Who’s the Biggest Peddler of Fake News?

Everyone’s Talking About “Fake News”

Everyone’s talking about “fake news” …

Google Trends shows that – starting in late October – that phrase absolutely exploded in terms of internet searches:

fake-news-google-trendsIn the last month, Obama, Merkel, CNN, the New York Times, Washington Post and many other mainstream media have warned about the dangers of fake news.

There certainly is a lot of fake news.  And some of it is by anti-establishment types trying to discredit American institutions with false reports.

But – as we document below – the government and mainstream media are by far the biggest purveyors of fake news.

The Government’s Been Deploying Propaganda On U.S. Soil for Many Years

The United States Senate Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities found in 1975 that the CIA submitted stories to the American press:

Wikipedia adds details:

After 1953, the network was overseen by Allen W. Dulles, director of the CIA. By this time, Operation Mockingbird had a major influence over 25 newspapers and wire agencies. The usual methodology was placing reports developed from intelligence provided by the CIA to witting or unwitting reporters. Those reports would then be repeated or cited by the preceding reporters which in turn would then be cited throughout the media wire services.

The Office of Policy Coordination (OPC) was funded by siphoning off funds intended for the Marshall Plan [i.e. the rebuilding of Europe by the U.S. after WWII]. Some of this money was used to bribe journalists and publishers.

In 2008, the New York Times wrote:

During the early years of the cold war, [prominent writers and artists, from Arthur Schlesinger Jr. to Jackson Pollock] were supported, sometimes lavishly, always secretly, by the C.I.A. as part of its propaganda war against the Soviet Union. It was perhaps the most successful use of “soft power” in American history.

A CIA operative told Washington Post owner Philip Graham … in a conversation about the willingness of journalists to peddle CIA propaganda and cover stories:

You could get a journalist cheaper than a good call girl, for a couple hundred dollars a month.

Famed Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein wrote in 1977:

More than 400 American journalists … in the past twenty‑five years have secretly carried out assignments for the Central Intelligence Agency, according to documents on file at CIA headquarters.


In many instances, CIA documents show, journalists were engaged to perform tasks for the CIA with the consent of the managements of America’s leading news organizations.


Among the executives who lent their cooperation to the Agency were [the heads of CBS, Time, the New York Times, the Louisville Courier‑Journal, and Copley News Service. Other organizations which cooperated with the CIA include [ABC, NBC, AP, UPI, Reuters], Hearst Newspapers, Scripps‑Howard, Newsweek magazine, the Mutual Broadcasting System, the Miami Herald and the old Saturday Evening Post and New York Herald‑Tribune.


There is ample evidence that America’s leading publishers and news executives allowed themselves and their organizations to become handmaidens to the intelligence services. “Let’s not pick on some poor reporters, for God’s sake,” William Colby exclaimed at one point to the Church committee’s investigators. “Let’s go to the managements.


The CIA even ran a formal training program in the 1950s to teach its agents to be journalists. Intelligence officers were “taught to make noises like reporters,” explained a high CIA official, and were then placed in major news organizations with help from management.


Once a year during the 1950s and early 1960s, CBS correspondents joined the CIA hierarchy for private dinners and briefings.


Allen Dulles often interceded with his good friend, the late Henry Luce, founder of Time and Life magazines, who readily allowed certain members of his staff to work for the Agency and agreed to provide jobs and credentials for other CIA operatives who lacked journalistic experience.


In the 1950s and early 1960s, Time magazine’s foreign correspondents attended CIA “briefing” dinners similar to those the CIA held for CBS.


When Newsweek was purchased by the Washington Post Company, publisher Philip L. Graham was informed by Agency officials that the CIA occasionally used the magazine for cover purposes, according to CIA sources. “It was widely known that Phil Graham was somebody you could get help from,” said a former deputy director of the Agency. “Frank Wisner dealt with him.” Wisner, deputy director of the CIA from 1950 until shortly before his suicide in 1965, was the Agency’s premier orchestrator of “black” operations, including many in which journalists were involved. Wisner liked to boast of his “mighty Wurlitzer,” a wondrous propaganda instrument he built, and played, with help from the press.)


In November 1973, after [the CIA claimed to have ended the program], Colby told reporters and editors from the New York Times and the Washington Star that the Agency had “some three dozen” American newsmen “on the CIA payroll,” including five who worked for “general‑circulation news organizations.” Yet even while the Senate Intelligence Committee was holding its hearings in 1976, according to high‑level CIA sources, the CIA continued to maintain ties with seventy‑five to ninety journalists of every description—executives, reporters, stringers, photographers, columnists, bureau clerks and members of broadcast technical crews. More than half of these had been moved off CIA contracts and payrolls but they were still bound by other secret agreements with the Agency. According to an unpublished report by the House Select Committee on Intelligence, chaired by Representative Otis Pike, at least fifteen news organizations were still providing cover for CIA operatives as of 1976.


