I’ve been a professional writer for close to twenty years, and I very quickly came to the cynical conclusion that I did not write for my readers. I wrote for the person who signed my paycheck. Even now, I am writing for the One who currently has His signature on my life – God.
If you get ANYTHING out of what I write, you only have God to thank for that.
Unfortunately, most writers have a different kind of paymaster and are beholden to a different god. And, like myself, they know the power of words, and use them to great effect. So, as you watch the propaganda machine rev up, just remember who the writers and broadcasters are really working for.
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The War of 2015 – Part 2 – The Propaganda Machine
One of my many favorite quotes about truth, is this one:
“Truth,” it has been said, “is the first casualty of war.”
– Philip Snowden, 1st Viscount Snowden
And, we’ve been at war for a very, very long time.
Another of my favorite quotes is about journalism, and the news business in general. It comes from John Swinton.
By the 1880s, he’d been in the journalism business for more than 20 years. He’d been the head of the editorial staff for the New York Times for ten years and head of the editorial staff for the New York Sun for eight more, before going on to publish his news sheet, John Swinton’s Paper. In fact, he was so well respected that the journalist community held a banquet in his honor (in 1880).
Someone who did not know Swinton or journalism stood up and offered a toast to the independent press. Swinton replied, to the outrage of many in the audience:
There is no such thing, at this date of the world’s history, in America, as an independent press. You know it and I know it.
There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid weekly for keeping my honest opinion out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things, and any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job. If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone.
The business of the journalists is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. You know it and I know it, and what folly is this toasting an independent press?
We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes.
(Source: Labor’s Untold Story, by Richard O. Boyer and Herbert M. Morais, published by United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America, NY, 1955/1979. via John Swinton on the independence of the press.)
Those of us who are professional writers know how easy it is to fall into intellectual prostitution. We know how to twist words and phrases to ‘adjust’ the truth to reflect what WE want the truth to be.
Well, for more than a hundred years, we’ve allowed unprincipled men and women to ‘adjust the truth’ for us. We not only allowed them, we believed them.
By the way, I pulled the above from an article
that I wrote over a year ago:
I’ve watched the bright-eyed and bushy-tailed journalism graduates rush out into the world, so that they could write about truth and justice… and change the world.
I would run into such journalists after twenty years – or more – in the business, and would shake my head at the dried-up shadows of their former selves. Being stationed in Jerusalem was second only to Washington D.C. in a journalist’s career, but they got there by selling their soul to the company store. And, they didn’t know how to buy it back.
I guess that I never got caught up in all of that, because I never wanted to be a writer. I never wanted to be a journalist. I did NOT (and still don’t) care if my name appears anywhere – on any byline. Being famous is as useful as… I’m trying to think here …a coin dropped in the middle of an ocean.
All of what you are reading here is an accident – assuming that you are willing to call the Hand of God such a thing. Why God would use an irritable idiot like myself, is a mystery.
But, let’s get to this propaganda machine that I mentioned in the title.
The CIA Propaganda Machine
The CIA is one of the most evil organizations on Earth. I didn’t always believe that. In fact, I only really came to this conclusion over the past few years.
Are there good people working for the CIA?
Absolutely. Many are even Christian and believe that what they are doing is fighting against the forces of evil that threaten America.
But, no one with a conscience rises above a certain point in the hierarchy of the Central Intelligence Agency. No one.
And, within the CIA are black operations groups that are known to only a few people within the CIA, itself. This compartmentalization has allowed evil to live and thrive, and it is the CIA that is a big part of what is happening with ISIS.
There are multiple operations groups handling ISIS, and you won’t know who most of them are – until it is too late. But, there is one operations group that you MIGHT know about, and it’s called MOCKINGBIRD.
It was originally set up to neutralize the Soviet propaganda that was making its way into the US media. It was commendable that the CIA was fighting fire with fire, but what started out as a good thing became… something else. In fact, as the CIA changed into a darker, more sinister organization in the 1960s, Operation MOCKINGBIRD began to change also.
Digging into the evil inside of the CIA would require a whole new website, so I will leave the revelation of all that to others. My concern right now is with Operation Mockingbird, and similar operations groups active within the CIA.
It’s all about propaganda, and propaganda is all about the careful delivery of information that will change the course of how people think – so that they will make the decision that you want them to make.
As you may surmise from how I began this article, we have been the victims of propaganda for hundreds of years. The CIA is just the most recent purveyor of such carefully administered information. In fact, we have become such ardent consumers of propaganda, that we don’t know that it IS propaganda.
So, why am I saying this now?
Because we are witnessing a wave of propaganda – from people who honestly believe what they are telling us.
The Best Propaganda
Here is Lt. General McInerney (ret.) on what he believes is the truth:
YouTube shortlink: http://youtu.be/z9fN0Nx4Zcs
By the way, my inclusion of this comment by General McInerney is no sign of any disrespect. It is clear to me that he truly believes what he is telling us, and the people who told HIM probably believe it too. And, I suspect that General McInerney is a great man with pure intentions.
In fact, it may even be the absolute truth.
The best propaganda is factually correct information delivered by people who passionately believe that what they are saying is truth.
Please. You must understand that. The most powerful lies are those told by good people who passionately believe in what they are saying. Never allow someone else’s conviction and passion to change your mind about ANYTHING.
And yes, that includes me.
The Current Wave Of Propaganda
So, let’s take a look at the current wave of propaganda that is washing over us, right now:
When you suddenly see a wave of headlines like that hit you, you know that you are being prepared for something. And, whatever it is, it will be so bad, that you will not want to believe that it was all set up by the very people you have been trusting to protect you.
Discern The Truth
So, the next time you open your paper, ask yourself:
What is it that they are trying to make me believe in, NOW?
It’s hard to discern the truth, until you understand who is lying to you, and why. And, you will never understand the truth, unless you know the Author of The Truth.
You will never know the truth, if Jesus isn’t your Lord and Savior.
I truly hope that you’ll be ready for this
(That’s a link. There’s not much time left.)
If you find a flaw in my reasoning, have a question, or wish to add your own viewpoint, leave a comment on the website. Your input is truly welcome.
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