Guest Post: You Can't Fool Mother Nature For Long: Mainstream Media

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Submitted by Charles Hugh Smith from Of Two Minds

You Can't Fool Mother Nature For Long: Mainstream Media

The Corporate Media in the U.S. is a handmaiden to the Financial and Political Elites, issuing simulacra of "news" and "analysis" in service of the Status Quo.

If there is any America "industry" ripe for widespread discrediting, it is the U.S. Corporate Media--the six corporations that own most of the media outlets the conventional American sees, hears and reads. This week's theme is You Can't Fool Mother Nature For Long, and this is how it plays out in MediaLand: when the disconnect between the actual economy and what the American people are told is factual and true about the U.S. economy and its Financial Elites by their Corporate Media widens to surrealism, then the conventional American who has passively accepted propaganda in place of reality will finally abandon belief in the "fairness and integrity" of the Mainstream Media, and see it for what it is: a corporate house of prostitution, where everything is for sale to the highest bidder.

Ask yourself how many hard-hitting, high-visibility series on the underbelly of American sickcare have been issued by any Mainstream Media outlet. Then look at how many of these outlets live off the revenues of adverts for pharmaceutical products, health insurance, fast foods and packaged foods-- all industries that are profiteering from the current sickcare system.

The answer, as far as I can discern, is (unsurprisingly) zero.

Present-day journalism in America has an unspoken double-standard. Any "news" story or analysis based on press releases from Central State fiefdoms such as the CBO, Medicare, BLS, etc. is accepted without reservations or independent inquiry, or indeed, even basic journalistic skepticism, while any reports that are critical of the Status Quo are treated quite differently: sources are treated as suspect, critical comments are always countered with official assurances, high-visibility "experts" are tapped to dismiss the criticism, and finally, the story is buried: it runs on a public-service broadcast in the wee hours of the morning, it is relegated to page B-19 in the newspaper, and it briefly appears at the bottom of a list of web stories that is quickly "refreshed" before too many people can spot it.

This gives the Corporate Media "plausible deniability" when critics question the veracity and quality of its analysis. The Corporate Media digs up the buried story and presents it as "proof" of hard-hitting journalism.

We now live in an era of unmitigated propaganda that is accepted much as propaganda in wartime: we all know it's been censored or gussied up with positive spin, but we accept it as "necessary" because the Status Quo is under threat.

This "rally round the flag" mentality in wartime allows horrendous officially sanctioned errors and the resultant loss of life to be glossed over or simply buried, lest the Home Front get discouraged by official incompetence or error.

There is a subtext of this very belief system in the constantly cheery presentation of the "economic recovery" in painfully bogus unemployment statistics and analyses that are lacking in even Journalism 101 skepticism: we know it's all bogus but we fear the truth. So we accept the propaganda as "necessary for morale."

There is a difference between now and World War II, though. In a full-blown global war, the nation itself was at risk. Now, it is the Financial and Political Elites who are risk. The Corporate Media's first and most critical line of propaganda is that if America's Financial and Political Elites fall, so too does the nation.

This is of course false. The nation would be infinitely better off if its current crop of craven, corrupt Financial and Political Elites were revealed as financially and ethically bankrupt and delivered from great power into ignominious disgrace.

A truly independent media would have been highlighting this reality daily since the financial house of cards began collapsing in 2007. Instead, the Corporate Media has presented the saving of the financial and political Status Quo Elites as the equivalent of saving the nation itself. This is self-serving, of course, but it is also fascist: the Corporate Media and the Central State are now essentially one.

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hedgeless_horseman's picture



Throw out your television today.

Pladizow's picture

"Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play." - Joseph Goebbels - Nazi Minister of Propoganda.

Chupacabra-322's picture

@ Pladizow, here's a few more of The Fuhrer's greatest quotes:


“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it… It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

- Joseph Goebbels, Propaganda Minister for Adolph Hitler

“The more we do to you, the less you seem to believe we are doing it.”
-Dr Josef Mengele (Infamous Nazi doctor)

“How fortuned for leaders men don’t think.”

“He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future.”

“All propaganda has to be popular and has to accommodate itself to the comprehension of the least intelligent of those whom it seeks to reach.”

“It is always more difficult to fight against faith than against knowledge.”
-The Fuhrer

AbruptlyKawaii's picture



Judge Denies Obama Motion To Quash Subpoena in Birth Certificate Case

mean reversion is a bitch, even for information and the lame stream media. it's like the chunnel or fukushima/chernobyl or macondo, it'll always leak, just depends how much how fast.

jeff montanye's picture

i hope that monster obama reverts; he's so mean, and so lame.   

Chupacabra-322's picture

The CIA and the Media 

by Carl Bernstein

Rolling Stone, Oct. 20, 1977

In 1953, Joseph Alsop, then one of America's leading syndicated columnists, went to the Philippines to cover an election. He did not go because he was asked to do so by his syndicate. He did not go because he was asked to do so by the newspapers that printed his column. He went at the request of the CIA.

Alsop is one of more than 400 American journalists who in the past twenty-five years have secretly carried out assignments for the Central Intelligence Agency, according to documents on file at CIA headquarters.

Some of these journalists' relationships with the Agency were tacit; some were explicit. There was cooperation, accommodation and overlap. Journalists provided a full range of clandestine services -- from simple intelligence gathering to serving as go-betweens with spies in Communist countries. Reporters shared their notebooks with the CIA. Editors shared their staffs. Some of the journalists were Pulitzer Prize winners, distinguished reporters who considered themselves ambassadors-without-portfolio for their country. Most were less exalted: foreign correspondents who found that their association with the Agency helped their work; stringers and freelancers who were as interested it the derring-do of the spy business as in filing articles, and, the smallest category, full-time CIA employees masquerading as journalists abroad. In many instances, CIA documents show, journalists were engaged to perform tasks for the CIA with the consent of the managements America?s leading news organizations.

The history of the CIA's involvement with the American press continues to be shrouded by an official policy of obfuscation and deception . . . .

Among the executives who lent their cooperation to the Agency were William Paley of the Columbia Broadcasting System, Henry Luce of Time Inc., Arthur Hays Sulzberger of the New York Times, Barry Bingham Sr. of the Louisville Courier-Journal and James Copley of the Copley News Service. Other organizations which cooperated with the CIA include the American Broadcasting Company, the National Broadcasting Company, the Associated Press, United Press International, 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. By far the most valuable of these associations, according to CIA officials, have been with The New York Times, CBS, and Time Inc.

dizzyfingers's picture

So, at last, we understand why there were warnings about television.

pirea's picture

I did this in 2010, and it is great.

Instant Wealth's picture

... thumbs up, I did it in 2001. Fuck TV.

falun bong's picture

Keep the big screen TV, and get some Firefox add-ons that make the font size huge (so you can see it from across the room). Then get an add-on that let's you flip through your bookmarks like you're flicking TV channels. You'll be amazed, you end up watching very high-quality stuff, not Kardashians.

RiverRoad's picture

Unfortunately, the MSM bears watching.

Frankie Carbone's picture

Turned my flat panel into the video monitor that I am typing this on. 

Tee Vee is for sheep. Weakass, mindless cattle that cannot think for themselves nor would they even if they could. 

Public education and intellectual sloth have destroyed this once great nation. 

redpill's picture

Prescription drug abuse?

NotApplicable's picture

Fried peanut butter and banana sammiches?

redpill's picture

Disappearing Keyser Soze style and living in a secret bunker waiting for John Tesh to bring him another bottle of whiskey?

LFMayor's picture

Well we all know about him shooting TVs when he wanted to change the channel, and Sonny or Red rolling in another one.  A buddy of mine this past week told me that he had heard that Elvis owned a Pantera, and that it was running rough and pissing him off, so he shot it, too.

redpill's picture

"a Pantera, and that it was running rough"

Rather redundant wouldn't you say!

Spirit Of Truth's picture

The false hopes from faith in the false god Mammon are giving way.  The masses are clinging to the lies of Mammon's central planners to maintain their optimism.  I don't expect this to last:


BlackholeDivestment's picture

...wild isn't it, the darkness passes before the eyes of man and yet they remain laboring at ZERO INTEREST!!! Lol.

2012-13 sure does look like the ending point for sealing the dead in the black hole, and the start of the prophetic time of false peace is displaying the ripe reality of the ensuing gathering of force after that mark in time. 

redpill's picture

I would except that I occasionally indulge in a guilty pleasure viewing of Moonshiners or Sons of Guns.  Discovery Channel, helping you learn about illegal booze and weaponry 30 minutes at a time.

Strider52's picture

Don't forget about "Gold Rush", and next week: "Bearing Sea Gold".

The only thing I watch on network TV is football, and sometimes when Tiger's playing golf. But the Science channel, Discovery and the History channels are worth having a TV.

lotsoffun's picture

yes,  if you are 12 year old male.

no sarcarsm here.



Zedge Hero's picture

Press TV and Free speech TV- There is independent media out there that is doing an incredible job.  CHannels 375 and 348 on Direct TV . No commercials or corporate BS sponsors.  It's sad when Russian TV and Al-Jazerra are 5 times better too than ABCBSNBCNN

iDealMeat's picture

Wow...  what I saw/learned in the case of "Sons of Guns" was someone about to lose his small business because his best Gunsmith walked out the door.

Those shows don't teach you jack shit. They are exploitative and destructive to the original business.


OTH, they are a huge boon to Discovery because they cost nothing to make.

lotsoffun's picture

i did get a kick out of watching dog the bounty hunter with subtitles at my gym.  as much as it made me feel superior that i could read the subtitles, it really is pretty stupid and scary if you can objectively step back and look.



true brain's picture

Why would you throw out your master? the one who tells you what to do, comforts you that everything will be ok, who tells you who to vote for, where to invest your money, who to worship. the majority of american will go on prozac the moment tv is off. think about it, tv or prozac; tv is less expensive.

btw: yes nature can be ignored. Super Bernanke and his trusty printing press will make it right.

A Lunatic's picture

The majority of people really do not wish to be free. It is a terrifying prospect in fact. The same can be said of the Truth, which incidentally, goes hand in glove with freedom.

trav7777's picture

most people here don't either.  They have high voltage mental 3rd rails that they are terrified of approaching

CompassionateFascist's picture

Race realism is the key to the future. That, + lots of silver and lead.

Lord Koos's picture

Forward into the pasture.  The future, my ass.

Dr. Acula's picture

The majority believe in an invisible sky daddy and combustible shrubberies.

Kaiser Sousa's picture

posted on ur comment so that most would c...i think we know why holder aint done shit now....

(Reuters) - "U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Lanny Breuer, head of the Justice Department's criminal division, were partners for years at a Washington law firm that represented a Who's Who of big banks and other companies at the center of alleged foreclosure fraud, a Reuters inquiry shows.   

In recent weeks the Justice Department has come under renewed pressure from members of Congress, state and local officials and homeowners' lawyers to open a wide-ranging criminal investigation of mortgage servicers, the biggest of which have been Covington clients. So far Justice officials haven't responded publicly to any of the requests.


While Holder and Breuer were partners at Covington, the firm's clients included the four largest U.S. banks - Bank of America, Citigroup, JP Morgan Chase and Wells Fargo & Co - as well as at least one other bank that is among the 10 largest mortgage servicers."



eatthebanksters's picture

While the Prez talks to the 99% like he is one of them and cares about them, he is pushing hard on all fronts for a pennies on the dollar settlement and no further investigations or prosecutions of banks or people responsible for the mortgage crisis.  No investigation and no punishment at all for thse who broke the law...what gives?  Hope and change really is all about playing the little people while you're scumbag friends enrich themselves off of the crimes they perpetrate on those same little people.  I'm sorry, Obama is just another asshole poitico who lies through his teeth and he has to go...

Kaiser Sousa's picture

Don't b fuckin pissed and fuck the bankers every way u can...don't pay credit card bills, don't pay mortgages, pull money from accts, and swap their worthless green pieces of shit for real money....GOLD AND SILVER....

groundedkiwi's picture

OWS should attend all Obamas re-elecction rallies and mic check him with yes we can. No Banker shall be prosecuted, yes we can etc etc

Chupacabra-322's picture

@ Kaiser Sousa, I'll see your Reuters and raise you an Oklahoma City Flase Flag Cover Up.  This Tresonist Eric Holder really gets around.

Eric Holder, Fast And Furious, and the Oklahoma City Bombing

The on-line weekly, American Free Press, is alleging that the Attorney General of the United States, Eric Holder, “managed an FBI operation that provided explosives to Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols just prior to the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah building in Oklahoma City on april 19, 1996 .”

AFP says this is according to official documents released under the Freedom of Information Act, during an ongoing investigation into government foreknowledge of the terrorist attack.

Kaiser Sousa's picture

Un fuckin real....but its real....

BlackholeDivestment's picture


...uh, what's the Inauguration of Pharoah for (at the Scottish Rite Temple 1776 Second of Sirius 4)? Lol. Oh yeah, the invocation of the ''god(s) of Loyd Blank( as in black hole)feind''. Lol MonUMentaly unreal, you could say. Lol 

... fathom the darkness.

Lord Koos's picture

Guys, I heard that Kangol has some fresh tinfoil in stock.

Not a Number's picture

Yep--got rid of my TV in 2005. Anytime I catch a glimpse of it; in store, airport, friend's place--WOW -- I REALLY notice how the MSM plays with peoples heads.

As comedian Bill Hicks used to say--

"“Go back to bed, America, your government has figured out how it all transpired. Go back to bed America, your government is in control. Here, here's American Gladiators. Watch this, shut up, go back to bed America, here is American Gladiators, here is 56 channels of it! Watch these pituitary retards bang their f--king skulls together and congratulate you on the living in the land of freedom. Here you go America - you are free to do what well tell you! You are free to do what we tell you!”"


LFMayor's picture

The ones that really bug me now have laugh tracks.  They're so fucking inane that they have to program people when to laugh.  I pulled up some old Munsters and Addams family episodes and THEY had laugh tracks too, i had totally forgotten or not even noticed as a kid.  It was disappointing and at the same time a Matrix-esqe awakening.

falun bong's picture

Just had to post, my avatar says hello...

BLOTTO's picture

Real journalism is DEAD.

The Illuminati mass controlled media.

ABC, CBC, CNN, FOX, BBC = lies and manipulations.

BLOTTO's picture

The Russians told a familiar joke: "Under Capitalism, man exploits man while under Communism, it's the other way round." 

As we are discovering, there isn't much difference between monopoly capitalism and Communism. Under Communism, the State owns the corporations and the Illuminati bankers own the State.

Under monopoly capitalism, the corporations own the State, and the bankers own the corporations. Both are devoted to giving the satanist bankers a total political, cultural, economic and spiritual monopoly, i.e. the New World Order.  

The only difference is, in the West, there is an illusion of freedom and democracy. "Witting" servants of the Illuminati bankers are chosen to lead governments and organizations, while unwitting dupes perpetuate the illusion of a free society. The masses are also unwitting dupes kept in a coma by the education system and mass media.

 We have already contrived to possess the minds of the goy communities...[they are] looking through the spectacles we are setting astride their noses." (Protocols of Zion, 12)


Reality is their illusion

Their Fiction IS the Reality


BLOTTO's picture

Media theme saturation gets millions -- sometimes billions ( as with 'Avatar', and especially 'Pirates') -- of people thinking the same thoughts, 

memorizing the same imagery,

asking the same questions,

and ingesting new ideas... the same time



ZedHed are definitely smart - however, they are smarter...Obviously, look at the state of affairs.

Now lets go out and vote...again^100?!?! God Help us.