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Part 2 of 8 in the series Sheeple

Sheeple (a portmanteau of “sheep” and “people”) is a term of disparagement in which people are likened to sheep, a herd animal. The term is used to describe those who voluntarily acquiesce to a suggestion without critical analysis or research. By doing so, they undermine their own individuality and may willingly give up their rights. — Wikipedia

In a 12 November 1816 letter to George Logan, Thomas Jefferson wrote, “I hope we shall take warning from the example [England] and crush in it’s [sic] birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws our country.” 1 By December 2000, of the world’s 100 largest economic entities, 51 were corporations and 49 were countries, according to information compiled by Sarah Anderson and John Cavanagh of the Institute for Policy Studies in their Report on the Top 200 corporations as reported by the Corporations.org website.2

Corporate controlled U.S. media
Television network ownership
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According to the Media Reform Information Center:

In 1983, 50 corporations controlled the vast majority of all news media in the U.S. At the time, Ben Bagdikian was called “alarmist” for pointing this out in his book, The Media Monopoly. In his 4th edition, published in 1992, he wrote “in the U.S., fewer than two dozen of these extraordinary creatures own and operate 90% of the mass media” – controlling almost all of America’s newspapers, magazines, TV and radio stations, books, records, movies, videos, wire services and photo agencies. He predicted then that eventually this number would fall to about half a dozen companies. This was greeted with skepticism at the time. When the 6th edition of The Media Monopoly was published in 2000, the number had fallen to six. Since then, there have been more mergers and the scope has expanded to include new media like the Internet market. More than 1 in 4 Internet users in the U.S. now log in with AOL Time-Warner, the world’s largest media corporation.3

In 2004, Bagdikian’s revised and expanded book, The New Media Monopoly, shows that only 5 huge corporations – Time Warner, Disney, Murdoch’s News Corporation, Bertelsmann of Germany, and Viacom (formerly CBS) – now control most of the media industry in the U.S. General Electric’s NBC is a close sixth.

As former intelligence insider Mark Phillips notes, “Information control is mind control.” Phillips with Cathy O’Brien co-authored Trance: Formation of America in 1995 submitted for Congressional Record and Access Denied: for Reasons of National Security in 2004 about Mind Control slavery in America.

“The Old Gray Man of the CIA,” William “Bill” Colby, known for exposing The Company’s “family jewels” from his tenure as Director in the 1970s – abruptly replaced by George H.W. Bush – to Colby’s suspicious disappearance and death in late April 1996, let us know that “the Central Intelligence Agency owns everyone of any significance in the major media.” 4, i

“If you control (own) the media you control how the population thinks making all the other tools to be used against the masses that much easier to impose and accept,” writes Roger Landry for The Liberty Beacon. “Using this tool/weapon can effectively shape and mold public opinion to suit your needs or justify your actions, and in doing so render all of your heinous weapons much more effective and successful.” 5

“The bulk of the media and most elected officials refuse to investigate what’s happening to this country,” writes Joshua Holland for the AlterNet.org website.6 A documentary at the YouTube.com website, “The CFR Controlled Media Cabal (Part 3),” reports:

It’s a sobering fact that the hidden power structure of international finance has exerted tremendous influence over public opinion in this country through its virtual control of higher education and major segments of mass communications.7

Mind Control in America: Exposing the Strategy to Manipulate Your Mind
Source: Mind Control in America: Exposing the Strategy to Manipulate Your Mind

As the website MindControlInAmerica.com notes:

Under the right circumstances, people can be led to believe things that are not true.… On October 30, 1938, thousands of people fled from a crisis that had no existence except in their imaginations. A radio broadcast of H.G. Wells’ “The War of the Worlds” led thousands of listeners to believe that the planet earth had been invaded by Martians! “We are ready to believe almost anything if it comes from a recognized authority,” writes Howard Koch in his book, The Panic Broadcast. Koch wrote the radio script performed by Orson Welles and his Mercury Theater on CBS.8

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Notes

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i J. Edgar Hoover was fascinated with the glamour of Hollywood, and its gossip columnists were a special breed because of their immense power. Hoover recognized, naturally, the tremendous influence of movies, and wanted to control the cinematic portrayal of the FBI; during the McCarthy era he also sought to purge “subversives” from the movie business, as well as television.…

In 1925, Hoover had begun isolating from his Bureau’s general files certain derogatory information on important people; he kept this very special material in the privacy of his office – a suite that contained nine offices and a reception room. “Those files were not kept in Central files,” says former number three man under Hoover, Cartha DeLoach, “because any clerk who had access to them might go out and gossip.”
– Natalie Robins, Alien Ink: The FBI’s War on Freedom of Expression (New Brunswick, New Jersey, Rutgers University Press, 1993, 1992), pp. 121, 78.

Sources

1 Thomas Jefferson, Wikiquote.org, at http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Talk:Thomas_Jefferson (retrieved: 2 March 2011).

2 “Of the world’s 100 largest economic entities, 51 are now corporations and 49 are countries,” Corporations.org, December 2000, at http://www.corporations.org/system/top100.html (retrieved: 4 January 2011).

3 Media Reform Information Center, Links and Resources on Media Reform, at http://www.corporations.org/media/ (retrieved: 3 January 2011).

4 “The CIA’s Family Jewels,” George Washington University, at http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB222/index.htm (retrieved: 23 October 2008).

5 Roger Landry, “Is Freedoms’ Worst Enemy the Mainstream Media?” The Liberty Beacon, 3 February 2013, at http://www.thelibertybeacon.com/2013/02/03/is-freedoms-worst-enemy-the-mainstream-media/ (retrieved: 26 February 2013).

6 Joshua Holland, “Why Is the Conservative Brain More Fearful? The Alternate Reality Right-Wingers Inhabit Is Terrifying,” AlterNet.org, 1 May 2012, page 3 at http://www.alternet.org/story/155210/why_is_the_conservative_brain_more_fearful_the_alternate_reality_right-wingers_inhabit_is_terrifying?page=0%2C2 (retrieved: 5 September 2012);

7 “[CFR]:Media Controlled and Manipulated by Corporate (3 of 3),” MarkNg07 video at YouTube.com, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3eHjy-Ameo (retrieved: 5 January 2011). (Show video)

8 “Your thoughts may not always be your own!” MindControlInAmerica.com, at http://www.mindcontrolinamerica.com/mind_ctrl.htm (retrieved: 3 January 2011); See also “The War of the Worlds,” Columbia Broadcasting System, Orson Welles and the Mercury Theatre on the Air, 30 October 1938, 8:00 to 9:00pm, www.sacred-texts.com, at http://www.sacred-texts.com/ufo/mars/wow.htm (retrieved: 3 January 2011).

See also

Mind Control in America: Exposing the Strategy to Manipulate Your Mind,” at http://www.mindcontrolinamerica.com/mind_ctrl.htm (retrieved: 28 March 2011).

Esther Inglis-Arkell, “How to use the ‘serial position effect’ for fun and profit,” io9.com, 13 February 2013, at http://io9.com/5983832/how-a-simple-to+do-list-can-let-you-get-away-with-anything (retrieved: 14 February 2013).

Related audio

The War of the Worlds (October 30, 1938), The Mercury Theatre on the Air, at http://www.mercurytheatre.info, MP3 at http://sounds.mercurytheatre.info/mercury/381030.mp3 (retrieved: 3 January 2011).

Related videos

“Media Reacts: Rising Gas Prices Edition – CONAN on TBS,” Team Coco video at YouTube.com, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAkxR9T01pw (retrieved: 26 February 2013). (Show video)

“CIA Funding and Manipulation of the U.S. News Media,” Green Mango video at YouTube.com, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PqyU3T0vdM (retrieved: 26 February 2013). (Show video)

“Stop Online Piracy Act (Scary Facts),” TheYoungTurks video at YouTube.com, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sE5WlyQRvaM (retrieved: 5 January 2011). (Show video)

“George Carlin Education Sucks, Owners of America, Social Security and Mass Media,” MarkNg07 video at YouTube.com, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dpcd0woY2KY (retrieved: 5 January 2011). (Show video)

“[CFR]:Media Controlled and Manipulated by Corporate (3 of 3),” MarkNg07 video at YouTube.com, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3eHjy-Ameo (retrieved: 5 January 2011). (Show video)

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