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The New York Times Admits That Virtually Every Major News Organization Allows The News To Be Censored By Government Officials

In one of the most shocking articles that the New York Times has ever put out, a New York Times reporter has openly admitted that virtually every major mainstream news organization allows government bureaucrats and campaign officials to censor their stories.  For example, almost every major news organization in the country has agreed to submit virtually all quotes from anyone involved in the Obama campaign or the Romney campaign to gatekeepers for “quote approval” before they will be published.  If the gatekeeper in the Obama campaign does not want a certain quote to get out, the American people will not see it, and the same thing applies to the Romney campaign.  The goal is to keep the campaigns as “on message” as possible and to avoid gaffes at all cost.  But this kind of thing is not just happening with political campaigns.  According to the New York Times, “quote approval” has become “commonplace throughout Washington”.  In other words, if you see a quote in the newspaper from someone in the federal government then it is safe to say that a gatekeeper has almost certainly reviewed that quote and has approved it.  This is another sign that “the free and independent media” in this country is a joke.  What we get from the mainstream media is a very highly filtered form of propaganda, and that is one reason why Americans are turning away from the mainstream media in droves.  People want the truth, and more Americans than ever realize that they are not getting it from the mainstream media.

The following quote comes from the recent article in the New York Times mentioned above and it is absolutely jaw dropping….

The quotations come back redacted, stripped of colorful metaphors, colloquial language and anything even mildly provocative.

They are sent by e-mail from the Obama headquarters in Chicago to reporters who have interviewed campaign officials under one major condition: the press office has veto power over what statements can be quoted and attributed by name.

Most reporters, desperate to pick the brains of the president’s top strategists, grudgingly agree. After the interviews, they review their notes, check their tape recorders and send in the juiciest sound bites for review.

The verdict from the campaign — an operation that prides itself on staying consistently on script — is often no, Barack Obama does not approve this message.

This is an article that everyone needs to read.  If you have not read it yet, you can find it right here.

What all of this means is that both the Obama campaign and the Romney campaign essentially have “veto power” over any quotes from those campaigns that we see in the newspapers.

According to the New York Times, virtually every major news organization has agreed to submit their quotes for “quote approval”….

It was difficult to find a news outlet that had not agreed to quote approval, albeit reluctantly. Organizations like Bloomberg, The Washington Post, Vanity Fair, Reuters and The New York Times have all consented to interviews under such terms.

This is absolutely disgusting, and it goes against everything that our media is supposed to stand for.

The following is what Joseph Farah had to say when he learned about this story….

All I can say about these people I once considered “colleagues” is that I am so ashamed of them. I am mortified. They are humiliating themselves and a vital institution for any free society.

It seems the biggest threat to the American tradition of a free and independent press is not government coercion. It’s the willing submission of the press to being handled and managed by government and politicians.

Keep in mind that Joseph Farah has been working in the world of journalism for decades.  He is deeply saddened to see what is happening to a profession that he deeply loves.

But he is not the only one.

Just check out what Dan Rather had to say during a speech back in 2009….

“At my age and stage I’ve finally reached the point where I don’t have to kiss up to anybody,” he said. “What a wonderful feeling it is.”

Even so, his talk emphasized what he believes is the erosion of quality journalism, because of the corporatization, politicization, and “trivialization” of news. Those three factors, Rather argued, have fueled the “dumbing down and sleezing up of news” and the decline of “great American journalism.”

Likening media consolidation to that of the banking industry, Rather claimed that “roughly 80 percent” of the media is controlled by no more than six, and possibly as few as four, corporations.

And Dan Rather is right.  The control over the media in the United States is more tightly concentrated than ever before.

Back in the early 1980s, approximately 50 corporations essentially had nearly total control of the media in the United States.

Today, just six monolithic media corporations dominate virtually everything you watch, hear and read.

