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Lee Camp: New Polls Show Almost No One Believes Corporate Media Anymore

A new poll by Gallup shows that nearly the entire US populace no longer trusts mainstream media. Is this is a wonderful or a horrible thing? And what's the cause? Lee Camp digs into it.

By Lee Camp / MintPress News

Gone are the days when the CIA secretly infiltrated American newsrooms, craftily tricking people into believing U.S. government propaganda was the real news. When they started the Vietnam War based on storm clouds in the Gulf of Tonkin, the CIA officer was in the corner of the copy room whispering, “Say the storm clouds were heavily armed. Say the lightning looked like Charlie! Do it!”

Putting the CIA in every newsroom was a clandestine project called Operation Mockingbird, and it paid mighty dividends.

The Helsinki Times reported that when Carl Bernstein unveiled the scandal in 1977, “The CIA admitted that at least 400 journalists and 25 large organizations around the world had secretly carried out assignments for the agency.”

But that was way back then. Nowadays, the CIA and other intelligence agencies don’t do anything like that. Nowadays, they never keep it a secret that they run the media. It’s just in our face today, like bad cologne on a 45 year-old who still talks about his college fraternity every chance he gets.

Cable news hires intelligence agents to guide the national narrative all the time. Former CIA Director John Brennan, former Director of National Intelligence Jim Clapper, and former director of the CIA and the NSA Michael Hayden all moved from intelligence into the corporate media (just to name a few).

Now they just admit to being major contributors to the media outlets. Former CIA directors, former FBI heads, former directors of national intelligence, FBI analysts, and CIA officers are all paid to guide the national narrative.

Cable news is like a retirement program for the CIA! It’s an elder care facility for spooks!

Cable news’s favorite heir to the oligarchy, Anderson Cooper himself worked at the CIA in college. But I’m sure once he stopped working there, he kept no connection with them. Much like former CIA head George H. W. Bush severed all CIA ties when he became president, right?

Lee Camp
Lee Camp

Lee Camp is an American stand-up comedian, writer, actor and activist. Camp is the host of Behind The Headlines’ new series: The Most Censored News With Lee Camp. He is a former comedy writer for the Onion and the Huffington Post and has been a touring stand-up comic for 20 years.

15 comments

  1. I’ll bet all that I have that more people believe the mainstream media than you, Lee, and all the rest of your left-ish, Neo Progressive demagogues and propaganda buffs alt-facts combined!

    1. His point precisely, dufus. Americans are brain-washed by the spooks who want to control the world by controlling the message that hits you in the face every day. That includes you. And the only way to avoid that control is to do your own research, your own reading, open your mind to reality and realize that alternative media, from reputable sources, is the only way to get closer to the truth.

      1. @Pamela

        A Gallup article on the topic (“Americans’ Trust in Media Dips to Second Lowest on Record by Megan Brenan”) states that “36% in U.S. have a “great deal” or “fair amount” of trust in mass media”. In examining the actual poll (linked PDF in the article), it turns out that while 27% declare they have no faith at all in the media, additional 41% declare partial faith.

        Even if we consider only the first number, 36% is far from “Almost No One”. When we consider that additional 41% that have some faith in mainstream media, Lee’s statement that “New Polls Show Almost No One Believes Corporate Media Anymore” is obviously false.

        If you wish “to get closer to the truth”, “dufus”, I am afraid you are in the wrong place.

        @Rodney

        I am from the real universe, not the one in which “red pill”/blue pill determine your fate.

        And frankly, as much as I hate to admit it, compared to the hyperbole-as-facts, fables, obfuscations, doom-and-gloom prophetic delusions and outright propaganda emanating from the so called ‘alternative media’ sources, liberal mainstream media outlets are far less outlandish.

    2. I wasn’t going to reply to the article, but when I read the comment by Democracy Gone Astray, I couldn’t resist. I’m not sure what universe DGA travels thru, but wherever it is, he needs to take the red pill.
      I have been a student of history, world events, foreign and domestic policies, and journalism for over 60 years, and in that time I have never seen more lies, mistruths, and distortion of the news by mainstream media then we are experiencing now. The truth of this is plain to see, for those who are not blinded by ideology and corporate controlled media.

    3. astray proof Geoffrey Gorer correct; “amerikans only comprehend discreet disconnected facts–they cannot make connections”
      “since the masses are eager to believe in something nothing is so easy as to arrange facts for their benefit” Charles Talleyrand

    4. americans prefer lies—fake news…”the I can world view is nihilism with a happy ending”. Alan Bloom

    5. STEPS THAT GO NOWHERE

      Great example by DGA as to how the self-designated centrist Dem elite operates through Escheresque twists. Steps which appear to go somewhere but never do.

