March 14, 2008
It must have been a disappointment for Faux Mockingbird News. Back on March 7, it was discovered that the “bombing” of the Pentagon recruitment center in Times Square was not the handiwork of “anarchists” or antiwar activists, although the corporate media tried mightily to forge such a link. As it turned out the “letters,” described as a “manifesto,” the corporate media initially attempted to link to the “bombing” were not connected, much to the frustration of trash TV careerist Geraldo Rivera.
On Fox and Friends, Geraldo declared Times Square is a “magnet for these crazy people, for anarchists… that’s what I think this is, this bomber isn’t al-Qaeda, isn’t anything like that, he is more like — it’s a man — he’s more like those 9/11 was an inside job kind of guys, they… they protest things in a violent way, but in a violent way almost like the eco-terrorist where they don’t intend the inflict casualties.”
Geraldo has absolutely no evidence the event in question was connected to anybody associated with the 9/11 truth movement and his characterization of the movement and its members as violent, at first glance, is so at odds with the facts as to be ludicrous.
No doubt Geraldo, possessing at least a modicum of intelligence — as blithering idiots do not generally become corporate media personalities — understands well the disingenuous nature of his comments. In short, he is reading from a script and that script was prepared well in advance of the event in Times Square.
Geraldo, at least when on camera, does not have a mind of his own — he speaks directly from his handlers. Geraldo may in fact hate 9/11 truthers — as he has flipped them off at least on one occasion when the cameras were not rolling — but this is completely beside the point. It does not matter what Geraldo or any other personality at Fox News likes or dislikes. He has a job to do and in this instance that job consists of demonizing 9/11 truth activists who in fact are dangerous to the establishment but not in the way Geraldo would have the average somnolent viewer of Faux News believe.
In fact, there is more evidence the corporate media is a brainwashing mechanism than there is evidence “crazy people” from the ranks of the 9/11 truth movement planted a bomb in Times Square.
Back in 2006, we learned that the Pentagon established “a new unit to better promote its message across 24-hour rolling news outlets,” according to the BBC. Nominally we were told this special unit was designed to counter news the neocons did not agree with in regard to the Iraq occupation.
However, the Pentagon is most certainly interested in spin when it comes to other news as well. In 2002, for instance, the Pentagon toyed “with the idea of black propaganda… [as] part of George Bush’s war on terrorism,” writes Tom Carver, Washington correspondent for the BBC. “A new department has been set up inside the Pentagon with the Orwellian title of the Office of Strategic Influence. It is well funded, is being run by a general and its aim is to influence public opinion abroad.” Considering the track record of the Pentagon, it should be assumed the primary target of this propaganda is not abroad, but right here at home. Ditto the CIA.
Back in 2000, before “everything changed,” or had an excuse to change, Dutch and French newspapers revealed that several officers from the 4th PSYOPS Group had worked in the news division at CNN’s Atlanta headquarters as part of an “internship” program starting in the final days of the Kosovo War. “It’s worth noting that the 4th PSYOPS group is the same group that staffed the National Security Council’s now notorious Office of Public Diplomacy (OPD), which planted stories in the U.S. media supporting the Reagan Administration’s Central America policies during the 1980s. Described by a senior U.S. official as a ‘vast psychological warfare operation of the kind the military conducts to influence a population in enemy territory’ (Miami Herald, 7/19/87), the OPD was shut down after the Iran-Contra investigations, but not before influencing coverage in major outlets including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Washington Post,” FAIR wrote in 2002 as word of the Office of Strategic Influence made a minor bump in the media.
It is, to say the least, stretching credulity to believe the Pentagon closed down such a valuable operation simply because a few Congress critters were upset about CIA drug running and arming of the Contra mercenary army. Intel ops are not shut down, they simply change their names and continue working. It is foolish to believe otherwise.
Naturally, all of this is simply an additional layer slapped over an older, more entrenched operation. In the late 40s, as the so-called “Cold War” was beginning to pick up momentum, the CIA launched Operation Mockingbird, a rather successful effort to control the corporate media. Its existence was made public during the Church Committee investigation in 1975.
“The CIA currently maintains a network of several hundred foreign individuals around the world who provide intelligence for the CIA and at times attempt to influence opinion through the use of covert propaganda,” a report to Congress stated. “These individuals provide the CIA with direct access to a large number of newspapers and periodicals, scores of press services and news agencies, radio and television stations, commercial book publishers, and other foreign media outlets.”
In fact, the CIA and Pentagon intelligence had a name for this — control of the media was called the “Mighty Wurlitzer,” and as we know a Wurlitzer a device that uses a central console to synchronize the playing of music by various instruments around a room.
It would be downright foolish to believe this operation is no longer in existence, as the CIA is not in the business of chucking highly successful operations. It is fair to assume the Pentagon and the CIA are burrowed deeply inside newsrooms around the country, especially the higher echelon corporate newsrooms at Faux, CNN, MSNBC, etc.
Thus we can take it for granted Geraldo is not simply speaking his mind. His comment about the 9/ll truth movement — tucked inside a Faux segment on possible domestic terrorism — dovetails perfectly with other, earlier comments by Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly, and Joe Scarborough who essentially passed along the same fallacy as Gerald — that the 9/11 truth movement consists of crazy people who are violent “anarchists” on the same plane as Timothy McVeigh (who was possibly a government agent). Scarborough went so far as to insist they be put in detention camps, that is after a round or two with a taser.
Such comments are designed by CIA and Pentagon scriptwriters to plant the idea in the minds of millions of people, somnolent before their televisions, that people who demand to know what happened on September 11, 2001, are dangerous and even treasonous, akin to unknown “cowards” who plant bombs in the middle of the night.