{"177526":{"id":"177526","parent":"0","time":"1596307757","url":"http:\/\/www.strategic-culture.org\/news\/2020\/08\/01\/when-corporate-power-is-your-real-government-corporate-media-is-state-media\/","category":"USA","title":"When Corporate Power Is Your Real Government, Corporate Media Is State Media","lead_image_url":"http:\/\/newsnet.fr\/img\/newsnet_177526_5tu32CCA_Ig.jpg","hub":"newsnet","url-explicit":"when-corporate-power-is-your-real-government-corporate-media-is-state-media","admin":"newsnet","views":"41","priority":"3","length":"10141","lang":"en","content":"\u003Cp\u003E\u003Ci\u003ECaitlin JOHNSTONE\u003C\/i\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Ci\u003EThe New York Times\u003C\/i\u003E published an \u003Ca href=\"http:\/\/archive.is\/7l3KH\"\u003Eastonishingly horrible article\u003C\/a\u003E the other day titled \"Latin America Is Facing a 'Decline of Democracy' Under the Pandemic\" accusing governments like Venezuela and Nicaragua of exploiting Covid-19 to quash opposition and oppress democracy.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThe article sources its jarringly propagandistic claims in multiple US government-funded narrative management operations like \u003Ca href=\"http:\/\/www.thinktankwatch.com\/2012\/07\/how-is-wilscon-center-funded.html\"\u003Ethe Wilson Center\u003C\/a\u003E and the \u003Ca href=\"http:\/\/www.iefd.org\/articles\/trojan_horse.php\"\u003ENational Endowment for Democracy\u003C\/a\u003E-sponsored \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.sourcewatch.org\/index.php\/Freedom_House#Funding\"\u003EFreedom House\u003C\/a\u003E, the \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/carnegieendowment.org\/about\/development\/funders\"\u003Eextensively plutocrat-funded\u003C\/a\u003E Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and the United States Naval Academy.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThe crown jewel of this piece of State Department stenography reads as follows:\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Ci\u003E\"Adding to these challenges, democracy in Latin America has also lost a champion in the United States, which had played an important role in promoting democracy after the end of the Cold War by financing good governance programs and calling out authoritarian abuses.\"\u003C\/i\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EWhoa, nelly.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cdiv class=\"twit track\" id=\"1288972702716395526\"\u003E\u003Cdiv class=\"nbp\"\u003E\u003Ca onclick=\"SaveJ('popup_app__3_twit_card_eshaLegal_');\" class=\"popbt\" title=\"@eshaLegal\"\u003EEsha\u003C\/a\u003E \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/eshaLegal\/status\/1288972702716395526\" class=\"small\" target=\"_blank\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-chain\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E 31\/07\/2020 01:00:14\u003C\/a\u003E\u003Ca onclick=\"SaveJ('popup_app__3_twit_call_1288972702716395526_rpl');\" title=\"answers\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-dialog\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E\u003C\/a\u003E\u003Cspan id=\"fav1288972702716395526\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-heart\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E684\u003C\/span\u003E\u003Cspan id=\"rtw1288972702716395526\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-repost\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E228\u003C\/span\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-users\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E 24767\/996\u003Ca onclick=\"SaveJ('1288972702716395526_app___twit_recache_1288972702716395526');\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-reload\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E\u003C\/a\u003E\u003Ca onclick=\"tog_jb('yndtwt16395526_yandex,calltw___1288972702716395526_fr-en','yndtwt16395526_twit,playtxt___1288972702716395526','bt566168')\" id=\"bt566168\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-language\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E\u003C\/a\u003E\u003Ca href=\"plug\/twit\/1288972702716395526\" target=\"_blank\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-url\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E\u003C\/a\u003E\u003C\/div\u003E\u003Cdiv class=\"panel\"\u003E\u003Cdiv id=\"yndtwt16395526\"\u003EI wanted to laugh but it isn't funny that the New York Times thinks it's okay to publish such a blatantly false statement. \u003C\/div\u003E\u003C\/div\u003E\u003C\/div\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThe fact that America's most widely regarded newspaper feels perfectly comfortable making such a spectacularly in-your-face lie on behalf of the US government tells you everything you need to know about what the mass media in America really are and what they do.