Those officials most knowledgeable about the subject say that a figure of 400 American journalists is on the low side ….

“There were a lot of representations that if this stuff got out some of the biggest names in journalism would get smeared” ….

An expert on propaganda testified under oath during trial that the CIA now employs THOUSANDS of reporters and OWNS its own media organizations. Whether or not his estimate is accurate, it is clear that many prominent reporters still report to the CIA.

A 4-part BBC documentary called the “Century of the Self” shows that an American – Freud’s nephew, Edward Bernays – created the modern field of manipulation of public perceptions, and the U.S. government has extensively used his techniques.

John Pilger is a highly-regarded journalist (the BBC’s world affairs editor John Simpson remarked, “A country that does not have a John Pilger in its journalism is a very feeble place indeed”). Pilger said in 2007:

We now know that the BBC and other British media were used by the British secret intelligence service MI-6. In what they called Operation Mass Appeal, MI-6 agents planted stories about Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction, such as weapons hidden in his palaces and in secret underground bunkers. All of these stories were fake.


One of my favorite stories about the Cold War concerns a group of Russian journalists who were touring the United States. On the final day of their visit, they were asked by the host for their impressions. “I have to tell you,” said the spokesman, “that we were astonished to find after reading all the newspapers and watching TV day after day that all the opinions on all the vital issues are the same. To get that result in our country we send journalists to the gulag. We even tear out their fingernails. Here you don’t have to do any of that. What is the secret?”

Nick Davies wrote in the Independent in 2008:

For the first time in human history, there is a concerted strategy to manipulate global perception. And the mass media are operating as its compliant assistants, failing both to resist it and to expose it.

The sheer ease with which this machinery has been able to do its work reflects a creeping structural weakness which now afflicts the production of our news. I’ve spent the last two years researching a book about falsehood, distortion and propaganda in the global media.

The “Zarqawi letter” which made it on to the front page of The New York Times in February 2004 was one of a sequence of highly suspect documents which were said to have been written either by or to Zarqawi and which were fed into news media.

This material is being generated, in part, by intelligence agencies who continue to work without effective oversight; and also by a new and essentially benign structure of “strategic communications” which was originally designed by doves in the Pentagon and Nato who wanted to use subtle and non-violent tactics to deal with Islamist terrorism but whose efforts are poorly regulated and badly supervised with the result that some of its practitioners are breaking loose and engaging in the black arts of propaganda.


The Pentagon has now designated “information operations” as its fifth “core competency” alongside land, sea, air and special forces. Since October 2006, every brigade, division and corps in the US military has had its own “psyop” element producing output for local media. This military activity is linked to the State Department’s campaign of “public diplomacy” which includes funding radio stations and news websites. In Britain, the Directorate of Targeting and Information Operations in the Ministry of Defence works with specialists from 15 UK psyops, based at the Defence Intelligence and Security School at Chicksands in Bedfordshire.

In the case of British intelligence, you can see this combination of reckless propaganda and failure of oversight at work in the case of Operation Mass Appeal. This was exposed by the former UN arms inspector Scott Ritter, who describes in his book, Iraq Confidential, how, in London in June 1998, he was introduced to two “black propaganda specialists” from MI6 who wanted him to give them material which they could spread through “editors and writers who work with us from time to time”.

The government is still paying off reporters to spread disinformation. And the corporate media are acting like virtual “escort services” for the moneyed elites, selling access – for a price – to powerful government officials, instead of actually investigating and reporting on what those officials are doing.

One of the ways that the U.S. government spreads propaganda is by making sure that it gets its version out first. For example, the head of the U.S. Information Agency’s television and film division – Alvin A. Snyder – wrote in his book Warriors of Disinformation: How Lies, Videotape, and the USIA Won the Cold War:

All governments, including our own, lie when it suits their purposes. The key is to lie first.


Another casualty, always war’s first, was the truth. The story of [the accidental Russian shootdown of a Korean airliner] will be remembered pretty much the way we told it in 1983, not the way it really happened.

In 2013, the American Congress repealed the formal ban against the deployment of propaganda against U.S. citizens living on American soil. So there’s even less to constrain propaganda than before.

