The Corporate Media's Gulag Of The Mind

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Charles Hugh-Smith via OfTwoMinds blog,

Your crime, as it were, need not be substantiated with evidence; the mere fact you publicly revealed your anti-Establishment thought convicted you.

One of the most remarkable ironies of The Washington Post's recent evidence-free fabrication of purported "Russian propaganda" websites (including this site) is how closely it mimics the worst excesses of the USSR's Stalinist era.

Those unfamiliar with the Stalinist era's excesses will benefit from reading Solzhenitsyn's three-volume masterpiece The Gulag Archipelago: 1918-1956, The Gulag Archipelago 2 and Gulag Archipelago 3.

One episode is especially relevant to the totalitarian tactics of The Washington Post's evidence-free accusation. Solzhenitsyn tells the story of one poor fellow who made the mistake of recounting a dream he'd had the previous night to his co-workers.

In his dream, Stalin had come to some harm. In Solzhenitsyn's account, the fellow was remorseful about the dream.

Alas, mere remorse couldn't possibly save him. He was promptly arrested for "anti-Soviet thoughts" and given a tenner in the Gulag--a tenner being a ten-year sentence in a Siberian labor camp.

The Washington Post's accusation is based on a "behavioral analysis"--in other words, publicly sharing "anti-Soviet thoughts"--in our era, the equivalent is sharing anti-Establishment thoughts.

Your crime, as it were, need not be substantiated with evidence; the mere fact you publicly revealed your anti-Establishment thought convicted you.

This is the Corporate Media's Gulag of the Mind. We'll tell you what's "true" and what is correct to think and believe. Any deviation from the party line is a threat and must be discredited, marginalized or suppressed.

Where is the Post's hard evidence of Russian ties or Russian influence? There isn't any--but like Stalin's henchmen, the Post has no need for evidence: merely going public with an anti-Establishment thought "proves" one's guilt in the kangaroo court of America's corporate media (a.k.a. mainstream media or MSM).

While The Washington Post is owned by billionaire Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, the vast majority of what we read, watch and hear is controlled by a handful of corporations loaded with cash and connections to the ruling elite.

This concentration of media control creates the illusion of choice-- the same elite-propaganda spin is everywhere you look; our "choice" of "approved" (i.e. corporate) media is roughly the same as that offered the Soviet citizenry in the old USSR.

This is why the billionaire/corporate media is so desperate to discredit the non-corporate media: if an alternative to the corporate media's elite-propaganda catches on, the corporate media will lose its audience, its advert revenues and a substantial measure of its influence.

The cornered elite-propaganda beast is lashing out, undermining its waning credibility with every attack on an independent free press. As I noted in a recent conversation with Max Keiser, democracy requires the citizenry to sort out who benefits from whatever narrative is being pushed.

That's what terrifies the elite-propaganda mainstream media: the status quo narrative they've spewed for years doesn't benefit the bottom 95%-- rather, it actively impoverishes and disempowers the bottom 95%--and the citizenry is slowly awakening to this reality.

So for goodness sakes, if you have an anti-elitist dream, keep it to yourself or you'll end up on the ruling elite's "enemies list."

The final irony in all this: the real enemy of democracy and freedom of the press is The Washington Post and the rest of the billionaire/corporate media. The only way to escape the Corporate Media's Gulag of the Mind is to stop watching their TV channels, turn off their radio stations and stop reading their print/digital propaganda--except of course if you have a taste for dark humor.

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JRobby's picture

3.2% GDP..........Yea

TeamDepends's picture

They can incarcerate your body but never your mind. Only you can do that.

Il Dottore's picture
Il Dottore (not verified) TeamDepends Nov 29, 2016 10:03 AM


Sick Underbelly's picture

Oh...and I'm sure they've got ways to break even a stalwart mind.  Given enough time and ongoing, extreme situations of mental, emotional and/or physical anguish, most will break.

But, I'll root you on.  Yewwww caaan deewwww eeet!

JRobby's picture

You are clearly above the fray Sick, with your superior intelligence and mind control

Sick Underbelly's picture

Waterboarding? Mind-altering drugs?  Hallucinogens?  All combined with torture regimens.  Certainly I'm not the only one who has read of these tactics.

Where did I ever claim such "superior intelligence and mind control"?   It appears you're projecting...fearful of being in the fray?

ich1baN's picture

The only one projecting fear is you by you merely mentioning that "most will break"... It appears you have something to lose in this fight. You're the only one that appers to have broken already. Pfft... weak-minded sycophant.

CuttingEdge's picture

Look, these media cunts have been given a lot of rope to show a bit of sanity post-election.

Since they have failed to reverse from full retard, isn't it about time that same rope was used in a practical way? As they are so fucked in the head, and it is apparant they are beyond redemption, hang the fuckers one and all, and let God sort 'em out.

We want a media that reports news. not a fucking pantomime villain script.


c2nnib2l's picture

If somebody ever wondered how bureaucracy in Europe looks like there you ! 

Perfect example how EU works



Squid Viscous's picture

Fuck Bezos, Boycott Amazon!

doctor10's picture

media, health, banking, and energy monopolies have all been allowed to burgeon because the world's oligarch's are trying to lock down the planet.

