Why The Mainstream Media Is Freaking Out

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Charles Hugh-Smith via OfTwoMinds blog,

In a democracy, trust must be earned. It cannot be imposed.

In its panicky rush to demonize the independent media via baseless accusations of "fake news," the mainstream press has sunk to spewing "fake news" of its own.

Here's The Washington Post's criminally false "fake news" article in case you missed it: Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say.

So-called "fake news" was perfectly acceptable to the mainstream media when it was the exclusive purview of the central state. The infamous Gulf of Tonkin Incident in August 1964 that was used to justify a massive escalation of the heretofore limited war in Vietnam was heavily promoted by the mainstream media of the day.

Within hours of the incident, Navy commanders had notified the Pentagon that the entire incident was very likely illusory, a "fog of war" error.

Decades later, the mainstream media swallowed the Executive Branch's "weapons of mass destruction" justification for the 2003 invasion of Iraq as well. Even more egregiously, the mainstream media parroted the central bank/state's narrative about the Global Financial Meltdown of 2008, missing the systemic fraud and embezzlement at the heart of America's financial system.

Why is the mainstream media freaking out right now? The MSM had bet all its diminishing chips of credibility on Hillary Clinton winning the Presidency. Leading newspapers such as The New York Times ceaselessly undermined Bernie Sander's campaign in favor of Hillary Clinton, a bias visible throughout the mainstream media. (When Bernie won a primary by a substantial margin, the smallish NYT headline would read something like "Sanders edges Clinton." When Clinton won a primary by a slim margin, the NYT would declare in large typeface "Clinton regains momentum." Do you see the not-so-subtle bias?)

The same was true regarding Donald Trump. Of the 100 largest newspapers in the nation, not one came out in favor of him -- a one-sided media bias that is unprecedented in recent U.S. history.

The MSM has awakened to the reality that the monopoly they once held on a captive audience has eroded to the point of ineffectiveness.

-- In 1964, the media could easily convince the American people that the Vietnam misadventure was "necessary."

-- The media could still sell the American people that the Iraq misadventure was also "necessary" in 2002.

-- In 2016, the media went "all-out" to sell the inevitability and rightness of a Hillary Clinton presidency. What should have been a slam dunk ended up in defeat.

The fundamental dynamic here is the transition from a captive audience in thrall to a handful of media corporations to a radically democratized media. In 1964, Americans had essential zero alternatives to the three TV networks and the mainstream magazines and newspapers.

A few hardy souls subscribed to newsletters from muckrakers such as I.F. Stone, but independent journals and journalists were marginalized.

Any journal that published investigative journalism that called the dominant narratives into question (for example, Ramparts magazine in the late 1960s and early 1970s) attracted the ire of the C.I.A. and the central state's other organs of security/repression.

If you don't know anything about this, I recommend reading Site Behind Washington Post’s McCarthyite Blacklist Appears To Be Linked to Ukrainian Fascists and CIA Spies (nakedcapitalism.com).

Increasingly, the media is becoming more of a Wild West than the homogenized, centralized media with a captive audience.  With the advent of digital publishing, a lot more voices can be heard. But it takes effort to find them, and separate the wheat from the chaff. As I explain in my short video (1:21 minutes) recorded for Max Keiser, Comments on being on the "Russian propaganda" List, democracy implicitly imposes a responsibility on the citizenry to sort out who benefits from whatever narrative is being pushed.

Simply put, democracy requires citizens to be skeptical and street-smart. Chumps who can't figure out when they're being played will lose their democracy.

The mainstream media is attempting to demonize the independent media by lumping us in with "fake news" click-bait farms and "conspiracy" theorists. Notice what this says about the MSM's view of its viewers/listeners/readers:

"You are mindless sheep who are easily led astray, you are incapable of sorting wheat from chaff and so you should only listen to your betters--us."

The MSM's frenzied obsession with "fake news" (but not its own "fake news") is the gravest possible insult to the American people. The MSM is implicitly declaring that the American people are incapable of grasping the difference between click-bait headlines such as "What dangerous secret did Obama tell Trump?" or "You won't believe how these child actors have aged" and actual journalism.

Some people believe the moon landings were faked, and the rest of us have been duped. An entire cottage industry has emerged to provide evidence of the faked landings. Look, this is a democracy. People are free to believe whatever they want, or whatever seems persuasive to them. Lumping everyone outside the six corporate media behemoths into the same pot as click-bait farms won't work.

