Journalist Reveals Tactics Brainwashing Industry Uses to Manipulate the Public

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Our reality is carefully constructed by powerful corporate, political and special interest sources in order to covertly sway public opinion. Blatant lies are often televised regarding terrorism, food, war, health, etc. They are fashioned to sway public opinion and condition viewers to accept what have become destructive societal norms.

The practice of manipulating and controlling public opinion with distorted media messages has become so common that there is a whole industry formed around this. The entire role of this brainwashing industry is to figure out how to spin information to journalists, similar to the lobbying of government. It is never really clear just how much truth the journalists receive because the news industry has become complacent. The messages that it presents are shaped by corporate powers who often spend millions on advertising with the six conglomerates that own 90% of the media: General Electric (GE), News-Corp, Disney, Viacom, Time Warner, and CBS. Yet, these corporations function under many different brands, such as Fox, ABC, CNN, Comcast, Wall Street Journal, etc, giving people the perception of choice.

“As Tavistock’s researchers showed, it was important that the victims of mass brainwashing not be aware that their environment was being controlled; there should thus be a vast number of sources for information, whose messages could be varied slightly, so as to mask the sense of external control.” ~ Specialist of mass brainwashing, L. Wolfe

New Brainwashing Tactics Called ‘Astroturf’

With alternative media on the rise, the propaganda machine continues to expand. Below is a video of Sharyl Attkisson, investigative reporter with CBS, during which she explains how “astroturf,” or fake grassroots movements, are used to spin information not only to influence journalists but to sway public opinion.

“Astroturf is a perversion of grassroots. Astroturf is when political, corporate or other special interests disguise themselves and publish blogs, start facebook and twitter accounts, publish ads, letters to the editor, or simply post comments online, to try to fool you into thinking an independent or grassroots movement is speaking.” ~ Sharyl Attkisson, Investigative Reporter

How do you separate fact from fiction? Sharyl Attkisson finishes her talk with some insights on how to identify signs of propaganda and astroturf.

Here is a summary of astroturf tactics. Once you’re aware of them, you will notice just how popular they have truly become:

  • Creating of Wikipedia pages, monitored by corporations.
  • Creating a social media presence, including Facebook and Twitter accounts, run by paid professionals.
  • Secretly funding non-profit organizations to create third-party support and web presence.
  • Search engine optimizing web pages such as blogs and third-party sites that support a specific agenda.
  • Financing industry research that is deceitfully presented as independent opinion.
  • Funding experts working on unrelated projects, while in reality creating paid consultants.

These methods are used to give people the impression that there is widespread support for an agenda, when, in reality, one may not exist. Astroturf tactics are also used to discredit or criticize those that disagree with certain agendas, using stereotypical names such as conspiracy theorist or quack. When in fact when someone dares to reveal the truth or questions the ‘official’ story, it should spark a deeper curiosity and encourage further scrutiny of the information.

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  • Edward L. Bernays taught them everything they knew, in 1928.

  • otis cambell

    Believe nothing you hear & only half of what you see.

    • D.Moore

      I say that daily

  • Kent

    and you can find their playbook here:
    Remember, it is to your advantage to know and understand your opponent(s)!

  • Eric

    It only works on the sheeple. Unfortunately, that population is WAY to large.

  • august

    That started back in the 50’s, before that it was Radio & movies.
    subliminal messages in the silent movies, that is still use to day!

    • Stibbs11

      That started with Plato bud.

  • SP_88

    How do I know that I’ve really been brainwashed? Maybe I was just brainwashed into believing that I’ve been brainwashed.
    I don’t trust anything that anyone says, not even me. Why would I trust myself, I’ve been brainwashed, I think.

    • Plextt Plextt

      You’re in the Twilight Zone.

      • SP_88

        Tell me about it. And it’s not even one of the better episodes.

  • It is not Paranoia

    Brainwashing sucks….it can make people think they live on some spinning ball flying through nothing…and they don’t even think about stopping for a second and saying “Wait, what? That sounds like total bullshit!”.

    Nah…everything is just like I was told. I don’t have to care about it. Now let’s check my facebook page on my iphone. 50 times per hour.

    • Jonathan

      Flat earther movement is one the cards in the illuminati card game.

      • Brad Dueringer

        Exactly, another one they have is co-opting, creating or controlling (through threts or rewards) alternative news sites…..I am aware of several, the more truthful alternative news has covers this phenomenon and they call these alternative news sites “limited hangouts”.