These six gigantic corporations own television networks, publishing houses, movie studios, newspapers, radio stations, music labels and video game companies.  Most Americans are absolutely addicted to information and entertainment, and those six massive corporations supply the vast majority of the information and entertainment that Americans take in.

The amount of control that those six corporate giants have is absolutely incredible.  For example, the average American watches 153 hours of television a month.  If you can beam 153 hours of “programming” into someone’s head each month, that gives you an awesome amount of influence over that person.

The six monolithic corporations mentioned above are Time Warner, Walt Disney, Viacom, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., CBS Corporation and NBC Universal.

There are some areas of the media that are not completely dominated by those corporations, but even control over those areas is becoming more highly concentrated than ever.

For example, Clear Channel now owns over 1000 radio stations across the United States.  The power that Clear Channel has over the radio industry in America is absolutely staggering.

Even control over the Internet is becoming much more concentrated.  Giant corporations such as Facebook, Google, Yahoo and Microsoft are increasingly controlling what we see and hear online.

But it really is the “big six” that dominate most of what we see, hear and read on a daily basis.

In a previous article, I detailed a portion of the vast media holdings of these gigantic corporations….

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Today, six colossal media giants tower over all the rest.  Much of the information in the chart below comes from mediaowners.com.  The chart below reveals only a small fraction of the media outlets that these six behemoths actually own….

Time Warner

Home Box Office (HBO)
Time Inc.
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
CW Network (partial ownership)
TMZ
New Line Cinema
Time Warner Cable
Cinemax
Cartoon Network
TBS
TNT
America Online
MapQuest
Moviefone
Castle Rock
Sports Illustrated
Fortune
Marie Claire
People Magazine

Walt Disney

ABC Television Network
Disney Publishing
ESPN Inc.
Disney Channel
SOAPnet
A&E
Lifetime
Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Buena Vista Theatrical Productions
Buena Vista Records
Disney Records
Hollywood Records
Miramax Films
Touchstone Pictures
Walt Disney Pictures
Pixar Animation Studios
Buena Vista Games
Hyperion Books

Viacom

Paramount Pictures
Paramount Home Entertainment
Black Entertainment Television (BET)
Comedy Central
Country Music Television (CMT)
Logo
MTV
MTV Canada
MTV2
Nick Magazine
Nick at Nite
Nick Jr.
Nickelodeon
Noggin
Spike TV
The Movie Channel
TV Land
VH1

News Corporation

Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
Fox Television Stations
The New York Post
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Beliefnet
Fox Business Network
Fox Kids Europe
Fox News Channel
Fox Sports Net
Fox Television Network
FX
My Network TV
MySpace
News Limited News
Phoenix InfoNews Channel
Phoenix Movies Channel
Sky PerfecTV
Speed Channel
STAR TV India
STAR TV Taiwan
STAR World
Times Higher Education Supplement Magazine
Times Literary Supplement Magazine
Times of London
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
20th Century Fox International
20th Century Fox Studios
20th Century Fox Television
BSkyB
DIRECTV
The Wall Street Journal
Fox Broadcasting Company
Fox Interactive Media
FOXTEL
HarperCollins Publishers
The National Geographic Channel
National Rugby League
News Interactive
News Outdoor
Radio Veronica
ReganBooks
Sky Italia
Sky Radio Denmark
Sky Radio Germany
Sky Radio Netherlands
STAR
Zondervan

CBS Corporation

CBS News
CBS Sports
CBS Television Network
CNET
Showtime
TV.com
CBS Radio Inc. (130 stations)
CBS Consumer Products
CBS Outdoor
CW Network (50% ownership)
Infinity Broadcasting
Simon & Schuster (Pocket Books, Scribner)
Westwood One Radio Network

NBC Universal

Bravo
CNBC
NBC News
MSNBC
NBC Sports
NBC Television Network
Oxygen
SciFi Magazine
Syfy (Sci Fi Channel)
Telemundo
USA Network
Weather Channel
Focus Features
NBC Universal Television Distribution
NBC Universal Television Studio
Paxson Communications (partial ownership)
Trio
Universal Parks & Resorts
Universal Pictures
Universal Studio Home Video

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Please keep in mind that the list above is not exhaustive.  It only contains a sampling of the companies that those six corporate giants own.

