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So the corporate media have gone and done it again. As they have, repeatedly, for the last two and half years, they shook the earth with a “bombshell” story proving beyond any reasonable doubt that Donald Trump colluded with the Russians to steal the presidency from Hillary Clinton, or at least committed an impeachable felony in connection with something to do with the Russians, or Ukrainians, or other Slavic persons … which story turned out to be inaccurate, or not entirely accurate, or a bunch of horseshit.

This time it was BuzzFeed’s Jason Leopold, “a reporter with a checkered past” (i.e., a history of inventing his sources) who broke the “bombshell” Russiagate story that turned out to be a bunch of horseshit. Leopold, and his colleague Anthony Cormier, reported that Trump had directed his attorney, Michael Cohen, to lie to Congress about plans to construct a Trump Tower in Moscow, thus suborning perjury and obstructing justice. Their sources for this “bombshell” story were allegedly “two federal law enforcement officials involved in an investigation of the matter.”

Approximately twenty-four hours later, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office (i.e., the office “involved in an investigation of the matter”) stated that the BuzzFeed story was “not accurate,” which is a legal term meaning “a bunch of horseshit.” BuzzFeed is standing by its story, and is working to determine what, exactly, Mueller’s office meant by “not accurate.” Ben Smith, BuzzFeed’s Editor-in-Chief, has called on Mueller “to make clear what he’s disputing.”

Liberals and other Trump-obsessives have joined in the effort to interpret the Special Counsel’s office’s cryptic utterance. French hermeneuticists have been reportedly called in to deconstruct the meaning of “accurate.” Professional Twitter semioticians are explaining that “not accurate” doesn’t mean “wrong,” but, rather, refers to something that is “accurate,” but which the user of the word doesn’t want to disclose publicly, or that legal terms don’t mean what they mean … or something more or less along those lines.

Glenn Greenwald, in August 2018, reporting on another “bombshell” story that turned out to be a bunch of horseshit, compiled a partial list of Russiagate stories that the corporate media had published and promoted over the course of the previous eighteen months which turned out to be a bunch of horseshit (i.e., the stories did, not Greenwald’s list). In the wake of this latest horseshit story, Greenwald revised and renamed this list “The 10 Worst, Most Embarrassing U.S. Media Failures on the Trump/Russia Story.

But Greenwald’s list is just a small sample of the Russiagate stories that have turned out to be horseshit. For the record, here are several more:

My personal favorite remains the one about how Hillary Clinton may have been poisoned by Putinist operatives back in 2016. And then there’s the pot-smoking, prostitute-banging, incompetent Novichok perfume assassins, the African American-brainwashing memes, the Putin-orchestrated Yellow Vest rebellion, the brain-eating Russian-Cubano crickets, and various other bunches of horseshit.

I am using the terms “horseshit” and “a bunch of horseshit” (as opposed to terms like “failures” and “errors”), not just to be gratuitously vulgar, but, also, to try to make a point. One is not supposed to use these terms in connection with “serious,” “respected” news outlets. Which is why journalists like Greenwald and Aaron Maté (who have extensively reported on the corporate media’s ongoing production and dissemination of horseshit) do not use such terms in the course of their reporting, and instead use less inflammatory terms like “false,” “inaccurate,” “mistake,” and “error.” Principled journalists like Greenwald and Maté are constrained by (a) their journalistic ethics, (b) their integrity, and (c) their belief in the idea of a “free and independent press,” which is one of the pillars of Western democracy.

Being neither a respected journalist nor a believer in the existence of an “independent press,” I am under no such constraints. Because I’m not trying to get or keep a job, or maintain a “respectable” reputation, I’m free to call a spade a spade and a bunch of horseshit a bunch of horseshit. I am also free to describe “journalists” like Leopold, Luke Harding, Craig Timberg, Franklin Foer, and many of their corporate media colleagues (not to mention TV clowns like Rachel Maddow) as the liars and rank propagandists they are. I don’t need to pretend their fabricated stories are simply the result of “shoddy journalism,” or “over-reliance on official sources,” or any other type of “error” or “failure.” These people know exactly what they are doing, and are being extremely well paid to do it. They went to school to learn how to do it. Then they butt-sucked and back-stabbed their way up the ladder of establishment power to be able to do it.

Yes, of course, there are still principled journalists working for the corporate media, but they are doing so by walking a very fine line. No one has to tell them where it is. Every professional journalist knows precisely where it is, and what it is there for. Though they are permitted to walk right up to it, occasionally (to keep them from feeling like abject whores), one step over it and they will be cast into the Outer Darkness of the Blogosphere and excommunicated from the Church of Respectable Journalism. If you don’t believe me, just ask Seymour Hersh, or John Pilger, or any other journalistic heretic.

If Russiagate serves no other useful purpose, it is at least exposing the corporate media as the propaganda factories that they are. Given the amount of obviously fabricated horseshit they have disseminated during the last two years, you’d have to be a total moron or a diehard neoliberal cultist not to recognize the function they perform within the global capitalist ruling establishment (which is essentially no different than the function the establishment media perform in any other society, namely, to disseminate, maintain, and reify the official narrative of its ruling classes).

Sadly, there’s no shortage of morons and cultists. I don’t blame the morons, because … well, they’re morons. The cultists are another species entirely. These are people who, no matter how often the corporate media feed them another “explosive,” “bombshell” Russiagate story that turns out to be a bunch of horseshit, will defend the concept of the “independent media” like head-shaven, bug-eyed Manson followers. Confront them with facts contradicting their beliefs and they close their eyes and start chanting and humming and repetitiously babbling banishing spells. The notion that the Western corporate media may serve the interests of the ruling establishment (just like the media in every other society serve that society’s ruling classes) is unimaginable and tantamount to heresy.

This fetishization of “the independent press” is a phenomenon unique to Western capitalism. Basically, it’s a childish fairy tale, like believing that Santa Claus is an actual person or that voting in elections in a corporate oligarchy has anything to do with actual democracy. Think about it dispassionately for a minute. Why would any ruling establishment permit a genuinely “independent” press to disseminate ideas and information willy-nilly throughout society? If it did, it wouldn’t last very long.

