In Monsters We Trust: US Mainstream Media No Friend of the American People

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Written by Robert Bridge; Originally appeared on strategic-culture.org

Over the course of his turbulent presidency, Donald Trump has accused various media companies, with special attention reserved for CNN, as being purveyors of ‘fake news.’ In one early-morning Tweet last year, he slammed the “FAKE NEWS media” as the “enemy of the people.”

This week, over 300 US newspapers ran editorials on the same day – an event in itself that points to some high degree of collusion and groupthink – denouncing Trump’s insensitive portrayal of them, as if the notion that journalists were not in the same sleaze league as lawyers, politicians and professional con artists never crossed anyone’s mind before. Even the peace-loving Mahatma Gandhi recommended “equality for everyone except reporters and photographers.”

In Monsters We Trust: US Mainstream Media No Friend of the American People

But is the MSM really an “enemy of the people?”

First, it cannot be denied that the US media, taken in all its wholesomeness, has been overwhelmingly consistent in its ‘style’ of reporting on Donald Trump, the 45th POTUS. And by consistent I mean unprecedentedly critical, misleading and outright aggressive in its guerilla coverage of him. If one is not convinced by the gloom-and-doom Trump stories featured daily in the Yahoo News feed, then a study by the Media Research Center (MRC) should do the job. From January 1 through April 30, evening news coverage of the US leader – courtesy of ABC, CBS and NBC – were 90 percent negative, which is pretty much the same incredible average revealed by MRC one year earlier.

In Monsters We Trust: US Mainstream Media No Friend of the American People

The study looked at every one of the 1,065 network evening news stories about Trump and his administration during the first four months of 2018. Total negative news time devoted to Trump: 1,774 minutes, or about one-third of all evening news airtime. That’s pretty much the definition of a circle jerk.

“Nearly two-fifths (39%) of the TV coverage we examined focused on Trump scandals and controversies, while 45 percent was devoted to various policy issues,” MRC wrote in its report.

Meanwhile, the farcical Russia ‘collusion’ story was consistently the main grabber — clocking in at 321 minutes, or nearly one-fifth of all Trump coverage. Of the 598 statements MRC calculated about Trump’s personal scandals, virtually all of them (579, or 97%) came out of the media wash cycle tarred and feathered.

If this represents an orchestrated attack on the Commander-in-Chief, and in light of those numbers it would be difficult to argue it isn’t, the strategy appears to be falling flat. Despite, or precisely because of, the avalanche of negative media coverage, Trump’s popularity rating smashed the 50 percent ceiling in early August and continues to remain high.

In Monsters We Trust: US Mainstream Media No Friend of the American People

In Monsters We Trust

Although it can be safely stated that the MSM is an entrenched and relentless enemy of Donald Trump, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s an “enemy of the American people,” as Trump argues it is. Let’s be a bit more diplomatic and say it isn’t our friend.

One yard stick for proving the claim is to consider the steadily mounting concentration of media holdings. In 1983, 90 percent of US media were controlled by 50 companies; today, 90 percent is controlled by the Big Six (AT&TComcastThe Walt Disney Company21st Century FoxCBS and Viacom control the spoken and printed word from sea to shining sea).Although many people are aware of the monopolistic tendencies of the US mainstream media, it’s important to understand the level of concentration. It means the vast majority of everything you see and hear on any electronic device or printed publication is ‘democratically’ controlled by six average white guys and their shareholders.

However, keeping track of who owns what these days is practically impossible since the dozens of subsidiary companies that fall under each main company are themselves fiefdoms, each with their own separate holdings. In fact, the already short ‘Big Six’ list is already dated, since National Amusements, Inc. has gobbled up both Viacom and CBS, while 21st Century Fox merged with Disney this year. As for the 350 US newspapers that penned tortured editorials decrying Trump’s critical opinion of them, many of those ‘local’ publications get their marching orders from either the Hearst Communications or the Gannett Company on the East Coast.