So are you starting to get an idea of how powerful they are?

If you ever wondered why the version of “the news” that you get is so similar no matter where you turn, it is because control of the news is concentrated in just a very few hands.

So who controls the “big six” media corporations?

Would it surprise you to know that the boards of directors of those big media corporations have a tremendous amount of overlap with the boards of directors of large banks, large oil companies and large pharmaceutical companies?

The following is from the Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting website….

Media corporations share members of the board of directors with a variety of other large corporations, including banks, investment companies, oil companies, health care and pharmaceutical companies and technology companies.

You can find a list that shows how these boards of directors overlap and interlock right here.

The giant media corporations are not going to criticize the establishment because they are the establishment.

The messages that these media behemoths pound into our heads are going to be the messages that the establishment wants pounded into our heads.

Anyone that believes that the mainstream media is “independent” and that it does not have “an agenda” is being delusional.

Of course it is also worth mentioning that much of what we get from the mainstream media is also often directly controlled by the federal government.

Former Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein (of Woodward and Bernstein fame) has discovered that hundreds of American journalists have worked directly for the CIA.

Not that the federal government and the establishment are opposed to one another.  The truth is that they very much work together hand in hand.  But sometimes the federal government has slightly different priorities than the corporate establishment does.

In any event, the key point to take away from all this is that the news and entertainment that we all enjoy on a daily basis if very highly censored and very highly controlled.

It is imperative that we understand that those that own and control the media are trying to shape society in a certain way.  They want to impose their values and their vision of the future on all the rest of us.

You will notice that none of the major news organizations speak out against the “Big Brother” police state control grid that is going in all around us.

Instead, they insist that all of this added “security” will keep us safe even as our liberties and freedoms are being badly eroded.

You will notice that none of the major news organizations speak out against the population control agenda of the global elite.

Instead, they insist that more “family planning” will help the environment and make the world a more prosperous place for all of us.

You will notice that none of the major news organizations speak out against the Federal Reserve and none of them are warning us about the financial collapse that is rapidly approaching.

Instead, they tell us to keep having faith in the system and they promise us that everything is going to be okay.

Well, you can mindlessly believe the corporate media if you want, but I believe that in this day and age it is absolutely imperative that we all learn to think for ourselves.

Don’t be a mindless robot for anyone.

Think for yourself and make your own decisions.

The truth is out there and you can find it if you are willing to go search for it.

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  • Dave Webb

    I worked in the composing room of a daily newspaper for most of 40 years. We built the advertising.
    It is amazing to me that if 6 percent of the population owns all the media that this would not happen. Money talks, and b******t walks.
    We criticise papers like Pravda in Moscow. It is state run. It is a government mouthpiece. Did I say Moscow newspaper? Try right here.
    Money is what runs media. Money is what corrupts absolutely. Even when you have 2 or more papers in a town you have corruption by advertisers. You dare not deeply offend those that feed you.
    This is no different than any other employer. Whistle blowers often find this out the hard way. No one wants to hire them ever again.
    The internet is no different. The moneyed interests are attempting to censor what goes on to the internet as well. Suddenly articles disappear. Never to be seen again by anyone. It is going to happen one day soon if the UN has anything to say about it. Drug companies are notorious for censorship.
    Most people are followers. It is a minority of people that actually lead. Somewhere down the road most of the leaders will disappear one at a time. Kng Obama already has his executive orders and a compliant congress ready. The laws are all ready in place. The judges are all ready willing to judge in their favor. All in the name of security.
    I am surprised as much stuff does get into the public news.