Pan-hyper-surveillance is the hammer

Rey dTutto's picture

Antitrust lawsuits, anyone?

Too Big to Fail = requires breakup.

Usura's picture

"the billionaire/corporate media is so desperate to discredit the non-corporate media"


They are very good at doing this.  Just look what they have done to themselves.

LawsofPhysics's picture

The "corporate media", much like The Fed, is quickly becoming irrelevant...

Not surprising that these useless fucks do not like it.

Bill of Rights's picture

They're only in your mind if you watch and allow it.

JackMeOff's picture

WaPo has blocked at least 40 of my accounts over the past 5 years since they openned the comment section in 2011 under the Grahams.  After Bezos bought the paper, the blocking began in earnest after my ironic take on the story I am commenting about.  I use a famous quote of "What difference AT THIS POINT does it make..." and "Which is worse" when comparing the hypocrisy of the story and the ignorance of many on the left.  I should write a book.

Ignatius's picture

Geez, JackMeOff, I can't imagine why they'd block and censor you.  "I'm JackMeOff, and I demand to be taken seriously. If the President can't see me, JackMeOff will gladly take an appointment with his daughter.  Perhaps his daughter will be more receptive to JackMeOff's proposals on young women's early education."

I hear ya, man.

Bill of Rights's picture

Somewhere in here is a Tweezers joke dying to come out...

Chupacabra-322's picture

Suggest Everyone should research:

Gaslight and The Smith Mundt Act which was revised. This explains exactly how these Scum Fuck Pure Evil Presstitute's are, through Psyche Warfare, Psychologically manipulating the masses.

Akzed's picture

"Those people can get al-Shabab, they can get Russia Today, but they couldn’t get access to their taxpayer-funded news sources like VOA Somalia," the source said. "It was silly."


Thanks, good article. A free people have no need of state-run news media. Calling the want of it "silly" is psy-op language.

Skiprrrdog's picture

I had a dream that Jeff Bozo's head was removed from his body with a rusty butter knife bought from a Chinese seller on, and then his lifeless head was inserted in Jill Steins vagina; does this mean I have to go to jail?

wildbad's picture

no, but disney has a place for you open in children's programming

Mahatma Coat's picture

No, but I would recommend you buy a stainless steel butter knife next time.  They don't rust.

Sick Underbelly's picture

Some fucker has to rat you out, first.   And, there has to be a "Ratting Out Division" of some alphabet feral agency.  And, Bezos isn't the supreme leader of the country.

Pretty sure you're good.  Keep on dreaming.

Then again, you could be a great trendsetter and try turning yourself in.   Although this is truly FAKE NEWS, it's funny, nonetheless, and could serve as inspiration...Geoff Gaylord turned himself in for killing his imaginary friend, Mr. Happy.

daedon's picture

Haven't we already all been ratted out by the NSA ?

Sick Underbelly's picture

Most likely, we have all been recorded and spied upon, according to Snowden.  Doubt the NSA will trigger an enforcement agent to visit me to confirm a) there is a file on me, or b) the contents of said file.

The bigger question is:  how much longer do we have before voicing your dream narrative of the harm that befell a President gets you put in jail?


wildbad's picture

we've got to stop even mentioning these yesterday ad agencies for the megacorps.

the only place their names should be mentioned is either in court documents and amoung their own mockingbird ilk.

talk amoungst yourselves

buzzsaw99's picture

this makes no sense. you feel sorry for the russian who went to jail for revealing his thoughts yet you decry the wapo doing the same? bullshit. you don't like it, don't read it.

Sick Underbelly's picture

Hey, buzzsaw99.  I get the feeling that English isn't your first language.

I think you were right, from your perspective, it "makes no sense".  From my view, it makes good sense.

When someone has no evidence, their arguments are extremely weak, and the doubt level is yuuge.

This is like a towering, tub-of-lard-fat guy going into a gym, straight to the weightlifting bar, saying to the shorter guy with honed muscles of steel, benching 295, "I'll beat you by lifting 300 pounds!" knowing quite well his ass can't lift more than 75.

Yes, intimidation might keep the shorter guy from accepting the challenge, but it sure as hell doesn't stop the shorter guy from demanding the fat ass put up or shut up.

Wapo's using intimidation it can't back up; the imprisoned guy wasn't even attempting intimidation. Unless you can magically prove the Russian guy didn't have a dream, you're not comparing apples with apples.

Indeed, wapo isn't "doing the same" thing as the man in Russia.

Ex-Oligarch's picture

I think the article above could be clearer and can see why you might be confused. 

The analogy turns on the fact that WaPo's article promotes the demand (voiced by anonymous "experts" at PropOrNot) that the federal governmenet investigate and prosecute the listed alternative media sites for espionage and other crimes. 

The supposed justification for prosecuting the alternative media, and for believing that they are foreign agents, is publishing reports that are critical of the US government, the democratic party, and the major corporate media conglomerates like WaPo.

In this sense, it is clearly parallel to pre-Glasnost Soviet practice.

