Even the Truth Cannot Kill a Mockingbird

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August 24, 2017

The well-known story of All the President’s Men written by Washington Post reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward chronicled the exploits of these two reporters during the early 1970s Watergate scandal. The book was a classic David and Goliath tale of the bulldog reporters using inside information, in this case from a mysterious source called ‘Deep Throat,’ to investigate and break the big story which would ultimately take down President Richard Nixon.

Let’s fast forward from 1972: Nixon was re-elected President of the United States; Vice-President Agnew resigned (1973); Gerald Ford became Vice-President (1973); Nixon resigned as President after the Watergate scandal (1974); Ford became President (1974); Nelson Rockefeller became Vice-President (1974).  History books covering this era must be action-packed, exciting reads.

Then in 1975-76, the Church Committee investigated United States intelligence activities, and Operation Mockingbird was exposed. Begun in 1953, Mockingbird was a CIA program which used legitimate news sources to influence domestic public opinion. Brand-name reporters working for the New York Herald Tribune, Newsweek, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and others were allegedly subject to control by their CIA Mockingbird masters. Other reporters, not working within the propaganda system, were wire-tapped to determine content. Basically, it was a continuing propaganda campaign running within, and capable of manipulating, the revered ‘Fourth Estate,’ the news media.

More recently we have the story of the leader of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, buying The Washington Post newspaper in 2013 for $250 million. Earlier in the same year, Bezos’ company Amazon received a $600 million contract to provide cloud services to the CIA. The Washington Post has been a constant source of negative information about President Trump, much of which has been obtained from anonymous sources.

Logically, one might assume that the truth once exposed would negate any propaganda efforts by the CIA or anyone else. Of course, Edward Bernays, the father of modern-day public relations or propaganda, said in his 1927 report entitled The Minority Rules that “the most effective propaganda, indeed, is that which enlarges and presents the truth so that an indifferent public will understand it and accept it.” Later in the same article, he says that if propaganda “strays into untruth, the course of events will show it up, and its power will end.”

But, what is the truth?

Some definitions state that a verified fact conforming to reality, and not false (untrue) is the truth.

And what is a lie?

A lie is an idea or statement that is untrue but which is presented as if it was true.

It could be said that all reported news may or may not be true depending on verification of the facts and the honesty of the reporter. Like the quantum physics question: is it a particle or a wave?, determining whether it is the truth or a lie depends on your filter and interpretation.

Hitler had a method of establishing the truth. The Nazi propaganda leaders said that if you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, it will become the truth. This is the problem with public relations and propaganda. It is a process which establishes the truth and then sells it to the public. In effect, it is ‘fake news.’ Because news reporting is not only a fact reporting machine, it is a fact filter or lens.  It diminishes or magnifies any event according to the bias of the source. Or in some cases, news is totally or partially fabricated.

Is the CIA still in the business of manipulating domestic and foreign public opinion? Are the Russians involved in manipulating domestic and foreign public opinion?  Is President Trump doing the same? Are the Democrats and Republicans doing the same? The easy answer is, yes. Is all the news presented on television, and in newspapers, magazines, movies, podcasts, videos, websites and word-of-mouth the truth? Or is it some form of propaganda? The answer is that it is all propaganda. From instantaneous electronic reporting to time-delayed historical reporting, it is all the same. Let the reader beware.

In the very near future, it will be reported that the Russians co-opted Facebook, Google and other sites that offered advertisements along with their information and news. Most likely their intent was to disrupt the elections. Maybe they were just testing the concept to determine the best way to influence our elections. The Russians will be exposed for buying ads which promoted specific candidates and issues in the 2016 Presidential Election. Possibly Donald Trump was one of those promoted. If so, does that mean he colluded with the Russians? Or does it reflect on the transmitter of the news, Facebook or Google? Are they in some capitalistic, business-like way colluding with the Russians? Or is this all about free-speech for everyone including foreign intelligence operations?

Mockingbird news survives. It will never be killed by the truth because the truth is an imaginary bullet.

