CHOMSKY

World-renowned academic and leftist intellectual giant, MIT professor Noam Chomsky, has historically been hostile to establishment power and privilege – literally writing the book about how consent is manufactured using media to support an elite-driven policy agenda.

Thus, Chomsky’s words should be taken extremely seriously when he recently referred to news stories being pushed in the mass corporate media, about Trump-Russia “collusion,” as little more than “a joke.” In fact, he says that this neo-McCarthyist/anti-Russia propaganda degrades one of the positive aspects of the Trump administration – a drive to reduce hostility with rival nuclear power Russia.

Over the years, Chomsky has refined what he calls, the ‘propaganda model’ of the corporate mass media. He posits that not only does the media systematically suppress and distort, but when they do present facts, the context obscures the actual meaning. In essence, the mass media uses brainwashing to keep people subservient to large corporate interests.

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“The media serve, and propagandize on behalf of, the powerful societal interests that control and finance them. The representatives of these interests have important agendas and principles that they want to advance, and they are well positioned to shape and constrain media policy.” –Chomsky

During a panel discussion with Chomsky on Democracy Now, one of the panelists referenced Chomsky’s commentary on the Trump/Russia collusion being “a joke,” and asked him,

“Could you give us your view on what’s happening and why there’s so much emphasis on this particular issue?”

Chomsky, the author of more than 100 books, including “Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media,” in which he breaks down how U.S. corporate media has been weaponized as a means of controlling public opinion by propagandizing the American people, didn’t mince his words, noting:

“It’s a pretty remarkable fact that — first of all, it is a joke. Half the world is cracking up in laughter. The United States doesn’t just interfere in elections. It overthrows governments it doesn’t like, institutes military dictatorships.”

“Simply in the case of Russia alone—it’s the least of it—the U.S. government, under Clinton, intervened quite blatantly and openly, then tried to conceal it, to get their man Yeltsin in, in all sorts of ways,” said Chomsky. “So, this, as I say, it’s considered—it’s turning the United States, again, into a laughingstock in the world.”

“So why are the Democrats focusing on this?” he said. “In fact, why are they focusing so much attention on the one element of Trump’s programs which is fairly reasonable, the one ray of light in this gloom: trying to reduce tensions with Russia? That’s—the tensions on the Russian border are extremely serious. They could escalate to a major terminal war. Efforts to try to reduce them should be welcomed.”

“Just a couple of days ago,” said Chomsky, “the former U.S. ambassador to Russia, Jack Matlock, came out and said he just can’t believe that so much attention is being paid to apparent efforts by the incoming administration to establish connections with Russia.” He said, ‘Sure, that’s just what they ought to be doing.'”

Continuing, Chomsky said, “So, you know, yeah, maybe the Russians tried to interfere in the election. That’s not a major issue. Maybe the people in the Trump campaign were talking to the Russians. Well, okay, not a major point, certainly less than is being done constantly.”

“And it is a kind of a paradox,” he said, “that the one issue that seems to inflame the Democratic opposition is the one thing that has some justification and reasonable aspects to it.”

One need to look no further than the Washington Post to understand how U.S. media frequently serve as an errand boy for U.S. corporate, military and imperial interests. Unsurprisingly, Jeff Bezos, owner of WaPo, is deeply connected to U.S. intelligence/security services, as the holder of a $600 million dollar CIA contract.

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As the Nation reported at the time:

“[Jeff Bezos] recently secured a $600 million contract from the CIA. That’s at least twice what Bezos paid for the Post this year. Bezos recently disclosed that the company’s Web-services business is building a ‘private cloud’ for the CIA to use for its data needs.”

Although these connections aren’t enough to prove nefarious collaboration outright, these anomalous relationships seriously call into question the validity of a newspaper that claims to be a paper of national repute.

Moreover, history reveals actual collusion between the CIA and numerous news outlets, including the Washington Post, under a covert program, called Operation Mockingbird, to influence public perceptions by infiltrating newsrooms across America.

In 1977, a former Post journalist, Carl Bernstein, exposed the CIA’s clandestine efforts to infiltrate and subvert the news media, often with the knowledge and assistance of top management at these journalistic outlets. In total, Bernstein reported, over 400 journalists were reportedly involved:

“Journalists provided a full range of clandestine services—from simple intelligence gathering to serving as go-betweens with spies in Communist countries. Reporters shared their notebooks with the CIA. Editors shared their staffs. Some of the journalists were Pulitzer Prize winners, distinguished reporters who considered themselves ambassadors without portfolio for their country…In many instances, CIA documents show, journalists were engaged to perform tasks for the CIA with the consent of the managements of America’s leading news organizations.”