Most people understand this intuitively, which is why the corporate media relentlessly repeat the mantra-like phrase, “free and independent press,” over, and over, and over again. Seriously, switch on NPR, or have a look at The Guardian or the Washington Post, or any of the other corporate media repeatedly reminding you how “independent,” “free” and “democratic” they are. It’s essentially Neuro-linguistic programming.

So let’s not be shocked when the corporate media continue to bombard us with “bombshell” stories about Trump and Russia that turn out to be horseshit. Personally, I welcome these stories. The more corporate media horseshit the better! Who knows, if they dish out enough blatant horseshit, more people might lose their “trust in the media,” and begin to investigate matters themselves. I know, that makes me a Nazi, right? Or at least a Russian propagandist? I mean, encouraging folks to distrust the corporate media? Isn’t there some kind of law against that? Or have they not quite gotten around to that yet?

C. J. Hopkins is an award-winning American playwright, novelist and political satirist based in Berlin. His plays are published by Bloomsbury Publishing (UK) and Broadway Play Publishing (USA). His debut novel, ZONE 23, is published by Snoggsworthy, Swaine & Cormorant Paperbacks. He can be reached at cjhopkins.com or consentfactory.org.

 
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  1. The Associated Press (AP) reports the latest bad news for the press: “Just 6 Percent of People Say They Trust the Media.”

    Carole Feldman and Emily Swanson began: Trust in the news media is being eroded by perceptions of inaccuracy and bias, fueled in part by Americans’ skepticism about what they read on social media. Just 6 percent of people say they have a lot of confidence in the media, putting the news industry about equal to Congress and well below the public’s view of other institutions.

  2. Biff says:

    Most people understand this intuitively, which is why the corporate media relentlessly repeat the mantra-like phrase, “free and independent press,”

    People inversely brag about their short comings.
    Militarized police states brag about their freedom.
    A well heeled synchophant brags about his independence.
    Dudes with small dicks – big belt buckle and big hat.

    • Replies: @atlantis_dweller
  3. I used to listen to the BBC and NPR until the corporo-globalist bias became unbearable. I laughed at incidents such as Marketplace mocking the public’s concern about GMO’s. But it went off the rails in 2016. They may have backed off from Trump Derangement Syndrome a bit since then, but I’ve noticed that they have to call themselves “credible.” Maybe if they say that enough times we’ll believe it, eh?

    • Agree: Alfred
    • Replies: @VirtualAnon34
    , @WGary
    , @renfro
  4. The Greenwald link is pretty important and I bookmarked it. These fake news outlets do everything in their power to scrub these mistakes from the Google machine once they happen. They remove stories, videos — everything, in the hopes of shoving it all down the memory hole. And since other fake news outlets don’t hold them accountable, they get away with it. This is why it’s important to take screen shots of fake news and download videos if possible, to create a record that’s permanent and useful when you need it.

  5. @Godfree Roberts

    6%? I rather doubt that.

    More than 6% of the population are technically, and this is the technical term, retarded – they are mentally disabled.

    I know it’s obvious our media is propaganda, but I don’t think it’s quite so obvious such that adults watching Sesame Street who fully enjoy it (nothing wrong with that!) are aware of it.

    I would like to think it’s true, but I think the Associated Press article is not true, after all, can you identify their funding sources?

    • Replies: @Godfree Roberts
  6. Neon-nazi sites like DS are consistently more accurate than MSM…and I am speaking as a centrist, not a brown shirt. If you tune out the jewry rants, they do a fair job.

  7. utu says:

    This fetishization of “the independent press” is a phenomenon unique to Western capitalism. Basically, it’s a childish fairy tale, like believing that Santa Claus is an actual person or that voting in elections in a corporate oligarchy has anything to do with actual democracy.

    Great article. Articles on this theme should be published daily. The fetish must be destroyed.

  8. I don’t think the MSM has the power and influence it had in the Big Three Networks Era before the internet.

    In those days, the minds of the public were more controlled and underground newspapers were barely read.

    These days, more people read websites like this than watch any particular channel.

    Print journalism had a massive hold on the world up to 1997 when the internet came into the mainstream.

    Not no more.

    • Replies: @Jake
    , @the grand wazoo
  9. @Biff

    Essentially, what they spell out is an expression of what they will. And of course, one wills what he/she thinks he/she doesn’t yet have/isn’t as he/she wills it to be.
    It’s an interplay of conscious, unconscious, and language. (It serves a purpose because it’s mostly unconscious.)

  10. Ah, elegant!

    What a pleasure to read this article!

    There is at least one other person who calls corporate media what it is, and it ain’t “mainstream.”

    “Sparkie” ain’t gonna be happy about it either.”Sparky” chewed me out good for correcting the incomparable and always superb Linh Dinh for using the disgusting and inaccurate term, “mainstream” when referring to coprophilic media. Oh, and speaking of “horseshit” one wag suggested we call it mainsteam media, for accuracy as well as for giggles and that’s fine by me.

    …the corporate media relentlessly repeat the mantra-like phrase, “free and independent press,” over, and over, and over again. Seriously, switch on NPR, or have a look at The Guardian or the Washington Post, or any of the other corporate media repeatedly reminding you how “independent,” “free” and “democratic” they are. It’s essentially Neuro-linguistic programming.

    It’s blatantly obvious that the same can be said about the self-legitimizing term, “mainstream,” too, so bless you sir, and to (bleep) with the Sparkies of the world.

    • Replies: @Sparkon
  11. @Fidelios Automata

    I dumped the BBC a few years ago after they posted two stories in particular, one about the victim count of the alleged Jewish holocaust really being not six, but–I’m serious–twenty-four million! After that tidbit of info they presented a front page report asserting that white people are responsible for black people’s lack of interest in classical music.

