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Guest Post: The Fatal Timidity Of The Corporate Media

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Submitted by Charles Hugh Smith from Of Two Minds

The Fatal Timidity of the Corporate Media

Want to reverse the decline of the media? then stop worshipping corporate profits and start worshipping skepticism and a strong voice for truth, however inconvenient it might be to the Status Quo.

Lost in all the hand-wringing over the corporate (mainstream) media's decline is a key cause of the decline: the MSM no longer publishes or airs anything that challenges the Status Quo. The timidity of the corporate media knows no bounds. The iconic Washington Post now makes its corporate bread off its ownership of a diploma mill of the sort that it should deplore.

Choose the phrase your prefer to describe this: bought off, sold out, compromised.

In web-based corporate media, "journalism" has been distilled down to churning out lists: the 11 best cities to do your $50 million IPO in, the 9 most adorable dog breeds, 7 reasons why we hate corporate web-based media (you'll never see that list), etc.

The print media has always lived off advertising
. What's changed is the overt slavishness of the media toward its advert masters.

If you flip through a corporate mainstream media publication from the late 1960s, for example LIFE magazine, you will see plenty of adverts. But you will also see uncompromising stories about alternative lifestyles, about demonstrators against the Status Quo being beaten, arrested and thrown in temporary gulags, and other stories which bluntly called the entire machinery of the Status Quo into question.

The deal was this: the media was relevant, so people wanted to read it. Advertisers who wanted to reach this audience had to suck it up and advertise regardless of whether they approved of the content.

A near-monopoly certainly aided the corporate media pre-cable TV and Internet: there were a handful of national print media outlets, two big newspapers per major city, a town newspaper in smaller burgs, and three national TV networks. Advertisers had little choice about where to place their advert dollars.

Now that advertisers have a vast spectrum of choice, they have the upper hand. The media outlets have to sell their audience to advertisers: please give us money, because our audience is huge, or targeted, and oh yes, in all cases special.

The media, corporate and non-traditional alike, could count on subscriptions to pay the basic bills. No more. "Free" content is of course not free: somebody has to pay the electricity bills for the servers and the staff to post the content, even if it's skimmed from other sites.

In a world of "free" content, why pay for content? Why indeed? There are two reasons: 1) loyalty to the voice provided by the magazine, channel, radio station, newspaper, blog, etc. In some cases, this might be the loyalty of those who love to hear their own views confirmed on a routine basis: the "true believers."

In other cases, the loyalty is for "telling it like it is," even if the positions don't always align with the readers' own views.

Reason Two is that the publication/channel/station is indispensible: everyone who is anyone reads it/watches it/listens to it.

What makes a media outlet indispensible? One, it is skeptical about received wisdom and official explanations, and two, it has a strong and unique voice. Please tell me there is any corporate media that meets these standards. Perhaps on a good day, here and there, but consistently? No.

The "liberal" media parrots the same old tiresome Keynesian blather that we need to borrow another $10 trillion, oh heck, make it $20 trillion or $100 trillion, because we need to pay our teachers and cops a living wage, unions are the backbone of the country, all we need to do is tax the top 1% and all our problems will be solved, etc.

The "conservative" media parrots the same old tiresome corporate welfare blather that we need a strong defense, never mind the cost, cutting taxes is the solutions to all our problems, so while we wait for that magic to work we have to borrow another $10 trillion, oh heck, make it $20 trillion or $100 trillion, and government shouldn't be intrusive unless it's enforcing our standards on everyone else, and then Central State tyranny is "morally necessary."

All corporate media reprints Central State propaganda with only the faintest mewling skepticism. You want an example? The media broadcast or headline blares: "Unemployment down as economy recovers."

If there was any skepticism left, and even the faintest shred of principled devotion to truth, the headline should read "Government spins unemployment numbers again, keeps pushing propaganda." We all know that's the reality, the truth, that the unemployment statistics are doctored, tweaked and massaged to play the same message again and again: "unemployment" is down, never mind it's because we removed 4 million people from the workforce; the economy is recovering because if you stop believing that, you might rise up against the Status Quo.

The corporate media is fatally timid because it's running scared. The focus is on profits that must be made and shipped to restive shareholders and managers, and on keeping a job to pay the mortgage.

The grand irony is the solution to decline is to stand for something other than corporate profits. Have you read what passes for "editorials" in the corporate media? The same old cliches are trotted out, the same bland milktoast "positions" that mean nothing, say nothing, signify nothing but complicity and surrender: the government should keep spending until we get out of recession, or the government should spend responsibly, blah blah blah.

In other words, let's play "journalism" not as if it mattered, but as a game where the "winners" attract more eyeballs and clicks with eye-catching lists and low-cut blouses, and snagging adverts is the only real goal.

Yes, there are adverts on this very blog. But I don't cater to whomever is paying Google to place their adverts; the adverts are displayed based on your preferences as much as on the content of today's entry. I don't change the content based on whether I get adverts or not. Nothing is "free," and somebody is paying the bills somewhere. The adverts help, but they have zero influence over the content. If they went away the content would slog on because it's what's important, and what counts.

I pay for subscriptions to various independent magazines, and donate to support independent blogs and online publications, because my money is a "vote" for skeptical, investigative media. If I don't "vote" for that kind of media, it will fade, because there is no such thing as "free." The home office has to be paid for, the servers must be paid for, the time must be compensated in a way that the "content producer" can buy groceries and trips to the dentist, etc.

But the way to build loyalty is to stand for something, not just repeat government propaganda and tired cliches that were drained of all meaning a generation ago.


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Thu, 05/12/2011 - 11:54 | 1268074 Xibalba
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Corporate Media = Fascist (pr)opaganda machine.         And I should know....I'm in advertising...ha!  We program you, and get paid handsomely to do it.   


Thu, 05/12/2011 - 12:19 | 1268157 SheepDog-One
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Control me thru such stellar CNBC ads such as-

Get Majik Jack NOW!

While I may be in my bathrobe, Im getting my MBA!

Some guy invented something and made a profit...but those results are not typical....


Thu, 05/12/2011 - 12:24 | 1268172 Xibalba
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More like "Lovasa,....the 'gift that comes from the sea' ....side affects include: Gas with oily discharge, uncontrollable urge to belch, and erection malfuntion."

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 12:30 | 1268190 SheepDog-One
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I love those miracle product ads that basically guarantee your life will become a living hell after taking it.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 15:39 | 1269114 pods
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You gotta look out for the condition known as "hotdog fingers".

Almost took Nozulla once, but was afraid of Gigantic Eyeball.



Thu, 05/12/2011 - 14:36 | 1268845 caconhma
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What else do you expect from a mainstream media?

The mainstream media and Hollywood are mostly controlled and/or owed by zionists-fascists. They are exclusively in business of lies, hatred, and propaganda.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 12:29 | 1268185 nope-1004
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You're full of shit, you don't get paid handsomely.  Your model is weak and losing steam, so you gotta pander to advertisers to pay your bills.  You're running scared.

My local paper consists of 40% being real estate ads.  Not ONCE has there ever been an article on how bad the housing sector is, or how much prices have fallen.  The paper has been taken over by the scummy property pimps, whose only objective is churn and commission.

The print model is dead.  How many times a day does the Washington Post print edition get updated with breaking news?  Never.  It's done.  It's dead.  ZH has more new posts in an hour than WaPo does in a week.  It's a failed media model that is being raped by the advertisers because WaPo needs to stay afloat.

Good luck.


Thu, 05/12/2011 - 12:36 | 1268203 SheepDog-One
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Ive been telling my dad forever to stop getting newspapers delivered and just read the internet its 100X better. Still stuck in those old-school ways though, cant get up in the morning if theres not a cup of coffee and newspapers there to junk up the place with irrelevant nonsense. But that generation considers the print media 'real news', very hard cycle to break it will just have to die off by itself.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 13:56 | 1268630 walcott
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Pretty much sums up the submissive slave mentality. Applies to everything. Never question authority or your government. Be happy because that's the way it is and you better like it that way.

And God forbid if you try to educate yourself. And unfortunately even the Universities sell the same submissive dribble.

Never heard a Jefferson quote like -"dissent is the highest form of patriotism" in college history class ever. NWO elitist brain washing has been alive and well for over a century.


Fri, 05/13/2011 - 01:55 | 1270903 Hunch Trader
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Never heard it because it's not a real Jefferson quote.


Dissent is the highest form of patriotism (Quotation)

"Dissent is the highest form of patriotism" is often attributed to Thomas Jefferson, but to date we have found no evidence that he said or wrote this. Its true origins are uncertain, but the saying may have entered popular culture during the Vietnam era.

The earliest usage of the phrase we have found is in a 1961 publication, The Use of Force in International Affairs: "If what your country is doing seems to you practically and morally wrong, is dissent the highest form of patriotism?"[1]

The phrase was used repeatedly during the Vietnam era, and this may be when it came into general currency. On October 15, 1969, in a speech at Columbia University, Mayor John Lindsay of New York City stated, "We cannot rest content with the charge from Washington that this peaceful protest is unpatriotic...The fact is that this dissent is the highest form of patriotism."[2]

  1.  The Use of Force in International Affairs (Philadelphia: Friends Peace Committee, 1961), 6.
  2.  As reported by Bernard Weinraub, "Bells Toll and Crosses Are Planted Around U.S. as Students Say 'Enough!' to War: Campuses Remember Slain G.I.'s," New York Times, October 16, 1969


Thu, 05/12/2011 - 14:12 | 1268707 trav7777
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people subscribe to the Pest because it tells them exactly what they want to hear

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 12:32 | 1268193 string
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And a damn fine job you are doing, love.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 12:32 | 1268199 goldfish1
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Ain't "timidity"; it's design!

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 13:01 | 1268337 mrcmmm
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Well, duh.  The media and the government / TPTB are the same thing:,0,7053756.story



Thu, 05/12/2011 - 13:46 | 1268596 11b40
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This just in from Common Cause:

"Comcast Buys FCC"


FCC Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker is leaving the FCC to become a lobbyist for Comcast – just four months after she voted to approve the Comcast-NBC merger.1

This is just the latest – but perhaps most blatant — example of so-called "public servants" cashing in on companies they are supposed to be regulating. But Baker's jump to Comcast is particularly egregious. As recently as March, the commissioner was giving speeches complaining that the Comcast-NBC deal "took too long." 

And you wonder why the American people are disgusted with Washington. 

Stop the Revolving Door: Demand Congress Investigate Baker’s Conflict of Interest

Congress is already concerned about how the FCC conducts itself. Rep. Darrell Issa, chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has been making a lot of noise recently about alleged ethical violations at the agency. By signing this letter to Congressman Issa, you’re urging him to launch an investigation of Commissioner Baker’s seemingly blatant conflict of interest.

Outside of Washington, people of every political stripe have expressed near unanimous contempt for a system of government that favors powerful corporations at the expense of the many. Sadly, the complete capture of government by industry barely raises an eyebrow inside the Beltway anymore. That’s why Congress needs to hear from you. 

Urge Congress to Investigate this Conflict of Interest at the FCC

The revolving door at the FCC erodes any prospect for common-sense public policy -- such as strong Net Neutrality rules or a rigorous review of mega-deals like AT&T’s proposed takeover of T-Mobile. 

Unless we speak out now and demand an investigation, business as usual in Washington will undermine our media system and endanger our democracy.

Thank you for taking action,

Craig Aaron
President and CEO
Free Press Action Fund

1. 'Regulator to Join Comcast After OK of NBC Deal,' Associated Press


Thu, 05/12/2011 - 17:04 | 1269525 colorfulbliss
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Bill Hicks on Marketing:


Nuff said!

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 21:17 | 1270356 Element
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You probably should be flogged within an inch of your life, but thanks for admitting you're a traitor ... at least you know it



Thu, 05/12/2011 - 11:53 | 1268081 PaperBear
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Recent Davos meeting a proposal was made to create $100T of debt for currency purposes.

Debt-based currencies are fraud but who gets the interest payments ?

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 12:25 | 1268183 lolmao500
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In other news, California's students are getting raped...

University of Calif. OKs 32 percent tuition hike

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 13:06 | 1268364 ilovefreedom
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That article is from 2009.