Make no mistake that the U.S. mainstream corporate media has been weaponized as a means of controlling public opinion, by propagandizing the American people into believing a false reality, or propaganda model, which serves the plutocratic oligarchy. According to Chomsky, Russiagate is the fake news you have been warned about!

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Jay Syrmopoulos is a geopolitical analyst, freethinker, and ardent opponent of authoritarianism. He is currently a graduate student at the University of Denver pursuing a masters in Global Affairs and holds a BA in International Relations. Jay's writing has been featured on both mainstream and independent media - and has been viewed tens of millions of times. You can follow him on Twitter @SirMetropolis and on Facebook at SirMetropolis.
  • Steve

    HAHA…

  • Brother Mark:)

    The big joke is in believing that Noam Chomsky represents an intelligent impartial view. Lets remember that this is the same man who long denied the Pol Pot Khmer Rouge Holocaust in Cambodia, and who only finally got around to admitting it in the documentary Manufacturing Consent in 1993! The facts were for quite some time available…him and his ilk were just not willing to acknowledge it. Here, watch Noam Chomsky use C.I.A. statistics to work his denial. Noam Chomsky use C.I.A. statistics to try and support his argument? Sure! If it all fits his agenda, you can believe he will. If anyone would then like something a bit more comprehensive, here is the Wikipedia article that you can start with for such research.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuQ8Qb0ej38&t=20s

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cambodian_genocide_denial

    • Your lame attemt to dispute Noam Chomsky is pitiful. His clear arguments leave yours in the dust.

      • Brother Mark:)

        My attempt to dispute Noam Chomsky?
        It was a justified challenge to his perceived authoritive and objective credibility.
        I just KNEW that when I posted that some Noam Chomsky fan boy type would feel the need to give some sort of reflexive defensive comment.
        Many seem to worship his every word without question and indeed therein lies the problem.
        Did you bother to watch that short video or read any of the Wikipedia article? Probably not. Why? Because it would show you something you and others like you don’t want to see. You and such others have joined the Noam Chomsky cult of the personality and there will most probably be no turning back. It would take too much courage for most to question any preconceived notions. You might wish to say the same for me, but remember, I have already given substantial evidence for my view.
        Noam Chomsky is not a journalist or a historian or anything of the sort.
        He is an accomplished polemicist. Try looking the word up if you don’t already know what it means.

        • martin woyzeck

          You’re a liar. A liar is someone who intentionally only shows one side of a story.
          You do know that wikipedia has writers, they’re humans, and it doesn’t mean everything they write is true.
          Talking about showing something you don’t want to see.
          It would take maybe 10minutes more to do some real factchecking to see wiki’s claim is false.
          No, you haven’t given substantial evidence of anything. What a joke….wikipedia?!
          What a hypocrite you are. You think people are Chomsky fan boys because they’re saying your comment is full of sh……t.
          You embarrassingly only look at wikipedia, which is 50//50 credible, and that’s the only homework you’ve done.
          Or maybe it isn’t. Maybe you did dig deeper to see Chomsky never said that, but you hate him, so you leave out that tidbit of info. That’s called a liar.

          • Brother Mark:)

            You’ve commented four times to my last comment on this thread, I’ve given my reply twice above.

        • martin woyzeck

          Btw, everyone has their opinion/slant/agenda.
          So do you, you’ve just exposed yourself.
          That’s what makes you a hypocrite.
          The point is not what one’s bias is, but if what they’re saying is correct.
          And again, Chomsky is right on the money.
          That doesn’t make me a fan boy.
          It means I question everyone, even the ones I usually agree with, but there are times that I don’t agree with them.
          I don’t blindly follow anyone.
          I check and triple check everything.
          Something you obviously have not done, as you definitely have a sole agenda to discredit Chomsky.
          Well, you’ve lost this one.

          • Brother Mark:)

            First, If Wikipedia said something you agreed with, I’m sure you would have NO problem with it’s credibility.
            Second, I mentioned it as something to START your research with…. remember?
            Third, he was denying the scope of what happened in Cambodia, which is indeed to deny the Khmer Rouge Holocaust.
            Finally, it is true he did FINALLY admit to the magnitude of it all in the documentary Manufacturing Consent in 1993.
            Like others, you say you don’t blindly follow but you then reveal something quite different.
            Where are all the other Noam Chomsky fan boys?
            How boring……you seem to be the only one willing to have this discussion!
            Perhaps it’s because even they can see a losing argument and would rather engage in denial by ignoring the issue.
            Now, I would never say that everything that Noam Chomsky has had to say is incorrect, my point was that people should simply recognise him as the polemicist with an an agenda that he is and nothing more.

