Video | Posted on March 17, 2017 by AmmoLand Editor Duncan Johnson
By Dan Gifford
Fake News Is Main Stream News & Owned by the Deep State
USA - -(Ammoland.com)- --(Ammoland.com)- It ain't socially inept loners blogging in their underwear. It's "REAL REPORTERS", "REAL ACADEMICS" and real "DEEP STATE" paid troll operatives.
Baltimore Sun Deputy Opinion Editor Trish Bishop recently smacked me upside the head for quoting her out of context. She was right.
The reason, I was had by a clever alteration of an opinion she had written that went so far as to link to a website that appeared to be the Sun's.
That is the sort of fake news source being complained about of late by establishment, mainstream media salaried journalists, those California Democratic US Senator Dianne Feinstein calls, "real reporters" are the usual fake news sources.
A Fake News Common Example:
Los Angeles Sheriff Deputy Dwight Van Horn, his department's firearm expert at the time, phoned me around 1996 with a tip. He said a "real reporter" at LA's KABC-TV asked him to identify and comment on what the reporter said was a dangerous new type of gun with incredible destructive power that gangs had acquired.
The dangerous new gun that "real reporter" showed Van Horn?
Colt Model 1911A1 Semi-Automatic Pistol, picture from Rock Island Auction Company, Lot 235
It was an ordinary Model 1911 Colt.45, the same iconic pistol the U.S, Army adopted years before W.W.I and millions of civilians have owned since about 1912.
Despite that fact, the "real reporter" put together a story that set new standards for flat out lies and hysteria - "blood will run in the streets!" - to elicit public panic and prohibitive legislation. It was the latest in a series of fake news KABC-TV stories about firearms stretching back into the 1970s. KABC's liberal pundit, Bill Press, told me the station's management encouraged such stories as a matter of righteous anti-Second Amendment political advocacy. National news organization managements have apparently done the same.
So that MSNBC's Contessa Brewer, Toure Neblett and Dylan Ratigan could go into histrionics about the danger posed to our black president by armed, racist white men, the 2009 video clip below of a white-shirted man carrying an AR type rifle at an Obama speech was intentionally edited to support that narrative.
To Upton Sinclair wannabe "real reporters," "corporate America cares more about profits than public safety or the environment" is a common theme. NBC played both when it rigged the explosion of a GM truck to claim it was unsafe and then faked a story about fish killed by profit greedy logging companies.
To Sinclair Lewis wannabe "real reporters," the "will Donald Trump become the populist authoritarian of 'It Can't Happen Here?'" theme has taken hold. Likening Trump to an illegitimate Manchurian Candidate put into office by the internet hackers of Russian President Vladimir Putin is also au courant even though earlier suggestions about Obama were considered racist conspiracy theories. However, one of those "real reporter" putsch efforts foundered recently when The Washing-ton Post had to back away from its claim that Russian hackers - ya know, Trump's Kremlin buddies - invaded Vermont's power grid.
It's Shocking, But Fake News Reporters Do.
Lou Dobbs Article
Lou Dobbs, my boss at CNN, did on air retractions of negative but accurate stories about companies who paid him thousands of dollars for side work. Could there be a connection?
CBS News star Dan Rather so wanted to derail the presidential election chances of George W. Bush that he and his producers conspired to produce an untrue story that Bush's father pulled official strings to keep his son from having to serve in the Vietnam War.
CBS News mega star Walter Cronkite, "the most trusted man in America" according to an opinion poll, misled his massive audience about the Vietnam War and thereby undercut American public and political support for it.
In addition, Cronkite fundraised for one world governance through a communist front organization I was a member of at one time in addition to subtextually promoting that politic in his news casts.
Even public officials lie to make fake news.
Nayirah al-Sabah testified before the Congressional Human Rights Caucus in 1990. She was presented by the Caucus co-Chairman, California Democratic Congressman Tom Lantos, as a Kuwaiti nurse who had witnessed atrocities committed by Iraqi troops.
Special thanks to Congressman Lantos for his lie that placed "Nurse Nayirah" in the witness chair because it was all fake news.
The woman was not a Kuwaiti nurse. She was the Kuwaiti ambassador's daughter and her story was a scam concocted by the public relations firm of Hill & Knowlton, a powerful firm with well-known ties to the CIA and other powerful Washington and world interests.
Rarely are academic frauds discovered right away if at all. So their false claims can linger on in the form of false beliefs that become the basis for bad law.
That's why the case of Emory University professor Michael A. Bellesiles' 2000 book "Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun Culture" is so remarkable.