Now, with this sort of massive power and influence lying around like dynamite, it stands to reason, or unreason, that the corporate and political worlds will succumb to the law of attraction and gravitation, forging powerful and impregnable relationships. It’s no secret that the politicians, our so-called ‘public servants,’ are mostly in the game to make a fast buck, while the corporations, desperate for ‘democratic representation’ to control regulation and market share, have an inexhaustible source of funds to secure it. Naturally, this oligarchical system precludes any sort of democratic participation from the average person on the street, who thinks just because he remembers to yank a lever once every several years he is somehow invested in the multibillion-dollar franchise.

As far as media corporations being ‘private enterprises’ and therefore free to demolish the freedom of speech (even censoring major media players, like Infowars, simply because they whistle to a different political tune), that is quickly becoming revealed as nothing more than corporate cover for state-sponsored machinations.

“In a corporatist system of government, wherein there is no meaningful separation between corporate power and state power, corporate censorship is state censorship,” writes Caitlin Johnstone. “Because legalized bribery in the form of corporate lobbying and campaign donations has given wealthy Americans the ability to control the US government’s policy and behavior while ordinary Americans have no effective influence whatsoever, the US unquestionably has a corporatist system of government.”

Meanwhile, it cannot be denied, from the perspective of an impartial observer, that the mainstream media is nearly always positioned to promote the government narrative on any number of significant issues. From the media’s unanimous and uncritical clamoring that Osama bin Laden was responsible for 9/11 (even the FBI has admitted it has no “hard evidence” that bin Laden carried out the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon), to its gung-ho enthusiasm for the 2003 Iraq War, to the sycophantic cheerleading for a war in Syria, the examples of media toeing the government line are legion. And if US intel is in bed with Hollywood you can be damn sure they’re spending time in the MSM whorehouse as well.

Is it any surprise, then, that public trust in the US media is reaching all-time lows, while news consumers are increasingly looking to alternative news sites – themselves under relentless attack – to get some semblance of the elusive truth, which is the God-given right of any man? Truth is our due, and we should demand nothing less.

As Thomas Paine reminded the world in the face of a different foe: “Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives everything its value.”

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  • frankly

    So %90 of media companies in US are owned by 4 companies now, not 6! I got a plan lets bankrupt them. Throw away your TV. Go meet your neighbors. Go out to eat at a local restaurant, shun big, embrace little. If the TV says it is, it isn’t, be alert, they want a big kill off and we are all on the list.

  • Snowglobe
    • frankly

      ” In fact, the already short ‘Big Six’ list is already dated, since National Amusements, Inc. has gobbled up both Viacom and CBS, while 21st Century Fox merged with Disney this year.”

      • Snowglobe

        It was the best graph that I had. You are correct of course.

        • frankly

          Just went with what the article said. Could be wrong or different by now. I am not so concerned with the illusion of being correct. 4 or 6 they are almost always in lock step with each other, literally repeating the exact same lines in their lead ins. All CIA endorsed. All lies, all the time.

          • Snowglobe

            Agreed.

  • occupybacon

    Some times I’m dragged by MSM into disliking this guy then he remembers me that he is the one who exposed the MSM fake news and the weakness of their propaganda. He’s the boss.

    • Tudor Miron

      Who do you want to fool here? You’re integral part of that msm propaganda. Switching sides already?

      • occupybacon

        Thanks for the appreciation. I always wanted to be part of something important.

  • RichardD

    Another blame shifting piece that fails to address the lying Jew media and the Jew world order for what it is. A cabal of evil Jews and their collaborators.

    • RichardD

      What the Jew who wrote this article quoted below doesn’t want to admit or discuss is all of the war and other evil that Jews shill and are responsible for. Which is why they’re the most persecuted, expelled and genocided group of miscreants in human history, and is why Israel should be replaced with Palestine and the planet dejudified to get this problem corrected.

      “when any anti-Semite or anti-Israel person starts to spout stuff like, “The Jews control the media!” and “The Jews control Washington!”

