manufacturing consent…even know what it is…???


Watch the original Manufacturing Consent here …  cut and paste into your browser… Note though over 2 hours long it is enlightening…,d.cG w


…The two in combo paint a very compelling portrait of how our American media is designed to function and the exceptionally efficient job it is performing today.


You’ll Never Think About Mass Media the Same Way Again After Watching This Noam Chomsky Documentary

Al Jazeera is turning "Manufacturing Consent" into a cartoon narrated by Amy Goodman.


Watcher  Goodman here … 


By Alexandra Rosenmann / AlterNet     Nearly 30 years before President Trump’s press gaggle last Friday, Noam Chomsky and Edward Herman authored ‘"Manufacturing Consent", a book that radically redefined mass media’s relationship with the state.


Now, in the age of fake news and alt facts, Democracy Now! co-founder Amy Goodman and animator Pierangelo Pirak have teamed up to give new life to the world renowned linguist and media analyst’s famed work.

"Propaganda," Goodman begins in her narration of the cartoon. "Many use the word when talking about countries like North Korea, Kazakhstan, Iran, Countries viewed as authoritarian through the lens of the western media. ‘Press freedom’. ‘Freedom of thought’. People use those terms when talking about countries like the United States, France, Australia. ‘Democracies’."

In 1988, "Manufacturing Consent" "blasted apart the notion that media acts as a check on political power," Goodman explains as a myriad of mouthy orange villains murmur ominously in a machine-like universe.

"That media inform the public, serve the public so that we can better engage in the political process," Goodman continues. "In fact, media manufacture our consent. They tell us what those in power need them to tell us … so we can fall in line. Democracy is staged with the help of media that work as propaganda machines."

The cartoon then shows a one eye monster instructing his minions in an assembly line process to churn out news.

"Media operate through five filters," Goodman says, referencing Chomsky’s initial pillars in the book.

"The first has to do with ownership. Mass media firms are big corporations," she explains. "Often, they are part of even bigger conglomerates. Their end game? Profit. And so it’s in their interests to push for whatever guarantees that profit."

Naturally, critical journalism must take second place to the needs and interests of the corporation.

"The second filter exposes the real role of advertising," Goodman tells us. "Media costs a lot more than consumers will ever pay. So who fills the gap? Advertisers. And what are the advertisers paying for? Audiences. And so it isn’t so much that the media are selling you a product — their output. They are also selling advertisers a product — YOU."

The establishment then manages the media through the third filter.

"Manufacturing Consent" argues that "Journalism cannot be a check on power because the very system encourages complicity," Goodman points out.

"Governments, corporations, big institutions know how to play the media game," she notes. "They know how to influence the news narrative. They feed media scoops, official accounts, interviews with the ‘experts’. They make themselves crucial to the process of journalism. So, those in power and those who report on them are in bed with each other."

In 1988, Chomsky and Herman offered a warning to journalists that has proven prescient in the age of Trump.

"If you want to challenge power, you’ll be pushed to the margins," Goodman sums up. "When the media – journalists, whistleblowers, sources – stray away from the consensus, they get ‘flak’."

This is the fourth filter.

"When the story is inconvenient for the powers that be, you’ll see the flak machine in action discrediting sources, trashing stories and diverting the conversation," Goodman adds.

Hours before Friday’s press gaggle, President Trump heavily criticized anonymous sourcing in his CPAC speech, even though he’d repeatedly used the same tactics to discredit President Obama during his time in office.

"To manufacture consent, you need an enemy — a target," Goodman revealed. "That common enemy is the fifth filter. Communism. Terrorists. Immigrants. A common enemy, a bogeyman to fear, helps corral public opinion."

When has “The Donald” ever been required by our corporate media to provide proof … evidence …independently “vetted” 3rd party confirmation… about anything he says…???


When has “The Donald” ever been required by our corporate media to

provide proof … evidence …independently “vetted” 3rd party

confirmation… about anything he says…???

Offering no proof, President Trump accused Barack Obama of tapping his phones. He compared the activities to “Watergate/Nixon.

Saturday, March 4, 2017 11:34 AM EST


President Trump’s aides declined to clarify whether the explosive allegations were based on briefings from intelligence or law enforcement officials, or on something else, like a news report.

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Trump Tweets Obama ‘Wire Tapped’ His Campaign

President Donald Trump early Saturday charged that former President Barack Obama tapped his phone as part of the investigation his campaign was communicating with the Russian government.

03-03-2017  • 
Jack Davis for Western Journalism reports, President Donald Trump, who earlier suggested "Obama people" were behind the leaks within his administration, doubled down on that point in a Fox and Friends interview that aired Tuesday. Trump was 
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‘You’re in Deep Sh*t’: California Congressman Lowers the Boom on President Trump

By Tom Boggioni, Raw Story

Rep. Ted Lieu lets it rip after Trump accuses Obama of tapping his phones. READ MORE»

… $54 billon more to enable America to KILL more…faster… with increased stealth…

$54 billon more to enable America to KILL more…faster… with increased stealth…

Congress Told To Brace For Enemy ‘Robotic Solders’
03-03-2017  •, By: Morgan Chalfant
The ‘arms race’ for robotic and AI weaponry has been raging behind the scenes, and only a fool would think that our enemies would not use these technologies against us. Pandora’s box has been opened, and cannot be shut ever again. ? TN Ed

News Link  •  Korea/North Korea
White House: Military Force An Option Against North Korea
03-04-2017  • by Jason Ditz
Deputy Adviser Seeks Multiple Plans for Response to North Korea

Does Trump Want War or Peace in Syria?
Stephen Lendman

Gaza report: ‘Not about justice for Israel’s victims’
03-03-2017  •, Al Jazeera
The report comes as Israeli officials have been warning of the likelihood of another round of hostilities

The U.S. has tried to sabotage North Korea’s missile program with covert cyber attacks. President Trump must decide what to do next.




