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Curtain of Falsehood

by Circe Cicero

If I told you that mainstream media sold content to the US government, would you believe me? No? What if there was evidence of media as a government propaganda apparatus?

“The fish rots from the head,” as the saying goes, and the Executive Branch reeks of fish. Currently, the White House has a number of staff with suspicious connections to the “Big Six” media corporations. Among them:

  • Speechwriter Ben Rhodes is the brother of CBS President David Rhodes
  • Special Advisor Elizabeth Sherwood is the sister of ABC President Ben Sherwood
  • White House Press Secretary Jay Carney’s wife Claire Shipman is a senior correspondent for ABC News
  • Hillary Clinton’s Deputy Secretary Tom Nides is married to CNN President Virginia Moseley
  • NPR’s White House correspondent, Ari Shapiro, is married to White House counsel Michael Gottlieb
  • The Post’s Justice Department reporter, Sari Horwitz, is married to William B. Schultz, the general counsel of the Department of Human Services
  • Biden’s current Communications Director, Shailagh Murray (a former Post congressional reporter), is married to Neil King, one of the Wall Street Journal’s top political reporters

In August 2013, PoliceStateUSA.com revealed that many US agencies employ entertainment and media liaisons to secure positive coverage of their agencies on TV.

As implied by the name, the Bloomberg media group is owned by Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City. This is the same nanny-tyrant of New York City that has been quoted as saying, “I do think there are certain times we should infringe on your freedom” and “I have my own army in the NYPD” which he has used to corral protesters into “free speech zones” and perform “stop and frisk” searches on innocent citizens.

Matthew Boyle of the Daily Caller revealed in September 2012 that the Department of Justice regularly enlists the advocacy group “Media Matters” to quell news stories revealing scandals and crimes cultivated by the Department of Justice. This is the same DoJ that seizes the phone records of the Associated Press in pursuit of confidential sources.

Wired’s Spencer Ackerman and the Huffington Post’s Emily Lee confirmed that the CIA and US Military pay trolls and shills to influence opinion on the internet.

In 2011, the Emmy-winning journalist Amber Lyons was reporting on uprisings in Bahrain (A US “ally”). However, her report was never broadcasted. CNN and the US government ordered her to change her report to a cheerful review of tourism in Bahrain. Lyons resigned her six figure job in disgust to report her findings publicly.

Even more recently, the UK destroyed the hard drives full of National Security Agency information from Edward Snowden in a raid on the Guardian’s offices.

What does this all mean, though? It means that the United States’ government is practically beyond reproach. News is no longer reported impartially; it’s reported through the subtle filter of a corrupt government.

It’s a positive feedback loop. The republic which supposedly represents your interests is instead dictating the interests of the American people.

But what can we do? Don’t watch CNN or CBS or mainstream US news. Perhaps the disdained news sources of “Russia Today” or “Al Jazeera” or “The Guardian” are better sources for truth. After all, the most powerful enemy of America may not be the Ruskies or the terrorists, but the federal government.

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