In this well researched and detailed essay (76+ verifiable sources & citations), I will expose for you how governments and media outlets from Russia, the United States, China, Qatar, Israel, South Africa, and the United Kingdom (amongst others) all spend massive amounts of time, money, and energy, into brainwashing and controlling us.
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Whether it be the Roman Catholic Church outlawing the personal possession and interpretation of the Bible over a thousand years ago, or the U.S. government classifying millions and millions of secret documents every single year, the ruling class has made it their top priority to control information throughout history; because if you can control information you can control public perception; and if you can control public perception you can control people’s interpretation of reality — which gives you tremendous power.
With the advent of the internet, however, this control has been dealt a fatal blow. Where once the people had to rely exclusively on the establishment for their news and understanding of the outside world, today we can research multiple perspectives, communicate internationally, and even be a source of news ourselves.
This has not fared well for the ruling class, who have relied almost entirely on the use of deception and skulduggery to build their empires throughout history. Consequently, out of what seems to be a kind of pathetic desperation, the establishment have resorted to the use of slander to attack opposing forces as being “fake news”.
But what if I told you that the mainstream media, along with the government itself, actually have a long history of doing just that — spreading fake news?
Unlike them, however, I will not make a baseless claim in hopes that it will appeal to your prejudice. I will provide you with overwhelming (and sometimes very disturbing) incontestable evidence…
1. FOX NEWS AIRS FALSE FOOTAGE OF RON PAUL
I’ll never forget how ridiculously biased the mainstream media was, as a collective propaganda mouthpiece, against Dr. Ron Paul when he was campaigning for President in 2011.
In the case of Fox news, they aired a clip of Ron Paul’s 2010 victory in the CPAC straw poll, which was drowned out by boos, and tried to pass it off as being from 2011 — which was actually flooded with excited cheers.
Fox was forced to apologize for their pathetic behavior, although they never had the decency to air the appropriate clip.
2. BBC NEWS USES IRAQ PHOTO TO ILLUSTRATE SYRIAN MASSACRE
In 2012, at the height of the establishment medias overt attempts to drum up support for an invasion of Syria, the BBC went so far as to even use a gut wrenching image of a small boy jumping over the bodies of hundreds of small dead children. the problem with the image, however, is it was actually taken in Iraq back in 2003 — a completely different country.
Unfortunately for the BBC, the original photographer found out and was outraged.
The Telegraph (to their credit) reported on the inexcusable error;
Mr di Lauro, who works for Getty Images picture agency and has been published by newspapers across the US and Europe, said: “I went home at 3am and I opened the BBC page which had a front page story about what happened in Syria and I almost felt off from my chair.
“What I am really astonished by is that a news organization like the BBC doesn’t check the sources and it’s willing to publish any picture sent it by anyone: activist, citizen journalist or whatever. That’s all.
“Someone is using someone else’s picture for propaganda on purpose.”
But this is just the tip of the iceberg for the BBC. They’ve admitted to engaging in censorship and cover up, spent millions of pounds in bribe money to keep their own staff members quiet — harbored a pedophile that was sexually abusing children on official BBC headquarters — and (by their own admission) helped overthrow the democratically elected government of Iran back in 1953 by broadcasting official state sponsored propaganda.
3. CNN AIRS FALSE FOOTAGE OF PROTESTS
CNN is another dodgy mainstream media outlet with a history of propaganda that makes everything they do and say undoubtedly questionable.
Aside from the U.S. Army Psychological Operations Unit strategically placing their personnel into CNN — and Anderson Cooper being a former CIA intern — they also have a history of manipulating protest footage.
In 2008, CNN was covering the Serbian protests in Belgrade, but presumably decided the relatively peaceful protests did not fit the narrative of their share holders. Consequently, they decided to edit footage from a riot in Budapest, Hungary — a completely different country — and claim it was footage from Belgrade.
4. BBC CROPS IMAGE TO DISTORT TRUTH
The BBC released a story claiming there were protests in Iran against former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and used a cropped image to support their fake story. They didn’t realize, however, that the LA Times used the same picture in one of their articles without cropping it, and the rally was actually in support of Ahmadinejad.
The BBC publicly apologized on their website.
You can compare the two photos below for yourself. Shout out to What Really Happenedfor originally pointing out the deception;
5. CNN’S FAKE TRANSLATION OF IRANIAN PRESIDENT’S SPEECH
Back in January of 2006, CNN mistranslated Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s speech, by claiming he said “the use of nuclear weapons is Iran’s right.” When, in fact, he said “Iran has the right to nuclear energy,” and even proceeded to say that “a civilized nation does not need nuclear weapons… Our nation does not need them.”
The Iranian government banned CNN from entering their country, but lifted the ban after CNN made a public apology.
The Iranian government complained that CNN did this again in 2013.
6. FOX AIRS FALSE FOOTAGE OF PROTESTS
Fox News show host Sean Hannity aired video footage of large crowds protesting health care reforms in Washington. This, however, was a lie.
John Stewart, of the Daily Show, found out that the footage was actually from a much larger rally which had occurred two months earlier, and then proceeded to publicly exposethis on his show.
Fox news was forced to apologize for the “mistake”.
7. CNN ENGAGES IN CENSORSHIP AND FAKE NEWS SAYS FORMER EMPLOYEE
Back in March of 2011, CNN sent Emmy award winning journalist Amber Lyons to Bahrain to cover the Arab Spring. Lyons’ team filmed a revealing documentary on human rights violations being committed by the Bahraini government against their own citizens, but when she tried to air it on CNN International it was censored, and when she tried to tweet about the incident, she was threatened.
Disturbed by this, Lyons began to investigate further and was shocked to find that the U.S. government was arming the Bahraini regime during this time. Furthermore, she claimed CNN International was on the Bahraini government’s payroll. She claims that this procedure is actually quite common, as her research revealed that CNN also conducted similar business arrangements with governments in Georgia, Kazhakstan, and Lebanon, amongst other places. Her claims were corroborated by the Guardian’s Glen Greenwald.
8. FOX AIRS FALSE FOOTAGE OF PROTESTS AGAIN
Fox news allegedly covered civilian protests against the election results in Russia, airing footage of people throwing Molotov cocktails, rocks and bottles.
What they didn’t notice, however, is there was a bank pictured in the background of the footage that clearly depicted Greek signage, because it was actually a film of a riot in Athens… NOT Russia.
9. CNN MANIPULATES MILWAUKEE RIOTS COVERAGE
During the 2016 Milwaukee riots, CNN aired a manipulated clip of Sylville Smith’s sister, Sherelle Smith, claiming that she said “Don’t bring that violence here,” and referred to her as calling for peace. The rest of her speech, which was not included in the broadcast, included the following:
“Burning down shit ain’t going to help nobody! Y’all burning down shit we need in our community. Take that shit to the suburbs! Burn that shit down! We need our weave. I don’t wear it, but we need it.”
CNN later admitted they “inadvertently” distorted the footage.
10. PENTAGON MILITARY ANALYST PROGRAM
Back in 2002, a covert operation between the government, Military Industrial Complex, and mainstream media began, which employed more than 75 retired high ranking military officials who presented themselves as “independent experts” on the news.
It was later discovered that not only were these retired military officials receiving money from the government on the side, but most of them were in bed with the Military Industrial Complex too. Combined they represented the business interests of more than 150 military contractors.
They appeared on Fox news, NBC, CNN, CBS, and ABC, amongst others. Their job was to spread propaganda to help drum up support from the public to support the wars of Iraq and Afghanistan, along with other controversial policies of the Bush administration.
The Operation was publicly exposed in 2008.
11. OPERATION MOCKINGBIRD
Probably the largest concerted effort in history to control the media that has ever been publicly exposed, is Operation Mockingbird.
This included reputable outlets, such as Reuters, the Associated Press, NBC, CBS, ABC, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Life magazine, Christian Science Monitor, United Press National, the Miami Herald, Newsweek, Hearst Newspapers, the New York Herald‑Tribune, the Saturday‑Evening Post, Scripps‑Howard Newspapers, Mutual Broadcasting System, the New York Daily Mirror, Chicago Daily News, Miami News and the Washington Star, amongst others.
This program began to be exposed in the 1970’s, and the new director of the CIA, George Bush Sr, claimed it would be stopped. Numerous researchers, however, believe that it still continues today.
12. CNN USES FAKE IMAGE TO INSINUATE REAL HACK
Recently, on January 2, 2017, during their coverage of the supposed “Russian hacking” of the 2016 U.S. election, an image from the video game Fallout 4 was used to try and legitimize the alleged events. A vigilant social media user spotted this but CNN seems to have deleted the broadcast out of embarrassment. The Independent, however, uploaded the broadcast to their website if you would like to view it HERE.
