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Media Manipulation and Operation Mockingbird: Why you think what you think...


We are grateful to the Washington Post, the New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years. It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practices in past centuries.”

--David Rockefeller

If it's not on the 6:00 news did it really happen? That's the question. Most people in modern day America do not believe anything unless they hear it on the corporate owned 6:00 news; furthermore if they do hear of an event that was not reported they either think that it was inconsequential or when it becomes important enough then the 6:00 news will report on it.

What most people are unaware of in the United States is a secret operation to take control of the United States media called Operation Mockingbird. Operation Mockingbird began (as far we know) after World War II. Several books have been written about this CIA backed operation (see the list from but the gist of it is that after WWII the CIA infiltrated several media organizations such as the New York Times, Time Magazine and the Washington Post to name a few. Congressional hearings in 1976 proved that the CIA had been paying off editors and reporters in most mainstream media outlets. By 1953 the CIA had influence over 25 major newspapers across America. In addition, the newspapers that didn't acquiesce were bought up. Today the entire media monopoly is owned and controlled by just a few people with just a few exceptions. Six Corporations control almost everything the American public reads, listens to, watches and therefore thinks. These corporations are Time Warner, NBC, Disney, Viacom, CBS and Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.

Hand in hand with Operation Mockingbird was the appearance of elite, educational, think tanks under the guise of Foundations. Foundations were established to lend credibility to otherwise unpalatable ideas among the dumbed down American electorate. These ideas were set forth with an entourage of PhD's and Ivy League schools to further sell the public on their veracity and wisdom. Seldom did anyone question the wise men who purported such ideas as communism, woman’s liberation and the Great Society. Anyone who did object was painted with the brush of racism, classicism or misogyny just as they are today in order to quell dissent. Next time you watch CNN or MSNBC or Chris Matthews or whatever notice the people on the show. More often than not they will feature a person from one of these “Foundations” to add credibility to whatever they are selling that day. It is a tactic that is used on both sides of the political spectrum. Some study somewhere said this and that...therefore it must be true. Seldom does the media give you the back end of the story or if they do it's superficial.

To further seal the deal along came Edward L. Bernays, the father of spin. He took his uncle Sigmund Freud's ideas and applied them to mass persuasion. Have you ever wondered why you think the way you do? Have you ever wondered why you think something is true and resist any information to the contrary, even when all the facts point to an opposite conclusion? You may be a victim of Edward L. Bernays. He used psychology to deceive and misrepresent ideas to the public in order to further his and others agendas. In the 1920s the cigarette manufacturers wanted women to smoke. It was very rare that women smoked back then. Edward L. Bernays staged an event during the 1929 New York Easter Parade. During the parade a bunch of young female suffragettes took out cigarettes and started to smoke them as a mark of women's liberation. The media was told that these were “Freedom Torches”. This was done to popularize the notion of women smoking and it worked. Further down the road the elite wanted women out of the home and into the work force. They wanted this for two reasons; one to increase the tax revenues by 50% and two they wanted to control the upbringing of children by having them in government controlled daycare centers or in school for a longer period of time. They backed the women's liberation movement for these very reasons and guess what? It worked.

Media manipulation has been going on ..well since we had a major media. One of the very best was Paul Joseph Goebbels. He studied Edward L. Bernays and used his methods to further the Third Reich under Hiter. He was Reich Minister of Propaganda in Hitler's Germany. The Nazi's were well versed in how to manipulate the public and it would seem that the elite have been using their playbook ever since. Goebbels immediately took control of the media in Nazi Germany organizing book burnings and closing down all opposition. Articles were censored, posters were plastered and lectures were controlled all for the purpose of furthering Hitler's ideology. It worked and his playbook still works today.

The good news is that we do have a bastion of hope available to us all....the Internet. While the Internet provides a wide range of alternative media if one truly ferrets out the alternative media gems one can become informed. This, however, is not easy. The internet is like the wild wild west where anything goes and the bad guys are seldom caught. I believe one of the reasons the internet has not been reigned in is for this very reason. It can be so difficult to ferret out the truth among the rumors and lies that the elite feel they have nothing to fear.

