Mainstream Media: Presstitutes for the Rich and Powerful

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Painting by Anthony Freda:
While the Rupert Murdoch scandal is justifiably front-page news, there is a much wider problem with the mainstream media.

Purchasing Reporters

Famed Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein says the CIA has already bought and paid for many successful journalists.

A CIA operative allegedly told Washington Post editor Philip Graham ... in a conversation about the willingness of journalists to peddle CIA propaganda and cover stories:

You could get a journalist cheaper than a good call girl, for a couple hundred dollars a month.

The Church Committee found that the CIA submitted stories to the American press:

The New York Times discusses in a matter-of-fact way the use of mainstream writers by the CIA to spread messages.

The government is paying off reporters to spread disinformation.

A 4-part BBC documentary called the "Century of the Self" shows that an American - Freud's nephew, Edward Bernays - created the modern field of manipulation of public perceptions, and the U.S. government has extensively used his techniques.

The Independent discusses allegations of American propaganda.

One of the premier writers on journalism says the U.S. has used widespread propaganda.

Indeed, an expert on propaganda testified under oath during trial that the CIA employs THOUSANDS of reporters and OWNS its own media organizations (the expert has an impressive background).

Of course, the Web has become a huge media force, and the Pentagon and other government agencies have their hand in that as well.

Second-Hand Propaganda for the Rich and Powerful

But stories directly crafted by CIA and other government employees isn't the only form of presstitution.

Popular MSNBC anchor Cenk Uygur was recently told to tone down his attacks on the establishment because the head of the network reminded him, "we're part of the establishment."

Newseek's Evan Thomas admitted in 2009:

By definition, establishments believe in propping up the existing order. Members of the ruling class have a vested interest in keeping things pretty much the way they are. Safeguarding the status quo, protecting traditional institutions, can be healthy and useful, stabilizing and reassuring....

"If you are of the establishment persuasion (and I am). . . ."

Virtually all mainstream reporters are "establishment" journalists like Thomas.

The Pew Research Center study on the coverage of the crisis found that the media has largely parroted what the White House and Wall Street were saying.

The government, Wall Street and media all dispense happy talk when there is an economic crash.

Financial insider and commentator Yves Smith wrote an essay entitled "MSM Reporting as Propaganda" arguing that the government has been using propaganda to make people think that things are getting better, no one is angry, and - therefore - no one should get upset:

The message, quite overtly, is: if you are pissed, you are in a minority. The country has moved on. Things are getting better, get with the program...

Per the social psychology research, this “you are in a minority, you are wrong” message DOES dissuade a lot of people. It is remarkably poisonous. And it discourages people from taking concrete action.

Arianna Huffington points out:

There is something in the current DC/NY culture that equates a lack of unthinking boosterism with a lack of patriotism. As if not being drunk on the latest Dow gains is somehow un-American.

Or if "shock doctrine" medicine is being pedaled by the powers-that-be (and see this), then overly fatalistic assessments are trumpeted on every channel.

And the corporate media is instrumental in spreading the lies which support war.

(Unknown artist)

Painting by Anthony Freda:

As I noted in 2009:

There are five reasons that the mainstream media is worthless.

1. Self-Censorship by Journalists

Initially, there is tremendous self-censorship by journalists.

For example, several months after 9/11, famed news anchor Dan Rather told the BBC that American reporters were practicing "a form of self-censorship":

There was a time in South Africa that people would put flaming tires around peoples' necks if they dissented. And in some ways the fear is that you will be necklaced here, you will have a flaming tire of lack of patriotism put around your neck. Now it is that fear that keeps journalists from asking the toughest of the tough questions.... And again, I am humbled to say, I do not except myself from this criticism.

What we are talking about here - whether one wants to recognise it or not, or call it by its proper name or not - is a form of self-censorship.

Keith Olbermann agreed that there is self-censorship in the American media, and that:

You can rock the boat, but you can never say that the entire ocean is in trouble .... You cannot say: By the way, there's something wrong with our .... system.

