Corporations are more than willing to pay a lot of money to control the narrative discussed on mainstream media, and news stations happily oblige because their pockets are being filled. It’s not just corporations that take advantage of mass media, whether that be through advertising or even manipulating and fabricating “news,” but the government, too.
The U.S. government even created a CIA-sanctioned program whose sole focus was to manipulate mainstream news to align with their own agenda, called Operation Mockingbird, and the CIA coined the term “conspiracy theory” to confuse the public regarding any real, correct information that was spread through outlets that weren’t considered mainstream news.
The government strategically introduced that term in order to cast doubt upon the public and influence the narrative, as evidenced in the design laid out by “Document 1035-960 Concerning Criticism of the Warren Report,” a report issued in early 1967 to Agency bureaus all over the world.
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Noam Chomsky on Mainstream Media and Propaganda
MIT Professor Noam Chomsky has become infamous for his thoughts on mainstream media and U.S. propaganda, and is most commonly known for his illustration of the “Propaganda Model.” Chomsky’s model includes five filters that expose how the media is controlled and completely infiltrated by corporations, governments, and the elite.
The five filters include:
- Size, Ownership, and Profit Orientation of the Mass Media: The idea that mainstream media is essentially owned by corporations and the government, because those are the very agents who fund them.
- Advertising License to Do Business: The idea that mass media isn’t interested in attracting viewers to educate them, but rather to sell them on something.
- Sourcing Mass-Media News: Since the majority of the public trusts the government and mass corporations, AKA the propaganda machines, most of the “newsworthy” content comes from them. This allows users to create a sense of trust towards these sources, falsely deeming others less credible and creating belief systems that prevent viewers from critically thinking.
- Flak and the Enforcers: “Flak” refers to negative responses to a media statement or program aired on the network. If the media presents a story a corporation or the government dislikes, these entities will create “flak” so the media won’t do it again.
- Anticommunism as a Control Mechanism: By creating an extremely anti-communist state, the elite will never have to worry about losing control over society because their wealth and power remain safe and sound.
You can read more about Noam Chomsky’s five filters of mass media in our CE article here.
Chomsky’s Recent Interview
Chomsky was recently featured in a new interview titled “A Continuing Conversation With Geographers.” Chomsky discusses a wide range of subjects, from the Trump administration to mass media to even the war on space.
Chomsky explores the idea that the U.S. is living in a fear state constantly perpetuated by the mainstream media, the government, and the elite.
“The U.S. has always been a very frightened society, maybe the safest country in the world, but very frightened, doesn’t take much to scare people,” Chomsky explains. He then provides an example of a story he read that morning in the New York Times that created fear surrounding Muslims, and also gets into examples of people being stopped in airports solely because they appear to be Muslim.
He goes on to explain that there’s an extreme hatred or distaste in society regarding institutions, and for good reason. However, these feelings of distaste will either lead to two things: violence and destruction, or optimism and hope for positive change. He offers an example of hope using the last U.S. election.
Chomsky states, “The most startling event in the election was not the election of Trump, it was the success of Bernie Sanders. That breaks from literally a century or more of U.S. political history. . . . [A] very good predictor of electoral success is just campaign funding.”
“Sanders came along, no funding, no corporate funding, no wealthy funding, dismissed and disregarded by the media, a guy who was totally almost unknown, and he was using scare words like ‘socialist,’ which means you deal with Democrats, and he practically, if it hadn’t been for party shenanigans and managers, he might have won the election. That’s not only a radical change from American history, but also a very promising and hopeful sign for the future.”
Chomsky makes an excellent point, in that Sanders really was one of the first presidential candidates who was more “independent” than others in the past. Those party shenanigans he referred to relate to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) plot against Sanders, as he was seen as a threat to Clinton’s campaign. The DNC was actually sued by Bernie Sanders supporters last year for fraud, negligent misrepresentation, deceptive conduct, unjust enrichment, breach of fiduciary duty, and negligence.
Evidence in support of the class action suit included the leaked DNC documents and emails, in which former DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz aimed to dismantle the Sanders campaign, and other DNC officials spread lies, often remarkably petty ones, about both his campaign and character.
Chomsky then discussed the importance of alternative media and how that has shaped our ability to access information. Chomsky isn’t shy about his views on mainstream media, as you can see within his Propaganda model, and he points out the shift that they will have to go through in order for them to thrive in the future.
The audience also had an opportunity to ask questions. When asked about extraterrestrials and control of space, though he doubted some ideas, he stated: “If you look at military planning, they regard control of space as a critical element of running the world, they want the ways of directing that can hit a narrowly identified target within minutes for them to control outer space, massive surveillance, and all sorts of other ideas. No doubt that that’s all being developed, in fact you can read about it even in the public documents.”
That fast technology he was referring to involve zero point energy, which allegedly allows UFOs to travel much faster than our current technology. This has been discussed in some declassified documents and even in the DNC email leaks, as John Podesta was in contact with Apollo 14 astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell, the 6th man to walk on the moon. Within those emails, they discussed zero point energy, the war in space, and extraterrestrials.
One of the emails reads:
Because the War in Space race is heating up, I felt you should be aware of several factors as you and I schedule our Skype talk.
Remember, our nonviolent ETI from the contiguous universe are helping us bring zero point energy to Earth. They will not tolerate any forms of military violence on Earth or in space.
The following information in italics was shared with me by my colleague Carol Rosin, who worked closely for several years with Wernher von Braun before his death.
Carol and I have worked on the Treaty on the Prevention of the Placement of Weapons in Outer Space, attached for your convenience.
Chomsky then discusses his views on the Trump administration and how the U.S. government is still controlling what the public gets to know and not know. The government controls the narrative on the news and is in control of disclosure.
Chomsky explains, “What’s going on is a very systematic two-tiered operation. One of them is Trump, Bannon, the effort to try to make sure you capture the headlines, that you’re top of the news, one crazy thing after another just to capture people’s attention. And the assumption is ‘Well they’re gonna forget later anyway.’ Pretty soon they’ll stop talking about the wire tap and they’ll be onto something else.”
He then goes on to refer to some government programs, which he claims have only a few basic principles: “One, be sure to offer to the rich and powerful gifts beyond the dreams of avarice, and kick everyone else in the face. And it’s going on step by step right behind the bluster. When you take a look at the cabinet, the cabinet was designed for that and every cabinet official was chosen to destroy anything of human significance in that part of the government. It’s so systematic it can’t be unplanned. I doubt that Trump planned it . . . whoever is working on it is doing a pretty effective job, and the Democrats are cooperating.”
Chomsky also hones in on all of this drama with Russia in the mainstream media, which is demonizing Trump for even talking to them. He explains how this is not a bad thing, and it’s certainly no worse than just doing nothing other than building up their military force. Why resort to violence when we can talk instead?
He then goes on to discuss how the government completely controls the narrative in regards to what the public is told about everything. Chomsky explains, “Parts of the governmental structure that are beneficial to human beings and to future generations are being systematically destroyed, and with very little attention.”
You can watch the full interview here: