Proof: Establishment Media Controlled by Government

There was a rather low-key confession made in the New York Times last week that deserves to be blared throughout this country so that every American understands what they are reading in the establishment’s ultra-controlled, government-managed “press” – and I use that last word loosely indeed.

The admission came in the form of a story by Jeremy Peters on the politics page of the Times July 16. I’ve been waiting for others to point it out, discuss it, debate it, express shock and exasperation over it. But I’ve waited for naught.

What this shocking story reveals is that even I – one of the kingpins of the new media and a refugee from the state-controlled spin machine – underestimated the utter and total corruption of the euphemistically called “mainstream press.”

It shows that most – not some – members of the print media establishment with access to the White House submit their copy to government officials for review, “correction” and approval before it reaches the American people!


Here are some key excerpts from the piece, if you think I’m exaggerating:

  • “The quotations come back redacted, stripped of colorful metaphors, colloquial language and anything even mildly provocative.”
  • “They are sent by e-mail from the Obama headquarters in Chicago to reporters who have interviewed campaign officials under one major condition: the press office has veto power over what statements can be quoted and attributed by name.”
  • “Most reporters, desperate to pick the brains of the president’s top strategists, grudgingly agree. After the interviews, they review their notes, check their tape recorders and send in the juiciest sound bites for review. The verdict from the campaign – an operation that prides itself on staying consistently on script – is often no, Barack Obama does not approve this message.”
  • “Now, with a millisecond Twitter news cycle and an unforgiving, gaffe-obsessed media culture, politicians and their advisers are routinely demanding that reporters allow them final editing power over any published quotations.”
  • “Quote approval is standard practice for the Obama campaign, used by many top strategists and almost all mid-level aides in Chicago and at the White House – almost anyone other than spokesmen who are paid to be quoted. (And sometimes it applies even to them.) It is also commonplace throughout Washington and on the campaign trail.”
  • “Many journalists spoke about the editing only if granted anonymity, an irony that did not escape them.”
  • “From Capitol Hill to the Treasury Department, interviews granted only with quote approval have become the default position. Those officials who dare to speak out of school, but fearful of making the slightest off-message remark, shroud even the most innocuous and anodyne quotations in anonymity by insisting they be referred to as a ‘top Democrat’ or a ‘Republican strategist.’”
  • “Those [reporters] who did speak on the record said the restrictions seem only to be growing. ‘It’s not something I’m particularly proud of because there’s a part of me that says, Don’t do it, don’t agree to their terms,’ said Major Garrett, a correspondent for The National Journal.”
  • “It was difficult to find a news outlet that had not agreed to quote approval, albeit reluctantly. Organizations like Bloomberg, The Washington Post, Vanity Fair, Reuters and The New York Times have all consented to interviews under such terms.”

Read more from this story HERE.

  • exactly why nobody perscribes to these rags, if were not for hotels and business’ buying print news papers to give to guests and customers these business’ would have gone under a long time ago…… When Romney wins they are done because he won;t bail their sorry asse s out.

  • subscribes,, you know what i meant.

  • m123s

    Our Founders knew that in order to maintain a Republic Form of Govt.,We needed informed People. That is exactly how the enemy made its way inside the camp; own, or control the media. The media’s tanks are running on empty because most are aware that it is controlled by the State. Dan Rather yrs. ago on trail, stated if it quacks like a duck, then it must be a duck…

  • wisewoman

    Even tho I was shocked, I already strongly suspected, this was the case. I trust Major Garrett to tell the truth, so now I really believe it. Will a Romney administration be different? Was the Bush administration different?
    We’ll see.

  • Exactly why Sarah Palin calls them the “lame stream media.” God save America. Peace,

  • Sandi

    I feel like we are living in Nazi Germany. We need to wake up and take our country back from the current crop of Nazis.

  • Barry_Suxx

    Now maybe everyone can see that I had a Valid reason for calling our Leftist-Media “Neo-Pravda”. This is exactly what they are, only worse because they operate under the guise of NOT being State-Run. Barry and these Mediums are Lying Slime Devils who will betray their Countrymen for a penny coin or another ounce of power.

  • Joanne Edmiston

    Joe, Even if the media “repented” big-time to the American people for all the falsehoods, lies, and distortions they’ve turned their backs on since O’Liar first ran for the presidency, to date… they could NOT once again gain the trust of the American people. These media whores have lost their circulation as people grow angry with them for carrying O’Liar’s water and I hope to God they are gagging on those losses.
    My personal hope is that they all go belly -up.
    The “Fourth Estate” has become “The fifth column saboteurs” of our age. The civil disobedience we intend to show O’Liar must also be inclusive of the print and video media.
    I’m sick of being run out of my own country by a bunch of mafia-like thugs and goons in the WH and in the media.

  • Joanne Edmiston

    Hey Joe !!
    Does Disqus only recognize ONE gender ?? Why do all of these photo captions look like men ?

    • Rosemary Woodhouse

      Who cares? There is so much at stake!

  • WILLIAM

    WHAT THEY ARE DOING IS TREASON, WHAT DO YOU THINK WE SHOULD DO. ( DAH )

  • concession

    If all of the media outlets were to refuse to bow down to Obama and his administration, my guess is that Obama would change his tune, after all Obama would have to bow to the media to get his message out. I don’t believe for a minute that Obama would contend with not being in the lime light, How else would he spread his propaganda to the American people. The media is totally spineless. WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO REPORTERS WHO WOULD INVESTIGATE, AND BRING US THE REAL NEWS, NO MATTER WHO IT CONCERNED. I truly do miss them.

  • ttj

    This is disturbing, but not surprising. It’s hard even to blame the reporters because they do this with the approval and encouragement of the media’s management. By going along with the government’s conditions, they are only trying to protect their jobs. What this shows is that we need more new media publications. With the internet, it is more difficult for the government to control the press.

  • Dennis Math

    It has gone beyond a fear and gained the status of fact. Within the 3+ years of our Socio-Communist President’s dicatorial regime our already weakened nation has failed completely on a financial and moral basis. When our currency is no longer of use as the basis for the valuation of petroleum we as a nation will slide into what will be a violent upheaval from both those resentful of further losses of their Constitutional Rights and from those of the Entitlement Class who, without any funding will be without their expected governmental handouts. What would one suspect will be the reaction when the Working Class becomes taxed to an unbelievable degree and what will the reaction be when the Entitlement Class finds their SNAP Cards with a zero balance and their housing funding gone? With one simple international agreement our currency will be shown to everyone to be merely paper with nothing backing it.
    These are of course overly simplistic statements but unfortunately I believe them to be true. I just hope like hell I am wrong.