Who’s the Biggest Peddler of Fake News?

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Everyone’s Talking About “Fake News”

Everyone’s talking about “fake news” …

Google Trends shows that – starting in late October – that phrase absolutely exploded in terms of internet searches:


In the last month, Obama, Merkel, CNN, the New York Times, Washington Post and many other mainstream media have warned about the dangers of fake news.

There certainly is a lot of fake news.  And some of it is by anti-establishment types trying to discredit American institutions with false reports.

But – as we document below – the government and mainstream media are by far the biggest purveyors of fake news.

The U.S. Government and MSM Would NEVER Produce Fake News

If you think that the U.S. mainstream media is anything but objective and spontaneous, then watch this:

The Government’s Been Deploying Propaganda On U.S. Soil for Many Years

The United States Senate Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities found in 1975 that the CIA submitted stories to the American press:

Wikipedia adds details:

After 1953, the network was overseen by Allen W. Dulles, director of the CIA. By this time, Operation Mockingbird had a major influence over 25 newspapers and wire agencies. The usual methodology was placing reports developed from intelligence provided by the CIA to witting or unwitting reporters. Those reports would then be repeated or cited by the preceding reporters which in turn would then be cited throughout the media wire services.


The Office of Policy Coordination (OPC) was funded by siphoning off funds intended for the Marshall Plan [i.e. the rebuilding of Europe by the U.S. after WWII]. Some of this money was used to bribe journalists and publishers.

In 2008, the New York Times wrote:

During the early years of the cold war, [prominent writers and artists, from Arthur Schlesinger Jr. to Jackson Pollock] were supported, sometimes lavishly, always secretly, by the C.I.A. as part of its propaganda war against the Soviet Union. It was perhaps the most successful use of “soft power” in American history.

A CIA operative told Washington Post owner 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.

Famed Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein wrote in 1977:

More than 400 American journalists … in the past twenty?five years have secretly carried out assignments for the Central Intelligence Agency, according to documents on file at CIA headquarters.




In many instances, CIA documents show, journalists were engaged to perform tasks for the CIA with the consent of the managements of America’s leading news organizations.




Among the executives who lent their cooperation to the Agency were [the heads of CBS, Time, the New York Times, the Louisville Courier?Journal, and Copley News Service. Other organizations which cooperated with the CIA include [ABC, NBC, AP, UPI, Reuters], Hearst Newspapers, Scripps?Howard, Newsweek magazine, the Mutual Broadcasting System, the Miami Herald and the old Saturday Evening Post and New York Herald?Tribune.




There is ample evidence that America’s leading publishers and news executives allowed themselves and their organizations to become handmaidens to the intelligence services. “Let’s not pick on some poor reporters, for God’s sake,” William Colby exclaimed at one point to the Church committee’s investigators. “Let’s go to the managements.




The CIA even ran a formal training program in the 1950s to teach its agents to be journalists. Intelligence officers were “taught to make noises like reporters,” explained a high CIA official, and were then placed in major news organizations with help from management.




Once a year during the 1950s and early 1960s, CBS correspondents joined the CIA hierarchy for private dinners and briefings.




Allen Dulles often interceded with his good friend, the late Henry Luce, founder of Time and Life magazines, who readily allowed certain members of his staff to work for the Agency and agreed to provide jobs and credentials for other CIA operatives who lacked journalistic experience.




In the 1950s and early 1960s, Time magazine’s foreign correspondents attended CIA “briefing” dinners similar to those the CIA held for CBS.



When Newsweek was purchased by the Washington Post Company, publisher Philip L. Graham was informed by Agency officials that the CIA occasionally used the magazine for cover purposes, according to CIA sources. “It was widely known that Phil Graham was somebody you could get help from,” said a former deputy director of the Agency. “Frank Wisner dealt with him.” Wisner, deputy director of the CIA from 1950 until shortly before his suicide in 1965, was the Agency’s premier orchestrator of “black” operations, including many in which journalists were involved. Wisner liked to boast of his “mighty Wurlitzer,” a wondrous propaganda instrument he built, and played, with help from the press.)




