Propaganda

Major Propaganda Campaigns in History

Tools of Propaganda

Union of Concerned Scientists- Disinformation Playbook 2017

Here are five of the most widely used “plays” and some of the many cases where they have been used to block regulations or minimize corporate liability, often with frightening effectiveness—and disastrous repercussions on public health and safety. (example case studies for each are partial list)

1. The Fake - Conduct counterfeit science and try to pass it off as legitimate research

How Georgia-Pacific Knowingly Published Fake Science on the Safety of Asbestos 1)

Merck Manipulated the Science about the Drug Vioxx 2)

2. The Blitz - Harass scientists who speak out with results or views inconvenient for industry

GlaxoSmithKline Tried to Silence the Scientist Who Exposed the Dangers of its Drug Avandia 3)

Syngenta Harassed the Scientist Who Exposed Risks of its Herbicide Atrazine 4)

3. The Diversion - Manufacture uncertainty about science where little or none exists

How the American Chemistry Council Sowed Uncertainty about Formaldehyde Risks 5)

The Indoor Tanning Association Used Misleading Ad Campaigns to Distort Skin Cancer Science 6)

4. The Screen - Buy credibility through alliances with academia or professional societies

Purdue Pharma’s Use of Hospital, Academic Ties Helped Fuel Opioid Crisis 7)

Philip Morris Funds University Research—with Strings Attached 8)

How Coca-Cola Disguised Its Influence on Science about Sugar and Health 9)

Alcohol Industry Funds Government Study - In June 2018, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) shut down a $100 million clinical trial comparing drinkers and non-drinkers after reports that NIH officials had solicited funding from the alcohol industry.10)

5. The Fix - Manipulate government officials or processes to inappropriately influence policy

Pfizer Pressured the FDA to Downplay the Risks of Its Arsenical Animal Drug 11)

How Dow Chemical Influenced the EPA to Ignore the Scientific Evidence on Chlorpyrifos 12) 13)

Governments and Propaganda

Governments, and intelligence agencies in particular, are common drivers of propaganda campaigns.

Internet

Wikipedia

The British, German, and Israeli governments are all known to invest significant energy in shaping Wikipedia articles for their own ends.14)

Drivers of Propaganda

Independent Scientific Pandemic Insights Group on Behaviours [[SPI-B]] - UK

SPI-B provides behavioural science advice aimed at anticipating and helping people adhere to interventions that are recommended by medical or epidemiological experts.

SPI-B provides independent, expert behavioural science advice to the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies SAGE, which in turn advises ministers and officials across government. 15)

SPI-B whistleblowers

Now recently, The Telegraph reported on revelations that members of the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behaviour have openly admitted that their work in using psychology to influence the public Covid reaction was ‘unethical’ and ‘totalitarian.’

“Scientists on a committee that encouraged the use of fear to control people’s behaviour during the Covid pandemic have admitted its work was “unethical” and “totalitarian”. Members of the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Behaviour (SPI-B) expressed regret about the tactics in a new book about the role of psychology in the Government’s Covid-19 response.

SPI-B warned in March last year that ministers needed to increase “the perceived level of personal threat” from Covid-19 because “a substantial number of people still do not feel sufficiently personally threatened”. 16)

These can't all be mere slips of the tongue…can they?

Hollywood Propaganda

The film is called Theaters of War How the Pentagon and CIA Took Hollywood. The Director, Editor, and Narrator is Roger Stahl. The Co-Producers are Matthew Alford, Tom Secker, Sebastian Kaempf. They’ve provided an important public service.

In the film we see copies of and hear quotations from and analysis of much of what has been uncovered, and learn that thousands of pages exist that nobody has yet seen because the military has refused to produce them. Film producers sign contracts with the US military or CIA. They agree to “weave in key talking points.” While unknown quantities of this sort of thing remain unknown, we do know that nearly 3,000 films and many thousands of TV episodes have been given the Pentagon treatment, and many others have been handled by the CIA. In many film productions, the military effectively becomes a co-producer with veto power, in exchange for allowing the use of military bases, weapons, experts, and troops. The alternative is the denial of those things. 17)

US Government Fact Check Authorities

See also Fact-Checkers

Voice of America

It’s been a year since the U.S. government joined the ranks of Politifact, Factcheck.org and the Washington Post fact-checker in publishing dispassionate news analysis in the decisive ratings format: “true,” “false,” or “misleading.”

But its product—amplified in government-controlled foreign media environments through social media and video—focuses on what is now called “disinfo news.” It breaks down questionable statements put out by Russian officials on topics ranging from misidentified military weaponry to the Russian elite’s special privileges.

The impact is becoming apparent, according to Jim Fry, the veteran of commercial television news who is managing editor of Polygraph.info. “The VOA has never had a fact-check tool,” he said during an interview with Government Executive in Polygraph.info’s Washington shop. “We’re approaching it like a startup,” staffing up gradually, he said. “It’s exciting to try new things and see what works.”

Polygraph.info’s website says it serves as “a resource for verifying the increasing volume of disinformation and misinformation being distributed and shared globally.” Complimented by a Russian-language sister site called factograph.info, VOA’s digital editorial tool builds on the success of its year-old Russian-language television network Current Time TV. That 24/7 programming to counter Russian disinformation and Iranian censorship was recently praised by the Broadcasting Board of Governors as an example of how the larger BBG is now “at the forefront of National Security Strategy implementation.”

But in running Polygraph.info, which launched at the end of the Obama administration, Fry is careful to stress that “We’re U.S. government employees, but first and foremost, we are journalists.” The reporters and editors operate behind a legal “firewall” that shields them from direct influence by the sometimes politically disputatious broadcast agency’s top officials.

Hence, the zigs and zags of U.S. policy—from the Obama administration’s hopes for a “reset,” to tensions over Vladimir Putin’s expansionism, to Monday’s Trump administration expulsion of Russian diplomats—affect the BBG, but not its news operations, Fry said. BBG’s agenda “may affect our resources,” he acknowledged, but his reporting team doesn’t “counter disinformation,” as much as “cover it.”18)

National Endowment for Democracy - NED

Inside America’s meddling machine: NED, the US-funded org interfering in elections around the globe

Dozens of case studies featuring NED propaganda and CIA coups. 19)

NGO Propaganda History

Almost four years of mainstream media hype about “fake news” and “Russian meddling” propaganda has brought to the world exactly what they were intended to bring: an effective mechanism for internet and social media censorship.

In the center of this move toward global discourse control is an organization called the Poynter Institute, home to the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN), a body created to coordinate, promote and train dozens of fact-checkers from around the world.

The IFCN and many non-profits working in the same field are funded by the big capitalist “philanthropists” of our era, like George Soros, Pierre Omidyar, Bill Gates, and even the Koch brothers…but also by the US Department of State and a shady “aid” – in reality, political meddling – organization, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), historically linked to the CIA and regime change operations.

Google and Facebook – itself tied to the warmongering Atlantic Council and its “Digital Forensic Research Lab” – are also associated with Poynter, by funding and partnerships to fight “fake news” (including the development of an “automated” fact-checking program for the upcoming 2020).

The marriage between Poynter’s IFCN, politically inclined billionaires, the State Department – and the whitewashed public face of the Deep State – suggest that the institute is probably working in what Nelson Poynter, its founder, worked on for a key part of his life: propaganda and censorship for the US government…

Nelson Poynter was recruited by the OWI with his wife Henrietta, who worked as assistant program chief under Elmer Davis, head of the agency. She came up with the name for the “Voice of America”, the famous psychological war operation of the US government.

The radio project was established in February 1942 and soon grew to be the most important US overt propaganda arm of the Cold War.

Unlike his wife’s job, Poynter’s regarded not radio – or his previous line of work, journalism – but movies. In 1942, the OWI’s Bureau of Motion Pictures (BMP) set up office in Hollywood, naming Poynter as its head. His mission was to act as liaison between the agency and the owners of Warner Brothers, Twentieth Century Fox, MGM and the other big studio names.20)

Corporate Funding

The two pioneering fact-checking organizations are affiliated with nonprofit groups. Based at the University of Pennsylvania, FactCheck.org was established by the nonprofit Annenberg Public Policy Center. Although it now accepts donations from the public, the private Annenberg Foundation has been its main benefactor, giving the project $87,502,844 since 2004.

Its competitor PolitiFact is a project of the Tampa Bay Times, which is owned by the Poynter Institute for Media Studies Inc., a 501©(3) nonprofit. According to its IRS filings, in 2014 Poynter had 51 employees, $4.7 million in revenue, a budget of $6.9 million, and $38.2 million in assets. Poynter’s president is Timothy A. Franklin, who joined the organization in 2014 after serving as managing editor of Bloomberg News in Washington, D.C.

Major philanthropies funding Poynter include the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation ($7,535,000 since 2003); Ford Foundation ($2,415,000 since 2000); Robert R. McCormick Tribune Foundation ($2,190,000 since 2009); Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation Inc. ($300,000 since 2013); Tides Foundation and Tides Center ($275,053 since 2008); Omidyar Network Fund Inc. ($150,000 since 2013); Carnegie Corp. of New York ($150,000 since 2009); and Annie E. Casey Foundation ($140,000 since 2006). Though FactCheck.org is the granddaddy of such websites, it has been eclipsed recently by PolitiFact in attention from mainstream media outlets, which use the two sites to supplement their reporting. 21)

Reuters - Trusted News Initiative

Thu Nov 25, 2021 | 9:33am EST UK data shows good safety of COVID-19 vaccines in pregnancy 22)

PolitiFact COVID Fact Check

Full collection of social media posts rated true -false with reporter who “fact-checked”

Examples-

“You are 17 times more likely to go to the hospital if you’re not vaccinated, 20 times more likely to die.” Jen Psaki stated on January 10, 2022 in a White House press briefing rated 100% TRUE By Madison Czopek • January 12, 2022

“Six-month Pfizer data show COVID vaccine causes more illness than it prevents.” Blog post rated 100% FALSE Pants on FIRE By Tom Kertscher • January 3, 2022

“When children are given vaccines for COVID-19, “a viral gene will be injected into your children's cells. This gene forces your child’s body to make toxic spike proteins. These proteins often cause permanent damage in children’s critical organs.” TikTik post rated 100% FALSE by By Monique Curet • January 6, 2022

“Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said “Two doses of the vaccine offers very limited protection, if any.” Instagram post rated 70% FALSE By Jill Terreri Ramos • January 14, 2022

If you have “natural immunity,” getting vaccinated against COVID-19 “is more likely to harm you severely.” Facebook post rated 100% FALSE by Ciara O'Rourke • January 7, 2022

“Fully vaccinated Australians in hospital for COVID-19 surpass unvaccinated” Bloggers rated 50% TRUE By Madison Czopek • January 14, 2022 23)

Global Fact Check Alliance

More than 80 fact checking organizations are calling on YouTube to address what they say is rampant misinformation on the platform. By Associated Press - Jan. 12, 2022

The fact checkers are all members of the International Fact Checking Network and include Rappler in the Philippines, Africa Check, Science Feedback in France and dozens of other groups.