  • Georgiaboy61

    Re: “Today, six colossal media giants tower over all the rest.” The fact that six giant media conglomerates own and filter much of the news should alarm every thoughtful American. Since these giant firms are run by a very small group of senior executives and owners, we have in effect surrendered control of our information flow to a small group of unaccountable people, most of whose identities are not even known to us. Equally disturbing should be the fact that foreign nationals own a sustantial stake in many of these companies; to name one example, billionaire Saudi Prince al-Waleed Bin-Talal owns a large bloc of the News Corp., the parent of Fox News. Talal is a virulent anti-Semite and funder of jihadists causes. Does it serve the interests of Americans to allow such individuals to own critical portions of our information network? The Chinese recently bought AMC Cinemas, one of the nation’s largest movie chains. Does this serve our interests? Giant media firms can quash stories that make the elites in this country uncomfortable or portray them in a bad light, or media outlets that ask “inconvenient” questions. It should be a high priority that an incoming administration break up these giant firms using anti-trust laws, and also to prohibit foreign ownership of U.S. media firms, if those firms are publicly-traded on the NYSE. If this proves impossible politically, then at the very least, a vetting process should be enstated that ensures review of such ownership arrangements, according to our national security and other needs.

  • Gay Veteran

    Gerald Celente rightfully calls our media the “pressitutes”.

    And Glenn Greenwald routinely condemns the media for stenographers for the DC elite.

  • http://www.OlGreyGhost.Blogspot.com Ol’ Grey Ghost

    “Of course it is also worth mentioning that much of what we get from the mainstream media is also often directly controlled by the federal government.”

    What did you think the licensing authority of the FCC was all about?

    http://olgreyghost.blogspot.com/2009/06/why-do-we-need-licenses.html

  • A.S.

    The Founding Fathers of the U.S. Constitution regarded the free press as the “Invisible Fourth Branch,” and that it would serve the people as a “watchdog against the tyranny of government.” I am not surprised that the free press actually serves the government as an opiate freely accepted by the people. So, people, turn of your TVs and go to sites like http://www.endoftheamericandream.com, http://www.infowars.com, http://www.naturalnews.com, etc. Until government perfects mind-reading technology, although there already is mind-control in the making, they cannot tell you what to think or believe. You have a choice. Your free will is given to you by G-d.

    • Josh

      there needs to be more unbiased news like this blog when you get into infowars and naturalnews after reading a hand full of articles you can tell they have an agenda, i mean everyone has an agenda but once greed over takes you enter a new realm, i normally see if other sites are running similar stories because of the angle they are taking. sadly i believe that alex(infowars) and mike(naturalnews) are here only to make money. our pain is their gain.

  • DaytoDay

    Fascism really has taken over America…

    There’s a reason why corporations were given a limited charter of 20 years, in the original Declaration of Independence.

    * Corporate charters (licenses to exist) were granted for a limited time and could be revoked promptly for violating laws.

    * Corporations could engage only in activities necessary to fulfill their chartered purpose.

    * Corporations could not own stock in other corporations nor own any property that was not essential to fulfilling their chartered purpose.

    * Corporations were often terminated if they exceeded their authority or caused public harm.

    * Owners and managers were responsible for criminal acts committed on the job.

    * Corporations could not make any political or charitable contributions nor spend money to influence law-making.

    Oh, how far we’ve come…

    http://www.reclaimdemocracy.org/corporate_accountability/history_corporations_us.html

  • frank lee

    “The solution to this is simple. I have been preaching it for years. All you have to do is CANCEL YOUR CABLE and STOP WATCHING TELEVISION. If you would just do that, you could end the media within a week. But you know what? None of you will do it. You all are so whipped and addicted to the Marxist agitprop, mind-numbing circuses and porn that you will never, ever go without TV. You know it’s true. You know that you aren’t even remotely man enough to pick up the phone right now, call the cable company, cancel your feed and then go unplug the cable from the back of your TVs, and do not hook up an antenna so you can’t even receive broadcast channels. And don’t you dare feed me the whiny bullshit that you have to have cable in order to have internet. That is abject bullshit and we both know it. You can have an internet-only package. Even so, you can simply unplug the cable from the back of your TV. You are in total, complete, personal control of the situation. ANY attempt to claim that you “have to have it” is a despicable lie” http://radiopatriot.wordpress.com/2012/07/21/ann-barnhardt-pull-the-plug/

    • Eisenkreutz

      I havent had a TV in 12 years. They ask me “how are you going to get the news?”

