by Matt Agorist
January 29, 2018

from TheFreeThoughtProject Website


A single organization

controls almost everything you

see, hear, and read in the media

and they've been handpicking

your leaders for decades.

It is no secret that over the last 4 decades, mainstream media has been consolidated from dozens of competing companies to only six.


Hundreds of channels, websites, news outlets, newspapers, and magazines, making up ninety percent of all media is controlled by very few people, giving Americans the illusion of choice.

While six companies controlling most everything the Western world consumes in regard to media may sound like a sinister arrangement, the Swiss Propaganda Research center (SPR) has just released information that is even worse.


The research group was able to tie all these media companies to a single organization:

the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).



For those who may be unaware, the CFR is a primary member of the circle of Washington think-tanks promoting endless war.


As former Army Major Todd Pierce describes, this group acts as "primary provocateurs" using,

"'psychological suggestiveness' to create a false narrative of danger from some foreign entity with the objective being to create paranoia within the U.S. population that it is under imminent threat of attack or takeover."

A senior member of the CFR and outspoken neocon warmonger, Robert Kagan has even publicly proclaimed that the U.S. should create an empire.


The narrative created by CFR and its cohorts is picked up by their secondary communicators, also known the mainstream media, who push it on the populace with no analysis or questioning.


When looking at the chart from SPR, the reach by this single organization is so vast that it is no mystery as to how these elite psychopaths guide Americans into accepting endless war at the expense of their mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters.


Top journalists and executives from all major media companies are integrated into the CFR.


As the chart below illustrates, the CFR has even more control in the mainstream media than even the nefarious Bilderberg Group and the Trilateral Commission.






Journalists and media executives

extracted from above image:

New York Daily News and U.S. News & World Report

1: Mortimer B. Zuckerman, publisher



2: Jacob Weisberg, group editor


The Nation

3: Katrina Vanden Heuvel, publisher


Foreign Affairs

4: James F. Hoge, former editor

5: Gideon Rose, editor


Foreign Policy

6: Moises Nairn, editor


The National Interest

7: Jacob Heilbrunn, editor


The American Interest

8: Francis Fukuyama, executive chairman


Financial Times

9: Martin Wolf, associate editor & chief economics commentator

10: Gideon Rachman, chief foreign affairs commentator



11: Stephen J. Adler, presidents EIC

12: Tom Glocer, former CEO

13: Harold M. Evans, editor-at-Iarge

14: David Schlesinger, former EIC



15: Robert Allbritton, publisher

16: Garrett Graff, former editor



17: Michael Bloomberg, owners CEO

18: John Michklethwait, EIC of Bloomberg News, former EIC of The Economist

19: Matthew Winkler, former EIC of Bloomberg News

20: Daniel Doctoroff, former CEO



21: Randall Lane, editor


Los Angeles Times

22: Doyle McManus, Washington bureau chief

23: Shelby Coffey, former editor and EVP


News Corp

24: Rupert Murdoch, executive chairman


Fox News

25: Maria Bartiromo, news anchor

26: Heather Nauert, former news host

27: Dan Senor, commentator

28: Trish Regan, television host

29: Linda Vester, former news host


Wall Street Journal (News Corp)

30: Peter Kann, former publisher

31: Karen Elliott House, former managing editor

32: L. Gordon Crovitz, former publisher

33: Robert Bartley, former editor

34: Paul A. Gigot, editorial page editor

35: Alan Murray, deputy managing editor

36: Daniel Henninger, deputy editorial page director

37: Gerald Seib, Washington bureau chief

38: Peggy Noonan, columnist

39: Paul Steiger, former managing editor (1991-2007)



40: Pamela Thomas Graham, former CEO of CNBC

41: Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric (former owner of NBCUniversal)

42: Cesar Conde, chairman of NBC Universal International Group

43: Steve Capus, former president of NBC News

44: Tom Brokaw, news anchor

45: Mika Brzezinski, MSNBC news host

46: Andrea Mitchell, chief foreign affairs correspondent

47: Richard Engel, chief foreign corr.

48: Brian Williams, NBC chief anchor

49: Joe Scarborough, news host

50: Bianna Golodryga, news anchor

51: Ayman Mohyeldin, reporter


The Economist

52: Lynn Forester de Rothschild, co-owner and board member

53: John Elkann (Agnelli family), co-owner and board member

54: Zanny Minton Beddoes, EIC

55: Rupert Pennant-Rea, chairman of the Economist Group

56: Vendeline von Bredow, business correspondent

57: Adrian Wooldridge, foreign correspondent

58: Bill Emmott, former EIC

59: Megan McArdle, journalist | The New Republic

60: Walter Lippmann, co-founder

61: Chris Hughes, former publisher

62: Peter Beinart, former editor

63: Morton Kondracke, former executive editor

64: J. Peter Scoblic, former executive editor

65: Ronald Steel, journalist & professor



66: Norman Pearlstine, chief content officer of Time Inc.

67: Michael Duffy, deputy managing editor

68: Nancy Gibbs, managing editor

69: Henry Luce, founding publisher

70: John Huey, former EIC

71: Richard Stengel, former managing editor

72: Joe Klein, columnist

73: Ian Bremmer, foreign affairs columnist & editor-at-Iarge

74: James Gaines, managing editor (1993-95)

75: Jason McManus, managing editor (1985-87)

76: Henry Grunwald, managing editor (1968-77)


The New York Times

77: Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, former publisher (1963-92)

78: Arthur Hays Sulzberger, former publisher (1935-61)

79: Joseph Kahn, managing editor

80: Andrew Rosenthal, former editorial page editor

81: Serge Schmemann, international affairs editor

82: Susan Chira, former deputy executive editor

83: David C. Unger, former foreign affairs editor

84: David Sanger, Washington correspondent

85: Thomas Shanker, assistant Washington editor and former Pentagon correspondent

86: Thomas Friedman, foreign affairs columnist

87: Ethan Bronner, former deputy foreign editor

88: Andrew Ross Sorkin, financial columnist

89: Carol Giacomo, foreign affairs editor

90: Michael Gordon, chief military correspondent

91: Robert B. Semple, associate editorial page editor

92: Judith Miller, Washington bureau reporter

93: David Brooks, op-ed columnist

94: Nicholas Kristof, op-ed columnist and former associate managing editor

The Washington Post

95: Eugene Meyer, former publisher (1933-46)

96: Jeff Bezos, owner (since 2013)

97: Katharine Graham, former publisher (1969-79)

98: Donald E. Graham, former publisher S chairman (1979-2013)

99: Fred Hiatt, editorial page editor

100: Glenn Kessler, diplomatic correspondent and fact checker

101: Anne Applebaum, former editorial board member

102: Walter Pincus, national security journalist

103: Jackson Diehl, deputy editorial page editor

104: Charles Krauthammer, columnist

105: Robert Kaiser, former managing editor and senior correspondent

106: David Ignatius, associate editor

107: Eugene Robinson, columnist and chair of Pulitzer Prize Board

108: Karen DeYoung, associate editor

109: Marc Thiessen, columnist

110: Richard M. Cohen, columnist

111: Jim Hoagiand, associate editor and columnist

112: George F. Will, columnist


CNN (Time Warner)

113: W. Thomas Johnson, former president

114: Walter Isaacson, former CEO

115: Ellana Lee, SVP of CNN International and managing editor Asia-Pacific

116: Mark Whitaker, former EVP and managing editor of CNN Worldwide

117: Fareed Zakaria, foreign affairs show host

118: Erin Burnett, news anchor

119: Sanjay Gupta, chief medical correspondent

120: David Gergen, senior political analyst

121: Christiane Amanpour, chief international correspondent

122: Judy Woodruff, news anchor

123: Peter Bergen, national security analyst

124: Kitty Pilgrim, former news anchor and correspondent

125: Paula Zahn, former news anchor

126: Elise Labott, global affairs correspondent

127: Ali Velshi, former chief business correspondent

128: Jake Tapper, chief Washington corr.

129: Sam Feist, SVP and Washington bureau chief

130: Jeffrey Toobin, legal analyst


CBS News

131: Laurence A. Tisch, former CEO of CBS

132: William Paley, founder of CBS

133: Joseph Califano jr., CBS director

134: William Cohen, CBS director and former Secretary of Defense

135: Dan Rather, former news anchor

136: Bob Schieffer, news anchor and chief Washington com

137: Charlie Rose, talk show host

138: Lesley Stahl, news reporter

139: Margaret Brennan, White Houses senior foreign affairs corr.

140: Reena Ninan, news anchor

141: Edward R. Murrow, former broadcast journalist


Time Warner

142: Jeffrey Bewkes, chairman & CEO

143: Gary Ginsberg, communications chief

144: Richard Parsons, former chairman S CEO

145: Gerald Levin, former chairman & CEO


ABC News (Disney)

146: Ben Sherwood, president

147: David Westin, former president

148: George Stephanopoulos, chief anchor S chief political corr.

149: Juju Chang, news anchor

150: Barbara Walters, news anchor and show host

151: Peter Jennings, news anchor

152: Katie Couric, news anchor

153: Diane Sawyer, news anchor

154: Jonathan Karl, chief White House corr.



155: Michael Eisner, former chairman S CEO

156: Monica Lozano, director


The New Yorker

157: David Remnick, EIC

158: Amy Davidson, senior editor international affairs

159: Hendrik Hertzberg, principal political commentator

160: Lawrence Wright, staff writer

161: Evan Osnos, foreign affairs writer

162: Jane Kramer, European correspondent

163: Mark Danner, foreign affairs corr.