    And as one poster here noted, try to go back months later to forward a link to someone only to find that everything has evaporated. For sure, when the weirdness appears, take your own snapshot of it and archive it.

    Good article, Mr. Hopkins.

    • Replies: @Anon
    , @Wally
  12. Confront them with facts contradicting their beliefs and they close their eyes and start chanting and humming and repetitiously babbling banishing spells.

    Orange Man bad! Mueller saves! -NPC

  13. Jake says:

    Not only is Hopkins correct, but what he says about corporate media is not new. The Civil Rights movement presented by the media was false. The media promotion of the US re-engaging in Europe in the post WW1 period so we could defend dear ole England and sacred democracy. The media preparing us for our need to fight WW1 so we could end all wars was false. The media stirring us to go into Cuba and end the awfully evil Spanish Empire so we could start the process of ending all empires, by acquiring strategically important lands was false.

    Large numbers of newspapers located within the non-seceding states opposed Mr. Lincoln’s war, and Mr Lincoln, in the name of saving democracy and free speech, closed them down so his war could be prosecuted.

  14. Jake says:
    @jeff stryker

    I think you are a bit naive.

  15. TheOldOne says:

    •Crowdstrike, the firm hired by the DNC, claimed they had evidence that Russia hacked Ukrainian artillery apps; they then retracted it.

    If this had happened, it was just war stuff; what did they expect!

    •After a Russian regional jet crashed on February 11, 2018, shortly after it took off from Moscow, killing all 71 people aboard, Harvard Law Professor and frequent MSNBC contributor Laurence Tribe strongly implied Putin purposely caused the plane to go down in order to murder Sergei Millian, a person vaguely linked to George Papadopoulos and Jared Kushner; in fact, Millian was not on the plane nor, to date, has anyone claimed they had any evidence that Putin ordered his own country’s civilian passenger jet brought down.

    This man is at Harvard!

    • Replies: @Anon
  16. Long before Trump, even before Obama, I learned that if I heard or read a story that went against what I would rather hear or thought should be, just wait two days. Soon enough it will be effectively refuted. Of course the problem is all of those who stop looking at the reports 12 hours after the event. They stop because they don’t want to have their beliefs challenged. All the facts are too much to handle. Sgt. Joe Friday is dead.

  17. onebornfree says: • Website

    Let’s be perfectly clear here.

    In the US at least , there is no original “constitutional” requirement* for the press to tell the truth, about anything.

    That’s what “freedom of the press” was “supposed” to mean, [as far as I can tell].

    In other words: “reader/viewer beware”!

    But these days no one wants to ever have to take personal responsibility for what they choose to believe and not believe.

    They crave an authority figure who “tells the truth” , but who [ on the other hand] they can scapegoat in retrospect if/when it turns out that their beloved authority figure whose information they took as “gospel” and then acted upon, was in fact wrong, or lying [about whatever].

    And quite frankly, that is the way morons will always act, because……..tah dah!, they’re morons.

    The more things change, the more they stay the same.

    And so it goes.

    Regards, onebornfree

    * p.s. The constitution was obviously a scam.

  18. Anon[436] • Disclaimer says:
    @VirtualAnon34

    So someone maliciously hacked the BBC website and you were suckered by it! Shame on you.

  19. This is what comes from having Zionist control of all the MSM in the U.S. and with this Zionist control comes the Bolshevik wrecking and terrorism that the Bolsheviks perfected in the Russian revolution in 1917 and these Bolsheviks are using the same tactics to provoke a revolution here in America.

    Every move that the Zionist make is towards the destruction of America and look for the demonrat/Bolsheviks to make a big push towards gun control with more Zionist false flags and propagandas to take away our guns and then all hell will break loose here in America with FEMA concentration camps and all the rest, just read Alexander Solzhenitsyns The Gulag Archipelago to see what it will be like.

  20. Sparkon says:
    @jacques sheete

    Ah, elegant!

    What a pleasure to read this article!

    No doubt it is a pleasure for you because C.J. Hopkins managed to scribble 1500 words about fake news without even once mentioning the CIA.

    “We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false.”

    — CIA Director, William Casey

    Of course, our resident Bumpkin of Unz would have you believe that the CIA is a corporation.

    “The CIA owns everyone of any significance in the major media.”

    — former CIA Director William Colby

    So you see Sheete, the term “corporate media” is entirely inaccurate — a red herring, a misleading label, a pig in a poke — because it entirely excludes, avoids, overlooks, and completely dismisses the role of our intelligence agencies in creating fake news, a.k.a. disinformation and propaganda.

    But of course too everyone knows by now that Jews, Israel and Mossad did 9/11 all by their lonesomes, and the CIA and the Air Force had nothing to do with it.

  21. Anon[257] • Disclaimer says:
    @TheOldOne

    Lawrence Tribe is s viciously anti White Jew a typical law professor:

  22. Dube says:

    But of course too everyone knows by now that Jews, Israel and Mossad did 9/11 all by their lonesomes, and the CIA and the Air Force had nothing to do with it.

    Those lonesomes are amazing.

  23. Hail says: • Website

    The notion that the Western corporate media may serve the interests of the ruling establishment (just like the media in every other society serve that society’s ruling classes) is unimaginable and tantamount to heresy.

    This comes close to the term “regime media,” which I like as a replacement for the clunky-but-common terms “Mainstream Media” or MSM. ”

    Hopkins uses “corporate media,” which appears fifteen times here including in the title.

    Several commenters have noted the problems with the term “mainstream media”:

    the self-legitimizing term, “mainstream,”

    While better than “mainstream media,” I’m not sure “corporate media” is sufficient.

    “Corporate media,” as a term, may wrongly convey the notion that the ‘media’ in question complaisantly both [1] broadcasts the ruling ideology (interventionist capitalist liberal democracy and multicultacracy) and [2] ‘megaphones’ (Steve Sailer’s useful term) against enemies thereto, coordinating our regular Two-Minute Hates.