One of the most common uses of propaganda is to sell unnecessary and counter-productive wars. Given that the American media is always pro-war, mainstream publishers, producers, editors, and reporters are willing participants.

It’s not just lying about Saddam’s non-existent weapons of mass destruction … the corporate media is still selling lies to promote war.

(Unknown artist)

Former Newsweek and Associated Press reporter Robert Parry notes that Ronald Reagan and the CIA unleashed a propaganda campaign in the 1980’s to sell the American public on supporting the Contra rebels, utilizing private players such as Rupert Murdoch to spread disinformation. Parry notes that many of the same people that led Reagan’s domestic propaganda effort in the 1980’s are in power today:

While the older generation that pioneered these domestic propaganda techniques has passed from the scene, many of their protégés are still around along with some of the same organizations. The National Endowment for Democracy, which was formed in 1983 at the urging of CIA Director Casey and under the supervision of Walter Raymond’s NSC operation, is still run by the same neocon, Carl Gershman, and has an even bigger budget, now exceeding $100 million a year.

Gershman and his NED played important behind-the-scenes roles in instigating the Ukraine crisis by financing activists, journalists and other operatives who supported the coup against elected President Yanukovych. The NED-backed Freedom House also beat the propaganda drums. [See Consortiumnews.com’s “A Shadow Foreign Policy.”]

Two other Reagan-era veterans, Elliott Abrams and Robert Kagan, have both provided important intellectual support for continuing U.S. interventionism around the world. Earlier this year, Kagan’s article for The New Republic, entitled “Superpowers Don’t Get to Retire,” touched such a raw nerve with President Obama that he hosted Kagan at a White House lunch and crafted the presidential commencement speech at West Point to deflect some of Kagan’s criticism of Obama’s hesitancy to use military force.


Rupert Murdoch’s media empire is bigger than ever ….

Another key to American propaganda is the constant repetition of propaganda. As Business Insider reported in 2013:

Lt. Col. Daniel Davis, a highly-respected officer who released a critical report regarding the distortion of truth by senior military officials in Iraq and Afghanistan ….

From Lt. Col. Davis:

In context, Colonel Leap is implying we ought to change the law to enable Public Affairs officers to influence American public opinion when they deem it necessary to “protect a key friendly center of gravity, to wit US national will.”

The Smith-Mundt Modernization Act of 2012 appears to serve this purpose by allowing for the American public to be a target audience of U.S. government-funded information campaigns.

Davis also quotes Brigadier General Ralph O. Baker — the Pentagon officer responsible for the Department of Defense’s Joint Force Development — who defines Information Operations (IO) as activities undertaken to “shape the essential narrative of a conflict or situation and thus affect the attitudes and behaviors of the targeted audience.”

Brig. Gen. Baker goes on to equate descriptions of combat operations with the standard marketing strategy of repeating something until it is accepted:

For years, commercial advertisers have based their advertisement strategies on the premise that there is a positive correlation between the number of times a consumer is exposed to product advertisement and that consumer’s inclination to sample the new product. The very same principle applies to how we influence our target audiences when we conduct COIN.

And those “thousands of hours per week of government-funded radio and TV programs” appear to serve Baker’s strategy, which states: “Repetition is a key tenet of IO execution, and the failure to constantly drive home a consistent message dilutes the impact on the target audiences.”

Government Massively Manipulates the Web, Social Media and Other Forms of Communication

Of course, the Web and social media have become a huge media platform, and the Pentagon and other government agencies are massively manipulating both.

Documents released by Snowden show that spies manipulate polls, website popularity and pageview counts, censor videos they don’t like and amplify messages they do.

The CIA and other government agencies also put enormous energy into pushing propaganda through movies, television and video games.

Cross-Border Propaganda

Propaganda isn’t limited to our own borders …

Sometimes, the government plants disinformation in American media in order to mislead foreigners. For example, an official government summary of America’s overthrow of the democratically-elected president of Iran in the 1950′s states, “In cooperation with the Department of State, CIA had several articles planted in major American newspapers and magazines which, when reproduced in Iran, had the desired psychological effect in Iran and contributed to the war of nerves against Mossadeq” (page x).

The CIA has also bribed leading foreign journalists.

And CNN accepted money from the brutal Bahrani dictatorship to run pro-monarchy propaganda.

Everyone Who Challenges the Status Quo Is Labeled As a Purveyor of “Fake News” … Or Worse

The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects the freedom of the press from censorship by government.

Indeed, the entire reason that it’s unlawful for the government to stop stories from being printed is because that would punish those who criticize those in power.

Why? Because the Founding Father knew that governments (like the British monarchy) will always crack down on those who point out that the emperor has no clothes.

But the freedom of the press is under massive attack in America today …

For example, the powers-that-be argue that only highly-paid corporate media shills who will act as stenographers for the fatcats should have the constitutional protections guaranteeing freedom of the press.

A Harvard law school professor argues that the First Amendment is outdated and should be abandoned.

When financially-savvy bloggers challenged the Federal Reserve’s policy, a Fed official called all bloggers stupid and unqualified to comment.

And the government is treating the real investigative reporters like criminals … or even terrorists:

  • The government admits that journalists could be targeted with counter-terrorism laws (and here). For example, after Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Chris Hedges, journalist Naomi Wolf, Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg and others sued the government to enjoin the NDAA’s allowance of the indefinite detention of Americans – the judge asked the government attorneys 5 times whether journalists like Hedges could be indefinitely detained simply for interviewing and then writing about bad guys. The government refused to promise that journalists like Hedges won’t be thrown in a dungeon for the rest of their lives without any right to talk to a judge
  • In an effort to protect Bank of America from the threatened Wikileaks expose of the bank’s wrongdoing, the Department of Justice told Bank of America to a hire a specific hardball-playing law firm to assemble a team to take down WikiLeaks (and see this)

Postscript: See this and this.

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  • Carl_Herman

    Strong and professional, GW; thank you. It’s easy to prove that corporate media orchestrates “official lies” in specific case studies with the “stories” so far from the objective data that the only explanation is ongoing choice of propaganda.

    I continue to offer the case study that current US wars were sold with lies KNOWN TO BE FALSE AS THEY WERE TOLD, as revealed from official US government documents that are uncontested as far as I know. These are for wars in Orwellian opposition to what is lawful, with nobody we’re aware of arguing something like, “The wars are legal because war law states (a, b, c), and the facts are (d, e, f).”

    It’s the .01% who attempt “fake news” to sell ongoing empire, and as simple to reveal as in the allegory “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” In that story, as perhaps in our real-world, the trickery was over in a near-instant when the adults finally looked for themselves. My academic paper on this topic, including my best concise shot to document “fake news” from our “leaders” and corporate media: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2015/05/seizing-an-alternative-recognizing-the-emperors-new-clothes-as-the-story-of-today-1-of-7.html

    • Rex Whitmer

      What this article doesn’t tell is the story behind the Vietnamese war, The Kennedy boys wanted, and likely paid for with their own lives. And WWII which Roosevelt wanted. It’s been going on for a lot longer than this article indicates.

  • Nov 24, 2016 #UnfollowFriday to End #FakeNews Epidemic

    Welcome to New World Next Week — the video series from Corbett Report and Media Monarchy that covers some of the most important developments in open source intelligence news.


    • Sergeant Carnage

      Very informative video. It was not what I expected.

      • Thanks Sergeant Carnage. I attempt to provide thought provoking information that challenges all group thinking.

  • Jun 13, 2016 Confessions of a former covert CIA agent – Amaryllis Fox

    This former CIA officer’s secret life taught her one lesson: Listen to your enemy. If I have learned a single lesson while I was in the CIA , it is not believed that they were the good guys , says Amaryllis Fox , a former secret agent at the US Central Intelligence Agency .


  • iseeitfx

    Impressive work GW. You lay it out beautifully.

  • The biggest peddler of fake news has to be Rupert Murdoch. Fake news, corrupt journalism and fake archives of his first newspapers published – Adelaide [city] South Australia [state]. Some brief details at https://rjrbtsrupertsfirstnewspaper.wordpress.com/2016/09/27/rupert-murdochs-fake-archives-of-newspapers-corrupt-journalism-and-billions-of-dollars-of-unaccounted-for-public-debt/ Rupert betrays the people who gave him the start of his media empire.

    • You are almost there. FYI – May 26, 2016 6 Giant Corporations Control The Media, And Americans Consume 10 Hours Of ‘Programming’ A Day

      If you allow someone to pump hours of “programming” into your mind every single day, it is inevitable that it is eventually going to have a major impact on how you view the world. In America today, the average person consumes approximately 10 hours of information, news and entertainment a day, and there are 6 giant media corporations that overwhelmingly dominate that market.


    • Rex Whitmer

      No, that would be George Soros. Murdock does some editing, but is often drowned out by the big boys CNN, NBC, ABC etc.

      • To say US citizen Murdoch [not an Australian] “does some editing” is an understatement misrepresenting his corruption of foreign governments for which he should be investigated & prosecuted. The FBI would need first to get over their fear of being discredited by Murdoch’s news media. The documents posted to https://rjrbtsrupertsfirstnewspaper.wordpress.com/2016/09/27/rupert-murdochs-fake-archives-of-newspapers-corrupt- empire. journalism-and-billions-of-dollars-of-unaccounted-for-public-debt/ include media releases of the Australian Securities Commission [Financial reporting law enforcement authority ASC since renamed ASIC] that have had the newspaper articles reporting [the only means by which I was aware of the information & could request the media releases] erased from publicly accessible records of newspapers published. The brief account is a small part of the corruption & crimes concealed that involves Murdoch news media & fake archives of his newspapers published. Murdoch owns most of Australian news media & dominates UK & Australian political parties, politicians, governments & politics. US Fox News would disagree that it is “drowned out by the big boys CNN, NBC, ABC etc.” & that Fox News are the biggest and Number 1 in ratings. The evidence of Murdoch’s corruption is irrefutable. Rupert & others who benefit from the deception decline to comment.

        • Rex Whitmer

          You have neglected George Soros whom would have loved to have had Hillary win the election. The US was already on a steep down hill market action from Soro’s actions by his puppet Obama which would have netted him a huge profit well above his takings from England and Hungary, leaving both nations financially in shambles. Murdoch’s archives are nothing when compared to Soros, but are at least truthful which is much more than could have been said about Soros. Soros literally bought his US citizenship and is still even in his old age attempting to make still another killing to make himself the richest if not the most powerful person on the planet. As with past persons, neither Soros nor Murdoch can take their wealth or power with them and their empires will be dissipated among their captains whom will not be able to equate their actions. We their victims will live on and eventually forget they were ever here.

          • Your claim “Murdoch’s archives are nothing when compared to Soros, but are at least truthful ” is contrary to the evidence of Murdoch’s corrupt media that misleads the public. Soros’s influence in the English speaking world – the UK, Australia, USA & elsewhere – is nothing compared to US citizen Murdoch’s [not an Australian] control & corruption of foreign governments. The influence and damage done by Murdoch & his Faustian pact with politicians of governments of both political parties [well aware of each others corruption] will continue after he has gone. They [the political parties, the politicians & law enforcement they appoint] must continue to conceal their malfeasance & subordination to Murdoch. Billions of dollars of unaccounted for debt imposed upon taxpayers, that gave him the start of his media empire, whom Murdoch betrays with corrupt journalism & fake archives has lasting effects for generations. Nothing can be learned from maladministration that is concealed & history may well repeat itself. No progress can be made with crimes and corruption concealed. Murdoch declines to acknowledge the evidence of his corrupt journalism intended to increase & consolidate his power over others & subvert democracies. https://rjrbtsrupertsfirstnewspaper.wordpress.com/2016/09/27/rupert-murdochs-fake-archives-of-newspapers-corrupt-journalism-and-billions-of-dollars-of-unaccounted-for-public-debt/
            Jane Mayer’s book ‘Dark Money’ is recommended reading for anyone interested in how the USA came to have the politics that it has.
            Consideration of true & reliable information lead to better outcomes from decisions made that lies & deception.

  • David Renaud

    This woman, Melissa McCarthy, is a big pile of feces……She is a lying, crocked, democrat, leftist person.
    She promissed to leave AMERICA if Trump won the presidency. Well…. he won. Start packing your bags.
    Get out of AMERICA……. We will be much better off without you and your communist ideas. Bon voyage..

  • BadMoonRising

    Weaponized Media Lies Matter. ..for the NWO to stay in power.
    Everyone involved needs to hang for treason!

  • John Brown

    It has been found, by one of the major sources of fake news on the internet, are Conservatives will buy anything that he published but he could not get Liberals to bight. That says a lot about the last election. Liberals are more level headed and wiling to check the fecks that Conservatives who will swallow any lie tots out to them.

    • Rex Whitmer

      Actually John, you’ve got it backwards. Hillary was the anointed one! They (the machine) had her ordained before she started. She was vulnerable and would bend anyway they wanted her to. Trump entered the race on his own steam with seventeen fellows against him and won. The party attempted to block him and failed. We’ll have to see if he is able to throw a little sand in their gears.

    • Wags71

      This is not a partisan occurrence. The CIA and whoever is telling them what to do, does not care about political affiliation. Both Republicans and Democrats are pretty much 100% pro-war and not a single person in politics ever debates monetary policy. If you fall for the partisan nonsense, you’re doing their job for them.

