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SubpageCorporate media/Censorship
Corporate media/Consolidation
Corporate media/Deep state control
Corporate media/Islamophobia
Corporate media/Mendacity
The corporate media refers to itself as 'mainstream' in an effort to marginalize so-called "alternative" media. While some instances (e.g. BBC) are not strictly commercial, all the corporate media is hierarchically structured, so a very small number of editors can censor or modify its output.

Corporate/commercially controlled media (CCM), also termed big media, legacy media,[1][2] old media[3] or (misleadingly)[4] mainstream media (MSM) is a set of corporations whose main output will be familiar to most, i.e. ABC, BBC, CBS, CNN, the Washington Post, the New York Times etc. Their censorship, mendacity and control by the deep state are primary reasons that this website was set up.[5]

Official Narrative

Echoing the official narrative of its longer established bedfellows, Wikipedia refers to the large news conglomerates with their preferred self-description, the "mainstream media" (MSM). As of January 2017, the Wikipedia page had lead for some years with a reference to a 1997 article by Noam Chomsky, stating that "Mainstream Media" (MSM) "both reflect and shape prevailing currents of thought".[6] This is an uncomfortable fit with a September 2016 poll finding that found only 32% of US adults trusting big media "to report the news fully, accurately and fairly."[7]


The wikipedia page itself refers to the massive media consolidation in the US (though Wikipedia editors have removed details of its extent).[8] Considering that corporate media has a hierarchical structure this renders them easily controllable, rendering the idea of big media as "reflective" of public opinion as highly suspect. Since the news agenda is dictated by a very small number of very rich individuals, it has been suggested that the phrase "mainstream" would be more accurate if replaced by a label which respected the plutocratic agenda it promotes.[9] On Wikispooks, the term CCM (Commercially/Corporate Controlled Media) is preferred.

Deep state control

Full article: Rated 3/5 Corporate media/Deep state control
Use of corporate media to control the narrative (or to censor third rail topics is of major importance to deep states

A lot of topics such as popular culture, celebrities etc. are of only marginal interest to deep state forces. On those which are of interest, a range of of measures combine to give more or less (generally more) effective control over what is published. The formal hierarchy of editor control is only the most obvious of a whole suite of methods to regulate the output of the corporate media. The net result is that certain established official narratives are promoted - as are those who think in these terms and can naturally write convincingly about them; conversely, those who are set on expressing alternative evidence or opinions find their careers as professional journalists short-lived. Although so pervasive as to be almost universal,[10] this deep control goes unnoticed by many in the profession, whose reporting remains so far from matters of interest to the deep state that is remains outside their experience.


Full article: Rated 3/5 Corporate media/Mendacity

Corporate media attempt to maintain plausible deniability as a fallback position in case their lies, whether of omission of commission, or exposed later. The 1995 case of Steve Wilson and Jane Akre clarified an important point, although it was not widely reported in US at the time. The couple were fired when they refused to tailor their investigation into RBGH to suit Monsanto's wishes[11]. Ruling on their case, a Florida Court of Appeals unanimously agreed that their employer could demand that they lie since there is no rule against distorting or falsifying the news in the United States.[12] An uncertain but large proportion (perhaps >50%) of TV news footage in USA is in fact VNRs (video news releases) produced by third party corporations, as a kind of stealth advertising that masquerades as news.

Loss of confidence

The US public no longer has much faith in corporate media; the proportion of Americans expressing a “great deal of confidence” in the press has fallen from 28% in 1976 to just 8% in 2016.[13] This trend may have inspired the "fake news website" campaign of late 2016 which blewback into the popularity of the phrase "fake news", which continues to inpire people to cross check media sources, further undermining faith in sources which are mendacious.


Full article: Rated 3/5 Corporate media/Censorship
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Daniel Ellsberg says that the White House has ordered the press not to cover the revelations of Sibel Edmonds:

“I am confident that there is conversation inside the Government as to ‘How do we deal with Sibel [Edmonds]? The first line of defense is to ensure that she doesn’t get into the [corporate] media. I think any outlet that thought of using her materials would go to to the government and they would be told “don’t touch this...””
Daniel Ellsberg (2014)  [14]

Internet censorship is of necessity more complex and varied where many users can post. Covert censorship is generally preferred, but sometimes overt censorship is resorted to. Wikipedia has its own censorship practices. Reddit is subject to censorship and control.[15] In November 2016 Reddit banned a group which was investigating top level pedophilia in US society to prevent a "witch hunt". The group continued their investigate at, an alternative platform not owned by Conde Nast. The group has compiled a list of dozens of corporate media outlets which removed related content.[16]