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThe United States has never at any time been a champion of democracy in Latin America, before or since the Cold War. It has intervened \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.trtworld.com\/americas\/the-secret-history-of-us-interventions-in-latin-america-23586\"\u003Ehundreds of times\u003C\/a\u003E in the continent's affairs throughout history with everything from [\u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/medium.com\/@FeunFooPermaKra\/the-red-on-yellow-chiquitas-banana-colonialism-in-latin-america-1ca178af7616\"\u003Emurderous\u003C\/a\u003E corporate colonialism] to \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.mondialisation.ca\/the-most-lethal-cia-interventions-in-latin-america\/5550400\"\u003Edeadly CIA regime change operations\u003C\/a\u003E to \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.telesurenglish.net\/multimedia\/US-Invasions-in-Latin-America-and-the-Caribbean-20160725-0017.html#\"\u003Eovert military invasions\u003C\/a\u003E. It is currently [\u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/medium.com\/@caityjohnstone\/venezuela-establishment-talking-points-translation-key-5c21c9c3d4e5\"\u003Etrying\u003C\/a\u003E to orchestrate a coup] in Venezuela after \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.theguardian.com\/world\/2002\/apr\/21\/usa.venezuela\"\u003Efailing to stage one\u003C\/a\u003E during the Bush administration, it's \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/thegrayzone.com\/2020\/03\/12\/us-house-sanctions-nicaragua\"\u003Epushing regime change\u003C\/a\u003E in Nicaragua, and \u003Ci\u003EThe New York Times\u003C\/i\u003E itself \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/theintercept.com\/2020\/06\/08\/the-nyt-admits-key-falsehoods-that-drove-last-years-coup-in-bolivia-falsehoods-peddled-by-the-u-s-its-media-and-the-nyt\"\u003Eadmitted this year\u003C\/a\u003E that it was wrong to promote the false \u003Ca onclick=\"SaveJ('popup_app__3_twit_call_1193600452849475584_tweet');\" class=\"txtx\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-tw\" style=\"font-size:16px;\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E US government narrative\u003C\/a\u003E of electoral shenanigans in Bolivia's presidential race last year, a narrative which \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/fair.org\/home\/nyt-acknowledges-coup-in-bolivia-while-shirking-blame-for-its-supporting-role\"\u003Efacilitated\u003C\/a\u003E a \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.jacobinmag.com\/2020\/05\/bolivia-coup-jeanine-anez-evo-morales-mas\"\u003Ebloody fascist coup\u003C\/a\u003E.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThis is propaganda. There is no other word for it. And yet the only time western politicians and news reporters use that word is to talk about nations like Russia and China.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EWhy is propaganda used in an ostensibly free democracy with an ostensibly free media? Why are its news media outlets so consistently in alignment with every foreign policy objective of US government agencies no matter how destructive and inexcusable? If the media and the government are two separate institutions, why do they so consistently function as though they are not separate?\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EWell, that's easy. It's because they aren't separate. The only thing keeping this from being seen is the fact that America's real government isn't located where people think it is.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Ca href=\"http:\/\/youtube.com\/watch?v=5tu32CCA_Ig\" target=\"_blank\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-chain\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E youtube\u003C\/a\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EIn a corporatist system of government, where no hard lines are drawn between corporate\/financial power and state power, corporate media is state media. Since bribery \u003Ca href=\"http:\/\/youtube.com\/watch?v=5tu32CCA_Ig\" target=\"_blank\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-chain\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E is legal in the US political system\u003C\/a\u003E in the form of corporate lobbying and campaign donations, America's elected government is controlled by wealthy elites who have money to burn and who benefit from maintaining a specific status quo arrangement.