As former Washington Post columnist Dan Froomkin wrote in 2006:

Mainstream-media political journalism is in danger of becoming increasingly irrelevant, but not because of the Internet, or even Comedy Central. The threat comes from inside. It comes from journalists being afraid to do what journalists were put on this green earth to do. . . .

There’s the intense pressure to maintain access to insider sources, even as those sources become ridiculously unrevealing and oversensitive. There’s the fear of being labeled partisan if one’s bullshit-calling isn’t meted out in precisely equal increments along the political spectrum.

If mainstream-media political journalists don’t start calling bullshit more often, then we do risk losing our primacy — if not to the comedians then to the bloggers.

I still believe that no one is fundamentally more capable of first-rate bullshit-calling than a well-informed beat reporter - whatever their beat. We just need to get the editors, or the corporate culture, or the self-censorship – or whatever it is – out of the way.

2. Censorship by Higher-Ups

If journalists do want to speak out about an issue, they also are subject to tremendous pressure by their editors or producers to kill the story.

The Pulitzer prize-winning reporter who uncovered the Iraq prison torture scandal and the Mai Lai massacre in Vietnam, Seymour Hersh, said:

"All of the institutions we thought would protect us -- particularly the press, but also the military, the bureaucracy, the Congress -- they have failed. The courts . . . the jury's not in yet on the courts. So all the things that we expect would normally carry us through didn't. The biggest failure, I would argue, is the press, because that's the most glaring....

Q: What can be done to fix the (media) situation?

[Long pause] You'd have to fire or execute ninety percent of the editors and executives. You'd actually have to start promoting people from the newsrooms to be editors who you didn't think you could control. And they're not going to do that."

In fact many journalists are warning that the true story is not being reported. See this announcement and this talk.

And a series of interviews with award-winning journalists also documents censorship of certain stories by media editors and owners (and see these samples).

There are many reasons for censorship by media higher-ups.

One is money.

The media has a strong monetary interest to avoid controversial topics in general. It has always been true that advertisers discourage stories which challenge corporate power. Indeed, a 2003 survey reveals that 35% of reporters and news executives themselves admitted that journalists avoid newsworthy stories if “the story would be embarrassing or damaging to the financial interests of a news organization’s owners or parent company.”

In addition, the government has allowed tremendous consolidation in ownership of the airwaves during the past decade.

Dan Rather has slammed media consolidation:

Likening media consolidation to that of the banking industry, Rather claimed that “roughly 80 percent” of the media is controlled by no more than six, and possibly as few as four, corporations.

This is documented by the following must-see charts prepared by:

And check out this list of interlocking directorates of big media companies from Fairness and Accuracy in Media, and this resource from the Columbia Journalism Review to research a particular company.

This image gives a sense of the decline in diversity in media ownership over the last couple of decades:

The large media players stand to gain billions of dollars in profits if the Obama administration continues to allow monopoly ownership of the airwaves by a handful of players. The media giants know who butters their bread. So there is a spoken or tacit agreement: if the media cover the administration in a favorable light, the MSM will continue to be the receiver of the government's goodies.

3. Drumming Up Support for War

In addition, the owners of American media companies have long actively played a part in drumming up support for war.

It is painfully obvious that the large news outlets studiously avoided any real criticism of the government's claims in the run up to the Iraq war. It is painfully obvious that the large American media companies acted as lapdogs and stenographers for the government's war agenda.

Veteran reporter Bill Moyers criticized the corporate media for parroting the obviously false link between 9/11 and Iraq (and the false claims that Iraq possessed WMDs) which the administration made in the run up to the Iraq war, and concluded that the false information was not challenged because:

"the [mainstream] media had been cheerleaders for the White House from the beginning and were simply continuing to rally the public behind the President — no questions asked."