      • John Brown

        The CIA? Where did you get that information? It sounds like you bit on the Fake News line and swallowed it hook, line and sinker. This sounds like the story if the FBI investigator of the Hillary’s e-mail who was murdered in Hattie. That was one of the story confirmed FAKE by its author and producer if Fake News.

        • Wags71

          There are plenty of links in the article above, many of them sources like the NYT, Washington Post and actual interviews of people who work for the CIA.

          It’s funny that you skip right to that one point and ignore the substance of my post. It’s as if you’re trolling.

          Partisanship is complete bullshit and works as the ultimate divide and conquer strategy of the elite.

          • John Brown

            The major manufacturer of fake news is FOX Network News. It has been polluting the minds of the lazy and gullible through donations of TV’s and free cable for offices and in public spaces. You seldom find that TV’s in these areas are tuned to anything other than Fox News. It is a form of brain washing that was learned from the Chines during the Korean War and Hitler’s Germany. It is called the “Big Lie”. You tell the same lie long enough and loud enough, the masses will soon believe the Lie is fact.

            “THINK” It may be a new expense. That is what the people behind Fox News and Clear Channel Radio Don’t want you to do. They want you to believe whatever they tell you no matter what.

            Quite bugging me and start doing your own research.

            Start here:

            Check out: Fascists https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fascism

            German Workers Party http://spartacus-educational.com/GERgwp.htm

          • Wags71

            The major manufacturer of fake news is all mainstream media. This isn’t that difficult.

        • Rex Whitmer

          Nope, John Brown. The fake news is what you have been reading and what the Liberals want you to think. The trouble is that the CIA, because of who is President has been producing stories on the Liberal side!

      • Rex Whitmer

        Actually Wags71, the CIA has been paying news organizations for the past at least twenty years to print their propaganda. They now have their own biased media coverage, but it is there no to be honest but to control public thinking. The News media eats it up. The CIA even has their own correspondents `doing interviews and so forth and then filtering what they think should turn the will of the people. Since it is controlled eventually by the President, you know what their news will favor.

    • Rex Whitmer

      John Brown, you’re showing yourself to be the complete idiot of politics forever and ever. Liberals lie constantly, they use the government to buy votes and work to keep people impoverished so they will remain dependent on the government. Free men and women do for themselves, honestly.

  • In my EIGHTY years I never thought I’d see news/media become as magnanimous liars as the political personnel and organizations they ‘cover’ …

    Welcome to the age of MARXhu Akbar and the wholesale murders to follow …

  • Lizard

    It would be wierd hear truth just once in while … America people have turned in evil lovers.. Obama and Hillary #1 liers

  • Southernfink

    Outstanding article, highly recommended !!!

    Since I follow a variety of ”mediums” all over the globe I’m only too aware how this propaganda is picked up and regurgitated right around the planet.

    War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. George Orwell

    • Rex Whitmer

      You have seen a good example with the street riots against Trump. The Clintons believed that they had everything sewed up. Even the Republican Party had planned to lose. It will be interesting to see how Trump navigates through the quagmire of elitists whom have been governing the world and especially the USA for the last seventy years. Will he give in and join the club or fight through and expose it?

  • hemocyanin

    Who is the biggest peddler of fake news? Easy. Washington Post. Start with the 16 negative Bernie stories in 16 hours.

  • John Brown
    • Rex Whitmer

      Try again John. What Hillary did was to take steps to HIDE her actions. When she was caught she MADE up lies or exaggerated circumstances. I’d trust TRUMP any day over Hillary, She knew she was using her office to enrich herself and attempted to hide it! I doubt that Obama had any idea of what was going on! This does not in anyway cover things that were done on Hillary and Bill’s way up to where they are now. If she says it as truth, you can count on it actually being a lie.

  • John Brown

    NO. Republicans are Very much Pro War and Pro Military. Democrats are more sensible they believe in a good balanced security system but at all means to try diplomacy solutions first. Hillary was very good at that. Democrats believe that the American working taxpayers should get the most for their money including health, education, and welfare for those who can’t and a good infrastructure including protecting the environment. Republicans believe in heavy military spending at the expense of the taxpayer and for the benefit of the top 1%. The biggest lie of the GOP is that they will help you but are more interested in helping themselves. IF you still have doubts, READ YOUR HISTORY. Stay away from any so-called news on Facebook. Facebook and the other social media are Gossip networks. Stick to those news sources that do not have political ties like Fox news. Even the executive head of Fox News has said that they are NOT a News network but a entertainment Network. Don ‘t believe every so-called newsletters you get in your e-mail in-box. If a story or a statement sounds strange, check it out using other means. Some of these so-called Patriotist sites are selling more than lies, bad patent medians and trash books. “THINK” It may be a new expense.