Fees have gone up since then as well.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 13:51 | 1268600 sgt_doom
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both PaperBear and you, lolmao500, are commenting on the same issue:


Student loans (and fees and charges, etc.), began being securitized back in the 90s at some point, and therefore went from $200 million in 2000, to over $1 trillion today.

It's all about securitized debt.

And the result is debt peonage for the rest of us!

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 11:55 | 1268084 Bam_Man
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But it's for your own good.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 12:04 | 1268087 Franken_Stein
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Who needs MSM and their dumbing down and lies when you have Zerohedge ?


Not only is the infomation here much more precise, more detailed and more challenging to  the sad status quo by attacking the fraud, lies and theft by the big corporations and the central banks, but also is there no pathetic censorship to free speech, which is really great.


Thu, 05/12/2011 - 12:04 | 1268104 john39
john39's picture is another great source for a wide spectrum of news...  like a drudgereport for non-msm info.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 11:59 | 1268088 NOTW777
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who in their right mind desires to reverse the "decline in the media"

our media is evil to the core and the enabler of much of the fraud

it doesnt report - it advocates, it lies and it destroys

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 11:59 | 1268089 oogs66
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You can watch CNBS lamenting its ratings getting worse.  They are constantly dumbing down their content (yeah, I know its hard to dumb it down much more, but at one time they did seem more than just cheerleaders and were helpful at breaking stories).  The problem to me is that they are so stupid, people who care about the markets can no longer tolerate watching them, and the people who don't care about markets just don't care enough to watch it, no matter how dumbed down it is.  So they are catering to some non existant audience - those who care enough about the markets to want to watch, but too stupid to realize they aren't getting any useful information. 


Thu, 05/12/2011 - 12:01 | 1268090 SheepDog-One
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Media is dead because theyre now just another branch of the corrupt govt and the bankster puppet masters carrying their water buckets. Dont whine about it media, you chose your side, dug your own grave, now you lie in it. Used to be a time the media EXPOSED corruption in govt, now theyre just puppets themselves.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 12:04 | 1268111 augie
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has there been a free press after july 4th, 1826?


Thu, 05/12/2011 - 12:12 | 1268131 SheepDog-One
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The media has always been a show business to a certain extent, always looking for a plane crash or whatever for the 6 oclock news, but how anyone can deny the total shift to total statism propaganda and puppet journalism recently has got to have blinders on.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 12:46 | 1268225 Oh regional Indian
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For a long time anyways. Long long time...

We never needed so much news. Details about far away places and people on a constant basis. And who was wearing what, where, when, why...

it's more they who need this much data to keep their "Model" fed.

Trippy if you think about it that way eh? We just get to watch their data collection and pay for the privilage.

Funny. Meanwhile, meet the press:



Thu, 05/12/2011 - 11:58 | 1268094 Overpowered By Funk
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Don't give up. Question authority ALWAYS! The truth will get out despite the fact that many have their fingers in their ears.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 12:02 | 1268097 hambone
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MSM sucks - bought and paid for.  I believe.

Okay - OT but I'm hearing that Federal tax receipts were way up yoy in April (lower budget deficit).  Trying to get a better sense of the validity of this claim.  Are state sales taxes showing a similiar jump?  Or are we being gamed in front of the debt ceiling debate to further the meme that the current policies are now working and should be allowed to do their magic.

However, I don't want to completely overrule the possibility that tax receipts were actually organically up (not my base case but I'm a big fan of reality regardless).


Thu, 05/12/2011 - 12:00 | 1268099 MrBinkeyWhat
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ZH Rules!

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 12:16 | 1268141 Vic Vinegar
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Totally.  Just don't knock the low-cut blouses.  When I'm not spending my rapidly devaluing dollar on gm soy, it's nice to have something to look at.


Thu, 05/12/2011 - 12:04 | 1268102 Renfield
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Seems a propos to reference this old Cracked article, '5 things the media loves pretending are news'.

Or, just watch old episodes of the (corporate-bought and then locked away for good) 'Frontline' TV show on DVD if you can find it. So successful for its three years of runtime that Aussie MSM Channel Seven bought it and vaulted it in 1995 or thereabouts, never to be shown on air again.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 12:09 | 1268132 sbenard
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Wow! That's amazing! The influence on the news media is far deeper than most people realize. Thanks for the link!

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 12:08 | 1268123 sbenard
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It's far worse than mere timidity. It's COMPLICITY!

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 12:08 | 1268125 tony bonn
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i am sure these factors play into the obsequiousness of news agencies but it should also be noted that the cia rules them with an iron fist....nyt or washington post is no different than pravda or izvestia....state run media is the usa....corpporations - l'etat c'est moi

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 13:38 | 1268544 DavidPierre
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Immediately after its creation, one of the CIA's first acts is the launching of an illegal war against the citizens of the United States which it calls, ironically, Project Mockingbird.

Mockingbird is designed to deceive and manipulate the American public by controlling the content of American newspapers, magazines, books, movies and the broadcast media.

A secret CIA memo unearthed by the Church Committee in 1975 says that “newsmen are cheaper to buy than a callgirl”.

CIA documents reveal that more than four hundred American journalists are on the CIA payroll.

Among senior mass media executives who are CIA assets are CBS president William Paley,

CBS News President Sig Mickelson, who will later be president of the CIA propaganda fronts, Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty,

 Time Magazine owner Henry Luce,

New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger and James Copley of Copley News Service.

The “liberal” New York Times will provides cover for CIA agents since 1950.

Project Mockingbird is headed by Rockefeller cousin, Nazi shyster and Hitler Project organizer Allen Dulles with the help of Frank Wisner, Richard Helms and Philip Graham, a graduate of the U.S. Army Intelligence School and publisher of the "liberal" Washington Post.

The Post itself becomes the CIA's premier media asset.

Eventually, the CIA’s media assets will include ABC, NBC, CBS, Time, Newsweek, the Associated Press, United Press International, Reuters, Hearst Newspapers, Scripps-Howard, Copley News Service and more. By the CIA’s own admission, at least twenty five major media organizations are direct CIA assets.

In reality, virtually the entire U.S. mass media apparatus is nothing more or less than a gigantic propaganda and disinformation machine masquerading as a free press.