Third rail topics

Full article: Third rail topic

The sudden about face of the UK's best selling newspaper, the Sunday Times as regards Sibel Edmonds could be likened to that of the San Jose Mercury News after Gary Webb revealed the CIA's deep involvement in drug trafficking. Both papers, after initially carrying out their own research to verify the information, backed their source's extraordinary revelations. Both however sudden reversed their policy without providing an explanation.[17]

“[The] investigation based on Edmonds’ information was supposed to have four parts, but was inexplicably dropped. “The story was pulled half-way, suddenly, without any warning”, the journalist said. “I wasn’t party to the editorial decision to drop the story, but there was a belief in the office amongst several journalists who were part of the Insight investigative unit that the decision was made under pressure from the U.S. State Department, because the story might cause a diplomatic incident... The way the story was dropped was unusual, but the belief amongst my colleagues this happened under political pressure is plausible.” He cryptically described an “editorial mechanism, linked to the paper but not formally part of it, which could however exert control on stories when necessary, linked to certain interests.” When asked which interests, the journalist said, “I can’t say. I can’t talk about that.””
An unnamed "lead reporter" on Edwards' series at the Sunday Times. (January 2008)  [18]

Certain topics - such as the 2001 Mexican legislative assembly attack, the Dallas occupy plot to assassinate leaders of Occupy Houston, and the 60+ year history of Le Cercle - have been subject to an almost total media blackout, though solid primary sources exist[19][20] and they are events of major significance with far reaching implications. Shai Masot‎ disappeared from the corporate news agenda after he was exposed as a spook, although he did not retire.[21]


Full article: Corporate media/Consolidation

The last 20 years have seen an unprecedented consolidation of media ownership, meaning that ownership of US TV, radio, newspaper and billboards is more concentrated than ever. The same process has been repeated worldwide - leaving an ever smaller number of huge corporations controlling an ever large number of formerly independent media outlets, retaining the apparent diversity of opinion while in fact exercising hierarchical control over content, thus presenting a controlled spectrum of opinion.

High Profile Examples


Full article: BBC

On the face of it the BBC, as a tax-payer funded organisation (a.k.a. "public-service broadcaster"), ought to be less susceptible to the commercial pressures on the rest of the corporate media. On matters of little importance to the deep state, the BBC is relatively balanced and impartial. This however makes its clandestine control by the powers that be all the more insidious. There are many cases of such lofty dismissal, amply documented on the Media Lens. Where issues impinge upon the interests of the permanent government, the BBC has always been the voice of the British Establishment. Its charter is the work of men wedded to the Mackinder-Rhodes-Milner vision of the British Empire as a missionary force for 'progress' and the spread of civilisation in the world; it is financed on the whim of a government in thrall of the deep state. How could it be anything else?


Full article: Wikipedia

Wikipedia experienced a professionalisation around 2007 which moved it firmly in the direction of the commercially controlled media. This is most clearly understood through the "Reliable Sources" policy in particular which means, more or less, that if a subject hasn't been reported on by commercially controlled media or by those in established positions of social power and influence, then Wikipedia doesn't want to know about it. These policies do in fact lead to a credible and useful encyclopaedia on whole swathe of topics (i.e. technical, non-political topics) no doubt giving many readers the misleading impression that Wikipedia articles are reliable even for politically sensitive topics.


The audience of several corporate media companies (such as MSNBC, Fox News and CNN) declined significantly in 2013[22] suggesting that viewers were going elsewhere for information. The main alternative to the corporate media is the internet, where a multiplicity os smaller sources (such as Wikispooks) provide an alternative to the online corporate news sites. One response to this has been to ramp up propaganda about "cyberterrorism" and to expand internet censorship under pretexts such as the "war on terror" or the protection of "intellectual property".

Search Engines

The de facto monopoly of search engines and social networking websites run by corporations well integrated in business networks poses another challenge for those who want to avoid manipulation. An alternative search engine is the seeks project which uses user-defined page ranking.

The ranking of commercially controlled search engines presents an obstacle for social change because

  1. they keep users in search bubbles;
  2. they censor hot topics right away;
  3. most importantly they act as multiplier to the - as of 2015 - commercially controlled public opinion through their ranking based on popularity. "Share" and "Like" buttons have a similar multiplier function which makes alternative news and research appear marginal compared to the boosted Consensus trance.


An event carried out

9-11/Cover-upA lot of resources have been devoted to containing the truth about the events of September 11th, 2001. However, while it has been more or less kept from television screens, awareness about 9-11 is growing worldwide.