    That characterization misses an important point, to wit:

    The ‘media’ (in the sense of the “MSM”) as we know it today, is itself consciously part of the ruling apparatus. Not complaisantly, but actively; not lackeys on the side, but right at the regime’s core. A useful distinction. Hence “regime media.”

  24. Agent76 says:

    Jun. 14, 2012 These 6 Corporations Control 90% Of The Media In America

    That’s consolidated from *50* companies back in 1983. But the fact that a few companies own everything demonstrates “the illusion of choice,” Frugal Dad says.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/these-6-corporations-control-90-of-the-media-in-america-2012-6

    Church Committee Testimony

    Tom Charles Huston testified before the Senate Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities, commonly known as the Church Committee, on the 43-page plan he presented to the President Nixon and others on ways to collect information about anti-war and “radical” groups, including burglary, electronic surveillance, and opening of mail.

    https://www.c-span.org/video/?408953-1/tom-charles-huston-testimony-church-committee

  25. Hail says: • Website
    @Sparkon

    Hopkins managed to scribble 1500 words about fake news without even once mentioning the CIA […] the term “corporate media” is entirely inaccurate — a red herring, a misleading label

    This is a version of what I wanted to say above.

    As for the CIA itself, it might be useful to list some examples of known, direct CIA interventions in the U.S. domestic media.

  26. It not only makes you a Nazi or a Russian-cultist but also an anti-Semite, you forgot to add… it’s one of your better pieces!

  27. Sean says:

    The Basic Problem of Democracy
    by Walter Lippmann
    The Atlantic Monthly, November 1919, pp. 616-627

    http://sonicacts.com/portal/anthropocene-objects-art-and-politics-1

    Lippmann-Dewey debate, which is known to academics but not the general public in the United States, the home country of both authors. Obviously, John Dewey is famous as one of the most important American philosophers, and for his international influence in the field of education. By contrast, Walter Lippmann has been somewhat forgotten, though he was a major journalist in the 1920s and 1930s. He was a widely familiar author at the time, and wrote some cynical things about American democracy. The story America tells itself politically is that since we’re a democracy in which the citizens rule themselves, there is a paramount need for an excellent public education so that the citizens can vote wisely. We ourselves are the leaders. But of course it doesn’t work that way in practice. We actually have a surplus of ignorant and uninformed people who pay no attention to the nuances of policy, and who vote based on the workings of demagoguery and short-sighted self-interest. Any number of foolish decisions have been made by the American public. This leads Lippmann to take the somewhat cynical line that America is destined to be ruled by technocrats. We need experts to run things; the people are too clueless to rule themselves. We’ll pretend we have a democracy, but we actually don’t. Now, Dewey reads this, and he is temperamentally more optimistic, and he thinks: ‘This is a really stimulating book, but Lippmann is wrong. He is setting the bar too high for the people. People were never supposed to be educated in depth about every issue, which is an impossible demand. Even Lippmann doesn’t have the time to master every issue, and he covers politics for a living. Instead, Dewey says, political issues generate their own publics in each case. I might care deeply about seven political issues. I might care about national health insurance, but I don’t care about gay marriage, or vice versa. So I get involved in one debate and not the other. I take the trouble of becoming informed about issues that interest me.

    • Replies: @onebornfree
  28. onebornfree says: • Website
    @Hail

    Hail says: “The ‘media’ (in the sense of the “MSM”) as we know it today, is itself consciously part of the ruling apparatus. Not complaisantly, but actively; not lackeys on the side, but right at the regime’s core…”:

    Exactly. The MSM is the government [CIA/NSA/ etc. etc.] grinning right at you as it continually lies , albeit behind a very thin veil of supposed integrity/respectability that the general public still refuses to see through.

    By way of illustration of this “outrageous” assertion of mine, here is part of a video analysis of the original 5 channel US MSM “live” coverage of the morning of Sept. 11 2001, which clearly demonstrates that on that morning, all 5 US networks broadcast entirely fake “live” footage [ i.e. C.G.I. prefabricated imagery] for about 102 minutes :

    Regards, onebornfree

    • Replies: @Agent76
  29. @Sparkon

    So you see Sheete, the term “corporate media” is entirely inaccurate…

    I never claimed it was perfect. I do claim that the term, “mainstream,” in this context is entirely inaccurate and misleading. And you should be nice, as you admonished me, regarding the author of this article. As for your complaint that he didn’t mention the CIA, may I remind you that he wrote, as you noticed, an article, not an encyclopedia.

    Anyway, you have yet to establish that the CIA and our corporate masters are entirely separate entities. Even a Dumb Sheete such as myself would find it somewhat, if not entirely, incredible if they were.

    But of course too everyone knows by now that Jews, Israel and Mossad did 9/11 all by their lonesomes, and the CIA and the Air Force had nothing to do with it.

    Ahem, you forgot to mention big, coprophilic, media. Please try to practice the inclusiveness that you preach.

  30. one step over [the line] and they will be cast into the Outer Darkness of the Blogosphere and excommunicated from the Church of Respectable Journalism. If you don’t believe me, just ask Seymour Hersh, or John Pilger, or any other journalistic heretic.

    To this list I might also add CBS’ Sharyl Attkisson, and Larry Conners of KMOV-TV, who had the big brass balls to question the $85 million the Obamas spent on vacations.

    NR kicked Derb to the curb, but that gutter’s littered with Internet flotsam who presumed integrity.

  31. onebornfree says: • Website
    @Sean

    Sean says: “Lippmann-Dewey debate, which is known to academics but not the general public in the United States, the home country of both authors. ”

    Debate summary: 2 know-it-alls debating about how “best” to run everybody else’s lives [and with straight faces, I’ve no doubt].

    Two sides of the same [pro-statist] coin, in other words. Oh, and one minor issue one “thinks” that a ruling technocracy is “the answer”.

    Sean says:“Obviously, John Dewey is famous as one of the most important American philosophers, and for his international influence in the field of education.”

    You mean: Dewey was important in the field of “public education” , otherwise known as brainwashing. 🙂

    ” important American philosopher” my a$$.