Screenshot by Alfred Ng/CNET
13. FAKE STORY PROPAGATED BY NBC NEWSMAN BRIAN WILLIAMS
Brian Williams made news headlines recently after it was discovered that his claim of being under enemy fire while traveling with troops in Iraq in 2003 was false.
After a number of military personnel involved in the events of that day came forward and exposed the story as a fraud, Williams was forced to apologize on air.
14. CNN AIRS FALSE FOOTAGE OF INDIAN POLICE, CLAIMING THEY ARE CHINESE POLICE
BBC used footage from Indian police suppressing Tibetan protests from March 13, 2008, and tried to pass it off as footage of Chinese police suppressing Tibetan protests on March 14, 2008.
As you can see from the video below from the Associated Press, this false footage was really from India;
And to further prove CNN’s idiocy, you can observe the significant difference in China’s and India’s police uniforms below;
15. RUSSIAN JOURNALISTS CLAIM RT SPREADING KREMLIN PROPAGANDA AND FAKE NEWS
By way of comparison, Russia Today generally outshines Western establishment media in terms of information delivery. This is presumably why former CNN heavyweight Larry Kingand former MSNBC show host Ed Schultz decided to join the company. It’s also probably the reason why Pulitzer laureate Chris Hedges and British politician George Galloway have shows on the network too. But these people are concerned primarily with Western politics, for which they have free range to speak on. When it comes to Russian politics, however, RT is not much different to the Western establishment media.
Back in 2014, shortly after RT show host Abby Martin spoke out about Russian military intervention in Crimea on her show, another former RT news anchor Liz Wahl quit on Live television, citing that she “cannot be part of a network funded by the Russian government that whitewashes the actions of Putin…” In a later interview with the Daily Beast, Wahl explained that she did a story on French military intervention in Mali, where the French were largely welcomed by the local population as liberators. She thought it “was probably one of the best interviews that I’ve ever done.” But RT refused to air it. Later on, in aninterview with EURACTIV Poland, she proclaimed that RT is “weakening western societies through disinformation.”
Just months after Liz Wahl’s resignation, Sara Firth decided to leave Russia Today as well. She cited the “coverage of the MH17 plane disaster” as being the “final nudge” for her to leave the organization. She recalls that they were trying to lay blame on Ukraine for the incident. Furthermore, in an interview with Vice, Firth explained that “crucial information is regularly omitted from stories,” and “sometimes the truth can happen at RT – but the wider agenda will always find a way of fitting back into a biased narrative – an embarrassing and at times, disrespectful and dangerous narrative.”
It should be mentioned for the sake of integrity, that Liz Wahl’s claims — to the best of my knowledge — are themselves inaccurate, because Russia Today does not have to rely on “disinformation” to weaken Western society. They simply have to share disturbing facts, which the Western establishment have historically kept hidden from their citizenry. Because, the United States government, for example, really does have an egregious history of corruption and war crimes. So when this is exposed to unsuspecting citizens who have been conditioned to believe in the myth of American exceptionalism, it creates anger and distrust among them for obvious reasons.
Fake news, or “disinformation,” is not necessary in this regard. RT simply needs to place journalists that are passionate about exposing the Truth about Western governments in the appropriate departments, while making sure not to place journalists that are passionate about exposing the Kremlin in department’s that cover Russian political matters. Thus RT appears to be a clever propaganda outlet — with irrefutable bias — but not a source of outright fake news, as many Western establishment outlets at times can be.
16. NBC’S FAKE NEWS STORY ON GM
On November 17, 1992, NBC aired a news piece on the dangers of General Motors’ full-size pickup trucks that were built between 1973 and 1987.
To prove their point, they aired some dramatic footage demonstrating the vehicle’s gas tank exploding during a car accident. Upon further investigation it was discovered that the truck was rigged by NBC to explode.
The company were forced to publicly apologize after GM filed a lawsuit.
17. NAYIRAH FAKE TESTIMONY SPREAD BY NEWS TO WIN SUPPORT FOR WAR
This is probably one of the best examples of how little integrity the establishment has, and their willingness to do and say anything, to further their agenda.