And as NBC News' David Gregory (later promoted to host Meet the Press) said:

"I think there are a lot of critics who think that . . . . if we did not stand up [in the run-up to the war] and say 'this is bogus, and you're a liar, and why are you doing this,' that we didn't do our job. I respectfully disagree. It's not our role"

But this is nothing new. In fact, the large media companies have drummed up support for all previous wars.

For example, Hearst helped drum up support for the Spanish-American War.

And an official summary of America's overthrow of the democratically-elected president of Iran in the 1950's states, "In cooperation with the Department of State, CIA had several articles planted in major American newspapers and magazines which, when reproduced in Iran, had the desired psychological effect in Iran and contributed to the war of nerves against Mossadeq." (page x)

The mainstream media also may have played footsie with the U.S. government right before Pearl Harbor. Specifically, a highly-praised historian (Bob Stineet) argues that the Army’s Chief of Staff informed the Washington bureau chiefs of the major newspapers and magazines of the impending Pearl Harbor attack BEFORE IT OCCURRED, and swore them to an oath of secrecy, which the media honored (page 361) .

And the military-media alliance has continued without a break (as a highly-respected journalist says, "viewers may be taken aback to see the grotesque extent to which US presidents and American news media have jointly shouldered key propaganda chores for war launches during the last five decades.")

As the mainstream British paper, the Independent, writes:

There is a concerted strategy to manipulate global perception. And the mass media are operating as its compliant assistants, failing both to resist it and to expose it. The sheer ease with which this machinery has been able to do its work reflects a creeping structural weakness which now afflicts the production of our news.

The article in the Independent discusses the use of "black propaganda" by the U.S. government, which is then parroted by the media without analysis; for example, the government forged a letter from al Zarqawi to the "inner circle" of al-Qa'ida's leadership, urging them to accept that the best way to beat US forces in Iraq was effectively to start a civil war, which was then publicized without question by the media..

So why has the American press has consistently served the elites in disseminating their false justifications for war?

One of of the reasons is because the large media companies are owned by those who support the militarist agenda or even directly profit from war and terror (for example, NBC - which is being sold to Comcast - was owned by General Electric, one of the largest defense contractors in the world -- which directly profits from war, terrorism and chaos).

Another seems to be an unspoken rule that the media will not criticize the government's imperial war agenda.

And the media support isn't just for war: it is also for various other shenanigans by the powerful. For example, a BBC documentary proves:

There was "a planned coup in the USA in 1933 by a group of right-wing American businessmen . . . . The coup was aimed at toppling President Franklin D Roosevelt with the help of half-a-million war veterans. The plotters, who were alleged to involve some of the most famous families in America, (owners of Heinz, Birds Eye, Goodtea, Maxwell Hse & George Bush’s Grandfather, Prescott) believed that their country should adopt the policies of Hitler and Mussolini to beat the great depression."

Moreover, "the tycoons told the general who they asked to carry out the coup that the American people would accept the new government because they controlled all the newspapers."

See also this book.

Have you ever heard of this scheme before? It was certainly a very large one. And if the conspirators controlled the newspapers then, how much worse is it today with media consolidation?

4. Access

Politico reveals:

For $25,000 to $250,000, The Washington Post has offered lobbyists and association executives off-the-record, nonconfrontational access to "those powerful few": Obama administration officials, members of Congress, and — at first — even the paper’s own reporters and editors...

The offer — which essentially turns a news organization into a facilitator for private lobbyist-official encounters — was a new sign of the lengths to which news organizations will go to find revenue at a time when most newspapers are struggling for survival.

That may be one reason that the mainstream news commentators hate bloggers so much. The more people who get their news from blogs instead of mainstream news sources, the smaller their audience, and the less the MSM can charge for the kind of "nonconfrontational access" which leads to puff pieces for the big boys.

5. Censorship by the Government

Finally, as if the media's own interest in promoting war is not strong enough, the government has exerted tremendous pressure on the media to report things a certain way. Indeed, at times the government has thrown media owners and reporters in jail if they've been too critical. The media companies have felt great pressure from the government to kill any real questioning of the endless wars.

