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Journalist Reveals Tactics Brainwashing Industry Uses to Manipulate the Public

Media Brainwashing

Vic Bishop, Staff
Waking Times

Our reality is carefully constructed by powerful corporate, political and special interest sources in order to covertly sway public opinion. Blatant lies are often televised regarding terrorism, food, war, health, etc. They are fashioned to sway public opinion and condition viewers to accept what have become destructive societal norms.

The practice of manipulating and controlling public opinion with distorted media messages has become so common that there is a whole industry formed around this. The entire role of this brainwashing industry is to figure out how to spin information to journalists, similar to the lobbying of government. It is never really clear just how much truth the journalists receive because the news industry has become complacent. The messages that it presents are shaped by corporate powers who often spend millions on advertising with the six conglomerates that own 90% of the media:  General Electric (GE), News-Corp, Disney, Viacom, Time Warner, and CBS. Yet, these corporations function under many different brands, such as Fox, ABC, CNN, Comcast, Wall Street Journal, etc, giving people the perception of choice.

“As Tavistock’s researchers showed, it was important that the victims of mass brainwashing not be aware that their environment was being controlled; there should thus be a vast number of sources for information, whose messages could be varied slightly, so as to mask the sense of external control.” ~ Specialist of mass brainwashing, L. Wolfe

New Brainwashing Tactics Called Astroturf

With alternative media on the rise, the propaganda machine continues to expand. Below is a video of Sharyl Attkisson, investigative reporter with CBS, during which she explains how “astroturf,” or fake grassroots movements, are used to spin information not only to influence journalists but to sway public opinion.

“Astroturf is a perversion of grassroots. Astroturf is when political, corporate or other special interests disguise themselves and publish blogs, start facebook and twitter accounts, publish ads, letters to the editor, or simply post comments online, to try to fool you into thinking an independent or grassroots movement is speaking.” ~ Sharyl Attkisson, Investigative Reporter

How do you separate fact from fiction? Sharyl Attkisson finishes her talk with some insights on how to identify signs of propaganda and astroturf.

Here is a summary of astroturf tactics. Once you’re aware of them, you will notice just how popular they have truly become:

  • Creating of Wikipedia pages, monitored by corporations.
  • Creating a social media presence, including Facebook and Twitter accounts, run by paid professionals.
  • Secretly funding non-profit organizations to create third-party support and web presence.
  • Search engine optimizing web pages such as blogs and third-party sites that support a specific agenda.
  • Financing industry research that is deceitfully presented as independent opinion.
  • Funding experts working on unrelated projects, while in reality creating paid consultants.

These methods are used to give people the impression that there is widespread support for an agenda, when, in reality, one may not exist. Astroturf tactics are also used to discredit or criticize those that disagree with certain agendas, using stereotypical names such as conspiracy theorist or quack. When in fact when someone dares to reveal the truth or questions the ‘official’ story, it should spark a deeper curiosity and encourage further scrutiny of the information.

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Vic Bishop is a staff writer for Waking Times.

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  • !!!….Journalism is not a charity or the crusades. IT IS A JOB- like any other. It is not the job of the reporter to sacrifice his life, career or reputation to ‘do the right thing’ ….!!!!

    Dude, by not “doing the right thing” you are essentially not doing your job and therefore you have no career to speak of other than perhaps living the life of a stray dog picking up scraps here and there to exist.

    If you call that a “career” then you have a point, otherwise you are full of shit. You are a journalist so do what you were trained to do, that is if you recieved training for journalism in the first place.

    Its people like you who infest the press with their bullshit .

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  • mrhdiver

    Read Edward Bernays if you haven’t already.

  • AMS

    I don’t think what you said is actually in great disagreement with what Rachel said. You both have valid points. Not all journalists are corrupt, not all journalists are saints who live for their careers and a higher moral code. As always, things are not black and white here, they are grey.

  • Rachel Thompson

    I mostly agree with you. We are paid to write what they tell us to write and that is one of my points. There is no time or money to do more than crank out words–word count is king and most counts are low, too low to say much in dept. I disagree one needs special training to research deeper, or report on what is found. There is no market for that. It’s all about the money, and we don’t get to decide what the company will pay for. Why are you up in arms? Frustration of the job got you down? That journalists are watchdogs is a lie, and I can tell you the history of yellow journalism if you like, why, how and who created the mythical ideals of the trade.

    • AMS

      BS’s reply was a tad on the amped side, unnecessarily.

