Elite television news rescued by COVID

by Jon Rappoport

June 25, 2020

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Yet another consequence of the fake pandemic is the propping up of that doddering old fool, elite television news.

The COVID story doesn’t need Walter Cronkite. It only needs wall to wall. From 5AM to midnight, pandemic updates (mixed now with riot coverage), and the network ratings get well. The ratings jump out of the dumpster and rumble on the studio set and do cartwheels.

I’ve written a number of articles about network television news. Here are excerpts—


The elite anchor is not a person filled with passion or curiosity. Therefore, the audience doesn’t have to be passionate or filled with curiosity, either.

The anchor is not a demanding voice on the air; therefore, the audience doesn’t have to be demanding.

The anchor isn’t hell-bent on uncovering the truth. For this he substitutes a false dignity. Therefore, the audience can surrender its need to wrestle with the truth and replace that with a false dignity of its own.

The anchor takes propriety to an extreme: it’s unmannerly to look below the surface of things. Therefore, the audience adopts those manners.

On air, the anchor is neutral, a castratus, a eunuch.

This is a time-honored ancient tradition. The eunuch, by his diminished condition, has the trust of the ruler. He guards the emperor’s inner sanctum. He acts as a buffer between his master and the people. He applies the royal seal to official documents.

Essentially, the television anchor is saying, “See, I’m ascetic in the service of truth. Why would I hamstring myself this way unless my mission is sincere objectivity?”

All expressed shades of emotion occur and are managed within that persona of the dependable court eunuch. The anchor who can move the closest to the line of being human without actually arriving there is the champion. In recent times, it was Brian Williams—until his “conflations” and “misremembrances” surfaced, and he was exiled to the wasteland of MSNBC.

The vibrating string between eunuch and human is the frequency that makes an anchor “great.” Think Cronkite, Chet Huntley, Edward R Murrow. Huntley was just a touch too masculine, so they teamed him up with David Brinkley, a medium-boiled egg. Brinkley supplied twinkles of comic relief.

The cable news networks don’t have anyone who qualifies as an elite anchor. Wolf Blitzer of CNN made his bones during the first Iraq war only because his name fit the bombing action so well. Brit Hume of FOX has more anchor authority than anyone now working in network television, but he’s semi-retired, content to play the role of contributor, because he knows the news is a scam on wheels.

There are other reasons for “voice-neutrality” of the anchor. Neutrality conveys a sense of science. “We did the experiment in the lab and this is how it turned out.”

Neutrality implies: we, the news division, don’t have to make money (a lie); we’re not like the cop shows; we’re on a higher plane; we’re performing a public service; we’re a responsible charity.

From the early days of television, there has been a parade of anchors/actors with know-how—intonation, edge of authority, parental feel, the ability to execute seamless blends from one piece of deception to the next:

John Daly, Douglas Edwards, Ed Murrow, Chet Huntley, David Brinkley, Harry Reasoner, Walter Cronkite, Dan Rather, and more recently, second-stringers—Brian Williams, Diane Sawyer, Scott Pelley.

They’re all gone.

Now we have Lester Holt, David Muir, and the newly appointed Norah O’Donnell. They couldn’t sell water in the desert.

Lester Holt is a cadaverous presence on-air, whose major journalistic achievement thus far is interrupting Donald Trump 41 times during a presidential debate; David Muir has the gravitas of a Sears underwear model; Norah O’Donnell, long-term, will have the energy needed to illuminate a miniature Xmas-tree light bulb.

The networks have no authoritative anchor-fathers waiting in the wings. They don’t breed them and bring them up through the minor leagues anymore.

Instead, armies of little Globalists, and ideologues who don’t realize they’re working for Globalists, have been infiltrating the news business. At best, they’re incompetent.

Thus, news-production techniques that enable an ongoing illusion of oceanic authority collapse like magnetic fields that have been suddenly switched off.

The selective mood lighting, the restful blue colors on the set, the inter-cutting of graphics and B-roll footage, the flawless shifts to reporters in far-flung places…it’s as if all these supporting features have suddenly been overcome by actors in a stage play who are abruptly stepping out of character. The spell is broken.

Elite mainstream news, in a fatuous attempt to save itself, is trying a democratic approach. Anchors are sharing more on-air minutes with gaggles of other reporters. But this is counter-productive in the extreme. The News has always meant one face and one authority and one voice and one tying-together of all broadcast elements. It’s as if, in a hypnotherapist’s office, the therapist decides to bring in colleagues to help render the patient into an alpha-state.

If by some miracle, the news bosses could raise Walter Cronkite, “the father of our country,” from the dead and put him back in the chair… but too many years have gone by; years of unaccomplished anchors. The horse is out of the barn, the cat is out of the bag.

This is why major news outlets have been appealing to social media/big tech for help, AKA censorship of independent voices.

One veteran news director told me several years ago, “We don’t have the stars [elite anchors] anymore. The star system is dead. You could comb all the local news outlets in America, and you wouldn’t find one face and voice who could really carry the freight. They’ve vanished. The up and coming people are lame. We’ve made them that way. It’s some cockeyed standard of equality we’ve internalized. And now we’re paying the price.”

The news is all about manipulating the context of stories. The thinner the context, the thinner the mind must become to accept it.

