How Is Mainstream Media Brainwashes The Masses? Ex CBS Investigative Journalist Explains
When we turn on the news, we expect the person on the other end to be objective. We think they’re giving us the facts and leaving us to draw our own informed conclusions. Unfortunately, as recent testimony from an ex-CBS investigative journalist makes clear, that smiling face is more likely to be executing sophisticated brainwashing techniques than giving any objective information.
An Old Problem
Using the mainstream media to brainwash the public is hardly new. It’s an old tactic used by governments around the world since the dawn of time to control the populace. From ancient Rome to Nazi Germany and Stalinist Russia, the media has more often been a tool of the ruling class than a servant of the people.
In the United States, things are supposed to be different. The Constitution guarantees freedom of the press, and this freedom was designed to ensure the press could function completely independently of government interference. Unfortunately, in many ways, that’s become a pipe dream.
The American media has been compromised since at least the time of the CIA’s infamous Operation Mockingbird. This operation began in the 1950s, and the true extent of it is only now coming to light. Organized by Cord Meyer and Allen Dulles, it recruited leading journalists into a network designed to ensure the CIA’s views were the ones being presented to the American public.
Declassified documents show the CIA was also funding student organizations and sponsoring magazines as fronts to the operation, as well as influencing political campaigns at home and abroad.
The Testimony of an Ex-CBS Journalist
Sharyl Attkisson, an ex-reporter for CBS, left that position to become an independent journalist and to shed light on the way the media controls what we think and see in an attempt to control the way we vote…and the way we behave.
Known as “astroturfing,” these strategies involve the mainstream media carefully crafting a narrative rather than reporting objective facts, shaping everything we see online or hear in the news. Astroturfing doesn’t just involve politics: it’s also being used to control how we act at every level.
The Drug Example
She gives a compelling example, based on her own experience in the industry, of a new (fictitious) high cholesterol drug. You see it mentioned on the news, so you do research online. Google, Twitter, Wikipedia, WebMD: they all confirm that it is safe and effective. The few voices raising questions are silenced or presented as kooks.
What you don’t realize is that the entire narrative, from the TV presentation to the Wikipedia site, to the Google results, to coverage on WebMD, and even the seminar on the drug your own doctor attended are all orchestrated by powerful lobbyists.
What’s the Answer?
There’s no simple answer to the systemic problem of mainstream media manipulation and brainwashing, but there are steps you can take to avoid it. As Attkisson herself recommends, don’t believe what you’re told until you do your own research. Look beyond the “trusted” sites and seek advice from those you trust. Make up your own mind and think for yourself.