Excellent documentary on the controlled media in America. Right out of Joseph Goebbels propaganda play book.
“Orwell Rolls in His Grave” by Robert Kane Pappas
Here is a link to an interview with Robert Kane Pappas, Director and Producer of “Orwell Rolls in His Grave.”
A recent article in the Washington Post by Joe Stephens chronicles the relationship between J. Edgar Hoover and Paul Harvey. Much of the details come from hundreds of pages of FBI files that were released in response to a FOIA request. Here is a link to the CBS News reprint of the post article.
While this could be just an curious story of two interesting people who became friends, it strikes me as significant that one of them represented the U.S. intelligence community, and the other represented the Mainstream Media. Below are some excerpts that are particularly interesting:
Harvey tried to be of service beyond the FBI as well, writing in 1956 to Sen. Joseph McCarthy, who had made a name for himself by hunting down alleged Communists in the federal bureaucracy, with tips about “known Reds” at a Texas Air Force base. A senior FBI official added a handwritten notation to ensure that Harvey’s letter not be distributed outside the bureau’s top brass: “No dissemination since identity of Harvey cannot be revealed.”
Why not reveal the identity of Harvey?
Mutual Admiration . . .
And so began a friendship that continued until Hoover’s death in 1972. In the years that followed, Hoover autographed a photo for Harvey, who in turn devoted entire shows to Hoover’s heroism and mailed Hoover copies of his commercial recordings on LPs.
Neither man was restrained in his praise of the other. “You were never in better form,” Hoover gushed to Harvey about one of his broadcasts in May 1958, and again, in precisely the same words, in February 1959.
Crazy Communist Fighter
In April 1952, Rep. Fred Busbey, an Illinois Republican and longtime friend of Harvey’s, asked the FBI if he could bring the broadcaster by to thank Hoover. “You will recall that Harvey has a history of mental instability,” said an FBI memo analyzing the request, adding that Harvey appeared to be rehabilitated and was now “very effectively anti-Communist.”
Hoover Receives Advance Copy of Harvey Show . . .
A 1957 letter to Harvey from FBI Assistant Director Louis Nichols notes, “For a number of years, you have been kind enough to send me your daily copy.”
Previously confidential files show that Harvey, who died last February at 90, enjoyed a 20-year friendship with FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, often submitting advance copies of his radio script for comment and approval.
For those that question the Mainstream Media’s integrity, Paul Harvey’s relationship with Hoover, and his anti-communism message, sure screams manipulation and propaganda puppeteering. But that would never happen in the United States now would it? See Operation Mockingbird.
Saying that U.S. health care companies are more interested in their financial well being than your physical well being is stating the obvious. Corporations exist for one reason – to make money. All decisions and strategies are subject to one final litmus test: How will this affect the bottom line?
As the health care debate in America rages on, it should be noted that many of the arguments are constructed with no other purpose than to protect the financial interests of the health care industry. Propaganda is defined as “the systematic propagation of a doctrine or cause.” Mainstream media is in effect enabling insurance companies to ingrain their message into the minds of many Americans who see the logic of some of the arguments, without stopping to think about where these viewpoints come from, or why they are being put forth.
Bill Moyers has recently had some well informed guests on his PBS show, Bill Moyers Journal. Wendell Potter is a former CIGNA executive who appeared on the July 10th show. Potter quit his high paying job and joined the fight for health care reform in America. The insights provided by his story do not shine a positive light on health insurance companies or the health insurance lobby. Here are some excerpts:
The industry has always tried to make Americans think that government-run systems are the worst thing that could possibly happen to them, that if you even consider that, you’re heading down on the slippery slope towards socialism. So they have used scare tactics for years and years and years, to keep that from happening. If there were a broader program like our Medicare program, it could potentially reduce the profits of these big companies. So that is their biggest concern.
Discussing the health care industry’s plan to counter the Michael More film, Sicko.
WENDELL POTTER: That means that part of the effort to discredit this film was to use lobbyists and their own staff to go onto Capitol Hill and say, “Look, you don’t want to believe this movie. You don’t want to talk about it. You don’t want to endorse it. And if you do, we can make things tough for you.”
BILL MOYERS: How?
WENDELL POTTER: By running ads, commercials in your home district when you’re running for reelection, not contributing to your campaigns again, or contributing to your competitor.