Imagine a rectangular solid. The news covers the top surface. Therefore, the viewer’s mind is trained to work in only two dimensions. Then it can’t fathom depth, and it certainly can’t appreciate the fact that the whole rectangular solid moves through time, the fourth dimension.

First, we have the studio image itself, the colors in foreground and background, the blend of restful and charged hues. The anchor and his/her smooth style.

Then we have the shifting of venue from the studio to reporters in the field, demonstrating the reach of coverage: the planet. As if this equals authenticity.

Actually, those reporters in the field rarely dig up information on location. A correspondent standing on a rooftop in Cairo could just as easily be positioned in a bathroom in a Las Vegas McDonald’s. His report would be identical.

The managing editor, usually the elite news anchor, chooses the stories to cover and has the final word on their sequence.

The anchor goes on the air: “Our top story tonight, more signs of gridlock today on Capitol Hill, as legislators walked out of a session on federal budget negotiations…”

The viewer fills in the context for the story: “Oh yes, the government. Gridlock is bad. Just like traffic on the I-5. We want the government to get something done, but they won’t.”

The anchor: “The Chinese government reports the new flu epidemic has spread to three provinces. Forty-two people have already died, and nearly a hundred are hospitalized…”

The viewer again supplies context, such as: “Flu. Dangerous. Epidemic. Get my flu shot.”

The anchor: “A new university study states that gun owners often stock up on weapons and ammunition…”

The viewer: “People with guns. Why do they need a dozen weapons? I don’t need a gun. The police have guns. Could I kill somebody if he broke into the house?”

The anchor: “Doctors at Yale University have made a discovery that could lead to new treatments in the battle against autism…”

Viewer: “Good. More research. Laboratory. The brain.”

If, at the end of the newscast, the viewer bothered to review the stories and his own reactions to them, he would realize he’d learned nothing. But reflection is not the game.

In fact, the flow of the news stories has washed over him and created very little except a sense of (false) continuity.

Therefore, every story on the news broadcast achieves the goal of keeping the context thin—night after night, year after year. The overall effect of this staging is: small viewer’s mind, small viewer’s understanding.

Next we come to words and pictures. More and more, news broadcasts are using the rudimentary film technique of a voice narrating what the viewer is seeing on the screen.

People are shouting and running and falling in a street. The anchor or a field reporter says: “The country is in turmoil. Parliament has suspended sessions for the third day in a row, as the government decides what to do about uprisings aimed at forcing democratic elections…”

Well, the voice must be right, because we’re seeing the pictures. If the voice said the riots were due to garbage-pickup cancellations, the viewer would believe that, too.

We see Building #7 of the WTC collapse. Must have been the result of a fire. The anchor tells us so. Words give meaning to pictures.

Staged news.

Since the dawn of time, untold billions of people have been urging a “television anchor” to “explain the pictures.”

The news gives them that precise solution, every night.

“Well, Mr. Jones,” the doctor says, as he pins X-rays to a screen in his office. “See this? Right here? We’ll need to start chemo immediately, and then we may have to remove most of your brain, and as a follow-up, take out one eye.”

Sure, why not? The patient saw the pictures and the anchor explained them.

Eventually, people get the idea and do it for themselves. They see things, they invent one-liners to explain them.

They’re their own anchors. They short-cut and undermine their own experience with vapid summaries of what it all means.

For “intelligent” viewers, there is a sober mainstream choice in America, a safety valve: PBS. That newscast tends to show more pictures from foreign lands.

“Yes, I watch PBS because they understand the planet is interconnected. It isn’t just about America. That’s good.”

Sure it’s good, if you want the same thin-context or false-context reports on events in other countries. Instead of the two minutes NBC might give you about momentous happenings in Syria, PBS will give you four minutes.

PBS experts seem kinder and gentler. “They’re nice and they’re more relaxed. I like that.”

Yes, the PBS experts are taking Valium, and they’re not drinking as much coffee as the CBS experts.

When network television news was created in the late 1940s, no one in charge knew how to do it. It was a new creature.

Sponsors? Yes. A studio with a desk and an anchor? Yes. A list of top stories? Yes. Important information for the public? Yes.

Of course, “important information” could have several definitions—and the CIA already had a few claws into news, so there would be boundaries and fake stories within those boundaries.

The producers knew the anchor was the main event; his voice, his manner, his face. He was the actor in a one-man show. But what should he project to the audience at home?

The first few anchors were dry sandpaper. John Cameron Swayze at NBC, and Douglas Edwards at CBS. But Swayze, also a quiz show host, broke out of the mold and imparted a bit of “cheery” to his broadcasts. A no-no. So he was eventually dumped.

In came a duo. Chet Huntley and David Brinkley. NBC co-anchors from 1956 to 1970. Chet was the heavy, with a somber baritone, and David was “twinkly,” as he was called by network insiders. He lightened the mood with a touch of sarcasm and an occasional grin. It worked. Ratings climbed. Television news as show biz started to take off. At the end of every broadcast, there was: “Good night, Chet.” “Good night, David.” The audience ate it up. They loved that tag.

However, rival CBS wasn’t standing still. They offloaded their anchor, Douglas Edwards, a bland egg, and brought in Walter Cronkite, who would go on to do 19 years in the chair (1962-1981). Walter was Chet Huntley with a difference. As he grew older, he emerged as a father, a favorite uncle, with an authoritative hills-and-valleys baritone that created instant trust. Magic. A news god was born.

Despite many efforts at the three major networks, no anchor over the past 40 years has been able to pull off the full Cronkite effect.

The closest recent competitor—until he was fired for lying and exiled to the waste dump at MSNBC—was Brian Williams. Williams artfully executed a reversal of tradition. He portrayed the youthful prodigy, a gradually maturing version of a newsboy who once bicycled along country roads, threw folded up papers on front porches, and knew all his customers by name. A good boy. A local boy. Your neighbor under the maple trees of an idyllic town. Cue the memories.

By the time Williams took over the helm at NBC, television news was decidedly a team operation. There were reporters in the field. The technology enabled the anchor to go live to these bit players, who tried to exude the impression they were actually running down leads and interviewing key sources on the spot—when in fact they could just as easily be doing their stand-ups from a hot dog cart outside 30 Rockefeller Plaza, the home studio of the network—because most of their information was really coming from inside that studio.

Nevertheless, the team was everything. The anchor was a manager, and his job was to impart an authentic feel to every look-in, from the White House to Paris to Berlin to Jerusalem to Beijing to a polar bear on an iceberg.

And local television news was blowing up to gargantuan proportions. Every city and town and village and hamlet seemed to have its own gaggle of hearty faces delivering vital info of interest to the citizenry. Branding and shaping this local phenomenon evolved into: FAMILY. Yes, that was the ticket. These bubbly, blown-dry, enthused, manic news and weather and sports hawks were really “part of the community.” Local News was no longer shoveled high and deep with an air of objectivity. “Aloof” was out. Share and care was in. What that had to do with actual news was anyone’s guess, but there it was. “Hi, we’re your team at KX6, and we feel what you feel and we live here with you and we know when the roads are icy and the wrecks pile up on the I-15 and the cops arrest someone for cocaine possession and when the charity bake sale is coming up to pay for [toxic] meds for seniors and when your cousin Judy passes away we mourn as you do…”

News for and by a fictional collective.

Disney news.

A caricature of a simulacrum of an imitation.

The discovery was: the viewing audience wanted news as a cartoon.

The problem is: this model deteriorates. The descending IQ of the news producers and anchors and reporters undergoes a grotesque revolution. Year by year, broadcasts make less sense. Even on the national scene, NBC hands its prime anchor spot to Lester Holt, who plays the old Addams Family living corpse, Lurch.

ABC, always looking for a new face, goes all in with David Muir, a Sears underwear-model type.

CBS counters with a youngish cipher, Jeff Glor, after ridding itself of Scott Pelley, who, true to his on-camera persona, might show up on The Young and the Restless as a lunatic surgeon doing operations without anesthetic.

The networks are losing it.

It’s a sight to behold.

Cable news is even worse. The longest surviving anchor is Wolf Blitzer at CNN. Wolf’s energy level tops out as a man in a tattered bathrobe, in his kitchen, chatting with his cousin while they play checkers.

When professionals broadcast one absurdity after another, they begin to see the effects are actually strengthening their own position of authority.

It’s a revelation. It’s also a continuation of the tradition of the Trickster archetype. For example, with just a few minor adjustments, Brian Williams can be seen as the sly Reynard the Fox…

From the viewpoint of elite television news, controlling the minds of its audience depends on what’s politely called “cognitive dissonance”:

As the anchor recites a news story, the viewer sees an obvious hole through which he could drive a truck.

The story makes no sense, yet it’s being presented as bland fact. The trusted anchor clearly has no problem with it.

What’s the viewer to do? He experiences a contradiction, a “dissonance.”

For example, this year’s flu vaccine. The US government has admitted the vaccine is geared to a flu virus that isn’t circulating in the population. Therefore, even by conventional standards, the vaccine is useless. But the kicker is, the CDC says people should take the vaccine anyway.

The anchor relays all this information—and never seriously questions the situation, never torpedoes the government for recommending the vaccine.

The average viewer feels a tug, a pulse of discomfort, a push-pull. The vaccine story is idiocy (side one), but the trusted anchor accepts it (side two).


The top chiefs of news—and top propaganda operatives—anticipate cognitive dissonance. In a real sense, they want it to happen. They make it happen. Over and over.


Because it throws the viewer into a tailspin. And in that mental state, in his effort to resolve the contradiction, he will normally choose to…give in. Surrender. Believe in the anchor. It’s the easier path.

The viewer will even doubt his own perception. “I see no good reason for Building 7 to collapse, but the news doesn’t bring that up, so…it must be me.”

This is the power of the news. It presents absurdities and then moves right along, as if nothing has happened.

The introduction of contradiction, dissonance, and absurdity parading as ordinary reality is an intentional feature of brainwashing.

On the nightly news, the anchor reports that US government debt has risen by another three trillion dollars. He then cuts to a statement from a Federal Reserve spokesman: the new debt level isn’t a problem; in fact, it’s sound monetary policy; it strengthens the economy.

The viewer, caught up in this absurdity, tries to make sense of it, then gives up and passively accepts it. Brainwashing.