        Alex Jones is one with his never talk about Zionists site Infowars. Steve Quayle is another site that has good info up to a point and that point is the Rothschild Kazarian Mafia, he won’t confront the Jewish Mafia……its funny, anyone can talk about the Italian Mafia and virtually no one accusses them of hating Italians. You can talk I’ll of Nazis and no one will knee jerk a response of….you hate all Germans.

        But God forbid you talk about a Jewish Mafia and their Zionist friends and low and behold, you hate all Jews….. This is ridiculous….. Most Jews suffer under the same Mafia in Israel, just like many Germans suffered under Nazism. But any rational person can see the total control of most MSM by the Jewish Mafia. And people like George Soros ain’t no German…..neither is Kissinger or Janet Tellen, or Allen Greenspan or Ben Bernanke sp?…….are we seeing a trend …..but God forbid Alex Jones, Steve Quayle or many others touch on the root of many of the world’s problems….. No they just want to keep hacking at the branches…..Jeff Renee is willing to discuss this, and so are Jews who suffer under the Jewish Mafia (Zionism) like Brother Nathaniel.

        Be careful people, the MSM isn’t the only controlled media. The very intelligent think tanks working for the Mafia have allowed or created genre’s for all levels of intelligence and knowledge across the web with one thing in common…… Never talk about the true rulers and dirrectors of the global crime syndicate….. The Rothschild Kazarian Mafia aka the Jewish Mafia.

        • Brad Dueringer

          A famous quote…..”if you want to know who rules over you, then find out who you are not allowed to criticize”.

        • It is not Paranoia

          I know about the cards man, it’s weird and I don’t know what it means. But last time I checked, I was not illuminati 🙂

          There’s Flat Earth movement and there’s Flat Earth movement. One is sincere, the other is distraction. And the reason I trust in the sincere (in my opinion) movement is exacly what you are saying – they know who’s behind it all and they are not afraid to say it out loud.

          Fuck Alex Jones and these clowns.

          This is where it’s at

          check this if you were interested

          also this

          there’s plenty of that stuff there. The forum is currently rebuilding after being shut down on new years eve. The man behind it all – Eric Dubay – has all his fb accounts and groups deleted or hijacked.

          I don’t know about any other flat earth forum being shut down, so this is a nice little clue for me that they’re on to something.

          Sorry to bother you, if you don’t like it, it’s ok.

          But man, there’s something about it. Give it a shot.

          Have a nice day.

          • Brad Dueringer

            Thanks for the info,


          • Jonathan

            Sorry, I think you’re being deceived by flat earth stuff.

        • Jonathan

          I like both Alex and Steve. They may not know everything, but you cannot say they do not touch on the subject. For example Alex constantly talks about the federal reserve, the Rothschilds and etc. So for all you people who constantly say “It’s the Jews stupid!” how can you claim Alex is working for the Jews; if he is constantly talking about Jews that are evil? Steve Quayle on the other hand tends to focus on issues within governments and prophecies rather than getting into the details on illuminati theories.

          Now, I do agree with you that there are evil Jews and that they seem hell bent on destruction of the world. But, what I think is ignorant is the constant assumption that they are always “Kazarian”.

          For one thing Jewish families were dispersed throughout Europe long before the Khazarian state converted to Judaism. These Jewish families did not just go away. They exist to the present time. It’s ludicrious to claim that all Jews are “fake khazars”. I would guess that if any Jews are of Khazarian origins it is more likely to be those who actually come from that area of the world which is Russia, Ukraine etc.

          Secondly, we cannot assume that people of Khazarian descent are any worse of a people than any one else. And furthermore this argument that only khazarian Jews are bad seems to imply that truly Hebrew Jews cannot be bad. Why is that? They are not any better than any one else. (Just read the Bible and you’ll see they commit every sin and yet can be virtuous: they are normal people)

          Thirdly, implying it is a Jewish mafia seems to imply they actually believe and follow the teachings of Judaism. The facts point to other conclusions when we are talking about those known as illuminists. Which seem to me to ultimately worship lucifer as the bringer of the light of “reason”(tree of knowledge of good and evil) and dispeller of “superstition”. (religions and national governments)

          And, constantly emphasizing the Jews ignores those who are not Jewish and yet are just as much to be concerned with.

          Finally, these Jews are just too obvious. Almost as if they want to be known. Like George Soros … Who is really behind the scenes? If I was in charge of a Jewish conspiracy of world domination I would seek to keep the Jews themselves free from suspicion and use mostly gentiles to achieve my objectives publicly. But, we don’t see that today. We see Jews all over pushing evil policies and taking constant blame.