On October 10, 1990, a young girl introduced only as “Nayirah,” gave heart breaking testimony of supposed Iraqi crimes against humanity. She claimed she had witnessed Iraqi soldiers forcefully take babies out of incubators in a Kuwaiti hospital, steal the incubators, and then leave the babies to die on the “cold floor”. She wept emotionally, and could barely express her pain. Naturally, this story spread like wildfire throughout the mainstream media and the North American people wanted revenge. In fact, the international community wanted revenge. There was only one problem though — her elaborate testimony was fake.
Turns out the girl was actually the daughter of the Kuwaiti Ambassador to the United States, and she was coached by major public relations firm Hill & Knowlton to give her Academy Award Winning performance that drummed up international support to go to war.
To the credit of CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation), they aired a short documentaryexposing this lie in December of 1992;
18. THE FBI CREATES FAKE NEWS TO KEEP US DIVIDED
The FBI’s COINTEL program is probably the most disturbing operation of the organization’s known history.
The program focused heavily on the use of divide and conquer tactics to prevent emerging anti war and civil rights groups from coming together against the establishment.
Part of this strategy included the release of fake news stories. On one occasion, in 1970, they targeted white actress Jean Seberg for her support of the Black Panther Party and other civil rights groups by leaking a fake story to the media that she was impregnated by one of the BPP members, rather than her husband. What resulted was she gave birth prematurely to a baby white girl that sadly died 2 days later.
Aside from this traumatizing event, Seberg’s second husband claims her mental health deteriorated further and further because of the FBI’s incessant harassment. This culminated in her alleged suicide in 1979.
FBI inter-office memo: “… cause her embarrassment and cheapen her image” Image Credit: Wikipedia
In more recent history, the FBI’s has engaged in creating fake terror threats.
19. CNN CONDUCT FAKE SATELLITE INTERVIEW
This news story wasn’t particularly nefarious, just painfully idiotic and mind-numbingly stupid.
CNN’s Nancy Grace, and Ashleigh Banfield, literally conducted an elaborate “satellite interview” while standing in the same parking lot, most likely within just a few feet of each other…
20. THE BUSH AND CLINTON ADMINISTRATION’S SPREAD FAKE NEWS INTENTIONALLY
How this works, is public relations team’s create fabricated news segments, and then insert them into real news stories in an effort to manipulate public opinion.
The New York Times (to their credit) reported on the story;
”Thank you, Bush. Thank you, U.S.A.,” a jubilant Iraqi-American told a camera crew in Kansas City for a segment about reaction to the fall of Baghdad. A second report told of ”another success” in the Bush administration’s ”drive to strengthen aviation security”; the reporter called it ”one of the most remarkable campaigns in aviation history.” A third segment, broadcast in January, described the administration’s determination to open markets for American farmers.
To a viewer, each report looked like any other 90-second segment on the local news. In fact, the federal government produced all three. The report from Kansas City was made by the State Department. The ”reporter” covering airport safety was actually a public relations professional working under a false name for the Transportation Security Administration. The farming segment was done by the Agriculture Department’s office of communications.
Below you can hear a brave reporter confront Bush on this policy below;
A study from public relations expert Glen T. Cameron, dating back to 1996 concerning the use of VNR’s, documents the Clinton administrations strategic utilization of these fake news videos as well. If you are willing to pay the fee, you can download that publication HERE.
21. THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION LEGALIZES DOMESTIC PROPAGANDA
Although the Smith–Mundt Act has clearly been violated by the U.S. government throughout the course of its history, it still helped to prevent the authorities from legally being able to spread fake news and domestic propaganda to its own citizens. That is, of course, until the Obama administration repealed this law.
I first became interested in this story after reading a story back in May of 2012, from the late Michael Hastings (who some believe to have been assassinated for his investigative journalism). Hastings wrote that an “amendment that would legalize the use of propaganda on American audiences is being inserted into the latest defense authorization bill…” and proceeded to back up his claim with facts and testimony.
The following year — the month after Hastings was killed in a car crash — The prestigious publication, Foreign Policy, reported that this propaganda bill had indeed been mandated by law;
“For decades, a so-called anti-propaganda law prevented the U.S. government’s mammoth broadcasting arm from delivering programming to American audiences. But on July 2, that came silently to an end with the implementation of a new reform passed in January. The result: an unleashing of thousands of hours per week of government-funded radio and TV programs for domestic U.S. consumption in a reform initially criticized as a green light for U.S. domestic propaganda efforts.”
