The "News" Is Content-Free

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog,

We're "your" trustworthy news source, even though we're all owned by six corporations or billionaires with political agendas.

The "news" has loomed large in The News--a classic self-referential loop in which the media itself becomes its own content. While the controversy over what constitutes "fake news" and "real news" has itself become "the news," the cold reality is all "news," "real" or otherwise, is content-free.

The "news" is so devoid of content that a simple software program could assemble a semi-random daily selection of headlines, scrolling banners, and radio/TV "news" reports from a pool of typical "news" stories and insert a bit of context (local highways that are congested, rough neighborhoods where shootings occur, names of local authorities, etc.), and the consumer of "news" would be hard-pressed to tell the difference between the randomly generated "news" and the "real news."

Here's a taste of the Random Content-Free News Generator Application that would produce "news" that was virtually indistinguishable from the "real" news.

Traffic is backed up near the (insert the usual congestion point) on the I-XX (local Interstate/highway). (TV/video: show randomly selected video clip of slow-moving traffic).

A serious accident occurred on I-XX (TV newscasters look somber if the wreck resulted in fatalities.)

Local Authorities held a news conference to Say What People Want to Hear about (insert hot-button topic): this concern is being addressed by authorities. We've got top people working on this--top people. (Newscasters look serious.)

A horrific terrorist attack occurred somewhere in the world--insert semi-randomly selected city, with preference given to Mideast and Central Asian war zones and Western capitals.

Bad weather of some kind is threatening us, or could threaten us shortly. (Insert video clip of flooding, heavy rain, or scorching heat in desert climes, etc.)

Sports celebrity XYZ apologizes for (choose one or more: spousal abuse, gambling, serial infidelity, public drunkenness, loutish treatment of adoring fans, etc.) while his wife/family/attorney hover in the background.

Coach XYZ explains why the team lost: the other team made some key plays, we lost focus, our guys/gals gave it their all, but we see some areas of improvement we're going to work on, etc.

The latest food fad taking the hipster 'hoods by storm is (combine traditional ingredient with an Asian or Indian flavor: kim-chee-flavored watermelon, etc.)

Somebody graduated (heart-warming story that gives newscasters a chance to smile): insert video of cute kindergartners collecting their diplomas, Grandmother in cap and gown, etc. (An over-credentialed society loves to see graduations, especially of kids, elders and underdogs--supporting the narrative that our meritocracy thrives on piling up credentials.)

Good news on the economy: insert manipulated official statistic on declining unemployment, higher median wages, rising home values, etc. Alternative report: insert story of an underdog taking ownership of a house for the first time, new food truck serving customers, etc.

You don't see this every day: insert YouTube clip of person being struck by lightning but miraculously walking away, truck overturning on a highway, spilling huge steel girders, etc.

More evidence surfaces that Russia Did Something Bad to Us (insert random clip of Putin, Russian missiles, etc.)

Self-congratulatory advertorial: We're doing a great job here, folks, of investigating what needs to be investigated and reporting what needs to be reported, etc. Count on us for "real news." We're "your" trustworthy news source, even though we're all owned by six corporations or billionaires with political agendas:


Drop-Hammer Jul 14, 2017 12:13 AM Permalink

Every bit of our media is owned/controlled/operated by the Christ-killers.  Of course, it is content free.  At least, free of any content that is the truth.

pparalegal Jul 12, 2017 5:18 PM Permalink

A true story July 12, 2017. San Francisco radio station KSFO morning talk show broadcasters were so disgusted with the all the fake & slanted news they actually played the Blues Brothers rock & roll song audio from the movie instead of switching to the 9:00 AM top of the hour CBS (I think) national news breakI can't wait until tomorrow to hear if these folks still have a job.

Westcoastliberal pparalegal Jul 12, 2017 7:05 PM Permalink

No one formerly in the Radio industry currently has a job.  The Radio industry was decimated by removal of the ownership caps on how many stations one company can own, starting with Clinton back in the 90's.  As a result, just two companies (iHeart and Cumulus) own the majority of decent signals across the U.S.  Both companies are currently considering bankruptcy. They fired all the talent and then fired all their salespeople in order to save money; they call that "programatic buying" as if local businesses didn't need to be persuaded to purchase commercials (I've sold Radio and it takes a HEAP of convincing).BTW you must be a Boomer, because when asked what is their favorite Radio station, most Millennials respond, "what's a Radio"?

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Too-Big-to-Bail (not verified) Jul 12, 2017 2:46 PM Permalink

There is sometimes a little bit of valuable news content nowadays if one pays attention and reads between the lines. But overall not as much as in pre-2008.

VWAndy Jul 12, 2017 12:54 PM Permalink

 We could do more to make the propaganda ineffective. Mentoring is very good at building up BS filters. By training up the young to be intellectualy stronger and much less susseptable to the lies. One on one mentoring is best for this. If there were more well mentored people around they would have to tone down the BS simply because of all the laughter.

Soph Jul 12, 2017 12:53 PM Permalink

The content issue is certainly noteworthy.

However, "Traditional" news ownership is no more consolidated than in the past. If anything, Joe Average is better off today insofar as info access goes, due to alternate sources that can provide information outside the traditional media space.

When I grew up there were 3 main TV channels, and 1 (perhaps 2) newspapers per city typically owned by a few news print conglomerates. That's it. Your information was heavily scripted and presented like pablum to a baby. You had no other source from which to gather info other than perhaps some fringe magazines. Granted, content of these news conglomerates was generally better at that time as we had not digressed into the Twitter-sphere or snippet mentality of communication.

Today, we have a range of alternate views via independent sources in the blogosphere and internet generally. The traditional sources at least do not have complete dominance any longer.

Westcoastliberal Soph Jul 12, 2017 7:08 PM Permalink

Sorry Soph but you're dead wrong. All media ownership including television stations is heavily consolidated, so instead of those "3 main TV channels" having 3 separate owners, now they'll all be owned by one company.  Which means 2 news departments were laid off and you'll see the same news on all 3 channels. This repeats across our amber waves of grain.

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CompassionateC… Jul 12, 2017 12:25 PM Permalink

Wow.  This article came so very close to being anti-semitic but fortunately the author chose the word "billionaires" instead.  That was close.  Folks, if you don't trust the main stream media then you are, quite frankly, a fucking RACIST and a NAZI worse than tRump/Hitler.  You people are just goyim cattle "human resources" to that only exist at the pleasure of the Jewish people, God's chosen, and when you get uppity well then it's time for you to go.  That's why we clearly need hate speech laws because the media brainwashing is wearing off.  If we don't crack down then we're likely to have anudda shoah (a real one this time) where I fear that waaaayyy more than SIX GORILLION totally innocent, Christ killing, mass murdering, globalist kike scumbags will be more than just deloused but instead BRUTALLY GASSED until they're lifeless!! That's why I am a huge fan of white genocide through mass immigration and miscegenation.  If we flood white nations with low IQ savage turd worlders and brainwash white women to abort white children and to fuck niggers then they'll be toast and won't be able to resist because they're too fucking stupid to do so.  This is also why I support the Jewish gun control program because we cannot allow the white goyim the ability to resist.

All Risk No Reward CompassionateC… Jul 12, 2017 1:27 PM Permalink

>>You people are just goyim cattle "human resources" to that only exist at the pleasure of the Jewish people<<

Then how come Jewish people are being treated so much like goyim?

Israel: 18 families control 60% corporate equity (2:00m in)

Israeli economy is ready to COLLAPSE, MASS PANIC IN ISRAEL

Israelis rally for better economic conditions

Israel mass protests over rising living costs | Aug 2011 | BBC News

Don't let the cognitive dissonance implode your little "mind."

"The issue which has swept down the centuries and which will have to be fought sooner or later is the people (all of them, including Jews) versus the (individual owners of the) banks."
~Lord Acton

You are so blind you have no idea you are acting on behalf of the Debt-Money Monopolists that engineer, finance, and control everything you claim to despise.

You are putty in their hands.

They've literally molded your mind to blame your Jewish neighbor AND NOT BLAME THE DEBT-MONEY MONOPOLISTS DIRECTLY.

You hold up the "curtain" that shields the "Wizard of Oz."

You are the promoter of the Bankster propaganda that occults the real Big Bad.

And you like being a pathetic servant of your Debt-Money Monopolist masters.

You wouldn't have it any other way!

They are sooooooooooooooooooooooo much smarter than you.

And now you will be angry at me, a person who definitively and accurately calls out the Big Bad as the Debt-Money Monopolist criminal debt-money banking cartel... as you will act out in defense of the Debt-Money Monopolists by attacking me.

Wow. Your mind is so controlled and manipulated that you act EXACTLY OPPOSITE to how you think you act... all to the benefit of your Debt-Money Monopolist OVERLORDS.

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All Risk No Reward mary mary Jul 13, 2017 3:20 PM Permalink

Hi mary mary, not on a global level, no.

On an individual level, though, yes you can.

1. Don't bank at mega-banks. Bank at local credit unions.
2. Buy local from smaller local businesses.
3. Pay cash when buying small and local.
4. Avoid the Mega-Corporations like they were the plague (because they are).
5. Learn about nutrition and your enzyme system (and how minerals and vitamins act as cofactors to optimize your enzyme function. Enzymes produce all your hormones and your neurotransmitters). is a good introduction. Also, Youtube "Morley Robbins" and listen to all of his interviews. I do Nutrition Balancing, which, ironically, is a competitor of Robbins's, but Robbins is an excellent spokesman and I think he's the easiest way into making positive changes to your wellness. I also recommend reviewing the material on the Zone Diet Blog and Youtubing Dr. Barry Sears and listening to all his material as well.

6. Teach your children how to think, not what to think.

The Trivium Method - Gene Odening (entire) - what you should have been taught in school but weren't (ignore the superfluous "mind expanding" drug references)

Also Youtube "John Taylor Gatto" and listen to all he has to say. You can read his books as well. I believe The Underground History of American Education is free online.

Teach your children to question everything - ESPECIALLY THE ESTABLISHMENT.

7. Properly identify ROOT CAUSE and communicate it to people, most of whom will be emotionally unequipped to deal with the truth. The Debt-Money Monopolist.

8. Learn the truth about the criminal monetary system and spread the word.


How To Be a Crook

Poverty - Debt Is Not a Choice

Renaissance 2.0 The Rise of [Debt-Money Monopolist] Financial Empire

Debunking Money

Krugman (and each MIT economist professor - THEY KNOW AND THEY OCCULT!) is a Goebbelsian propagandist as he covers the crimes of wolves with his fake sheep suit and lisp.

Krugman to Lietaer: "Never touch the money system!"

And don't think Steve Keen is any better. He was called to the carpet for not admitting the system is a fraud when it was explained EXACTLY HOW THAT FRAUD WORKED... and he tucked tail and ran away PRETENDING he was responsive...

The Principal And Interest On Debt Myth (technically correct, but practically reveals inherent fraud as exposed CLEARLY in the comments section)…

Bottom line - Steve Keen won't "touch the money system" either. He learned well from his Debt-Money Monopolist Overlords.

30 sheckels of silver over THE TRUTH.

"The best way to control the opposition is to lead it and/or finance it."
~Yours truly, based upon Vladimir Lenin's quote

"If all the bank loans were paid, no one could have a bank deposit, and there would not be a dollar of coin or currency in circulation. This is a staggering thought. We are completely dependent on the commercial Banks. Someone has to borrow every dollar we have in circulation, cash or credit. If the Banks create ample synthetic money we are prosperous; if not, we starve. We are absolutely without a permanent money system. When one gets a complete grasp of the picture, the tragic absurdity of our hopeless position is almost incredible, but there it is. It is the most important subject intelligent persons can investigate and reflect upon. It is so important that our present civilization may collapse unless it becomes widely understood and the defects remedied very soon."
by: Robert Hemphill, Credit Manager of Federal Reserve Bank, Atlanta, Ga.
Source: In the foreword to a book by Irving Fisher, entitled 100% Money (1935)

9. Follow me on Zerohedge. I will post relevant links as this key information gets aggregated.

Do know though, that of all the people I've known who've heard this truth, only ONE really gets it. Only ONE person has been able to transcend the logical fallacy programming used by the Debt-Money Monopolists to grease the skids of their control and their agendas.

I have a few others that "mostly get it," but invariably get caught up in one or more aspects of the phony propaganda.

10. Try to be among the group of people learning to care about others equal to oneself. The propaganda is aimed at our base selfish instincts. People can easily be deceived into blaming "Jews" because they don't care about these people called "Jews." They really don't care about the innocent Jew is blamed for something that actually victimized him/her.

It is like blaming a murder victim for their own murder. I'm not talking about being blamed for being in a position to get murdered, I'm talking about the actual murder itself.


If you are paying attention, #10 is the umbrella principle... you will make the effort to do the other nine items if you care about other people/

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messystateofaffairs All Risk No Reward Jul 12, 2017 1:49 PM Permalink

While what you say is true, non of us are innocent. We each root for the "winners" from our group cause we benefit or perceive we benefit in some way. Americans benefit from Empire and Jews benefit by guiding American Empire. Jews need to be BDS and Americans need to be neutered back into their own space where they directly bear the consequences (Russian favorite word) of their actions and stop pawning their shortcomings off on other nations. Other nations on the other hand could do much more to recognize and resist the intrusions as well as see to their own wellbeing. Nobody's innocent.

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All Risk No Reward messystateofaffairs Jul 13, 2017 3:01 PM Permalink

>>While what you say is true<<

>>non of us are innocent. We each root for the "winners" from our group cause we benefit or perceive we benefit in some way.<<

Define "group."

I would argue the conscious people don't define groups based on physical characteristics, rather, they base their group identify on moral or content of character characteristics WHICH TRANSCEND PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS.

And those that root for good simply want those practicing bad to stop doing so and join the good group.

Now, the big problem there is when naive, gullible chumps are programmed on a mass scale to THINK they are doing good while actually doing INCREDIBLE HARM.

For example, the average person in the military thinks they are doing good "defending freedom" while actually being the "teeth" of the Debt-Money Monopolist Mega-Corporate Fascist Empire system of debt-money enslavement and psy-op based reduced longevity and early death.

"Be wise as a serpent..." wasn't a suggestion. IT IS A NECESSITY!

>>Americans benefit from Empire and Jews benefit by guiding American Empire.<<

This is true ONLY temporarily. The Great Debt-Money Bubble Bust Asset Stripping is about to eliminate the American middle class and dump them into abject poverty. That's the psy-op... and it works on myopic thinkers who figuratively look at their feet and not at the horizon.

>>Jews need to be BDS and Americans need to be neutered back into their own space where they directly bear the consequences (Russian favorite word) of their actions and stop pawning their shortcomings off on other nations.<<

Oh, I agree the dumbed down American and Jewish ordinary people masses have problems, the biggest of which is that they are so easily susceptible to Edward Bernays's mind "imprints" and used to do inflict evil upon the rest of the world (invariably to set up another BIS debt-money central bank to enslave the debt-money nescient masses in yet another country).

They lack the courage to see what really exists and prefer the the propaganda that they think is comforting - and ultimately appeals to their base selfishness and self-centeredness.

>>Other nations on the other hand could do much more to recognize and resist the intrusions as well as see to their own wellbeing. Nobody's innocent.<<

Agree. But the truth that "nobody's innocent" doesn't mean the victims, all ordinary people all around the globe, can't PRIORITIZE the causes AND BEGIN TO IDENTIFY AND TRY TO ELIMINATE THE ROOT CAUSE OF THE PROBLEM.

Will that solve everything? You are 100% correct - no it won't. But is it the biggest step in the right direction? Yes.

And as you allude to in your post, the ROOT CAUSE is really two-fold.

The knowing and selfish nature of the Debt-Money Monopolists and their for-hire "human power elite."

The unknowing and selfish nature of the ordinary people who basically embrace the Debt-Money Monopolist tyranny as their own.

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pound the vix Jul 12, 2017 12:19 PM Permalink

Headlines you will never see: Socialism fails again!!!National Debt drops againWhat to do with the budget surplus?Republicans "insert anything good or nice"Democrates look back at their Ideas and see how they turned outPolotician says "I will veto anything that raises spending...anything!"

mendigo Jul 12, 2017 12:13 PM Permalink

So basically there has been a news reporting implosion.There is relatively little value assigned to news as information much greater value assigned as entertainment - the people would rather be entertained than informed. What value does information provide.Really the people have become superfluos in the decision making process. We are owned.

Deep In Vocal … (not verified) Jul 12, 2017 12:13 PM Permalink

mass brainwash, mass mind control, mass propaganda. the social engineers are not dumb.... you think the internet is free? you better hide your data because the internet is the TV on can't control 7 billion people physically but you can control what they think and feel....facebook amazon google netflix............all fucking rigged all fucking staged....all a fucking show....i don't see any other way then to kill myself....there is no other way out of this sick, twisted, distorted, psychopathic, demonic, pits of hell, 9th circle soceity......zombie nation.. keep cheering on for the robots and the AI!! what could possible go wrong with pedophiles and psychopaths controlling the robot!!!!?  not enough good men left.....the program is soon complete...the poison in the water and food has been very effective.....look at the human today...walking corpses....ready to take it up the fucking ass....! no liberty no freedom in fucking darkness is coming.....but i'm not going down without a can't fool me...i know the trick..i know the game.....

Full Court Lug… Jul 12, 2017 12:08 PM Permalink

Would love to see the FCC force cable plans to go a la carte (this should actually be doable under existing law, too). That'll kick CNN et al right in the teeth, not to mention ESPN now that they've doubled down on SJW-ism.

pigpen Jul 12, 2017 12:07 PM Permalink

Destroy digital advertising lifeblood of corporations esp Goobook. Use brave browser and ublock origin in all apps.
Destroy advertising and make Bay area great again.

curbjob WTFRLY Jul 12, 2017 12:26 PM Permalink

So sick of conspiracy theories about jews controlling the media :  (Look, Rastafarians represent roughly the same percentage of the American population  ...if Rastas controlled more than 50% of the MSM, 80% of Hollywood studios, or 90% of global central banking ...rational people would call it what it is: a simple coincidence . 

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All Risk No Reward Shitonya Serfs Jul 12, 2017 1:18 PM Permalink

You guys are logical fallacy magnets.

The problem is you are emotionally attached to the bigotry, so facts can't dissuade you from your irrational position.

Most NBA players are black.

Are most black people NBA players?

What a stupid assertion, right?

Is it correct to refer to black people controlling the NBA?

Well, not many black people control the league, do they? It is mostly non-black people that control the league (white/jewish, whatever).

The point is this. The black people you see are EMPLOYEES.

The Jewish people you see in media and finance are EMPLOYEES.


Stop looking at employees.

And stop looking at the 5'4" black guy in the store like he's in the NBA or running the league.

HE ISN'T! He has nothing to do with the NBA other than, perhaps, being a fan of the entertainment provided by the league.

"Black people" don't run the NBA.

"Jews" don't run the debt-money systems.


The Big Bad is the Debt-Money Monopolist criminal debt-money Money Power cartel.

It appears the Rothschilds, the European Royalty, the Rockefellers, and a few others are near the tip of this authoritarian, top-down pyramid structure of power.

Lumping your Jewish neighbor into this criminal conspiracy to control the world through inextinguishable debt is a display of overwhelming ignorance and inability to critically think.

But, I know, ya'll aren't running on data and logic.

You are running on irrational bias and the comfort of parroting what someone else programmed into your brain.

BTW, that "someone else" is the controlled opposition arm of the Debt-Money Monopolists.

They want you over generalizing the Big Bad BECAUSE THEY ARE THE SPECIFIC BIG BAD AND DON'T WANT TO BE OUTED!

Useful idiots is what Stalin used to call the Russian version of you irrational, emotional bags.

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All Risk No Reward Shitonya Serfs Jul 13, 2017 5:02 PM Permalink

>>Jew controls the NBA (Silver) and they own a bunch of teams (Cavs, Bulls, Mavs, Warriors, Pacers, Clippers, Suns, Raptors).<<



The Debt-Money Monopolists control these organizations and they do so because the Debt-Money Monopolists CHOSE to partner with some very tiny fraction of all Jewish people to fill some (but not all) of the ownership position.

The POWER is in the MONEY POWER, not in what the name "Jew" represents.

These 200,000 Jews protesting government oppression aren't running the world - or are they, since "Jews" run the world?

Israeli economy is ready to COLLAPSE, MASS PANIC IN ISRAEL

Israelis rally for better economic conditions

Israel mass protests over rising living costs | Aug 2011 | BBC News

>>No one said bank tellers or TV script readers control the bank or media, dipshit.<<

No, people all the time say "Jews" are doing it, BUT JEWS CAN BE BANK TELLERS AND SCRIPT READERS, TOO.


Oh, your irrationality is completely blind to you, isn't it?

Even though what you said is partly false, I can't call you a liar because I think you are clueless rather than deceptive.

You can't even admit the contradiction, can you?

You can't even see the contradiction, right?

You are using the wrong word. That's the point.

"The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their proper (correct name) name."






And you can't even fathom the reality.

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All Risk No Reward falconflight Jul 13, 2017 3:32 PM Permalink

>>So they're sport nuts...<<

No. Sports are, shall we say, "the opiate of the masses."

The Debt-Money Monopolist want to control every single important societal institution there is, top down.

Sports are mass distraction device for the masses... and the social engineers would want to control any mass distraction device.

Also, watch the original Rollberball. It is less about Rollerball and more about the THREAT that athletes pose to AUTHORITARIAN SYSTEMS OF CONTROL.

Control the league, control much of the threat that the athletes pose to the Debt-Money Monopolist Mega-Corporate Fascist Beast Empire system of authoritarian control.

Yes, I know. It currently has a velvet glove facing most ordinary Americans.

Don't think that some of that isn't a mirage/hallucination and don't think that it can't be removed at the pleasure of the Debt-Money Monopolists.

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