Bellesiles' book "attacked [and undercut] the central myth behind the National Rifle Association's interpretation of the Second Amendment," said the Journal of American History and other prestigious publications. NRA president Charlton Heston said the book's findings were "ludicrous." Bellesiles replied as an Ancien Regime noble might have to a sans culotte republican: "when Professor Heston gets his Ph.D. and does the research, I might be open to persuasion." But the book was a fraud and Idaho software engineer Clayton Cramer, a veritable sans PhD David, fought the sneering arrogance of America's academic community Goliath to slay its lies. Emory fired Bellesiles and all of his award kudos were rescinded.
But discredited does not necessarily mean dead.
I, Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman in Guatemala : The book's described atrocities found to be fabrications and the actual writer identified as French Marxist Elisabeth Burgos-Debray.
Bellesiles still has defenders and their perspective is worth an attempt to understand for contemporary sans-culottes who lack the facile word skills of their elite academic and media betters.
So, even though Bellesiles' book is an acknowledged fraud, his defenders say it reveals larger "truths" or "alternate facts" as Counselor to President Trump Kellyanne Conway might put it. It's not an uncommon point of view, I have found, among politically involved academics.
The book was touted as her personally written account of atrocities inflicted on her and others by the "fascist" Guatemalan military.
Only later were the book's described atrocities found to be fabrications and the actual writer identified as French Marxist Elisabeth Burgos-Debray, the wife of Marxist Regis Debray. Regis had provided the intellectual foundation for Che Guevara's bloody Bolivian guerrilla war strategy. Who says words don't kill?
Professor Agosin told me during a phone interview that "Even if Menchu's book isn't true, it's still the truth." Agosin's "truth" or "alternate fact" as I understood it, was that even if the atrocities were committed by Guatemalan government forces against the Guatemalan Marxist-Leninist guerilla movement. But it's a one-way truth. According to her line of reasoning, to say the known mass murders committed by the Marxists were atrocities is a subjective interpretation of necessary means to overcome capitalist oppression within the context of justifiable class struggle.
You may reject Agosin's "ends justify the means" consequentialism, but please know it has emotional traction for many of America's "real reporters" and academics largely because of our cultural affinity for underdog freedom fighters.
That fake news can cause such a one-sided truth as Agosin's to linger in the public subconscious to be later exploited for political propaganda has been noted as long as humans could communicate through language.
That is why the motivation and subtext behind fake news can be so much more than it appears. As with Cronkite, it's not just the words he spoke, it's how he spoke them, what facial expressions he used and what pictures were juxtaposed to support his words and expressions. Product sellers know it, politicians know it and so do the world's intelligence agencies including our own.
The Central Intelligence Agency began to influence popular opinion through "real reporters" shortly after it was formed after W.W.II via the cooperation of Washington Post President and CEO, Philip Graham.
According to numerous books and sources, Graham soon had the Post staffed with writers and editors who had "intelligence backgrounds."
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According to that book and others, Wisner 'owned' "real reporters" and name columnists at the New York Times, Newsweek, CBS, and other major news sources and turned them into mouthpieces for what is colloquially called the "Deep State."
Said Deep State is essentially the "military-industrial complex" and the "scientific-technological elite" President Dwight Eisenhower warned about in 1961. But both have grown. As investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald told Fox' Tucker Carlson during a January 12th 2017 interview, the Deep State now is a hybrid entity of the military, federal law enforcement, intelligence agencies and private institutions dependent on federal funding that none want to end or even reduced. It is connected to, but only intermittently controlled by, America's elected leaders.
Greenwald notes America's current Commander in Chief has questioned that power and drawn enough blow-back for the Senate's top Democrat to warn him he's spitting into the wind. "You take on the intelligence community and they have six ways from Sunday of getting back at you," said Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer to Rachel Maddow last weekend. "So even for a practical, supposedly hard-nosed businessman, he's being really dumb to do this."
Off-the-record Deep State weapons include leaks, threats of prosecution, bureaucratic sleight of hand, "slow-walk-ing" urgent directives and blackmail among the less ominous ones.
It's well known - at least in Washington - the Deep State may have agendas and goals that can be at odds with elected office holders and that it generally exerts its will through propaganda spread by "real reporters" and academics.
If that is true, and I saw ample evidence that it was during my 1960s time as a reporter in Washington, what sort of fake news is the Deep State's cadre of permanent bureaucrats now spreading? What news is it keeping from the public?
Dan Gifford is an Emmy-winning, Oscar-nominated film producer and former reporter for CNN, The MacNeil Lehrer News Hour and ABC News. For Gifford's full bio, please visit patch.com/users/dan-gifford#.
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