My memories from the fake news business

by Jon Rappoport

September 19, 2019

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“The true job of a reporter is using facts to overturn reality. Things are already upside down, and his job is to show that. In his work, he has to be relentless. This inevitably leads him to publishing his own words, on his own, because entrenched press outlets are in the business of propping up the very reality he aims to expose. He can’t go to them for publication. Once he learns that, he’s launched, and his life is never the same. It improves exponentially.” (The Underground, Jon Rappoport)

There was the time a newspaper publisher inserted his own paragraph at the top of my story, under my name, as if I wrote it. He didn’t tell me. I found out later when the paper came out. I called him up. He was clueless. To him, his intrusion meant nothing. It was my story, but it was his newspaper. I learned something. If you want your own words, and only your words, to stand, publish them yourself.

There was the time I wrote a story about a dubious drug/supplement people were selling under the counter at health food stores. I took the supplement for a week and folded my experiences into the article, which was mainly about the unfounded “scientific background” in the package insert. The editor couldn’t fathom how a story could contain “two separate threads.” He axed half my story. I learned something. If you want your own words to stand, publish them yourself.

There was the time I wrote a piece about widespread fraud in psychiatric diagnosis. The editor claimed I had employed “too much logic” and not enough “expert opinion.” He said “original research” was “out.” To no avail, I pointed out that logic was in the public domain, and therefore my “original research” could be checked. I learned something. If you want your own words to stand, publish them yourself.

An editor once told me an article I’d written criticizing a senator wouldn’t be published. My harsh criticism was valid, he said, but readers might infer that the newspaper was turning against the senator’s political party. I learned something. If you want your own words to stand, publish them yourself.

Once my career as a reporter was launched, magazine editors began contacting me with all sorts of proposed assignments. The subjects of the stories were boring, to say the least. I soon realized the editors were using those stories to fill out their no-context version of reality. I learned something. If you don’t want your words to be published, don’t submit them.

A newspaper editor once told me (paraphrasing from memory): “This story you wrote…part of the reason we don’t want to publish it is we don’t want to give it the contagion factor. If we publish it, other news outlets will pick up on it. We’re in an echo chamber. We ricochet stories back and forth. We all use the same experts to bolster our stories. So we take your controversial story and publish it, and then when the roar gets loud enough in the echo chamber, people are going to object. And we’ll be the ones they blame because we started it.”

I said to an editor, a year or so after 9/11: If I could give you ironclad evidence, from many reputable sources, proving that the planes crashing into the Towers couldn’t have caused them to fall, would you print the story? He said: The official story is already in place. There’s no way anyone could dislodge it now. I said: So it doesn’t matter what the truth is. He said: It matters, maybe 30 years in the future, but probably not.

A publisher once told me: We have our own definition of “controversial.” We decide what that is. It’s not your definition. It’s okay to write about impeaching a president, but if you find out there are people behind the scenes who are managing the presidency, people who aren’t in government, we wouldn’t touch that. If we did, that would break the mold. Everything would be up for grabs. People would realize most of what we publish is a tempest in a teapot, because there are more powerful forces at work.

An editor told me: After a big environmental catastrophe, we cover the story for a little while and then we let it go. We don’t want to look like we’re attacking the polluters too hard. So we don’t track what’s happening every day or every week. We let it go, and then after a few months or a year, we write a follow-up piece. We’re not crusaders. We don’t want to look like we’re out to get somebody. That would injure our reputation. We’re not muckrakers. We might favor a point of view, but we don’t lean on it too hard.

These and other similar encounters convinced me, 25 years ago, to step away from the news business. “Somebody else” is always running things. Their quirks and agendas are corrosive. They’ve gained their positions through compromise. They know that and accept it. And then they set about forgetting it.

Now, in the “information age,” these mainstream professionals are howling about fake news; they’re burying, even deeper, their knowledge that they are the prime fakers.

“I fake it, I bury my fakery deeper and deeper, and then I scream at other people for faking it.”

These are the actions of a temperamental child. And indeed, these people are angry little children in adult bodies. Luckily, they’ve found a business that honors that grotesque configuration. They’ve found a home.

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Jon Rappoport

The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free NoMoreFakeNews emails here or his free OutsideTheRealityMachine emails here.

9 comments on “My memories from the fake news business

  1. John Barlicorn says:

    The more I grow older and wiser, the more helpless I feel about this corrupt world

    • paschn says:


      What a miserable climate we old folks are left to ponder as we approach oblivion.
      It has crept into every aspect of our lives, thus severely dampening the the few things we hoped to enjoy with our life-partners near the end.

      It truly is Satan’s system of things.

    • Barbara Harrison says:

      What is worse is when you know that your 25 year old daughter has a bio medical computer sitting on her brain…………illegally for research & development and there is no agency to go to for help. The Sheriff, DHS, FBI, all of them work for the crime cartel trafficking millions for Grant Money. It is time for another REFORMATION

  2. paschn says:

    How in the hell have you been able to retain your sanity?
    There have been cases in recent history where editors/publishers have been arrested/convicted/sent to prison for years for fomenting riots, revolution and general unrest based upon LIES and half truths.
    No, not in this sty, but in, (from memory) central/south american countries.
    This disease you speak of within the (no longer) sacred halls of journalism can be recognized very easily with truths within the public realm.
    The chaos/tragedy caused by the evil manipulation of truth, not so much. Because the vast majority of those BRAINWASHED by it will
    CRUCIFY anyone rocking their happy-little-boat of delusion.
    “The men the American people admire most extravagantly are the greatest liars; the men they detest most violently are those who try to tell them the truth.”
    H. L. Mencken

    Nearly all troglodytes making up this culture screech about how the executive
    branches in the bath house called D.C. control the (kosher) media.
    I put it to them that the (kosher) media controls D.C.

    Does that statement make me a “conspiracy theorist”?, (a term invented by the CIA a few years after Angleton helped form MOSSAD).
    Does it make me (((shudder))) an “antiSemite”? (an Ashkenazi trope coined in the latter part of the 19th century to avoid using the term “Jew”
    The only way those 2 monikers can be justly applied is if stating PUBLIC FACT has been abandoned for political correctness. Check it out, identify the owners/controllers of what used to be called (with some pride), “Journalism”.
    Head of British Psychological Warfare Executive (Propaganda), Victor Cavendish-Bentick in a handwritten note, wrote on Aug 27th, 1943, “We have had a good run for our money with this gas chamber story we have been putting about, but don’t we run the risk eventually we are going to be found out and when we are found out the collapse of that lie is going to bring the whole of our psychological warfare down with it? So isn’t it rather time now to let it drift off by itself and concentrate on other lines that we are running.” Public Record Office Document F0371/34551 revealed by Stephen Mitford Goodson, ‘Inside the South African Reserve Bank’.

    “I think that we weaken our case against the Germans by publicly publishing atrocity stories for which we have no evidence. These mass executions in gas chambers remind me of the story of the employment of human corpses during the last war for the manufacture of fat, which was a grotesque lie……” Signed V Cavendish-Bentinck.
    At the risk of “butt-hurting”, the snowflakes/”Christian”/Zionists out there, why not read it “right from the horse’s mouth”?

    “At first, by controlling the banking system we were able to control corporation capital. Through this, we acquired total monopoly of the movie industry, the radio networks and the newly developing television media. The printing industry, newspapers, periodicals and technical journals had already fallen into our hands. The richest plum was later to come when we took over the publication of all school materials. Through these vehicles we could mold public opinion to suit our own purposes. The people are only stupid pigs that grunt and squeal the chants we give them, whether they be truth or lies.”

    Read more of the Rosenthal interview here;
    To reinforce the idea, in the early ’70’s the (owned?) A.P.A. stated that homosexuality was NOT a perversion but simply a “sexual preference”
    Recently, (owned?) Universities have begun “teaching” that pedophilia is just a “sexual preference”.

    Tell me, are we seeing a pattern here?

    As usual Mr. Rappaport, I’ll be re-posting your truths to sites I visit.

    Thank you!

  3. James says:

    Excellent article, it cleared up multiple questions I had in regard to “news” stories. The business is even more insidious than I realized. “

  4. Joseph B. Doud says:

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  5. Viktoria says:

    Bunch of wussies that cow tow to idiots.

  6. Larry C says:

    “There was the time a newspaper publisher inserted his own paragraph at the top of my story, under my name, as if I wrote it.” I am speechless.
    Also: “…too much logic…” Lawdy, Lawdy…Saints preserve us from too much logic!

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