22. PENTAGON PAID A BRITISH PR FIRM OVER HALF A BILLION DOLLARS TO CREATE FAKE AL QAEDA VIDEOS
Between 2007 and 2011, during both Bush’s term as president and Barack Obama, the U.S. government gave a controversial UK Public Relations firm more than half a billion dollars to run a top secret propaganda campaign of fake news in Iraq.
The company they hired was Bell Pottinger, one of Britain’s top public relations firms. They created scripted short TV segments made to look like Arabic news, and fake videos of bombings and other activities made to look like they were Al Qaeda attacks. This, they claimed, was to see who was watching these videos and then track their whereabouts. Bell Pottinger’s former chairman Lord Tim Bell confirmed this story to the Sunday Times.
You can watch an interview with the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and a former member of the propaganda team below;
It should also be mentioned that Bell Pottinger quite recently were exposed for another propaganda campaign in South Africa that fanned racial tensions and divisions to divert attention away from corruption within the government and billionaire Gupta family.
This PR firm should be forced to shut down its operations considering that it has proven itself to be a source of propaganda, fear mongering, race baiting, and outright fake news. And those who have been behind these shameful campaigns should be called to pay for their insidious crimes.
23. AL JAZEERA SHARES FAKE FLOODING STORY
Back in 2015, Al Jazeera broke a story about the Israeli government intentionally opening their damns and flooding Palestine. Although there is no shortage of criminal wrongdoings committed by the Zionist government against the Palestinian people, it was later discovered that this story was false. The flooding was actually just the result of a heavy rain season, which was further compounded by people who had been made homeless in a bombing campaign carried out by the military the previous summer. Al Jazeera publicly apologized. Whether or not this was premeditated is debatable. But Al Jazeera, which is funded by the Qatari royal family, does have a history of controversy and bias.
The Arab network is comparable to Russia Today, in that it provides good coverage of foreign affairs, or opposing regimes, but conveniently avoids negative news coverage of domestic issues and political allies. Former employee, Aktham Suliman, called the network “a propaganda broadcaster“ that works for “the interests of the Foreign Ministry of Qatar,” which is what inspired him to resign.
In an interview with The Real News Network, former Al Jazeera war time correspondent, Ali Hashem, explained that his team obtained footage of weapons and rebels coming into Syria from Lebanon. When he tried to air it though, his bosses wouldn’t let him. Furthermore, he claims that Al Jazeera spent approximately $50,000 on phones and other tools to ensure the Syrian “rebels” had satellite communications. This, of course, is not surprising since the Syrian “rebels” have been getting paid “salaries” by the Qatari royals since at least 2012 and probably sooner, but that’s another story for another day.
Many more employees have left the company. In one particular instance, on July 8, 2013, 22 members of Al Jazeera’s Egyptian bureau resigned, citing biased coverage in favor of the Muslim Brotherhood. One of the correspondents claimed they were “airing lies and misleading viewers”.
24. THE CIA CREATE FAKE PORN VIDEO
Back in 1958, the CIA came up with a ridiculous plot to film an actor, that looked like Indonesian president Sukarno, having an affair in an effort to discredit him.
The problem is everyone knew about Sukarno’s real infidelity already, so the fake video was pointless.
When this failed, the U.S., U.K. and Australian governments backed a covert operation to oust Surkano.
This ultimately resulted in one of the worst massacres in modern history, where it is estimated that between 500,000 and three million alleged communists, communist sympathizers, people with left leaning views, and ethnic Chinese in Indonesia were murdered.
The new president, Military General Suharto, ruled for over 3 decades long, and enjoyed friendly relations with the United States and Western Europe (and Australia and Japan), who also sent generous amounts of foreign aid to the criminal regime. This support continued even when the Indonesian military invaded East Timor and embarked on a campaign of genocide which was facilitated through the use of Western financial aid and military weapons. 
25. NORTH KOREAN FAKE NEWS & THE BROADCASTING BOARD OF GOVERNORS
Crazy stories about Kim Jong Un dominate Western media and, in turn, Western minds.
This includes tales of the strange leader forcing civilians to cut their hair the same way as his, feeding his uncle to dogs for falling asleep during parliamentary hearings, poisoning his aunt for disagreeing with him, executing his ex girlfriend for violating laws against pornography, and outlawing the use of sarcasm, amongst other crazy things.
Naturally, we think the country is an insane asylum ruled by an evil dictator — a villain that belongs in an Austin Powers movie.