"Media manipulation in the U.S. today is more efficient than it was in Nazi Germany, because here we have the pretence that we are getting all the information we want. That misconception prevents people from even looking for the truth."


 Mark Crispin Miller

In the same way as the revolving door between the U.S. government and the arms industry, a revolving door operates between the CIA and the mass media.

CIA Director Richard Helms was a United Press International correspondent, CIA Director William Casey was the major shareholder of the owner of the ABC television network, Capital Cities.

Journalists Edward R. Murrow and Carl Rowan both worked as Directors of the CIA front U.S. Information Agency.

NBC news anchor John Chancellor was a director of the CIA’s radio propaganda network, Voice of America. CBS Vice President Joseph H. Ream is a former deputy director of the National Security Agency (NSA).

Outside the U.S., the CIA has en extraordinary web of media assets with which to deceive, manipulate and misinform the people of the world.

Among the more important CIA fronts are/were Radio Free Europe, Radio Liberty (Cuba) and Radio Free Asia.

Among the newspaper and magazine fronts are Prevves (France), Der Monat (Germany), El Mundo Nuevo (Latin America), Quiet and Thought (India), Argumenten (Sweden) and La Prensa (Nicaragua).

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 16:26 | 1269388 TheMerryPrankster
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The interesting thing about this Nazi bastard child CIA is that the way it was financed with stolen Japanese gold. Of course the Japanese stole the gold from China and a dozen odd other Asian countries, but still the capital to build this entire house of cards was based on massive amounts of gold. What does that say about the true value of precious metals?

google "Yamashitas gold"


This book is earth-shattering and faith-shaking, a well-documented tale of deceit at the highest levels of the US government. So controversial and potentially explosive are the findings of this book, to wit, that the White House recovered most of the Nazi and Japanese loot and created a secret slush fund for covert political operations world-wide, that the authors go the extra mile and offer, at a nominal price, two CD-ROMS containing 60,000 pages of supporting documentation including the Japanese treasure maps used by the US to recover the gold and other valuables.

Major players include Presidents Truman, Eisenhower, and Nixon, both Allen and John Foster Dulles, Douglas MacArthur, John McCloy, and the famous unconventional warrior Edward Lansdale. What we learn from this book is that those writing about "blowback" (the consequences of unwise US actions) have barely scratched the surface. What we learn is that rather than truly seeking to help the Japanese, Chinese, and other looted nations recover in the aftermath of WWII, the most senior leaders of the US government, no doubt with the best of intentions, actually conspired with Nazi bankers and the Japanese imperial family to create a Black Eagle Trust controlled by a very select hand-picked cabal in Washington.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 17:14 | 1269581 DavidPierre
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But...But... But...

We all know that there are never any conspiracies!


Beginning in the 1930s, Japan loots much of Asia of gold, precious stones, art and cultural treasures. Government treasuries, banks, factories, homes and art galleries are emptied of their valuables. Gold fillings are hammered from the teeth of corpses. The looting is under the control of Emperor Hirohito's brother, Prince Chichibu and the operation is called Golden Lily.

Japan's foremost gangster, Kodama Yoshio, is made a rear admiral and is Chichibu's man on the ground. For years, the stolen loot is transported to Japan where some is used to pay for Japan's imperial wars but most ends up in the hands of the Japanese ruling elite including members of the imperial family and various other gangsters.

Towards the end of the war, when the U.S. submarine blockade stops the loot being carried to Japan, vast amounts of stolen wealth, worth about a hundred billion dollars, are accumulated by the Japanese in the occupied Philippines. The sheer volume of the loot staggers the imagination; hundreds of tons of gold, hundreds of thousands of carats of diamonds, tens of thousands of works of art.

Slave laborers and Japanese engineers build a massive complex of underground tunnels and bunkers in the Philippines to store the loot and are then murdered by being buried alive in the complex, leaving only a handful of senior Japanese officers under General Tomoyuki Yamashita with knowledge of the secret.

Following the capture of the Philippines by the U.S., American military intelligence officers torture Yamashita's driver until he reveals where he had driven Yamashita near the end of the war. The U.S. military begins the retrieval of the Golden Lily loot.

The stolen wealth is not returned to its rightful owners, nor is it used to pay reparations to the countries devastated by Japan nor is it used to pay compensation to the prisoners of war abused by Japan.

Instead, the U.S. government, taking the moral high ground as usual, decides to steal the stolen loot. It sets up a team to launder the loot into two hundred separate bank accounts to be used to finance death squads, purchase perjured testimony, carry out terror attacks and subvert democracy in Japan and around the world under the guise of fighting the evil commies.

In Japan, the U.S. directs the loot into three separate funds. All are intended to re-establish control of Japan by the same right wing, banking and corporate interests which had driven Japan into war in the first place but, this time, beholden to the U.S.

The Yotsuya Fund is under the control of General Douglas MacArthur’s right hand man, Charles Willoughby (born in Germany as Adolf Tscheppe-Weidenbach, believe it or not) an ultra fascist, monocle-wearing certifiable loony, an admirer of Francisco Franco, the recipient of an award from Benito Mussolini and the boss of U.S. Army Intelligence, G-2, in Japan.

Willoughby oversees the death squads operated on behalf of the U.S. by gangster and unprosecuted war criminal Kodama Yoshio which carry out assassinations of student leaders, liberals, leftists, union leaders, journalists and others who dare to question the creation of a right wing Japanese puppet state by the U.S.

The second fund, known as the Keenan Fundafter Joseph Keenan, chief U.S. prosecutor at the Tokyo war crimes trials, is used to bribe witnesses at the trials. The perjured testimony is used to exonerate those Japanese war criminals who are now in bed with MacArthur and the U.S., including members of the imperial family and other gangsters including Kodama Yoshio.

The Keenan Fund is also used to bribe witnesses to purchase perjered testimony relating to Japan's chemical and biological warfare program so that the information can be kept secret for exclusive use by the U.S. Surrounding the Tokyo trials, there are sudden, violent deaths and suspicious suicides of those who apparently resisted bribes from the Keenan Fund.

The stolen billions in the Yotsuya and Keenan funds will eventually be combined into the so-called M-Fund, which is of such staggering magnitude that it will account for ten percent of Japan's Gross National Product by 1950. The M-Fund will be used to subvert democracy in Japan through massive interference in the political process.

For the indefinite future, by financing the deceptively named ultra right wing Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) which faithfully serves the interests of the Japanese and American ruling classes, the M-fund will ensure a pro-corporate, U.S.-compliant regime in Japan. The M-Fund will also be used to finance the official history of the Japanese defeat. It is easily imagined how accurate that is.

The end result is that Japan is very soon right back in business, firmly in the hands of the industialists and financial moguls who had raped and looted their way through Asia for decades. And they can stay in power as long long as they do what the U.S. says.

Outside Japan, the Golden Lily billions, along with loot stolen by the Nazis and stolen for a second time by the U.S., are used to subvert democracy and finance so-called "black ops" around the world. The operation is called Black Eagle.

When the CIA under Nazi shyster Allen Dulles begins dipping into the loot, they will use it to subvert democracy by manipulating elections in Italy, France, Great Britain, Greece and Japan among other places, to fund the puppet dictator of U.S.-invented "South" Vietnam, Ngo Dinh Diem, and to finance an endless stream of propaganda and disinformation during the so-called Cold War and CIA-directed campaigns of terror including the one against Nicaragua in the 1980s.

In the late 1960s, the U.S. puppet dictator of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos, will recover a further fourteen billions dollars worth of Golden Lily loot. With the kind assistance of the CIA, the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Navy, the loot will be carried to the CIA's network of money laundering banks around the world.

The use of the Japanese and Nazi loot by the U.S. government in its covert war against the rest of the world goes on to the present day.

In the 1990s, William "Slick Willy" Clinton will allow the CIA to remove documents on Golden Lily from newly declasssified government documents.

There are reports that more of the stolen gold is recovered from the Philippines by the regime of George "I'm A Lyin' Guy" Bush.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 20:05 | 1270132 tired1
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IIRC, G Bush 1 also confiscated much gold after the collapse of the USSR as spoils of war, wish I could remeber where I read it.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 18:01 | 1269778 lesterbegood
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Good points. The "fatally timid" corporate media is complicit in the crimes committed against the American people.

Hang 'em high!

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 12:12 | 1268135 pepperspray
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Take away prescription med commercials from the evening news and what do you have left to run?

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 12:19 | 1268154 topcallingtroll
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Lawyer ads telling you if you had any problem at all you should blame it on meds and call them.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 12:17 | 1268146 topcallingtroll
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Tyler does not suck the public boob like PBS and NPR affiliates.

We need to support him. I am sending 100. I think it is a great deal for 100 per year.

Everyone send what you can, even you zacknick.

Even ten bucks from every regular ready would go a long way

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 12:15 | 1268150 Sqworl
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ZeroHedge is the new media....

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 12:18 | 1268159 smartknowledgeu
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the mass media has always served a higher master. noam chomsky's "manufacturing consent", ben bagdikian's "the new media monopoly" and edward herman's "the myth of the liberal media" all address this same topic with great clarity and illumination.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 12:23 | 1268164 LawsofPhysics
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Yep, regardless of what side of the isle the talking head is on their speech always ends the same way.  "We must raise the debt ceiling and sacrifice more of our children's future."

Fuck them both. 

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 12:24 | 1268179 max2205
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ZH to MSM to Drudge down to Alex Jones. Choose your posion. I read much less these days to keep a clear head

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 12:39 | 1268205 baby_BLYTHE
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I also find that to be good advice. ZH is pretty much the only site I spend more than 20 minutes on anymore, Tyler covers the news with more depth than just about anyone else.

Hilarious Alex Jones clip (shot my morning coffee through my nose):

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 12:25 | 1268180 Josh Randall
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Propaganda = been working since God was a little boy

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 12:25 | 1268184 TaxSlave
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The '60's were the heyday of independent journalism?

Bull.  The media have always, always 'framed' issues in terms of advocacy of one or the other of two false choices.  In the '60's, they were pushing socialism vs fascism, same as today.   Freedom-oriented publications were almost black-market operations, relegated to obscurity.  The internet has smashed their brick-and-mortar monopoly on thought, wasting their hundred-year investment in public schooling and entertainment as propaganda to keep people churning away on their little treadmills, happily paying for the welfare/warfare state, believing they control their own destiny (as long as they choose the left or right side of the path presented to them).

Good riddance to the bastards.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 12:42 | 1268238 malek
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Thu, 05/12/2011 - 13:30 | 1268488 tired1
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The net is the hyper steroid version of Samizdat under the Soviet regime. In the USSR typewriters and copy machines were tightly controlled and info was laboriously copied by hand and passed along. Makes me wonder of what kind of controls the New USSR will come up with to control info.

FWIW, I initially thought that the Ukraine Orange Revolution was a net product. Turns out the cell phones and texting were the means for activist coordination. At the time I was hearted by the change in Ukraine as I am a proponent of limited central control. Turns out I was badly mistaken as the entire thing was a manipulation by Soros and his Open Society shit.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 12:29 | 1268186 Note to self
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Military Industrial Journalism complex.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 12:37 | 1268214 chunga
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When did this distrust of the media begin? Personally, for all practical purposes, when I see something on a television news broadcast I assume it to be false.

One of the few channels I actually watch is the "Military Channel", in particular those on World War II. Towards the end of the war when it became apparent Germany would lose, according to the narrative, the Germans would much prefer to be captured by Americans as opposed to the Soviets.

Granted, there were no Panzer divisions on American soil, so that could logically account for increased animosity from the Soviets and the desire for revenge. 

In no way, shape, or form do I wish to cast aspersions on our WWII vets. I have the utmost respect for them and the sacrifices they made. We Americans were always the "good guys" back then. I believe that. I also have great respect for veterans of modern day wars. Something has changed.

Or did it?

When did that change begin? Why? Who caused it?



Thu, 05/12/2011 - 13:18 | 1268439 Holodomor2012
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Something changed in 1913 with the Federal Reserve.  Since that time America has always been on the wrong side in every conflict.  This includes ww2.  I share your respect for our servicemen.  They are brave and their hearts are in the right place.  However, their leadership has lied to them and to us for a century.