    • http://philosophyofliberty.com Liv N Letlive

      Right on, frank lee. My famiy has been cable-TV free for 12 years now. We have saved upwards of $10,000 from flowing into the Cesspool-Six-Media, and countless hours better spent doing, well, almost anything. When we stay with relatives or at a hotel, TV is fun for an hour or so, and then we remember what a colossal waste of time it is and click it off. Still watch movies from time to time, but that’s an intentional pleasure, not a docking station for our brains.

  • Chris

    As per usual, fantastic article!

    • Michael

      Thank you Chris :)

      Michael

  • Kim

    What happened to freedom of the press? Why can’t some of these journalists just say “up yours” and just publish what they know is true?

  • Dave

    There is one media outlet I watch on TV and NOTHING else. That is RT, Rusiia Today. It TELLS THE TRUTH. Max Keiser, Lauren Lyster, watch it, they have on the truth tellers.

  • http://john101b.ipage.com/instructions/pictureframing.html Jack

    Money is what rules a fascist nation and American has long since failed as a free republic that can only be maintained with a free press.

  • FrB

    And with the recent purchase of Media General’s newspaper assets across the southeast, Warren Buffett now has a framework for replicating the nation media model at the local level.

    Well done, America. Franklin would be proud. /sarc

  • http://Survive2balive.com GA

    Since we are here reading Michaels’s works (outstanding as always) we already understand how the system works. How do we get the word out? How do we wake people that have never even thought of reading alternative media? I try to encourage people to go ahead and listen to mainstream but please also read alternative sources. Sure some of the alternative sources are out there and those that are damage our efforts to convey truth. I try to encourage others to verify every item whether mainstream or alternative. Rely on sites that provide verifiable facts ( like Michaels’s articles) and continue to question the motivation of their messages.

  • liberranter

    All any reasonable, thinking person can say is that anyone over the age of five who puts ANY faith or credence whatsoever in ANY mainstream “news” outlet is a complete and total moron who is unfit to be considered a functioning adult human being.

  • NadePaulKuciGravMcKi

    both parties are corrupt to the core
    As is the criminal controlled media!

  • Jarret

    It seems that these large corporations, ran by the banking industry, are trying to fail America in order to rise to power as the enforcer of the new world order.

  • Jarret

    It seems as though the corpratacracy, on command by the banking industry, is deliberately bringing down America in order take control of “the new world order.”

  • Marion Maher

    Excellent article…..Thanks Michael!
    You’ve confirmed what a lot of us already knew but did it with wonderful detail and research. We hold people like you dear and will continue to search out the truth.
    Not all of us are sheeple and that is also what gave rise to the Tea Party and other patriotic organizations that have formed in the last few years.
    Since we have to work with one of the two parties, our goals have been to oust the old boys club from the GOP and institute some real change for the good of our country.
    This year, lets Remember November and vote to save our country.

    • Michael

      Marion:

      Thank you for those very kind words. I really enjoy writing these articles and it means a lot that so many people out there enjoy reading them. :)

      Michael

  • Fred

    While I have no doubt as to the veracity of this article, the first link listed to the specific NYT article does NOT take me to it. A subsequent search of the NYT website lists thousands of articles about news censorship in general. Do you have any active current link to the specific NYT article you referenced?

  • LH Ld Elon

    Thee ideal solution is, to completely isolate y/ourselves from the interactions of media, including all advertisments, on the items you/we buy.
    So It is not only to switch off from t.v, it is to switch off from the network altogether.
    This is where you reach a catch 22 moment, it is eveywhere you turn, every shop you pass, every branch of the tree.