        • martin woyzeck

          Being that you’re asking others to look up ‘polemicist’, it’s obvious you just looked it up, didn’t know it before, but had to come up with a word to show you know what you’re talking about, which you don’t.
          I don’t see any objectivity to anything you’ve said.

          • Brother Mark:)

            First, If Wikipedia had something you agreed with, I’m sure you would have NO problem with it’s credibility.
            Second, I mentioned it as something to START your research with…. remember?
            Third, he was denying the scope of what happened in Cambodia, which is indeed to deny the Khmer Rouge Holocaust.
            Finally, it is true he did FINALLY admit to the magnitude of it all in the documentary Manufacturing Consent in 1993.
            Like others, you say you don’t blindly follow but you then reveal something quite different.
            Where are all the other Noam Chomsky fan boys?
            How boring……you seem to be the only one willing to have this discussion!
            Perhaps it’s because even they can see a losing argument and would rather engage in denial by ignoring the issue.
            Now, I would never say that everything that Noam Chomsky has had to say is incorrect, to the contrary he has had a lot to express that I agree with. My point was that people should simply recognise him as the polemicist with an an agenda that he is and nothing more.

    • martin woyzeck

      You don’t read well.
      He did not deny what happened in Cambodia.
      He was ‘specifically’ questioning a specific article/report
      that a journalist wrote.
      Amazing , how those that don’t like Chomsky, twist and bastardize what he said.
      And no, he also didn’t ‘admit’ it in Manufacturing Consent.
      OMG….you’re quoting wikipedia???!
      That’s quite the low level education you’re getting.
      Come back here when you have something substantial.

      • Brother Mark:)

        See my reply with your last two comments.

  • bjf

    This article is misrepresenting what Chomsky is saying. He is admitting that Russia very well may have interfered with the election, but pointing out that it is ironic for the US to be outraged, seeing as how the US has meddled in elections throughout the world and repeatedly set up puppet governments for over a century. He is not saying the whole thing is fabricated — but rather that the media is giving it outsize influence because it suits their purposes.

    • richardwicks

      This article is misrepresenting what Chomsky is saying. He is admitting
      that Russia very well may have interfered with the election

      In what way? This bullshit that Russia somehow interfered in the US elections has been repeated to vomit spewing stage now, for over 1/2 year – yet nobody can explain just how they might have interfered.

      You know why? Because they didn’t. Chomsky is just treading lightly and assuming you’re smart enough to figure out, well, the obvious. First it’s the height of hypocrisy for the United States to be complaining about any interference, and second, it’s a complete joke, because the United States can’t even come up with any reasonable explanation of how Russia supposedly interfered. How? By pointing out blatant obvious propaganda in US propaganda, which is laughably called “mainstream media” still? By telling the, *gasp*, truth? For shame Russia!!!

    • Stop Bush and Clinton

      If you think Russia interfered with the election, you have to also acknowledge Germany, France and the UK (and probably many more) interfered with the election — all their media outlets were heavily pushing for Clinton.

      The German meddling, French meddling and UK meddling more than canceled out any Russian meddling there may have been.

  • Zygon

    Chomsky said this ages ago, in a totally different context. Are you just reading Chomsky now?

    • martin woyzeck

      They used sections of what he’s said in the past about the media.
      What he’s saying about Russia is current, and he’s relating what he said in the past to today.

  • Invictus Corruptus

    I do find it ironic that the Democratic Party, the party that screwed Bernie Sanders is pushing this story and the media which ignored the DNC scandal is also pushing Russiagate. And yes, it is ironic that the corporate media pushes it while ignoring the fact that our own government influences elections across the globe to prop up a Western friendly dictator.

    • richardwicks

      Corporate media is nothing but deep state propaganda at this point. If you cannot see the United States does indeed have a deep state, and that the post of president, or even legislator, are merely figurehead positions, you’ve not been paying good enough attention yet.

      Can anybody tell me why we are at war in the Middle East, blowing up 7 nations, then inviting the refugees that WE create to settle down in the United States and Europe – people that would quite reasonable hold a grudge against the nations that made them homeless refugees? Why are we doing this?