In November 1973, after [the CIA claimed to have ended the program], Colby told reporters and editors from the New York Times and the Washington Star that the Agency had “some three dozen” American newsmen “on the CIA payroll,” including five who worked for “general?circulation news organizations.” Yet even while the Senate Intelligence Committee was holding its hearings in 1976, according to high?level CIA sources, the CIA continued to maintain ties with seventy?five to ninety journalists of every description—executives, reporters, stringers, photographers, columnists, bureau clerks and members of broadcast technical crews. More than half of these had been moved off CIA contracts and payrolls but they were still bound by other secret agreements with the Agency. According to an unpublished report by the House Select Committee on Intelligence, chaired by Representative Otis Pike, at least fifteen news organizations were still providing cover for CIA operatives as of 1976.




Those officials most knowledgeable about the subject say that a figure of 400 American journalists is on the low side ….

“There were a lot of representations that if this stuff got out some of the biggest names in journalism would get smeared” ….

An expert on propaganda testified under oath during trial that the CIA now employs THOUSANDS of reporters and OWNS its own media organizations. Whether or not his estimate is accurate, it is clear that many prominent reporters still report to the CIA.

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.

John Pilger is a highly-regarded journalist (the BBC’s world affairs editor John Simpson remarked, “A country that does not have a John Pilger in its journalism is a very feeble place indeed”). Pilger said in 2007:

We now know that the BBC and other British media were used by the British secret intelligence service MI-6. In what they called Operation Mass Appeal, MI-6 agents planted stories about Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction, such as weapons hidden in his palaces and in secret underground bunkers. All of these stories were fake.




One of my favorite stories about the Cold War concerns a group of Russian journalists who were touring the United States. On the final day of their visit, they were asked by the host for their impressions. “I have to tell you,” said the spokesman, “that we were astonished to find after reading all the newspapers and watching TV day after day that all the opinions on all the vital issues are the same. To get that result in our country we send journalists to the gulag. We even tear out their fingernails. Here you don’t have to do any of that. What is the secret?”

Nick Davies wrote in the Independent in 2008:

For the first time in human history, 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. I’ve spent the last two years researching a book about falsehood, distortion and propaganda in the global media.


The “Zarqawi letter” which made it on to the front page of The New York Times in February 2004 was one of a sequence of highly suspect documents which were said to have been written either by or to Zarqawi and which were fed into news media.


This material is being generated, in part, by intelligence agencies who continue to work without effective oversight; and also by a new and essentially benign structure of “strategic communications” which was originally designed by doves in the Pentagon and Nato who wanted to use subtle and non-violent tactics to deal with Islamist terrorism but whose efforts are poorly regulated and badly supervised with the result that some of its practitioners are breaking loose and engaging in the black arts of propaganda.




The Pentagon has now designated “information operations” as its fifth “core competency” alongside land, sea, air and special forces. Since October 2006, every brigade, division and corps in the US military has had its own “psyop” element producing output for local media. This military activity is linked to the State Department’s campaign of “public diplomacy” which includes funding radio stations and news websites. In Britain, the Directorate of Targeting and Information Operations in the Ministry of Defence works with specialists from 15 UK psyops, based at the Defence Intelligence and Security School at Chicksands in Bedfordshire.


In the case of British intelligence, you can see this combination of reckless propaganda and failure of oversight at work in the case of Operation Mass Appeal. This was exposed by the former UN arms inspector Scott Ritter, who describes in his book, Iraq Confidential, how, in London in June 1998, he was introduced to two “black propaganda specialists” from MI6 who wanted him to give them material which they could spread through “editors and writers who work with us from time to time”.

The government is still paying off reporters to spread disinformation. And the corporate media are acting like virtual “escort services” for the moneyed elites, selling access – for a price – to powerful government officials, instead of actually investigating and reporting on what those officials are doing.

One of the ways that the U.S. government spreads propaganda is by making sure that it gets its version out first. For example, the head of the U.S. Information Agency’s television and film division – Alvin A. Snyder – wrote in his book Warriors of Disinformation: How Lies, Videotape, and the USIA Won the Cold War:

All governments, including our own, lie when it suits their purposes. The key is to lie first.