    You/we will use what ever tools are needed to express, y/our logic, y/our desires, y/our opinions.
    Takes a wise person, to want none of it, takes an even wiser person to know its all around them, and they are not free of it.

  • Nam Marine

    This is NOT a campaign! This is all one big lie by our Government! The people are being played!

  • A.S.

    Michael,

    It seems, despite this article, you censored a comment I made in the other site to a user named Gay Veteran. I don’t think it was that bad. I did not use vulgar language, which I never do, yet you did not put it on. Why? Are you being censored? Or are you censoring comments that are of sound opinion and from the heart? I hope it was a mistake.

    • Michael

      A.S.:

      I don’t recall censoring any comments from you. Sometimes there is a long delay in getting comments approved, so that is maybe what you are experiencing.

      Michael

  • http://piccolocardo.webnode.it/ Elmoamf

    I will be sincere… I have not read the whole article…
    I’m also italian, so I know that my english is really poor!
    But just one thing… in my poor english…
    Censorship is a quite recognized practice!
    So We don’t have to be worried about it but just to be proud about our own responsability for to be to the part of true!
    I hope that U try to understand my very poor english & my very poor (humble) sense of life!

    A dear regard (un caro saluto!)
    Elmoamf

  • http://www.whatreallyhappened.com Anon Patriot

    Try to censor this:

    CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVE!

    Congressman Ron Paul’s H.R. 459, the Federal Reserve Transparency Act, could come up for a vote at any time! (7/25/2012)

    http://www.chooseliberty.org/audit_vote.aspx?pid=s185

  • juansays

    More and more of us are just turning off the propaganda and lies from the mainstream media and instead are following the alternative news media. No doubt that after the sham election in November, the oppressive leftist regime currently in power will regulate the internet, control talk radio, and shut down all media outlets that oppose the regime. The U.S. is becoming a an oppressive Communist dictatorship right before our eyes.

  • George Archers

    Tip of the iceberg-the article dwells on reporters who get premission to interview politicians on bases afterwards get approval to release and censor. Nothing wrong with that–it is an agreement which took place under closed doors. The part that should worry the general public is the government lies that the media kept pounding into our heads. I took offence to the comment that after Vetinam the media took a rotten turn. Wrong!. tHe media has always been a tool of government. Read old publications prior/during WWI WWII. If that does not make you wake-up-how about leading into the USA/Spanish war.At that time there was a worse offender of truth than Rupert Murdoc, He dead as a Billionair with a burial placement as a nobal King.
    I suspect by reading all the comments–there is missing concern that a certain religious dominating cult group has hijacked all the media and is not christian. One poster had the nerve to connect the Saudias and chinese to the take over–what a fool. Go make my day ***** Name me one media that is critical of Israel.Like George Carlin stated-they own you.
    Freedom of the press is only to the owners and the nonsense that they cater to advertisers only– more BBBBS :^/

  • http://booksbyoliver.com MountainHome

    There are no more professional, investigative journalist in America. They haven’t a clue about what their job is & their responsibility to the American people.

    With liberal journalist professors teaching them the new, graduate journalist just don’t understand how important their role is to protecting & defending the U.S. Constitution. How sad.

  • Rick Smith

    When I view this webpage in Firefox, OR IE, it renders horribly.
    In “No style” it is still screwed up. Needs some serious rework.
    Shame, because it looks like a site I’d be interested in.

  • http://unzensiert.zeitgeist-online.de Magnus Göller

    Well done!

    This article will soon be linked and commented on my website, some citations in the original as well as in my German versions coming therewith, to bring this information hither and further it.

    I haven’t ever heard of this before, probably so have way most of my compatriots.

    Stunning!

  • Gaile Peterson

    No wonder our country is falling a part. The news is an oligopoly. They are so big that they don’t need to be competitive. They can serve the special interests, the upper one percent and laugh all the way to the bank!

    • Gaile Peterson

      Why is that? Am I censored?

  • http://turboverbal.blogspot.com Andrew

    This is almost a basic element of journalism. Journalists aren’t meant to catch people offguard, they’re meant to help communicate the truth as best as possible. Journalists weigh when it is worth disobeying a source’s wishes to report an uncomfortable fact but for the most part the reason someone doesn’t want something published serves an important function to truth and general public welfare. As a reporter I’ve had everyone from police to businessmen tell me that things are “off the record” because of their needs to keep some things private. It’s a reality of life and not a grand conspiracy. Journalists have enough of an incentive to out a deliberate problem from officials’ censorship. I’d be more worried about the media companies censoring, firing and refusing hiring of reporters who will tell the truth.

  • Guido

    I have to break it to you-this is nothing new. The news has always been corrupt, controlled, slanted, biased, dishonest, etc. Take a look at the Colonial newspapers our founders read and published. It was a game, even then. They printed the lowest slander and rumors. Actually, it was worse-you could be sued and destroyed today if you wrote what they wrote then about people.

    I’ve said this before, but some of you probably missed it-I had a friend at NBC who wrote and edited the evening news feed for all the NBC affiliates. That news you see before the national news comes on is basically canned stuff they’re reading to you-no real research or reporting there. She told me they had absolutely no illusion at NBC (and I assume all the other outlets) that what they were doing was actually news. To them, it was all entertainment.

    They pitch their entertainment to as wide an audience as possible, which is why in the national news there seems to be a story or two for all demographics, including the “Greatest Generation” stories, a science story, a health or medical story, some international stuff, sports, and the weather at the end to keep you tuned in. And take note of just how much of the “news” is really just a giant commercial for some product they want you to buy. It’s amazing how shameless they are, sometimes.

    If you get your news from the lamestream media, and you only go to one source, you’re only getting a small amount of truth and a whole lot of BS.

    Dump TV news, listen to the radio, go to the alternative media online, check out foreign sources, even Pravda, and learn as much about the world as you can on your own so you can develop a BS meter.

    It’s not easy, because you need to be widely-read in a lot of subjects, but once you get there, you’ll be able to spot the BS in the news and see behind the obvious facade of much of it.

    Look up Occam’s Razor while you’re at it-there’s entirely too much conspiracy stuff and misinformation out there…

    Oh, and for those who never saw this before, here’s what a reporter had to say circa 1880 about the press:

    These remarks were made by John Swinton, then a preeminent New York journalist, probably one night in 1880. Swinton was the guest of honour at a banquet given him by the leaders of his craft. Someone who knew neither the press nor Swinton offered a toast to the independent press. Swinton outraged his colleagues by replying:

    “There is no such thing, at this date of the world’s history, in America, as an independent press. You know it and I know it.

    There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid weekly for keeping my honest opinion out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things, and any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job. If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone.

    The business of the journalists is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. You know it and I know it, and what folly is this toasting an independent press?

    We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes.”

    (Source: Labor’s Untold Story, by Richard O. Boyer and Herbert M. Morais, published by United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America, NY, 1955/1979.)

  • Sarah Lever

    Ran across your site checking out today’s earthquake. Is there a newsltter or anything? Sign me up.

  • jay

    where are your sources?

    • Anon

      Exactly, where are your scources

  • Nomad

    Do some research and don’t just dismiss this, it’s true,also 9 corps produce everything we consume..

    • http://www.facebook.com/lisadean53 Dean Lisa

      Ah, someone who reads more than the comics

  • http://slrman.wordpress.com/ James Smith

    If this were true, the amazingly ignorant statements and outright lies by leading candidates would never have seen the light of day. But perhaps Obama’s censors were more effective than Romney’s?

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    Interesting…if it’s true…

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  • Robert Johnson

    Censoring is only part of the problem. They let them edit and write it too.