Smoothly transitioning from this story, the anchor relays information from the CDC: vaccination rates must achieve 90% in the population, in order to protect people from dangerous viruses. The viewer thinks, “Well, my daughter is already vaccinated, so if she comes into contact with a child who isn’t vaccinated, why would there be a problem? Why does 90% of the population have to be vaccinated to keep her safe? She’s already vaccinated.”

The viewer wrestles with this craziness for a moment, then gives in and accepts what the CDC and the anchor are saying. More passivity. More brainwashing.

The anchor moves right along to the next story: “The US is experiencing one of the coldest winters in history, further evidence of the effects of global warming, according to scientists at the United Nations.”

The viewer shakes his head, tries to deal with this dissonance, surrenders, and accepts what he is hearing. Deeper passivity is the result. Deeper brainwashing.

On and on it goes, day after day, month after month, year after year, on the news.

Contradiction, absurdity, dissonance; acceptance, surrender, passivity.

The same general formula is used in interrogations and formal mind control. It adds up to disorientation of the target.

Most disoriented people opt for the lowest- common-denominator solution: give in; accept the power of the person of authority.

Among the many supporters of conventional news is the education system. Most teachers never learn logic, and they don’t teach it. The result? Their students never gain the ability or the courage to reject the news and its dissonances.

What little these students gain from 12 or 16 years of schooling they eventually sacrifice on the altar of consensus reality—as broadcast every night on the screen before them.

Salvador Dali, surrealist, was one of the most reviled painters of the 20th century.

He disturbed Conventional Folk who just wanted to see an apple in a bowl on a table.

Dali’s apples and bowls were executed with a technical skill few artists could match—except the apples were coming out of a woman’s nose while she was ironing the back of a giraffe, who was on fire.

“It doesn’t go together! It doesn’t make sense! He’s Satan!”

Yet, these same Folk sit in front of the television screen every night and watch the entirely surreal network news. Elite anchors seamlessly and quickly move from blood running in the streets of a distant land to a hairdryer product-recall to an unseasonal hail storm in Michigan to a debate about public policy on pedophiles to genetically engineered mosquitoes in Florida to a possible breakthrough in storing computer simulations of human brains for later recapture to squirrels gathering nuts in New Jersey.

Nothing surreal about this??

When the elite anchor goes on air and digs in, he’s paid to be seamless. He could be transitioning from mass killings in East Asia to sub-standard air conditioners, and he makes the audience track through the absurd curve in the road.

The elite anchor should have a voice that soothes just a bit but brooks no resistance. It’s authoritative but not demanding.

Scott Pelley (CBS) was careful to watch himself on this count, because his tendency was to shove the message down the viewer’s throat like a surgeon making an incision with an icepick. Pelley was a high-IQ android who was training himself to be human.

Diane Sawyer wandered into sloppiness, like a housewife who’s still wearing her bathrobe at 4 in the afternoon. She exuded sympathetic syrup, as if she’d had a few cocktails for lunch. And she affected a pose of “caring too much.”

Brian Williams was head and shoulders above his two competitors. You had to look and listen hard to spot a speck of confusion in his delivery. He knew how to believe his act was real. He could also flick a little aw-shucks apple-pie at the viewer. Country boy who moved to the big city.

Segues, blends are absolutely vital. These are the transitions between one story and another. “Earlier today, in Boston.” “Meanwhile, in New York, the police are reporting.” “But on the Hill, the news was somewhat disappointing for supporters of the president.”

Doing excellent blends can earn an anchor millions of dollars. The audience doesn’t wobble or falter or make distinctions between what went before and what’s coming now. It’s all one script. It’s one winding weirdness of story every night.

And NOW, we have COVID, and we have riots. The current stories— the lies are egregious and relentless, the editorializing is cheesy. The omissions are Grand Canyons.

Surreal, cognitively dissonant, smoothly blended, outrageous:

The News Business. As Usual.

But with the junior varsity anchors, and their lack of skill, the networks need overwhelming stories to sell their act. They need COVID and riots. They have to have government manufacturing chaos and destruction and tighter control, in order to keep viewers coming back night after night.

You’ve got elite Globalists and elite government on one edge, and elite news on the other edge. They feed into each other. They bolster each other.

So why must they spend so much time censoring dissent?

Because freedom exists.

Because, no matter what, it always will.

And underestimating its power, time and time again, has proven to be a colossal mistake.

Exit From the Matrix

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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.

37 comments on “Elite television news rescued by COVID

  1. Bob Anderson says:

    You’re absolutely right about the current anchors, Jon. I’d swear Lester Holt is an android, and David Muir’s feigned sincerity is nauseating, and all of the “thank yous” to the faked on the scene reporters. Add in the nothing-but-medication ads and it’s too stressful to even watch, which I’ve stopped (not to mention the propaganda anyway). Once you’ve been red-pilled, it’s very difficult to watch that stuff.

  2. CJ76 says:

    Lol I have to laugh at descriptions of Scott Pelley. So true!

    I was one of those ‘useless’ reporters at the scene, in this case covering the 2000 fire near the Los Alamos National Laboratory. No one in the town of Los Alamos was panicked about the fire in the least.

    I came upon an amazing scene. The Lab’s quantum physicists! brain power to the nth were busy in a local restaurant lined up on both sides of a long table in assembly line fashion making sandwiches for the firefighters.

    But that lovely vignette wasn’t good enough- or should I say dire enough- for Scott Pelley. He needed the nebulous threat of nukes exploding due to fire.

    He phoned me in order to school me on the ‘danger’ and actually read to me the history of Los Alamos directly from Wikipedia- pretending he was speaking extemporaneously.

    He tossed out my story about sandwich making and sent me to stand in front of a desert and flail my arms and suggest dangerous things buried here could be triggered by this fire. Sheez! No wonder no one with commonsense believes the MSM.

  3. aaaa says:

    almost everything will close and we’ll be locked down and distanced forever if the twitter mobs get their way

  4. Piksil says:

    One of the best was the BBC reporter, reporting from a hotel room on 9/11/01.

    She reported that Building 7 had collapsed.

    20 or so minutes before it came down.

    You could see Building 7 in the background, through the window or sliding glass door she was standing in front of during the filming.


  5. Opie Poik says:


    The message is, “Sit still and suspend disbelief.”

    “Political correctness is communist propaganda writ small. In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, nor to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is to co-operate with evil, and in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.” ~ Theodore Dalrymple

    That’s right, folks – don’t touch that dial:

    I’m The Slime by Frank Zappa, 1973

    I am gross and perverted
    I’m obsessed ‘n deranged
    I have existed for years
    But very little had changed
    I am the tool of the Government
    And industry too
    For I am destined to rule
    And regulate you
    I may be vile and pernicious
    But you can’t look away
    I make you think I’m delicious
    With the stuff that I say
    I am the best you can get
    Have you guessed me yet?
    I am the slime oozin’ out
    From your TV set
    You will obey me while I lead you
    And eat the garbage that I feed you
    Until the day that we don’t need you
    Don’t go for help…no one will heed you
    Your mind is totally controlled
    It has been stuffed into my mold
    And you will do as you are told
    Until the rights to you are sold
    That’s right, folks.. Don’t touch that dial
    Well, I am the slime from your video
    Oozin’ along on your livingroom floor
    I am the slime from your video
    Can’t stop the slime, people, lookit me go

  6. ReluctantWarrior says:

    I worked in the CBS newsroom with Cronkite (I was hired by Cronkite) and things were much different in those days. Yes, the news was shaped mainly by exclusion with parts of stories ending up on the cutting room floor. Stories were generally not invented. At the end of the broadcast 30 seconds were reserved for commentary which was delivered by Eric Sevareid. It was clearly labeled as opinion.

    • JungianINTP says:

      Speaking of Commie Cronkite (( closeted, until the end of his days )):

      Cronkite?—not so much, as he had cleverly helped the communist Left advance the propaganda and military interests of communist North Vietnam—against U.S. vital interests. // Some years after retirement, he boldly admitted to being a closeted leftist ( a/k/a: communist )! // He had employed voice intonations/inflections, eye and facial movements, incorrect body counts, anti-American picture-placements, and he had LIED about America having lost in the North’s Tet Offensive (( the U.S. had WON – overwhelmingly so !!! – and our Marxian MSM LIES about that to this very day ))—in order to demoralize the populace and America’s war efforts; efforts at halting advancing COMMUNISM, which TREASON on his and left-wing MSM’s part – and of America’s communists in Hollywood and Washington and academe – had effected Pol Pot’s mass murder of a million, or so, souls in Cambodia, and resulted in installation of suffocating, brutal totalitarianism in Vietnam.

      Cronkite was a very bad man—and a jumping-jack journalist.

      Semper Fi,

      — USMC: In Vietnam, 68/69 //
      arrived a few weeks after Tet //
      stationed at CUA Viet //
      at the mouth of the CUA Viet
      river // 3rd Marine Amtrak
      Battalion // just a few clicks
      below the DMZ —

      • JungianINTP says:


        VERY BEST evaluation of the term:
        “J O U R N A L I S T,” ever!

        What has changed about journalists since the time of former Chief-of-Staff of the New York Times, who had lectured before the New York Press Club—to toast an “Independent Press”:

        “There is no such thing, at this date in the world’s history, in America, as an independent press . . . If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone. The business of journalists is to destroy the truth; to lie, outright; to pervert; to vilify; to fawn at the feet of mammon, and sell out his country and his race for his daily bread. You know it and I know it, and what folly is this toasting an independent press? We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are jumping jacks; they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are the property of other men. WE ARE INTELLECTUAL PROSTITUTES [ my emphasis ].”


      • ReluctantWarrior says:

        Much of what you said is correct. The point is that the news was definitely slanted in those days and the Establishment was attempting to gain more control. Lyndon Johnson would call Frank Stanton and hound him about the networks coverage of the War. This was the main reason that the Smothers Brothers were fired. They were making jokes about the war and LBJ did not like it. Though the news was slanted in those days it was not invented out of thin air. That was my point. I am not defending Cronkite. I knew him personally and unlike most journalists today he was adamant about sourcing. You might question the source but a news story did not go on the air unless it had firm sourcing. I do not think he was a bad man and he was a better journalist than most today but you are certainly right about his leanings and he was no I.F. Stone, Seymour Hersch or Danny Casolaro that is for sure.

      • bleak says:

        I agree with you, Jungian. As someone who was too young for Vietnam by only a few years, I got to watch the news of that time.

        Not too long ago, I was in a cigar store where the locals chew the fat regarding whatever. One guy was extolling the greatness of Cronkite as if he were a saint. I couldn’t help myself and interjected how he was a liar and an admitted communist. As an example (they were staring at me like I was a ghost), I told them about Cronkite’s admission and said the usual “do the research” which was, of course, futile.

        Nixon’s secret bombing campaign of Cambodia which began in 1967 with “Operation Breakfast” and continued through the early 70s with whatever was on the “Menu” destroyed Cambodia with the most tonnage of bombings since WWII. It was buried in the news. It wasn’t news.

        Nor was “Operation Phoenix.”

        If someone reported something like “Nixon, Kissinger, McNamara have concocted a run on Cambodia that makes the blitzkrieg seem like fireworks. They’re doing it not to win a war but as a test of operations for future bombings and gauging media and public mind control (Sideshow by William Shawcross),” which segued into “and the CIA are running a torture program against the Vietnamese,” it would have been devastating for them. And no one did report it. It was “mission accomplished” thanks to people like Cronkite.

        I also think those were fake tears/sobbing on November 22, 1963.

  7. ReluctantWarrior says:

    The Man who didn’t believe in God

    Harper Eliot

    From Chaos man was born
    Sacred spark of the cosmic cataclysm,
    And from his suffering a soul was shorn
    Fruit of his agonizing mortal incision.

    Then came a man who cursed in God’s face
    But rode the rhythms of the heart,
    Redeeming the human race
    Giving our kind a brand new start.

    He did not believe in God’s patriarchy
    And returned to the Mother Right’s womb,
    Pioneer spirit of the new Matriarchy
    That beknights this earthly tomb.

    He rediscovered the road to Xanadu
    Hero of his own adventure,
    And crossing the ridges blue
    Repaid the devils debenture.

    He did with the power of imagination
    Dream of a greater love
    Beyond all earthly agitation
    And the fraternity of cruel patriarchs above.

    He released all his hate
    In sky lanterns to oblivion
    And chaos was overcome by his fate
    Sacrifice to the eye of Sauron.

    And throwing off his mind forged manacles
    He learned to race with the gods
    Singing his heavenly canticle
    To the hard earthen sod.

    For entropy erased only things
    Not the higher aspirations of the soul
    As the siren’s of alchemy sing
    And the basest metals are turned to gold.

    And as Selene did from the underworld rise
    Our friend did, with wonder and awe,
    Set out on the road to paradise
    To escape the predator’s hungry jaws.

    For is not life like a voracious beast
    That pursues us with a passion
    That cares for us not in the least
    And devours all compassion?

    Yet this earthly furnace of hate
    Has tempered the metal of my soul,
    Fashioning the wings of my fate
    A humble tale that will never be told.

    but it’s NOT A VIRUS…
    Jon Rappaport was right about multiple causes because it now appears SYMPTOMS are HIGHLY VARIED… and they’re ALL being labelled COVID19. Here’s Jon’s original piece that jostled me on this idea because at the time I was sure it was just 5G in Wuhan…

    Apr1 by Jon Rappapport.
    COVID: It’s not one thing, it’s not one disease

    I just ran across this article when searching under “covid syndrome”… https://www.mrt.com/news/editorspicks/article/What-they-don-t-tell-you-about-surviving-15347792.php?fbclid=IwAR3Z3Rt01RXY8JVqmFOiTPo_l816gv9OjZiaOqIQyGBD6OcfMp1KNb9GjKQ

    Sydromes are general patterns of symptoms of disease that we cannot pin down the cause for. Jon Rappaport has said that there is no one thing that causes Covid Syndrome. At first, I thought that might be ludicrous since Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak in January 2020, had newly installed 5G all over the place. People dropped dead in the streets according to some photos. Since then, it DOES appear that they’re CATEGORIZING a wide RANGE of symptoms to Covid– so Jon’s idea that it’s NOT ONE THING is becoming MORE TRUE as we go along. The MRT.com article linked above actually is frighening. There IS, in fact, something going on that’s different. Top candidates are… 5G of course, and the newer idea Jon pointed to– the HYDROGEN CYANIDE FROM FRACKING REFINERIES… then the VENTILATOR DEATHS… then recategorizing LOTS of things as Covid.

    Maybe there are new causes for SYMPTOMS being relayed in MRT.com above AND old causes being relabelled. Only statistical analysis can solve it. There are a few old shows on TV that would use to refer to this type of sleuthing: “Numbers” and all the Sherlock Holmes shows. We indeed might have a huge PUZZLE here but one thing we know is that “they” are blaming a VIRUS– which simply cannot be. The VIRUS is a cover for the new things and old things which are causing a variety of new symptoms and old symptoms.