    • Rex Whitmer

      Now here John you are very wrong. Hillary was and is the very type of person you do not want in and honest government. To her and bill government is strictly there to enrich their coffers not the people’s. She was a very poor negotiator and negotiated to the best bid. She set up a mini empire within the government that even Obama likely didn’t know or understand. He was and still is for that matter very green around the ears about running a government. She can point to NO action that has been helpful to either the government or people of the United States of America. Face book is largely a tool of the Liberal or Democratic party movement. Government should NOT be helping people whom do not help themselves. This is the lie that that party has been selling since FDR’s days in office. He used the depression to make the people of America think that the government was responsible to provide for their needs, and that the government was always interested in promoting what was best for them. That was the BIG lie and still is of the Democratic party and so long as people continue to believe it they will continue to be vassal of the government. I might remind you that a vassal owes his or her existence to the government;. In monarchies they are often called subjects and regard them as property to do with as they will. It might be a good idea if YOU read some HISTORY. Both of the United States and the WORLD. Freedom comes only to those who do for themselves. That was why the United States of America was called into existence. The patriot sites are not selling lies, they are trying to educate persons such as yourself as to why we must PROTECT our freedoms, not give them over to tyrants such as the Clintons and Obama and oh yes to Pocohantus whom seems to think that she is God!

  • John Brown

    An expert on propaganda testified under oath during trial that the CIA now employs THOUSANDS of reporters and OWNS its own media organizations. Whether or not his estimate is accurate, it is clear that many prominent reporters still report to the CIA.

    Is a fake news story leading to a dead end link.

    The CIA is not authorized to operate on U.S, soil. The other part was a campaign carried out during the cold war with the USSR. The biggest propaganda story was “Star Wars” program. The USSR has been in a arms buildup war with the U.S. after WWII. It gotten to the point that they had been spending more money on the military than social and infrastructure. Much like what our Congress has been doing for years and is getting worse. Read Gen. Collin Powel’s auto-biography.

    • Rex Whitmer

      You’re exactly right John Brown. The whole Washington clique needs to be vanquished, and permanent politicians replaced with limited term replacements. The selling (bribing) of favors has to be made public and such actions be made totally illegal. Politicians should not remain politicians when their terms run out and they need to be more closely tied to the persons whom they represent.

  • John Brown

    The Republican Party mandated a limit of 2 terms for the presidency after FDR’s death. The same should hold true for both houses of Congress. I would put a clause that would allow a person to run for the same office after sitting out one term. Actuarially there are some good people in Congress that try to do what they were elected to do, represent the best interest of the people who voted them into office. They get neglected or over ruled by the likes of people like Mitch McConnell. Our founding Fathers never intended that the elected congressmen make it a career. In fact it was to be a Citizens Congress and even George Washington stated that Representatives should not serve more than two terms. They had a point. When a person holds elected office for too long, outside entities often buy favors from the elected officials that are not in the people’s best interest.

    Republicans have worked hard to subvert the voting system and this election is a prime example of the fruits of their labors. I was working in Austen, TX when Tom DeLay engineered the Gerrymandering of the voting districts for his own self-promotion and a play for power in Congress. Texas and other States have revived a version of the Jim Crow Laws. Much has been said about Jim Crow but few under the age of 60 really know what they are. Read “the Strange Career of Jim Crow” it is available through most book sellers. In brief they were a system of laws that suppressed minorities. In the Tea Party/Republican version, it is not just race or religion that they try to suppress, but anyone who would vote against them.

    I have firsthand knowledge of Jim Crow having lived through it at the end when the courts out lawed the practice of discrimination. When the Court gutted the Voting Rights Act, it opened the door to a verity of new Jim Crow Laws.

  • John Brown

    Your information is wrong. She was not perfect, but negotiating with a country or group of countries is nothing like Trumps bully tactics in a board room. It sounds like you are resisting the Trump stump speeches. You should Fact check his speeches and his two debates. You can find Fact checks easily on the internet. Try the NPR Debate Fact checks.

    The truth about Trump makes Hillary look like a good church going grandmother. His list of lies, defeat, tax fraud, history of bankruptcy’s that he profited from while others lost their shirt, contractors that he cheated, the sexual abuse that we have recordings of him bragging about and a dozen women file charges against him, he has over 200 laws suits against him now standing in the courts, his lack of reality, his juvenile tweeting about frivolous thing in insulting manors. Trump is a functioning Syncopate, from his behavior as described by his closest associates. Trump is a Fasces. It shows in his actions, speeches, and filling his cabinet with White Supremes. Trump should make every Veteran sick to the stomach to think that Trump, a 3 time draft dodger, will be afforded a funeral with full military honors.

