|News Weak Presstitute|
In a knee jerk reaction typical of Mocking Bird type yellow journalism, the once upon a time news magazine "Newsweek" has gone off the deep end (which has been parodied by the Last Week Tonight with John Oliver HBO show).
That McTell News magazine should rename itself to "News Weak" ... except that it might be too accurate to print in their now-worn-out rag.
The yellow journalism piece I am talking about is titled "The Plots to Destroy America" which goes on to castigate and libel citizen journalists, researchers, and bloggers by dragging up the old CIA talking point propaganda of yesteryear now known as the "conspiracy theorists" ad hominem illogical tirade.
We traced this talking point back a few years not long ago:
Large numbers of the public did not buy it, then the numbers began to grow intensely as a "conspiracy theory" culture sprang up everywhere.(On The Origin of "Conspiracy Theory" - 4). But when an asset is needy as News Weak of McTell News is, the government will pay for "good press."
So, the CIA studied how they could propagandise the situation so as to avoid the scorn of the public.
They came out with CIA Document #1035-960, which became the talking points for those media outlets which the CIA controlled or had influence over (see e.g. Mocking America).
They succeeded in corrupting the meaning of "conspiracy theory" in the eyes of the public, but the pressure mounted until congress appointed a committee that concluded "The committee believes, on the basis of the evidence available to it, that Kennedy was probably assassinated as a result of a conspiracy" (United States House Select Committee on Assassinations).
Just because conspiracy theorists in the House and Senate advocate that global warming is a hoax, goaded on by Koch Brothers dirty oil money, does not mean that all congressional conspiracy theorists are a "clear and present danger."
Talk about hypeocracy and hypocrisy.
The author of this pathetic News Weak newspeak piece writes what he is paid to write.
The next post in this series is here, the previous post in this series is here.
Interview of "conspiracy theorist" Senator Bob Graham by Real News: