“She was – the newspeak word goodthinkful – meaning naturally orthodox, incapable of thinking a bad thought. She had not a thought in her head that was not a slogan, and there was no imbecility, absolutely none that she was not capable of swallowing if the Party handed it out to her.” – George Orwell, 1984
“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, and our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of…. It is they who pull the wires that control the public mind.” – Edward Bernays
“We are going to have to rebuild within this wild-wild-west-of-information flow some sort of curating function that people agree to… There has to be, I think, some sort of way in which we can sort through information that passes some basic truthiness tests and those that we have to discard, because they just don’t have any basis in anything that’s actually happening in the world…That is hard to do, but I think it’s going to be necessary, it’s going to be possible.” – Barack Obama, speech Oct 13, 2016
Obama recently told an audience the news needs to be “curated” in some way, in order to limit the infection of “fake news”. He appointed himself as the sole arbiter of ‘truth’ rather than the 1st Amendment right after the Hildabeast lost the ‘election’. Shortly after, the CIA-connected Washington Post launched a campaign against ‘fake news’ sites. The campaign quickly morphed into: these sites aided a Russian op to throw the election to Trump. In other words, free speech was actually aiding and abetting a crime.
Don’t listen to what they say, watch what they do. The mainstream media, like Washington Post and New York Times among others, are complicit, demonstrating an echo chamber drowning out rationality and describing differing philosophies and legitimate dissent as blasphemous. “Goebbels was in favor of freedom of speech for views he liked. So was Stalin. If you’re in favor of freedom of speech, that means you’re in favor of freedom of speech precisely for views you despise.” Noam Chomsky
We will lose what used to be inalienable rights…our right to free speech, our right to free association, and our rights to our own minds. If something you say is considered ‘hurtful’, which will more closely resemble dissent or criticism of the Official Narrative than anything else, you will be sanctioned. You will toe the line or you will be penalized; contracts severed, vendors disassociate themselves, boycotts ensue. Whatever you do, just don’t say or think the wrong thing, because not going along with the crowd will make you an outcast.
I have no more trust in Trump than any of the other ‘presidents’ installed since the CIA killed JFK. Speak out against this nonsense and you’ll be subjected to tantrums, character assassination, and guilt by the most tenuous of associations, distortions of fact and a coordinated piling on by mobs of unquestioning ideological berserkers. Having said that, in November 2016, a vast system of agitation and propaganda was set up in order to destroy the reputation and the authority of President Trump as soon as he arrived in the White House. It’s the first time that such a campaign has been organized against a President, and with such resources. We’re entering a post-Truth age, but the distribution of roles is not what you may think it is.
Destroying the image, and thus the authority, of the President, before he has had the time to do anything, can have serious consequences. By eliminating Saddam Hussein and Kaddafi, the CIA plunged their two countries into a long period of chaos. America itself will suffer severe damage from such an operation occurring here. Yet, now they work on Trump in much the same way.
There are now many groups who have traveled miles past tolerance for ideas they despise and these aren’t merely people in the street. Google apparently has passed the point of tolerance. We have college professors and students from shore to shore, who insist on silencing those who dissent from their political ideology. Facebook and Twitter are practicing censorship as well as major media outlets, who block or simply ignore stories that contradict their covert agendas.
A reason always exists to justify shutting people up. “I’m in favor of free speech, but when (insert name) goes off on one of his crazy diatribes, he’s threatening basic human values, and he has to be stopped”. Yes, and who appointed our “human-values defender” king? Here is another excuse for censoring free speech: “It is engendering hate.” Accepting that premise, every presidential campaign in the history of America could have been shut down. Untold numbers of statements made by pundits about presidents in office could have been blocked, going back to Washington. If a person ‘taking offense’ at something someone says becomes the litmus test for censoring ‘offending remarks,’ Congress should pass a law requiring silence 24/7 from all citizens.
Who would censor a political website if they could? Huge numbers of clueless people with an ax to grind would. It would be done without a moment’s thought. It would be done without a shred of understanding…and they would do it based on zero knowledge of the Bill of Rights. They would do it without an education that reveals how rational debate is a prerequisite for the survival of a Republic. They would do it based on zero knowledge of the meaning of a ‘Republic’.
The 1st Amendment isn’t there so we can admire the freedom of the people who utter what we already agree with. The 1st Amendment is there so we can rise up to a higher level, where we defend the rights of the people who are uttering all the wrong things, the things we’re quite sure are wrong. Well, except for Trump, or Hillary, Bannon, Alex Jones and Mike Adams.
‘Our free press’ used 9/11 as the ‘justification’ for invading Afghanistan, when the real reason was pipeline routes and there were no foreign hands in the creation of 9/11, except those of the Israeli government and intelligence agencies. For all of these lies, corporate media duly went along completely with both ignoring the real reasons for 9/11, who actually perpetrated this act, and the true reasons to invade and occupy Afghanistan. ‘Our free press’ lied again with the statement that ‘Saddam Hussein had nuclear weapons’, the corporate presstitutes just dutifully regurgitated the lie.
Obama used the 1917 law, the Espionage Act, to prosecute more leakers and whistleblowers than all previous administrations combined. It all depends, you see, and on who is speaking about free speech, and it all depends on who is being attacked. It’s relative. Whistleblowers like John Kirakou were punished severely, because their public statements did not match the official narrative of the American Deep State: the difference between the lapdog, cooing and comfortably compliant ‘media’ you love, and the independent media people need to make informed decisions, and participate in the political discussion of real issues, both domestic and international is the difference between night and day.
Because of the work of the independent media, some daylight is starting to emerge. When Trump stated that the media was the “enemy of the people”, he wasn’t wrong for the following reason: the presstitutes are in deep with the ‘American Deep State’, and will say anything that advances their agenda.
‘Our’ owners concept of a ‘free press’ is a docile, easily-controlled government narrative-affirming bunch of presstitutes, with a large, well-funded electronic bully pulpit, who will only say what they’re told to say, and never raise a logical question against the agenda, to further Empire’s geopolitical and/or corporate cronies financial goals. Last year, the CIA’S main media outlet, the Washington Post, cited a list of over 200 supposed Russian propaganda sites produced by the shadowy PropOrNot organization in a report titled, “Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say.” Washington Post wrote a hit piece on all the sites included on ProporNot’s list, claiming the site is run by ‘experts’ without any proof beyond the site’s own claims. Titled, “Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say” the WAPO story not only upholds the claims of a random, anonymous, and relatively new website, but a website that is formally calling on the FBI to investigate alt news sites on the list for espionage.
Trump has repeated the long-standing American accusation that Iran is the world’s ‘biggest sponsor of terrorism’. You have to ignore the irony of such statements being made by officials of a State that has attacked more countries and killed more people in the past 70 years than all other nations in the world combined. This accusation against Iran is not made on the basis of any evidence, but as a settled principle of the Empire’s foreign policy. ‘Our free press’ sells the message every day that to be accepted you must be part of the group, or you’ll be forced out into the cold, alone. They then tell you what you must do and think to be part of that ‘group.’ The whole business is manufactured.
– Craig Dudley
3/21/17 UPDATE: In the event you think Craig is overstating the ‘FBI investigating alt-news sites’ then I present you with this article and the image below. Yes, that is VFS. It certainly isn’t the first time either. It’s just a chilling effect on Badthink for now…when it doesn’t work history says they will resort to more severe methods. Now you know why I get frustrated with the play acting too many do. This. Is. Not. A. Game.