ADMINISTRATIVE: Tomorrow's my wife's eye exam day, so I'll be driving. That'll be most of the morning.
That title is a bit of a click bait thing. What I want to do is recommend some longer articles that do get into the twin issues of propaganda and who controls our government. The title comes from a tweet this morning from Dr. Robert Malone:
Roger that. The largest propaganda operation in the history of the world. https://t.co/3zkD6YlPMF— Robert W Malone, MD (@RWMaloneMD) August 12, 2021
I followed that link to swprs.org, which is the Swiss Policy Research organization. I browsed around a bit, and I want to recommend, briefly, several items.
First of all, I think many will find this useful: On the Treatment of Covid-19. It's divided into three sections--prophylaxis, early treatment, and prescription only.
Now, on to propaganda. The link that I got from Malone's tweet--the quote portion--is this:
What they're talking about is the role that the three large news agencies play in disseminating the news to all of us. Or, to put it a bit differently, the role they play in disseminating to us what our rulers want us to think about in ways that they want us to think. Those three agencies are, of course, AP, Reuters, and Agence France-Presse. We all know about them, or think we do, but this article lays out the interaction between the news agencies, the media news providers, and the people who provide the news--our government. This graphic will explain this visually:
This is a long piece, so I'll insert a few excerpts that I hope will suggest that there are important issues to read about. Bear in mind that while the focus of this article is on foreign policy, there is every reason to suppose that what's being described drives the news business in all areas. So.
“What the agency does not report, does not take place”
For this next excerpt, understand that AP has about 4,000 employees--and it's the largest of the agencies.
Among the most active actors in “injecting” questionable geopolitical news are the military and defense ministries. For example, in 2009 the head of the American news agency AP, Tom Curley, made public that the Pentagon employs more than 27,000 PR specialists who, with a budget of nearly $ 5 billion a year, are working the media and circulating targeted manipulations. In addition, high-ranking US generals had threatened that they would “ruin” him and the AP if the journalists reported too critically on the US military.
That should tell a number of things, among them the high priority that our National Security establishment places on getting their agenda across in a favorable light.
Finally, Noam Chomsky explains further how this works:
The desired narrative
In his famous article about “The American Establishment”, political columnist Richard H. Rovere noted: “The directors of the CFR make up a sort of Presidium for that part of the Establishment that guides our destiny as a nation. () [I]t rarely fails to get one of its members, or at least one of its allies, into the White House. In fact, it generally is able to see to it that both nominees are men acceptable to it.”