(image by Charlesjsharp wikicommons)

 

Mind-Control and the War Against Trump

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June 5, 2017

America appears to be at war with President Trump. This battle is being waged to control your mind. The soldiers engaged in this war, average Americans, are attempting to retain their intellectual and emotional sanity. These warriors are not so much fighting against Donald Trump as they are fighting to hold on to ideological positions which have been systematically soldered into their brain circuitry. The minds of the American people are controlled by others. United States citizens have been the victims of well-organized, official and unofficial propaganda campaigns for over a hundred years.

In the early years of the twentieth century, our leaders discovered the power of manipulating the minds of the masses to support the agendas of the elite. World War I was an early use of mind-control by our government. Even as President Woodrow Wilson campaigned on a platform that proclaimed “He kept us out of war!” he was planning the exact opposite. On returning to the White House, he changed his mind about isolationism. Now America had ‘to make the world safe for democracy.’ A military draft was executed. Citizen soldiers were trained, and soon our boys were ‘over there’ killing Germans.

Wilson assembled The Committee on Public Information, and it created movies, books, posters, pamphlets, and advertisements supporting the war. Educators were recruited to unite the people to turn back the menacing Hun. The bearded top-hatted ‘Uncle Sam’ icon was created who told everyone that your country ‘wanted you’ be a patriotic killer. You would think that war would be difficult to sell, but it proved to be just as simple to sell Americans rabid patriotism as it was to sell toasters or cigarettes. Of course, in the aftermath of the war, the dead and deformed and the blind and the faceless, were simply ignored and forgotten.

World War II was a repeat of the first war. This time politician Franklin Roosevelt became the isolationist-turned-warrior after his election as President in 1940. It was the same propaganda story except for the addition of Japanese to the ‘hate’ category.  The people of the United States were again wrapped up in a public relations blanket that dampened critical thinking and made us a country of mental slaves. From 1941 through 1945, Americans hated and killed Germans, Japanese, and on occasion, Italians. They did this willingly and effectively.

This was followed by fifty years of programmed international hatred towards Russians, North Koreans, North Vietnamese, other communists, unnamed terrorists, and other people who just didn’t fit in. Domestically, Americans would also be directed to hate various homegrown unapproved groups that opposed government policies.

As we moved into 2016, the government propaganda machine was running at peak efficiency. The entire mass media and educational systems were controlled by the power structure.  By this time, the people of the USA were so well-trained that they almost controlled themselves. They knew what and how to think. A self-regulating system of political correctness and approved causes was backed up and reinforced daily by self-serving statements from politicians, celebrities, and news media ‘talking-heads.’

Until Donald Trump arrived everything was smooth sailing for the propagandists. But his surprise election to President stunned the system. He was uninvited, unapproved, uncooperative, and apparently not easily threatened.

In a last-ditch, ‘Hail Mary’ effort, fueled by frustration, half of America’s people had voted for him and surprisingly he won. For the first time in a hundred years, the elite curators and shapers of the mass mind of America found themselves backed against the wall.

In response to this threat, first, they tried to change the election results with recounts and threats to the official electors. Then they tried to claim that Trump was crazy and unfit for office. These efforts failed. Sharper teeth and more powerful jaws were needed. They latched onto the Russian/Trump collusion idea. This could lead to charges of obstruction of justice and treason. Again, the minds of the American people are being massaged. But, the flock is becoming disorganized and less controllable.

In the interim, before a bullet-proof game plan can be put in place, the dogs of the propaganda machine will simply bark at their sheep. A controlled mass of sheeple will be pushed in one direction or the other bleating their way across a meadow of madness.  Today the topic is racism. Tomorrow the topic will be fear of a North Korean madman. The next day may feature terrorists. The dogs will keep barking, and the sheeple will obediently and simultaneously preserve their state of non-thinking, all the while awaiting the next command.

This is the plan. When the sheeple hear the call for impeachment, they will be primed and ready to support the saviors of democracy—the ‘deep state’ will rise up and reclaim its ownership of America. President Trump will be gone. The sheeple will be calmed.

This will be comforting, but it will be a terrible mistake which will result in the destruction of America and modern civilization. I caution you now. Be wary. Do not let this happen.