The only thing that has changed is the internet.  It is harder to sell the masses false flag attacks and blatant propaganda campaigns.  Harder, but obviously still possible.


Thu, 05/12/2011 - 13:51 | 1268599 tired1
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Truely the net has changed much and still has great potential to disperse info. I would recommend the 'Money Masters' for an oversight and Freeman's article 'A Jewish Defector Warns America' for an explanation of the manipulation of American policy.


For myself an awakening began when a Chinese freind ask me - if Japan attacked the US in the Pacific why did the US rush to war against Germany? I had some time on my hands and began to dig.

An interesting book to look at might be 'German Generals Talk" which pertains to Hiler's orders to allow English troops to ecape at Dunkirk even though the Panzers were poised to destry them

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 15:36 | 1269116 SoNH80
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Whoa, whoa, whoa!  You're saying that we should have been on the side of the murderous Japanese (who slaughtered millions of Chinese and Koreans, not to mention a *few* Americans at Pearl Harbor) and the muderous Germans (who slaughtered millions of just about every European nationality, including Italians, Greeks, and Spaniards?)  And DON'T start with the Jew-baiting, the Germans were very very efficient at killing "gentile" Europeans from the air, aka the Bombing of Rotterdam in 1940.  And DON'T start with the Stalin angle, Stalin was Hitler's ALLY in 1939-41. 

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 18:57 | 1269941 tired1
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Let's see. Fearless leader FDR moves PacFleet from San Diego to Pearl during heightened tensins with Japan and then set the base up for destruction knowing when the attack will occur so that American troops can rush to the aid of the Bolsheviks in Europe. OK. Makes sence to me.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 19:56 | 1270110 SoNH80
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The only countries FDR cared about were the Christian nations friendly to the U.S.-- Britain, France, Benelux, Poland, Denmark, before the war. Honestly, he only really cared about Britain, France, and Holland (his ancestral homeland).  FDR and Churchill gave the Russkies the bare minumum they needed to enable the West to attack German forces in Northwestern Europe successfully.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 17:01 | 1269512 SoNH80
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Yes, and one more thing.  Who invaded Poland on September 1, 1939 from the west?  Hitler or the Jews?  Who attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941?  The Imperial Japanese Navy, or the Jews?  You can't have it both ways.  The West crushed Hitler's & Hirohito's forces, and the world is better for it.  Now, World War One, that's a whole other kettle of fish....

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 17:59 | 1269765 Holodomor2012
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Pearl Harbor is a giant question mark.  As for Hitler, that was not our fight.  It was between him and the international jewish plutocrats.


Thu, 05/12/2011 - 18:52 | 1269924 tired1
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I read Kahn's book " The Codebreakers" decades ago. At that time the issue of 'Purple' publicly available decripts of Japanese plans were fairly inconclusive. Since that time much info has surfaced as to FDR's complicity in getting the US into the war by military provocation, as was done in 1898 in Cuba with the explosion of the Maine or more recently withthe Gulf of Tonkin by LBJ.

There's much info out there if one cares to look, or one can choose to reamain ignorant such as the guy above that junked me.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 19:48 | 1270094 SoNH80
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Well, Hitler had a beef with: the Poles, the Dutch, the Belgians, the Danish, the French, the English, the Scots, the Welsh, the Italians (eventually), the Serbs, the Russians, the White Russians, the Norwegians, the Greeks, and, uh, well, lots of Germans (anybody who disagreed with him or displeased him, like the crippled and the sick and the retarded), plenty of Austrians (Dolfuss), and yes, Americans and Canadians, Australians, New Zealanders, and South Africans (Boers & English White S.A.'s).  Pretty long list, and the trouble was, Hitler settled his beefs with bombing of military and civilian targets, secret police, mass deportations-- and that's against the native (aka, non-Jewish) populations of Europe!  Hitler offers us nothing but lessons on what NOT to do.  You want a German hero?  I respect the German-Austrian military leadership in World War One, fighting on for 4 years against impossible odds.  The Kaiser was the far more advanced, humane leader in that fight (especially in light of what the Irish went through during that period).  I'm not blind to the EVIL of Stalin, Trotsky, that whole shitty pile of garbage known as the "Communist Party".  But remember this, the Poles kicked Trotsky's dirty Jew ass right over the border in 1920, while Germany lay prostrate and in chaos, with Commies in office in Berlin and Vienna.  Poland, and all of Free Europe, was stabbed in the back by Hitler in 1939, and America was bound to get sucked in to defend their brothers-- the native populations of Christian Europe.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 19:38 | 1270056 tired1
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The larger point behind all of this is: if the US (or any nation's) citizens were aware of the games that were being played in the Great Game by the international stateless banskters using their prostituted pols, would there be support for this nonsense? I have no illusions that there is any hope for improvement to the human condition. In a way it's like being married to some bitch that's aways instigating trouble and then demanding that you defend her honor.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 20:56 | 1270283 SoNH80
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I despise the banksters as much as anyone here, probably far more on a visceral level.  But remember this-- Dolfuss of Austria was a real enemy of the plutocrats, why did Hitler kill him?  Pilsudski was a real enemy of the Commie "Soviet" scum, the ONLY enemy of Lenin to defeat him on the battlefield, in fact, the ONLY military leader in modern history to defeat the Russians, before or since!  So why did Hitler attack Pilsudski's country?  Remember this, Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, Franco, these assholes were all the SAME THING.  Mussolini LOVED Stalin, and Stalin LOVED Hitler until 1941.  Why?  They were all STATISTS, backed by Big $$$$ interests.  Don't look to WWII Europe for answers, look to Revolutionary America!  Jefferson & Paine are worth 5000 20th Century effete European shithead intellectuals.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 23:10 | 1270645 tired1
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"Don't look to WWII Europe for answers, look to Revolutionary America!"

That was one of my initial points, and repect Washington's Farewell Address and his admonition to be wary of European entanglements. One of the major reasons for the Revolution was, according to Franklin, a quest for economic freedom. England struck back in 1812 and was poised to side with the Confederacy (it was Russia that treatened to interceed on bealf of the North). That US sided with the Allies in WW part one demonstrates that England's monied forces had effectively purcased American polical power. It remains to this day.

