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Cartel (n.) -- A combination of independent commercial enterprises designed to limit competition.

Americans have more than one TV channel and more than one newspaper. Yet they all seem to parrot the same Establishment line. The reason is not just (or even primarily) because most reporters are liberal; most reporters are liberal because liberalism, not genuine conservatism, is what it takes to get ahead in the world of Big Media. Understanding that the news media is biased is important, of course. But the bias cannot be fully understood or even detected without first recognizing the revolutionary political agenda behind the bias.

The principal purpose of this special issue of THE NEW AMERICAN is to expose the media cartel and its revolutionary agenda (see "Behind the Bias" on the following page). The cartel's agenda, minus the Madison Avenue packaging, is to condition the American people to acquiesce to (and, better still, embrace) steps leading to global government controlled by a ruling elite.

Another purpose of this issue is to show the key tactics the media employ to beguile the public. Americans who understand the media cartel agenda, and who also understand the cartel's propaganda tactics, will be much better able to "read between the lines" and avoid being deceived themselves.

Media propaganda tactics exposed in this issue include:

* Blackout: The media cartel decides what the news is and what it is not. Stories conflicting with the party line are spiked (if possible) or downplayed (page 17).

* Misdirection: When a story damaging to the cartel picks up too much momentum to be spiked outright, the media will often try to misdirect the public's attention to another story. The classic example of this "sleight of hand" tactic is how President Clinton, with the complicity of the media magicians, was impeached for transgressions related to the Monica Lewinsky scandal when he should have been impeached for the far more serious crime of "Chinagate" (page 23).

* Expert opinion: Instead of presenting its message in its own voice, the media cartel devotes plenty of airtime and space to supposedly impartial "experts" who echo the Establishment line. This enables the media to disseminate their propaganda while still retaining the appearance of impartiality. In fact, the Establishment-favored "experts" may more easily beguile the public, since the "experts" supposedly have the backgrounds to know what they are talking about (page 27).

* Smear: The media cartel damages and destroys reputations by distorting facts and playing on the public's emotions. The best recent example of the stratagem at work is the "two minutes hate" directed at Trent Lott -- who, of course, cooperated in his own downfall by constantly apologizing for thoughts he had not expressed (page 33).

* Defining Popular Opinion: The media cartel creates the appearance of popular support for its agenda through its use of public opinion surveys, its coverage of supposedly spontaneous mass demonstrations, etc. (page 35).

* Mass Entertainment: The media cartel propagandizes not only through news programming but through movies and other forms of mass entertainment. But Hollywood's "entertainment" fare also serves to distract and dumb down the public, both intellectually and morally (page 38).

* Hobson's Choice: The media mavens kindly present "conservative" and "liberal" solutions to the problems of the day. But often genuine solutions are either not mentioned or viewed as outside the "mainstream" (page 43).

Although the Establishment media cartel is immensely powerful, it does not control every newsroom decision and every news organ. Americans, therefore, still have access to the unvarnished truth, and they should seek out and learn the truth to the fullest extent possible. Part of this challenge is to get information from a source with a proven track record for accuracy, such as this publication. Another part is to recognize the major media's not-so-hidden agenda, so that their stories may be evaluated in the proper context.

But becoming better informed is not enough. For a thumbnail sketch of the solution, please see this writer's article on the last page.

To order additional copies of this special issue at quantity discount prices, see the ad on page 22.
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Title Annotation:Spedcial issue on the media cartel
Author:Benoit, Gary
Publication:The New American
Article Type:Editorial
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Feb 10, 2003
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