By Deanna Spingola
Part 1 of 2
Professed “conservative” pundits repeatedly claim that the media is “liberal.” Seductive, subtle brainwashing consisting of persistent, repetitious allegations methodically establishes spurious theories totally unsupported by evidence. One definition of propaganda states: “the systematic propagation of a doctrine or cause or of information reflecting the views and interests of those advocating such a doctrine or cause.” 
If the media were actually “liberal,” the war-supporting government spinmeisters like Rush Limbaugh, bully Bill O’Reilly, Michael “let’s focus like a laser beam” Medved, Laura Ingraham, Hugh Hewitt, Sean Hannity, the self-contradictory, self-congratulatory Michael Savage and a host of others would not have the opportunity to regularly spin and twist the news or, in the case of radio, hang up on callers who ask provocative questions. One of Ingraham’s introductory audio clips states: “We go to work, we go to church, we go to war.” In my mind church and war are incongruent. I suppose the Afghanis and Iraqis could say, “We go to work, we go to church, we get bombed.”
We actually have far rightwing, monopoly-owned, government-friendly television and radio networks posing as “fair and balanced,” “we report, you decide” specialists. Who is objective, who really reports? Apparently, given the lack of objectivity, it is easier and far more career-secure to read copy, reprint press releases, transmit pentagon-provided stories, promote the Neo-Con agenda or use creations from high-priced public relations operations. The “news” is a biased profusion of misinformation, disinformation or utter silence on significant but apparently taboo subjects combined with vilification and intimidation at appropriate junctures.
The political environment began to change in the early 1970s when far right-wing corporate owners used their influence and money to establish think tanks, their own publishing houses and create major media conglomerates. America was inundated with “right-wing checkbook journalism” which functioned as smear campaigns against innocent people on the wrong side of the right-wing ideology.  Institutions like the Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute employed savvy marketing and expensive public relations to promote their philosophy disguised as constitutional conservatism. These, the think tanks and media, are the epitome of perception management throughout the United States. Comatose conformity and unquestioning obedience are the ultimate objectives.
The government, despite the authoritative aura and the royal treatment accorded the leaders, is not holy; it is an artificial entity created by the people. Over time, a gradual turnabout occurred – officials became the masters and the people became the submissive servants, resulting in a very obedient populace, not unlike the Germans under the Nazis. The difference between the trusting Germans and the trusting Americans is that our technological advantages have resulted in greater access to information but the majority is too conditioned to acknowledge and learn from the historical similarities. Hindsight is excellent - It is easy to imagine alternative courageous choices that the Germans should have made right up until we discover that we, ourselves, are in the same exact situation. Perhaps, Germany was just a trial run.
Stanley Milgram conducted an experiment to determine why the Germans were so willing to obey Hitler and came to the conclusion that Fascism succeeded because the Germans were somehow more obedient and compliant than others.  Under certain circumstances, people obey even when instructions from authority figures conflict with their values and conscience. They build crematoriums, toss emaciated cadavers into mass graves, work in detention centers, torture, kill, rape and use napalm and phosphorous on the poor, the elderly, and the women and children in Vietnam or Fallujah. War, initiated by the rich but fought mostly by commoners, is simply murder on a mass scale. Media-driven, desensitized hate promotes the most heinous behavior in otherwise ordinary, law-abiding, non-critical-thinking citizens once their political leaders use the media to identify enemies – who are other ordinary human beings who happen to live in resource-rich foreign countries. Just take your assigned place in the lemming line and march along with the others. Ten-hut! Your left, your left…
On May 5, 2007, the Iraqi parliament considered the feasibility of allowing U.S. oil companies to take control of Iraq’s oil industry. The bill was approved by the Iraqi government in February after months of bitter discussion. [DLS1] Ramzy Salman says that the law was created for the benefit of the U.S. oil companies. Of the Iraqi citizens recently polled, only one percent thought the invasion was about establishing a democracy. Forty-three percent felt that the invasion was about stealing Iraqi’s oil.  Iraq has proven reserves of 115 billion barrels and another 215 to 240 billion barrels not yet proven with a cost of about $1 a barrel to extract. Opposition to foreign exploitation caused strikes by oil workers (also known as insurgents?) in 2005. The Iraq newspapers also oppose foreign investment. “Resentment over ‘insufficient benefits’ to Iraqis led to the popularity of the Baath government and nationalization of the oil industry in 1975.”  So, who is footing the astronomical bills and sacrificing their lives so Rockefeller can seize Iraq’s oil and Halliburton can build inferior facilities at exorbitant fees and reward their government buddies who made it all happen? We can’t expect War-Profiteer Cheney or the Bush relatives at Carlyle to work cheap, can we? 
As Major General Smedley Butler pointed out years ago, war is a racket designed to make a few people rich and a lot of other people dead, wounded, suffering long-term catastrophic illness, misplaced, homeless and without hope. 
“Conservative” and “liberal” are synthetic labels perpetuated to coerce the populace to choose sides – an illustration of Hegelian Dialectics, a contrived, orchestrated opposition designed to divide, indoctrinate and maintain a specific obedient mindset. The trusting masses sympathetically support the poor pathetic “victimized” conservative minority pundits with their Ministry of Truth messages against the big bad wolf “liberal” adversaries. Have you noticed that the minority is much more visible, vocal, numerous and prominent than the so-called “liberal” majority? Coincidentally, the performers, the so-called “liberals” and “conservatives” are both either controlled or committed members of the globalist organization, the Council of Foreign Relations (CFR).