Just to refresh your memory: LIBOR rate rigging was dismissed as a wacky conspiracy, until it was shown to be true. Rigging of the silver market was a "conspiracy theory" dismissed as the equivalent of flat-earthers -- until it was shown to be true.

No wonder Americans' Trust in Mass Media Sinks to New Low (Gallup)

The mainstream media is apoplectic that their captive audience of inmates is now exposed to a cacophony of alternative narratives and opinions. In the good old days, the MSM's blanket promotion of Hillary Clinton's candidacy would have yielded a landslide victory for their chosen candidate.

For the first time in American history, the entire weight of the corporate mainstream media failed to persuade the citizenry.

With advertising revenues sliding along with the citizens' trust, the MSM is flailing about in a self-destructive fit of hubris: This makes no sense! There must be an external reason for our failure, because it can't be anything we did!

Wake up, Big Corporate Media. The enemy that's destroying your power and income is your own hubris. You can't put the Internet genie back in the bottle. Your reporting and narratives are now in open competition with a thousand other narratives, many of which (such as those of this site) are based on readily available data published by government agencies such as the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the I.R.S., US Census Bureau and the St. Louis Federal Reserve.

For example my analysis Endangered Species: The Self-Employed Middle Class relies on Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and I.R.S. data. Similarly, my analysis on Why We Keep Getting Poorer: High-Cost Housing is based on data drawn from the US Census Bureau.

In a democracy, trust must be earned. It cannot be imposed. The days of captive audiences are over. The monopoly on "news" and propaganda has been broken for good.

In Part 2: The Future Of Truth, we explore what this new media landscape means for seekers of truth going forward. How can you improve your ability to identify trustworthy information in the current landscape of controlled mass media & wildly fragmented alternative voices?

Click here to read Part 2 of this report (free executive summary enrollment required for full access)

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flaminratzazz's picture

150 terabytes of child porn

Looney's picture


The Fake News Blame Game…

The pot calling the kettle “Not Black Enough”.   ;-)


flaminratzazz's picture

involving young children and babies

flaminratzazz's picture

 top politicians, lawyers and authorities implicated

Draybin Deffercon III's picture
Draybin Deffercon III (not verified) flaminratzazz Dec 12, 2016 11:05 AM

They are freaking out over Pizzagate.

RAT005's picture

Imagine how big elite pedophile sex trafficing must be that the entire political/msm machine is trying cover it up, even with laws making it a crime to discuss or disclose it.

Draybin Deffercon III's picture
Draybin Deffercon III (not verified) RAT005 Dec 12, 2016 11:53 AM

The biggest story of teh century and they can't report on it because the ones who sign their pay-cheques are directly implicated.

The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) Nemontel Dec 12, 2016 11:04 AM

If the MSM lived or died on having ME see just one ad on their networks, they would die a quick death.


Thought Processor's picture



All of this is simply about the fact that they've lost control of the 'narrative'.  The whole 'Fake News' thing was used to wrangle people back into the arms of main stream media.  


Now that they can't push their agenda on the people of the world, they're fighting back by trying to get everyone to question the other sources people are accessing.


The irony of course is the MSM news has always been 'tailored' and therefor somewhat fake in order to push everyone down a certain road.  


Now however everyone chooses their own road.  And no one can control that.

Nemontel's picture

They are covering up literally everything that could be remotely dangerous to them.


flaminratzazz's picture

Among the 51 perpetrators said to be involved, 20 have been arrested.

Handful of Dust's picture

But at least those millions of lives lost in Iraq were for a good cause, right?

Bush found those WMDs that he and Colin Powell and the media swore to.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Dear Charles,

The USA is NOT a democracy.

Carry on.



Cognitive Dissonance

flaminratzazz's picture

As Norwegian news publication Tadens Krav reports, the material shows penetration of toddlers, children being tied, children who have sex with animals and children who have sex with other children.

robertsgt40's picture

"In a democracy, trust must be earned. It cannot be imposed."  I  don't care what happens in a democracy. I'm concerned what happens in a constitutional republic .  The founders knew the difference between a democracy and a republic .  Thats why they never used the term "democracy" in their writings. They knew the difference.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

They're "freaking out", because many of them will be "You're Fffffired-ddd*!"

* Ref. to 'Cat In The Hat' movie line.

Being so dead wrong has consequences. Long jobs as bartenders... "I could've been a contender" meme.

Badsamm's picture

Because they know they don't get a security detail when they go home to sleep?

J S Bach's picture

They are freaking out because they no longer control the narrative.  Their lies can now instantly be refuted.  The devil hates truth... it thwarts all of his diabolical plans.

flaminratzazz's picture

The dying gasps of the bush dynasty

BabaLooey's picture


They are freaking out because..THEY LIE.

BorisTheBlade's picture

They've lost their way. They forgot that the truth forms a superior foundation for propaganda.

chunga's picture

The moast embarrassingly crazy thing I've heard so far is that this epidemic of fake news MSM keeps talking about stems from a teenager in Macedonia named D'mitry.

brushhog's picture

How long until they make it a crime to refute them? 

Badsamm's picture

Megan Kelly says we need them.

DetectiveStern's picture

Trust arrives on a horse and leaves in a Ferrari.

orangegeek's picture

L   U   G   E   N   P   R   E   S   S   E   !   !   ! 

Kina's picture

I fart in their general direction, with some lumps.

Mango327's picture

It isn't just Trump that the media swine are terrified of, its the internet media exposure of a sensitive topic to a lot of people in high places of power, and it is being called PizzaGate. It is no Fake News, it is real news, and it holds the potential to ignite the moral outrage that can actually motivate people to take down the Cabal. I encourage those otherwise skeptical to investigate for themselves and decide whether or not John Podesta & Associates actually are Satanic Pedophiles. After 2016, nothing is far-fetched anymore.

Opening The Pizza-Gate To Hell

TeaClipper's picture

Just as an aside, I had the displeasure of sitting through Men in Black 2 the other night, and what should pop up in that film, but a bracelet with a piece of pizza hanging off it.

Muad'Grumps's picture

Jan Irvin and Joe Atwill are doing a good job as well.

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inosent's picture

I don't get the downvotes here. Does John Podesta and Marina Abramovic have ZH accounts?

flaminratzazz's picture

Can you imagine if a video of a US politician brutally raping and killing a child actually made it out to the world? Can you imagine if the world found out that the US has been giving thousands of children to the Saudis to be raped, in exchange for political favors? You know that feeling you have about Comet Ping Pong? That’s how the world would feel about “Americans” — country that sells children into rape rings.

PTR's picture

"Me an American?  No, sir, I'm uh, Canadian, eh."


Though I think based on the outrage that would come from genuine exposure, there would be no question in the minds of the world how the American people felt.  There is no greater crime than abuse of children.  

janus's picture


You do good work, my friend.  Just wanted to offer a bit of encouragement...keep it up, etc.


WillyGroper's picture

like retired NYPD Jim Rothstein said..."it's going to take the mothers to get this stopped."

he's known/investigated this since the 60's.

always dead ended for matters of nat'l security.

listen to his ewetoobs...he dug deep into the weeds.

Kina's picture

Dear fuckwits at washington post and new york times...if you publish dozens of Trump hate articles everyday for a year dont you think the people will wake and know you are full of shit?

Snípéir_Ag_Obair's picture

no one wants to say it in polite company but the msm is absolutely dominated by (((the usual suspects))) and a very big part of this is freaking out over losing control of info/disinfo.

its not just a democrat thing. indeed that is secondary.

its about neocon ie Zionist and Jewish control of 'news'

its neocon jews and their useful idiots wanting war on syria, russia, iran.

the new york times has long been an Establishment mouthpiece but their narratives and lies are repeated throughout corporate msm.

The media is freaking out because Zionist Jewry needs to squeeze more out of the US taxpayer wnd military.

Normalcy Bias's picture

Those 'Usual Suspects' are also behind the destruction of white run western countries.

Why is that? Can anyone defend Barbara Lerner Spectre's ideas? Anyone? It's almost as though the crazy bitch wants the ovens fired up again.


inosent's picture

Freaking out indeed. The organized jewish crime syndicate, in light of the fact that millions of Americans no longer give 2 s-t's of what the by now totally discredited (((MSM))) has to say (took long enough, right?), have taken to the compliant senate to issue the decree that all who tell the truth about the jewish criminal un-American activities shall be sent off to prison. Given that the jews control the media, and has been discredited because they are all a bunch of f-g liars, I wonder how long it will take before the entire fed govt is similarly discredited for taking orders from the same (((azhlz)))? I'll give these jewish mutha fuggas some credit. You don't just roll out of bed and end up with billions, take total control, and have every wanna be 'leader' begging to suck your cock (Trump had a few private sessions where he undoubtedly serviced netanyahoo). Still, the central issue is not a so-called 'jew's' success, but it is that the jews as a group are driven by an ideology that is totally incompatible with the principles of American liberty. They are usurpers, usurers, controllers, frauds, thieves, murderers, war mongers, liars, cheats, you name it. To say that they are power hungry, brazen and prideful POS is an epic understatement. Their presence, their ideas, and their actions are utterly and wholly subversive, as they connive here and there, by any and all means to commandeer all levers of power to execute an agenda, always a destructive one, that in their twisted minds favors themselves, and strengthens their position in the classic worldly game of 'king of the hill' they so obsessively play.

But as an American, I don't want some (((mutha fuggas))) playing a game of 'king of the hill' at my expense, where the entire edifice is built on fraud, and my labor is extorted to pay for all their bulls- agendas, while the leverage 535 cucks plus a controlled cuck president to make 'laws' that are patently subversive to the Jeffersonian model, let alone starting wars that cost trillions, serve no useful purpose, and end up sacrificing the lives of countless numbers of my fellow countrymen, create anguish amongst the citizenry, and cost trillions - all for absolutely nothing.

This sort of destabilization is the purposeful product of the jew. Only an illiterate uneducated dolt is not aware of that fact. And only a fool and a traitor would play along with their sinister, nasty, demonic game.


11b40's picture

If you want to see a real freak out, just let someone start talking about dual citizens on TV. They will shout over them and cut to a commercial so fast you will hardly know what was said.

inosent's picture

Shouldn't "heretofore" be "thentofore"?

hooligan2009's picture

news is information

opinion is just that - editorial boards are just as pignorant and stupid, or as wise and smart, as the smartest ordumbest people.

there is no monoply on opinion, and there is no monopoly on the ideas contained in yours or my opinion.

i do not need to hear the opinion of the MSM, i do need information on world events.

if the MSM can get over itself and deliver quality information (not quantity crap to fill up time or pretend that it has a monoply on opinion) i might refer to it as a source of information.

there are times when i can "veg out" to the programming resulting from the highest ad spend on a whole bunch of tv channels (i.e. programming that supports corporate begging); there are times when i can watch "box sets" of drama, documentaries and sport. the MSM should ask itself why it could never put out a box set of its news reporting. (A: because no-one would buy such a box set).

socalbeach's picture

Didn't CHS post this same or about the same article yesterday?

Ghordius's picture

OT, but not much

when President-elect Donald Trump replied to a question about "MSM" with something like (from memory):

"Those are the same people that told the (false) story about Saddam's WMDs"...

... I had a moment of thought. Personally, I was following more the european media at that time

and the whole of the British "tabloid" "hard" right newspapers, including all those of Rupert Murdoch, were completely behind Blair and Bush with that story

later, I checked, worldwide. all of Murdoch's media was fully behind the "Saddam has WMDs" story. resistance was futile, and the French could go have Freedom Fries, for example

now, I really, really wonder if Donald will get on the future shit-list of Rupert. up to now, they follow two completely different worldviews, you know? and no, not in the same way as the current "battle lines" are drawn (in ZH's pages, for example). nor does the thing between Megyn Kelly and Trump really count, so far

if yes, if those two get on two opposing sides... oh, my. I could not have wished for more "entertainment". kind of "Star Wars material"

cherry picker's picture

I don't think this guy was around in 64.

No one really knew why Vietnam was at war except it had something to do with 'commies'

I knew a fighter pilot who did two tours there, after which he was so disgusted with his country he moved to Canada.

A friend of mine, highly decorated, in that period, answered my question if he knew what he fought for, 'the President ordered it.'

In the end, Vietnam finally gained peace after the USA got kicked out.


PTR's picture

But a lot of companies made a lot of money from a war that wasn't meant to be won.

me or you's picture

América MSM is run and owned by Jews and they're not your friends.