The Brainwashing Of The Masses
By James Donahue
Author and video producer Steven Jacobson said: "Television is the most powerful weapon of psychological
warfare in history. The programming that we are constantly assaulted by throughout our lives conditions us. It programs us
to a particular worldview. Now, we may consider it normal because we were born into this system of lies and deception. And
because we were born into this situation and our parents were born into it and have suffered from it, we don’t
know any better."
Jacobson maintains a website called Mind Control In America. On its opening page he declares:
"All the problems in America are the result of people being led to believe things that are not true."
Unfortunately, Jacobson appears to be correct in his claims. While not all television programming
is found to be filled with malicious misinformation, most of the news content is either slanted in favor of an ideology, or
certain important information is conveniently omitted. Certain high profile stories may dominate the news while crucial information
we should be told about is either avoided or given casual attention.
During my college years I took a journalism class that addressed the problem of biased reporting,
how to recognize it, and how to write balanced news stories that allowed the reader to decide what to believe. Every controversial
issue has two sides. A man accused of wrongdoing may be either guilty or innocent. The politician seeking public office may
have ideas that a majority of voters like or dislike. A nation’s decision to go to war may be justified, or not. It
is the job of the media to carefully present all of the available information but to remain on neutral ground while doing
That class, and the excellent number of great newspaper editors I worked under during my younger years,
helped cement an understanding of fair and balanced reporting. That phrase, "fair and balanced" has been misused by Fox News,
perhaps the most slanted of the so-called television information outlets to win the trust of the brainwashed masses. Nothing
about the information and opinions flowing from the lips of the talking heads on that network is either fair or balanced.
As part of our studies for that journalism class, we were required to read a book by Vance Packard
titled "The Hidden Persuaders." Even then, when this book was published in 1957, there were subtle forms of propaganda being
used to trick us into buying certain products or believing certain political ideals. While television was still in its infancy
at that time, the trickery was everywhere. They even went so far as to weave sensual images in what appeared to be wholesome
promotional pictures and drawings. Remember the Camel cigarette’s mascot Joe Camel? He was a cartoon image of the male
genitals with a face.
Walter Glenn Moore, in a commentary The Battle For Your Mind, wrote: The most dangerous form
of mind control is subtle and it is coming from the technology which has been freely given to us on a silver platter –
television, movies, internet and music. Drugs, sports, amusement parks and entertainment could also be viewed as subtle mind
altering experiments which tend to change our mental focus from reality to fantasy, producing a trance-like state of life
which is similar to that of one who has been hypnotized."
Moore wonders why they call television entertainment "programming." He believes it is designed to
do exactly that . . . program our society to behave, dress, and respond in the way certain power figures wish.
The current political battle between incumbent Democrat Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt
Romney for the next four-year term as president of the nation has exposed the very worst in twisted thinking that has found
its way into a highly financed propaganda machine. Because of the Supreme Court’s Citizen’s United decision declaring
corporations qualified to finance campaigns, Romney has found himself flooded with billions of dollars for an advertising
blitz unlike anything the nation has ever experienced. Big money also is flowing into the Obama campaign as well. The lies,
half-truths and hate messages now dominate our television screens, our radio programs and printed publications. It floods
our computer screens. Small wonder that the public is confused, angry and ready to strike when they get an opportunity to
go to the polls. But how can a vote cast in either direction repair the situation they are in?
Writer David Icke declared: "Most of humanity is in an absolute hypnotic trance that they’re
put in from cradle to grave by constant repetition of a fake reality. Then Icke adds a strange line: "And when we wake up
from this we will not be subservient."
When he wrote those words Icke was obviously referring to the promise of a global awakening that appears
to already be happening. There is a clear sign, especially among the youth, that the massive propaganda machine is no longer
keeping all of the slaves in check..
CNN’s Jack Cafferty puts out a question for television watchers every weekday afternoon that
portrays an interesting cross-section of the way Americans are thinking this year. Viewers have nearly an hour to e-mail or
twitter answers to a political question then Cafferty reads four or five of them at the end of the hour. While the host attempts
to present balanced commentary from both sides of the issue, a visit to Cafferty’s website allows us to read all of
the answers. It is promising to note that a majority of responders clearly appear to be awake and fully aware of the twisted
rhetoric being pumped into their heads.
That people have begun taking to the streets in protest to the oppressive governments they have been
forced to live under is another important sign that change is in the air. The Arab Spring, the Occupy Movement, the Libyan
and Syrian revolutions are the ones that have made the news. But there are others occurring, many in unreported and unseen
corners of the world.
It has been said that the best way to tear ourselves away from the brainwashing effects of the mass
propaganda machine is to first be aware of it, and then be selective in the television, film, radio and music programming
we choose for personal entertainment. There are some excellent programs, documentaries and videos that can be streamed into
home television sets via the Internet that allow us to skip all of the political junk that now floods the airways. Select
with care and keep an open mind.