| Corporate media/Mendacity|
(Mendacity, third rail topic)
|Corporate media has a long history of lying and misleading on matters of great importance to the deep state, such as causes of wars. Good control of corporate media is important for false flag attacks. In the 21st century, the public is becoming increasingly mistrustful of corporate media as the internet allows for easy research into and perfect recall of its track record.|
Corporate media does actively lie, but the preferred cover-up technique of deep state control of corporate media - which maintains plausible deniability - is to simply mislead, especially to lie by omission.
|An overview of the case of Steve Wilson and Jane Akre|
In 2005 the case of Steve Wilson and Jane Akre set an important legal precedent, although it was not widely reported in US at the time. The couple were fired when they refused to tailor their investigation into RBGH to suit Monsanto's wishes. Ruling on their case, a Florida Court of Appeals unanimously agreed that their employer could demand that they lie since there is no rule against distorting or falsifying the news in the United States.
Lies by omission
Prior to the advent of the internet, lies by omission were a very effective method of memory holing uncomfortable truths. Very little mention has been made of the MLK or JFK assassinations after the HSCA concluded that they were likely the result of conspiracies. No US national media network sent a reporter to the 1999 civil trial in relation to the assassination of MLK.
An unknown fraction of what purports to be reporting on independently occurring events is in fact part of scripted psychological operations, designed to influence public opinion one way or another. Generally, carrying out such psyops is best achieved without informing the street level reporting team. One famous example of such a staged event was the destruction of the statue of Saddam Hussein in Firdos square.
- Full article: War/Propaganda
- Full article: War/Propaganda
War propaganda has a long history. In the modern era, propaganda is an essential component of waging war, and the corporate controlled media are used to disseminate it. This generally features both enemy images to try to demonise the leaders or citizens of the country to be invaded, together with misdirection about the real purposes of the war.
This was a routine and effective policy in the 20th century, but the internet, by facilitating spread of alternative ideas, i.e. truth, has made the process much less reliable. MI6's Operation Mass Appeal made use of their control of corporate media.
- Full article: Russiagate
- Full article: Russiagate
“More and more we are seeing narratives about cyber-threats being used to advance reports of “attacks” and “acts of war” being perpetrated which, as far as the public is concerned, consist of nothing other than the authoritative assertions of confident-sounding media pundits. There was a recent NBC exclusive which was co-authored by Ken Dilanian, who is an actual, literal CIA asset, about the threat of hackers working for the Iranian government. The alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US elections is now routinely compared to Pearl Harbor and 9/11, despite no hard, verifiable evidence that that interference even took place ever being presented to the public.”
Caitlin Johnstone (11 August 2018) What If There Were No Official Narratives? 
Video News Releases
An uncertain but large proportion (perhaps >50%) of television news footage in USA is in fact VNRs (video news releases) produced by 3rd party corporations, as a kind of stealth advertisement masquerading as news.
Where false flag events are used, the support of corporate media is more or less essential. This a common method to try to facilitate a single policy change, such as promoting a war or rolling back a civil liberty, but may also be part of a longer term strategy of tension. The events of 9/11 are a very important example and served a multiplicity of purposes. Not only was corporate media supine in the face of the attack on US civil liberties, but by failing to ask obvious questions about the 9-11 official narrative it promoted public support for the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan. The same attack was used to justify the 2003 invasion of Iraq, following an extensive misdirection campaign by the US Pentagon and MI6's Operation Mass Appeal, an MI6 campaign of black propaganda ordered by the UK Deep state.
The 2011 attack on Libya was framed by the Western commercially-controlled media as "humanitarian intervention", which has also sought to justify invasion of Syria on the same grounds. "Western governments and western corporate media have promoted a common narrative on Syria."
Loss of confidence
The US public no longer has the faith it used to in corporate media. The proportion of Americans expressing a “great deal of confidence” in the press fell from 28% in 1976 to just 8% in 2016.
In Autumn 2016, the US Deep state launched the "Fake news website" campaign, an attempt to scare people back to traditional media such as television and newspapers, which they had long controlled through Operation Mockingbird. This attempt backfired, leading to widespread use of the phrase "fake news", which increased public awareness of the importance of cross checking news sources, further undermining faith in sources which are discovered to be mendacious.
|Consensus trance||“Nine tenths of the news, as printed in the newspapers, is pseudo-news. Some days ten tenths. The ritual morning trance in which one scans columns of newsprint creates a peculiar form of generalised pseudo-attention to pseudo-reality... My own experience has been that renunciation of this self-hypnosis, of this particiption in this trance is not a sacrifice of reality.”||Thomas Merton||1968|
|Chris Hedges||“The crisis that we face is not so much an economic crisis but a moral crisis. The utter cynicism on the part of very well paid media who have become in essence hedonists of power (which is what courtiers are) that the truth no longer matters, that that sacred contract that a great reporter makes between the viewer or the reader to tell them the truth is no longer relevant.”||Chris Hedges|
|Journalist||“If we had met five years ago, you wouldn't have found a more staunch defender of the newspaper industry than me ... I was winning awards, getting raises, lecturing college classes, appearing on TV shows, and judging journalism contests. So how could I possibly agree with people like Noam Chomsky and Ben Bagdikian, who were claiming the system didn't work, that it was steered by powerful special interests and corporations, and existed to protect the power elite? And then I wrote some stories that made me realize how sadly misplaced my bliss had been. The reason I'd enjoyed such smooth sailing for so long hadn't been, as I'd assumed, because I was careful and diligent and good at my job ... The truth was that, in all those years, I hadn't written anything important enough to suppress.”||Gary Webb|
|Journalist||“Journalism's job is not impartial 'balanced' reporting. Journalism's job is to tell the people what is really going on.”||George Seldes|
|John Swinton||“There is no such thing, at this date of the world's history, in America, as an independent press. You know it and I know it. There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid weekly for keeping my honest opinion out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar weekly salaries for similar things, and any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job. If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone. The business of the journalists is to destroy the truth; to lie outright; to pervert; to vilify; to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. You know it and I know it, and what folly is this toasting an independent press? We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities, and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes.”||John Swinton||1880|
|Document:It's official: Russiagate is this generation's WMD||article||23 March 2019||Matt Taibbi|
- Looking Back on the Spanish War
- https://medium.com/@caityjohnstone/what-if-there-were-no-official-narratives-4de3ee54ed0c medium
- Karen Kwiatkowski