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThe fact that this same plutocratic class \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.forbes.com\/sites\/katevinton\/2016\/06\/01\/these-15-billionaires-own-americas-news-media-companies\/#6fcb11a2660a\"\u003Ealso owns America's media\u003C\/a\u003E, which is now so consolidated that it's almost entirely \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.webfx.com\/blog\/internet\/the-6-companies-that-own-almost-all-media-infographic\"\u003Erun by just six corporations\u003C\/a\u003E, means that the people who run the government also run the media. This allows America's true rulers to [\u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/medium.com\/@caityjohnstone\/former-msnbc-reporter-spills-details-on-pro-establishment-bias-in-media-c1524e6fde2f\"\u003Eset\u003C\/a\u003E up a system which promotes narratives] that are favorable to their desired status quo.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EWhich means that the US has state propaganda. They just don't call it that themselves.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EStrip away the phony two-handed sock puppet show of US electoral politics and look at how power actually moves in that country, and you just see one more tyrannical regime which propagandizes its citizens, [\u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/medium.com\/@caityjohnstone\/police-and-their-apologists-have-already-lost-the-argument-92b62f353c58\"\u003Ebrutally\u003C\/a\u003E cracks down on protesters], [\u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/medium.com\/@caityjohnstone\/as-us-eviction-crisis-looms-remember-that-poverty-is-weaponized-by-the-elite-cf409a160cba\"\u003Edeliberately\u003C\/a\u003E keeps its populace impoverished] so they don't get powerful enough to change things, and [\u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/medium.com\/@caityjohnstone\/us-foreign-policy-is-a-war-on-disobedience-ae4e7e75ce02\"\u003Eattacks\u003C\/a\u003E any nation which dares to disobey] its dictates.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EBeneath the thin layer of narrative overlay about freedom and democracy, the US is just one more despotic, bloodthirsty empire. It's no better than any of the other despotic, bloodthirsty empires throughout history. It just has good PR.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cdiv class=\"twit track\" id=\"1289095579335720960\"\u003E\u003Cdiv class=\"nbp\"\u003E\u003Ca onclick=\"SaveJ('popup_app__3_twit_card_TimJDillon_');\" class=\"popbt\" title=\"@TimJDillon\"\u003ETim Dillon\u003C\/a\u003E \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/TimJDillon\/status\/1289095579335720960\" class=\"small\" target=\"_blank\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-chain\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E 31\/07\/2020 09:08:31\u003C\/a\u003E\u003Ca onclick=\"SaveJ('popup_app__3_twit_call_1289095579335720960_rpl');\" title=\"answers\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-dialog\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E\u003C\/a\u003E\u003Cspan id=\"fav1289095579335720960\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-heart\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E5243\u003C\/span\u003E\u003Cspan id=\"rtw1289095579335720960\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-repost\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E1245\u003C\/span\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-users\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E 157649\/688\u003Ca onclick=\"SaveJ('1289095579335720960_app___twit_recache_1289095579335720960');\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-reload\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E\u003C\/a\u003E\u003Ca onclick=\"tog_jb('yndtwt35720960_yandex,calltw___1289095579335720960_fr-en','yndtwt35720960_twit,playtxt___1289095579335720960','bt567089')\" id=\"bt567089\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-language\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E\u003C\/a\u003E\u003Ca href=\"plug\/twit\/1289095579335720960\" target=\"_blank\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-url\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E\u003C\/a\u003E\u003C\/div\u003E\u003Cdiv class=\"panel\"\u003E\u003Cdiv id=\"yndtwt35720960\"\u003EThis is Newsweek not Infowars (although Infowars had story first) An ex president visiting the private island of a known pedophile who was running a human trafficking operation with the daughter of a spy. Just think about that the next time you ridicule conspiracy theorists. \u003C\/div\u003E\u003Cbr \/\u003E\u003Cdiv class=\"twit track\" id=\"1289038197062873088\"\u003E\u003Cdiv class=\"nbp\"\u003E\u003Ca onclick=\"SaveJ('popup_app__3_twit_card_Newsweek_');\" class=\"popbt\" title=\"@Newsweek\"\u003ENewsweek\u003C\/a\u003E \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/Newsweek\/status\/1289038197062873088\" class=\"small\" target=\"_blank\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-chain\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E 31\/07\/2020 05:20:30\u003C\/a\u003E\u003Ca onclick=\"SaveJ('popup_app__3_twit_call_1289038197062873088_rpl');\" title=\"answers\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-dialog\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E\u003C\/a\u003E\u003Cspan id=\"fav1289038197062873088\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-heart\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E22664\u003C\/span\u003E\u003Cspan id=\"rtw1289038197062873088\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-repost\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E13074\u003C\/span\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-users\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E 3449265\/520\u003Ca onclick=\"SaveJ('1289038197062873088_app___twit_recache_1289038197062873088');\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-reload\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E\u003C\/a\u003E\u003Ca onclick=\"tog_jb('yndtwt62873088_yandex,calltw___1289038197062873088_fr-en','yndtwt62873088_twit,playtxt___1289038197062873088','bt567358')\" id=\"bt567358\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-language\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E\u003C\/a\u003E\u003Ca href=\"plug\/twit\/1289038197062873088\" target=\"_blank\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-url\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E\u003C\/a\u003E\u003C\/div\u003E\u003Cdiv class=\"panel\"\u003E\u003Cdiv id=\"yndtwt62873088\"\u003EBill Clinton went to Jeffrey Epstein's island with 2 \"young girls,\" Virginia Giuffre says \u003C\/div\u003E\u003Cdiv id=\"wb567389\" style=\"min-width:320px;\"\u003E\u003Cblockquote\u003E\u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.newsweek.com\/bill-clinton-went-jeffrey-epsteins-island-2-young-girls-virginia-giuffre-says-1521845?utm_term=Autofeed&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1596164738\"\u003Enewsweek.com\u003C\/a\u003E\u003Cdiv\u003E\u003C\/div\u003E\u003Cdiv class=\"small grey\"\u003E\u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.newsweek.com\/bill-clinton-went-jeffrey-epsteins-island-2-young-girls-virginia-giuffre-says-1521845?utm_term=Autofeed&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1596164738\" target=\"_blank\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-url\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E newsweek.com\u003C\/a\u003E\u003C\/div\u003E\u003Cdiv class=\"clear\"\u003E\u003C\/div\u003E\u003C\/blockquote\u003E\u003C\/div\u003E\u003Ca onclick=\"SaveJ('popup_callp__3_ajxf_art*preview_https(ddot)(slash)(slash)www(dot)newsweek(dot)com(slash)bill-clinton-went-jeffrey-epsteins-island-2-young-girls-virginia-giuffre-says-1521845?utm*term(equal)Autofeed(and)utm*medium(equal)Social(and)utm*source(equal)Twitter(diez)Echobox(equal)1596164738');\" class=\"txtx small\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-view\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E voir\u003C\/a\u003E \u003C\/div\u003E\u003C\/div\u003E\u003C\/div\u003E\u003C\/div\u003E\u003Cp\u003EPlutocrats not only exert control over America's media and politics, they also form alliances with the secretive government agencies whose operators remain amid the comings and goings of the official elected government. We see examples of this in the way new money tech plutocrats like \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.theatlantic.com\/technology\/archive\/2014\/07\/the-details-about-the-cias-deal-with-amazon\/374632\"\u003EJeff Bezos\u003C\/a\u003E, \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.vox.com\/recode\/2020\/7\/16\/21323458\/palantir-ipo-hhs-protect-peter-thiel-cia-intelligence\"\u003EPeter Thiel\u003C\/a\u003E and \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.mintpressnews.com\/pierre-omidyar-funding-of-pro-regime-change-networks-and-partnerships-with-cia-cutouts\/255337\"\u003EPierre Omidyar\u003C\/a\u003E have direct relationships with the CIA and its proxies.