Pentagon Official Once Told Morley Safer That Reporters Who Believe the Government Are “Stupid”

by Jon Schwaiz, from the Intercept

.. There will be hundreds of obituaries about (Morley) Safer, but at least so far, there’s been no mention of what I think was one of the most important stories he ever told…

(In 1966 in Saigon, the assistant secretary of defense for public affairs, Arthur) Sylvester had arranged to speak with reporters for U.S. outlets, including Safer. Here’s how Safer described it:

There had been some annoying moments in previous weeks that had directly involved Sylvester’s own office. In the first B-52 raids, Pentagon releases were in direct contradiction to what had actually happened on the ground in Viet Nam.

There was general opening banter, which Sylvester quickly brushed aside. He seemed anxious to take a stand — to say something that would jar us. He said:

“I can’t understand how you fellows can write what you do while American boys are dying out here,” he began. Then he went on to the effect that American correspondents had a patriotic duty to disseminate only information that made the United States look good.

A network television correspondent said, “Surely, Arthur, you don’t expect the American press to be the handmaidens of government.”

“That’s exactly what I expect,” came the reply.

An agency man raised the problem that had preoccupied Ambassador Maxwell Taylor and [U.S. spokesman] Barry Zorthian — about the credibility of American officials. Responded the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs:

“Look, if you think any American official is going to tell you the truth, then you’re stupid. Did you hear that? — stupid.”

One of the most respected of all the newsmen in Vietnam — a veteran of World War II, the Indochina War and Korea — suggested that Sylvester was being deliberately provocative. Sylvester replied:

“Look, I don’t even have to talk to you people. I know how to deal with you through your editors and publishers back in the States.”

At this point, the Hon. Arthur Sylvester put his thumbs in his ears, bulged his eyes, stuck out his tongue and wiggled his fingers.

Vance Hartke, a Democratic senator from Indiana, entered Safer’s article into the Congressional Record, and Durward Hall, a Republican representative from Missouri, called for Sylvester to resign. For its part, the Pentagon told CBS executives: “Unless you get Safer out of there, he’s liable to end up with a bullet in his back.”

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In the Name of Propaganda: RT’s Blatantly Dishonest Propaganda Piece About Turkey, “ISIS” and that Stolen Syrian Oil

by Scott Creighton

RT has outdone themselves when it comes to their ongoing propaganda campaign in pursuit of support for the Greater Kurdistan project.

The historical revisionism present in their latest “documentary”, In the Name of the Profit. Liberated Syrian Town Reveals ISIS Oil Trade Secrets, is simply stunning. It would put CNN and all their fake “news” videos to shame.

Their video opens with a Kurdish fighter talking to RT who admits he’s been in Syria “fighting ISIS” for “4 years”. That’s pretty amazing considering the fact that “ISIS” didn’t exist until 2014 ( on June 29, 2014  to be exact). I guess we were supposed to forget that.

However, what has been going on for four years is Kurdish militants taking land and resources from the Syrian government and claiming it for themselves.

“Last month, as the Free Syrian Army took over areas of the Syrian-Turkish border, a power vacuum emerged in northeastern Syria. It was not the Free Syrian Army that filled the vacuum, but instead the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), the most heavily armed Kurdish faction in Syria. In early August, the Wall Street Journal reported that “Kurdish political parties and paramilitary groups have almost completely usurped the Syrian state apparatus,” taking over municipal buildings and vital infrastructure, providing security, and controlling the distribution of resources.

Although the prospects for an independent state in Syrian Kurdistan remain dim, unprecedented Kurdish autonomy will likely result from the conflict. The implications extend beyond Syria’s borders as various governments and non-state actors have strong, and often conflicting, interests in the political fate of Syria’s Kurds and the territorial integrity of the Syrian state.

Turkey, Iraq, and Iran are alarmed by the prospects for greater Kurdish autonomy in Syria, primarily due to unresolved tensions with their own Kurdish communities. On the other hand, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq, the state of Israel, and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Turkey welcome a semi-autonomous Kurdish state in Syria.” Ekurd Daily, Feb. 9th, 2012

Even the US ambassador to Turkey has admitted the Kurds are ethnically cleansing areas in Syria and Turkey to serve their own needs:

The U.S. ambassador to Turkey has called on Kurdish rebels to lay down arms and end violence in Turkey.

Ambassador John Bass also said Thursday that the United States does not provide weapons to a Syrian Kurdish militia group, which is affiliated with Turkey’s outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party – or PKK.

Bass said Washington was sensitive to Turkey’s concerns over the Syrian Kurdish militia group and opposed any efforts by the group to change the demography of northern Syria “under the guise” of battling the Islamic State group. It was a reference to Turkish accusations that the Syrian Kurdish group is purging the area of Arabs and Turkmens. WBAL

Ethnic cleansing of Syrian areas by the Kurds “under the guise of fighting “ISIS”,”  That’s what the US ambassador to Turkey said.

And now here we have RT presenting a “documentary” lionizing the Kurds (and demonizing the Erdogan government of Turkey)  under the guise of fighting “ISIS”, saying they were the victims… and not the actual aggressors. Which they were.

AS we slide into the next stage of the Greater Kurdistan nation building exercise, RT has become the greatest disinformation site on the planet (aside from Prison Planet perhaps)

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The Century of the Self

John Kerry Enlists 12 Hollywood Execs as Mockingbirds in Order to Sell the “War on ISIS™”: Wag the Dog or Team America World Police?

by Scott Creighton

It doesn’t even phase us anymore.

The other day a spokesman for the State Department told a fellow member state of NATO that they don’t want to “choose sides” between their democratically elected government and some terrorists who just blew up 28 people in the street. A PKK splinter group just took credit for the Ankara attack. For what that’s worth. There’s also a video out there of a bunch of Kurds from different terrorist groups saying they are now waging war against Turkey. And the State Department just doesn’t want to take sides (which of course, is taking sides)

That really fucking happened. It did. And no one is even mildly surprised about it.Hardly a peep from the “alternative” press.

No damn “Je Su Charlie” for the Turks. Fuck ’em I guess. That’s the message from “Team America – World Police Sometimes When It Suits Us and Other Times When There’s a Buck to Be Made From It So Go Fuck Yourself Turkey”.

Anyway, continuing on the point that I touched on earlier, that no one’s paying any attention anymore, John Kerry decided to go to Hollywood and get 12 or so big time producers and executives to sit down with him to discuss fixing the “ISIS™” narrative a little. I guess that is because poll after poll shows the American people couldn’t give a rat’s ass about fighting “ISIS™” and all their fake beheading videos… and they are more concerned with finding a job, not getting foreclosed on, keeping Facebook from selling all their personal data, Social Security, illegal immigration, GMOs, the TPP… you know, the kind of stuff that has an effect on them everyday.

It’s bad enough that Kerry’s little trip brings to mind things like McCarthism and the old Operation Mockingbirds of days gone by.  But Kerry himself saw fit to have someone take a picture of him meeting with the gaggle of Mockingbirds and send it out on his Twitter account.

Ha ha. It’s our Goebbels world and you just live in it. So suck on that!” seems to be the message from Progressive Obama’s Progressive Secretary of State.

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My Problem with American Sniper – Kyle Isn’t the Problem. Eastwood Is

by Scott Creighton

I hate the damn savages,” Chris Kyle

So I’m doing research on Chris Kyle the “American Sniper” and I come across an interview he did on the Conan show to promote his book. Chris is wearing a shirt with the logo for his company, a Punisher skull with the cross-hairs focused on it’s eye with blood dripping off it. Kind of a gruesome bit of self promotion, but no one ever said the guy who claims to have been the best sniper in American history was above that sort of thing.

Savage, despicable evil. That’s what we were fighting in Iraq. That’s why a lot of people, myself included, called the enemy ‘savages.’ There really was no other way to describe what we encountered there.” Chris Kyle

As the interview goes along, Kyle is self-effacing making light of his “accomplishments” claiming all the tech he used while in combat kind of made him just “a monkey on a gun”. He comes across as likeable in the interview while his civilian history away from the camera’s gaze is far less commendable.

At one point he calls Conan “sir” and Conan, being the ever-aware sycophant to the establishment line, stops Kyle mid-sentence and tells him “You don’t have to call me sir. I’m a talk show host. I’m here (he holds his hand 12 inches off the desk) and you’re up here (holds his other hand way up in the air)”

The audience laughs and applauds dutifully.

In another interview, Chris boasted about punching a 63 year old man in the face and “running away” because he didn’t like what he said about the war effort. As disturbing as that boast was, more disturbing is the fact that he may have made it up.