They say that there are no bigger slaves than the ones who think they are free. The Nazi's would never tell their victims what was going to happen to them. Millions of men, women and children marched into what they thought were showers only to be gassed to death. It was orderly, it was efficient and there were no revolts. People wanted to believe that they were going to take a shower rather than think about that awful smell and that black smoke going up the chimneys. Deception is an effective tool. As long as the masses believe that they are being told the truth they will never question where their information comes from or if it is even true. Unfortunately, most people believe that we have a free press in this country and all that does is serve the beast. Yes it serves the beast quite well!


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Brie Hoffman (author) from Manhattan on December 08, 2014:

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Very true "pstraubie48".

and thanks "johndwilliams".

johndwilliams from Essex England on December 08, 2014:

Great article!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on December 08, 2014:

It is at times difficult to decide what is real, factual, and what is not.

Brie Hoffman (author) from Manhattan on May 28, 2014:

I know full well what the government is up to and I agree with you.

SilenceTheSheep on May 28, 2014:

Hi Brie,

I've read several of your articles or "Hubs" and this is the one that I think is most on point...though it lacks some salient's easy for conspiracy theories to take hold of one's imagination bc they tend to put the burden of proof on whomever they are targeting....that said, our media is without a doubt implicit to this administration and fails to perform proper due diligence...our current President is the least vetted President in our history and is on record lying multiple times, yet the media fails to call him out....the "trick" that our government is playing on us is making us believe that there are two separate and distinct parties...truthfully, there is one elite cast that pulls the strings toward the future it has laid out....try reading Webster Griffin Tarpley and you will see - if you don't already - what our government, as a whole - not just Democrats - is up to...

Brie Hoffman (author) from Manhattan on July 03, 2013:

I agree wholeheartedly!

Robert E Smith from Rochester, New York on July 03, 2013:

I think the most frightening element is not so much that media can be controlled but that so many people run with it. Some people will believe that everything is a conspiracy, but then when the media comes up with a story, emotions flair and the people can be turned on a dime, like a mob mentality. Everyone knows money and power corrupts but people have to believe there is some integrity left in the world. I believe people are basically lazy and serve their own flesh. To dig for truth is way too much work. "That is why people are paid to do that job," people say. The same is true in church. There are always people that believe that they do not need to verify truth because they "pay" the preacher to do that. Great article, Brie.

Brie Hoffman (author) from Manhattan on December 07, 2012:

Yeseree "lucaslady94", thanks for commenting.

lucaslady94 on December 07, 2012:

Food for thought shut the tube off!! I also call it time robbers!

Brie Hoffman (author) from Manhattan on December 01, 2012:

As far as I know they are. from upstate, NY on November 29, 2012:

Is Fox News and The Rush Limbaugh program also controlled by this same group? If they aren't, why wouldn't they be calling attention to this conspiracy, unless they really aren't aware of it? What about the prominent Republican politicians and media figures, if they weren't in on this conspiracy wouldn't they call attention to it, at least on their death beds?

Brie Hoffman (author) from Manhattan on November 18, 2012:

You are spot on Eric, I wish more people were so well informed. Thanks for the comments please vote up and share..thanks again.

Eric L. Andrews from Midwestern United States on November 18, 2012:

The CIA learned most of their tactics from the Nazis after the second world war, and after they brought many of the latter's former officers, many SS, to the U.S. and granted them immunity under Operation Paperclip. Hitler's former henchmen helped form the CIA in America. Mind control and media manipulation were two main areas of focus. Our population is being fooled and controlled without most citizens even being aware. Thanks for a great, thought-provoking hub.