There’s just one small problem though, all of these stories I just mentioned are actually fake.
The claim that Kim Jong Un fed his uncle to dogs was made up by a Chinese blogger famous for satire, and the Western establishment media picked up the fake story and spread it like wild fire. Of course they were not nearly as vocal about their error, which is a common tactic they use — Shout the lie but whisper the Truth.
The claim that Kim Jong Un poisoned his aunt came from an unnamed source in a CNN article. This was then widely circulated and repeated by other Western media outlets. Later on, however, a South Korean government official concluded that their spy agency had confirmed she was actually still alive, CNN was, to the best of my knowledge, completely silent about their error.
Similarly, the claim that Kim Jong Un executed his ex girlfriend for allegedly violating laws against pornography came from a South Korean news agency. This was once again mindlessly circulated by Western mainstream media outlets without doing any proper fact checking, and was once again proven to be false when she appeared alive and well on television.
The other ridiculous claims mentioned; that Kim Jong Un banned sarcasm, and on another occasion forced the male civilian population to get haircuts like his, came from a “news agency” called Radio Free Asia, which was founded by the CIA in 1951, has its current headquarters in Washington DC, and is financed by the U.S. government (with tax payer money) through the Broadcasting Board of Governors to the tune of $38.3 million! Furthermore, the sources for their outlandish stories and claims are nameless unknowns. This is then mindlessly — and irresponsibly — parroted by the establishment media. Needless to say, this consistent trend seems to be rooted in methodical policy, and not recurring innocent accident.
Obviously this is not to say that the North Korean government is saintly or benevolent. I’m confident that they are just as corrupt as other governments around the world, and the use of propaganda to control their civilian population is fairly well documented. But why the need to make such ridiculous claims? Why the need for this detestable underhandedness?
It should also be mentioned that several stories of high profile North Korean “defectors” have been proven to be inaccurate. The prospect that these are propaganda operations carried out by Western intelligence agencies should also be considered for obvious reasons.
In relation to the BBG, the organization serves as a massive propaganda operation run by the U.S. government costing tax payers more than $748 million in 2017 alone. It has a reported audience of more than 278 million people a week throughout the world and is broadcast in 100 countries and 61 languages. Agencies under its command include Radio Free Asia, Radio Free Europe, Middle East Broadcasting Networks, The Office of Cuba Broadcasting and the Voice of America.
In an interview, senator Tom Coburn told Foreign Policy that“the BBG is the most worthless organization in the federal government.”
A good history on the BBG by PandoDaily can be found HERE.
26. FOX NEWS USES FAKE NAVY SEAL TO SPREAD PRO DONALD TRUMP MESSAGE
Recently FOX news spread a story about a Navy Seal Vietnam veteran praising Donald Trump.
The man, named, John Garofalo, created an enormous presidential glass seal and dedicated it to Donald Trump.
There’s only one problem though, Garofalo isn’t a Vietnam veteran or a former Navy Seal.
Don Shipley — an actual former Navy Seal — became aware of the story and tried to contact FOX news to retract it with no luck. He then contacted the Navy Times and pulled Shipley’s official records establishing the lie.
FOX has since publicly apologized.
It should also be mentioned that Donald Trump has inherited the power of the propaganda empire, as mentioned above. To imagine that he is genuinely fighting against it would be painfully naive. The government and establishment media ultimately work together.
27. GOVERNMENTS USE SOCIAL MEDIA TO SPREAD FAKE NEWS & PROPAGANDA
What do the governments of Russia, Israel, China, the United States, and the United Kingdom all have in common?
They all pay people to troll the internet and spread pro government propaganda and/or fake news.
According to an article published in 2014 by BuzzFeed, anonymous hackers leaked documents outlining an elaborate Kremlin funded internet propaganda campaign, led by an agency called the Internet Research Agency.
These claims were partly corroborated by Russian Business newspaper Vedomosti, which cited sources close to Putin’s administration. Similarly, Alexandra Garmazhapova of Novaya Gazeta claimed that she visited the Agency’s headquarters, where she saw “several activists known to be on the government payroll.“ A former employee, Lyudmila Savchuk — who actually won a lawsuit against the Agency — went on record in an interview with Der Spiegel proclaiming that pro-Kremlin trolls are active on sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, amongst others. She says that they create fake accounts that look real and engage in spreading pro-Kremlin propaganda, anti Ukrainian and North American views, and demonize anyone that challenges the Russian government. And Andrei Soshnikov of the weekly St. Petersburg publication, Moi Region, gained access to a collection of documents and an interview with another former employee of the elusive Internet Research Agency which further illuminated the covert program.
According to Israeli born Professor Edward Said, “no country and no lobby” has been as effective at spreading media propaganda and “misinformation” in the United States better than the government of Israel. Naturally, as the field of media and journalism have branched out into the internet, so too has their capabilities to manipulate public opinion.
Back in 2009, the Israeli government announced plans to employ citizens in the dissemination of online propaganda. In 2012, the Electronic Intifada broke a similar story about leaked documents claiming that Israeli students were offered an alluring $2,000 a month, to work from home for just several hours a week of online propaganda. And in 2013, the government setup a University scholarship program for students willing to peddle their agenda.
Alon Liel, former director-general of the Israeli foreign ministry went on record expressing his outrage, by calling it “quite disgusting… University students should be educated to think freely. When you buy the mind of a student, he becomes a puppet of the Israeli government grant… You can give a grant to do social work or teach but not to do propaganda on controversial issues for the government.”
According to a study published by Harvard University, they post as many as 448 million comments a year, but rather than directly engage opposing criticism, as other state sponsored social media trolls generally do, they are said to rely on clever distractions or create fake debates that ultimately serve the interests of the government.
The United States
In 2011, it was revealed that the U.S. military developed software capable of creating multiple fake online accounts for military trolls to utilize when spreading government propaganda online, most likely to be used as part of the covert military program known as Operation Earnest Voice. The government alleges the program is intended to influence foreign audiences and not North American civilians. Since this time, however, Barack Obama’s team established the Global Engagement Center, which offers grants of money to citizens willing to engage in pro government propaganda online and harass those in opposition.
The United Kingdom
Probably the most aggressive and effective organization that we know about, promoting propaganda and fake news through social media and the internet, is JTRIG (Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group) in the United Kingdom.
According to their own documents, which were leaked by Edward Snowden, they use “dirty tricks” to “destroy, deny, degrade, (and) disrupt” opposition. Furthermore, they aim to “ruin business relationships,” “post negative information on appropriate forums,” and “leak confidential information” about their targets in an effort to discredit them. They also usesex to lure targets into “honey traps,” and engage in “false flag attacks” to frame the opposition. Practically anything you can think of, they seem willing to do.
Although this blog comprises a well documented list of verifiable propaganda pieces, fake news stories, and overall wrong doings committed by different governments and media outlets around the globe, this behavior is not exclusive to these agencies alone. The same behavior can be found in virtually all governments and establishment media outlets world wide. It should also be mentioned that these are complex organizations with many different people working for them — most of whom I would argue are people with noble intentions. Being as such, you can obviously find good information from all of them on occasion. As the expression goes, even a broken clock is right twice a day. At the highest levels, however, these organizations serve as advertising agencies and public relations firms for the ruling class that they serve. They’re used to further selfish agendas, which are often in conflict with integrity and morality.
Social media, or the alternative media, is likewise far from being infallible. It has legitimate researchers and illegitimate alike, some are inspired by want of money, and some by passion. Some are dominated by ignorance, and some are driven by Truth. The fundamental difference between the two, however, is that social media has no truly central authority, and encourages debate and discussion. It puts the power of research into the hands of the people and invariably serves as a platform for us to take part in discovering the Truth on our own.
So when a collection of powerful authorities announce their plans to regulate and censor this important process under the guise of fighting “Fake news,” we need to be vigilant and resist. It is up to us to discern the Truth, not incompetent authorities who have a history of lying.
Lastly, I would just like to express my outrage on behalf of the millions and millions of innocent people around the world that have been murdered or affected by wars and divisions that were justified through fake news and media propaganda — this blog was largely written for you. I find it unacceptable that smaller alternative media outlets are being censored for allegedly sharing fake news, but the establishment media and intelligence agencies — who through lies have literally been able to thrust entire countries into war — do not receive the same treatment.
I would also like to express my appreciation for the journalists, bloggers, and people who came before me to speak out against these inexcusable crimes against humanity — many of whom sacrificed their lives — and also to those of you who continue to expose this corruption in whatever way you can.
Let us continue to confront the darkness of ignorance and deception with the power of Truth my friends.
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Written by Gavin Nascimento, Founder Of aNewKindofHuman.com