“From a marketing point of view, you don’t introduce new products in August.”
(Andrew H. Card Jr., White House chief of staff, on why the Bush administration waited until September of 2002 to press for public support of its Iraq policy.
It takes some intelligence, depth and insight to see through the fog of American propaganda. It is, as CIA’s Frank Wisner, one of the men behind Operation Mockingbird, a “Mighty Wurlitzer” than can play any propaganda tune it wants. That tune resonates throughout the country, in every bar, social gathering, church service, and now, Facebook pages.
It didn’t happen overnight. CIA set out to infiltrate the media in the late 1940’s. The Church Committee of the 1970’s exposed them to a degree. Carl Bernstein wrote about CIA plants in media in Rolling Stone in 1977, to a chorus of silence.*
Bernstein identified many of the moles, CIA plants in media, big guns like William Paley of CBS, Arthur Hays Sulzberger of the New York Times, Barry Bingham Sr., and Henry and Clair Booth Luce, notorious intelligence assets. He claimed there were as many as 400 at that time. Once you know they are there, they are easy to spot. They turn up at every important event, and twist public perceptions. These days they major editors and publishers and even minor players like Anderson Cooper, Wolf Blitzer, Judith Miller, Michael Gordon, and perhaps even the seemingly stupid Brian Williams. Every major newspaper has at least one.
- Example: Back in 2012 a New York Times reporter, Mark Mazzetti, got hold of a Maureen Dowd column before publication and submitted it to CIA for review! Mazzetti is a mole. It is that simple. He’s in the pay of CIA. The higher-ups in these organizations know and approve of everything. They perhaps think it patriotic. I view it as treasonous.
We don’t know this, of course. Liars never admit that they are lying. We can only use our brains. We know about Mockingbird, Wurlitzer. So it is logical, when we see a lie campaign as is going on right now, to suspect a CIA agitprop campaign. It happens so often – Tonkin, Gulf War I, Iraq, Panama, Sudan, Kosovo. Venezuela … lies, lies lies, lying liars.
The key is that they are never called out for their lies, even after exposure. Michael Gordon, who wrote lies on the front page of the New York Times regarding Iraq’s WMD’s, is back again lying about Ukraine. He’s a CIA mole, in the pay of intelligence. That’s his real job. Jayson Blair forced the mighty Times to fall on its sword for minor bits of plagiarism. Gordon gets away with murder. That’s how it works.
They are ramping up a full-fledged agitprop campaign on the US-Kiev-created “crisis” in Ukraine, it is difficult to watch as people chew off big chunks of lies and ingest them. It’s all lies, every bit of it, every op-ed, every “news report,” every “expert.”
What’s even more interesting has been the satirizing and demonizing of Putin that has been going on in late night monologues and SNL skits and on the light-aired talk shows like The View. (I don’t watch any of that. Don’t ask me how I know that’s been going on. I just do.) It is as if the Wurlitzer folks has been thinking about this for months.
And indeed they have. A key factor was Bashar Assad’s defeat of the Western-backed terrorists in his country, with Russian help. The US and friends renamed the terrorists “ISIS.” They repurposed them, and now the US military wants to unleash its bombers on both Syria and Iraq to fight its own creation. That’s a horrible thing to watch as our fog-disbursing news media will talk of military objectives while hundreds of thousands of innocent bystanders are taking it in the shorts. Like Iraq – how many hundreds of thousands of innocent people did they kill? Any guesses? (News media comes up short in that game, unable to do simple arithmetic.)
What is a normal citizen to do? It’s overwhelming! Everywhere he turns, including entertainment, news and social media, he ‘s getting the same message. He has to cut through a jungle of lies. He can’t. The American education system gave him a spork when he needed a machete. He never had a chance.
So I watch the Mighty Wurlitzer do its work, and sigh in resignation. I should not be angry at my fellow citizens, as they do not know what they know or how they know it. They trust, which is their biggest failing. I should not be angry at them. They are like children, and it’s an adult world. I should not be angry with them.
But I am.
*Bernstein was (unwittingly, it appears) part of a Mighty Wurlitzer affair in the 1970’s, a mini-coup d’état called “Watergate.”