    Rick in Phoenix AZ

    • OFFICIAL NAME FOR Covid-19 is SARS-Cov-2
      The general term “corona virus” is too general. Somehow, Covid-19 came into play probably due to the idea of having been discovered in 2019 and Covid being a nice shorthand for COronaVIrusDisease of 2019. But the more technical literate points to covid as a variation on SARS… well when you determine the origin of THAT acronym, it’s actually more in tune with what we’re considering here as taking the world down the wrong path– Severe Acute Respiratory SYNDROME… with Cov-2 added as a suffix. Let’s get this nailed into our noggins because if it’s OFFICIALLY a SYNDROME then it’s the same kind of COVER STORY that AIDS or Acquired Immune Deficiency SYNDROME was or the original SARS. SYNDROMES are not VIRUSES… they are EXPOSING their hand here with the OFFICIAL name… it’s a SYNDROME… and to that end, a syndrome is a general idea for a set of SYMPTOMS. Let’s NAIL this down by doing some real work here in Jon’s blog. Jon– how about it? Is there a way to NAIL THIS with the NAMING of it?

      Rick in PHoenix AZ- now considered a hot zone for SARScov2

  9. Larry C says:

    “Good night, Chet.” “Good night, David.”

    Good night, America….

  10. Eluard says:

    You’re a very funny writer, Jon. A true American satirist, a la Samuel Clemens with the wit and insights of H.L. Mencken. Again, I urge you to put these many articles since January together in a book.

    In local Trader Joe’s today my bandana slipped down and I was joking with a lady who works there. Another “crew member” guy came up and said, “Please cover your face, sir.” “Whatsa matta,” I snapped–“You donlikea my face?”

    Then at checkout there’s a cashier whom I talk about this stuff with, recommended Jon to, etc. “Have you seen the chemtrails lately?” I asked him. “Coming on heavy.” “Yeah, that’s where the Covid comes from,” he smiled twistedly. “It’s all in there.” We shook hands and I split. Hmm…

    Maybe it’s as simple as that, in those tic-tac-toe patterns? Then I remembered Jon, “Never one cause/one disease.” Okay, but…felt real plausible in that moment. A big factor?

    Greg C. (last post comment) will not comply in his town with the masks in stores. I sometimes do/sometimes don’t. Sometimes I just fly in and out with my half-assed bandana. But he’s right–we should all take a stand and say “Doctor’s orders–CANNOT WEAR A MASK.” And keep moving.

      I’m wearing a lanyard now, every day, with the following written on it… and with copies in my pocket. Nobody has dared stop me from going into any store in Arizona (yet) when they see me walking confidentally past them when they say “would you like a mask sir?” and I simply ignore them.

      I am exempt from any ordinance requiring face mask usage in public. Wearing a face mask poses a mental and/or physical health risk to me.

      Under the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA), I am not required to disclose any of my medical conditions to you. http://www.justice.gov/ It is also a HIPAA violation to require me to disclose my health information to you.
      Department of Justice ADA violation reporting number:

      If found in violation of the ADA, you could face steep penalties. Organizations and businesses can be fined up to $75,000.00 for your first ADA violation and $150,000.00 for any subsequent violation. http://www.ada.gov
      US Department of Justice 950 Pennsylvania Avenue

  11. Greg from Paris says:

    Hi Jon,

    Thanks for your articles.

    Would you think about adding an audio file of yourself reading your articles?

    I think you have a very good voice and form and it would be great listening to your writings in podcast form.

  12. joseph coretti says:

    jon your news is the only news i read couse the rest is nothing but garbage

  13. Benjamin Martin says:

    Very informative, highly insightful as always, and partly hilarious read! One of the best in my view. Thank-you Jon.

  14. Pisces says:

    Freedom to create opportunities always exists. Underestimating the power of freedom might be a mistake, but it’s aslo a mistake to overestimate it, as well. You have the freedom to do anything you want, as long as you don’t rock the boat (of the elites). We have the freedom to fight back the tyranny but only to some degree, like sharing knowledge through independent media, etc. but the freedom ends as soon as you do something that ‘threatens’ to cut their source of control over the people, with ideas that can set humanity free from being controlled by money, by the people who owns and controls the monetary system, because they arrest or kill people who really can accomplish a goal that can set people free from being controlled by money if they try, not the ones who just bitch and moan, the people who has the intelligence and the know-how are not free to do what they want, if what they want is to really benefit humanity. They don’t (yet) have the freedom to release heavily suppressed technologies that will finally free us from being slaves to the corrupt system.
    If you ignore and forget about that – you depend on money to live by being controlled by having to work for other people (the government) just to get rewarded with numbers so you can live in a place that you don’t even own – there’s nothing wrong with running around in circles and chant “Freedom, yaay I’m free, we’re free” or something like that, but that’s an overestimation of the power of freedom that so many people had to find out the hard way, unfortunately. Again, you (still) have freedom to do anything you want, as long as you don’t rock their boat.

  15. Patricia says:

    Jon, your descriptive power is so astute that you keep me sane and laughing. Thank you so much.

