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The 5 Filters of the Mass Media MachineNoam Ch…

The 5 Filters of the Mass Media Machine

Noam Chomsky is well known for his illustration of the “Propaganda Model.”
Chomsky’s model includes five filters that expose how the media is
controlled and completely infiltrated by corporations, governments, and
the elite in order to manufacture consent. The five filters include: OWNERSHIP, ADVERTISING, THE MEDIA ELITE, FLAK, THE COMMON ENEMY.

To manufacture consent, you need an enemy — a target. A common enemy, a
bogeyman to fear, helps corral public opinion.

These techniques have historically been used to whip up the “Red Scare” which saw the witch-hunting of communists, socialists and other radicals from the union movement. McCarthyism succeeded in severing left-wing ideas–and their long history in the U.S. working-class movement–from American society.

In the early 1950s, American leaders repeatedly told the public that
they should be fearful of subversive Communist influence in their lives.
Communists could be lurking anywhere, using their positions as school
teachers, college professors, labor organizers, artists, or journalists
to aid the program of world Communist domination. This paranoia about
the internal Communist threat—what we call the Red Scare—reached a fever
pitch between 1950 and 1954, when Senator Joe McCarthy of Wisconsin, a
right-wing Republican, launched a series of highly publicized probes
into alleged Communist penetration of the State Department, the White
House, the Treasury, and even the US Army. During Eisenhower’s first two
years in office, McCarthy’s shrieking denunciations and fear-mongering
created a climate of fear and suspicion across the country. No one dared
tangle with McCarthy for fear of being labeled disloyal.


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“Well, what’s the crucial fact about Iran, whi…

“Well, what’s the crucial fact about Iran, which we should begin with,
is that for the past 60 years, not a day has passed in which the U.S.
has not been torturing Iranians. That’s 60 years, right now. Began with a
military coup, which overthrew the parliamentary regime in 1953,
installed the Shah, a brutal dictator. Amnesty International described
him as one of the worst, most extreme torturers in the world, year after

When he was overthrown in 1979, the U.S. almost immediately
turned to supporting Saddam Hussein in an assault against Iran, which
killed hundreds of thousands of Iranians, used extensive use of chemical
weapons. Of course, at the same time, Saddam attacked his Kurdish
population with horrible chemical weapons attacks. The U.S. supported
all of that. The Reagan administration even tried to—succeeded in
preventing a censure of Iraq. The United States essentially won the war
against Iran by its support for Iraq. It immediately—Saddam Hussein was a
favorite of the Reagan and first Bush administration, to such an extent
that George H.W. Bush, the first Bush, right after the war, 1989,
invited Iraqi nuclear engineers to the United States for advanced
training in nuclear weapons production. That’s the country that had
devastated Iran, horrifying attack and war. Right after that, Iran was
subjected to harsh sanctions. And it continues right until the moment.

So we now have a 60-year record of torturing Iranians. We don’t pay
attention to it, but you can be sure that they do, with good reason.
That’s point number one.” – Noam Chomsky


A reminder that in 2013 a former Black Panther…

A reminder that in 2013 a former Black Panther, who served 41 years in solitary
confinement, died just days after a US federal judge overturned his
conviction for the murder of a prison guard. Herman Wallace was
freed after Judge Brian Jackson ruled his 1974 trial had been
“unconstitutional” and ordered his immediate release.

Wallace had been part of the Angola Three, who were originally
imprisoned for robbery at the notorious Louisiana State Penitentiary,
known as Angola because of its historic links to the African slave
trade. The men said they were framed for the killing of a guard
because of their membership of the Black Panther party and
fight for the civil rights of prisoners.

Robert King, 70, a
fellow member of the Angola Three released in 2001 stated: “My reaction is one of sadness for a life wasted. And when I
say, wasted, I mean the society he lived in may have considered him a
waste, but he helped rewrite history.“