us news media

  • person in the 1960s: the cia controls the media
  • other person in the 1960s: oh thats just silly conspiracy theory shit, you're just crazy its not true
  • person today: not only does the CIA control the media but the FBI too has been granted the legal right to control it.
  • other people today: yeah we know. lol what can you do am i right?

“Vietnam War, 1970: CBS camera rolls as platoon comes under fire”

In March of 1970, CBS News correspondent Richard Threlkeld was embedded with a platoon patrolling the jungles of Vietnam near Cambodia. The GI’s came under fire from North Vietnamese forces as Threlkeld’s crew documented the intense firefight. This original report aired on the “CBS Evening News” on March 27, 1970.

The unit being filmed is A-Troop, 1/9th Cav, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile).


In the aftermath of Trump’s victory, Milo takes a tour though the backstage of media outlets.

Whatever you think about the results, one thing cannot be doubted - the mainstream media fucked up and they fucked up big time.

The Berlin Wall divided families, East and West, communism and capitalism, tyranny and democracy. People died trying to climb over it, and others labored to carve tunnels beneath it.

In fact, in the early 1960s, two groups of diggers built tunnels that were filmed and financed by U.S. television networks. Those networks wanted to turn acts of daring into primetime specials. But when the U.S. government discovered those projects, the Kennedy administration moved to suppress them.

Greg Mitchell writes about that time in his new book, The Tunnels.

A Harrowing Tale Of Cold War Escape And Suppression In ‘The Tunnels’
BuzzFeed publishes unsubstantiated Trump report, raising ethics questions
Site posted documents about his purported behaviour in Russia with a warning that they contained errors and were ‘unverified and potentially unverifiable’
By Rory Carroll

BuzzFeed’s decision to publish an intelligence report filled with salacious and unsubstantiated claims about Donald Trump’s purported behavior in Russia has triggered a political storm and debate over media ethics.

The news website posted the unredacted documents on Tuesday, just 10 days before Trump’s inauguration, with a warning that the contents contained errors and were “unverified and potentially unverifiable”.

The decision to put the claims in the public domain forced other media outlets to repeat the allegations or ignore a story that lit up the internet. Some critics rounded on BuzzFeed, calling it irresponsible.

The documents, reportedly compiled by a British former intelligence agent, alleged that the Kremlin was “cultivating, supporting and assisting” Trump for at least five years.

They also alleged that Russian spies had exploited the president-elect’s “personal obsessions and sexual perversion” to gather compromising material.

Okay, a couple of things, fellow US citizens.

1.  Reportedly, if you haven’t double-checked your voting place yet, the Google Doodle can help you out, today.

2.  If you need kid-care to get your voting done tomorrow, some YMCA locations are helping you out, there (check first, it’s not all locations).

3.  It’s too damn late to mail in your ballot, if that was an option.  Gotta do it in person, now  (either at the booth, or via a ballot drop-box).

4.  The US ‘news’ media will just be frenzied fear-shouting and wild projections for the next 36 hours, as they scramble for ratings.  If you’ve already made your peace with the political gods, go watch a movie, instead.  You’ll be healthier for it.

And now I have to sign off and get some work done, undistracted.  Be kind to each other, if you can.


CIA Fundings And Manipulation Of The US News Media

“The Central Intelligence Agency owns everyone of any significance in the major media.” – William Colby, former CIA Director, quoted by Dave
Mcgowan, Derailing Democracy

“You could get a journalist cheaper than a good call girl, for a couple hundred dollars a month.” – CIA operative, discussing the availability and prices of journalists willing to peddle CIA propaganda and cover stories. Katherine the Great, by Deborah Davis

“There is quite an incredible spread of relationships. You don’t need to manipulate Time magazine, for example, because there are [Central Intelligence] Agency people at the management level.” – William B. Bader, former CIA intelligence officer, briefing members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, The CIA and the Media, by Carl Bernstein

“The Agency’s relationship with [The New York] Times was by far its most valuable among newspapers, according to CIA officials. [It was] general Times policy … to provide assistance to the CIA whenever possible.” – The CIA and the Media, by Carl Bernstein

At a press conference Trump calls out CNN: “You are Fake News”

Watch and read the article on USA Today:

Meanwhile, CNN is butthurt: Notice the number of dislikes - nobody believes the CNN anymore!

#AboutTime #LiberalMedia
Slavoj Zizek: The depraved heroes of 24 are the Himmlers of Hollywood
Slavoj Zizek: The message of the TV series, that torturers can retain their human dignity if the cause is right, is a profound lie.

The problem for those in power is how to get people do the dirty work without turning them into monsters. This was Heinrich Himmler’s dilemma. When confronted with the task of killing the Jews of Europe, the SS chief adopted the attitude of “somebody has to do the dirty job”. In Hannah Arendt’s book, Eichmann in Jerusalem, the philosopher describes how Nazi executioners endured the horrible acts they performed. Most were well aware that they were doing things that brought humiliation, suffering and death to their victims. The way out of this predicament was that, instead of saying “What horrible things I did to people!” they would say “What horrible things I had to watch in the pursuance of my duties, how heavily the task weighed upon my shoulders!” In this way, they were able to turn around the logic of resisting temptation: the temptation to be resisted was pity and sympathy in the presence of human suffering, the temptation not to murder, torture and humiliate.
Journalist who profiled Melania Trump hit with barrage of antisemitic abuse
Julia Ioffe has received disturbing calls and online abuse since profiling Donald Trump’s wife for GQ, and likens antisemitism to ‘shit I’ve only seen in Russia’
By Lauren Gambino

What more can I say? Ivanka Trump converted to Orthodox Judaism but I don’t think his supporters - especially the online cowards who post this stuff - have enough sophistication to even think of how ridiculous this looks.
Gifs that keep on giving: National Archives launches historical image library
National Archives partners with Giphy to turn its hoard of culturally relevant footage into a collection of about 150 moments recast as animated images
By Mazin Sidahmed

Some of our colleagues have made some cool GIF animations from photographs in NARA collections. Check out the one with Nixon and Elvis!