The Spellbound Media

Proof! Establishment media controlled

Exclusive: Joseph Farah scorches ‘journalists’ who are ‘selling their ethical, moral souls’

Joseph Farah – WND


There was a rather low-key confession made in the New York Times last week that deserves to be blared throughout this country so that every American understands what they are reading in the establishment’s ultra-controlled, government-managed “press” – and I use that last word loosely indeed.

The admission came in the form of a story by Jeremy Peters on the politics page of the Times July 16. I’ve been waiting for others to point it out, discuss it, debate it, express shock and exasperation over it. But I’ve waited for naught.

What this shocking story reveals is that even I – one of the kingpins of the new media and a refugee from the state-controlled spin machine – underestimated the utter and total corruption of the euphemistically called “mainstream press.”

It shows that most – not some – members of the print media establishment with access to the White House submit their copy to government officials for review, “correction” and approval before it reaches the American people!

Even “progressive” WND columnist Ellen Ratner agrees – media under a spell!

Here are some key excerpts from the piece, if you think I’m exaggerating:

“The quotations come back redacted, stripped of colorful metaphors, colloquial language and anything even mildly provocative.”

“They are sent by e-mail from the Obama headquarters in Chicago to reporters who have interviewed campaign officials under one major condition: the press office has veto power over what statements can be quoted and attributed by name.”

“Most reporters, desperate to pick the brains of the president’s top strategists, grudgingly agree. After the interviews, they review their notes, check their tape recorders and send in the juiciest sound bites for review. The verdict from the campaign – an operation that prides itself on staying consistently on script – is often no, Barack Obama does not approve this message.”

“Now, with a millisecond Twitter news cycle and an unforgiving, gaffe-obsessed media culture, politicians and their advisers are routinely demanding that reporters allow them final editing power over any published quotations.”

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Read more: http://www.wnd.com/2012/07/proof-establishment-media-controlled/

Having a Casablanca moment, are we?

That last part strikes me. All politicians do not have those editing privileges. Only one comes to mind. Trying to claim even many politicians are afforded these liberties would be false. Obama is.

They[NYT] went on to say the Obama administration has taken this process to a new high. Well of course; but any suggestion the process and treatment is the same for Romney’s campaign is ridiculous, just based on their own reporting.

What seems lost, as bad as all that admission is — and it probably caused a few sources to want to wash their mouth out with soap — this means what is said should have an official classification of “WH approved” speech. After all, it is. So whatever is said should be considered “approved”. That was obvious with the Iran computer virus. It was cleared, which inadvertantly means government sanctioned. But as this story indicates, the irony seems lost even on reporters.

Original article: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/16/us/politics/latest-word-on-the-campaign-trail-i-take-it-back.html?_r=2&pagewanted=all