Another journalist has come forward to expose the intentional manipulation of the public by the mainstream media.
Arjun Walia, at Global Research, reported what top German journalist Dr. Udo Ulfkotte said on public television:
Recently, Dr. Udo Ulfkotte went on public television stating that he was forced to publish the works of intelligence agents under his own name, also adding that noncompliance with these orders would result in him losing his job.
I’ve been a journalist for about 25 years, and I was educated to lie, to betray, and not to tell the truth to the public.
But seeing right now within the last months how the German and American media tries to bring war to the people in Europe, to bring war to Russia — this is a point of no return and I’m going to stand up and say it is not right what I have done in the past, to manipulate people, to make propaganda against Russia, and it is not right what my colleagues do and have done in the past because they are bribed to betray the people, not only in Germany, all over Europe.
In December 2015, investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson also exposed how the media corrupts and manipulates the public.
“What if all isn’t as it seems?” Attkisson asked.
“What if the reality you found was false, a carefully constructive narrative by unseen special interests designed to manipulate your opinion, a Truman Show-esque alternate reality all around you?
“Complacency in the new media, combined with incredibly powerful propaganda and publicity forces means we sometimes get little of the truth,” she said. “Special interests have unlimited time and money to figure out new ways to spin us while cloaking their role. Surreptitious astroturf methods are now more important to these interests than traditional lobbying of Congress.”
According to Attkisson, some of the tale tell signs of the media engaging in these astroturf methods are:
- Use of inflammatory language (ie. Crank, quack, nutty, lies, paranoid, pseudo, and conspiracy),
- Claims to debunk myths that aren’t myths at all,
- Controversializing an issue by attacking the people, personalities and organizations surrounding it rather than addressing the facts,
- Reserving public skepticism for those exposing wrongdoing rather than the wrongdoers (instead of questioning authority, they question those who question authority).
But even before Attkisson spoke out, Emmy Award-winning journalist Amber Lyon openly said that the Washington, D.C. and foreign governments paid CNN to report what their version of news, and at times, even distorted reports about particular events. She left as a result.