The New World Order, the Ministry of Truth
Part 10
Deanna Spingola
14 June 2006

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 Most of us are happy to have sufficient for our needs but with the elite, enough is never enough. It isn’t simply resource accumulation but an insatiable, obsessive demonic lust for power over others. Controlling others necessitates an absolute infiltration into every area of our lives including the source of our acquired knowledge and our perceptions about current events. To facilitate this goal, a suspension of the First Amendment, specifically our freedom of speech, is absolutely essential.

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

The First Amendment protects our freedom of speech and of the press. Absent the First Amendment, protestors could be silenced, the press could be censored, citizens could not criticize their government nor could they organize for social change. No rational individual would readily relinquish the vital freedoms of the First Amendment. But like the proverbial frog who remains in incrementally heated water, the masses are slowly surrendering all of their freedoms without so much of a whimper. Some people will even be relieved and anxious to surrender the freedoms patriots died for. With hardly a struggle or even majority acknowledgement, the allied elite have progressively seized ownership and control of the media.

The “free” press has been seized by mega media owners who are “free” to deliver mounds of distracting drivel camouflaged as news and information. Objectivity has been replaced by restraint. Instead of receiving unbiased information we are indoctrinated by the cultural, moral, economic and globalist philosophies and falsehoods supported by elite corporate owners.

In March 1915, the J. P. Morgan interests, the steel, shipbuilding and powder interests, and their subsidiary organizations, met with twelve men, influential in the newspaper world and employed them to select the most powerful newspapers in the United States and determine the number it would take to generally control the policy of the daily press of the United States. [1]

These twelve men selected 179 newspapers and then began, by an elimination process, to retain only those necessary for the purpose of controlling the general policy of the daily press throughout the country. They found it was only necessary to purchase the control of twenty-five of the greatest papers. The twenty-five papers were agreed upon and emissaries were sent to purchase the policy, national and international, of those papers. The policy of those papers was bought, to be paid for by the month. An editor was furnished for each paper to properly supervise and edit information regarding the questions of preparedness, militarism, financial policies, and other things of national and international nature considered vital to the interests of the purchasers. [2] This policy also included the suppression of everything in opposition to the wishes of the interests served. [3]

Bernard Baruch, American financier, stock market speculator, statesman, and presidential adviser, financially backed both newspapers and columnists. Arthur Krock, a columnist for the Louisville Courier-Journal was under Baruch’s influence and attended the Paris Peace Conference with Baruch and Herbert Hoover in 1919. Baruch convinced Adolph Ochs, publisher of the New York Times that he should hire Krock who reorganized the New York Times Washington bureau in 1932.

In 1926, Baruch invested $50,000 to assist David Lawrence to found the United States Daily, which became United States News and after World War II, it was re-name US News and World Report. Baruch also financed Maxwell Lincoln Schuster and Dick Simon to form Simon and Schuster. Baruch also made investments in Vogue, Vanity Fair, Raleigh News and Observer, Our World Magazine and others. [4]

Simon & Schuster grew to include seven divisions – the Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group, Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon & Schuster Online, Simon & Schuster UK, Simon & Schuster Canada and Simon & Schuster Australia. Their imprints and brand names include:  Simon & Schuster, Scribner, Pocket Books, Downtown Press, The Free Press, Atria, Fireside, Touchstone, Washington Square Press, Atheneum, Margaret K. McElderrry, Aladdin Paperbacks, Little Simon, Simon Spotlight, Simon Spotlight Entertainment, Star Trek, MTV Books and Wall Street Journal Books. [5]

Simon & Schuster published more than 2,000 titles annually. They have won fifty-four Pulitzer Prizes and have received numerous National Book Awards and National Book Critics Circle Awards. They have published both Rush Limbaugh’s and Howard Stern’s books.

Beginning in 1984, the company acquired more than sixty additional companies, including Prentice Hall and culminated in 1994 with the acquisition of Macmillan Publishing Company. In 2002, Simon & Schuster was integrated with the Paramount motion picture and television studios as part of the Viacom Entertainment Group. [6] Effective December 31, 2005, this corporate entity changed its name to CBS Corporation. The present firm known as Viacom beginning December 31, 2005 is a new spin-off company created during the CBS-Viacom split. [7]

A very comprehensive current list of media ownership is in the book Censored 2006, Chapter 6. You can download this must-read chapter as a PDF file. In 1985, there were fifty media conglomerates in the United States. Now there are ten top major media entities with connections to government, higher education, major institutions, banking and corporate America:  AOL Time Warner, Walt Disney, Gannett, Viacom (now CBS Corporation), New York Times, Washington Post, Knight-Ridder, The Tribune Company, General Electric and News Corporation. These media corporations share board members with a variety of other large corporations, including banks, investment companies, oil companies, health care and pharmaceutical companies and technology companies.” [8] The information contained in that file established a startling fact: media owners and their editor minions act as the unelected, unaccountable disseminators of all truth and information. They are free to distort, misinform, and skew all information to their financial benefit without repercussions because of their privileged government industry appointments and swinging-door connections.

Alexander Solzhenitsyn stated: “Such as it is, the press has become the greatest power within the Western World, more powerful than the legislature, the executive and judiciary. One would like to ask: by whom has it been elected, and to whom is it responsible?”  [9]

We can thank the Telecommunications Act of 1996 which was supposed to facilitate competition. Instead it allowed the big media companies to gobble up and digest the smaller companies, increasing their monopoly. What a coincidence – a law that does the exact opposite of what was intended.