164: Nick Paumgarten, staff writer

165: Mattathias Schwartz, staff writer

166: Robin Wright, contributor


The New York Review of Books

167: Robert Silvers, founding editor

168: Barbara Epstein, founding editor



169: Richard M. Smith, former CEO &, EIC

170: Jon Meacham, former EIC

171: Janine di Giovanni, Middle East editor

172: Evan Thomas, former Washington bureau chief


The Daily Beast

173: Tina Brown, founding editor

174: Barry Diller, chairman of IAC (owner of Daily Beast)


USA Today

175: Joanne Lipman, EIC & chief content officer

176: David Andelman, international affairs columnist



177: Donald A. Baer, chairman

178: Hartford N Gunn, founder

179: Jim Lehrer, former news anchor

180: Margaret Warner, senior correspondent

181: Bill Moyers, former news anchor

182: Jonathan Barzilay, COO



183: Vivian Schiller, former CEO

184: Gary Knell, former president

185: Tom Gjelten, correspondent

186: DinaTemple-Raston, national security corr.



187: Eric Schmidt, executive chairman



188: Sheryl Sandberg, COO and director

189: Marne Levine, VP of global public policy


The Atlantic

190: David G. Bradley, chairman of Atlantic Media.


Based on official participant lists and membership rosters; non-exhaustive; no liability assumed.





B: Bilderberg meeting participant

Br: Bilderberg meeting rapporteur

C: CFR member (incl. term members and former members)

D: CFR director

EIC: editor-in-chief

F: CFR fellow

M: married to CFR member

S: son of CFR member

T: Trilateral Commission member (incl. former members).




As SPR points out, Richard Harwood, former managing editor and ombudsman of the Washington Post, wrote about the Council on Foreign Relations Recognizing that its members most likely correspond to what one might call the "ruling establishment of the United States."


Harwood continued,

"The membership of these journalists in the council, however they may think of themselves, is an acknowledgment of their active and important role in public affairs and of their ascension into the American ruling class.


They do not merely analyze and interpret foreign policy for the United States; they help make it."

Let that sink in...


This group of unaccountable, unelected, professional propagandists in America doesn't simply analyze U.S. government policy - they make it.


While only five percent of the members of CFR work within the media, as SPR points out that is all they need to implement the will of its other members that includes:

  • several U.S. presidents and vice presidents of both parties


  • almost all foreign, defense and finance ministers


  • most chiefs of staff and commanders of the U.S. military and NATO


  • nearly all National Security Advisers, CIA Directors, UN Ambassadors, Fed Chairmen, World Bank Presidents, and Directors of the National Economic Council


  • some of the most influential members of Congress (especially foreign and security politicians)


  • numerous media managers and top journalists, as well as some of the most famous actors


  • numerous prominent academics, especially in the key areas of economics, international relations, political and historical sciences, and journalism


  • numerous executives from think tanks, universities, NGOs, and Wall Street


  • key members of the 9/11 Commission and the Warren Commission (JFK)

To highlight just how much control over the media the CFR wields we need only look at the fact that they operate - in the open - and receive nearly no media coverage.


The former chairman of the CFR, High Commissioner for Germany, co-founder of the Atlantic Bridge, World Bank president, and an adviser to a total of nine U.S. presidents, John J. McCloy actually bragged publicly about the CFR hand picking U.S. politicians.

"Whenever we needed a man [in Washington], we just thumbed through the roll of Council members and put through a call to New York [to the CFR's headquarters office]," said McCloy.

Until the election of Trump the past four presidents have been the director of the CFR, George HW Bush, who was replaced by a member of the CFR, Bill Clinton, who was replaced by a family member of the CFR, George W Bush, who was then replaced by CFR aspirant candidate Barack Obama - who filled his cabinet with members of the elite group.


Although Donald Trump was never a public member of the CFR, that did not stop him from filling the White House with dozens of CFR members.


Here are just a few of the CFR members appointed by Trump:

  • Elaine Chao, United States Secretary of Transportation (CFR individual member)

  • Jamie Dimon, Member of Strategic and Policy Forum (CFR corporate member)

  • Jim Donovan, Deputy Treasury Secretary (CFR corporate member)

  • Larry Fink, Member of Strategic and Policy Forum (CFR corporate member)

  • Neil M. Gorsuch, Supreme Court Justice (individual CFR member)

  • Vice Admiral Robert S. Harward, National Security Advisor (declined appointment) (CFR corporate member)

Even though Trump wasn't a CFR member outright, his cabinet is made up almost entirely of its members. 


As this information illustrates - democracy is an illusion.