As to your earlier points pertaining to Poland, recall that until the Treaty of Versaille that Poland had long been a protectorate of Russia. It's reconstitution and German loss of control of Danzig was a sore point.

The history of Europe would make for an interesting, bloody soap opera. Centuries of inbreeding have left an indelible stain, and the games are far from over.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 17:01 | 1269513 TheMerryPrankster
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The change has been gaining momentum since the CIA was birthed from the OSS, but if you follow the trail of the OSS it goes back to Yale University. At Yale we find Skull & Bones, the secret society that connected the well bred and well off into  a political/business alliance, sort of a  very mini CIA who's purpose was mainly to front run information and make a lot of dough as well as screw over anybody who wasn't Skull & Bones.

Skull and Bones goes back to the mid to late 1800's. The roots were planted then, now we see the fruits of this mutant consuming our nation.

Google "Skull & Bones, CIA"

or read

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 12:40 | 1268216 donis
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i vote for change every time i purchase physical gold and silver from my local dealer.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 12:42 | 1268237 sschu
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The MSM is a reflection of the culture which is influenced by the MSM which has been responding to the culture which the MSM is emulating.

We did not get to where we are except thru incremental erosion of rights and responsibilities by everyone.  The really sad fact is there is not a greater outrage about the status of the economy, our government, and the public/private institutions of the country.

IMHO, the question is not so much how this ends, it is what we will rebuild after the crash ensues.  Truth and morality are needed and are in quite short supply right now. 


Thu, 05/12/2011 - 13:23 | 1268468 Oh regional Indian
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I call her Mother Culture, Siren Singer...


Thu, 05/12/2011 - 12:46 | 1268258 taketheredpill
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The death of media is a result of a lack of Accountability, which people have just started to figure out.


The average person buys a newspaper and assumes that they are the customer, buying a product that is designed to inform them.


However, in any Financial transaction, you have 3 components, A Buyer, A Seller, and a Product.  And the way you identify the Buyer is, they are the one’s paying the $$.


Since ALL newspapers get 80% of revenue (100% in the case of TV “news”) from Corporate Advertisers, they are the REAL Customers (as well as the shareholders) .  And since the Corporate Advertisers don’t actually take delivery of the newspapers, then the newspaper can’t be the REAL product.


The REAL product is us, or our eyeballs anyway. 


So while we’re an important part of the modern media model, it isn’t the way we think.


Because the media is accountable to the advertisers, not the readers, the primary goal is not to inform us, but to make us buy things from the advertisers.


The Internet allows anybody with a blog to become a newspaper that is wholly dependent on contributions from subscribers, 100% accountable on the readers.  And they don’t need a building, printing presses, transmission towers, shareholders etc.


And that’s why the traditional media will die off, unless and until something changes such as “Net Neutrality”.  If Net Neutrality is compromised, the media corporations would be able to simply transfer their advertising driven model onto the internet, something they have been attempting for some time without success.


Thu, 05/12/2011 - 19:43 | 1270083 tired1
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Perhaps there's not much new in the nature of corrupted media. Methinks that the alternative - the net is illuminating the shortfalls. Man, I recall wasting hours at libraries trying to track down info. Now it's pretty much just using a dearch engine. It has its' limits and there are certainly dangers, but it is a collaborative effort with few filters at this time.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 12:50 | 1268278 JR
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Wiki says shuckin’ and jivin’ “usually involves clever lies and impromptu storytelling.” So Obama in his town hall meeting today, on why there’s hope in the economy, doesn’t fit this definition.  Lies are there, of course, but the “clever” aspect is missing :

“I think a lot of people just feel like the American dream, the core notion that if you work hard and you act responsibly that you can pass on a better life to your kids and grandkids – a lot of folks aren’t feeling that any more.  And so, that’s why it’s so important for us to focus not only on recovery from recession, but also deal with some of those problems that existed before the recession so that middle class families are able to see their incomes go up, their savings go up, they can retire with dignity and respect, they can send their kids to college.”

Later, he said the recovery had been “uneven.”

How can anyone - an unemployed American, a  wiped-out saver, an inflation-zapped retiree, a bubble-busted investor, a struggling family or debt-ridden college student -  listen to this and say, boy, this makes me feel better?

Maybe Michelle’s cop-killer rapper, Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr. (aka “Common”), could handle the economic numbers more honestly. Sarc/on

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 13:00 | 1268308 Bob
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FWIW, the only corporate media voice consistently rattling chains, day after day,  on issues ZH holds dear is Dylan Rattigan on MSNBC--too bad so many folks are too desperately invested in their hysterical notions of "left" and "right" to give him the audience he deserves. 

And, of course, there's Taibi every few months at Rolling Stone

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 13:06 | 1268348 baldski
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CCCP in the cyrillic alphabet stands for what? The old Union of Soviet Socialist Republics?

They are gone now. CCCP now stands for "Corporate Controlled Conservative Press"!

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 15:07 | 1268991 homersimpson
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In your interpretation of CCCP, I will assume the word "conservative" is not describing who runs the mass media, because a good majority of folks that work in the mass media industry (esp. the ones working the news content) heavily lean left..

In other words, just because Fox News leans right doesn't make up for all the other leftist media outlets out there..

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 16:28 | 1269383 Bob
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I think the sad thing is that, whether left or right by preference, they are completely owned in their performance of their work by their employers. 

There is no professionalism.  No integrity. 

Even the token transexual is sucking the boss' dick between shows.  For free. 

Sick times indeed.  Liberals are not happy, either. 


Thu, 05/12/2011 - 13:19 | 1268423 divide_by_zero
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Follow the Soros money trail, it's not timidity at all but rather all for a common purpose. He now has major influence on over 30 news organizations promoting his crony capitalist ideal state.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 13:30 | 1268491 Holodomor2012
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Yep.  It's a family affair.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 13:22 | 1268464 Ignatius
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Today maybe a half dozen major news outlets.  When I was a boy there were atleast fifty.

The concentration and corporatization of the media has killed its prime directive:  to challenge and inform.  Corporate media giants have a stake in what the news is.  Then just extrapolate this fact with the governmental infiltration by corporate hacks and the picture draws itself.