They lambasted YouTube, saying it frames discussions about disinformation as a “false dichotomy” of deleting or not deleting content.

Displaying fact-checked information is more effective than deleting content, the fact checkers wrote. 24)

Propaganda Professionals for Hire

How PR Giant Publicis Promotes Greed, Deception on Behalf of World’s Most Powerful

The vast activities of the Publicis Groupe demonstrate how the tentacles of greed, profit and privilege connect the catastrophic agendas of the most powerful enterprises on Earth.

With headquarters in France, divisions in many countries around the world and decades of global experience in handling people, minimizing crisis and marketing products, the Publicis Groupe continually upgrades its methodologies.

Using sophisticated social psychology and incorporating the cutting edge of artificial intelligence, Publicis PR experts are masters of damage control, the manipulation of words and people, and of selling the unsellable.

Some of the largest, most prominent clients within these “solution hubs” and “partners” include-

The World Economic Forum, proponents of the so-called Great Reset. The U.S. government, including the General Services Administration, the Department of Homeland Security and the National Institutes of Health. Phillip Morris International, makers of Marlboro cigarettes. Newsguard, a media company with intelligence community support, advising news websites on claimed objectivity. Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH), a politically driven service consistently attacking anyone who raises questions about vaccine efficacy or safety. Facebook and Tik-Tok. PepsiCo, producer of Pepsi-Cola and Frito-Lay snack foods. Audi, Mercedes Benz and Toyota, Peugeot, Citroën and the Stellantis Group of automakers, including Fiat, Chrysler, Opel/Vauxhall, Maserati, Lancia, Alfa Romeo, Jeep Dodge. Google. Amazon. Disney. CitiBank, Bank of America, Visa. Microsoft Corporation. Saudi Aramco, the government-owned oil company and most profitable business in the world. Monsanto, controversial producer and proponent of GMOs and pesticides,and a subsidiary of Bayer. Walmart, Rite Aid and CVS Health (owners of Target pharmacies), all of which are major sales points for COVID vaccines. GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, Abbott, Allergan, Merck, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Sanofi, Bayer, and other pharmaceutical giants, including Purdue Pharmaceuticals, makers of Oxycontin.

Publicis’ third-largest mutual fund holder is Vanguard, an investment giant that provides capital for a broad range of companies, including those producing military weaponry and having poor environmental records. Vanguard is also the largest investor in Big Media and Big Pharma 25)

Mapping CFR Media

Swiss Policy Research 26)

In a column entitled “Ruling Class Journalists”, former Washington Post senior editor and ombudsman Richard Harwood described the Council and its members approvingly as “the nearest thing we have to a ruling establishment in the United States”.

Harwood continued: “The membership of these journalists in the Council, however they may think of themselves, is an acknowledgment of their active and important role in public affairs and of their ascension into the American ruling class. They do not merely analyze and interpret foreign policy for the United States; they help make it. () They are part of that establishment whether they like it or not, sharing most of its values and world views.”

Vaccine Side Effects One in a Million

updated April 13, 2021 27)

Marshall McLuhan

A January 18, 2022 long form article in Quillette28) cites the 1962 publication of The Gutenberg Galaxy29) by Marshall McLuhan as something of a turning point.

“McLuhan’s impact on journalism was significant. His message was that all the techniques and values of Victorian liberal journalism should be discarded. The old-fashioned search for truth, using the tools of balance, objectivity, and impartiality, no longer applied.”

And from later in the same article;

“McLuhan concludes that the informational content of a message should be disregarded because it was an illusion. Like the indistinct chant of a Latin Mass in a 14th century cathedral, it was not the individual words that had meaning, but the totality of the experience that mattered—the noise, the smell of incense, the desire to believe. What presented itself as factual content was merely a theatrical flourish, a dramatic sound effect or a puff of smoke in a magician's performance.”

US Government Propaganda Ban Removed

Early Morning Thoughts, June 14, 2019 - Highlander Juan 30)

The Horrible Smith-Mundt Modernization Act of 2012 (SMMA)

I keep forgetting to focus on this un-American act perpetrated on the American people by the US Congress, which is now largely controlled by political Zionists. Basically, the Smith-Mundt Modernization Act of 2012 (SMMA) allows the US Government to treat the American people as enemies of the state – just as they would treat a foreign enemy. Does that help explain why we are having so many problems with government these days? Let me explain from a layman’s legal perspective what I am referring to here.

The SMMA started out as H. R. 5736 on May 10, 2012 for the declared purpose “To amend the United States Information and Educational Exchange Act of 1948 to authorize the domestic dissemination of information and material about the United States intended primarily for foreign audiences, and for other purposes.” 31)

Interestingly enough, section 208 part (b), relating to “Domestic Distribution of Program Material” says

“Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit the Department of State or the Broadcasting Board of Governors from engaging in any medium or form of communication, either directly or indirectly, because a United States domestic audience is or may be thereby exposed to program material, or based on a presumption of such exposure.”

The almost un-American ACLU views this as a positive step in supporting the First Amendment ‘freedom of speech.’ Really??? That’s a tough spin on the subject. I won’t go into details here, but I’ll post a link to their website article dated May 25, 2012. It may be worthwhile to note, however, that one commenter on the ACLU website has written “Taking the position that I pay for the government to lie me legally is suicide and wrong. This position of support for this by the ACLU is vile.” 32) 33)

The Smith-Mundt Modernization Act of 2012, was eventually buried within the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 (section 1078 (a)), passed into public law, effective on January 2, 2013, and the SMMA portion amended the United States Information and Educational Exchange Act of 1948 and the Foreign Relations Authorization Act of 1987, allowing for materials produced by the State Department and the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) to be available within the United States. [Emphasis mine] 34) 35)

And hence the problem for Americans. How so, you ask? Well, let’s consider and recall all of the government spawned psyops and false flag attacks that have been made against the American people in recent years. And yes, I realize there are still Americans who believe that their own ‘crazy uncles’ are using those darned ‘military’ guns and are shooting up schools and killing the poor defenseless neighbor’s kids. That’s what the government wants us to believe and to remember, because the DC political neocons, those war mongering fools who are so willing to arm and wage military wars against the rest of the world, really want to disarm the American people. And that’s the truth.

SEC. 208. CLARIFICATION ON DOMESTIC DISTRIBUTION OF PROGRAM MATERIAL
  • (a) In General- No funds authorized to be appropriated to the Department of State or the Broadcasting Board of Governors shall be used to influence public opinion in the United States. This section shall apply only to programs carried out pursuant to the United States Information and Educational Exchange Act of 1948 (22 U.S.C. 1431 et seq.), the United States International Broadcasting Act of 1994 (22 U.S.C. 6201 et seq.), the Radio Broadcasting to Cuba Act (22 U.S.C. 1465 et seq.), and the Television Broadcasting to Cuba Act (22 U.S.C. 1465aa et seq.). This section shall not prohibit or delay the Department of State or the Broadcasting Board of Governors from providing information about its operations, policies, programs, or program material, or making such available, to the media, public, or Congress, in accordance with other applicable law.
  • (b) Rule of Construction- Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit the Department of State or the Broadcasting Board of Governors from engaging in any medium or form of communication, either directly or indirectly, because a United States domestic audience is or may be thereby exposed to program material, or based on a presumption of such exposure.
  • Such material may be made available within the United States and disseminated, when appropriate, pursuant to sections 502 and 1005 of the United States Information and Educational Exchange Act of 1948 (22 U.S.C. 1462 and 1437), except that nothing in this section may be construed to authorize the Department of State or the Broadcasting Board of Governors to disseminate within the United States any program material prepared for dissemination abroad on or before the effective date of the Smith-Mundt Modernization Act of 2012. [Emphasis mine]

Here is the text of 22 USC 1461-1a

  • 22 U.S. Code § 1461–1a – Clarification on domestic distribution of program material
  • Current through Pub. L. 114-38. (See Public Laws for the current Congress.)
  • (a) In general
  • No funds authorized to be appropriated to the Department of State or the Broadcasting Board of Governors shall be used to influence public opinion in the United States. This section shall apply only to programs carried out pursuant to the United States Information and Educational Exchange Act of 1948 (22 U.S.C. 1431 et seq.), the United States International Broadcasting Act of 1994 (22 U.S.C. 6201 et seq.), the Radio Broadcasting to Cuba Act (22 U.S.C. 1465 et seq.), and the Television Broadcasting to Cuba Act (22 U.S.C. 1465aa et seq.). This section shall not prohibit or delay the Department of State or the Broadcasting Board of Governors from providing information about its operations, policies, programs, or program material, or making such available, to the media, public, or Congress, in accordance with other applicable law.
  • (b) Rule of construction
  • Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit the Department of State or the Broadcasting Board of Governors from engaging in any medium or form of communication, either directly or indirectly, because a United States domestic audience is or may be thereby exposed to program material, or based on a presumption of such exposure. Such material may be made available within the United States and disseminated, when appropriate, pursuant to sections 502 and 1005 of the United States Information and Educational Exchange Act of 1948 (22 U.S.C. 1462 and 1437), except that nothing in this section may be construed to authorize the Department of State or the Broadcasting Board of Governors to disseminate within the United States any program material prepared for dissemination abroad on or before the effective date of section 1078 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013.
  • © Application
  • The provisions of this section shall apply only to the Department of State and the Broadcasting Board of Governors and to no other department or agency of the Federal Government.
  • See this link for original text 36)

“note the statute posted above covers the 12 year rule. It talks about the BBG having to provide the National Archives with materials disseminated abroad before the date the NDAA of 2013 was signed in law by the POTUS within 12 years of them being disseminated. 37)

Targeted Vaccine Propaganda - Civis Analytics

Almost a year after the first COVID-19 vaccines came to market at historic speed, nearly 34% of the eligible U.S. population (those 12 years of age and older) remains fully unvaccinated. In many communities, the number is much higher.

In stark contrast to early 2021, when a vaccine appointment was coveted by many and the primary challenge was meeting public demand, vaccination rates across the U.S. have largely plateaued. This pattern is typical of many public health outreach campaigns. An influx of early adopters eager to embrace a product or service causes uptake rates to surge, but soon adoption begins to taper. Not long after that, campaigns run into the most challenging phase; reaching the last few people.

Over the last year, Civis conducted several COVID-19 vaccine message tests to understand what message themes were most persuasive, and which might backfire. In the spring of 2021, before the Delta variant emerged in the U.S. and when vaccine mandates had not yet been implemented, we found that messages highlighting experiences that are off-limits to unvaccinated individuals (such as concerts or international travel) or emphasizing personal choice were most persuasive.

  • Personal Story” used a true story posted to social media by an Alabama physician describing unvaccinated patients under her care dying of COVID and begging to be vaccinated.
  • “Patriotism” positioned the vaccines as an example of American ingenuity, trumpeting vaccination as the ultimate expression of freedom, liberty, and country.
  • “Personal Decision” emphasized that it’s normal to have questions about the vaccine, encouraged learning more, and positioned vaccination as a person’s individual choice.
  • “Protecting Children” described the rise in COVID among children and emphasized that when adults get vaccinated, this helps protect children, especially those under 12 years of age who are not yet eligible for the vaccine.
  • “Financial Costs” reinforced that a severe case of COVID-19 can be expensive and that vaccination can help avoid financial burden.
  • The final group (the control group) saw no message.38)

Medical Freedom Activist Smears

NBC News -January 21, 2022 Among the scheduled speakers is Dr. Robert Malone, a virologist who has recently emerged as a new leader of the anti-vaccination movement after appearing on Joe Rogan’s podcast in December. Malone, who is president of the Pandemic Health Alliance, the organization soliciting donations for the rally, has pushed anti-Covid vaccine talking points, including tweeting a retracted study falsely claiming Covid vaccines caused a substantial number of deaths. He has instead repeatedly advocated for the use of ivermectin, an anti-parasitic drug that the Food and Drug Administration does not consider an effective treatment against Covid.

Anti-vaccine groups on Telegram have also pushed local “Defeat the Mandates” rallies planned for Sunday in several cities, including Denver and Sacramento, California. Some of the events have been amplified on Telegram by members of extremist groups like the Proud Boys, with one account adding that the event in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, would feature a “mask burning.”

Kolina Koltai, a postdoctoral fellow who researches the anti-vaccine movement at the University of Washington’s Center for an Informed Public, said the D.C. event was bringing together some of the most high-profile anti-vaccine activists.

“It’s a who’s who of grifters and people who made a profit off the pandemic,” she said

Though the event has been mostly marketed as opposing vaccine mandates, organizers on Facebook have been quick to promote their links with anti-vaccine organizations, including Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s Children’s Health Defense fund, with a group of doctors who recommended and prescribed treatments such as ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine instead of Covid vaccines in the last year.

Aaron Simpson, a spokesperson for Meta, the parent company of Facebook, said in an email; “Voicing opposition to government mandates is not against Meta’s policies. What we don’t allow is content that promotes harmful false claims about the vaccines themselves and we remove those posts — including in this group. We continue to focus on promoting vaccination, and the data shows that 86% of Facebook users in the US report having been or wanting to be vaccinated against COVID-19. We’ll continue monitoring our platform and will enforce against any content that violates our policies.”39)

Denying Natural Immunity

Anti-Vaxxers Have a Dangerous Theory Called “Natural Immunity.” Now It’s Going Mainstream “Your body is an amazing being—it knows how to take care of itself.”

Mother Jones - May 2020 Kiera Butler

But the experts I talked to weren’t at all surprised to see these discredited ideas making the rounds; they’ve seen them before in the anti-vaccination and extreme holistic medicine communities. This is the coronavirus edition of their pervasive belief in “natural immunity.” Rupali Limaye, a Johns Hopkins epidemiologist who has studied the movement against mandatory vaccines, told me, “We have heard from those that are concerned about vaccines the argument that they prefer to allow their immune system to be naturally exposed to a specific pathogen to gain immunity,” she wrote to me in an email. “It’s a spinoff of previous theories we’ve seen,” concurred Omer, who has written extensively about anti-vaccination groups. “This is all the usual stuff.”

Indeed, anti-vaccination groups on Facebook have referenced the idea constantly in recent posts. One widely shared meme lists, “Things that suppress our immune systems: Masks, gloves, no sun, fear, vaccines, washing hands with synthetic soaps.”

Meanwhile, alternative medicine groups promote the idea that eating the right foods or taking certain vitamins and supplements will strengthen the immune system so that it can successfully fight off coronavirus. “Like any virus, coronavirus is no match for someone with a strong immune system,” writes Sally Fallon Morell on a blog affiliated with the holistic nutrition group the Weston A. Price Foundation.

Given the holistic community and anti-vaccination groups’ fixations on “natural immunity,” it’s not surprising that the belief that we can end the pandemic through “herd immunity”—deliberately exposing everyone to the virus until we develop enough immunity that it dies out on its own—has gained traction.

Infectious disease experts all agree that the “herd immunity” approach would be catastrophic—millions of Americans would die in the process. It would be one thing if it were just fringe groups promoting this dangerous idea. But there are signs that this dangerous and flawed line of thinking is making its way into the mainstream. Over the past few months, Omer has watched in horror as the musings from armchair epidemiologists have gone viral on social media. He pointed to several influential op-eds—some of them by physicians in fields having nothing to do with infectious disease or epidemiology—promoting the herd immunity approach. In a sprawling March 20 New York Times op-ed, David Katz, a Yale preventive medicine specialist who focuses on diet, wrote that this approach could allow us to “return to life as usual and perhaps prevent vast segments of the economy from collapsing. Healthy children could return to school and healthy adults go back to their jobs.” When Omer read the piece, he was appalled. “These people are putting forth these theories without checking with people whose job this is, who specialize in it,” he told me. “This is not a debate society—there are actual consequences here. People are dying in hospitals alone.”

Omer isn’t the only expert concerned that misguided ideas about the immune system will flow from the fringe into the popular imagination. Devin Burghart, vice president of the anti-white-nationalism think tank the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights, has been studying the nascent co-mingling between the anti-vaccination community and groups that stage coronavirus shutdown protests. He has noticed that the protest groups have begun to repeat the “natural immunity” talking points, and that both groups have embraced the herd immunity approach. “These people are really gaining a lot of traction, and that is worrisome,” he says. “We worry about these ideas making it into the mainstream.”

Omer cautions that if these ideas take hold, they could persist even after the coronavirus pandemic dies down, noting, “Those of us in this field will be cleaning up these messes for years to come.40)

BuzzFeed Coverup for NIH Gain of Function

Buzzfeed Takes a Stab at Journalism, Exposes Science Writer Activism

Substack - May 10, 2022 - The Disinformation Chronicles by Paul Thacker

As scrutiny increases on the NIH funding for dangerous virus research, Buzzfeed’s Peter Aldhous tries to shift blame and spotlights an obscure animal rights group. No, seriously.

Instead, Buzzfeed’s Aldhous gave the world a 4,500-word hot-take that spotlighted the White Coat Waste Project—an obscure animal rights group with a little over a dozen employees, that few if any Americans outside of the DC Beltway even know exists. While the group focuses on animal rights, two years ago they tripped over and exposed an NIH grant from Fauci’s budget that funded risky virus research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. For some reason, Aldhous thinks this remains a vital reason the public remains worried about a possible Wuhan lab accident today. As an added twist, Aldhous peppered his article with references to the group’s ties to conservatives, although this repetitive refrain only served to hint that this offends Aldhous’s own personal politics.

But think about that for a moment. Instead of holding those in power to account, Aldhous played lion pouncing on mouse, snatching hold of a tiny nonprofit, and then batting it about for 4,500 words, because this meets his and Buzzfeed’s criteria for reporting. And this guy teaches journalism at UC Santa Cruz to young people entering the profession.

In between laughs, Jonathan Matthews, co-director of an even smaller and equally obscure British nonprofit called GMWatch, told me the article fits a pattern of science writers inverting the role of journalists and attacking anyone daring to question those in power. “It’s exactly the same pattern you find in these other articles of trying to find guilt by association, by suggesting there is another agenda: racism, Trumpism, anti-science. In fact, serious scientists are saying this needs to be investigated properly.”

While most showed a modicum of restraint, Nature Magazine’s Amy Maxmen gave away the goods, tweeting what fellow science writers were implying on social media: White Coat Waste Project is “conservative” and thus a “hate group.”41)

Lancet Lab Leak Denial & Google Funded Researcher

REVEALED- Google Funded a Leading ‘Lab Leak’ Denier. Follow the money. As always. by Natalie Winters - April 21, 2022

Google funded research conducted by a leading signatory of the controversial Lancet journal letter, which prematurely dismissed the theory that COVID-19 originated at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, The National Pulse can reveal.

The unearthed financial ties between EcoHealth Alliance and Google follow months of big tech censorship of stories and individuals in support of the COVID-19 “lab leak” theory, especially on Google subsidiaries such as YouTube.

The Google-backed researcher, Charles Calisher, played a critical role in the cover-up of COVID-19’s origins through his involvement with a February 2020 Lancet statement – which concluded that COVID-19 occurred naturally, in animals.

The statement was leveraged by politicians, scientists, and the corporate media to silence further discussion over the origins of the virus, and the now-infamous Wuhan laboratory in China…

The study – “Rapid Molecular Strategy for Orbivirus Detection and Characterization” – analyzed different methods of identifying orbiviruses, focusing on the use of the PCR method.

“Orbiviruses infect a wide range of hosts, including humans. The ability to detect them has been hampered by their diversity. Here we present a simple consensus reverse transcription (RT)-PCR method targeting the polymerase gene for orbivirus recognition and characterization,” explains a summary. “Use of this technology is anticipated to provide insight into the appearance and distribution of known and novel orbiviruses, to rapidly identify them, and to enhance a rapid response to these and other emerging pathogens,” it continues.

The study discloses that it was “supported by Google.org” in addition to funds from the National Institutes of Health and United States Agency for International Development USAID

The revelation comes amidst unearthed ties between another Lancet statement signatory and prominent “lab leak” denier Peter Daszak and Google.org. The National Pulse previously unearthed a decade-long relationship between the tech company and Daszak’s EcoHealth Alliance, including on work related to bat coronaviruses in China.

Internal emails from Calisher obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request also show that Calisher privately telling colleagues that it was impossible to “definitively state that the virus could not possibly have come from that lab.”42)

FORBES Bold Lie "Unvaccinated are a danger to the Vaccinated"

New Modelling Study concludes ‘Unvaccinated are a danger to the Vaccinated’; but Real-World Data proves COVID Vaccines INCREASE Risk of Infection by 400% By The Exposé on April 29, 2022

A new study which has been publicised by Forbes, makes the bold claim that “unvaccinated people increase the risk of Covid infection among the vaccinated”.

But with UK Government data showing the Covid-19 case-rate per 100,000 is significantly higher among the triple vaccinated population than it is among the unvaccinated population, and New Zealand Government data showing the Covid-19 hospitalisation-rate per 100,000 is also highest among the triple vaccinated, the conclusions of the paper don’t seem to match what’s happening in the real world.

So how have the authors of this eagerly publicised study come to their conclusion?

It could have something to do with one of the authors serving on advisory boards related to SARS-CoV-2 vaccines for Seqirus, Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Sanofi-Pasteur Vaccines.

The work they are referring to is not in the normal sense a study but is actually a modelling exercise published by the journal of the Canadian Medical Association. Did the Forbes staff writer read the paper very well? I am quite sure they didn’t. At the end of paragraph one of the Method section of the original paper, it describes their model saying:

“A vaccine that is 80% efficacious would result in 80% of vaccinated people becoming immune, with the remaining 20% being susceptible to infection. We did not model waning immunity.”

Now I am sure you know that the mRNA vaccines do not stop infection and also wane in effectiveness. You only need to look at official Government data in the UK to see that.

In other words, mRNA vaccination does not confer immunity and its effectiveness does not remain constant as the paper assumes. So what use is this paper and to what do its conclusions apply? Apparently not to the mRNA Covid vaccines. Conflicts of interest are at work

Lo and behold, one of the paper’s authors, David Fisman, declares competing interests:

“He has served on advisory boards related to SARS-CoV-2 vaccines for Seqirus, Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Sanofi-Pasteur Vaccines.…”

Another author, Ashleigh Tuite, was employed by the Public Health Agency of Canada when the research was conducted (aka the domain of Justin Trudeau).

So why would Forbes publicise this story which prima facie has little relevance to the real-world data of the current pandemic? Forbes magazine is 51% owned by a Hong Kong based company Integrated Whale Investments about which little is known. The Washington Post has suggested that Forbes editorial policy has been influenced as a result, but by whom no one really knows.

At this point in the pandemic, it has become clear that boosted individuals are becoming more vulnerable to Omicron than the unvaccinated. 43)

Cancer Propaganda

Breast Cancer Action - Think Before You Pink 44) The cancer industry consists of corporations, organizations, and agencies that diminish or mask the extent of the cancer problem, fail to protect our health, or divert attention away from the importance of finding the causes of breast cancer and working to prevent the disease. This includes drug companies that, in addition to profiting from cancer treatment drugs, sometimes produce toxic chemicals that may be contributing to the high rates of cancer in this country and increasing rates throughout the world.

It also includes the polluting industries that continue to release substances are known or suspected to be dangerous to our health, and the public relations firms and public agencies that protect these polluters. The cancer industry includes organizations like the American Cancer Society that downplay the risk of cancer from pesticides and other environmental factors, and that historically have refused to take a stand on environmental regulation.

“Cancer Inc. Sierra Magazine article — “They make the chemicals, they run the treatment centers, and they’re still looking for “the cure” — no wonder they won’t tell you about breast cancer prevention.”

Every October begins the media blitz known as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM). Pink ribbons abound, and the message you keep hearing is, “Get Your Mammogram!” No mention is ever made in the official NBCAM materials of the need to find the causes of cancer so that we can prevent it. Not surprisingly, NBCAM was originally created by a drug company — now called AstraZeneca — that, in addition to producing breast cancer treatment drugs, profited from the sale of an herbicide known to cause cancer. To bring attention to this history and the need to find true cancer prevention, activists reclaimed October and renamed it National Breast Cancer Industry Month. Throughout the month, various campaigns are held to educate the public about the corporate connections to cancer and the need to refocus attention on what needs to be done to stop cancer before it starts. 45)

Vaccine Injury Propaganda - Athletes Collapsing

The Drum

British Heart Foundation says ad ‘isn’t about normalizing heart attacks in young people’ By Amy Houston - January 11, 2022

Last week, the British Heart Foundation, alongside creative agency Saatchi & Saatchi, launched its New Year campaign aiming to inspire greater public support for its life-saving research.

‘This is Science,’ voiced by Cillian Murphy of Peaky Blinders, tells the real-life stories of people who are alive today thanks to the medical breakthroughs of the charity, but one scene in the film has caused a bit of a stir online.

Around the one-minute mark, viewers witness the jarring moment that a young girl suddenly drops to the ground during a football match. As the teenager’s mum rushes to her side, the camera pans to a shot of scientists establishing the best course of treatment for the youngster before the video finishes with a plea for public donations to keep funding important scientific work.

After its release, there was an outcry among some online skeptics that the charity was using shock tactics in its marketing efforts and that it was ‘normalizing’ heart attacks in children. Notably, many of these concerns came from anti-vaxxers who were looking to perpetuate a darker narrative.46)

The True Reporter

SHOCKING British Heart Foundation Ad Attempts To Normalize Young Soccer Players Suddenly Collapsing To Heart Problems by Brenda Brown, January 20, 2022

The British Heart Foundation shared an advertisement where they promote future technology. The video doesn’t talk about C-19 vaccines and the virus, but they wanted to normalize the athletes collapsing on the playing surface.

Those who follow us know that we constantly report on the sudden collapse of young athletes from heart-linked problems.

That isn’t something normal! People have to know people falling like flies on the field isn’t normal.

Until today, approximately 400 athletes have collapsed because of cardiac arrest since the C-19 vaccine rollout, but the MSM doesn’t want to cover this story! The experts normalize these cardiac arrests among athletes and young people!

They even normalized the heart attacks strokes among children. It coincides with a NY school where the teachers warned the parents of sudden cardiac arrests in children.

The British Heart Foundation wants to normalize these things! We can’t allow this! 47)

Full video 48)

Bernays Rules for Manipulation Propaganda

The Psychology of Manipulation: 6 Lessons from the Master of Propaganda Ryan Matters

In 1928, Edward Bernays published his famous book, Propaganda, in which he outlined the theories behind his successful “public relations” endeavours. The book provides insights into the phenomenon of crowd psychology and outlines effective methods for manipulating people’s habits and opinions.

For a book that’s almost 100 years old, Propaganda could not be more relevant today. In fact, its relevance is a testament to the unchanging nature of human psychology.

One of the key takeaways of the book is that mind control is an important aspect of any democratic society. Indeed, Bernays maintains that without the “conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses”, democracy simply would not “work”.

  • 1. If you manipulate the leader of a group, the people will follow
  • Bernays tells us that one of the easiest ways to influence the thoughts and actions of large numbers of people is to first influence their leader.
  • 2. Words are powerful: the key to influencing a group is the clever use of language
  • Certain words and phrases are associated with certain emotions, symbols and reactions. Bernays tell us that through the clever and careful use of language, one can manipulate the emotions of a group and thereby influence their perceptions and actions.
  • 3. Any medium of communication is also a medium for propaganda
  • Any system of communication, whether phone, radio, print, or social media, is nothing more than a means of transmitting information. Bernays reminds us that any such means of communication is also a channel for propaganda.
  • 4. Reiterating the same idea over and over creates habits and convictions
  • Although Bernays terms this a technique used by the “old propagandists”, he, nonetheless, recognizes its usefulness.
  • 5. Things are not desired for their intrinsic worth, but rather for the symbols that they represent
  • After studying why people make certain purchasing decisions, Bernays observed that people often don’t desire something for its usefulness or value, but rather because it represents something else which they unconsciously crave.
  • 6. One can manipulate individual actions by creating circumstances that modify group customs

Lastly, Bernays tells us that if one wishes to manipulate the actions of an individual, the most effective way to do so is to create circumstances that engender the desired behaviour.49)

Propaganda by Edward Bernays has now been added to our Forbidden Library. Read it now, along with other forbidden books.50)

Global Disinformation Warriors - "Digital First-Responders"

August 20, 2022 by Paul Joseph Watson via Summit News

At the height of the pandemic, the United Nations recruited over 100,000 “digital first responders’ to push the establishment narrative on COVID via social media.

The revelation actually slipped out in October 2020 during a World Economic Forum podcast called ‘Seeking a cure for the infodemic’, although it is only going viral on Twitter today.

In the podcast, Melissa Fleming, head of global communications for the United Nations, explains how the COVID pandemic and lockdowns created a “communications crisis” in addition to a public health emergency.

Fleming acknowledged that in order to fight so-called “misinformation” about the pandemic, the UN tapped up 110,000 people to amplify their messaging across social media.

“So far, we’ve recruited 110,000 information volunteers, and we equip these information volunteers with the kind of knowledge about how misinformation spreads and ask them to serve as kind of ‘digital first-responders’ in those spaces where misinformation travels,” Fleming stated.

That was nearly 2 years ago. It is not known how many ‘digital first responders’ have been recruited up to this point.

Similar efforts to create astroturf campaigns to push a specific message are nothing new, but when entities such as oil companies engage in it, they are lambasted for rigging the discussion.

However, when globalist technocrats at the UN or the WEF do it, apparently it’s fine.

Last year, it was revealed that the British government used “propagandistic” fear tactics to scare the public into mass compliance during the first COVID lockdown, according to a behavioral scientist who worked inside Downing Street.

Scientists in the UK working as advisors for the government admitted using what they later conceded to be “unethical” and “totalitarian” methods of instilling fear in the population in order to control behavior during the pandemic.

As we previously highlighted, the World Economic Forum is now advocating for the merger of human and artificial intelligence systems to censor “hate speech” and “misinformation” online before it is even allowed to be posted.

In what some dubbed “preemptive censorship,” the WEF is creating a system that would block posts from appearing if they fail the censorship filter.

Of course, the WEF, which is infamous for blocking its critics on Twitter, would never abuse such a system to shield itself from scrutiny. 51)

Propaganda Reference Collection

Third World Traveler

“The American propaganda system is not centrally programmed as it is in a totalitarian state. Instead it permeates the culture, the media, and the institutions. Individuals who point out unpleasant realities of current or past American behavior are often subjected to social pressures and treated as pariahs. They are disturbers of the dream.” William H. Boyer

Media Control: Propaganda and Democracy Propaganda and Democracy Public relations watch 52)

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