COMMENTARY BY PATRICE GREANVILLE
The capitalist media are owned by multibillionaires or huge corporations controlled by interlocking handfuls of millionaires and billionaires, the actual rulers of any capitalist nation. In the US such elites pursue constant war to expand and preserve their global empire. Media personnel, at the top levels largely comprised of unprincipled careerists, is happy to carry their devious message to the masses. Practically all media figures today, no matter how famous or obscenely paid, are propagandists of one type for another, pushing various narratives that only benefit the global 0.001%. That is why it is correct to view them as media whores, or as some also call them "presstitutes". NONE of these presstitutes has raised his voice to defend Julian Assange, subject of a transparent judicial persecution which is not only blatantly illegal but a threat to ever independent journalist (that is any REAL journalist) alive. Not even the journos who directly profited from Assange's revelations at such "temples" of establishment journalism like the New York Times, the WaPo, and the UK's Guardian.
In this bilingual clip (Spanish/English) Assange denounces the media's complicity in warmongering and disgusting performance. He correctly notes that in the past 50 years all wars could have been stopped or entirely prevented by the media. Actually he is being generous. The US media, to name just one national media system, have been promoting wars for way over 50 years. They did so during the Mexican-American war in the 1840s, when chauvinist sentiment supported US annexation of Texas, forcing Mexico into a war that cost it almost half of its territory, and expanded the US domain by almost 1/3, including California, one of the biggest land grabs in history. This shameful episode was followed by the first imperialist war proper by the US, when, again whipped into chauvinist frenzy by the Hearst newspapers, it embarked into a war against the decaying Spanish empire after a false flag attack on a US battleship in Havana harbor. Just as in the 1840s the rallying cry had been "Don't forget the Alamo!", now patriotic sentiment was stirred up in the 1890s by reminding Americans "of the Maine". This first global imperialist exercise bagged Spain's imperial spoils across several continents, from Cuba and Puerto Rico to the Philippines, which endured its own martyrdom during a hideous (and chauvinistically portrayed) campaign that left more than a million dead.
By 1914, the country's elites were ready to meddle in European affairs, on the side of the British empire. Since millions of Americans had relatives or were descendants of German immigrants, who naturally opposed US intervention, and pacifist/isolationist currents were also strong, false flags and a large scale propaganda campaign had to be waged to get the nation to agree to send "the boys over there". President Wilson, formerly a college don and governor of New Jersey, a warmongering racist with roots in Virginia, Georgia and South Carolina, has been depicted in many history books as a peacemaker who tried to keep the nation neutral (opportunistically the US did not join the fracas until 1917, when the outcome was practically sealed and the US ruling elites could see there was much to gain from officially entering the exclusive club of world powers) but the reality of his administration is a lot more complex and unflattering to anglophile Wilson. (He was English on his mothers side). In fact Wilson has the dubious honor of having created the first US government structure for mass propaganda, expressly to mobilize public opinion in favor of war, The Committee on Public Information (CPI). Wilson's government pursued this objective with rare zeal, a posture that soon led to his trampling on dissenters and waging war on pacifists, labelling them both "traitors". The entry below by Caryn E. Neumann, excerpted from the First Amendment Encyclopedia, is a good snapshot of what this Committee was up to. It must be noted that while the Creel Committee (as the CPI was also known) was an effort to get the press to fall in with the government line, this is no longer necessary as the US media (including social media tech giants) seamlessly integrated into the machinery of government propaganda, have long grown accustomed to acting as stenographers to power, disseminating with little question whatever version of events is promulgated by top US politicians or State Department. That in many cases they are dealing with completely fabricated events and obvious psyops concocted by the security and intelligence bureaucracy of the US rarely triggers the innate journalistic instinct to dig deeper to get at the truth.
There are numerous examples of this ugly reality, from false flags such as The Gulf of Tonkin provocation to the demonization of Russia, China, Iran, Libya, Syria's government, and others who oppose Washington's hegemony. The effort to demonize Russia alone, in which key vassal states such as the UK have played an important role, have given us a whole series of ancillary manufactured events, including the spurious "chemical attacks" against the Syrian people by Pres Assad; the downing of MH17 by supposedly Moscow or its proxies in the Donbas (a mock inquiry with Dutch complicity is currently also in the works); a multitude of "Assad crimes" as documented by the UK intel creation, "the White Helmets" and other clearly biased sources; the equally mythical "invasion of Ukraine" by the Russian army; the high-handed US coup/color revolt in Ukraine, with installed a neoNazi mob in Kiev; Moscow's non-existent aggression against Europe requiring NATO to roll up its planes, ships and tanks to Russia's frontiers (each of these mythical crimes requiring also highly punitive sanctions); the latest attempt at a color revolt in Belarus, and the laughable "Novichok" scam involving the Skripals and more recently "opposition leader" Alexei Navalny, a well known CIA hybrid war asset. This latest stunt also showed the extent of corruption in Germany's establishment, or their condition of abject vassalage to Washington after 75 years of occupation.
However, one of the most disgusting betrayals of the public interest by the corporate media has been and continues to be the unopposed Assange persecution and kangaroo trials, as transparent a crooked political trial as you are likely to find anywhere. In this shameful process not just Washington but many of its corrupt vassals—count here the UK, of course, in the lead, but also sanctimonious Sweden, Spain, Ecuador, and Germany— have covered themselves in dung. Any claims by the UK's judicial system to be taken seriously after Assange—a reflection of its own rapid democratic decomposition— should be regarded as ludicrous. Indeed, the nation that long prided itself on guaranteeing its citizens freedom from governmental abuse via judicial pulchritude has now clearly abandoned such traditions.
As mentioned above, unprincipled careerism and intellectual mediocrity now define the US media and much of the Western media, too, as they all promptly circle the wagons whenever a new imperial Big Lie requires uniformity of messaging to sell an insultingly implausible story.
(RELATED: See also this excellent piece by Jonathan Cook, The Last Stand of Julian Assange.)
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CPI established to mobilize public opinion behind World War I
By Caryn E. Neumann
President Woodrow Wilson established the committee in April 1917 through Executive Order 2594 in response to the U.S. entry into World War I in an attempt to mobilize public opinion behind the war effort with every available form of mass communication.
One section of CPI coordinated work abroad, and another section oversaw work on the home front. The domestic section consisted of bureaus targeting a wide variety of groups, including laborers, women, industrialists, farmers, and immigrants. In delivering its message to such groups, the CPI sought to make every American a participant in the war effort.
Creel, a former journalist, particularly targeted newspapers. He later estimated that the news division placed material in 20,000 newspaper columns each week during the war. A separate newspaper division monitored the hundreds of foreign-language publications in the United States. Beginning in May 1917 and running through March 1919, the CPI published Official Bulletin, a newspaper distributed free to public officials, newspapers, post offices, and other agencies. It carried statements from the government and had a circulation of about 115,000.
CPI built intellectual justification for U.S. war involvement
In the effort to build an intellectual justification for U.S. involvement in the war, Creel appointed University of Minnesota history professor Guy Stanton Ford to head the division of civic and educational publications.
Ford’s section published more than 100 titles that defined American ideals, indicted German militarism, promoted the expansion of the president’s power in foreign relations, told Americans what they could do to speed victory, and endorsed censorship.
Visual images further helped to mobilize support for the war. The division of pictorial publicity joined with the division of advertising to create some of the war’s most vivid images in posters designed to demonize the German military. Some of the more infamous posters portrayed a German gorilla with a club labeled kultur and a green-eyed, blue-skinned German soldier with bloody fingers.
CPI's war propaganda later viewed as dissent suppression
Not every American made the distinction between Germans overseas and German-born Americans in the United States. In addition, the government linked any opposition to the war effort, whether by pacifists or communists, to treason. It trampled First Amendment rights, largely because of the success of the CPI in instilling fear through war propaganda. The CPI often blurred Wilson’s political goals with the national interest.
Following the end of the war in 1918, the reputation of the CPI began to decline. Many Americans concluded that the committee had oversold the conflict and had created a climate that suppressed legitimate dissent. When President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the Office of War Information (OWI) to promote World War II, the agency viewed the CPI as an example of mistakes to be avoided. The OWI turned down Creel’s request to join the new propaganda war.
^5000The mainstream imperialist media lie CONSTANTLY. Literally 24/7. And it's getting worse.
All of them do it: radio, tv, the newspapers, the movies. The internet. No exceptions.
The corporate Big Lie is pervasive and totalitarian. CBS does it. NBC does it. ABC does it.
CNN does it. FOX does it. NPR does it. And of course the NYTimes and WaPo do it.
Thousands of "diverse" voices telling you the same lies. Enough to convince anyone.
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