For example, Dan Rather said, regarding American media, "What you have is a miniature version of what you have in totalitarian states".

Tom Brokaw said "all wars are based on propaganda.

And the head of CNN said:

There was 'almost a patriotism police' after 9/11 and when the network showed [things critical of the administration's policies] it would get phone calls from advertisers and the administration and "big people in corporations were calling up and saying, 'You're being anti-American here.'

Indeed, former military analyst and famed Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg said that the government has ordered the media not to cover 9/11:

Ellsberg seemed hardly surprised that today's American mainstream broadcast media has so far failed to take [former FBI translator and 9/11 whistleblower Sibel] Edmonds up on her offer, despite the blockbuster nature of her allegations [which Ellsberg calls "far more explosive than the Pentagon Papers"].

As Edmonds has also alluded, Ellsberg pointed to the New York Times, who "sat on the NSA spying story for over a year" when they "could have put it out before the 2004 election, which might have changed the outcome."

"There will be phone calls going out to the media saying 'don't even think of touching it, you will be prosecuted for violating national security,'" he told us.

* * *

"I am confident that there is conversation inside the Government as to 'How do we deal with Sibel?'" contends Ellsberg. "The first line of defense is to ensure that she doesn't get into the media. I think any outlet that thought of using her materials would go to to the government and they would be told 'don't touch this . . . .'"

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PPagan's picture

I'm totally with you, GW. I haven't watched TV for years.

HOWEVER: I think we need to acknowledge that this whole "propaganda" thing is not so simple. Your point of view (which I and most of the commentators above agree with) is that there is a "real", objective truth, which propaganda distorts. You probably know where i am going now?

If I talk with a right-winger, we will agree the MSM is biased; however I will point to Fox as one of the worst offenders, whereas s/he will point to HuffPo. A ZHer will say fuck 'em all--read ZH; whereas Breivik will insist that only a certain right-wing radio station has the real story, ZH just doesn't get it. And then there are the people who believe the world is ruled by 12-foot lizards, any any media avoiding this is covering up (seriously!).

Is propaganda in the eye of the beholder? I say no, but usually the perception of propaganda is. Let's not be too self-congratulatory about avoiding propaganda unless we acknowledge this stickiness. Our own distortions are almost impossible to see, because they are the lenses through which we view the world.

topcallingtroll's picture

This is what happens in kondratiev winters or the austrian downside to the business cycle.

There is huge over capacity in media relative to demand and even traditional media is desperate for ad revenue.

They dare not offend anyone, and they are becoming more and more like those fake magazines that were 100 percent advertisements thinly disguised as news.

Ying-Yang's picture

Historically print, radio and tv news have been controlled by sponsors and the government. Average people trying to have a life take the news stories as gospel. In the old USSR they called it propaganda utilizing Pravda which was an offical organ of the central committee of the communist party 1912-1991.

Long live the Internet bloggers and ZH. We are the bane of MSM.

Franken_Stein's picture


Why even waste your time and money with MSM anymore ?

Anyone with half a brain should boycott MSM.

We don''t need them.

They provide nothing of value !

They provide no information !

What are they there for at all ?!


A tie-wearing asshole on the tube telling me unreflected propaganda bullshit !




thetrader's picture

media gets peoples minds by a great illusion.

check some further insight on Media and power-Starsuckers

things are somewhat different than "we" think....

Joseph Jones's picture there a delete button? 

Joseph Jones's picture

I'd like to share two pertinent "views from the pews" of modern "churchianity".  First, I hate church and doubt I'd ever have reason again to visit one.  But prior to making this decision, the spouse convinced me there might be some merit in visiting one of these hell houses over the past year.

So what kind of video did we watch for about 5-7 minutes at "church" on a Sunday some months ago?  The professionally produced video, with full sound effects and music tracks, compares two ships with video of each.

One is a cruise ship, the other is a battle ship.  The people on the cruise ship only have fun, and the Captain cares only to make his patrons happy.  Converesly, the battle ship Captain takes orders from the next person above him in rank. 

