Media control conspiracy theory quotes
Some areas of conspiracy theory are so BIG and obvious that thinking people inevitably say, "That can't be true - we'd have heard about it." Such a comment assumes our media is not under significant control on such crucial issues.
Thus, a brief, but very important consideration of "the freedom of the press" as part of such a theory is essential. Such a comprehensive conspiracy is practically incredible, and the profound effect this has on the individual is well summarised by J Edgar Hoover (1st director of the FBI):
The individual is handicapped by coming face-to-face with a conspiracy so monstrous ? he simply cannot believe it exists.
For Christians trying to overcome such a disbelief barrier, please consider a helpful similar paradigm: that we believe the whole world is blinded by the god of this age regarding the truth about God, and it is a massive and more substantial and serious delusion than the one you are going to read. It also possesses veracity that is easier to demonstrate across a far wider range of disciplines [yes, a website on this is coming!].
The bible, in effect, proposes a conspiracy theory that makes any merely political, economic and historical ones look quite pale by comparison.
500BC (544BC-496BC) | General and strategist
All warfare is based on deception.
Source: The Art of War, book I.18.
1778 (1743-1826) | President
Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle. The real extent of this state of misinformation is known only to those who are in situations to confront facts within their knowledge with the lies of the day. I really look with commiseration over the great body of my fellow citizens who, reading newspapers, live and die in the belief that they have known something of what has been passing in the world in their time; whereas the accounts they have read in newspapers are just as true a history of any other period of the world as of the present, except that the real names of the day are affixed to their fables.
Letter to John Norvell, June 14th, 1807
1880 (1829-1901) | managing editor, New York Times
In about 1880, as a preeminent New York journalist, Swinton was the guest of honour at a banquet given him by the leaders of his craft. Someone who knew neither the press nor Swinton offered a toast to the independent press. Swinton outraged his colleagues by replying thus:
There is no such thing, at this date of the world's history, in America, as an independent press. You know it and I know it. There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print.
I am paid weekly for keeping my honest opinion out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things, and any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job. If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone.
The business of the journalists is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. You know it and I know it, and what folly is this toasting an independent press?
We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes.
Research reveals that Swinton, after moving to New York, wrote an occasional article for the New York Times and was hired on a regular basis in 1860 as head of the editorial staff. Afterward holding this position throughout the Civil War, he left the paper in 1870 and became active in the labor struggles of the day. He later served eight years in the same position on the New York Sun and later published a weekly labor sheet, John Swinton's Paper. Link
Source: Labor's Untold Story, by Richard O. Boyer and Herbert M. Morais, published by United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America, NY, 1955/1979.
I recently quoted this to a journalist, and he was nodding as I quoted it, and said, "Yes, my friends know that if they don't write with a particular slant it will be sub-edited into that, so they just follow the line."
1894 (1838-1918) | President of the American Historical Association
His great grandfather, and grandfather had been US presidents. Thus his political connections and access to informed views give weight to his own.
The press is the hired agent of a monied system, and set up for no other purpose than to tell lies where the interests are involved. One can trust nobody and nothing.
The Letters of Henry Adams
1917 (1872-1947) | U.S. Congressman
In March, 1915, the J.P. Morgan interests, the steel, shipbuilding, and powder interests, and their subsidiary organizations, got together 12 men high up in the newspaper world and employed them to select the most influential newspapers in the United States and sufficient number of them to control generally the policy of the daily press of the United States. These 12 men worked the problem out by selecting 179 newspapers, and then began, by an elimination process to retain only those necessary for the purpose of controlling the general policy of the daily press throughout the country. They found it was only necessary to purchase the control of 25 of the greatest papers. The 25 papers were agreed upon; emissaries were sent to purchase the policy, national and international, of these papers; an agreement was reached; the policy of the papers was bought, to be paid for by the month; an editor was furnished for each paper to properly supervise and edit information regarding the questions of preparedness, militarism, financial policies, and other things of national and international nature considered vital to the interests of the purchasers... This policy also included the suppression of everything in opposition to the wishes of the interests served.
The Congressional Record, February 9, 1917, Vol. 54, pp. 2947-48.
1950 (1879-1955) | Scientist
Physicist & Professor, Nobel Prize 1921
The minority, the ruling class at present, has the schools and press, usually the Church as well, under its thumb. This enables it to organize and sway the emotions of the masses, and make its tool of them.
from a letter to Sigmund Freud, 30 July 1932
1973 (1915- ) | Banker
Honorary director of Council on Foreign Relations, honorary chairman of Bilderberg Group & founder of Trilateral Commission. Member of Bohemian Club, Stowaway Grove at Bohemian Grove.
We are grateful to the Washington Post, the New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years. It would have been quite impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those years. But, now that the world is more sophisticated, it is prepared to march towards a world government and accept the supranational sovereignty of an intellectual and financial elite, which is surely preferable to the national autodetermination practiced in past centuries?
Excerpt from a speech given at Bilderberg annual meeting, Essen, West Germany, on 8th June 1991. Source: Pierre, Dani?le De Villemarest, and William Wolf. Facts and Chronicles Denied to the Public. Vol. 1. Slough, Berkshire, UK: Aquilion, 2004. ISBN 1-904-99700-7.
1980 (1917-1987) | Head of CIA Counter Intelligence
Member of Skull and Bones. Head of CIA Counter Intelligence 1954-1974.
Deception is a state of mind and the mind of the State.
Quoted in the book, DECEPTION by Edward Jay Jones (1989)
1990 (1920-1996) | Director of CIA
Died in a canoeing accident. Assassination seems more than likely.
The Central Intelligence Agency owns everyone of any significance in the major media.
Not sure of actual quote date or how it came about. See Rolling Stone 77 article, Carl Bernstein for similar stuff in much more detail. Look up CIA Operation Mockingbird if you are curious.
2006 (1946- ) | Foreign Correspondent, The Independent
Described by the New York Times as "probably the most famous foreign correspondent in Britain", he has over thirty years of experience in international reporting.
No one who would see what we see would ever ever support a war again - so it is essential for governments that they shouldn't see these things.
I've believed for many years now, that journalism, particularly television journalism, by its failure to show the real horror of war, has become a lethal weapon - supporting governments that want to go to war.
Taken from Iraq - 'The Hidden Story'.
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