Thu, 05/12/2011 - 13:28 | 1268477 QEsucks
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I used to read WSJ. Rupert Murdoch effectively ended that. This year I "subscribed" to ZH. It's a fine publication. I encourage you to do the same.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 13:40 | 1268542 YHC-FTSE
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...And with various media moguls going on buying sprees around the globe to consolidate their positions, it's bound to get infintely worse.


On the bright side, among the internet and a few worthy news providers, I recommend RT. I had a blast listening to Ian R Crane explain the geopolitical undercurrents today.

(And for a bit of fun for Star Wars fans)

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 13:41 | 1268560 the not so migh...
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good article

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 13:51 | 1268586 Seymour Butt
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I used to subscribe to several magazines, and newspapers over the years. One by one, I stopped reading them. 

It's not the readers that left them. Who wants to read State propaganda. It's like reading the Pravda.

The sooner they disappear, the better.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 13:55 | 1268614 sgt_doom
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Perfect state, Mr. Butt, perfectly stated.

I hear the typical Ameribot blindly and obediently repeat, the Internet is killing the news!

Negative, any and all content left the Corporate Non-media many, many years ago.

When Judy Miller could no longer keep her job at the NY Times (New Whore Times???) of planting false stories for Dick Cheney, she naturally received a high-paying job at the Koch-financed Manhattan Institute.

It's all rigged.

I once asked a young lady in her early thirties, several years back, who happened to be reading The Economist, if she had ever tried to verify any of the numbers she read in that rag?

She laughed and thought I was joking.

But if you can never verify anything, why would you accept it as "the truth"?

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 13:56 | 1268642 tired1
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Actuall,.I find the new Pravda a better source than many news sources:

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 13:57 | 1268633 Yen Cross
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Funny how 10's are up 7 basis points, yet the dollar is being drilled into the dirt. Must be those CNBS'ers. Slappin the the equity (weath effect) AROUND AND AROUND.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 15:23 | 1269063 nah
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corporate media just makes it easier for thoughtless selfish retards to be right all the time


its populist junk... facebook man of the year lol

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 15:27 | 1269078 velobabe
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scary truth. tyler you are my favorite, even if i still don't know what "shorting" means.


Thu, 05/12/2011 - 17:07 | 1269553 TheMerryPrankster
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Shorting, means to expose the undergarments of an unsuspecting mark, by pulling his trousers down from behind him. One garment of particular popularity is referred to as "boxer shorts" though few who wear them actually box, this over the years has been truncated to "shorts" and the act of exposing them is "shorting".

They do it all over Wall St., it helps to relieve the tensions and is a great way to break the ice and get to know your co-workers.

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 10:52 | 1271732 TheMerryPrankster
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I forgot to mention one variation of this practice, if the mark is not wearing any undergarments and his trousers are pulled down revealing his "natural" state of nudity or being naked, this is referred to as a "naked short" or being in an uncovered position. Many traders find this to be an uncomfortable position, while the more aggressive traders enjoy the added freedom. All in a days good fun on that wild and wacky Wall Street, the original reality program.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 21:48 | 1269355 Miles Kendig
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Thu, 05/12/2011 - 16:24 | 1269372 Miles Kendig
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Some chose to chest that Cog stamp wielded from the alternative space while others chose to wield it.  The life cycle of media that is compressing like those other carbon based markets, with the same kinds of play in play...


Thu, 05/12/2011 - 17:20 | 1269596 TheMerryPrankster
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Mass media no longer is meant to disseminate information and opinions, it is merely a tool to propagate propaganda. It is therefore best to repeat the same themes over and over, day after day. When not overtly propgandazizng the viewers, something entertaining and mindless is usually programmed to hold the drones interest until the next propganda cycle begins. Often this is sports or comedy/dramas based on recycled news stories or internet memes and urban legends.

Corporate media will continue no matter how bad the advertising numbers are, because the government intelligence agencies need the eyeballs and they have access to a black budget.

Best advice, turn off the television and disconnect it from the cable box. You might want to keep the cable turned on so you don't alert the proper authorities that you are no longer being programmed to receive. You know that's how they got Bin Laden, no cable and no phone - or at least thats the phoney-ass story they are feeding you in the lame stream corporate media.

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 17:23 | 1269638 expectplannedevents
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 "I always like to compare it to flying a Boeing 747 with nothing on the instrument panel except an oil pressure gauge."-Hazel Henderson

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 17:24 | 1269642 expectplannedevents
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 "I always like to compare it to flying a Boeing 747 with nothing on the instrument panel except an oil pressure gauge."-Hazel Henderson

Thu, 05/12/2011 - 18:59 | 1269939 Miles Kendig
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Some chose to chest that Cog stamp wielded from the alternative space while others chose to wield it.  The life cycle of media that is compressing like those other carbon based markets, with the same kinds of play in play...


Fri, 05/13/2011 - 10:05 | 1271512 foxman
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This article strikes a nerve and rightly so.  It seems there are only 2 or 3 good investigative journalists left on the entire planet.  How incredible that we now must turn to Rolling Stone magazine and Matt Tabbi for what is left of good investigative journalism and challenges to the propaganda that inundates us daily from governments, corporations and the MSM.  We must turn to foreign sources such as Iran’s Press TV or Russia’s EU Times for any semblance of a daily alternative to challenge the official positions that are broadcast by CNN, Fox, MSNBC, etc.  We must turn to blogs run by enterprising individuals to both disseminate and fill in the blanks of what is not being said from the near propaganda mills of Bloomberg, Reuters, the AP, etc. which simply spit out the “official positions” of  government and corporatocracy.  What would happen if Daniel Ellsberg published the Pentagon Papers today?  Would he be subject to the same treatment as Bradley Manning?  Would anyone care if he was? 

Fri, 05/13/2011 - 10:25 | 1271615 tradewithdave
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This is why a tiny one-man blog from someone who doesn't know anything except one thing, independence, is able to attract thousands of loyal readers in a year and has a growth rate of 100% annually  It's not because she's that good looking... it's because of how she looks compared to who she's standing next to. 

Dave Harrison


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