      Suddenly we’re up in arms. We create huge campaigns to take these people down. We do what we can to put them out of work. We publish articles. We’ve created entire organizations that exist just to tell everyone that the Jews don’t control nothin’. No, we don’t control the media, we don’t have any more sway in DC than anyone else. No, no, no, we swear: We’re just like everybody else! …

      Let’s be honest with ourselves, here, fellow Jews. We do control the media. We’ve got so many dudes up in the executive offices in all the big movie production companies it’s almost obscene. Just about every movie or TV show, whether it be “Tropic Thunder” or “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” is rife with actors, directors, and writers who are Jewish. Did you know that all eight major film studios are run by Jews?

      But that’s not all. We also control the ads that go on those TV shows.

      And let’s not forget AIPAC, every anti-Semite’s favorite punching bag. We’re talking an organization that’s practically the equivalent of the Elders of Zion. I’ll never forget when I was involved in Israeli advocacy in college and being at one of the many AIPAC conventions. A man literally stood in front of us and told us that their whole goal was to only work with top-50 school graduate students because they would eventually be the people making changes in the government. …

      Now, I know what everyone will say. That everyone tries to lobby. Every minority group and every majority group. That every group has some successful actors and directors. But that’s a far call from saying that we run Hollywood and Madison Avenue. That the Mel Gibsons of the world are right in saying we’re deliberately using our power to take over the world. …

      The truth is, the anti-Semites got it right. We Jews have something planted in each one of us that makes us completely different from every group in the world. We’re talking about a group of people that just got put in death camps, endured pogroms, their whole families decimated. And then they came to America, the one place that ever really let them have as much power as they wanted, and suddenly they’re taking over. Please don’t tell me that any other group in the world has ever done that. Only the Jews. And we’ve done it before. That’s why the Jews were enslaved in Egypt. We were too successful. Go look at the Torah — it’s right there. And we did it in Germany too.”

      – Jews DO Control The Media –

      http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31835.htm

      • RichardD

        “Who Controls the Council on Foreign Relations?

        President:

        Richard N. Haass(Jewish)

        http://www.cfr.org/bios/335

        Board of Directors:

        Carla A. Hills(Jewish) – Co-Chairman; Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Hills & Company

        Robert E. Rubin(Jewish) – Co-Chairman; Former Secretary of the U.S. Treasury

        Richard E. Salomon(Jewish) – Vice Chairman; Managing Partner, East End Advisors, LLC

        Richard N. Haass(Jewish) – President, Council on Foreign Relations

        Peter Ackerman(Jewish) – Rockport Capital, Inc.

        Madeleine K. Albright(Jewish) – Principal, The Albright Group LLC

        Charlene Barshefsky(Jewish) – Senior International Partner, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

        Henry S. Bienen(Jewish) – President, Northwestern University

        Alan S. Blinder(Jewish) – Gordon S. Rentschler Memorial Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Princeton
        University

        Frank J. Caufield(Jewish) – Co-Founder, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

        Kenneth M. Duberstein(Jewish) – Chairman and CEO, The Duberstein Group, Inc.

        Stephen Friedman(Jewish) – Chairman, Stone Point Capital

        Maurice R. Greenberg(Jewish) – Chairman & CEO, C.V. Starr & Co., Inc.

        J. Tomilson Hill(Jewish) – Vice Chairman, The Blackstone Group

        Henry R. Kravis(Jewish) – Founding Partner, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.

        Joseph S. Nye, Jr.(Jewish) – Distinguished Service Professor, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

        David M. Rubenstein(Jewish) – Cofounder and Managing Director, The Carlyle Group

        Leslie H. Gelb(Jewish) – President Emeritus

        http://www.cfr.org/about/pe

        Of the thirty-three(33) members of the board of directors, eighteen(18) are Jewish. This is a numerical representation of 55%. Jews are approximately 2% of the United States population.* This means that Jews are over-represented on the board of directors of the Council on Foreign Relations by a factor of 27.5 times, or 2,750 percent. This extreme numerical over-representation of Jews on the board of directors of the Council on Foreign Relations cannot be explained away as a coincidence or as the result of mere random chance. You must ask yourself how such an incredibly small and extremely unrepresentative minority ethnic group that only represents 2% of the American population could so dominate this important and influential think tank.”

        https://www.stormfront.org/

  • Icarus Tanović

    So they have even worst Zionist lover than Trump.