“HYPOCRITES OF FREEDOM AND LIBERTY”
by Thomas Pastore, ©2017
(Jan. 7, 2017) — The recent and shameful performance of the mainstream media’s (*MSM) blatant interference in the Clinton/Trump campaigns makes us all look like hypocrites of freedom and liberty. The once-perceived “honor-bound” media that appeared to maintain and embrace a high degree of ethics and journalistic standards has shown itself to be a struggling stay-out-of-the-gutter entity.
Unable to grasp and uphold their obligations to an America where many have died to protect them in their (alleged) pursuit of the truth, America needs to rein in these corporate Goliaths. Their betrayal of their sacred duties and obligations now abandoned have made them irrelevant to an abandoned America. When did this abuse of the printed word begin, and when did those in the media feel they could betray their fellow man?
We need to understand that their human frailties have overwhelmed them in their choices of greed and power over patriotism and loyalty to country. This “hunger” for power that actually changed the historical path America was and is to walk must have begun quite some time ago. Perhaps mid-twentieth-century America is the point of origin for a separation between America and the once embraced gatekeepers of truth, known as America’s media.
“You could get a journalist cheaper than a good call girl, for a couple hundred dollars a month.” – CIA operative discussing with Philip Graham, editor Washington Post, on the availability and prices of journalists willing to peddle CIA propaganda and cover stories. “Katherine The Great,” by Deborah Davis (New York: Sheridan Square Press, 1991).
The quote above is from an operation that began to stain America’s press rooms in 1950, an unfortunate period when our intelligence agencies sought to integrate themselves into America’s “printing presses.” They allegedly wanted to insert their stories, their versions, their omissions, and their “fake news,” once known as “propaganda,” into our sources of information so as to direct America’s policies, emotions, thought patterns and beliefs down the “paths” they have chosen for America.
Influencing and guiding Americans through falsehoods and deception in a government collaboration that should have shut down the “printing presses” of many who continue to “give us the news” could not have been done without the cooperation of the “presumed” honorable media. But it became a poisoned collaboration of media outlets and “American” intelligence agencies for the sole purpose of misleading, misinforming, and misdirecting their fellow Americans into beliefs that were either created, intentional half-truths, or virtual myths. Unfortunately, the price of honor among many in the media, oath-bound to report the “truth,” was sold allegedly for just a couple (“Judas”) hundred dollars each a month. Reports years later have shown that these “reporters” could not have been “bought” without the understanding and cooperation of the owners and publishers of the less-than-honorable tabloids of the day.
The media of the day could no longer stand as protectors of the truth. Embedded deeply into a now pothole-filled “Information Highway” to America were the falsehoods, the betrayals, the distortions, and the denials of the reality that Americans saw but could never read about from a bought-and-sold, once-trusted media.
**This Clandestine performance and collaboration of misinformation to America was known as “OPERATION MOCKINGBIRD.”
The embedded “infection” into America’s cooperating media with the influence of the intelligence agencies appeared to have affected at least 25 major media outlets and wire agencies of the day. It has been determined that reputable reporters/writers of the day, some syndicated in hundreds of newspapers, had become part of the misinformation institution and had become nothing more than mere distributors of chosen words, given to them by “Managers of Propaganda.”
+**Details of Operation Mockingbird were revealed as a result of the Senator Frank Church’s investigations (Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities) in 1975. According to the Congress report published in 1976:
Among the executives who lent their cooperation to the Agency were William Paley of the Columbia Broadcasting System, Henry Luce of Time Inc., Arthur Hays Sulzberger of the New York Times, Barry Bingham Sr. of the LouisviIle Courier Journal, and James Copley of the Copley News Service. Other organizations which cooperated with the CIA include the American Broadcasting Company, the National Broadcasting Company, the Associated Press, United Press International, 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.
**By far (it has been reported), the most valuable of these associations, according to CIA officials, have been with the New York Times, CBS and Time Inc.+
It appears this went on for decades and perhaps continues to this day. It has been suggested that past presidents and others of “influence” had gained their positions in history based on the diseased reporting of media information avenues of America. Media outlets that were deeply tainted with false, misleading, or outright distortions of the facts continued to present themselves as instruments of truth and honor.
What consequences have we endured or will endure due to orchestrated words that darkened the ink applied to innocent blank pages, where only truth once was allowed?