      I can, and it has nothing to do with self determination. The criminals that have bankrupted both Europe and the United States plan to use the refugees to create chaos, so they can escape having their heads cut off when this house of cards falls apart. Who are these criminals? Well, the deep state of course. A group of bureaucrats, top military brass, and top banking executives and all of them are as dirty as pigs and as rich as god because of all the wealth they have stolen over the last 1/2 century. They are nothing but traitors who have usurped power by the cowards we elect who don’t have the backbone to either stand up to them, or expose them.

      If we continue to accept this, we will indeed get the government we deserve – a complete tyranny.

  • Eileen

    Although Noam Chomsky is a leftist, he isn’t necessarily a Communist, which puts him at odds with a lot of his leftist colleagues. I happen to agree with Chomsky. Sovereign nations do spy on one another as part of their day-to-day operations, but few engage in actual overthrow of governments. Taking this article one step further, not only is the media engaging in outright journalistic malpractice, it is also blaming Russia for the very thing that the State Dept and its CIA buddies have been engaged in since I have been alive. This does not mean that I think Putin is a saint; I don’t; he’s former KGB, so lots of what he says I take with a grain of salt. That being said, to accuse Russia of the very thing we are guilty of is the height of hypocrisy. After all it wasn’t the Kremlin who went to France; it was none other than Obama.

  • motorsportsnz

    the underlying destructive element in truth that many in America and new zealand hate the God and Father of our Saviour Jesus Christ .
    President Donald Trump represents Him, was appointed by Him, and will remain as President as long as the only living God elects to have him there working out His plan.
    Mr President Trump is His chosen vessel to bring the real focus upon the haters within the american and new zealand populace.
    To take them into times of trouble that Hate God.
    Obama was His vessel to take the real truth of most in this large and small country into the times the scripture speak of.the abominations of (obamas) the dogmas of sodomy.
    You in america and here too in new zealand.have in the majority walked out on Gods love and plan for these two countries. ( this refers to all countries but list two as an example i know)
    Sadly many do not see this and yes the whole saga of the reds under the bed has come to the fore to distract the lost into believing the lie of evil.
    Remember when the towers fell how people raced off to church as in our hearts we know there is a God yet money and the love of life brought back the real heart of stone.
    Be warned america new zealand God will not be mocked.
    I relish these times, as when we see these things happening the time of the end is near,even knocking at the door
    Repent america and new zealand, for you only have a little time until the return of the Messiah, who is coming in wrath and vengence upon an unsuspecting peoples..

    • Dick Burns

      WTF?

    • richardwicks

      The problem isn’t that “we’re not religious enough”.

      The problem is that, apparently, people are happy to have sociopathic assholes in power, and don’t mind that the “mainstream media” are now nothing more than professional propagandists who lie incessantly.

      The sociopathic assholes who run this nation, are the same sort of sociopathic assholes that created your religion. They tell you Jesus is who to emulate, who to be like – a meek wuss that gives onto Caesar what is Caesar’s – Caesar told you do do this and if you’re a good little boy, after you sweat and toil all your life being a slave to the state, you get to go to a non existent wonderland, they also completely made up. Remember, Jesus got crucified, as will you be, throughout your entire life.

      The Jewish religion doesn’t even believe in an afterlife. Your concept of an afterlife is ripped off from Roman mythology.

  • Shoreline1

    Yes, this is more or less true, but limited in scope. The broader perspective is that corporations in general are authorized by the government to act as agents to enforce government will upon the citizenry. The question is who is controlling the government? I mean this time.

  • Rupert Chappelle

    Funny how the DNC, the MSM and the CIA are meddling with and subverting an election while at the same time blaming Russia for meddling with and subverting an election.

  • Dick Burns

    The US is really losing badly and will never recover. Their deeds have sealed their fate for all time. No amount of money, wealth or military will fix it. It’s Humpty Dumpty.

  • Stop Bush and Clinton

    Sadly, the European media are just as bad.
    Most Europeans who are still following their corporate media still believe Russia interfered with the election, Russia leaked those DNC emails, Seth Rich was a botched robbery, 9/11 was the work of 19 hijackers with boxcutters, and all the other crap.
    And given most alternative media is English language only, they have more control over the public opinion in places like Germany (that’s why Merkel still has high approval rates).

  • Joe Strange

    The only people who are supposed to ‘interfere’ in our elections are the large corporations, billionaires, and the DNC elite who have an obligation to the Globalists to stick a cold, hard one up Bernie’s A$$ in order to foist their ‘Chosen’ candidate upon eWe the Sheeple…