The narrator sternly asks his captive, unthinking audience in the pews: "Which of the two Captains is better?"  Why of course, he replies, the battle ship Captain is better "because he takes orders from a higher authority", the implication of course being God.

So we all learn in this lovely little Sunday video that God of course loves war.  Just forget the little part to "feed your enemies", "love your enemies", "Prince of peace", "forgive your enemies", give more to a thief than what he steals, etc, etc, etc.........forget it all and go get a gun and kill those god-damn dark skinned people that don't look like you, kill them all, and kill them right now.

The spouse's friend tells her that her little Satan-loving pastor gave a "sermon" (unknown in Scripture, a copy of the Greek oratory invented 3 C after Christ) in which he tells the soup for brains attendees that our military members imitate Christ because "they sacrifice themselves for us".  More lies from the pit of hell, brought to you as always by your local "church" (word does not appear in Scripture, but that's no problem for these lying graduates of the church-pastor complex).

Even a local guy considered the religious guru in this valley tells everyone they must love their neighbors, their spouse, everyone.  But try to convince him that war is not for lovers of God and you might as well ask George Bush to reject his membership in the local synagogue.    

Chuck Walla's picture

George Soros has bought quite a few, too. Oh, and he grants "Fellowships" and all kind of pricey honoraria to purchase his whores and traitors. Now why would he need to manage a message and get rid of Beck unless he meant someone or something harm?

dalkrin's picture

This is a message that must be told.  I had heard murmurs up until recently, but now the truth is revealed.  Other fine source of such ideas:  The Death of the Liberal Class, by Chris Hedges

JW n FL's picture

Post Links Please! for GREAT!! Info!! make it easy for people and they will be more likely to open up and take the time!

Thank You for the Great Heads Up!!

gangland's picture


hedges, pilger , not fake.

JW n FL's picture

Thank God Almighty that the Government blew up the twin towers so they could force these "Thought Crime Laws" down our throats!

gangland's picture




i can give you so many examples of elite media usage, ..


chris mathews knows who he ca ntalk down to, he makes 5 mill a year, when he is interviewing freshmen repub congressmen who make 200k per year (not senators obviously the billionaires club) he completely talks down to them.


on both sides its rampant.  i dont know how people dont see it . msm.  internet more sophisticated, subtle.


jaques ellull 'propaganda', chomsky/herman, lewis mumford, original sources lippmann, bernays,


youtube john pilger on obama


spend some time watching that,





JW n FL's picture

I am stealing your links! and I am sure you dont mind the information being passed around to even more people.. but I wanted to say Thank You for making this information available to me to share with others.


this is one of my favorite new video's.. take it for a test drive and see if it moves you.. it is not really a great people mover as much as it is personal to me and was once again a great person mover.



Thank You! You are a GREAT! Resource for me!


JW n FL's picture

this is another of my Favorites.. it will take a certain mind set to find it attractive.


RSA Animate - The Empathic Civilisation

gangland's picture








aesome 10 minutes


also see Godels' impossibility theorem, and, Bell's theorem!


and connect,


advanced, not me,

or just google it

'money' is a pure POLITICAL construct.



JW n FL's picture

Maybe we are not so far apart in views..

dont let my fishing trips! sway your judgement of me. I do enjoy poking and proding people, or some times I allow myself to be a punching bag so that a point can be driven home. Not everyone is willing to be the dummy to help get the facts across to others, I am!

I am anti Corporation, not all of them.. just the ones that shit on the Unties States and more importantly the people of the Untied States.

I love ALL on my fellow Citizens. If they burn the flag? I Love them! if they hate the United States, I Love them! if they want to kill their fellow citizens for burning the flag, I Love Them!

I Love them ALL.. but that's the difference between me and more than a few others. They only Love their Fellow Citizens IF! they agree with what their fellow Citizens are saying. I am more Roman in my approach. I Love ALL my fellow Roman Citizens! which, dont get me wrong is a problematic logic to say the least.. from everyone's perspective.

