Sex, Lies and Call Girls: Why the U.S. Media Is a Whore

topic posted Thu, September 8, 2005 - 1:44 PM by  Patrick
Sex, Lies and Call Girls: Why the U.S. Media Is a Whore

Douglas Herman | March 17, 2005

"The Central Intelligence Agency owns everyone of any significance in the major media." ~ William Colby, Former Director, CIA

Most of them have been given Pulitzer Prizes for “distinguished commentary.” Their work appears in hundreds of American publications. They command huge salaries and they appear on most of the television news programs. Their books invariably enjoy instant access to publicity and become bestsellers. They are the made men of the media mafia. And they are all “owned,” as the late William Colby once admitted.

What sets the group apart from the average STR writer of independent mind is a tight-knit togetherness that allows no real discourse or original thought. Rarely do we read an insightful observation or uncomfortable comment (the news publishers, editors and TV producers see to that). Each is a master of disinformation—distinguished commentary—that passes for learned dialogue in the mainstream media. When Cal Thomas pens the column, “A Successful Iraq Helps Bush Agenda at Home,” few remark on the obvious. When Joseph Farah, of, editorializes that the US must flatten Fallujah, and then the Pentagon does it, few see the connection. When Peter Jennings narrates a one-sided documentary dismissing the “myth” of Roswell , or when the scribes at adhere to a single foreign policy course that parallels that of the administration, few realize the words were appraised and accepted by those who control the major media.

Perhaps the greatest proof of media censorship is the fact so little powerful dissent or opposing opinion is ever allowed to surface. “Noam Chomsky, who is a brilliant man,” wrote pamphleteer George Humphrey, “produced a movie titled Manufacturing Consent, and in this movie he shows that of the approximately 33,000 newspapers and magazines in our country, over 95% are controlled by eight multinational corporations.” Which explains why you and I will never appear in print in the mainstream media. When I sent my essay, Detective Columbo Asks: Was 911 an Inside Job? to every New York-based publication, I never expected or received a single response. Nor have I ever read of a similar column that broached the subject of 9-11 critically that has ever appeared in the CIA-owned, mainstream media. Denial is a New York state of mind and healthy skepticism went out of fashion when Thoreau died.

Thus, when the Rush Limbaughs and Ann Coulters of the owned media decry the “liberal media bias,” this too is part of the agenda of disinformation. If you pan a non-existent opposition long enough and make it appear that opposition actually exists, an uninformed citizenry soon begins to believe the claim. Recently Cal Thomas wrote of Bush policy critics: “Count on the big media in America and Europe to look for dark linings within the silver cloud.” Where exactly has this big media been, the bobble-headed dolls of Bush policy, if not on the sidelines for the last two years, practicing patriotic cheers for those chimeras mistaken for silvery clouds?

Does anyone remember when, exactly, an outspoken critic of the Neocon agenda enjoyed television air time or major press coverage? Patrick Buchanan, you say, the old Nixon crony? When all was said and done, the former Reform Party man and isolationist tossed his hat into the ring for Bush. So much for opposition.

A partial list of those owned in the mainstream media (MSM) might look like the one I've compiled below. Certainly dozens, or even hundreds more, could be added. Like the aliens in that fine film Invasion of The Body Snatchers, these pod people can replicate pretty fast.

William F. Buckley--Former CIA man, probably salaried for life.

Bill O’Reilly--Fox = CIA, like pentagrams = devil.

Tom Clancy--CIA cyborg.

Joseph Farah--Jesus was a CIA man, right?

Michael Savage—old herbalist now new Neocon ranter.

Ann Coulter—CIA poster girl?

Kathleen Parker—Pentagon spokesmodel and Rumsfeld devotee.

Richard Perle—Loyalties lie with Mossad but probably CIA too.

Norman Podhoretz—What’s good for Israel is good for America , right?

William Kristol--What’s good for the Neocons is good for America , right?

Abe Foxman--What's good for the ADL is good for America, right?

Daniel Pipes--What’s good for AIPAC is good for America, right?

Max Boot--What’s good for Zionism is good for America , right?

Thomas Friedman—What’s good for Israel . . . Are you beginning to see a pattern here?

Rush Limbaugh—CIA's favorite fat man and undercover Oxycontin operative?

James Meigs—Editor of Popular Mechanics, magazine for war toy groupies.

David Corn--Children of the corn and Company vegetable?

Andrew Sullivan--Company's Rainbow Warrior?

Cal Thomas--Company scold.

George Will—Probably enjoys inner office at CIA headquarters.

Charles Krauthammer--Probably enjoys office with a view.

Peter Jennings--Probably lives there.

Sean Hannity—Probably born there.

Robert Novak--Plame dropper?

William Safire--The Strunk & White of the Right. CIA’s venerable English professor.

Satire aside, separately these people are pretty pathetic, befouled by lies, distortions and the spread of official government disinformation. Together they wield enormous power, a tsunami of propaganda. Why do they do this? Aside from huge sums of money or accolades or an ideological agenda, many may actually believe they’re doing good work. And why would the CIA want to control them? Consider the CIA as an elite businessman’s club (much like the Mafia but with more guns and less morals), with an agenda to spread global influence, either through friendly persuasion, coercion, bribes, subterfuge or outright armed invasion. If you realize that almost all the heads of the CIA have worked in Wall Street banks, you understand the necessity of also owning all the channels of mass communication. Any policy move that shifts the ponderous American machine must be first heralded by good press releases from the media. That is how those listed above serve. They are the brainless cheerleaders, the Pentagon is the brute force, and the elite power brokers of the military/industrial/banking machine stride the sidelines calling the plays.

Which brings us to the new breed of pod people passing for independent journalists. Not simply the Maggie Gallaghers of journalism but the true whores of the media. If for nothing else, the Jeff Gannon-Jim Guckert sex scandal should indicate the depth of media prostitution. The only difference between Gannon and those who write for the mainstream media is that Gannon usually got undressed before he sold himself.

Some stories NEVER see the light of day, no matter how relevant their importance. "Except for the outbreak of news stories concerning the Franklin Credit Union-Lawrence King-Craig Spence child prostitution scandal in 1989 that involved midnight tours of the White House for underage male sex slaves from Nebraska and reached high into the upper echelons of the elder Bush administration, little has been heard about the sex crimes of top Republicans," wrote Washington insider Wayne Madsen. "The fact that Gannon/Guckert, a male escort who adopted a military theme for his clientele, was made privy to classified information involving CIA covert agent Valerie Plame and her husband's (former Ambassador Joseph Wilson) trip to Niger to investigate possible uranium shipments, has a precedent with prior GOP illegal sexcapades involving national security breaches."

Notice that few (if any?) of those listed above have castigated Gannon/Guckert or the Bush administration for what should be a serious breech of ethics, not to mention a serious breach of morals and our national security interests. Where’s the outrage from the Religious Right? Where’s the clamor for an independent investigation, akin to that of Ken Starr, or calls for impeachment? What appears to be a scandal equivalent or greater than that of the Christine Keeler/ Mandy Rice-Davies call girl scandal that toppled an entire British government has been swept under the Washington rug by the our “owned” media.

By contrast, the British tabloids sank their teeth into the Profumo affair. What began as an investigation into call girls and party houses became an embarrassing government scandal that cost a prime minister his job. Profumo's mistake, we are told, was to lie in his testimony before the House of Commons. Bush and his stable of journalistic whores seems unfazed by the current scandal; they happily concoct lies everyday as normal policy. For no other reason than this, the Gannon affair proves William Colby right. The mainstream media is owned--bought and paid for.

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  • Another Police State Propagandist:
    White House reporter's credentials questioned
    Man worked for Web site owned by Republican activist

    CNN | February 10, 2005

    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A New York congresswoman asked the White House to explain Wednesday why a man who worked for a news Web site owned by a GOP activist was able to obtain White House press credentials under an assumed name.

    James Guckert, who reported from the White House for the Talon News Service under the name "Jeff Gannon," announced he was quitting the business "in consideration of the welfare of me and my family."
    Propaganda of The Police State

    Pentagon to broadcast to millions of U.S. homes

    Subverting the press with propaganda on the rise

    "Because of the attention being paid to me, I find it is no longer possible to effectively be a reporter for Talon News," he said in a statement posted Wednesday on his Web site.