He (Ventura) told us we were killing innocent people over there, men, women, children, that we were all murderers. Then he said we deserved to lose a few guys. … I punched him in the face. Jesse Ventura, he’s an older guy. … He went down … He fell out of his wheelchair.” Chris Kyle


We can agree that Chris Kyle was a flawed individual who benefited from the “all soldiers are heroes” propaganda which has been prevalent in the wake of 9/11 as the endless war on terror rages on from country to country, village to village.

He was made that way by a system that corrupts the patriotic and the brave so they can use them in life, use them in death, to advance the causes only the elites profit from. This in a way is the curse of this empire on the citizens it is supposed to serve. One of many.

But what Clint Eastwood’s film American Sniper has done is find a way to use Chris Kyle just one more time post-mortem  for that same elite-serving purpose.

The fact that Clint himself is a multimillionaire member of that tiny 1% circle that benefits from these excursions belies the ugly nature of the man I once respected if only for his body of work.

Clint just pissed on the memory of Chris Kyle and in doing so, soiled his own legacy as an artist and a man.

Nothing anyone could write about Chris could come close to the insult Eastwood heaped upon his legacy. And whatever problem I might have with the choices Chris made, that’s my problem with the film.

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More Guardian ‘brainwashing’ on Putin

(Great explanation of how soft propaganda works)

by Jonathan Cook, from his blog

I spend a lot of time on this blog criticising the propaganda role of liberal media, including my former newspaper the Guardian. Media critics like Noam Chomsky and Ed Herman have called it “brainwashing under freedom”. Because of a long filtering process before they reach positions of influence, journalists working for the corporate media in free societies replicate many of the failings of journalists working for media in repressive and closed societies. There are differences. The propaganda in free societies is more subtle and insidious; the journalists are more likely to believe what they write; and a degree of pluralism is allowed, even while plausible and important voices are ignored or ridiculed. But propaganda it still is.

I highlight this long and prominent article in the Guardian on Putin’s handling of Crimea and Ukraine because it is a master-class in brainwashing under freedom. The paper’s Moscow correspondent, Shaun Walker, is presumably well-acquainted with Russian society. He has full access to Russian media propaganda, so he knows full well Russia’s side of the argument. And he has acres of space in which to set out all the various viewpoints. And yet, he never manages to give a proper hearing to Russia’s side of the argument.

Even from a casual reading of a few dissident writers on Crimea, I know that Russian leaders have made two important points: one about western hypocrisy over Crimea, and the other about the threat posed to Russian interests by Nato (read: US) expansionism. So how does Walker deal with these two arguments in his long article?

One cannot quite say he entirely ignores them, but he certainly does not present the case either. If you search the article, you will not find a mention of the terms “Nato”, “expansion” or “Iraq”. But Walker does not regard himself as a paid propagandist, so he subtly alludes to these positions without ever directly dealing with them. For if he did, we, the reader, might realise how significant or persuasive some of Putin’s arguments are. At the same time, he exploits these allusions, not to highlight issues that would reflect badly on the US and its lapdog supporters but to further undermine Putin’s credibility.

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Idiocracy – Ben Affleck Given Honorary Doctorate from Brown University for Argo – America’s Bono

by Scott Creighton

Ben Affleck Receives Honorary Degree from Brown University

personification of Idiocracy – Dr. Ben Affleck

Ben Afflect is an idiot. He’s so incredibly stupid he dated J-Lo for quite some time and nearly married her. That’s stupid, people. Way stupid. Imagine having to talk to J-lo everyday, first thing and last thing, for the rest of your life. Ben Affleck did and it seemed like a good idea to him.  That’s stupid.

He’s been given an honorary doctorate for his directing of Argo, the CIA scripted mythology of the Iranian hostage crisis which got it so wrong that CIA assets from back in the day and hostages alike have denounced it. It’s well understood that it’s simply anti-Iranian propaganda geared at ginning up a climate suitable for more sanctions and preemptive aggression to be leveled at Iran in the near future. But that doesn’t matter.

The fact that it’s historically inaccurate hate-mongering propaganda and most of the country knows that by now doesn’t matter. Ben Affleck the idiot did his part in producing the bullshit so he is being rewarded. He’s been rewarded for that as well as an entire career helping globalists with whatever project they have in mind at the time.

In other words, like Bono before him, he’s a talentless whore.

Everyone also knows what an idiot he is and they can’t have their celebrity spokesperson for all things globalist being widely regarded as an idiot so Brown University has done their part too by sullying their reputation giving that idiot a doctorate. Now he’s Dr. Affleck and all across the country and perhaps the world, market value of all doctorates just tanked a little.

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