Saturday, 23 July 2011

911 RECAP: The News Media at War - Press Censorship, Propaganda and the CIA

For many Americans, one of the strongest reasons for accepting the official story about the shocking events of Sept. 11, 2001, is their deep-seated belief in the free press. We are taught from an early age that the Bill of Rights to the U.S. Constitution guarantees us many cherished freedoms, among which is freedom of the press.

If there were really any serious problems with the official 9-11 explanation, many Americans reason, this information wouldn't go unreported for long in our media-saturated society. Major news organizations such as CNN, Time, and the New York Times would most certainly investigate and report any serious problems almost immediately. Nearly all major American news organizations have embraced the government's version of events with few questions asked. Consequently, many Americans naturally conclude that it's safe to accept the official story at face value.

There is a very serious flaw in this line of reasoning, however: The United States is at war and, for nearly a hundred years, the U.S. government, major media companies and leading journalists have joined forces with the military during wars and other national emergencies to shape public opinion by carefully controlling what Americans are told about world events.

This is a must read article for all of us caught in the mainstream media propaganda bubble:

The article here explains that from very early on the role of the CIA has been to shape the media, not necessarily gather foreign intelligence as most people think, but to control what goes out in print, on radio and TV. The history of the agency shows that this was the primary role of the CIA in the early days and that nothing has changed.

The lesson is to never believe the mainstream media perspective on any significant event.

And note: It's not just the press that the CIA has under its influence. Many academics, "independent" think tanks, retired military, law enforcement and professionally trained individuals also fall under their sway - or the influence of the military industrial complex.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, July 23rd, 2011.]

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