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•Corporate media/Deep state control
|The corporate media refers to itself as 'mainstream' in an effort to marginalize so-called "alternative" media. While some instances (e.g. BBC) are not strictly commercial, all the corporate media is hierarchically structured, so a very small number of editors can censor or modify its output.|
Corporate/commercially controlled media (CCM), also termed big media, legacy media, old media or (misleadingly) mainstream media (MSM) is a set of corporations whose main output will be familiar to most, i.e. ABC, BBC, CBS, CNN, the Washington Post, the New York Times etc. Their censorship, mendacity, control by the deep state and refusal to go near third rail topics are primary reasons that this website was set up.
- 1 Official Narrative
- 2 Deep state control
- 3 Mendacity
- 4 Consolidation
- 5 High Profile Examples
- 6 Alternatives
- 7 An event carried out
- 8 Examples
- 9 Related Quotations
- 10 Related Documents
- 11 Rating
- 12 References
Echoing the official narrative of its longer established bedfellows, Wikipedia refers to the large news conglomerates with their preferred self-description, the "mainstream media" (MSM). As of January 2017, the Wikipedia page had lead for some years with a reference to a 1997 article by Noam Chomsky, stating that "Mainstream Media" (MSM) "both reflect and shape prevailing currents of thought". This is an uncomfortable fit with a September 2016 poll finding that found only 32% of US adults trusting big media "to report the news fully, accurately and fairly."
The wikipedia page itself refers to the massive media consolidation in the US (though Wikipedia editors have removed details of its extent). Considering that corporate media has a hierarchical structure this renders them easily controllable, rendering the idea of big media as "reflective" of public opinion as highly suspect. Many perceive it as little more than a system of control and containment of the population. Since the news agenda is dictated by a very small number of very rich individuals, it has been suggested that the phrase "mainstream" would be more accurate if replaced by a label which respected the plutocratic agenda it promotes. On Wikispooks, the term CCM (Commercially/Corporate Controlled Media) is preferred.
Deep state control
- Full article: Corporate media/Deep state control
- Full article: Corporate media/Deep state control
A lot of topics such as popular culture, celebrities etc. are of only marginal interest to deep state forces. On those which are of interest, a range of of measures combine to give more or less (generally more) effective control over what is published. The formal hierarchy of editor control is only the most obvious of a whole suite of methods to regulate the output of the corporate media. The net result is that certain established official narratives are promoted - as are those who think in these terms and can naturally write convincingly about them; conversely, those who are set on expressing alternative evidence or opinions find their careers as professional journalists short-lived. Although so pervasive as to be almost universal, this deep control goes unnoticed by many in the profession, whose reporting remains so far from matters of interest to the deep state that is remains outside their experience.
- Full article: Corporate media/Mendacity
- Full article: Corporate media/Mendacity
Corporate media attempt to maintain plausible deniability as a fallback position in case their lies, whether of omission of commission, or exposed later. The 1995 case of Steve Wilson and Jane Akre clarified an important point, 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. An uncertain but large proportion (perhaps >50%) of TV news footage in USA is in fact VNRs (video news releases) produced by third party corporations, as a kind of stealth advertising that masquerades as news.
Loss of confidence
The US public no longer has much faith in corporate media; the proportion of Americans expressing a “great deal of confidence” in the press has fallen from 28% in 1976 to just 8% in 2016. This trend may have inspired the "fake news website" campaign of late 2016 which blewback into the popularity of the phrase "fake news", which continues to inspire people to cross check media sources, further undermining faith in sources which are mendacious.
- Full article: Corporate media/Censorship
- Full article: Corporate media/Censorship
“I am confident that there is conversation inside the Government as to ‘How do we deal with Sibel [Edmonds]? The first line of defense is to ensure that she doesn’t get into the [corporate] media. I think any outlet that thought of using her materials would go to to the government and they would be told “don’t touch this...””
Daniel Ellsberg (2014) 
Internet censorship is of necessity more complex and varied where many users can post. Covert censorship is generally preferred, but sometimes overt censorship is resorted to. Wikipedia has its own censorship practices. Reddit is subject to censorship and control. In November 2016 Reddit banned a group which was investigating top level pedophilia in US society to prevent a "witch hunt". The group continued their investigate at voat.co, an alternative platform not owned by Conde Nast. The group has compiled a list of dozens of corporate media outlets which removed related content.
Third rail topics
- Full article: Third rail topic
- Full article: Third rail topic
The sudden about face of the UK's best selling newspaper, the Sunday Times as regards Sibel Edmonds could be likened to that of the San Jose Mercury News after Gary Webb revealed the CIA's deep involvement in drug trafficking. Both papers, after initially carrying out their own research to verify the information, backed their source's extraordinary revelations. Both however sudden reversed their policy without providing an explanation.
“[The] investigation based on Edmonds’ information was supposed to have four parts, but was inexplicably dropped. “The story was pulled half-way, suddenly, without any warning”, the journalist said. “I wasn’t party to the editorial decision to drop the story, but there was a belief in the office amongst several journalists who were part of the Insight investigative unit that the decision was made under pressure from the U.S. State Department, because the story might cause a diplomatic incident... The way the story was dropped was unusual, but the belief amongst my colleagues this happened under political pressure is plausible.” He cryptically described an “editorial mechanism, linked to the paper but not formally part of it, which could however exert control on stories when necessary, linked to certain interests.” When asked which interests, the journalist said, “I can’t say. I can’t talk about that.””
An unnamed "lead reporter" on Edwards' series at the Sunday Times. (January 2008) 
Certain topics - such as the 2001 Mexican legislative assembly attack, the Dallas occupy plot to assassinate leaders of Occupy Houston, and the 60+ year history of Le Cercle - have been subject to an almost total media blackout, though solid primary sources exist and they are events of major significance with far reaching implications. Shai Masot disappeared from the corporate news agenda after he was exposed as a spook, although he did not retire.
- Full article: Corporate media/Consolidation
- Full article: Corporate media/Consolidation
The last 20 years have seen an unprecedented consolidation of media ownership, meaning that ownership of US TV, radio, newspaper and billboards is more concentrated than ever. The same process has been repeated worldwide - leaving an ever smaller number of huge corporations controlling an ever large number of formerly independent media outlets, retaining the apparent diversity of opinion while in fact exercising hierarchical control over content, thus presenting a controlled spectrum of opinion.
High Profile Examples
- Full article: BBC
- Full article: BBC
On the face of it the BBC, as a tax-payer funded organisation (a.k.a. "public-service broadcaster"), ought to be less susceptible to the commercial pressures on the rest of the corporate media. On matters of little importance to the deep state, the BBC is relatively balanced and impartial. This however makes its clandestine control by the powers that be all the more insidious. There are many cases of such lofty dismissal, amply documented on the Media Lens. Where issues impinge upon the interests of the permanent government, the BBC has always been the voice of the British Establishment. Its charter is the work of men wedded to the Mackinder-Rhodes-Milner vision of the British Empire as a missionary force for 'progress' and the spread of civilisation in the world; it is financed on the whim of a government in thrall of the deep state. How could it be anything else?
- Full article: Wikipedia
- Full article: Wikipedia
Wikipedia experienced a professionalisation around 2007 which moved it firmly in the direction of the commercially controlled media. This is most clearly understood through the "Reliable Sources" policy in particular which means, more or less, that if a subject hasn't been reported on by commercially controlled media or by those in established positions of social power and influence, then Wikipedia doesn't want to know about it. These policies do in fact lead to a credible and useful encyclopaedia on whole swathe of topics (i.e. technical, non-political topics) no doubt giving many readers the misleading impression that Wikipedia articles are reliable even for politically sensitive topics.
The audience of several corporate media companies (such as MSNBC, Fox News and CNN) declined significantly in 2013 suggesting that viewers were going elsewhere for information. The main alternative to the corporate media is the internet, where a multiplicity os smaller sources (such as Wikispooks) provide an alternative to the online corporate news sites. One response to this has been to ramp up propaganda about "cyberterrorism" and to expand internet censorship under pretexts such as the "war on terror" or the protection of "intellectual property".
The de facto monopoly of search engines and social networking websites run by corporations well integrated in business networks poses another challenge for those who want to avoid manipulation. An alternative search engine is the seeks project which uses user-defined page ranking.
The ranking of commercially controlled search engines presents an obstacle for social change because
- they keep users in search bubbles;
- they censor hot topics right away;
- most importantly they act as multiplier to the - as of 2015 - commercially controlled public opinion through their ranking based on popularity. "Share" and "Like" buttons have a similar multiplier function which makes alternative news and research appear marginal compared to the boosted Consensus trance.
An event carried out
|9-11/Cover-up||A lot of resources have been devoted to containing the truth about the events of September 11th, 2001. However, while it has been more or less kept from television screens, awareness about 9-11 is growing worldwide.|
|George Carlin||“Now, to balance the scale, I'd like to talk about some things that bring us together, things that point out our similarities instead of our differences. 'Cause that's all you ever hear about in this country. It's our differences. That's all the media and the politicians are ever talking about—the things that separate us, things that make us different from one another. That's the way the ruling class operates in any society. They try to divide the rest of the people. They keep the lower and the middle classes fighting with each other so that they, the rich, can run off with all the fucking money! Fairly simple thing. Happens to work. You know? Anything different—that's what they're gonna talk about—race, religion, ethnic and national background, jobs, income, education, social status, sexuality, anything they can do to keep us fighting with each other, so that they can keep going to the bank! You know how I define the economic and social classes in this country? The upper class keeps all of the money, pays none of the taxes. The middle class pays all of the taxes, does all of the work. The poor are there just to scare the shit out of the middle class. Keep 'em showing up at those jobs.”||George Carlin|
|Corporate media/Mendacity||“Early in life I have noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper.”||George Orwell||1943|
|Document:Election 2017: finally, a real choice for Britain's voters||“If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.”||Malcolm X|
|Kevin Flaherty||“Since the assassination of John F. Kennedy, an international, crypto-fascist syndicate has been rapidly consolidating its grip on this planet. Changes to the global system have been implemented slowly, consistently and in a manner so subtle that only a tiny fraction of the population in the industrialized world ever noticed anything was wrong...
I view the output of established media as a slurry of manure and toxic waste; a propaganda product that requires heavy analysis and context fitting in order to recover the 5%-10% of useful information contained within an obfuscated mess.
What’s the solution?The system is in collapse now. This is my best and only advice: Get into a situation that eliminates your reliance on luck and minimizes the impact of factors that are completely beyond your control. Do this immediately.”
|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||“There is no such a thing in America as an independent press, unless it is out in country towns. You are all slaves. You know it, and I know it. There is not one of you who dares to express an honest opinion. If you expressed it, you would know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid $150 for keeping honest opinions out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for doing similar things. If I should allow honest opinions to be printed in one issue of my paper, I would be like Othello before twenty-four hours: my occupation would be gone. The man who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the street hunting for another job. The business of a New York journalist is to distort the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to villify, to fawn at the feet of Mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread, or for what is about the same — his salary. You know this, and I know it; and what foolery to be toasting an "Independent Press"! We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are jumping-jacks. They pull the string and we dance. Our time, our talents, our lives, our possibilities, are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes.”||John Swinton|
|Journalist||“This story of CIA drug dealing became a sensation because of the website, not because of the story, but because people could get to it. And they could never have gotten to it before because the San Jose Mercury News is a small regional newspaper in Northern California that you couldn't read if you lived in New York or you couldn't read if you lived in L.A.. But this story you could read anywhere in the world.”||Gary Webb||2003|
|Robert F. Kennedy Jr||“Newspapers and electronic media outlets have suppressed legitimate debate over vaccine safety or the ongoing corruption scandals at the CDC. They allow ...Pharma shills almost unlimited use of the airwaves to spout Pharma propaganda—always unquestioned and unanswered. Newspapers won’t publish Op Eds or letters or comments from vaccine safety advocates. Even alternative press—like Huffington Post, Drudge Report, Salon, Slate and Mother Jones won’t allow discussion—and these are supposedly the antidote to a corporate controlled media. Astonishingly, many journalists openly advocate the censoring of any discussion about vaccine safety...The media’s silence on this issue is not simply a quid pro quo for billions of dollars of annual pharmaceutical advertising. Most reporters and media outlets accept the muzzle because they think they are safeguarding public health. They believe that allowing debate about vaccine safety and CDC corruption may cause the public to stop vaccinating.”||Robert F. Kennedy Jr||2015|
|John Laughland||“A feature of today’s mass media culture which many dissidents lazily and wrongly denounce as "totalitarian" is precisely that dissenting views may be expressed and published, but this is precisely because, being mere drops in the ocean, they are never a threat to the tide of propaganda.”||John Laughland||2010|
|New York Times||“The truth is hard to find. The truth is hard to know. The truth is more important than ever,” reads a television ad for The New York Times. What the paper fails to add is that the hardest place to find the truth about the forces affecting the life of the average American and the truth about empire is in the Times itself. News organizations, from the [NYT] to the tawdry forms of entertainment masquerading as news on television, have rendered most people and their concerns invisible.”||Chris Hedges|
|OffGuardian||“The most peculiar thing about COVID19 so far has been that they are not hiding the data […] The data is right there, and yet it is separate from the narrative, which never references the data; the data never references the narrative. What you have to do is basically ignore everything the media says, and just look at the numbers, and…where the numbers come from”||Kit Knightly||21 April 2020|
|Yanis Varoufakis||“The establishment, the Deep State, call it whatever you want, the oligarchy, they’ve become much, much better at character assassination than they used to be. Because back in the 1960s and 1970s, you know, they would accuse you of being a Communist. They would accuse me of being a Marxist. Well, I am a Marxist. I’m really not going to suffer that much if you accuse me of being a left-winger. I am a left-winger!
...Now what they do is something far worse. They accuse you of something that really hurts you. Calling somebody like us a racist, a bigot, an antisemite, a rapist. This is what really hurts because if anybody calls me a rapist today, right, even if it’s complete baloney, I feel as a feminist I have the need to give the woman, implied or involved somehow in this accusation, the opportunity to speak against me. Because that is what we left-wingers do.”
|Yanis Varoufakis||6 January 2021|
|Zach Vorhies||“As a trained scientist I have a multifaceted view of the world based on evidence and fact. Therefore any claim that someone has fringe beliefs or theories should be checked against http://trends.google.com and see what the views of the rest of america are and what they search for. They may find that many beliefs that are slandered as fringe are actually mainstream beliefs of we-the-people.”||Zach Vorhies|
|Malcolm X||“The media's the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power. Because they control the minds of the masses.”||Malcolm X||1963|
|Document:911 Truth and the MSM||article||15 February 2010||Elizabeth Woodworth||A description of the changing response of the corporate media to the events of 9/11 over the 8 years since the event.|
|Document:Anatomy of a Scandal: Israel Crucifies Corbyn||Article||14 August 2014||Michael W. Howard||"Tom Watson has it backward: the 'eternal shame and embarrassment' come when Labour, swallowing whatever pride it has left, meekly submits to being harassed and blackmailed by a foreign power and its vulgar propagandists. Jeremy Corbyn, it seems, is gearing up to do just that. Chalk one up for Goebbels."|
|Document:Cryptome’s searing critique of Snowden Inc||article||13 February 2016||Tim Shorrock||Commentary on an interview with John Young and his wife Deborah Natsios by Pit Schultz of reboot.fm at the 'Transmedia 2016' event in Berlin on 6 February 2016|
|Document:Election 2017: finally, a real choice for Britain's voters||Article||17 May 2017||Raoul Martinez||No wonder the billionaire-owned media are attacking Jeremy Corbyn with everything they've got. But we the people can still win.|
|Document:Filtering Sources On The Syrian War||article||4 February 2014||David Edwards||A cogent demonstration of the gross bias of the mainstream media in its coverage of the ongoing 2011 Syrian insurgency. It shows that they are immune to any lessons of their similarly mendacious reporting both before and during the 2003 Iraq war|
|Document:Integrity 2018 Moldova Cluster (1)||strategy document||26 December 2018||Integrity Initiative|
|Document:Media Freedom? Show me the MSM Journalist Opposing the Torture of Assange||blog post||7 September 2020||Craig Murray||At a time when the government is mooting designating Extinction Rebellion as Serious Organised Crime, right wing bequiffed muppet Keir Starmer was piously condemning the group, stating: “The free press is the cornerstone of democracy and we must do all we can to protect it.”|
|Document:More Guardian ‘brainwashing’ on Putin||commentary||24 March 2014||Jonathan Cook||A master-class in how the celebrated 'Free-Press' of the Western commercially controlled media is harnessed to the narrative requirements of the Establishments of which they are a part, turning them into little more than propaganda organs where major foreign policy issues are concerned.|
|Document:No fair hearing for Assange at the Guardian||article||5 February 2016||Jonathan Cook||Demonstrates the Establishment-friendly double standards of the UK's flagship 'Left-wing' newspaper - The Guardian - through analysis of its coverage of a UN decision on the political asylum of Julian Assange|
|Document:Oligarchs and Corruption Proposed Programme||project proposal||June 2018||Euan Grant||"Early briefings of Press and media where Institute of Statecraft has particular links with the Times, Telegraph, Guardian and BBC TV and radio and specialist correspondents. Need to strengthen with the Mail." The document proves that Integrity Initative is not only influence network: "Use US and Canadian contacts to do likewise re powerful and influential North American networks."|
|Document:Sanitizing the Bahraini Crackdown||article||21 March 2011||Stephen Gowans|
|Document:The Dominant Grand Narrative Of Our Time||article||27 January 2014||David Cromwell||Mainstream media spokesmen, journalists and reporters are corralled into supporting and promoting the Establishment 'Dominant Grand-Narrative of our Time' while most appear blissfully unaware of the gross deceptions their careers are harnessed too - 'a man cannot see what his livelihood requires him NOT to see' - as the saying goes|
|Document:The Freedom of Courage||blog post||1 October 2017||Craig Murray||When you see the right wing Establishment worldwide, plus the entire mainstream media, united against ordinary people as we see today in Catalonia, it's a no-brainer which side you should be on.|
|Document:The Incredible Disappearance of Shai Masot||blog post||2 June 2019||Craig Murray||The open attempt to stifle all criticism of Israel, and in effect to make adherence to zionism a pre-condition for membership of the Labour Party – or indeed acceptance in wider society – is a vicious form of authoritarianism that should have been repudiated robustly from day one.|
|Document:The Propaganda Model||article||5 October 2011||David Cromwell||An overview of the 'Propaganda Model' that accurately defines the nature of the western mainstream media. It also illustrates why "Commercially Controlled Media" is probably a better and more accurate term|
|Document:The deeper truths journalists are blind to||article||21 February 2016||Jonathan Cook||Corporate media is constitutionally incapable of honest objective reporting on matters affecting the vital interests of Establishment power|
|Document:To influence/shape entertainment outputs||'Memorandum' document on how to influence/shape entertainment outputs||26 December 2018||Integrity Initiative|
|Document:US media, politicians mobilize against Sochi Olympics||article||10 February 2014||Andrea Peters||A useful analysis of the orchestrated campaign of vilification against Russia and its president coincident with the run-up to the Sochi winter Olympics.|
|File:Truthontherock.pdf||report||Glasgow University Media Group||An investigation into the wholesale distortion of news by the corporate media when reporting on the SAS killings of 3 IRA members in Gibraltar on 6 March 1988. It is a serious indictment of the British media's handling of the affair and particularly that of The Sunday Times.|
- Wikispooks:Site Rationale
- Document:Hacks and Spooks
- http://www.globalresearch.ca/fbi-whistleblower-pentagon-cia-nato-and-mi6-were-masterminds-behind-911/5401046 Global research
- Document:How Reddit_Was Destroyed
- http://www.counterpunch.org/2008/01/07/a-real-9-11-cover-up/ Counterpunch
- Document:The Incredible Disappearance of Shai Masot