    Gawd help us all.

    And so it goes

    • Replies: @Sean
  32. @Sparkon

    Good point. I was rolling my eyes when I read the first phrase, calling BBC “corporate media”. It’s a state-owned propaganda agency, staffed by people of the same kind you’d find in today’s America whining about shutdown. BBC has the same goals as Radio Free Europe, DW, or RT.

  33. @Richard Wicks

    I don’t understand your questions.

    The note I clipped read, “Media Insight Project,: Just Six Percent Trust the Media
    Adapted from a post at News Busters by Tim Graham:
    The Associated Press (AP) reports the latest bad news for the press: “Just 6 Percent of People Say They Trust the Media.” Carole Feldman and Emily Swanson began:

    Trust in the news media is being eroded by perceptions of inaccuracy and bias, fueled in part by Americans’ skepticism about what they read on social media.

    Just 6 percent of people say they have a lot of confidence in the media, putting the news industry about equal to Congress and well below the public’s view of other institutions.

    And the esteemed Edelman Trust Barometer reported in 2018 that roughly one in five consumers said media was the most broken institution in both the world and the US”.

    AP’s funding sources?

  34. Yeah, all the bozos on here will tell you they don’t trust the mass media. Until the mass media tells them something they like, and then they go parroting exactly the mass media line.

    Like the McDonalds coffee thing. The truth is the exact opposite of what the mass media told them. But they still believe the mass media interpretation. Because it fits into their own pathetic simple-minded little ignorant “cynical-lite” fantasies of “how the world really works,” a fantasy, of course, that stages them as the heroes, Super-Cynic, the Hero with the Scales Fallen from his Eyes, knows just what to think about those damn McDonalds suers, because he is Cynical! Idiots.

    • Replies: @Western
    , @denk
  35. Sean says:
    @onebornfree

    MICHAEL LIND: [I]f they were not paid so well to churn out anti-government propaganda by plutocrats like the Koch brothers and various self-interested corporations, libertarians would play no greater role in public debate than do the followers of Lyndon LaRouche or L. Ron Hubbard.

    Lind also points out that Tracinski’s alleged Golden Age of American libertarianism had immigration restrictions.

    Debate summary: 2 know-it-alls debating about how “best” to run everybody else’s lives [and with straight faces, I’ve no doubt].

    No they both admit that it is impossible to understand all issues and the the general public is never well informed enough on any particular one. Lippman say technocratic rule under a veil of participatory democracy is the answer. Dewey says people take the trouble to become very well informed about issues that directly concern them.

    The new public which is generated remains long inchoate, unorganized, because it cannot use inherited political agencies The latter, if elaborate and well institutionalized, obstruct the organisation of the new public. […]

    To form itself, the public has to break existing political forms. This is hard to do because these forms are themselves the regular means of instituting change. The public which generates political forms is passing away, but the power and lust of possession remains in the hands of the officers and agencies which the dying public instituted. This is why the change of the form of states is so often effected only by revolution (The Public and Its Problems: An Essay in Political Inquiry By John Dewey, Melvin L. Rogers)

    One could say Trump supporters do not represent the public, but rather a public coalesced by the issue of immigration and how it affects their lives. You cannot brainwash such people they know a ruling class is doing unconscionably well with massive expansion of credit, inflation subdued by immigration for jobs that could not be outsourced to China while the real real value of assets soaring. Theories of a market system supposed to run well when left alone, Hayek/ Public Choice crap about self interested bureaucrats driving us down the road to totalitarianism won’t fly with those negatively affected.

    Your idea that everyone can become knowledgeable about everything is unfeasible and even if it could be done it would be wasteful because no one would really understand any political issue very well if everyone had to understand them all.

    • Replies: @onebornfree
  36. @onebornfree

    little doubt about the constitution a scam.. for many, many more reasons than the first amendment.

    @c. j. Russiagate serves no other useful purpose, it is at least exposing the corporate media as the propaganda factories that they are.
    But Mr. Hopkins no one has yet develop a propaganda debunking exercise.. so it can be taught to the 6% or 96%.. which ever..

    the first thing to do whenever MSM or any for that matter publishes something that passes for news or a report on some event or happening is to break it down into its parts. What is or are the claim.s
    After decclaiming the article, next rewrite it in null hypothesis style..

    Example Hypothesis: DJT colluded with Russians. is not good enough because any two Russians would be sufficient.. so we would need to make clear which Russians.

    Example Trump had directed his attorney, Michael Cohen, to lie to Congress about plans to construct a Trump Tower in Moscow,
    Hypothesis 1. Telling congress there is no Trump plans to construct a Tower in Russia, is not good enough, it would because it is not clear what is a tower.. says nothing about where in Russian does not mention the time frame. Is it a lie to say there are no plans, when their is hope that some day a Tower might be possible?

    it really is our fault for not debunking this fake news..

    Hypothesis two: Trump does not plan to build a Tower somewhere in Russia before he is no longer president.

    can anybody prove (that is present any admissible facts).. We don’t know what Trumps lawyer meant.. Trump told the lawyer to lie, or did Trump merely say, its none of Congress business, that I might someday build a Trump Tower in Russia, I have always wanted to do that, but it has never worked out.. Please don’t tell congress I plan to build a Tower in Russia. Its just none of their business, and at the moment its only a hope..a wish, something I will someday get back to, and something I have always wanted to do.. But until it gets likely its none of congresses business. Is it a lie to tell one’s lawyer not to reveal a hope?

  37. onebornfree says: • Website
    @Sean

    ” No they both admit that it is impossible to understand all issues and the the general public is never well informed enough on any particular one. Lippman say technocratic rule under a veil of participatory democracy is the answer. “

    So first you deny it,[“No”] then in the very same breath admit that “Lippman say technocratic rule under a veil of participatory democracy is the answer. ”

    WTF do you think “technocratic rule under a veil of participatory democracy” is, fer gawds sake, other than Lippmans fantasized way of running everyones lives for them [ at the point of a gun]?


    “Your idea that everyone ….”