Another casualty, always war’s first, was the truth. The story of [the accidental Russian shootdown of a Korean airliner] will be remembered pretty much the way we told it in 1983, not the way it really happened.

In 2013, the American Congress repealed the formal ban against the deployment of propaganda against U.S. citizens living on American soil. So there’s even less to constrain propaganda than before.

One of the most common uses of propaganda is to sell unnecessary and counter-productive wars. Given that the American media is always pro-war, mainstream publishers, producers, editors, and reporters are willing participants.

It’s not just lying about Saddam’s non-existent weapons of mass destruction … the corporate media is still selling lies to promote war.

Former Newsweek and Associated Press reporter Robert Parry notes that Ronald Reagan and the CIA unleashed a propaganda campaign in the 1980’s to sell the American public on supporting the Contra rebels, utilizing private players such as Rupert Murdoch to spread disinformation. Parry notes that many of the same people that led Reagan’s domestic propaganda effort in the 1980’s are in power today:

While the older generation that pioneered these domestic propaganda techniques has passed from the scene, many of their protégés are still around along with some of the same organizations. The National Endowment for Democracy, which was formed in 1983 at the urging of CIA Director Casey and under the supervision of Walter Raymond’s NSC operation, is still run by the same neocon, Carl Gershman, and has an even bigger budget, now exceeding $100 million a year.


Gershman and his NED played important behind-the-scenes roles in instigating the Ukraine crisis by financing activists, journalists and other operatives who supported the coup against elected President Yanukovych. The NED-backed Freedom House also beat the propaganda drums. [See Consortiumnews.com’s “A Shadow Foreign Policy.”]


Two other Reagan-era veterans, Elliott Abrams and Robert Kagan, have both provided important intellectual support for continuing U.S. interventionism around the world. Earlier this year, Kagan’s article for The New Republic, entitled “Superpowers Don’t Get to Retire,” touched such a raw nerve with President Obama that he hosted Kagan at a White House lunch and crafted the presidential commencement speech at West Point to deflect some of Kagan’s criticism of Obama’s hesitancy to use military force.




Rupert Murdoch’s media empire is bigger than ever ….

Another key to American propaganda is the constant repetition of propaganda. As Business Insider reported in 2013:

Lt. Col. Daniel Davis, a highly-respected officer who released a critical report regarding the distortion of truth by senior military officials in Iraq and Afghanistan ….


From Lt. Col. Davis:


In context, Colonel Leap is implying we ought to change the law to enable Public Affairs officers to influence American public opinion when they deem it necessary to “protect a key friendly center of gravity, to wit US national will.”


The Smith-Mundt Modernization Act of 2012 appears to serve this purpose by allowing for the American public to be a target audience of U.S. government-funded information campaigns.


Davis also quotes Brigadier General Ralph O. Baker — the Pentagon officer responsible for the Department of Defense’s Joint Force Development — who defines Information Operations (IO) as activities undertaken to “shape the essential narrative of a conflict or situation and thus affect the attitudes and behaviors of the targeted audience.”


Brig. Gen. Baker goes on to equate descriptions of combat operations with the standard marketing strategy of repeating something until it is accepted:


For years, commercial advertisers have based their advertisement strategies on the premise that there is a positive correlation between the number of times a consumer is exposed to product advertisement and that consumer’s inclination to sample the new product. The very same principle applies to how we influence our target audiences when we conduct COIN.


And those “thousands of hours per week of government-funded radio and TV programs” appear to serve Baker’s strategy, which states: “Repetition is a key tenet of IO execution, and the failure to constantly drive home a consistent message dilutes the impact on the target audiences.”

Government Massively Manipulates the Web, Social Media and Other Forms of Communication

Of course, the Web and social media have become a huge media platform, and the Pentagon and other government agencies are massively manipulating both.

Documents released by Snowden show that spies manipulate polls, website popularity and pageview counts, censor videos they don’t like and amplify messages they do.