      Look closely at the logic and its assumptions: More people believe MSM. Alt sources are defined away as propaganda, no evidence needed. Implied also is that belief equals truth, and by default, so does MSM since there is no alternative.

      BTW, democracy did NOT “go astray.” It was driven out by an unholy alliance of oligarchical neolib Dems and plutocratic neocon Rs. Neither of whom wants an actual democracy where the sheer numbers of us peasants, as shown by 1912 Populism and the labor movement, can become a real problem for them.

    6. you are probably correct…”americans are ignorant and unteachable”. George Santayana
      “America requires a stupefied population…anything intellectually or artistically excellent in Erica is considered elitist”. Christopher Lasch
      “nothing can thrive in america unless inflated by hyperbole and gilded with a fine coat of fraud. americans cannot think except by means of slogans—they identify garbage as quality. the stupidity and ignorance of americans has long been a topic of hilarity in Europe”. Paul Fussell

  2. Bitingly, depressingly true & absolutely hilarious at the same time – love it!

  3. only a moron believes the fake stream media…. but then since americans are allergic to philosophy, sociology history there is nothing else….Hofstadter describes US academics: “technicians that serve power with a thin understanding of everything”. Censorship reflects a society that has no confidence in itself”. Potter Stewart
    “american academia is far more effectively censored than was Soviet academia”. Georgi Derlugian
    after Geoffrey Gorer examined USSR media and school curriculum , he described censorship in US media school curriculum as “ludicrous”
    “after God investigated stupidity he created american school boards”. Mark Twain
    understanding never derives from media, only a wide horizon of scholarship literature, etc—journalism is largely current events absent context or dialectal connection

  4. Democracy Gone Astray writes,

    “And frankly, as much as I hate to admit it, compared to the hyperbole-as-facts, fables, obfuscations, doom-and-gloom prophetic delusions and outright propaganda emanating from the so called ‘alternative media’ sources, liberal mainstream media outlets are far less outlandish.”

    Painting everyone within a group with same brush. Great way to dismiss opposition. As for “outlandish,” I wonder if you think the Ukraine coverage by MSM is nuanced and free “prophetic delusions and outright propaganda?”

  5. Winston Churchill (1944): ”I have left the obvious, essential fact to this point, namely, that it is the Russian Armies who have done the main work in tearing the guts out of the [Nazi} army.” …It won’t take 4 years this time.

    Simon Bolivar: “The United States appear to be destined by Providence to plague America [and the world] with misery in the name of liberty.”

    The US now, and always, makes allies of the most corrupt, violent human rights abusers as collaborators. Recently, US trained military yahoos committed 8 coups in West Africa. Of course, military coups are cheaper than honestly negotiating Oil & Gas rights with responsible, democratically elected, popularly supported leadership. ‘Los Zetas’, Mexico’s worst narco gang were trained and armed by US ‘special forces’. Honduras, where democracy was recently restored after a US-OAS coup installed a president and family now facing decades in US prisons for drug trafficking. El Salvador, where ex-President Cristiani is facing murder charges for the executions of 6 Catholic priests, housekeeper and her young daughter, that advocated for negotiations and peace.

    William Casey (CIA Director 1981-1987): “We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false.”

    US-NAYOYO-Europe wanted this war, wanted these self-defeating sanctions, and for their sins will get both. The attacks on Russia were designed and implemented by every US administration since Carter and Brzezinski. This war has revealed Western promises and treaties as completely worthless. Western talking heads and media cloaca will tell outrageous lies, make bigoted judgements, and will not listen to reasoned arguments. They will commit and support horrific crimes to further domestic political careers and the wealth of their oligarchs.

    Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, “…nobody now gives the United States any respect, apart from a handful of fascist Brits and that simpering little whore Tony Blair.”

    Threadbare lies and manipulations have been penetrated. Memories of past US bull shite and attitude wafts past Southern Hemisphere noses. The disdain of Latin America, Africa, and Asia for anti-Russian sanctions suggests Western influence and control over the Southern Hemisphere is being destroyed. Especially as the US may demonize their leaders at any time, for transparently selfish reasons, and seize assets necessary for development and proper functioning of their economies. Iranian, Venezuelan, and Mexican crude supported the White West through World War II. They received poverty, contempt, and death squads in return. Asia, Africa, and Latin America won’t support sanctions that will only crucify their citizens, and enrich Texass oil companies.

    Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, 1933: “We must make our choice. We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both.”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUBvIUtL0LU
    Bruce Cockburn – Call it Democracy – Russian

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFkmRp_G2uo
    Solomon Burke – None of us are free

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