For the last forty years both Democrat and Republican administrations have selected members of the CFR to fill about 10 percent of all the high government positions. This should be of significant interest to any astute citizen.  Of course, this interesting fact is not publicized. CFR members running for office don’t even bother to mention this affiliation to their constituents.  The current administration pulled their strength from another ominous organization, the Project for a New American Century, which has provided Bush with his unconstitutional pro-war foreign policy.
David “You can buy anything in this world for money” Rockefeller, chairman of the CFR from 1970-1985 said the following at a Bilderberg meeting in Germany in 1991: “We're grateful to The Washington Post, The New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years. It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subject to the bright lights of publicity during those years. But the world is now more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government.” 
If the media were genuinely objective, the populace would be absolutely deluged with reports about Rep. Dennis Kucinich’s (D-OH) current efforts to initiate impeachment proceedings against Halliburton stock holder Dick Cheney. The Articles of Impeachment, House Resolution 333, introduced on April 24, 2007, with all the supporting documentation is extremely compelling. Every American citizen should read this comprehensive and incriminating evidence of the individual who lied America into an illegal war.  Though not mentioned in the resolution, Cheney had jurisdiction over NORAD on 9/11 when the Pentagon, the headquarters of the greatest military power in the world was attacked. About thirty-five minutes passed between United Airlines Flight 175 crashing into the second WTC tower at 9:02:54 a.m. and the missile (or whatever) hit the Pentagon. “The Pentagon says American Airlines Flight 77 hit them at 9:37. Other published reports have American Airlines Flight 77 striking at 9:40 to 9:43.”  Either the Pentagon hit was premeditated and permitted or Dick Cheney is a bumbling incompetent. Stupidity is not impeachable but…
On December 18, 2005, Rep. John Conyers introduced House Resolution 635 which would create a select committee to investigate the Administration's intent to go to war before congressional authorization, manipulation of pre-war intelligence, encouraging and countenancing torture, and retaliating against critics, and to make recommendations regarding grounds for possible impeachment.  The media, by not mentioning this resolution, will be complicit if it fails. Let’s do everything we can to make it public. By the spring of 2006 there were thirty-eight members of the House of Representatives that co-sponsored this bill.  A 250 page report was prepared, The Constitution in Crisis, at the direction of Conyers. In conjunction, there is an excellent book, George W. Bush Versus the U.S. Constitution, an excellent read, compiled by the House Judiciary Committee Democratic Staff.
Conyers also introduced House Resolution 636 and 637 on December 18, 2005: “H.Res.636 and H.Res.637 would censure, respectively, Bush and Cheney for failing to respond to requests for information concerning allegations that they and others in the Administration misled Congress and the American people regarding the decision to go to war in Iraq, misstated and manipulated intelligence information regarding the justification for the war, countenanced torture and cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment of persons in Iraq, and permitted inappropriate retaliation against critics of the Administration, for failing to adequately account for certain misstatements they made regarding the war, and – in the case of President Bush – for failing to comply with Executive Order 12958.”  And Clinton was impeached for lying.
 Answers.com http://www.answers.com/topic/propaganda Accessed May 4, 2007
 Checkbook Journalism by Deanna Spingola, July 5, 2006
 Obedience to Authority by Stanley Milgram, pages 1-6
 New Iraq Oil Law To Open Iraq's Oil Reserves to Western Companies, February 20th, 2007, Accessed May 7, 2007, http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/02/20/1523250
 Christian Science Monitor, Why Iraq's new oil law won't last, March 5, 2007, http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0305/p17s01-cogn.html Accessed May 7, 2007
 Bush Family War Profiteering by Evelyn Pringle, April 13, 2007, http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/21215 Accessed May 8, 2007
 War is a Racket by Two-Time Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient: Major General Smedley D. Butler, USMC [Retired], http://lexrex.com/enlightened/articles/warisaracket.htm accessed May 4, 2007
 Cuba and the Council on Foreign Relations by Miguel A. Faria Jr., M.D., Thursday, Feb. 15, 2001 http://www.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2001/2/15/224945.shtml accessed May 4, 2007
accessed May 4, 2007
 Cheney Laughs About His Unspoken CFR Directorship, Video accessed May 7, 2007, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdxLYuvvbgs
 Conspiracy Nuts and Conspiracy Theories, http://www.tentmaker.org/Quotes/conspiracy_ nuts_theories.htm accessed May 4, 2007
 Supporting Documents for H Resolution 333, http://kucinich.house.gov/SpotlightIssues/documents.htm Accessed May 5, 2007
 The Most Comprehensive 9/11 Timeline by Mark Elsis, http://www.911timeline.net/ Accessed May 8, 2007
 House Resolution 635 introduced by Rep. John Conyers, PDF, http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/downloads/hres635.PDF Accessed 4 May 2007
 Thomas, Library of Congress, H.RES.635, http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d109:HE00635:@@@P Accessed May 4, 2007
 Help Us Pass H Resolution 635 to Create an Investigation into Grounds for Impeachment, Accessed May 7, 2007
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