The CIA and other government agencies also put enormous energy into pushing propaganda through movies, television and video games.

Cross-Border Propaganda

Propaganda isn’t limited to our own borders …

Sometimes, the government plants disinformation in American media in order to mislead foreigners. For example, an official government 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 CIA has also bribed leading foreign journalists.

And CNN accepted money from the brutal Bahrani dictatorship to run pro-monarchy propaganda.

Everyone Who Challenges the Status Quo Is Labeled As a Purveyor of “Fake News” … Or Worse

The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects the freedom of the press from censorship by government.

Indeed, the entire reason that it’s unlawful for the government to stop stories from being printed is because that would punish those who criticize those in power.

Why? Because the Founding Father knew that governments (like the British monarchy) will always crack down on those who point out that the emperor has no clothes.

But the freedom of the press is under massive attack in America today …

For example, the powers-that-be argue that only highly-paid corporate media shills who will act as stenographers for the fatcats should have the constitutional protections guaranteeing freedom of the press.

A Harvard law school professor argues that the First Amendment is outdated and should be abandoned.

When financially-savvy bloggers challenged the Federal Reserve’s policy, a Fed official called all bloggers stupid and unqualified to comment.

And the government is treating the real investigative reporters like criminals … or even terrorists:

  • The government admits that journalists could be targeted with counter-terrorism laws (and here). For example, after Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Chris Hedges, journalist Naomi Wolf, Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg and others sued the government to enjoin the NDAA’s allowance of the indefinite detention of Americans – the judge asked the government attorneys 5 times whether journalists like Hedges could be indefinitely detained simply for interviewing and then writing about bad guys. The government refused to promise that journalists like Hedges won’t be thrown in a dungeon for the rest of their lives without any right to talk to a judge
  • In an effort to protect Bank of America from the threatened Wikileaks expose of the bank’s wrongdoing, the Department of Justice told Bank of America to a hire a specific hardball-playing law firm to assemble a team to take down WikiLeaks (and see this)


Postscript: See this and this.

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Bob's picture


The guys who published the "expose" on Russian propaganda "fake news" sites quote another study of ZH in particular that suggests TARGETING YOU, MAN:

‘To the extent any of these sites are involved in supporting Russian objectives that run counter to Western interests, they - and more to the point, the people who operate them - should be of interest to the security services of the Western countries in which they live, work, and acquire services related to their websites. At the same time, one frequently finds direct links from these websites to Russia and individuals in Russia clearly associated with the Kremlin and Russian intelligence services. It is always worthwhile to look for criminal activity occurring on the periphery of such websites, particularly on the backend of the operations, involving people who host the sites, register the domain names, and otherwise provide logistical support. And finally, many sites involved in Kremlin disinformation work now solicit donations online, raising the distinct possibility that the online fundraising accounts are being used to move or launder funds.’


Crazy shit.


cherry picker's picture

How does a person have sites like CNN displayed on Google as porn sites, so children do not have to watche these vularities and the lying whores who are continuously spouting off propaganda.

Victory_Garden's picture

As always Sir GW, grace and kudos for being a major well read and researched reporter. Your Light is Bright, indeedly. A true first mate aboard the good ship, ZH.

As the first stage of mankind's awakening to evil and corruption continues...and moar and moar embrace truth as a raw form of religion...they all look to the stary-night of mankind...wondering at the approaching big bright star in the SSW and moar mystery to unfold...ready for the final stage of capstone brilliance.

Tis better to be in the Karmic Credit dept...rather than in the karmic debt dept.:

Are We Breathing...deeply?



alexcojones's picture

Bobnoxy- CNN reported that it DID happen, or they did NOT deny it.

Check Breitbart. They tried to verify from the fake porn website CNN

alexcojones's picture

BTW George(s), Thanks for all your work.

Appreciate your efforts at Valley Forge as the First & Foremost Deplorable

dizzyfingers's picture

Now please add in:

Jill Stein’s Recount Is Funded By George Soros Jill Stein’s fundraising campaign to pay for re-counts in three key swing states has been exposed as a George Soros and Hillary Clinton plot to steal the presidency [...]


dizzyfingers's picture

http://yournewswire.com/fake-news-website-democrat/ Investigation: Most ‘Fake News’ Sites Run By Democratic Organization

Makes more sense to me than anything else.

Consuelo's picture



 Seeing all this 'fake news' stuff made me think of the originator - who deserves credit & attribution in all this excitement...  


Jon Rappoport.


Been all over this as his namesake website suggest, before the term ever came to mind with all the blog-monetizers...



DuneCreature's picture

I will reveal a PsyOp mind programming secret few grasp.

Humor and ridicule is more persuasive than facts and logic.

George Carlin woke up more people to government nefarious doings than JFK ever did. ... John Stewart got through to way more people than Ron Paul.

Different messages and agenda I grant you, but I'm talking about who got their points across to more raw numbers and made the points sink in a stick in people's mind.

Want to crush the official propaganda CNN narrative? .... Make them the laughing stock of TV land. ... Hammer them relentlessly every time they open their mouth and another lie falls out.

Liars hate being laughed at and they basically have NO sense of humor either. ........ A fact they carefully hide whenever possible.

Live Hard, Liars Need Laugh Tracks And Fake Applause for Reinforcement, Die Free

~ DC v4.0

New_Meat's picture

Hey GW, you might find something useful back in the Wilson Admin and with Bernays.  You know, when the Progressives were locking up all of them Wops and Krauts.  Been goin' on a long time.  Taught the National Socialists how do do the "big lie".  Taught the U.S. Press to suppress the communist organizing movements that were going on at the same time that the hate-filled Father Coughlin was having his rallies.

Part of "shaping public opinion" is hiding the truth--Durante and the NYT view of the Potemkin villages in the Soviet Paradise, for example.  Where is the footage and commentary about ol' Uncle Joe?

Might have been better when the press were outright partisan, like when Adams and Jefferson's surrogates were havin' a spot o' fun.

- Ned

WTFUD's picture

When you're losing the narrative you come out fighting and LIE HARDER.

John Goebbels Podesta

Usura's picture

Does Zerohedge censor / delete postings?

New_Meat's picture

check the terms of usage

d edwards's picture

Fake news aka disinformation.

otschelnik's picture

I was thinking about gubmint psyops last night, walking home from work, and the collapse of the Lame Stream Media which is going on before our eyes now.  Thinking about the radical drop in the efficiency constant of propoganda, which must be raising the hair on the back of many a head in Langley....  I was trying to conceptualize what the CIA will do now to win the hearts and minds and turn people back into useful idiots?  Timely article GW.  

Automatic Choke's picture

I was in Russia (well, Soviet Union back then) in 198x, a science exchange thing for a couple months.   I spoke only pidgen russian, and the scientists at the lab spoke excellent english, so it was tough to get better (had to go wander on the street and talk to kids, etc.)   

There were two newspapers running in those days, Pravda and Isvestia.    Literally translated, Pravda means "Truth", and Isvestia means "News"   (or so I remember).    The former was the official regurgitation organ of the communist party, and was droll, dull, boring, and had nothing to do with reality.   Isvestia on the other hand, was a bit more of a yellow journalist item....more interesting, but one had to read it with a grain of salt as it was prone to exaggerate, inflame, etc.

The point of my long-winded story was that there was a very common saying -- I can't remember how it went in Russian, but it boiled down to:

     There is no news in "Truth" and there is no truth in "News".

.....I have no idea why this keeps coming to mind the last few months......

LA_Goldbug's picture

Due to US propaganda Americans have a very hard time believing that what was happening in the Soviet Union in terms of information flow was also happening (and is) to them. The Internet Age gives all people a chance to break out of this propaganda trance if they take the time to dig and think.

YHC-FTSE's picture

Well done mate. A notable and recent discovery that the Pentagon paid a British PR firm, Bell Pottinger, half a billion dollars to producce FAKE AL-QUEDA videos is missing from your list. One can only wonder just how many fake terrorist videos have been played by the msm. Rita Katz's productions come to mind.

