Conan O’Brien highlighted dozens of snippets from news outlets and the resultant video compilation is disturbing to say the least. The crowd sheepishly laughs at this footage, but the reality of this video below is incredibly disheartening. 

In fact, O’brien has caught the mainstream media in the act more than once.

The question that should be asked here, is where are these talking points originating?

Many media stations are owned by the same company for ease of production, which takes hours of work. Obrien’s videos touch on a controversial subject, but should it really surprise us that many stories are “scripted”?

Advertisment
Former news reporter Ben Swann points out “In most of these cases where O’Brien uses anchors from different TV stations all over the country reading the exact same script word for word, the source of that script is some kind of wire service.  This means those stations have subscribed to AP, Reuters, CNN, FOX, ABC, NBC, etc wire services.  In those cases, the wire story will come down and a station reporter or producer will copy and paste it word for word into a newscast.  The problem with this policy is that reporters and producers simply take that content as gospel and no one in any newsroom ever bothers to fact check or verify if the wire story is correct.  Simply put, in a newsroom, if it is on the wire it has to be true.”

 

According to the A.C. Nielsen Co., the average American watches more than 4 hours of TV each day (or 28 hours per week, or 2 months per year). In a 65-year life, that person will have spent 9 years glued to the tube, and for children these numbers are often higher. Another tragedy is that most people’s entire lives revolve around TV. Imagine being that 65 year old person who has watched 9 YEARS of TV. They would probably have more memories of television programs than real memories.
There are over 4000 studies that have been done on the effect of TV on children; some of these are very disturbing. Did you know that the average time a parent spends having meaningful conversation with their child in a week is 3.5 minutes? Also, did you know that the average child spends 1,680 minutes a week watching TV? Seventy percent of all day-care centers use television. Fifty four percent of children age 4-6 when asked if they would rather spend time with their fathers or watch television, chose television. The average kid spends 900 hours a year in school and 1500 hours a year watching TV. Just a few more statistics before we move on to the effects of these. An 18 year old high school student has witnessed 200,000 violent acts on TV, and an elementary student will have seen 8,000 murders. The average child will watch 20,000 commercials a year, while the number one spender in youth advertisement is fast food. Fifty four percent of the shows on TV are devoted to crime. Fifty nine percent of Americans can name the Three Stoogies, while only 17 percent can name at least 3 Supreme Court justices.These statistics should disturb you. Millions of Americans are so hooked on television that they fit the criteria for substance abuse as defined in the official psychiatric manual, according to Rutgers University psychologist and TV-Free America board member Robert Kubey. Heavy TV viewers exhibit five dependency symptoms, two more than necessary to arrive at a clinical diagnosis of substance abuse. These include: 1) using TV as a sedative; 2) indiscriminate viewing; 3) feeling loss of control while viewing; 4) feeling angry with oneself for watching too much; 5) inability to stop watching; and 6) feeling miserable when kept from watching. The power that TV has over an individual’s thought process is incredible.

READ MORE:  Govt & Media Doing Exact Same Thing It Did To Start Iraq War, And Americans are Buying It

The United States is becoming or has become a nation raised by the TV. Not only does it eventually start to control the thoughts of a person by controlling most or all of the information they see, it is also terrible for one’s health. A National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey released in October 1995 found 4.7 million children between the ages of 6-17 (11% of this age group) to be severely overweight, more than twice the rate during the 1960’s. The main culprits: inactivity (these same children average more than 22 hours of television-viewing a week) and a high-calorie diet. A 1991 study showed that there were an average of 200 junk food ads in four hours of children’s Saturday morning cartoons. According to William H. Deitz, pediatrician and prominent obesity expert at Tufts University School of Medicine, “The easiest way to reduce inactivity is to turn off the TV set. Almost anything else uses more energy than watching TV.”

Children are not the only Americans suffering from weight problems; one-third of American adults are overweight. According to an American Journal of Public Health study, an adult who watches three hours of TV a day is far more likely to be obese than an adult who watches less than one hour.

Sometimes the problem is not too much weight, but too little. Seventy-five percent of American women believe they are too fat, an image problem that often leads to bulimia or anorexia. Sound strange? Not when one takes into account that female models and actresses are 23 percent thinner than the average woman and thinner than 95 percent of the female population.

READ MORE:  MSNBC Host: Maybe Cops Need Military Gear To Deal With People Who Don't Trust Police

We are entering into uncharted territory; television is fairly new, relatively speaking. Some of our parents didn’t have TV when they were growing up. However now we are entering a time in which it is completely possible for two consecutive generations to be raised on TV. As degenerative as television is, imagine the prolonged effects of a society that is dependent on TV. We have the potential to be a mindless populace that cannot wait to get home to sit down and start getting pounded by an onslaught of violence and consumerism. I would wager that some of us in this country are well past this stage.

Is TV evil? No, not in the least. The invention of the Television has been an incredible part of history. We have been able to witness remarkable events such as the speeches of Martin Luther King Jr., and the first steps onto the moon. These attributes of the television are and have been a beneficial ingredient in the progress of society. However these magnificent events that were once witnessed are no longer. They have been replaced with celebrity fluff, violence, commercials, and infotainment fear propaganda that some refer to as news.

Scientists can see trends in American youth when studying the desensitization to violence from television. Desensitization to violence is a key development that is particularly dangerous. Literally thousands of studies since the 1950s have asked whether there is a link between exposure to media violence and violent behavior. All but 18 have answered, “Yes.” The evidence from the research is overwhelming. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, “Extensive research evidence indicates that media violence can contribute to aggressive behavior, desensitization to violence, nightmares, and fear of being harmed.”

READ MORE:  The US Govt is Blaming the 4th Amendment & Edward Snowden for Paris Attacks - Seriously

Very rarely is actual human suffering and loss portrayed. Repeated exposure to TV violence makes children less sensitive toward its effects on victims and the human suffering it causes. Viewing TV violence reduces inhibitions and leads to more aggressive behavior. This behavior is also carried over into adult life. With that said, is it such a mystery why violent crimes carried out by one’s own government could seem laughable and innate? In today’s society, especially with our remarkable level of information exchange, we should have been peaceful a long time ago. It’s only because of lack of understanding or the lack of ability to see the controlling factors that anyone would go to war anyway, right?

We have the ability to communicate freely with the entire world; nevertheless we rely on television to bring us our information. We rely on television to feed us our views of the world around us. It is a system of propaganda out for its own interests. It is dedicated to keeping you tuned in, in order to sell you a product, a politician, a war, or a bill of goods, regardless of its outcome or effect on the population.

Another particularly harmful effect of MSM is their uncanny ability to stoke divide among otherwise friendly groups. The MSM employs a very old tactic that appeals to humanities tribal instinct or reptilian brain, called US vs. THEM. If someone threatens the status quo they are quickly labeled as THEM through obvious means such as name calling, and not so obvious means like creating a negative character association; aka, the guilt by association fallacy; John Doe is bad because he bumped into Jack Doe once, and Jack Doe got caught stealing.

The effects of a massive delusional culture are everywhere. People trample over one another to acquire some plastic good made by slave labor. Instead of helping others in need, the smart phone is whipped out and the suffering is filmed. Instead of addressing the root causes of violence and murder, groups are divided into US’s and THEM’s and told that they must support Duck Dynasty or support A&E. Instead of calling for an end to war, fears are stoked and wars are expanded. The American public are but putty in the hands of professional marketers; only these marketers deal in human life, and the creation of and elimination of its value.


 

SHARE
Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Agorist is also the Editor at Large at the Free Thought Project. Follow @MattAgorist on Twitter, Steemit, and now on Facebook.