Page nameDescription
ABC News
Advance Publications
Agence France-Presse
Al Jazeera
Associated Press
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
BBCA state propaganda apparatus disguised as a quasi-autonomous public service corporation.
Bureau of Investigative Journalism
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Channel 4UK corporate media TV station
Channel 4/News
Democracy Now!
Fox News
Huffington Post
Jerusalem Post
Life Magazine
Los Angeles TimesContinues to be complicit in covering up the truth about the JFK/Assassination.
MediumA blogging platform
NBCUS corporate media outlet
National Enquirer
New York Times
RedditA large corporate media site of forums in which readers vote stories up/down. As its popularity grew, it was subject to increased trolling and shilling by propagandists.
The Daily Telegraph
The Guardian"The neo-con warmongers’ house journal"
The Sunday Telegraph
The Washington PostGuardian of the official narrative.
Time Magazine
United Press International
Wall Street Journal
Weekly Standard


Related Quotations

Corporate media/Mendacity“Early in life I have noticed that no event is ever correctly reported in a newspaper.”George Orwell1943
Document:Election 2017: finally, a real choice for Britain's voters“If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.”Malcolm X
Kevin Flaherty“Since the assassination of John F. Kennedy, an international, crypto-fascist syndicate has been rapidly consolidating its grip on this planet. Changes to the global system have been implemented slowly, consistently and in a manner so subtle that only a tiny fraction of the population in the industrialized world ever noticed anything was wrong...

I view the output of established media as a slurry of manure and toxic waste; a propaganda product that requires heavy analysis and context fitting in order to recover the 5%-10% of useful information contained within an obfuscated mess.

What’s the solution?

The system is in collapse now. This is my best and only advice: Get into a situation that eliminates your reliance on luck and minimizes the impact of factors that are completely beyond your control. Do this immediately.”
Kevin Flaherty
Chris Hedges“The crisis that we face is not so much an economic crisis but a moral crisis. The utter cynicism on the part of very well paid media who have become in essence hedonists of power (which is what courtiers are) that the truth no longer matters, that that sacred contract that a great reporter makes between the viewer or the reader to tell them the truth is no longer relevant.”Chris Hedges
Journalist“If we had met five years ago, you wouldn't have found a more staunch defender of the newspaper industry than me ... I was winning awards, getting raises, lecturing college classes, appearing on TV shows, and judging journalism contests. So how could I possibly agree with people like Noam Chomsky and Ben Bagdikian, who were claiming the system didn't work, that it was steered by powerful special interests and corporations, and existed to protect the power elite? And then I wrote some stories that made me realize how sadly misplaced my bliss had been. The reason I'd enjoyed such smooth sailing for so long hadn't been, as I'd assumed, because I was careful and diligent and good at my job ... The truth was that, in all those years, I hadn't written anything important enough to suppress.”Gary Webb
Journalist“There is no such a thing in America as an independent press, unless it is out in country towns. You are all slaves. You know it, and I know it. There is not one of you who dares to express an honest opinion. If you expressed it, you would know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid $150 for keeping honest opinions out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for doing similar things. If I should allow honest opinions to be printed in one issue of my paper, I would be like Othello before twenty-four hours: my occupation would be gone. The man who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the street hunting for another job. The business of a New York journalist is to distort the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to villify, to fawn at the feet of Mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread, or for what is about the same — his salary. You know this, and I know it; and what foolery to be toasting an "Independent Press"! We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are jumping-jacks. They pull the string and we dance. Our time, our talents, our lives, our possibilities, are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes.”John Swinton
Journalist“This story of CIA drug dealing became a sensation because of the website, not because of the story, but because people could get to it. And they could never have gotten to it before because the San Jose Mercury News is a small regional newspaper in Northern California that you couldn't read if you lived in New York or you couldn't read if you lived in L.A.. But this story you could read anywhere in the world.”Gary Webb2003
New York Times“The truth is hard to find. The truth is hard to know. The truth is more important than ever,” reads a television ad for The New York Times. What the paper fails to add is that the hardest place to find the truth about the forces affecting the life of the average American and the truth about empire is in the Times itself. News organizations, from the [NYT] to the tawdry forms of entertainment masquerading as news on television, have rendered most people and their concerns invisible.”Chris Hedges
OffGuardian“The most peculiar thing about COVID19 so far has been that they are not hiding the data […] The data is right there, and yet it is separate from the narrative, which never references the data; the data never references the narrative. What you have to do is basically ignore everything the media says, and just look at the numbers, and…where the numbers come from”Kit Knightly21 April 2020
Malcolm X“The media's the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power. Because they control the minds of the masses.”Malcolm X1963