    In a letter to President Bush, Rep. Louise Slaughter, a Democrat, questioned why Guckert routinely received credentials for White House news briefings.

    Slaughter linked Guckert's case to recent revelations that two conservative columnists who supported Bush administration policies had received government money.

    "It appears that 'Mr. Gannon's' presence in the White House press corps was merely as a tool of propaganda for your administration," Slaughter wrote.

    The White House had no comment.

    The House and Senate press galleries declined Guckert's request for credentials in 2003.

    Julie Davis, chairwoman of the Senate press gallery's executive committee, said Guckert could not demonstrate any separation between Talon News and GOPUSA, a Republican consulting group.

    Both organizations are run by Bobby Eberle, a Texas GOP activist. Many Talon News articles also appeared as news releases on the GOPUSA Web site, said Davis, a reporter for The Sun newspaper of Baltimore, Maryland.

    In a statement on the Talon Web site, Eberle referred to "Gannon's" resignation and said, "I understand and support Jeff's decision."

    Slaughter said she was writing at the request of senior editors of the Niagara Falls Reporter in her Buffalo-area district.

    The newspaper ran an open letter questioning "how a partisan political organization and an individual with no credentials as a reporter -- and apparently operating under an assumed name -- landed a coveted spot in the White House press corps."

    During White House press secretary Scott McClellan's regular briefings, Guckert routinely offered administration-friendly questions.

    He became the focus of liberal and media Web sites after Bush called on him during his news conference January 26.

    Guckert asked Bush how he could deal with Democratic congressional leaders "who seem to have divorced themselves from reality."

    Guckert told The Washington Post in an article published Tuesday that his political leanings were "admittedly" conservative "and that point of view is not represented in the briefing room at all."

    "Call me partisan, fine, but don't let my colleagues off the hook," he said. "They're partisan too, but they don't admit it."

    Slaughter said ideology had nothing to do with the dispute.

    "It doesn't matter whether he's a conservative reporter. The question is, is he a reporter?" she said.

    She told CNN that she believed the White House gave Guckert credentials to get a friendly questioner into the room during White House briefings.

    "I don't want to be fed propaganda from this White House," she said. "I don't want people to be paid to give it to me. We deserve the facts, or this democracy will suffer."

    Last month, conservative commentator Armstrong Williams apologized for not disclosing that his company had received $240,000 from a public relations agency hired by the Department of Education to promote Bush's No Child Left Behind education overhaul.

    Syndicated columnist Maggie Gallagher also apologized to her readers for not disclosing a $21,500 contract with the Department of Health and Human Services to help create materials used to promote Bush's $300 million initiative encouraging marriage to strengthen families.

    At the January 26 news conference, Bush said he disapproved of such practices and wanted them to stop.

    "There needs to be independence," he said.

    "All our Cabinet secretaries must realize that we will not be paying ... commentators to advance our agenda. Our agenda ought to be able to stand on its own two feet," Bush said. ( Full story )

    HHS later disclosed that a third conservative columnist, Mike McManus, had received $10,000 to promote Bush's marriage initiative, according to an Associated Press report. His weekly column appears in about 50 newspapers.

    Several congressional Democrats have introduced a bill to stop what they termed taxpayer-funded "covert propaganda campaigns" that violate a provision included in annual appropriation acts since 1951.

    Under the new bill, dubbed the Federal Propaganda Prohibition Act of 2005, the prohibition on propaganda would become a permanent part of federal law.

    Federal agencies would also have to notify Congress about public relations, advertising and polling contracts, and the funding sources of all federally funded public relations materials would have to be disclosed.
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      So, who in the White House plays cornhole with Guckert? Is there really a story here? Because if there is, it is probably the only thing that can bring Bush down. Not a criminal war. Not corrupt self-dealing. Not torture in violation of the Geneva Convention. Not a criminally negligent management of Hurricane Katrina. Only the homosexual equivalent of Monica Lewinsky will be adequate.

      But is there any there there?
      • Yes, I believe there is. And I agree this could be the incident that could shock the US public enough to really knock Bush right out of office. Follow these threads, there are a dozen related to Gannon and more coming, if you find any I've missed please post here. Have you found the Gannon / Gosch connection yet, that's when this gets downright creepy.

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