…Got it Trump/GOP install the “fox” to guard the hen house then then finding the hen has been eaten taps the “fox” to find the culprit…??? …And this is decreed as “fact” or “alternative fact” by President Trump…???

…Got it Trump/GOP install the “fox” to guard the hen house then then finding the hen has been eaten taps the “fox” to find the culprit…???

…And this is decreed as “fact” or “alternative fact” by President Trump…???

If Sessions Had Nothing to Hide, Why Did He Try to Hide It?

By Michael Winship,

People in power don’t investigate themselves. Let’s have a special prosecutor to connect the dots to Russia. READ MORE»


Please tell me that Americans are NOT willing to allow vitrolic unsubstantiated allegations to be hurled

…Perhaps I am a protest of one…and…frankly that’s OK…but…

…Please tell me that Americans are NOT willing to allow vitrolic unsubstantiated allegations to be hurled as mere propogrand at our former President by a man who to date has been totally unwilling to provide any proof, eivdnece, substsantiated collobration for virtually any attack he makes against anyone or anything…???

…What is happening to us…???

F.B.I. Director Comey asked DoJ to refute Trump’s wire tap claim, but the DoJ didn’t listen
03-06-2017  • 
WASHINGTON D.C. (INTELLIHUB) — F.B.I. Director James Comey asked the Department of Justice Saturday if it would come forth and refute President Trump’s recent claims of wiretapping — but the DoJ failed to do so.

WATCH: Paul Ryan Admits To Having Knowledge of Trump Tower Wiretap
03-06-2017  • 
In an interview with Bret Baier on Friday, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) was asked directly if he believed the Obama administration had been responsible for wire tapping Trump Tower in October, 2016–a month prior to the election.

‘THIS IS WATERGATE’ Barack Obama denies ‘ever ordering surveillance on any US citizen
03-06-2017  •  By Brittany Vonow, Mark Hodge and Patrick Knox
‘THIS IS WATERGATE’ Barack Obama denies ‘ever ordering surveillance on any US citizen’ following bombshell accusations he tapped Donald Trump’s phone during US presidential election 

Comey Asks Justice Dept. to Reject Trump’s Wiretapping Claim
03-06-2017  • 
WASHINGTON — The F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, asked the Justice Department this weekend to publicly reject President Trump’s assertion that President Barack Obama ordered the tapping of Mr. Trump’s phones, senior American officials said 

The Latest: Trump aides defend his wiretapping claim
03-06-2017  • 
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 7:50 a.m. White House advisers aren’t backing away from President Donald Trump’s claim that President Barack Obama wiretapped his campaign.

Wiretapping allegations accomplished what Trump wanted – but may backfire bigly

THE BIG IDEA: It is easy to pooh-pooh Donald Trump’s predawn Saturday tweetstorm accusing Barack Obama of the worst political crimes since Watergate while offering no evidence – as an undisciplined rant from someone who has long embraced conspiracy theories.

The Obama camp’s disingenuous denials on FISA surveillance of Trump

WH spox: Trump not convinced by FBI denials on wiretap claims
3/6/2017 9:21:17 AM  Ed Morrissey
After Donald Trump accused the Obama administration of wiretapping his phones during the campaign, tied to FBI applications for FISA warrants, James Comey denied that any such wiretapping took place. Does that satisfy the White House? Not exactly,

White House requests investigation into the wiretap… “without evidence“
3/5/2017 12:31:52 PM  Jazz Shaw
This entire story about if and when the phone lines in Trump Tower were tapped by our nation’s intelligence agencies during last year’s election is spinning completely out of control at this point. On the odd chance that you’ve somehow

FBI Director Comey asked Justice officials to refute Trump’s unproven wiretapping claim

The former director of national intelligence under Obama flatly denied that any wiretap of Trump or his campaign was carried out.

By Abby Phillip and Ellen Nakashima  •  Post Politics  •  Read more »


Trump’s charge that he was wiretapped takes presidency into new territory

Seeking to deflect, he instead raises the stakes in a deepening controversy.

By Karen Tumulty  •  Read more »


Trump’s ‘evidence’ for Obama wiretap claims relies on sketchy, anonymously sourced reports

The White House cites five news reports to justify its claim for a congressional probe. But they fail the Pinocchio Test.

By Glenn Kessler  •  Fact Checker  •  Read more »


Trump, citing no evidence, accuses Obama of ‘Nixon/Watergate’ plot to wiretap Trump Tower

President Trump used Twitter to accuse his predecessor of orchestrating a plot to tap the phones at his Trump Tower headquarters last fall in the run-up to the election.

By Philip Rucker, Ellen Nakashima and Robert Costa  •  Post Politics  •  Read more »


Trump Follows Up Bizarre Wiretap Allegations By Demanding Investigation—But of What?

By Andrew O’Hehir, Salon

Trump’s tweet-burst suggests he has no idea how surveillance works. But Team Obama’s denials leave some loopholes. READ MORE»

COMEY ASKED DOJ TO REFUTE TRUMP’S CLAIMS ABOUT WIRETAPPING According to The New York Times, FBI Director James Comey asked the Justice Department to refute President Donald Trump’s claims that former President Barack Obama ordered wire taps on Trump Tower. James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence, also denied the president’s charge. The Washington Post has quite the scene-setter breaking down Trump’s rage at how things are going after his first weeks in office, and a fair amount of blame within the White House is being shoveled Reince Priebus’ way. And Sen. Lindsey Graham had some thoughts about the scenario laid out in Trump’s latest tweets. [HuffPost]


CA lawmaker: Trump’s in ‘deep sh*t’—admission of wiretap means congressional investigation