I am not liberal, I am not liberal enough.. I am to right.. I am not enough right.. who cares, as long as everyone understands that it is "We the People" verse the Corporations.. I have been working on, trying to hone my delivery so that I can reach as broad and audience as possible.

You or I or Someone else can be right as rain.. but if we can not get the message across in a way that reaches the most people.. we have failed our fellow man as well as ourselves.

Either we want to make the World a better place or we want to ignore the problems and just be blind. Some people prefer the Matrix, it is more comfortable for them living a lie. But NOT! Me!

Any who! Bro! I think we share more in common than you realize, I think my Fight Club Bullshit may have lead you away from who I am as a real person or what I as a real person stad for.

I think almost all of the real people here.. (although they would deny it) and I mean real people not Professional republican / democrat plants.. have a HUGE amount of common ground, regardless of how they brand themselves. I am willing to back that up with anyone who is willing to give me an honest shake.

Any way! thanks for the GREAT info! Please NEVER, EVER stop sharing!

Fight the Powers that Be! they are EVIL!!

gangland's picture




check out fabbionacci sequence and ..


more than that,






and always!

ask why?


how or what is ez, it's the why


gangland's picture


Open question:


Does neoliberalism lead to nationalism or even hypernationalism? Thanks.



JW n FL's picture

You WILL! put down the Holy Bible!

You WILL! put down the Constitution of the United States!

You WILL! Pledge Allegiance to the United Nations and Procedural Law!


You WILL! need to be harassed by Para-Millitary Police! who swore to uphold the Constitution they are demanding You put down!

JW n FL's picture

1) House and Senate Renew PATRIOT Act With No Modifications
National Security Letters Increasingly Used on Americans
Proposed Senate Bill Would Add Civil Liberties Protections
Senators Raise Concerns on DOJ's Interpretation of PATRIOT

1) House and Senate Renew PATRIOT Act With No Modifications

On May 26, the House and Senate renewed three controversial provisions of law related to the USA PATRIOT Act that were set to expire the next day.  The renewal was passed in the form of an amendment to an unrelated bill, S. 990, that itself temporarily extended authorities of the Small Business Administration.  Despite efforts by individual Senators to introduce modifications to the Act's intelligence authorities, the final bill simply renewed the expiring provisions until June 1, 2015 without changes.

gangland's picture


ill take that as a tentative 'yes' from you jdub.



gangland's picture


oh btw you forgot, the military commissions act AND more importantly the 404 passed on the shelf:   wait for it.....makes huac look like chumps...waiiiit....

H.R. 1955: Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007


just read it, makes huac look like childs play. read the act and what happnes if you dont show up, and centers of ecxellence, already underway tax money at work.


(notice i did not post 1 link from alex jones or prision planet)



so next time they talk about unitary presidency and congov and executive orders, fine, but dont forget CONgress.




JW n FL's picture

You are providing information from the Horses mouth which makes it that much harder for those.. (Like YOU! oer ME! not so ling ago who wanted the Government to be the Good Guys)


I sincerely thank you for your time and effort in making arguments that people just can not wiggle out of based on they dont like the source or link provided.. DOT GOV BITCHEZ!!


People need to understand what has happened and what is continuing to happen to the ONCE Great! Country!!


"We the People" are NOTHING more than "We the Sheepish Consumers" to Corporate Owned America!



gangland's picture


I dont have to always agree with you to feel you man.


stay up,



JW n FL's picture

dont let me stirring the pot get you down! I have to let lose every once in a while to piss people off! it is Fight Club after all!

gangland's picture



i really do just appreciate that there are folks like yourself on here/out there.

I feel you man.

you know what i mean. I may not agree intellectually or whatever, but i do respect and on some level do feel you man.

it's like that homie.


wayside, bahahahaha.