  • John Brown

    Trump is a pathological liar. I can spot one in an instant. I grew up around one.

    Hillary is a politician and she will tell you the truth several deferent ways before she will lie to you. I am sure you are going back to the so-called Benghazi incident that the Republican Congress desperately wanted to cover themselves. Check the records, including the final Republican Report; It was Congresses fault all the way down the line. First, Benghazi was Not an true embassy. It was a location and a CIA listening post. Second, Hillary went to congress 4 times requesting funding to beef up security for all the embassy’s. Congress turned her down 3 times and the 4th and final time before 6the attack, Congress NEVER answered. The records also revealed that Republican members of Congress obstructed the flow of information to the Secretary’s desk until after the attack began. It is in the Congressional Record and are available to the public.

  • John Brown

    No, I gave you the truth, but you are in the Republican Bubble and refuse to check the facts.

  • John Brown

    I have found over the years that todays version of what is called a Republican would rather believe the lie that fits their way of thinking than to actually put out the effort to check the facts. It comes from years of Clear Channel Radio and Fox Network New. Both are propaganda network for the radical Republican Party.

    True Republicans Abraham Lincoln, Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt & Dwight David “Ike” Eisenhower. I haven’t found many lately.

  • RufusVonDufus

    Screw the CIA and the FBI, two corrupt police forces. Along with the MSM these two entities are by far the most distasteful lot of liars and frauds ever assembled.

  • John Brown

    If you really believe that, You have been Brainwashed. You Do not know your history of this country, You have Not been going on for the past several years. You Don’ realize all the garbage that Fox News and Clear Channel Radio has been shoveling down your throat without realizing it. First step ouyt of the Republican Bubble and “THINK” It may be a new expense. Than get and read a book called “The Strange Career of Jim Crow” and it is available at most book sellers.

    Than Check out: Fascists https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fascism

    German Workers Party http://spartacus-educational.com/GERgwp.htm

    Now compare it to what has been going on in our resent history. History, indeed does repeat its self if we do not remember and head the warning signs. This year their have a lot of them flashing in neon lights, if you know your history.

    Much of what came out of two Republicans, Ted Cruz and Donald Trump, campaigns are strikingly closedown to the same wording of the German Workers Party.

    • Seems you understand what Fox News is about. Try to imagine life where Fox News & taxpayer funded public broadcast television [Australian Broadcast Corp. ABC -with government editorial control] was the only source of information – Adelaide [city] South Australia [SA state] where Murdoch began his media empire with the first newspapers he ever owned & still maintains a newspaper publishing state monopoly. A living Hell. Australia [& the UK & the USA] has major problems with USA citizen [not an Australian] papal knight Rupert Murdoch’s subversion of democracies. The FBI should get over its fear of being discredited by Murdoch’s Fox News and investigate and prosecute him over his corruption of foreign governments.
      https://rjrbtsrupertsfirstnewspaper.wordpress.com/2016/09/27/rupert-murdochs-fake-archives-of-newspapers-corrupt-journalism-and-billions-of-dollars-of-unaccounted-for-public-debt/ Immense damage has been done. Murdoch with corrupt journalism and fake archives of his newspapers betrays the people who gave him the start of his media empire.
      As for the FBI – Fox News scathing criticism of the FBI for protecting Hillary Clinton then praise for their courage [“guts”] for announcing an investigation [a week before the election] then back to criticism after announcing “nothing new had been found”. Murdoch has even greater control of Australian and UK law enforcement, politicians & governments. They can either cooperate & have his support & praise or suffer the consequences of his news media lies.
      An accountable news media is required for any healthy democracy.

      • John Brown

        WE have a verity of good news services in this country. Fox Network News and Facebook are definitely Not good news sources. Ever herd of NPR, PBS, BBC America to name a few? These networks have NO Corporations that are telling them what to say. That is one of the resins that PBS and NPR are hated by the Republican Party. This election season has been plugged by Fake News on the internet and Facebook has caused the more respected and reliable news sources to react instead of taking the lead. Corporation heads have bowed to the pressure of the ratings that bring them more profit. It is understandable that people have had little trust in mainstream media. I learned many years ago just how Braindead Fox News junkets are and the stupid of its leading talking heads that nave made a fortune based on a string of lies. This year I have seen the American People Conned into believing lies over facts. Much of this is due to our financially strapped educational system not teaching History, Math, Science and the Communication skill that they once have.