          Whoever they are and whatever race an illuminist happens to be, they are people that are under intense mind control, they actually believe they are doing the right thing and consumed with an unholy zeal will do anything and everything possible in order to achieve their objective a new world order which they see as a good thing.

          In my opinion there seems to be multiple illuminatis from different power centers in the world.

          • It is not Paranoia

            Nice try, but please do me a favor and don’t drive people away from flat earth theories.

            Yeah yeah, it’s crazy, I know, I’m a crazy conspiracy theorist, I know…

            A few months back I would laugh in your face for telling me the earth was flat. And then…a little internet research, little using of my eyes and voila! Why the hell did I think the earth was a freaking ball?? It makes no sense!!

            I know it’s fucked up, but please, give it a shot. I believe it’s important to check both sides of a story and then decide for yourself. Just as I did.

            Just following what you’re told is…sheeple-ish 🙂

      • Suzanna Gamble

        that’s interesting………….mmmm?

        • Jonathan

          Isn’t it? I think people are dupes to believe flat earth theories.

  • YeahRightOkay

    …the internet is becoming as dangerous as television…

  • Another Thought Criminal

    And the same group of people, with the same agenda own 5 of them 6 companies. The 6th one, NewsCorp, isn’t OPENLY owned by the same group, but yet is the biggest cheerleader for israel.

    • navre12

      Rupert Murdoch runs and directs News-Corp and its affiliates and you are right about his cheer leading for Israel and the Zionist movement.

      Murdoch’s mother is an Orthodox Jew,and he dropped his given first name “Keith” in favor of “Rupert” which is his mother’s father’s first name.
      His mother was from a very family in Australia and they helped promote their new son-in-law from a reporter to Chairman of British owned newspaper he was employed by.

      Murdoch regards himself as a Zionist and in the Jewish tradition the Jewish blood line is passed from the mother so it is understandable as to why he supports Israel.

  • Heres Albert

    Unplug from the Matrix! Check out this DHS drone

  • DAvid

    Wicked Pedia’s job has always been misinformation – you are so right. We now see it quoted as an authoritative source, when in reality it is created out of myth mixed with a few facts. I’ve always felt it’s a place intellectually lazy people go because it reinforces simple notions and doesn’t require any more brain power than reading the three little pigs. God’s speed all

  • Broos

    And we know this article is NOT Astroturf, HOW?

    • Brad Dueringer

      Smart….analyze whether they shy away from certain knowledge like the Rothschild Kazarian Mafia or chem trails or 911 and you will have your answer.

      When I was newer to the truth seeker movement back around 2005….I used 911 as my “litmus” test, if a news organization blamed a bunch of Muslims for 911, I wrote them off immediately

  • Loohan

    No video shows in my browser, but this disclosure is put out by “them”, CBS for crying out loud.
    Reinforcing the point i constantly make that “they” always tell you, somewhere in the mix, the truth of what they are doing. Of course, this particular example is FAR from comprehensive, LOL.
    Hence, trust no one merely because they disclose truth. Even those who appear “alternative”.

  • RandyJ/ProudSurvivor

    One of the surest ways to enslave people is to diminish their knowledge and understanding of the world that is, versus the world that has been created for them.

  • Dick Johnson

    Political Correctness is a brainwashing technique based on Marxist Critical Theory

    It is a system of cyclical logic that once adopted by the user never
    allows for another approach, and the end-game is that the assigned
    antagonist always embodies hatred, racism, or oppression.

    They become intellectually trapped, because in order to see and realize
    when they err, they would have to empathize and entertain their assigned
    antagonists point of view…this causes great cognitive dissonance due
    to contradicting their previously assigned value of the antagonist and
    so is rejected or avoided.

    The remaining cognitive dissonance is alleviated by the religious
    cult-like belief that they are on the ” right ” or ” good ” side of
    every issue, always battling racists, bigots, and oppressors. Like
    religious zealots they assume moral authority and claim to have ” more
    knowledge ” than the average folk.

    Religions have made up transgressions against their gods, and PC has made up transgressions against their ideal society.

    It is the same type of system used by cults, utilizing the cyclical intellectual trap described by Kafka in ” The Trial “.

  • philip gunby

    Why do you think Jesus says I his Revelation.”Come out of her my people”

  • Mariaeugenia

    Bernays, nephew of Freud, ran a political campaign in the US (for Wilson), told his uncle “come over here if you are broke, the people here believe anything”

  • dhartley231 .

    Global Warming BS

  • Daniel Lisa Duke

    OEV (Operation Earnest Voice) $200,000,000 congress approved expenditure for military mitigating overseas propaganda.