    My idea that everyone does [blah blah blah]?

    Where do you derive that insane theory from exactly? Or is something you just dreamed up, like Lippmans fantasy of “technocratic rule under a veil of participatory democracy”.

    Let me guess- you are a product of public “education”, right?

    No regards, onebornfree

  38. Sparkon says:

    JULIET:
    ‘Tis but thy name that is my enemy…
    O, be some other name!
    What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
    By any other name would smell as sweet…

    –Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 1600

    MSM

    The Mainstream Media
    By any other name
    Continue with their lying game
    And still remain the same.

  39. WGary says:
    @Fidelios Automata

    I was listening to npr (wnyc) this morning and they haven’t backed off one bit. One segment explored how the Russians were able to dupe so many people into voting for Trump.

  40. Agent76 says:
    @onebornfree

    Share this with folks who stuck in the natrix.

    Sep 11, 2013 9/11 In A Nutshell as James Corbett presents this 5 minute parody of the official conspiracy theory of 9/11

    September 11, 2013 Twelve Years of War, Lies and Deception

    Twelve years after the 9/11 attacks, no credible independent investigation has been done to find out what really happened on that day and who was responsible.

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/911-twelve-years-of-war-lies-and-deception/5349347

  41. Hopkins is right on the mark. as usual

  42. @Hail

    James Kirkpatrick (or is it James Fulford?) at VDare calls them the “system media”. That’s a decent description, but Lyin’ Press or Government Media are better in my opinion. The latter term, especially, rings true, as these 24/7 infotainment channels would be absolutely NOWHERE without big Feral Gov’t.

    It’s a symbiotic relationship. Politicians, other government officials, and the bureaucracies underneath all need the Gov-Media to continuously broadcast what’s going on in the thousands of unconstitutional organizations. It makes the viewers feel that all of this is necessary. For a small businessman, indeed some stupid ruling by a bureaucrat could cripple his business overnight, so there is a reason to try to keep a watch. Big-Biz wants to make sure they get their way, i.e. get their money’s worth.

    The Lyin’ Press needs all these happenings within the Feral Gov’t to keep going, so that the viewers don’t tune out, and they can fill up their 24 hours a day of air time. I can remember when there was 1/2 hour of TV national news on, and not every damn thing on there had ANYTHING to do with the US Feral Gov’t … good times … good times….

  43. @Godfree Roberts

    Those 6% are recent illegal emigrants who do not yet read or speak English…….I presume!

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  44. Art says:

    How can this happen – an article about the US media and not one “JEW” word in it. (Jews have virtual control of the US MSM.)

    The answer is abject FEAR — the ADL can and will hurt the author if he is truthful.

    What is published and not published in America is up to Talmudist Jews.

    Think Peace —- Do No Harm — Art

  45. renfro says:
    @Fidelios Automata

    NPR is definitely not creditable, they are totally Jew and Israel centered.

    In December 2001, FAIR’s Seth Ackerman discussed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict “Illusion of Balance” along with a companion November/December 2001 “Study of NPR’s Coverage of Deaths in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.”

    It found an 81% likelihood that an Israeli death would be reported compared to 34% for a Palestinian. Among under age 18 Palestinians, only 20% were reported compared to 89% of Israelis, FAIR concluding that “being a minor makes your death more newsworthy to NPR if you are Israeli, but less” so, or not at all, if Palestinian

    From 1990-2009, Linda Gradstein was NPR’s Israel correspondent, at the same time accepting pro-Israeli organization honoraria, the Electronic Intifada’s Ali Abunimah and Nigel Parry reported on February 19, 2002 in their article headlined, “Special report: NPR’s Linda Gradstein takes cash payments from pro-Israeli groups.”

    https://mondoweiss.net/2013/03/talking-about-jews/

    Another whole dimension of this issue is the religious background of pundits and others interviewed on NPR. We all know that the network’s discussions of the Middle East are dominated by Jews who parlayed failure as peace-processors into careers in punditry at pro-Israel Beltway think tanks : in the last year NPR had Aaron David Miller (granted, a relative liberal as this bunch goes) on the air an astonishing 20 times (once as part of an almost-all-Jewish “National Conversation” about U.S.-Israel relations, which this site covered here), plus Martin Indyk seven times, Robert Malley (another liberal) five times, and Dennis Ross four times. By contrast, Diana Buttu, Rashid Khalidi, and Stephen Walt have been on the air only twice each in the last year, and Noura Erakat, Yousef Munayyer, and John Mearsheimer not even once. (Of course, it’s clear that being Jewish isn’t enough by itself to get you on the air on this topic: the network also excludes highly qualified Jewish experts who are critical of Israel. Among those not interviewed at all in the last year are Phyllis Bennis, Noam Chomsky, Richard Falk, and Sara Roy.)
    I suspect that the main factor is simply that that there are so many Jews on NPR’s programming staff – not just reporters and hosts, but also editors.

  46. renfro says:

    BRAVO…..great article.

    HOWEVER….to the commenters here. Instead of jumping all over about the CIA, the GOV, etc..
    You need to understand that what you see in the msm is the product of the reporters and above all the editors. It is their basis on any issue that slants the news.

    You should never ever read anything without checking the back ground of the reporter and editors and the publication’s board or owners to see if they have any ethnic, religious or political ideology they are promoting under the guise of ‘factual’ news.

  47. renfro says:

    I’ve been waiting and waiting to find out what company Mueller is after.

    Supreme Court keeps cloak over mystery Mueller subpoena fight
    https://www.politico.com/story/2019/01/22/mueller-subpoena-fight-1118242

    Mueller is tangling with a company in his investigations that is “wholly owned by a foreign state.”
    This means a company in the Us that is owned by the government of a foreign state….not foreign nationals , not a private citizens or stock holder company.

    I have wasted some hours now trying to find a Russia government owned company in the US….there aren’t any. There was one Russia owned bank but that is long gone from the US.

    I checked Israeli companies and found IAI in the US that is wholly owned by the Israeli government, but its a weapons company so don’t know how that fit the investigation.

    Havent time to check all mid east wholly state owned in the US.

    There cant be many foreign government companies in the US so you’d think they would be listed by some US agency or easy to find but they arent.

    Anyone have any ideas?

  48. Western says:
    @obwandiyag

    Yes, most people will site the McDonalds’ coffee incident as an example of frivolous lawsuits to this day. I think the woman just wanted Mcd’s to pay for her few thousand dollar medical bills, but they refused so she sued. Mcd’s knew the coffee was very hot and kept it that way even after many complaints of burns because it was a competitive advantage to have their coffee stay hot longer than the others.

    The jurors thought that Mcd’s was very callous towards the woman so they awarded a big sum.

    • Replies: @Wally
  49. Same thing in the franco-british colony of Canada: CBC Radio-Canada, and Powerconcentration ”newspaper”. Pathetic. Haiti is great compared to Canada.

  50. @jeff stryker

    You’re correct, but only empirically. Today the owners of print media are the same group that owns the visual media, and true public opinion is ignored. It’s lie after lie after lie. It’s a bad time to be a white Catholic/Christian boy. The left calls for death to 16 year old white males, and no body says a word.

  51. Kanuke says:

    BBC’s cousin, CBC:

    “Fake News”, “Disinformation” – Canadian Style

    when ”Trudeau sending the Canadian Army into Quebec, seizing and jailing hundreds of innocent people ….”

    https://ahtribune.com/us/fake-news/2814-canadian-style.html

  52. @Sparkon

    So you see Sheete, the term “corporate media” is entirely inaccurate

    False. The mainstream media as well as most alt media is corporate sponsored/funded. You’ve seen the commercials? The ad’s? The MIC/Defense corporations are big sponsors, thats why all of the media are war mongers.
    https://www.veteranstoday.com/2018/02/17/archival-operation-mockingbird-cia-media-mind-control/

    The CIA/Pentagon are essentially the enforcers of Wall St banks/corporations. Study on the history of the organization, they were created to defend the greed of big business capitalists around the world.
    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30605.htm
    Surely you’ve heard of United fruit company in Honduras, the CIA role in the Banana Republic?
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banana_republic
    What do you think the military’s job is? It’s to eliminate competition to US capitalists rivals on a global scale. That’s why the capitalists who rule our government are willing to spend trillions of public dollars on waging imperialist wars.

    Smedley Butler said it best:
    I served in all commissioned ranks from Second Lieutenant to Major-General. And during that period, I spent most of my time being a high class muscle- man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the Bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I helped make Mexico, especially Tampico, safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefits of Wall Street. The record of racketeering is long. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912 (where have I heard that name before?). I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. In China I helped to see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested.

    https://dissidentvoice.org/2016/12/the-cias-cult-of-death/

    They (CIA) are essentially a corporation, many insiders call the CIA “The Company”. Our government as a whole is essentially a private corporation, with shareholders, operating in the public sector. Government was intended to be of the people, by the people, for the people, and to serve the people, not the Corporation. Not today.

    Good read Mr. Hopkins.

    • Replies: @denk
    , @Sparkon
  53. Russia-gate serves a few purposes, to demonize Russia, because MIC/Pentagon need a big bad enemy to justify their ridiculous theft of trillions of $$.

    To crack down on dissent, alt media, truth tellers. AKA Censorship. More Patriot Act type BS based on more lies.

    Its a distraction from:
    Israel-gate,
    AIPAC-gate,
    Saudi-gate,

    It distracts folks minds from the foreign countries that are actually meddling in American politics. Spying on Americans, threatening and blackmailing Americans. Daily. Not to mention American meddling in the affairs of literally everyone, including Russia, and even today Venezuela with Pence and Rubio calling for a coup there.
    See Al Jazeera The Lobby 1-4

  54. @Ilyana_Rozumova

    Former Pravda readers, maybe, Miss Rozumova? Mr. Robert here doesn’t sound like a Pravda reader, but more like a former Pravda WRITER.

    The Lyin’ Press could really use a guy like you, Joel Godfree.

  55. Z-man says:

    Glen Greenwald a righteous Jew, even though I hear he’s as queer as a three dollar bill.

  56. denk says:
    @obwandiyag

    Yeah, all the bozos on here will tell you they don’t trust the mass media. Until the mass media tells them something they like

    Exactly.

    I’ve been saying this since time immemorial.

    The army of sinophobes have been faithfully parroting the official stories about ‘China’s persecution of Uighurs, Tibetans, xtians and what not verboten, where do they get their scoops from ?
    The very same rags they’ve been lambasting as fake news outlets !

    hehehehe

  57. denk says:
    @redmudhooch

    About Smedley BUtler,,,

    Here’s his best quote,

    Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.

  58. Sparkon says:
    @redmudhooch

    So you see Sheete, the term “corporate media” is entirely inaccurate

    False. The mainstream media as well as most alt media is corporate sponsored/funded.

    So what. That still doesn’t make the CIA a corporation. In fact, the CIA has long used various companies and corporations as fronts, including the media.

    You may consider the CIA to be a corporation but few people do. Your argument is just special pleading.

    You also put my comment out of context and excluded the vital parts, here in bold.

    the term “corporate media” is entirely inaccurate — a red herring, a misleading label, a pig in a poke — because it entirely excludes, avoids, overlooks, and completely dismisses the role of our intelligence agencies in creating fake news, a.k.a. disinformation and propaganda.

    Well, you can quibble about terminology, but here we have it straight from the horse’s mouth, so you can pretend it doesn’t exist, again

    “The CIA owns everyone of any significance in the major media.”

    — former CIA Director William Colby

    In the final analysis, the important issue is not so much what we call the MSM, the important issue is detecting and deconstructing the propaganda that they peddle.

    Well, I see you’ve used the term “mainstream media” so I suppose Sheete will be along soon to savage you…or not.