The msm are spinning the production of fake terror videos as a ploy to see where they are played around the world, ostensibly to gather intel, but they are disseminated by the msm themselves and presented as real news. So there's actual proof of producing, showing, distributing terrorist propaganda by the US government & the mainstream media by their own volition. Yet nobody goes to prison, as fucking usual.

Shlomo Schwartzman's picture
Shlomo Schwartzman (not verified) Nov 25, 2016 10:40 PM

Fake Jews

alexcojones's picture

And the only column I ever wrote that went "Viral" appeared right here.

Thanks Tylers!

Before Trump, Sen Bulworth Spoke Truth To Power | Zero Hedge
LA_Goldbug's picture

Thanks for reminding me of the movie "Bulworth". It is a must to see it again.

Another recommendations I would like to make is this gem,

Diogenese the Cynic's picture

Interesting you referenced the movie 7 Days in May which came out in 1964 after the JFK murder.  It was redone and named Enemy Within with Forrest Wittaker playing the Casey role in a TV movie that came out in 1994.  But what was interesting was that in the newer version, the plot as revealed towards the end was to use the 25th Amendment to the Constitution to overthrow the President who was perceived to not be hawkish enough for the M/I complex.  People should familarize themselves with the 25th Amendment which was passed in 1967 when "honest" Lyndon Johnson was president.  It is very much a two-edged sword.

alexcojones's picture

I'm pretty proud to say I made the list on 4 different websites. ZH, Rense, Counterpunch, and years ago Antiwar.

I missed on Strike-the-Root and will have to talk to editor Rob.

Every writer, blogger or commentor who "Made" the list should be proud.

Damn! We Are The Deplorables!

Bob's picture

Appropriate pride indeed! 

Glenn Greenwald crushes this "Fake News" meme:


ebworthen's picture

So funny to watch the MSM squirm.

They can't quite explain the fact that individuals have a brain.

LOL!  I relish and treasure the clueless cognitive dissonance in the MSM.

So fucking funny!  They still don't get it!  They have lost control, and the don't get it!

WTFUD's picture

CNN is the Propaganda Wing of the CIA. The CIA being a Terrorist Group.

MontgomeryScott's picture


ZH posted a story today about CNN's feed in BOSTON playing a half-hour TRANSVESTITE PORN VIDEO.

I guess CNN is a FAKE TITS NEWS SITE now!




That mole on her right saline-injected mammary is actually a turnoff.



I think the editors at WAPO are sorely craving some PODESTA PIZZA (ANTHONY WEINER will be your SERVER, TONIGHT).



I'm WARY of the fact that CONUS has now gome to DEFCON 5 (lowest state of readiness) since Trump was elected. THESE WAR-MONGERING FUCKS in the MSM, and their FINANCIAL BACKERS in the MULTINATIONAL BANKING SYSTEM cannot EVER, at this LATE DATE, allow this 'peace dividend' to CONTINUE, you know.

HowdyDoody's picture

Ukraine has uniliaterally decided to have a SAM test on 1 Dec 2016. Here is a map of the location. Given that most of Ukraine's S-200s etc located around Odessa, it looks like a deliberate attemtp to fire a missile to Crimea. Does anyone think that firing a missile towards Crimea is a sensible or sane thing to do? In 2001, during a similar test, they shot down Siberia Airlines flight 1812 from Tel Aviv to Novosibirsk, which they denied but eventually confessed to. Yet another reason for the CIA goons in Kiev to hightail out of Dodgy City.




g'kar's picture

Who else but those that can print trillions of dollars and dump it onto future generations

Reaper's picture

"If everyone is thinking alike, then no one is thinking" Ben Franklin. Paraphrased to when everyone is reporting alike, then everyone is reporting a fabrication. Multiple people see things from different perspectives and thus report differently. An unquestioning belief in your government masters is mental slavery.

Old Poor Richard's picture

They've already briefed Trump that the anti-Trump extremism, and now the fake news followup, are government psyops. Warned him to drop the idea investigating Hillary, to not say a peep about their ridiculous fake news fraud, to get his mind right and realize he will be working for them, not the other way around--same as Obama.

dexter_morgan's picture

ho lee fuk - sum ting wong

How did CNN get away with the on site reports that were actually in studio? for fucks sake

atthelake's picture

In the, unlikely, event Jill Stein's appeal works, and Kill is POTUS, we may have a few problems. But that will never happen.

VWAndy's picture

 Book burning is a debate they cannot win either by hook or crook. This is one shit samitch It win be fun making the msm eat every bite of.

 Great work GW! Nice clear and concise.

Son of Loki's picture

Great collection of video clips to prove the point. I passed the info on to several friends who will appreciate this. Thank you!

Knave Dave's picture

Wow! Amazing compilation of stories about the government's control/influence over mainstream media. Great rapid research!

DuneCreature's picture

Sometimes GW makes me think he's more than one researcher.

If I were Trump I'd offer him a top spot at the National Archives or the Library of Congress if he doesn't already work there.

Live Hard, Some People Just Never Eat, Sleep Or Take A Walk In The Park, Die Free

~ DC v4.0

JackieG's picture

The biggest peddlar of fake news is the White House.

nmewn's picture

Its not just fake news, its also the unthinking, unquestioning blind loyalty that enrages me.

"If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor."...he was lying when he said it and they knew it.

"Russian hackers interfering with our election and our democracy!"...even if Russia, by telling the truth?

"He looks black to me."...edited for the ummm..."correct"...racial effect.

Torch it.

Lorca's Novena's picture

Well, they went from "Peddling Fiction" to Peddling Children in the course of 2 years....

superluminalwill's picture

Very valuable report! Thank you!

Now see this re: Fake News:


Dame Ednas Possum's picture

Yes. Excellent piece. 


All lies and fakery and peddled fiction of course, but you know... the good type. 

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Congratulations GW (I think) on making it onto the list in WaPoo's story about Russian supported fake news sites TWICE, once as GW Blog and once as a contributor to Zero Hedge.

We seem to have crossed a tipping point in the demise of America.

Radical Marijuana's picture

Too bad ( /sarc ) I am not personally able to sustain greater states of Cognitive Dissonance, so that I too be could be PAID to become a professional hypocrite:

The government is still paying off reporters to spread disinformation. And the corporate media are acting like virtual “escort services” for the moneyed elites, selling access – for a price – to powerful government officials, instead of actually investigating and reporting on what those officials are doing. ... Since October 2006, every brigade, division and corps in the US military has had its own “psyop” element producing output for local media. This military activity is linked to the State Department’s campaign of “public diplomacy” which includes funding radio stations and news websites. In Britain, the Directorate of Targeting and Information Operations in the Ministry of Defence works with specialists from 15 UK psyops, based at the Defence Intelligence and Security School at Chicksands in Bedfordshire.

The Pentagon spends the majority of the government of the USA's public relations budget. Although I have never seriously considered applying for one of the jobs that could be had in order to be PAID to do that, since I can not imagine that I could be able to become sufficiently psychopathic, in order to operate as a professional hypocrite, clearly there is way more "money" to be made working for the established systems, than attempting to work against them ...

Overall, it is somewhat astonishing that much less well-funded Web sites have become more politically effective than way more well-funded Web sites! A long time ago, I used to day dream that perhaps superior quality of information could overcome the overwhelmingly greater quantity of inferior quality information ... (In my view, Brexit and the election of Trump are the first actual indications that may actually be happening ???)

However, I can not completely discount my sour grapes attitude that, if only I was able to become more psychopathic, and therefore, more able to sustain greater Cognitive Dissonance, then maybe I too could have been able to actually apply for, and perhaps then gotten, a much better paying job to work for the "public relations" industry, assisting the established money/murder systems to profit from being able to enforce frauds.

Since promoting "truth" tends to pay far less than promoting frauds, it appears to me to something of political miracle that such "truths" managed to compete enough to have become worrisome to those who were previously so much more easily able to profit from their enforced frauds manifesting as "public relations."