3 Time Emmy Award Winning CNN Journalist: Mainstream Media Takes Money from FOREIGN Dictators to Run Flattering Propaganda

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 Mainstream Media: Presstitutes for the Rich and PowerfulPainting by Anthony Freda: www.AnthonyFreda.com

If you've been paying attention, you know that the American media act as presstitutes for rich and powerful Americans.

But it turns out that the American media will turn "tricks" for foreign johns as well ...

Specifically, three time Emmy award winning reporter Amber Lyon was until very recently a respected CNN reporter:


Lyon was fired from CNN after she refused to stop reporting on her first-hand experience of the systematic torture and murder of peaceful protesters by the government of Bahrain.

Lyon's special report on Bahrain was scheduled to run on both CNN's U.S. and international networks, but was pulled after only a limited showing due to pressure from the Bahrainis and their lobbyists.

At the same time that Lyon was risking her life to do on-the-ground reporting in Bahrain, another CNN journalist was filming a paid propaganda piece on how the Bahraini leaders are a bunch of friendly pro-democracy reformers.

That's right ... the Bahraini government paid CNN to do what was literally an infomercial for that brutal regime and pretend it was real journalism.

Lyon says that China and many other foreign, authoritarian regimes also pay CNN and other mainstream networks to run flattering propaganda pieces.



We are grateful for Ms. Lyon's exposé of this revolting practice ... especially because real reporting is treated as terrorism by the American government.

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matrix2012's picture


In 1996 TIME WARNER acquired Ted Turner's Turner Broadcasting System, including Cable News Network (CNN)


Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX) is one of the world's largest media companies -- a giant, publicly owned corporation with interests in publishing, telecommunications, film, television and the Internet.

Time Warner was formed in 1990 by the merger of Time Inc. and Warner Communications. The merger was billed as a joining of "old media" (publishing) and "new media" (television, movies and music).

In 1996, Time Warner acquired Ted Turner's Turner Broadcasting System, including Cable News Network (CNN).

In 2000, America Online (AOL) merged with Time Warner and the company became AOL Time Warner Inc.. This merger is widely regarded as the crowning disaster of the Internet investment mania at the end of the 20th century. In 2003, the merged company reported an annual loss of almost $100 billion. This was the largest loss ever recorded in corporate history at the time, and $45 billion of it was attributed to the declining value of AOL. In 2004, AOL was dropped from the company name.

In March of 2004 the Company sold its recorded music and music publishing business to a private investor group led by Edgar Bronfman, becoming Warner Music.

On May 28, 2009, Time Warner announced that it would spin off AOL into a separate public company. The spinoff took place on December 9, 2009, and AOL is now an independent company traded on the New York Stock Exchange.


Time Warner, Inc, is the second of the international media leviathans.

The chairman of the board and CEO, Gerald Levin, is a Jew. Time Warner’s subsidiary HBO is the country’s largest pay-TV cable network. Warner Music is by far the world’s largest record company, with 50 labels, the biggest of which is Warner Brothers Records, headed by Danny Goldberg. Stuart Hersch is president of Warnervision, Warner Music’s video production unit. Goldberg and Hersch are Jews. Warner Music was an early promoter of “gangsta rap.” Through its involvement with Interscope Records, it helped popularize a genre whose graphic lyrics explicitly urge Blacks to commit acts of violence against Whites. In addition to cable and music, Time Warner is heavily involved in the production of feature films (Warner Brothers Studio) and publishing. Time Warner’s publishing division (editor-in-chief Norman Pearlstine, a Jew) is the largest magazine publisher in the country (Time, Sports Illustrated, People, Fortune).

When Ted Turner, a Gentile, made a bid to buy CBS in 1985, there was panic in media boardrooms across the nation. Turner made a fortune in advertising and then had built a successful cable-TV news network, CNN. Although Turner employed a number of Jews in key executive positions in CNN and had never taken public positions contrary to Jewish interests, he is a man with a large ego and a strong personality and was regarded by Chairman William Paley (real name Palinsky, a Jew) and the other Jews at CBS as uncontrollable: a loose cannon who might at some time in the future turn against them. Furthermore, Jewish newsman Daniel Schorr, who had worked for Turner, publicly charged that his former boss held a personal dislike for Jews.