  • ddearborn


    No group has employed the tactics of brain washing in a more dangerous, far reaching, evil and destructive manner than the Zionists. This group has been preying on the susceptibility of humans to brain washing for over the 115 years. And in order to appreciate just how dangerous they have become consider that well over 90% of everything we see, hear and read in America today is controlled by just 6 colossal multi-national media corporations and the 4 largest search engines. (google, yahoo, Bing and Duck Duck go) All of these corporate giants are owned/controlled by Zionists. With this overwhelming dominance of the “message”, a handful of men (most of whom are dual citizen Israelis) have the American people dancing like puppets on their strings…..

    I have not mentioned, let alone attacked the Jewish faith for the simple reason that zionism is a political ideology not a religion. Therefore it is not antisemitism, rather a statement of facts and a few obvious conclusions drawn from them.

    • Don Wagster

      Wikileaks says the saudis control our media.

  • BDBinc

    I agree, (except for the future looking grim-future is mind made not real , the corporations are grim NOW).
    Google (the search engine monopoly )started releasing algorithms Panda, unnamed etc ruined small independent businesses etc . This is unlawful censorship, direction and control of internet traffic.

  • Rachel Thompson

    As a former freelancer I have to agree barring a few fine points. Most of the people on the ground in news print media are earnest and follow the AP standards because that’s how it’s taught and done. There are aspects of the standards that cause inadvertent slants. That said, add that the news is basically cheap and lazy. The clock won’t stop and you must produce. Press releases or kits give you everything you need to rip out a story fast so to move on to the next one. Reporters and editors aren’t tainted as much as harried by the system. But too, orders come down from above. Managing editors calls the what’s news shot. I’ve had stuff turned away because it didn’t fit the acceptable content mold. For example, you can’t write anything critical of Israel. Today there is no money or time for investigative reporting, nobody will pay for it– but the powers behind the news industry do pay to push the narrative their way. Even the AP standards are influenced, such as word usage and word preferences. Word choices alone greatly impact the reader– subconsciously.

    • abinico

      90% of Americans want GMO labels – guess that’s a ‘slant’ that was missed.

  • Dimitri Ledkovsky

    An Orwellian update: He who controls the input controls history.

  • ppxAnonymous

    Find The.Luciferian.Doctrine.pdf

    • BDBinc

      No thanks I’m sick of reading “manifestos”.
      If you are reading anything that tells you what to do, how you should feel or sets down rules for you -wipe and flush it.

  • This is actually a good point to start from. However we still need to remember that the whole industry of journalists is full of sensationalism – sometimes it’s hard to divide what is a real opinion of a person, and what is just being a well done marketing.

    • BDBinc

      The opinion of a person or a person’s media marketing.
      What value to you is either?
      The whole social media is full of ignorance and the spreading of it, some “persons” know they are spreading lies and are paid to do it others in ignorance do not.

      Discernment is invaluable.

      • Well, I am always trying to get to the source before having an opinion based only on media’s relations – so I guess this way is also possible for other people to achieve. 🙂

        • BDBinc

          Can I ask you what you mean when you say you are “trying to get to the source” before having an opinion based only on media relations?

          How do you know when you have reached the real source:) ?

          Have you heard of the astro turf movements in which the media is disguised, uses fake ID’s of individuals in order to plant ideas/opinions into social media?

          In this case you would never find the source, never be able to find out if “Joe blow “was a real person or media employee/journalist .

          • Of course. By getting to the source I mean seeing things by ourselves. Which is not always possible – which is normal. But the best opinion is based on the own experience. For example with the refugees hype. I didn’t treat everything I read as the only, holy truth. I was sceptical, I was analyzing the underlying reasons of the phenomenon (for example why now? what’s the source of the conflict? who would earn money on it?). At also, I managed to see refugees camps by myself and now I have a perspective where media of course had their part, but I managed to “get to the source” as much as possible. It cannot be done in every aspect, but we can try, or at least analyze by using diversified options.

            The real source in my opinion is experiencing things by yourself in the level that would allow you to create your own assumptions, sometimes different than the ones being spread in the media.

            But all in all, as world would never be the perfect place – we would never get the perfect possibilities of finding out about everything. We would be still manipulated and lied. And yes, I heard about fake ID’s and so on…
            But no matter how silly it may sound right now, I want to believe that among all the blindly believing viewers and readers, at least I tend to try to mix perspectives and understand.
            But I see your point and I agree that sometimes it’s not possible,

            Uh, what a long comment I made 🙂

          • BDBinc

            Yet with the media ( astro turfer and journalist) much of the information provided by media is not experience based.

  • J James

    Question everything because unless you actually experience that which you are reading, watching or listening to, why would you remotely believe the realities (and machinations) of others? The realities of others are mere stories, perhaps with some facts (useful for learning) but also with a lot of fiction (useful in understanding their states of mind and hidden agendas).

    It is truly a form of mental illness when we live our lives through the realities of others.

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