Monday, May 14, 2018


by Matt AgoristJanuary 29, 2018
from TheFreeThoughtProject Website

A single organization
controls almost everything you
see, hear, and read in the media
and they've been handpicking
your leaders for decades.

It is no secret that over the last 4 decades, mainstream media has been consolidated from dozens of competing companies to only six.

Hundreds of channels, websites, news outlets, newspapers, and magazines, making up ninety percent of all media is controlled by very few people, giving Americans the illusion of choice.
While six companies controlling most everything the Western world consumes in regard to media may sound like a sinister arrangement, the Swiss Propaganda Research center (SPR) has just released information that is even worse.

The research group was able to tie all these media companies to a single organization:

the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).

For those who may be unaware, the CFR is a primary member of the circle of Washington think-tanks promoting endless war.

As former Army Major Todd Pierce describes, this group acts as "primary provocateurs" using,
"'psychological suggestiveness' to create a false narrative of danger from some foreign entity with the objective being to create paranoia within the U.S. population that it is under imminent threat of attack or takeover."
A senior member of the CFR and outspoken neocon warmonger, Robert Kagan has even publicly proclaimed that the U.S. should create an empire.

The narrative created by CFR and its cohorts is picked up by their secondary communicators, also known the mainstream media, who push it on the populace with no analysis or questioning.

When looking at the chart from SPR, the reach by this single organization is so vast that it is no mystery as to how these elite psychopaths guide Americans into accepting endless war at the expense of their mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters.

Top journalists and executives from all major media companies are integrated into the CFR.

As the chart below illustrates, the CFR has even more control in the mainstream media than even the nefarious Bilderberg Group and the Trilateral Commission.

Journalists and media executives
extracted from above image:
New York Daily News and U.S. News & World Report
1: Mortimer B. Zuckerman, publisher

2: Jacob Weisberg, group editor

The Nation
3: Katrina Vanden Heuvel, publisher

Foreign Affairs
4: James F. Hoge, former editor
5: Gideon Rose, editor

Foreign Policy
6: Moises Nairn, editor

The National Interest
7: Jacob Heilbrunn, editor

The American Interest
8: Francis Fukuyama, executive chairman

Financial Times
9: Martin Wolf, associate editor & chief economics commentator
10: Gideon Rachman, chief foreign affairs commentator

11: Stephen J. Adler, presidents EIC
12: Tom Glocer, former CEO
13: Harold M. Evans, editor-at-Iarge
14: David Schlesinger, former EIC

15: Robert Allbritton, publisher
16: Garrett Graff, former editor

17: Michael Bloomberg, owners CEO
18: John Michklethwait, EIC of Bloomberg News, former EIC of The Economist
19: Matthew Winkler, former EIC of Bloomberg News
20: Daniel Doctoroff, former CEO

21: Randall Lane, editor

Los Angeles Times
22: Doyle McManus, Washington bureau chief
23: Shelby Coffey, former editor and EVP

News Corp
24: Rupert Murdoch, executive chairman

Fox News
25: Maria Bartiromo, news anchor
26: Heather Nauert, former news host
27: Dan Senor, commentator
28: Trish Regan, television host
29: Linda Vester, former news host

Wall Street Journal (News Corp)
30: Peter Kann, former publisher
31: Karen Elliott House, former managing editor
32: L. Gordon Crovitz, former publisher
33: Robert Bartley, former editor
34: Paul A. Gigot, editorial page editor
35: Alan Murray, deputy managing editor
36: Daniel Henninger, deputy editorial page director
37: Gerald Seib, Washington bureau chief
38: Peggy Noonan, columnist
39: Paul Steiger, former managing editor (1991-2007)

40: Pamela Thomas Graham, former CEO of CNBC
41: Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric (former owner of NBCUniversal)
42: Cesar Conde, chairman of NBC Universal International Group
43: Steve Capus, former president of NBC News
44: Tom Brokaw, news anchor
45: Mika Brzezinski, MSNBC news host
46: Andrea Mitchell, chief foreign affairs correspondent
47: Richard Engel, chief foreign corr.
48: Brian Williams, NBC chief anchor
49: Joe Scarborough, news host
50: Bianna Golodryga, news anchor
51: Ayman Mohyeldin, reporter

The Economist
52: Lynn Forester de Rothschild, co-owner and board member
53: John Elkann (Agnelli family), co-owner and board member
54: Zanny Minton Beddoes, EIC
55: Rupert Pennant-Rea, chairman of the Economist Group
56: Vendeline von Bredow, business correspondent
57: Adrian Wooldridge, foreign correspondent
58: Bill Emmott, former EIC
59: Megan McArdle, journalist | The New Republic
60: Walter Lippmann, co-founder
61: Chris Hughes, former publisher
62: Peter Beinart, former editor
63: Morton Kondracke, former executive editor
64: J. Peter Scoblic, former executive editor
65: Ronald Steel, journalist & professor

66: Norman Pearlstine, chief content officer of Time Inc.
67: Michael Duffy, deputy managing editor
68: Nancy Gibbs, managing editor
69: Henry Luce, founding publisher
70: John Huey, former EIC
71: Richard Stengel, former managing editor
72: Joe Klein, columnist
73: Ian Bremmer, foreign affairs columnist & editor-at-Iarge
74: James Gaines, managing editor (1993-95)
75: Jason McManus, managing editor (1985-87)
76: Henry Grunwald, managing editor (1968-77)

