Never before has it been so important to have
independent, honest voices and sources of information.
We are - as a society - inundated and overwhelmed with a flood of information from a wide array of
sources, but these sources of information, by and large, serve the powerful
interests and individuals that own them. The main sources of information,
for both public and official consumption, include the mainstream media,
alternative media, academia and think tanks.
mainstream media is the most obvious in its inherent bias and
The mainstream media is owned directly by large multinational
corporations, and through their boards of directors are connected with a
plethora of other major global corporations and elite interests. An example
of these connections can be seen through the board of Time Warner.
Time Warner owns,
The board of directors includes individuals past or presently
Two of the most “esteemed” sources of news in the U.S. are.
New York Times
has on its board people who are past or presently affiliated
Schering-Plough International (pharmaceuticals)
the John D. and
Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Kohlberg & Company
The Charles Schwab Corporation
Ford Motor Company
Eli Lilly & Company,
bastion of impartiality.
And the same could be said for the Washington Post, which
has on its board:
Lee Bollinger, the President of Columbia University and Chairman of the
Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Warren Buffett, billionaire financial
investor, Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway
with (past or presently):
It is also important to address how the mainstream media is intertwined,
often covertly and secretly, with the government.
Carl Bernstein, one of the
two Washington Post reporters who covered the Watergate scandal, revealed
that there were over 400 American journalists who had,
“secretly carried out
assignments for the Central Intelligence Agency.”
“the use of
journalists has been among the most productive means of
intelligence-gathering employed by the CIA.”
Among organizations which
cooperated with the CIA were the,
"American Broadcasting Company, the
National Broadcasting Company, the Associated Press, United Press
International, Reuters, Hearst Newspapers, Scripps-Howard, Newsweek
magazine, the Mutual Broadcasting System, the Miami Herald and the old
Saturday Evening Post and New York Herald-Tribune."
By far the
most valuable of these associations, according to CIA officials,
have been with the New York Times, CBS and Time Inc.
The CIA even ran a
“to teach its agents to be journalists,” who were “then
placed in major news organizations with help from management.”
These types of relationships have continued in the decades since, although
perhaps more covertly and quietly than before.
For example, it was revealed
in 2000 that
during the NATO bombing of Kosovo,
“several officers from the
US Army's 4th Psychological Operations (PSYOPS) Group at Ft. Bragg worked in
the news division at CNN's Atlanta headquarters.”
This same Army Psyop
“planted stories in the U.S. media supporting the Reagan
Administration's Central America policies,” which was described by the Miami
Herald as a “vast psychological warfare operation of the kind the military
conducts to influence a population in enemy territory.”
These Army PSYOP
worked at National Public Radio (NPR) at the same time. The US
military has, in fact, had a
strong relationship with CNN.
In 2008, it was reported that the
Pentagon ran a major propaganda campaign
by using retired Generals and former Pentagon officials to present a good
picture of the administration’s war-time policies.
The program started in
the lead-up to the Iraq War in 2003 and continued into 2009.
officials, presented as “military analysts”, regurgitate government talking
points and often sit on the boards of military contractors, thus having a
vested interest in the subjects they are brought on to “analyze.”
The major philanthropic foundations in the United States have often used
their enormous wealth to co-opt voices of dissent and movements of
resistance into channels that are safe for the powers that be.
Bundy, former President of the Ford Foundation once said,
Foundation does is to make the world safe for Capitalism.”
Examples of this include philanthropies like the,
...providing immense financial and organizational support to Non-Governmental
Furthermore, the alternative media are often funded by these
same foundations, which has the effect of influencing the direction of
coverage as well as the stifling of critical analysis.
This now brings us to the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG) and
As an institution which acts as a research centre as well as a source of
alternative news through the website
www.globalresearch.ca, the CRG has
become a much needed voice of independence seeking to break through all the
propaganda and misinformation.
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