Does any of this seem familiar to America in the year 2017 where an unapologetic mainstream media continues to regurgitate falsehoods, omit “front-page” reporting, or distort events eye-witnessed by many, even after they are caught with their printing-presses down? Can any American think of recent events where favorable reporting towards one residential candidate far exceeded the borders of unbiased and impartial reporting? Can you think of “breaking news” stories that remain untouched by the so-called mainstream media simply because they were afraid that it could affect the candidate of their choice? Do you think that the despicable/dishonorable chain of events surrounding the Clinton/Trump presidential run-off appears to have the aura of a cowardly media, subservient to some influential workings of an administration that would have done anything to maintain its power base?
Is the “Mockingbird” Syndrome Still Alive?
Think of what America has been inflicted with during this frustrating eight-year time period where we have been pinned with every “-ism,” every “phobia,” and every hatred label simply because we didn’t fall in line with those who followed and believed the “printed word” of the mainstream media’s fabricated story line. These are cover-ups that were “buried” under rolls of printing paper tainted with false story lines or the distorted interpretations by televised “puppets” berating America for refusing to serve “The ONE.”
Is the “tweet” of “Operation Mockingbird” still heard, but under more clandestine means so as to give the appearance that some integrity remains in a permanently-stained but cooperating/collaborating media?
I don’t think we need to call in “Sherlock Holmes” to decipher this paramount question.
Allegedly, the ingredients that made “Operation Mockingbird” were put to sleep in 1976, but suspicions are that this “Mockingbird Syndrome” continues to foster its influence and propaganda to bend the truth and alter the history of our country.
We can only hope that any new administration will rein in and govern intelligence agencies with the constant reminder that even they exist to serve America, not to create a disillusioned America compelled to serve “The One.” Reach out to Mr. Trump; send in your old-fashioned letters by the bagful. They cannot be so easily deleted as an email.
*On the other hand, We the People can and must deal with these corporations that have become Goliaths in dispensing news but who believe they are too big to fail and have grown further to become “Media Frankensteins,” potentially forcing their version of the news and the truth down America’s throat.
In an “internal coup” performance by some who possess weapons of “mass instruction,” through the “news.” they omit or create, distort, and creatively distribute under the guise of being the truth. They hold in their hands instruments which have had and continue to have significant influence over the thought patterns of Americans. Some may say the medias power is even to the point of having a brainwashing effect over America’s innocence. We hunger for the news and believe it is embedded with truth. What is the purpose of mass media when they can no longer be trusted in a world where trust has become a rare commodity? Who needs them?
America’s faith and belief in accepting that what we are being told is accurate and honest has made many Americans “addicts” to that which is distributed by the few…to the many. The mainstream media and their subservient, anti-American cooperation has participated in inflicting irreparable damage to the trust and beliefs that America once had envisioned when presented with the news. That mistrust will continue until we decide that they have violated America’s trust no longer, and they can no longer serve in a capacity where ethics and values have been violated.
Americans have an awesome response “weapon” of their own, a yet relatively untapped resource called the “boycott.” With today’s expedient electronic communications and social media, a chain of American citizens can link us all from coast to coast. Advertisers, contractually attached to those determined to have violated their oath as diligent agencies of news reporting, can feel our influence overnight. All “corporations” acknowledge that their “pocketbook” comes first and a free, truthful press may come second, so we will attempt to cut some of those “purse-strings” from their grasp.
Media “Frankensteins” being dishonest with the public can result in advertisers losing profits of their advertised products. We will let the advertisers dictate the needs and wants of the people through our approval or dissatisfaction with the media’s performance. The MSM will then be required to govern its respect for the truth and its honesty towards America, ever-conscious of the watchful eye of an America prepared to unholster their weapon of boycott power.
To allow government to clean a mess they created would only declare that we as Americans are weak and that we need more government. That perception has to stop…Now!!
We the People built this country, and this is one of the times We the People must do our own “dirty work.” The “Mockingbird Syndrome” must die, as well as the influence it created among those in the media who feel they can still operate under such a despicable and traitorous covenant.
America’s people have been left with no other option than to rid ourselves of the “Mockingbird”…OURSELVES…So let it be written!
Thomas Pastore, Citizen of an America coming out of a coma, where self-remedy is our best medicine.
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.