Brie Hoffman (author) from Manhattan on November 17, 2012:

Eric, thanks for the comments. I have read about the Bush's in Family of Secrets and I believe it talks about Woodward "receiving" that information from Poppy Bush. Sounds to me like he was as connected as you can get. I also think more than 90% of politicians are on the take..especially since Ron Paul is retiring now. Thanks again.

Hi Larry, I agree...the only reason I watch the Evening News is to see what the lies of the day are so that I can counter them.

Larry Fields from Northern California on November 17, 2012:

Hi Brie. Well done!

However I think that you're being to hard on the Evening News. When the need arises, it can be a great, non-medicinal alternative to ipecac.

Voted up, shared, and more.

Eric L. Andrews from Midwestern United States on November 17, 2012:

Excellent article, Brie, and right on. Just read some info on Operation Mockingbird yesterday. Did you know that Carl Bernstein broke this story wide open in 1977, subsequent to him leaving the Washington Post? He published a 25,000 word cover story on the CIA in media in Rolling Stone Magazine on Oct. 20, 1977. Bernstein of course partnered with Bob Woodward to break the Watergate break-in/cover-up story that brought down Richard Nixon. Many don't realize that Woodward served in Navy Intelligence prior to getting into reporting and joining the Post. Whenever the Bilderberg Group meets, I have noticed on the attendee list a handful of media giants from our country listed as attendees. The CIA, as you pointed out, has been controlling news in America for 40 to 50 years; as well as dictating our presidential elections (see testimony by a now deceased, former CIA operative named Chip Tatum). The Bush family, starting with George H., has strong CIA ties (see book Family of Secrets by Russ Baker), as well as the Rockefellers and Henry Kissinger. The CIA uses front companies all over the world to carry out spying and black ops missions. They run our media today, and Americans are spoon fed mind control images, thoughts and concepts to distract us from the truth. Ask any returning military vet who served in combat in Iraq or Afghanistan about our news. I have and they all have said we in the U.S. are not being given the real news from overseas. What do we do? Seek out alternative media vigorously before they shut it down and regulate the internet. That is coming and both parties will do so because 90% of our politicians are on the take and looking to suppress our freedoms and liberties. They are puppets controlled by the shadow government which cost JFK his life, one of many killed for their agenda.

Brie Hoffman (author) from Manhattan on November 17, 2012:

Excellent comments "A Little TRUTH" and yes it is very frightening when you realize how easy this is to accomplish.

A Little TRUTH on November 17, 2012:

Excellent article, you expose many important truths here! The more people realize the extent that the media is manipulated, the faster the scheme will fail.

I’ve had the exact thing you mention happen to me, where I believed something was true even though all facts point to the opposite conclusion. It was after 9/11. As I watched one of the twin towers come down live on TV, I said “Wow, it must have taken months for someone to plant all those charges in that building.” (As an engineer, I knew just from watching it that the only way it could come down like that was by controlled demolition; and that the collapse was a secondary event, having nothing to do with damage from the plane crash.) However, like most people, I was glued to the TV news for hours every day afterwards. After a week or so, I was believing the official story that the planes caused the collapse of the buildings. Then, after I stopped watching the TV again (I normally don’t watch it more than one hour per week) I came back to my senses and realized that I was right at the beginning, that all three buildings were brought down by controlled demolition.

This proved to me just how good “they” have gotten at directing the thinking of society, and I’ve been studying it since then. The techniques are really quite simple. The main strategy used in media manipulation is the “Hegelian Dialectic”, also known as “Problem-Reaction-Solution”. I have written a hub on how it works and how to recognize it.

Brie Hoffman (author) from Manhattan on November 17, 2012:

I hope you watched all the videos because it really hammers the message home. It's terrible what's going on and knowing about it and listening to people who don't have a clue is also maddening. Thanks for the comments and voting it up, we definitely need to get the message out there.

carol stanley from Arizona on November 17, 2012:

Though I was not aware of a lot of what you wrote..I think as most of us we know we are being manipulated..And I am often wondering what the truth is. Great hub and voted up.

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