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Document:911 Truth and the MSMarticle15 February 2010Elizabeth WoodworthA description of the changing response of the corporate media to the events of 9/11 over the 8 years since the event.
Document:Anatomy of a Scandal: Israel Crucifies CorbynArticle14 August 2014Michael W. Howard"Tom Watson has it backward: the 'eternal shame and embarrassment' come when Labour, swallowing whatever pride it has left, meekly submits to being harassed and blackmailed by a foreign power and its vulgar propagandists. Jeremy Corbyn, it seems, is gearing up to do just that. Chalk one up for Goebbels."
Document:Cryptome’s searing critique of Snowden Incarticle13 February 2016Tim ShorrockCommentary on an interview with John Young and his wife Deborah Natsios by Pit Schultz of at the 'Transmedia 2016' event in Berlin on 6 February 2016
Document:Election 2017: finally, a real choice for Britain's votersArticle17 May 2017Raoul MartinezNo wonder the billionaire-owned media are attacking Jeremy Corbyn with everything they've got. But we the people can still win.
Document:Filtering Sources On The Syrian Wararticle4 February 2014David EdwardsA cogent demonstration of the gross bias of the mainstream media in its coverage of the ongoing 2011 Syrian insurgency. It shows that they are immune to any lessons of their similarly mendacious reporting both before and during the 2003 Iraq war
Document:Integrity 2018 Moldova Cluster (1)strategy document26 December 2018Integrity Initiative
Document:Media Freedom? Show me the MSM Journalist Opposing the Torture of Assangeblog post7 September 2020Craig MurrayAt a time when the government is mooting designating Extinction Rebellion as Serious Organised Crime, right wing bequiffed muppet Keir Starmer was piously condemning the group, stating: “The free press is the cornerstone of democracy and we must do all we can to protect it.”
Document:More Guardian ‘brainwashing’ on Putincommentary24 March 2014Jonathan CookA master-class in how the celebrated 'Free-Press' of the Western commercially controlled media is harnessed to the narrative requirements of the Establishments of which they are a part, turning them into little more than propaganda organs where major foreign policy issues are concerned.
Document:No fair hearing for Assange at the Guardianarticle5 February 2016Jonathan CookDemonstrates the Establishment-friendly double standards of the UK's flagship 'Left-wing' newspaper - The Guardian - through analysis of its coverage of a UN decision on the political asylum of Julian Assange
Document:Oligarchs and Corruption Proposed Programmeproject proposalJune 2018Euan Grant"Early briefings of Press and media where Institute of Statecraft has particular links with the Times, Telegraph, Guardian and BBC TV and radio and specialist correspondents. Need to strengthen with the Mail." The document proves that Integrity Initative is not only influence network: "Use US and Canadian contacts to do likewise re powerful and influential North American networks."
Document:Sanitizing the Bahraini Crackdownarticle21 March 2011Stephen Gowans
Document:The Dominant Grand Narrative Of Our Timearticle27 January 2014David CromwellMainstream media spokesmen, journalists and reporters are corralled into supporting and promoting the Establishment 'Dominant Grand-Narrative of our Time' while most appear blissfully unaware of the gross deceptions their careers are harnessed too - 'a man cannot see what his livelihood requires him NOT to see' - as the saying goes
Document:The Freedom of Courageblog post1 October 2017Craig MurrayWhen you see the right wing Establishment worldwide, plus the entire mainstream media, united against ordinary people as we see today in Catalonia, it's a no-brainer which side you should be on.
Document:The Incredible Disappearance of Shai Masotblog post2 June 2019Craig MurrayThe open attempt to stifle all criticism of Israel, and in effect to make adherence to zionism a pre-condition for membership of the Labour Party – or indeed acceptance in wider society – is a vicious form of authoritarianism that should have been repudiated robustly from day one.
Document:The Propaganda Modelarticle5 October 2011David CromwellAn overview of the 'Propaganda Model' that accurately defines the nature of the western mainstream media. It also illustrates why "Commercially Controlled Media" is probably a better and more accurate term
Document:The deeper truths journalists are blind toarticle21 February 2016Jonathan CookCorporate media is constitutionally incapable of honest objective reporting on matters affecting the vital interests of Establishment power
Document:US media, politicians mobilize against Sochi Olympicsarticle10 February 2014Andrea PetersA useful analysis of the orchestrated campaign of vilification against Russia and its president coincident with the run-up to the Sochi winter Olympics.
File:Truthontherock.pdfreportGlasgow University Media GroupAn investigation into the wholesale distortion of news by the corporate media when reporting on the SAS killings of 3 IRA members in Gibraltar on 6 March 1988. It is a serious indictment of the British media's handling of the affair and particularly that of The Sunday Times.


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