To block Turner’s bid, CBS executives invited billionaire Jewish theater, hotel, insurance, and cigarette magnate Laurence Tisch to launch a “friendly” takeover of the company, and from 1986 till 1995 Tisch was the chairman and CEO of CBS, removing any threat of non-Jewish influence there. Subsequent efforts by Turner to acquire a major network have been obstructed by Levin’s Time Warner, which owns nearly 20 percent of CBS stock and has veto power over major deals. Viacom, Inc, headed by Sumner Redstone (born Murray Rothstein), a Jew, is the third largest megamedia corporation in the country, with revenues of over $10 billion a year. Viacom, which produces and distributes TV programs for the three largest networks, owns 12 television stations and 12 radio stations. It produces feature films through Paramount Pictures, headed by Jewess Sherry Lansing. Its publishing division includes Prentice Hall, Simon & Schuster, and Pocket Books.


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Zer0head's picture

Problem is her website sucks http://www.amberlyonlive.com/AmberLyonLive/HOME_PAGE.html -

she needs some assistance George/ZH!!!

perhaps contributor status for Amber Lyon and punt that fcking asshole Tim Knight and his Slope for Dopes

SmittyinLA's picture

Whatdoyamean "American" media? 

AnAnonymous's picture

'Americanism' has really taken its toll on that woman.

First pic, classical expression of 'american' middle class person who revel in the 'american' way of life, starry eyed by living the 'american' dream.

Second pic, facing 'americanism' as it is, facing her own helplessness to endure her US citizen nature.

Hopefully, surgery and diet can perform wonders. Nothing that this 'american' woman can not afford.

bugs_'s picture

nothing new - CNN gave Saddam favorable coverage and suppressed real stories "because they needed access".  many of us thought it went a lot deeper than just "the desire for access".

isn't it about time anyone who mouths "fox lies" gets smacked on the head and told that the media lies.

Grey-Ghost's picture

What a surprise; the media whores are, well, whores.

John Swinton, chief editorial writer at The New York Times in the 1860s and a writer and editor for The New York Sun from 1875 to 1883, wrote:There is no such thing, at this date of the world's history, in America, as an independent press.

You know it and I know it. There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid weekly for keeping my honest opinion out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things, and any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job. If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone.

The business of the journalists is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. You know it and I know it, and what folly is this toasting an independent press? We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes.”

erschiessen's picture

try tiny url or bit.ly ... this friggin link Effs the entire page

“Rebellion to tyranny is obedience to God.”-ThomasJefferson's picture

News flash: The world is filled with ASSHOLES!

My advice: Be an even bigger and better asshole than the next guy; you won't get your feelings hurt.

ItsDanger's picture

Is CNN carried in Bahrain?   If so, you have your answer.  Pull the story or we pull your license.

torak's picture

I'm SHOCKED!  Truly shocked!

I'm sure this isn't true.  Lyon is just a disgruntled ex-employee with a grudge.  CNN and the other MAJOR news network strive to tell the TRUTH!  Fair and Balance!  Unbiased!  Honest!  Bill O'Reilly came to me in a dream and told me so -- personally!  It must be true.


Btw - try http://www.atimes.com/ for a change

indio007's picture


Your winnings sir.

Oldrepublic's picture

the old Exile out of Moscow before Putin had it shut down did a very good series on the worst journalist in Moscow award. The same series should be done here in the US

Quinvarius's picture

The only way these news networks can make any money, in the age of the internet, with their cost structures, is by whoring to big money.  For people who actually want news, the big networks are not competitive on a daily basis.  Now, with locals video blogging wars and big events, they may not even get the occasional feast to go with their famine.

We know how this ends.  Eventually it all leads to porn.

AnAnonymous's picture

Nope. The free press is an 'american' middle class institutions.

They whore to themselves: that is the 'american' middle class.

'American' journalists need no heading to distort facts. They do it because it supports their 'american' middle class' way of life.

No order needed. As middle class, 'american' journalists report information as they see it fit to further the best interests of the middle class.

Meesohaawnee's picture

ever wonder how cnbc can pay its bills with a thousand majik jak commercials a day??

CH1's picture

Nah, not everyone wants 24/7 porn. Eventually people want accurate information. In time, they'll learn to pay for it.

I think you're quite right about everything else, BTW.

NuYawkFrankie's picture

CPN - Cable Payola Network

Juan Wild's picture

How incredibly sad that with each step up the ladder of success these journalists must descend deeper into lies and cognitive dissonance. Those at the top, the elite anchors are the most wretched, deceitful POS on the planet. I used to always paint a mental clown face on these morons as they spewed out line after line of PROPAGANDA. I used to because I cancelled my cable a long time ago. Thank you Ms Lyons. You are my Hero.

Sweet Chicken's picture

Your avatar is creepy as fuck

lakecity55's picture

The internets are the only way out, boyz.