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EWe also see it in the \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/consortiumnews.com\/2020\/06\/18\/epstein-case-documentaries-wont-touch-tales-of-intel-ties\"\u003Esexual blackmail operation\u003C\/a\u003E which was facilitated by the late Jeffrey Epstein in connection with billionaire Leslie Wexner and \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.mintpressnews.com\/category\/epstein-investigation\"\u003EIsraeli intelligence\u003C\/a\u003E, along with \u003Ca onclick=\"SaveJ('popup_app__3_twit_call_999708976936767488_tweet');\" class=\"txtx\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-tw\" style=\"font-size:16px;\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E potentially the FBI\u003C\/a\u003E and\/or \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/observer.com\/2019\/07\/jeffrey-epstein-spy-intelligence-work\"\u003Eother US intelligence agencies\u003C\/a\u003E. Today \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/uproxx.com\/viral\/ghislaine-maxwell-documents-unsealed-alan-dershowitz\"\u003Ethe internet is abuzz\u003C\/a\u003E as \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.forbes.com\/sites\/lisettevoytko\/2020\/07\/30\/ghislaine-maxwell-records-reveal-2015-email-from-jeffrey-epstein-new-alan-dershowitz-allegations\/#568c84f624cd\"\u003Enewly unsealed court documents\u003C\/a\u003E relating to Epstein and \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.thelastamericanvagabond.com\/maxwell-family-business-espionage\"\u003Ehis co-conspirator\u003C\/a\u003E Ghislaine Maxwell reveal witness testimony regarding underage sex trafficking, with such high-profile names appearing in the documents as \u003Ca onclick=\"SaveJ('popup_app__3_twit_call_1289022400642928640_tweet');\" class=\"txtx\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-tw\" style=\"font-size:16px;\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E Alan Dershowitz\u003C\/a\u003E, \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.newsweek.com\/bill-clinton-went-jeffrey-epsteins-island-2-young-girls-virginia-giuffre-says-1521845\"\u003EBill Clinton\u003C\/a\u003E, and \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/www.independent.co.uk\/news\/world\/americas\/prince-andrew-jeffrey-epstein-ghislaine-maxwell-plea-deal-pedophile-florida-a9647851.html\"\u003EPrince Andrew\u003C\/a\u003E.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EThe Overton window of acceptable political discourse has been [\u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/medium.com\/@caityjohnstone\/the-incredible-shrinking-overton-window-67fff49f3846\"\u003Eshrunk\u003C\/a\u003E into such a narrow spectrum of debate] that talking about even well-known and extensively documented facts involving the real nature of America's government and media will get you laughingly dismissed as a conspiracy theorist, which is itself a symptom of tight narrative control by a ruling class which much prefers Americans thinking they live in a free democracy whose government they control with their votes.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Ca href=\"http:\/\/youtube.com\/watch?v=Yw0qkvvSE7s\" target=\"_blank\"\u003E\u003Cspan class=\"philum ic-chain\"\u003E\u003C\/span\u003E youtube\u003C\/a\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EIn the old days you used to be able to tell who your rulers were because they'd sit on thrones and wear golden crowns and make you bow before them. Human consciousness eventually evolved beyond the acceptability of such brazen indignities, so it became necessary for rulers to take on more of a background role while the citizenry clap and cheer for the illusory puppet show of electoral politics.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EBut the kings are still among us, just as cruel and tyrannical as ever. They've just figured out how to mask their tyranny behind the facade of freedom.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003EBut 2020 has been \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/consortiumnews.com\/2020\/07\/15\/2020\"\u003Ea year of revelations\u003C\/a\u003E, a trend which seems \u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/consortiumnews.com\/2020\/07\/27\/the-narrative-is-crumbling\"\u003Elikely to continue accelerating\u003C\/a\u003E. Truth cannot stay hidden forever.\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Ca href=\"https:\/\/medium.com\/@caityjohnstone\/when-corporate-power-is-your-real-government-corporate-media-is-state-media-f2683ddf2d38\"\u003Emedium.com\u003C\/a\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E\u003Cp\u003E\u003Ca href=\"http:\/\/www.strategic-culture.org\/news\/2020\/08\/01\/when-corporate-power-is-your-real-government-corporate-media-is-state-media\/\"\u003Estrategic-culture.org\u003C\/a\u003E\u003C\/p\u003E"}}