to us to use it
efficiently to become truly informed citizens in our efforts to create a viable alternative to capitalist annihilation.