Free Speech has moved; we must protect it.

Vince Clortho's picture

And even the internet is now populated with throngs of paid advocates and disinfo agents for the govt and the elites, posing as regular posters.

You see them on every forum you go to.

Temporalist's picture

That is the government creating jobs.  Forward!

New_Meat's picture

CNN is corrupt?  This is old news, e.g. Eason Jordan admits CNN fraud.

- Ned

onthesquare's picture

This explains why Wolfe calls it "A breaking story".  He is helping to break it.

TheObsoleteMan's picture

Tip of the hat to this young lady's parents, they got it right with her thats for sure. She IS a hero by any difinition. She also has the best teeth I have ever seen. I pray for her safety and success. We need ALLOT more like her. Could the tide be finally turning? Only time will tell. Problem is, we don't have much more of it to spare.

Gully Foyle's picture

The propaganda machine is now floating this rumor "

Did Bashar al-Assad Betray Qaddafi"
supermaxedout's picture

CNN = Goebbels propaganda style

This became now clear.     Goebbels was a fan of American advertising methods. The soap operas from Procter and Gamble were his favorite example how a message has to be transported effectively to the masses. This was the modern mass communinication style capable to influence the Germans to accept Hitler.

Goebbels made an interesting statement: He said:

The secret of effective popaganda is, that you have to repeat the message over and over, upto a point when nobody wants to hear it again. And then one more time! 

jekyll island's picture

CNN is owned by ultraliberal Ted Turner, he of the $1billion donation to the UN.  Should have flushed that money down the toilet instead, would have been better use of fiat.  It is not surprising that this would occur, Ted's handlers probably were contacted by US gubmint intermediaries and told to back off the story so they wouldn't harm "international relations"

Piranhanoia's picture

Step out of the time machine.  Ted Turner sold CNN  last century.  When he owned it, there was real news and they had lots of real investigative reporters.   They are now all gone.  And claiming Ted is part of the government is pretty ignorant considering what he has done for the western US.

  It's Time Warner that has owned and destroyed CNN.  You know,  the folks that make entertainment into news.


Gully Foyle's picture


I think you have forgotten a bit of history.

Just before W was elected a former intelligence agency operative was promoted to managing director of CNN.

Around the same time Hollywood was given the option of either using the approved party line in their films or not gaining access to various military forces for props and advice.

In the 80's  I think it was Jim Marrs who started warning that Poppy Bush was manuevering his ex-CIA cronies into various news rooms to manipulate the narrative.

And here we are.

Clowns on Acid's picture

Maybe Jim Marrs was getting paid to that report that.

purplefrog's picture

Thanks, GW.  Light destroys evil.

BlackholeDivestment's picture

Thank you very much for this post and link Georgie,  

P.S. I see you have the Pakalert Press's attention too, lol. http://www.pakalertpress.com/2012/09/29/will-israel-blow-up-something-and-falsely-blame-it-on-iran/

OldPhart's picture

Kind of explains how CNN has managed to stay operational dispite the ratings.

natty light's picture

No mention of our government paying CNN to run (or not) certain information.

dcb's picture

But we are the good guys, weonly support the good guys, there is no reason for the arab street to dislike us.

Seasmoke's picture

Ted Turner and Jane Fonda must be spinning in their graves

Bicycle Repairman's picture

As the business model of the MSM continues to implode, what can you honestly expect from these people?

tony bonn's picture

none of this information is in the least bit surprising, but it is nice to have tangible documentation of its occurence.....mark lane did a wonderful job in his book last word to show exactly how the cia uses state media (cbs, nbc, abc, nyt, washpo, foxnews, etc etc ) to defame and destroy dissidents such as lane who has demonstrated without doubt that the cia murdered jfk....max hollande was one such whore but there are many others such as dan rather, walter cronkite, peter jennings, barbara walters, cokie roberts, and a massive army of cia press sluts who do the bidding of the bush crime syndicate which is the operative arm of the rockefeller axis of evil....

ye shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.....most americans prefer lies....

Offthebeach's picture

Steven Arnett in Bagdad. Walter Duranty for the NYT in Stalin's Russia. I forget the NYT guy that was sucking off Castro, no not Dan Rather, back during the revolution.

Oldrepublic's picture


Herbert L Matthews was the New York Times correspondent who did that propaganda piece back in 1957, text is linked above


The Man who invented Fidel

honestann's picture

Good for you, girl.

You'll fit right in at RT.  Give them a call.

MillionDollarBoner_'s picture

Yeah...hey Lauren, you got competition...:O)