Most of us believe that journalists have a particular responsibility to investigate and then divulge the information that they discover. To do otherwise is to perpetuate a facade of “reality” which is unconscionable and irresponsible. Withholding vital information, particularly when considering the election of our representatives, is grossly negligent and unfair to the voters, perpetuates corruption, and squanders the lives of our own citizens as well as foreigners. In addition, the very destruction of our country may be an imminent reality. The media has an obligation! The deliberate omission of truth or the calculated commission of a lie defines the measure of an individual’s integrity. It also denotes group integrity. George Orwell said: “During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.”

Newspaper editor John Swinton said: “There is no such thing in America as an independent press. You know it and I know it. There is not one of you who dares write his honest opinions, and if you did you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid... for keeping my honest opinions out of the paper ... others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things... any of you who would be so foolish as to write his honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job... 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, possibilities, and lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes.” [10]

It is incompatible to be dishonest in one area of one’s life and honest in another. “Integrity comprises the personal inner sense of ‘wholeness’ deriving from honesty and consistent uprightness of character.” [11] Values should remain static, not situational or flexible. However, standards and integrity no longer apply – the rules are flexible, adjustable and situational to ensure that politicians, ethically-challenged corporate executives and others can escape the consequences of those annoying investigations by conscientious journalists. Currently we witness news executives “groveling for public forgiveness because something their reporters wrote offended powerful interests, or raised uncomfortable questions about the past. Stories that meet every traditional standard of objective journalism are retracted or renounced, not because they are false – but because they are true.” [12] Retractions, distortions and omissions are rampant.

CNN/Time Warner retracted a report on the CIA operation known as Tailwind at the request of a New York attorney, Floyd Abrams. [13] Abrams represented John Singlaub, a retired Army general who was the source of the June 7, 1998 report that accused the military of using nerve gas on Vietnam War-era defectors in Southeast Asia in the 1970s. The lead reporter, Peter Arnett, ultimately left the network. April Oliver, the gutsy CNN producer, was fired and ended up suing the network who defamed her “Charging that CNN retracted the 1998 story ‘to mollify the military establishment,’ Oliver accused senior network executives of approving the substance and sourcing of the explosive script, then surrendering to unfounded criticism after the reports aired.” Oliver said she would have gone to prison to protect Singlaub who she claims “smeared her to distance himself from the report.” [14] The Department of Defense whitewashed the whole incident with a timely news briefing on Tuesday, July 21, 1998.

This is from a Rumsfeld Department of Defense news briefing in February 2002: “Reports that say that something hasn't happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns -- the ones we don't know we don't know.” [15] That sounds to me like a lot of stammering, stalling double talk. Isn’t it frightening to realize we have had and continue to have such questionably qualified people in leadership positions?

Investigative reporters are routinely fired or arrested for reporting on government or corporate corruption perpetrated in other countries – against foreign strangers who are desperately vulnerable. Reporters have been forced to apologize and renounce their work. Afterwards, these conscientious reporters are reviled and ruined. One reporter, Mike Gallagher, [16] was ruined as a result of his exposé of Chiquita Brands International, a company known for their numerous CIA protected exploitations in Central and South America. [[17]] When money or politics are affected, truth appears to be irrelevant. I suppose one could say that you can buy anything in the world for money, including anonymity viewed as permission – yet others like journalists, pay the very high cost, often their lives, for the corruption and crimes of others.

Because of what amounts to imposed censorship, intimidation can induce journalists to restrict their writing to the approved party line. Privileged government status often tempts the wholly unprincipled to use that protected position for personal financial enhancement or for illegalities that are rarely revealed. And if exposed – just destroy the message by obliterating the credibility of the messenger. Governments can and do commit crimes against large segments of the population, foreign or domestic, without exposure and culpability.

Unaccustomed to independent thinking, distracted and lazy minds are susceptible to the improvised, official version of any propagandized orchestrated crisis. Those same complacent mental captives who feel well informed by snippets of “news” from the “Ministry of Truth” are immediately willing to support premeditated government schemes or legislation presented as a viable solution. Rule by crisis increases Big Brother government power, the bureaucracy, civil chaos and our gullibility and fear – of government and whatever enemy they have currently devised while rapidly decreasing our personal liberties, our savings accounts, our pensions, our health [18] and our jobs through constitutionally illegal trade agreements.

“In February 2003, A Florida Court Of Appeals unanimously agreed with an assertion by FOX News that there is no rule against distorting or falsifying the news in the United States.” [19]

I will close with quotes from two very wise and honest men, Patrick Henry said: “We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth...for my part, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst; and to provide for it."  Thomas Jefferson said: “All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.” 

Part 11

[1] The Shadows of Power, The council on Foreign Relations and the American Decline by James Perloff, p. 178-79
[2] Ibid
[3] Ibid
[4] The Greatest Story Never Told by Pat Riott, pg. 163-66
[5], Simon & Schuster, Inc.
[6] Ibid
[7] Viacom (1971-2005)
[8] Interlocking Directorates
[9] Quotes We Just Happen to Like
[10] Editorial Freedom in Capital’s World
[11] Integrity, Wikipedia
[12] Censored 2006, Gary Webb, p. 10
[13] Ibid
[14] The Washington Post, May 8, 1999
[15] DoD News Briefing - Secretary Rumsfeld and Gen. Myers, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2002
[16] American Journalism Review, September 1, 1998
[17] Censored 2006, Gary Webb, p. 11
[18] EPA: 9/11: the air is safe.
[19] The Media Can Legally Lie, Project Censored

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