There is no free press. You, dear friends, know that just like I do. Nobody among you would dare give your own honest opinion. We are all instruments and serf in the service of the financial potentates in the wings. We are puppets that dance and jump when they pull our strings. Our knowledge, our skills, and even our lives belong to these men. We are nothing more nor less than intellectual prostitutes.
—John Swainton, during his many years as publisher of The New York Times, in his NYT farewell speech.
A truth’s initial commotion is directly proportional to how deeply the lie was believed. When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker, a raving lunatic.
– Dresden James
The population has to be driven back to the apathy, obedience, and passivity that is their proper state.
How, in the name of God, can anyone actually watch this garbage. CNN is the top of the shit heap, but the rest of the crew, ABC & NBC are knee-deep in the same swine crap-heap along with the Washington Post and the paper that publishes all the news that is not fit to print. Either from sheer stupidity or criminally and intentionally attempting to undermine the President of the United States and the very thin thread from which American democracy is hanging over a sinkhole from which it will never be able to exit when this lifeline brakes, the pressure of the mainstream propaganda machinery is becoming nothing but a Comedy Central rerun. Laughable, if not so damn serious.
The U.S. Media Yesterday Suffered its Most Humiliating Debacle in Ages: Now Refuses All Transparency Over What Happened
FRIDAY WAS ONE of the most embarrassing days for the U.S. media in quite a long time. The humiliation orgy was kicked off by CNN, with MSNBC and CBS close behind, with countless pundits, commentators and operatives joining the party throughout the day. By the end of the day, it was clear that several of the nation’s largest and most influential news outlets had spread an explosive but completely false news story to millions of people, while refusing to provide any explanation of how it happened.
The spectacle began on Friday morning at 11:00 am EST, when the Most Trusted Name in News™ spent 12 straight minutes on air flamboyantly hyping an exclusive bombshell report that seemed to prove that WikiLeaks, last September, had secretly offered the Trump campaign, even Donald Trump himself, special access to the DNC emails before they were published on the internet. As CNN sees the world, this would prove collusion between the Trump family and WikiLeaks and, more importantly, between Trump and Russia, since the U.S. intelligence community regards WikiLeaks as an “arm of Russian intelligence,” and therefore, so does the U.S. media.
This entire revelation was based on an email which CNN strongly implied it had exclusively obtained and had in its possession. The email was sent by someone named “Michael J. Erickson” – someone nobody had heard of previously and whom CNN could not identify – to Donald Trump, Jr., offering a decryption key and access to DNC emails that WikiLeaks had “uploaded.” The email was a smoking gun, in CNN’s extremely excited mind, because it was dated September 4 – ten days before WikiLeaks began promoting access to those emails online – and thus proved that the Trump family was being offered special, unique access to the DNC archive: likely by WikiLeaks and the Kremlin.
It’s impossible to convey with words what a spectacularly devastating scoop CNN believed it had, so it’s necessary to watch it for yourself to see the tone of excitement, breathlessness and gravity the network conveyed as they clearly believed they were delivering a near-fatal blow on the Trump/Russia collusion story: