The Media Controls Your Mind: An Unusual “Hack” to Fight Back and Regain Control
Even though the biggest secret to turning the tables on the Establishment is so simple, I bet most people have never… not once… even considered it.
Such is the power the current (but dying) system of control has on the mind.
I’ll share the “biggest secret” with you in just one moment.
If you take it to heart, I guarantee it’ll change your perspective on everything — from the mundane to the extraordinary — that happens in your life from now on.
First, though, I’d like to tell you a quick story.
This one takes place during the Cold War when a group of Russian journalists took a tour of the United States.
On the last day of the tour, the American host asked what they thought of the United States.
“I have to tell you,” a Russian spokesman said, “that we were astonished to find after reading all the newspapers and watching TV day after day that all the opinions on all the vital issues are the same. To get that result in our country we send journalists to the gulag. We even tear out their fingernails. Here you don’t have to do any of that. What is the secret?”
If this story is true, it’s unlikely the American, even if he knew, revealed the secret sauce. But here’s a clue: Years later, in 1975, the long-winded “United States Senate Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities”… (catching breath)… discovered that the CIA regularly submitted stories to popular journalists all over America.
“You could get a journalist,” a CIA operative toldWashington Post editor Philip Graham, “cheaper than a good call girl, for a couple hundred dollars a month.”
This isn’t some wacked-out conspiracy theory. This is fact. Although it was probably going on prior, on paper it began in the 1950s under the designation “Operation Mockingbird.”
“After 1953,” says Wikipedia, “the network was overseen by Allen W. Dulles, director of the CIA. By this time, Operation Mockingbird had a major influence over 25 newspapers and wire agencies. The usual methodology was placing reports developed from intelligence provided by the CIA to witting or unwitting reporters. Those reports would then be repeated or cited by the preceding reporters which in turn would then be cited throughout the media wire services.”
In a rare moment of truth, the New York Times adds this little nugget: “During the early years of the Cold War, [prominent writers and artists, from Arthur Schlesinger Jr. to Jackson Pollock] were supported, sometimes lavishly, always secretly, by the C.I.A. as part of its propaganda war against the Soviet Union. It was perhaps the most successful use of ‘soft power’ in American history.”
“That is the nub of the propaganda,” journalist John Pilger said in a speech in Chicago, “the brainwashing if you like, that seeps into the lives of every American, and many of us who are not Americans. From right to left, secular to God-fearing, what so few people know is that in the last half century, United States administrations have overthrown 50 governments — many of them democracies. In the process, thirty countries have been attacked and bombed, with the loss of countless lives.”
For example, the celebrated W.H. Lawrence, a Times reporter, helped to cover up the effects of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima. In Aug. 1945, his headline, reading “No Radioactivity in Hiroshima Ruin,” had the deliberate intent of concealing the fact that, indeed, radioactivity had run rampant and the destruction was absolutely horrific.