DuneCreature's picture

****** The Propaganda Gangland Wars! *******

May 2014, Gang Kingpin Bezo takes over the 16th Street corridor and starts a bloody war of reprisal against truthiness. Terrorizing the capital city with ruthless drive-by half truths and dot gov sponsored bull feces.

The Pentagram Gang respond by outing one of its own as a sacrificial offering and distraction from the 3.5 trillion dollar USSA Treasury heist in progress and kicked General Betrayus to the international curb. .. Desperate, and with nowhere else to turn, the disgraced adulterine NWO gangster seeks protection from the outside the beltway boys from New York. ... Donald The Full-Auto Twittering Trump a powerful mobster from the Big Rotten Apple (don't mind the maggots) takes General Betrayus under his personal protection umbrella and makes Little Naughty David his point man in the Don's battle for hearts (if any) and minds (if any) in the City Of Monuments and Monumental Bullshit.

Stay tuned for Propaganda Gangland Wars Part II as Kingpin Bezo takes his propaganda carnage to the WEB! ... The war spreads as such high priests of truth as Matt Drudge, Alex Jones and the wise old sage Ron Paul are ruthlessly Real News Cartel clown car bombed and martyred in the Barbershop of Innuendo for gang control of territory from Truth Street to Credibility Avenue and beyond. .. Readership and click throughs hinge on the outcome this epic battle for eyeballs, cred and free shipping.

Live Hard, Who Needs Drones, The Wapo or Amazon For Payload Delivery When You Have Comments And Comics Section At ZeroHedge, I Axed Ya, Die Free

~ DC v4.0

Ex-Oligarch's picture

"Barbershop of Innuendo"

Damn, I really want to steal that, but I'm not sure what I'd do with it.

DuneCreature's picture

Be my guest.

I'm an open source MSM / CIA run Phib Factory ridicule sort of dude.

Put it in the fridge for later.

Live Hard, I'm Just Getting Warmed Up, This Is Mock The Mushy Media Morons War, Die Free

~ DC v4.

Ex-Oligarch's picture

Language is a virus.  Lob some over the ramparts.

Live Hard, Keep 'Em Coming, Never Die (just kick off a new version as necessary)


bloofer's picture

Language is indeed a very dangerous thing. Even at its most benign it projects a false version of reality as a kind of vividly-colored transparent overlay to "real" reality, and greatly distorts it. It does this just by giving names to things (nouns) and actions (verbs), and so forth, thus turning real "things" and their actions into cartoons of themselves.

The human brain seems to be hardwired for this kind of highly simplified thought and perception--which does provide a lot of "operative knowledge." But it's a good idea to remember that the productions of the mind are not reality itself. Language tends to limit thought to pre-manufactured, off-the-rack options. It's useful, but you have to step back from it sometimes--make a conscious habit of stepping back from it--to avoid becoming an automaton capable only of pre-manufactured (or pre-digested) thought.

silverer's picture

I haven't watched mainstream news in years, and somehow I know a lot more about what's going on than the TV news fanatics. Which goes to show, you miss nothing if you shut it off.

War Machine's picture

respectfully, this is all surface stuff.

why and how has a natural ally of the US come to be a target of the US .gov?

max_leering's picture

ya gots to have a boogeyman... no boogeyman, no infinite dinero for their buds at MIC... it's easy as pie

Sick Underbelly's picture

Fake it until you make it...and even foment.   Fake and foment until you make it!

wmbz's picture

The  S.S.MSM is sinking at an ever increasing pace.

These propagandist have no idea how to change what is happening to them. Their old play book does not work anymore. So you can bet they will do more of the same!

That is all these retards know to do. I for one am enjoying watching the death of the so called "news" media.

Die Bitches!

RightLineBacker's picture

My natural inclination is to nuke them all.

But I must admit that I am getting great joy from watching their slow, grueling death-convulsions.

Coldfire's picture

What is this "media" of which you speak?

Miss Expectations's picture

Next assignment:  Fox News, the WWIII with Russia channel.

MrSteve's picture

Yellow dog journalism is the name given to war-mongering news outfits. What have we now, endless wars? The media is steeped in blood and corruption.

1777's picture

One of the biggest problems in the country! A concentrated media which tells people what to think!

Make mine a double.....Double speak on the rocks!

Sick Underbelly's picture

As to the graphic:  So, back in 1983, when there were 50 companies controlling 90%, did we really get good news? 

Were there truly real journalists, and politicians were held to the fire?

When you turned on the TV in 1983, did you really have a wide variety of opinions and slants on the events?  

Have things really changed much?


skunzie's picture

To me it goes back to the Viet Nam war when the MSM discovered that the public was eager to see blood and guts on t.v. every night from the comfort of their living rooms while eating Hungry Man t.v. dinners.  It sold advertising for the networks and papers and it's been downhill from that point onward.  

It is changing now as more people have access to the Internet and alt-right news sources.  Is there bias on the alt-right side?, yes but at least now there IS an alt-right side from which to get news.

DjangoCat's picture

I think you give them too much credit.  They have been pawns in the game forever, though now, I think they see their game drying up and the people (but not the sheeple) moving on, so the desparation is showing.