Westcoastliberal's picture

GW I'm totally with you and have seen this occur with my own eyes.  Dan Rather's career was ruined because he spoke out on "W"s military service timeline. Sibel Edmonds story will NEVER be told in the MSM.  Sad thing is, what can "we the people" do about all this?

New_Meat's picture


"Dan Rather's career was ruined because he spoke out on "W"s military service..."

Well, no, not actually.  Dan Rather published a document that would have been written on a real typewriter (messy, you're prob too young to know about them) or, at best on a Selectric (the USAF did pay for the very best).  The document was produced in Microsoft Word in the wrong typeface with the wrong formatting.  It was discovered to be a forgery in like 2.3 milliseconds by some guys in MN in their pajamas--they didn't even break a sweat.

Dan Rather's career was ruined by Dan Rather--he had a sweet gig sucking up to the Ruling Class but became excessively careless to the point that even a junior high school student could figure out the fraud.

- Ned

{And being "totally with you..." == GW is so sweet ;-) }

nmewn's picture

And then there's Dan running around Nam with pearl handled pistols...gets put in with a bunch of Marines, gets shot at and hauls ass saying something about they don't pay me enough for this shit...ROTFL!!!

New_Meat's picture

something about pearl handled pistols and whores--somewhere in the archives ;-)

- Ned

And I hope that your baseball playin' is only giving you good quality pain!

nmewn's picture

Its all good, lets me know I'm still kickin ;-)

JW n FL's picture

By creating a mass sense of normalcy.. Through the sharing of feelings.. Individuals have relinquished control over themselves.. To those that would use those true feelings to better guide the herd(s).

AnAnonymous's picture

"And truth will set you free." It is untrue in this US driven world for journalists. 

AnAnonymous's picture

"And truth will set you free." It is untrue in this US driven world for journalists. 

AustrianEconomist's picture

Only a restructuring of the international monetary system and its underlying economic theories will help resolve the sovereign debt crisis in the US and Europe.

Check out the latest from the Capital Research Institute (CRI):

The Financial System - A House of Cards

gwar5's picture

I agree with you George!  And the MSM has gotten much worse the last few years.

Could it possible be the $60 billion/yr vested interest in taxpayer subsidies that keeps the MSM on the statist plantation?  Amusingly, TPTB squids are also some of the largest institutional owners of the media conglomerates.

The MSM is supporting the statists that they hope will soon $upport them. This is their trial period so their future statist owners can assess their usefulness.

Juan Wild's picture

Great article GW. Although this is not news to me, it might be an eye-opener to someone just awakening. Thanks!

falak pema's picture

It's back to the roman coliseum culture...Rupert Murdoch is the coliseum whip-master putting up the spectacle for the sheeple to keep them voting thumbs up to Caesar and thumbs down to the gladiators, their own kind of sheeple, thrown to the lions... We are there in western civilization. No wonder there are rumblings amongst the barbarians.

But the show must go on! Whatever the cost!

oldmanagain's picture

The canning of Cenk was coincedent of more time for Buchanan, and other new right wingers additions as guests who have no restraint on lying. And it looks like, no one can call a lie a lie.

r101958's picture

Candidates for national election are 'chosen' by the media as well (and the media is owned by TPTB). They are chosen based on who poses the least risk of going rogue against the wishes of TPTB. Beyond that they need to be popular and create the right perceptions. However, once TPTB have their 'team player' in office then he/she is most likely to get reelected as long as he/she didn't shoot themself in the foot. TPTB feel that 'better the devil you know than the devil you don't know'.

hidingfromhelis's picture

Sad...but true. In addition to being a useless time-suck, TV (and MSM in general) is becoming a mind-fuck for the masses. My TV serves only as something to play DVD's, that is if I ever get around to plugging it in again.

Juan Wild's picture

when I watch bloomberg I have most of the screen covered with a sheet except the very bottom where the ticker and news flash is. Muted of course. No more CNBC. I go online quickly for breaking news. Otherwise the tv is off except for when I want to watch a DVD.

Leo Kolivakis's picture

Greatest social commentator of all time: