The mainstream media has been known to propagate and lie to the public for profits. In fact, CNN admitted that much this summer on video. But what they also do, is conveniently leave out pertinent information in order to tell you what you’re supposed to think happened. It isn’t really a big secret that the mainstream media uses propaganda. Look no further than the ‘Russian election hacking’ narrative to find evidence of such. But one YouTuber has now released some audio from the Las Vegas shooting that he describes accurately as ‘riveting.’
As the United States continues to drum up support for possible military intervention in North Korea, the propaganda attacks launched against the isolated Asian nation by the mainstream corporate press have intensified as well. Ranging from the semi-legitimate to the ridiculously absurd, the corporate media has launched a campaign of insults balanced only by its ‘resistance movement’ to Donald Trump. In this case, however, Trump has the rare backing of the corporate press if only in the by the fact that the media is cheering for war harder and faster than Trump is perhaps willing to give it to them. The corporate press has presented the entirety of North Korea as a state in which no independent thought is allowed, starvation is rampant, haircuts are mandated, and the population of the country is essentially kept in a massive prison camp with messages of brainwashing piped in to every home. Yet, in the middle of all the propaganda and the talk of war, one journalist, Eva Bartlett, actually traveled to North Korea to get a firsthand impression and on-the-ground grasp of just what North Korea looks like, a sense of the culture, and what is on the minds of North Koreans. The pictures, videos, and stories she brought back with her tell a much different story than what is being portrayed on the screens of Western media.
In a series of videos released earlier this month, the National Rifle Association declared war on mainstream media and their “globalists masters”, a sign of the group’s transformation into an advocate for conservative causes beyond protecting the second amendment. Predictably, the Associated Press is not happy. In a story about the new campaign – which debuted on the NRA’s NRATV, a web-video platform run by the association – the AP accused the NRA of employing dangerous rhetoric that risked inciting violence against journalists. ‘The election of President Donald Trump and Republican control of Congress meant the National Rifle Association could probably rest easy that gun laws wouldn’t change for at least four years. But the NRA has begun a campaign not against pending legislation but what it sees as liberal forces bent on undoing the progress it’s made – and the political powerhouse is resorting to language that some believe could incite violence. Using the hashtags #counterresistance and #clenchedfistoftruth, the NRA has put out a series of videos that announce a ‘shot across the bow,’ and say the gun-rights group is ‘coming for you’ and that ‘elites … threaten our very survival,’ terms that suggest opponents are enemy combatants.’ In a video published earlier this month, NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch warned the New York Times that the NRA would be ‘coming for you,” adding that the NRA “had re-dedicated itself to exposing the lies of the mainstream press” while shining an uncomfortable spotlight on the relationship between the MSM and “globalist, corporate elites” who oppose the agenda of President Donald Trump… at least until Steve Bannon’s departure, which has since been taken over by former Goldman bankers.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 26, 2017.
There was something very revealing about Charlottesville and its aftermath. Not the behavior of the president, or the disturbing resiliency of Nazism, or the willingness of some counter-protesters to initiate violence. We saw how the repugnant actions of a very tiny percentage of people can be manufactured into an all-encompassing narrative – while the corporatocracy continues fleecing America. With his (perhaps intentional) bungled response to Charlottesville, President Trump propelled race onto center-stage, as corporate media piled on to cash in on Trump controversy. Race issues should undoubtedly be part of the national discourse, but Trump and the MSM are using Charlottesville in a manner nothing short of ‘divide and conquer.’ This demonstrates one of the main reasons why the U. S. presidency should be abolished.
Authored by Justin Gardner via The Free Thought Project, There was something very revealing about Charlottesville and its aftermath. Not the behavior of the president, or the disturbing resiliency of Nazism, or the willingness of some counter-protesters to initiate violence. We saw how the repugnant actions of a very tiny percentage of people can be manufactured into an all-encompassing narrative – while the corporatocracy continues fleecing America. With his (perhaps intentional) bungled response to Charlottesville, President Trump propelled race onto center-stage, as corporate media piled on to cash in on Trump controversy. Race issues should undoubtedly be part of the national discourse, but Trump and the MSM are using Charlottesville in a manner nothing short of ‘divide and conquer.’ This demonstrates one of the main reasons why the U. S. presidency should be abolished. Having a president is a prime driving force in the devolution of debate. Complexity is boiled away, leaving cartoonish characterizations promoted by cable TV personalities armed with clichs and the day’s talking points. With a president, emotions are channeled into supporting or opposing the words of one person.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 22, 2017.
While North Korea dominated much of the news of late and the recent events in Charlottesville, VA have been the talk of the internet over the last couple of days, the recent revelation of the ‘Memo that rocked Washington,’ which exposes the deep state subversion against President Trump and explaining the tactics being utilized, is being spun as ‘crazy’ with the writer of the memo being labeled a ‘nutcase’ by the MSM, who has converged on a narrative in a weak attempt at damage control. The memo is embedded in full below, so readers can read the seven-page memorandum produced in May by the former director of strategic planning at the National Security Council, Rich Higgins. Before we detail some of the highlights from the memo, then offer the document in full, lets take a look at Higgins credentials, the man that the media is doing their best to discredit with labels like nutcase (MediaIte) with outlets like Washington Post calling the memo itself ‘crazy.’ Not only was Higgins the the former director of strategic planning for the NSC, before being fired by Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster for writing the memorandum, but perhaps more impressive, the Army veteran was also a former Pentagon official who specialized in irregular warfare. Department of Defense defines Irregular Warfare in a 100 page document from 2007, in the following manner:
This post was published at shtfplan on August 22nd, 2017.
This week’s podcast is in two parts concerning Trump’s efforts for dtente in the face of stupendous Russiagate opposition at home. Batchelor’s introduction relates to this and takes us back to the Truman presidency when he first met Stalin at the Potsdam Conference after the end of WW2, and he notes the new President Truman was warned by his advisors not to trust Stalin. Have things really changed? Cohen itemizes the differences but emphases that although the summit meeting in Hamburg with Putin was speculated about by the Western MSM, a meeting with the Russian leader for an hour over dinner that same evening has just now been discovered and has inflamed the media. Not surprising the press found this sinister. Cohen thinks this may indicate something happened at the summit that needed to be discussed more. More about this later…. Cohen then launches a discussion about three very serious examples where the media has been irresponsible in leaving out important facts about the New Cold War that are dangerous to the peace process. The first one discussed was the Trump Junior meeting with the Russian lawyer who was allegedly bringing information about Hillary Clinton funding ‘The Dossier’ transgression. The spin-doctors had a field day with the story and there were serious omissions in its treatment. The second event was the Magnitsky Act of 2012 passed by Congress to punish Russia for the alleged murder of Russian accountant, Sergie Magnitski, in a Moscow prison in 2009. The final act was over the Russian orphan adoption process with the United States – never popular with Russians – that Putin cancelled over a death of a child in the United States – a death that was due to criminal neglect. Cohen still maintains that this is an opportunity for dtente that should be reinitiated. Cohen explains the importance of these events in great detail in the podcast. All of these events resulted in sanctions levied against Russia and were added to with the Crimea amalgamation* with Russia and the shoot down of the MH17 airliner over Ukraine. Batchelor questions the negative impact for dtente in the Trump administration. Cohen returns that sanctions are ‘normal’ during the cold wars with Russia. It never mattered if the so-called crimes were real or not, but nevertheless they are “difficult to remove once imposed”. The ‘sanctions’ are now being expanded in Russia to potentially include large numbers of U.S. diplomats – and that is demonstratively more serious. Putin may be forced to do it to avoid looking weak to his critics. Cohen thinks this may have been the topic of discussion over dinner with Trump. The conversation then shifts to ‘the idiotic sanctions bill of the Senate’ which stupidly attempts to curb Russian gas flows to Europe. (To put this into perspective we might recall that that sort of lunacy started a war with Japan in 1942, but this time the E.U. would be at similar odds with Washington! Larry) Cohen’s comments are in a similar vein. Batchelor wonders if this would create a split with the U.S. in Europe, and Cohen in answer compares what Trump is accused of in that topic compared with what the Senate has done. He further compared Trump to France’s President Macron and suggested that France may have elected another DeGaulle (and that is not a bad thing either). It is human nature to choose the main causes of events, like the top contenders in a contest, but when assessing the damage of systemic efforts like the roll of a dysfunctional press in shaping history we should probably think more in terms of cumulative impacts. When the Fourth Estate ceases to be the tool of journalists who keep citizens honestly informed and hence a curb to illegalities and government dishonesty, then governments can cease to serve the citizen and become a threat to all. We are seeing that in the U.S. MSM, and that narrative is mutually supported throughout the West. This condition has evolved very rapidly these past fifteen plus years. One could even say it was a necessary thing for the Deep State to maintain the myths of the government position around 9/11, and to hide the hideous misdeeds of recent presidents and a certain presidential candidate. It is also vital to present other untruths to support Washington war policies in Washington and beyond. As a result the American MSM now ascribes to Putin and Russia the crimes of which its own country is guilty.
The Kremlin responded to media reports that President Donald Trump held a second ‘secret’ meeting with Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit, saying it has prompted ‘astonishment’ in Moscow and displays a ‘lack of understanding’ while confirming the two did chat informally over dinner. “The use of such notion as “undisclosed” or “secret” meeting causes absolute astonishment and lack of understanding” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Russian state TV, Channel One. Peskov said there was only one meeting between the two leaders on the sidelines of the summit and it was officially announced; and that Putin and Trump ‘repeatedly exchanged their opinions during the [summit].’ When asked about the nature of the G20 dinner chat, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a conference call with reporters: “There was no secret second meeting. The two men had chatted informally over dinner”, said Peskov, and had discussed adoption. Putin’s spokesman also said ‘there were no undisclosed or secret meeting’ adding that such claims are ‘absurd.’ Peskov also said that the existence of such reports in the MSM demonstrates the ‘unhealthy attitude’ of the US establishment towards Russia.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jul 20, 2017.