Media, Internet & Propaganda

Control the mass media and you control the people; control the people and you control who they vote for and what they buy. That is why the corporate elite own the mainstream media so that they can ramp up consumerism and manipulate the democratic and legislative processes.

Starsuckers watch & share, shocking evidence of Max Clifford / Chris Atkins - 2010
Great documentary on the seduction of fame, and how it is used as a shell game by the system to enslave us. As a species we have evolved to have a fascination with the famous, a fascination that allows the advertising and PR industries to manipulate us into buying things.

Amber Lyon reveals CNN lies and war propaganda - RT / Oct 2012
The US mainstream media is deliberately censoring the news in order to prepare the American public for a war with Iran. Amber Lyon is an award winning journalist who has the balls to stand up and say it as it is. The US is now in desperate need of ethical journalists like Lyon.

Smartphone technology has sparked a new revolution in the movie making industry as it becomes possible to produce a full movie just using smart phone video technogy. This has made it now possible to produce powerful and professional films on a tiny budget. [more]

The BBC Exposed: Big Brother News Organisation Exposé - Corbett Report / Jan 2013
The BBC has a reputation around the world as an impartial news organisation that tells it how it is. But this a PR image, and the truth is that the BBC is an establishment propaganda mill that supports its own political agendas. It is time the UK scrapped the license and stop funding lies.

The Mouse That Roared - Documentary on Birgitta Jonsdottir / Mar 2012
Birgitta Jonsdottir is an Icelandic activist, poet and Internet pioneer who is instrumental in setting up The Icelandic Modern Media Initiative (IMMI) which will turn Iceland into a country promoting total freedom of information — Wikileaks on a national scale. This is her story.