    • Agree: wayfarer
  59. I will add that Russia-gate serves as a distraction from the fact that our entire political system is rigged beyond repair. The DNC rigging of the election in favor of Clinton, the media rigging by way of coverage for Hillary, Trump and the establishment, while ignoring Bernie Sanders, Jill Stein, and Gary whoever he was. Same thing they’ve done to Ron Paul and many others in the past.

    Also to distract from the Mossad hacked e-mail revelations of how rigged it was, all the dirty shit Clinton and Podesta were up to, they definitely don’t want to talk about that.

    I’m sure I missed a couple of nefarious things, but we all get it.

  60. Ron456 says:

    Does anyone else remember the unhinged PANIC that went through beltway denizens when Fox News first came online? I remember an interview with Geraldine Ferraro where she was absolutely deranged about someone outside the (((elites))) being able to influence the public discourse. Murdoch was gotten to, which is why he isn’t dead. Freedom of the press is an absolute fraud. Any media company that is not compromised is attacked financially, while the mainstream media are heavily subsidized and supported in other ways by the (((Rothschild cartel))) … and being bought, the msm does and says just what is expected of them. If the media was not so tightly controlled and other efforts were not made to silence different views (like Alex Jones… look what happened to him,) we might have a population that could actually think for themselves. Imagine the panic that would incur.

  61. I love your writing. thank you!!!!!

  62. “It’s essentially Neuro-linguistic programming.”

    Essentially? It is NLP at its best.

  63. Jeez Mr. Hopkins, is this your first rodeo? Where were you in the 90’s during the last media circus we all had to endure? The Clintons have been out of office for 20 years but you won’t let it go. Don’t you remember the past BS when all we heard about was Monica L.
    Its no different than the function the establishment media perform in any other society, namely, to disseminate, maintain, and reify the official narrative of its ruling classes (your words). Whose ruling now?
    Where were you during the Obama administration when all we got was stonewalling by anything labeled Republican? Get off you high horse Mr. Hopkins and take it up the butt like you deserve.
    Conservatives created this mess with Rush L. and Fox News a long time ago. Its a whole bunch of conservative bunk that does nothing but criticize progressive ideas and spread fear to support wasted military initiatives.
    We’re all sick of the BS but when the White House is dishing it out the extremes on both sided have the right to label it for what it is. Horseshit!

  64. Wally says:
    @VirtualAnon34

    “I dumped the BBC a few years ago after they posted two stories in particular, one about the victim count of the alleged Jewish holocaust really being not six, but–I’m serious–twenty-four million!.

    And remember Jews have been promoting their fake 6,000,000 since at least 1823.

    The BBC obviously can’t even prove the scientifically impossible ‘gas chambers’, let alone the absurd other claims.

    No human remains of millions in allegedly known locations, no ‘holocaust’.
    The claimed ‘6M Jews & 5M others’ equals the population of London.

    http://www.codoh.com

  65. Wally says:
    @Western

    said:
    “I think the woman just wanted Mcd’s to pay for her few thousand dollar medical bills, but they refused so she sued.”

    “I think”?

    IOW, you are just making it up.

    • Replies: @Western
    , @Western
  66. Johan says:

    Democracy is the collectivist system of ongoing decline, until rock bottom, the system of fools who deserve to be fooled, while the reasonable and sensible few are being outlawed by the unreason of the stupid, the credulity of the credulous and the aggressiveness of assertive fools, while the pocket filling criminal establishment priest classes rule. It’s a freaking cosmic tragi-comedy and a lunatic asylum on planet Megacorp.inc Earth.

    The only advantage of democracy, the media, and the democratic internet is that now for once it is out in the open, for every reasonable and sensible person to observe what a cosmic fool and fraud a human on average is. Which is what the select powers operating behind the scene know very well. Keep silent about it though, shhht.

  67. Western says:
    @Wally

    From the article:

    https://www.caoc.org/?pg=facts

    “McDonald’s admitted it had known about the risk of serious burns from its scalding hot coffee for more than 10 years. The risk had repeatedly been brought to its attention through numerous other claims and suits.

    “Coffee at that temperature, if spilled, causes third-degree burns in three to seven seconds.
    The chairman of the department of mechanical engineering and biomechanical engineering at the University of Texas testified that this risk of harm is unacceptable, as did a widely recognized expert on burns, the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Burn Care and Rehabilitation, the leading scholarly publication in the specialty.
    McDonald’s admitted it had known about the risk of serious burns from its scalding hot coffee for more than 10 years. The risk had repeatedly been brought to its attention through numerous other claims and suits.
    An expert witness for the company testified that the number of burns was insignificant compared to the billions of cups of coffee the company served each year.
    At least one juror later told the Wall Street Journal she thought the company wasn’t taking the injuries seriously. To the corporate restaurant giant those 700 injury cases caused by hot coffee seemed relatively rare compared to the millions of cups of coffee served. But, the juror noted, “there was a person behind every number and I don’t think the corporation was attaching enough importance to that.”
    McDonald’s quality assurance manager testified that McDonald’s coffee, at the temperature at which it was poured into Styrofoam cups, was not fit for consumption because it would burn the mouth and throat.
    McDonald’s admitted at trial that consumers were unaware of the extent of the risk of serious burns from spilled coffee served at McDonald’s then-required temperature.
    McDonald’s admitted it did not warn customers of the nature and extent of this risk and could offer no explanation as to why it did not.”

    “In a story about the case (pdf) published shortly after the verdict was delivered in 1994, one of the jurors said over the course of the trial he came to realize the case was about “callous disregard for the safety of the people.” Another juror said “the facts were so overwhelmingly against the company.”

    That’s because those jurors were able to hear all the facts — including those presented by McDonald’s — and see the extent of Mrs. Liebeck’s injuries. Ask anyone who criticizes the case as a “frivolous lawsuit” that resulted in “jackpot justice” if they have done the same.”

    • Replies: @obwandiyag
  68. @Western

    Thank you for your brilliant and informative post. I love it when smart people like you really give it to those braindead imbeciles who believe the coffee lie.

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