  16. Walker Texas Ranger says:

    life sucks

    • Hayden says:

      Checka, checka, check it out
      They load the clip in, omnicolor
      Said they pack the nine, they fire it at prime time
      The sleeping gas, every home was like Alcatraz
      And mothafuckas lost their minds!
      No escape from the mass mind rape
      Play it again, jack, and then rewind the tape
      And then play it again, and again, and again
      Until ya mind is locked in
      Believin’ all the lies that they’re tellin’ ya
      Buyin’ all the products that they’re sellin’ ya
      They say jump and ya say “how high?”
      Ya braindead, ya got a fuckin’ bullet in ya head

      Just victims of the in-house drive-by
      They say jump, you say how high, yeah
      Just victims of the in-house drive-by
      They say jump, you say how high

      • Larry C says:

        “Just victims of the in-house drive-by
        They say jump, you say how high”

        A perfect description to describe the effects on those who faithfully consume Mainstream News.

    • Walking Dead says:

      Always has, but what you have learned is what matters. That is how we evolve. Like the trees now sprouting leaves to cover their trunks. They too have learned what they need to do to survive in this weird new world where breathing is bad and wearing masks is mandatory. The trees are masking their trunks from it, but for many, it was to late. It is a learning process. That is why the truth is never taught and it has to be learned by life’s experience. Somebody doesn’t want you to evolve.

  17. Randy says:

    Your descriptions of the current B team anchors – most accurate and best laugh of the day; “Norah O’Donnell, long-term, will have the energy needed to illuminate a miniature Xmas-tree light bulb.”
    Wolf – “energy level tops out at a man in a tattered bathrobe chatting in his kitchen with his cousin while playing checkers.”

    Reminded me of Groucho Marx’s line “Who are you going to believe; me or your lying eyes. Thanks for the great insights and some great reader comments!

  18. TheTruth says:

    I’m not even writing this to make it in your pages but rather to tell you the injustice that you’re doing by telling these mindless idiots that this is fake and that is fake. You create the fake illusion and these people don’t live in reality so they buy into this conspiracy BS! There is a REAL virus that is REALLY killing people and is REALLY making people deathly ill from young to old. The mindless that buy into the conspiracy then become part of the problem and help with the spread.
    I do believe in a good bit of what you say BUT I am smart enough to see that there is a REAL virus with REAL consequences. How on earth you can deny that is just mind blowing. How you can call this fake is mind blowing. PEOPLE ARE DYING AND PEOPLE ARE BECOMING GRAVELY ILL! Wake up! IT IS REAL!

    • glenn field says:

      Yes many people are ill but the causes of this massive illness you know is around us is not limited to one virus one cause.
      There is an underlying issue that has been building for decades and now it is reaching it’s boiling point.
      That underlying issue is all the man-made toxic chemicals, pollution, radiation, and magnetic frequencies we are exposed to. Yes in small amounts it is harmless but now that is far from the case. All of it has weaken our overall health. We are more and more vulnerable to all types of diseases and infections as a result.
      It is not just people getting heart disease, diabetes, cancer, or dropping dead within a year. No everyone exposed is affected even if they feel fine. Slowly they will succumb to illness over time.
      I promise you this COVID-19 crisis will reach it’s end and many people will still be gravely ill. All that matter to those in power is that their policies that benefit them. Of course the media will convince everyone that we are all healthy again. Then another health crisis will happen and the whole cycle will continue because the underlying issues hasn’t been dealt with.

    • NaturalWoman says:

      Please take the time to watch the following video with an open mind. We’ve been lied to about so much–your very life depends on understanding this. Don’t wait, it will be censored.


    • Piksil says:

      And so is AIDS, Swine flu (H1N1), SARS, Bird Flu! Ebola, and others I’ve missed.

      Luckily you’ll be able to get avaccine soon. Warp Speed ready, warp speed effective…..

      There is a (I believe) bio-chemist who states that ‘disease is 95% toxins, 5% genetics.

      This new DNA vaccine might even those ratios a little bit.

    • Lyn P says:

      Seems like your hyper tone is almost tongue-in-cheek. Hope so actually, or you are the one “conspiritized.” There is absolutely no sars-cov-2 virus, it’s a hoax. Viruses exist everywhere and IN us by the trillions and they do not bring disease. Covid is made up and has been spun as the cause of death by everyone who can get away with it. TOXINS and other internal illnesses are the culprits. SOOO many places you can start your research, how about learning about the several hard attempts to spread Spanish Flu directly from person to person and complete FAILURE!!

  19. SanityClaus says:

    Cognitive dissonance is experienced by people who can recognize contradiction.
    News is not facts. Facts are not defined as something we have never seen before.
    People who worship drinking the blood and eating the tortured flesh of the holy human sacrifice have no capacity for rational thought and will never have such capacity for rational thought. The newest version of their worship/submission is cowering to the holy Covid19 terror invisible enemy you desperately need our protection so assume the muzzle of submission(muslim). Christian religion is group fear ritual. Now they bow to Islam and kill for Islam. Islam is the state religion of the pentagon and national guard who serve Islam by establishing Islamic states in Iraq, Afghnistan, Yemen and Syris.

  20. M says:

    Very funny and to the point. But you left out a star anchor and his news house, Tucker Carlson of Fox News. He certainly doesn’t lack logic, in fact his skill at manufacturing consent is brilliant, just because his discourse seems so logical. But as you describe the anchor’s role, he is a pawn in someone’s game and sadly, in spite of his convincing grimacing, he can never deliver a logical conclusion. He remains a sophist, and like all the rest, he is counting the dead while waiting for the next vaccine.

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