ACTA defeatedACTA Defeated in EU Parliament / 4th July
The European Parliament today has defeated the Anti Counterfeit Trade Agreement by 478 votes to 39 (with 165 abstentions). The agreement had been signed by countries like the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Japan and Morocco, but this rejection of ACTA will effectively stop it dead (although no doubt it will be rebranded in the future and another attempt will be made.) This is a great victory for freedom of expression online as ACTA would have involved large-scale snooping into Internet users' behaviour, including their communications. You can always stamp out piracy at the expense of privacy, but who wants to live in a Big Brother world were everything is monitored so that the entertainment industry can rake in even more billions. People everywhere are growing tired of being treated as pawns in the big-corporation profit game.
Project Censored 2012 Report
Project Censored by Sonoma State University in California is a compiled list of the most important news items that never made it into the US mainstream media over the past year. The top 25 censored stories for 11/12 include:
1. More US Soldiers Committed Suicide Than Died in Combat: For the second year in a row, more US soldiers committed suicide than died in combat. Experiencing war is extremely disturbing.
2. US Military Manipulates the Social Media: The US military is developing software that will allow it to secretly manipulate social media sites by using fake online personas to influence internet conversations and spread pro-American propaganda.
3. Obama Authorizes International Assassination Campaign: The Obama administration has quietly put into place a de facto 'presidential international assassination program', carrying on where Bush left off. The US now even has "death lists".
4. Global Food Crisis Expands: It was in the news a couple of years ago, buy the global food crisis is actually worsening so that since 2010, around 44 million people have quietly corssed over the threshold into malnutrition.
…You can read all 25 censored news items here.
Project Censored 2011 Report
Project Censored by Sonoma State University in California is a compiled list of the most important news items that never made it into the US mainstream media over the past year. The top 25 censored stories for 10/11 include:
1. Global Plans to Replace the Dollar: Nations have reached their limit in subsidizing the US's military adventures. During meetings in June 2009 (at which the US was excluded), world leaders took the first formal step to replace the dollar as the world's reserve currency. If this goes through, the dollar will collapse and this would break America's military world dominance.
2. US Department of Defense is the Worst Polluter on the Planet: The US military is responsible for the most egregious and widespread pollution of the planet, yet the information and accompanying documentation goes almost entirely unreported.
3. Internet Privacy and Personal Access at Risk: Following in the steps of is predecessor, the Obama administration is expanding mass government surveilance of personal electronic communications. This coincides with legislation such as ACTA (which thankfully sunk in Europe).
4. ICE Operates Secret Detention and Courts: Agents of the US immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are holding thousands of US residents in unlisted and unmarked subfield offices and departing tens of thousands in secret court hearings. Executive director, James Pendergraph, has said: "If you don't have enough evidence to charge someone criminally but you think he's illegal, we can make him disappear." ICE agents are also inflitrating normal society.
…You can read all 25 censored news items here.
The Hurt Locker is a new war movie that, in the long tradition of the movie industry, completely ignores the stories of women and children who make up the vast majority of casulaties. [more]
Project Censored 2010 Report
Project Censored by Sonoma State University in California is a compiled list of the most important news items that never made it into the US mainstream media over the past year. The top 25 censored stories for 09/10 include:
1. US Congress Sells Out to Wall Street: The finance industry literally controls the actions of government — controlling elections, buying influence and systematically weakening financial regulations.
2. US Schools More Segregated Than in the 1950s: Millions of segregated non-white students are locked into "dropout factory" high schools where huge percentages do not graduate — a situation worse than in the civil rights era.
3. Toxic Waste Behind Somali Pirates: Since the collapse of the Somalia government in 1991, the internationally community has been poaching fish and dumping toxic waste (including nuclear waste) in Somali waters, killing the ocean in that region and driving Somalians who rely on fishing into piracy.
…You can read all 25 censored news items here.
Project Censored 2009 Report
Project Censored by Sonoma State University in California is a compiled list of the most important news items that never made it into the US mainstream media over the past year. The top 25 censored stories for 08/09 include:
1. Over One Million Iraqi Deaths Caused by US Occupation: According to a study conducted by the respected polling group ORB, more than one million Iraqis have met a violent death as a result of the US-led invasion.
2. Security and Prosperity Partnership: Militarized NAFTA: Without public knowledge, the US, Canada and Mexico are expanding the NAFTA agreement with deep integration of a militarized tri-national Homeland security force.
3. InfraGard: The FBI Deputizes Business: More than 23,000 representatives of private industry are running a Total Information Awareness program called InfraGard — a corporate spying program focused on fellow Americans.
…You can read all 25 censored news items here.
PBS is renowned for highlighting issues other media channels censor out. But when it comes to the rape of prostitutes by 'our boys' in the Navy, PBS joins the media conspiracy of silence. Falconberg asks why. [more]
The box office failure of Expelled, the 2008 pro-creationist documentary, is an indication, according to researcher Gregory Paul, of the erosion of creationism in the US by spreading Western secularism. [more]
Project Censored 2008 Report
Project Censored by Sonoma State University in California is a compiled list of the most important news items that never made it into the US mainstream media over the past year. The top 25 censored stories for 07/08 include:
1. No Habeas Corpus for "Any Person": The Military Commissions Act, signed by Bush, means that the military can now bypass all normal legal procedures and detain individuals, even Americans, without trial or regard to human rights.
2. Bush Moves towards Martial Law: The John Warner Defense Aurthorization Act of 2007, signed by Bush, gives the green light for military troops to "suppress public disorder".
3. US Military Control of Africa's Resources: The White House announced the formation of the US African Command — a Pentagon command centre in Africa by September 2008
…You can read all 25 censored news items here.
Last year, Clint Eastwood's Flag of Our Fathers hit the movie theaters around Veterans' Day. The advent of yet another war movie prompted Falconberg to write the following. [more]
New Bin Laden Video Fake (Sep 2007)
To many in the West, they may "all look the same" with their beards and bishts, but this latest video of "Osama Bin Laden" clearly isn't him. Not only is his beard darker, but his nose is wider and the shape of his face is different. The video has been faked to stir up fear of terrorism in the West, and to save Arab face in the East. To find who is really behind this we need to ask who gains most from upping terrorist fear levels?
The Alarming Erosion of Press Freedom (Nov 06)
Reporters Without Borders (rsf.org) who publish an index for freedom of the press in each country around the world have recently compiled their 2006 data. You can see the graph of global press freedom indexes here. Alarmingly, it reveals that freedom of the press has eroded alarmingly in 2006, especially in the countries United States, France and Japan. The federal court's refusal to allow the media to keep its sources private is blamed for the US drop in freedom, which now places that country 53rd in press freedom world rankings. The top 4 countries which share the freest world press are Finland, Iceland, Ireland and the Netherlands. Bottom of the list, with the most restrictive press in the world, are countries such as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (bit of a misnomer then), China, Cuba, Iran and Soudi Arabia.
Reflections On Our Inner Bush
Phil Rockstroh—09/2006
Bush is not the problem, but merely a symptom of a society that has sold out to corporate capitalism. The President is now just a commodity, substantiated merely by PR campaigns. [more]
Mr. Rove's Opus of Deception
Phil Rockstroh—09/2006
False narratives, peddled by the US mass media, have become the staple diet of a terrified and daunted American people. But lies have an annoying habit of coming home to roost. [more]
Muslims everywhere are incensed by the publication in a Danish newspaper of cartoons deriding Islam. Should freedom of speech be curtailed to avoid racial and religious hatred? [more]
US liberal media is dying because it has started to play by the same rules as mainstream media — primary being not to annoy your corporate sponsors by presenting anything too radical. [more]
Project Censored is Sonoma State University's annual top 25 news stories that were most underreported (censored) by the US corporate media. Here are the top five for 2006:
1. Bush Administration Moves to Eliminate Open Government - the Bush government is actively passing laws that reduce its assess and accountability, and increasingly shows contempt for The Freedom of Information Act.
2. Media Coverage Fails on Iraq: Fallujah and the Civilian Death Toll - the US slaughtered 6000 Iraqi citizens in Fallujah and hid its activities by preventing media access.
3. Another Year of Distorted Election Coverage - We all know that there were election "irregularities" the first time Bush won the Presidency, but few realize that this was repeated in his second election "victory". In fact, the discrepancy between exit polls and the "counted" vote was so large (eight million votes!) that it is a statistical impossibility that this happened by chance.
4. Surveillance Society Quietly Moves In - Bush signed into law the Intelligence Authorization Act giving the government the FBI the right to acquire citizen's private records without any judicial review.
5. United States Uses Tsunami for Military Advantage - the US's Tsunami relief campaign (which was one of the weakest per GNP of any developed nation) was used as a means to bolster military alliances with regional powers, in an effort to control the area around China.
Admission of world's most influential decision maker:
"I don't watch the nightly newscasts on TV…. I don't read the editorial pages; I don't read the columnists…. I can scan a front page, and if there is a particular story of interest, I'll skim it…. What's in the newspapers worth worrying about? I glance at the headlines just to kind of [get] a flavor of what's moving…. I rarely read the stories." George W. Bush, Fox TV Oct 2003
The typical bollocks he talks because of his ignorance:
"The relations with, uh, Europe are important relations, and they've, uh… because, we do share values. And, they're universal values. They're not American values or, you know, European values, they're universal values. And those values… uh… being universal, ought to be applied everywhere." George W. Bush, Washington press conference to Europeans in June 05
And his use of Nazi methods to spread his propaganda:
"See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda." George W. Bush, New York, May 05
Manipulation of The People
John Smith—09/2003
Despite living in "the free world", there are very few free men and women walking around in our democracies. This is because we are all being manipulated in some way to do the bidding of others. [more]
Journalism professor and photojournalist, Thorne Anderson, writes about his concerns regarding the US imminent invasion of Iraq. [more]