The New York Times
77: Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, former publisher (1963-92)
78: Arthur Hays Sulzberger, former publisher (1935-61)
79: Joseph Kahn, managing editor
80: Andrew Rosenthal, former editorial page editor
81: Serge Schmemann, international affairs editor
82: Susan Chira, former deputy executive editor
83: David C. Unger, former foreign affairs editor
84: David Sanger, Washington correspondent
85: Thomas Shanker, assistant Washington editor and former Pentagon correspondent
86: Thomas Friedman, foreign affairs columnist
87: Ethan Bronner, former deputy foreign editor
88: Andrew Ross Sorkin, financial columnist
89: Carol Giacomo, foreign affairs editor
90: Michael Gordon, chief military correspondent
91: Robert B. Semple, associate editorial page editor
92: Judith Miller, Washington bureau reporter
93: David Brooks, op-ed columnist
94: Nicholas Kristof, op-ed columnist and former associate managing editor
The Washington Post
95: Eugene Meyer, former publisher (1933-46)
96: Jeff Bezos, owner (since 2013)
97: Katharine Graham, former publisher (1969-79)
98: Donald E. Graham, former publisher S chairman (1979-2013)
99: Fred Hiatt, editorial page editor
100: Glenn Kessler, diplomatic correspondent and fact checker
101: Anne Applebaum, former editorial board member
102: Walter Pincus, national security journalist
103: Jackson Diehl, deputy editorial page editor
104: Charles Krauthammer, columnist
105: Robert Kaiser, former managing editor and senior correspondent
106: David Ignatius, associate editor
107: Eugene Robinson, columnist and chair of Pulitzer Prize Board
108: Karen DeYoung, associate editor
109: Marc Thiessen, columnist
110: Richard M. Cohen, columnist
111: Jim Hoagiand, associate editor and columnist
112: George F. Will, columnist

CNN (Time Warner)
113: W. Thomas Johnson, former president
114: Walter Isaacson, former CEO
115: Ellana Lee, SVP of CNN International and managing editor Asia-Pacific
116: Mark Whitaker, former EVP and managing editor of CNN Worldwide
117: Fareed Zakaria, foreign affairs show host
118: Erin Burnett, news anchor
119: Sanjay Gupta, chief medical correspondent
120: David Gergen, senior political analyst
121: Christiane Amanpour, chief international correspondent
122: Judy Woodruff, news anchor
123: Peter Bergen, national security analyst
124: Kitty Pilgrim, former news anchor and correspondent
125: Paula Zahn, former news anchor
126: Elise Labott, global affairs correspondent
127: Ali Velshi, former chief business correspondent
128: Jake Tapper, chief Washington corr.
129: Sam Feist, SVP and Washington bureau chief
130: Jeffrey Toobin, legal analyst

CBS News
131: Laurence A. Tisch, former CEO of CBS
132: William Paley, founder of CBS
133: Joseph Califano jr., CBS director
134: William Cohen, CBS director and former Secretary of Defense
135: Dan Rather, former news anchor
136: Bob Schieffer, news anchor and chief Washington com
137: Charlie Rose, talk show host
138: Lesley Stahl, news reporter
139: Margaret Brennan, White Houses senior foreign affairs corr.
140: Reena Ninan, news anchor
141: Edward R. Murrow, former broadcast journalist

Time Warner
142: Jeffrey Bewkes, chairman & CEO
143: Gary Ginsberg, communications chief
144: Richard Parsons, former chairman S CEO
145: Gerald Levin, former chairman & CEO

ABC News (Disney)
146: Ben Sherwood, president
147: David Westin, former president
148: George Stephanopoulos, chief anchor S chief political corr.
149: Juju Chang, news anchor
150: Barbara Walters, news anchor and show host
151: Peter Jennings, news anchor
152: Katie Couric, news anchor
153: Diane Sawyer, news anchor
154: Jonathan Karl, chief White House corr.

155: Michael Eisner, former chairman S CEO
156: Monica Lozano, director

The New Yorker
157: David Remnick, EIC
158: Amy Davidson, senior editor international affairs
159: Hendrik Hertzberg, principal political commentator
160: Lawrence Wright, staff writer
161: Evan Osnos, foreign affairs writer
162: Jane Kramer, European correspondent
163: Mark Danner, foreign affairs corr.
164: Nick Paumgarten, staff writer
165: Mattathias Schwartz, staff writer
166: Robin Wright, contributor

The New York Review of Books
167: Robert Silvers, founding editor
168: Barbara Epstein, founding editor

169: Richard M. Smith, former CEO &, EIC
170: Jon Meacham, former EIC
171: Janine di Giovanni, Middle East editor
172: Evan Thomas, former Washington bureau chief

The Daily Beast
173: Tina Brown, founding editor
174: Barry Diller, chairman of IAC (owner of Daily Beast)

USA Today
175: Joanne Lipman, EIC & chief content officer
176: David Andelman, international affairs columnist

177: Donald A. Baer, chairman
178: Hartford N Gunn, founder
179: Jim Lehrer, former news anchor
180: Margaret Warner, senior correspondent
181: Bill Moyers, former news anchor
182: Jonathan Barzilay, COO

183: Vivian Schiller, former CEO
184: Gary Knell, former president
185: Tom Gjelten, correspondent
186: DinaTemple-Raston, national security corr.

187: Eric Schmidt, executive chairman

188: Sheryl Sandberg, COO and director
189: Marne Levine, VP of global public policy

The Atlantic
190: David G. Bradley, chairman of Atlantic Media.

Based on official participant lists and membership rosters; non-exhaustive; no liability assumed.

B: Bilderberg meeting participant
Br: Bilderberg meeting rapporteur
C: CFR member (incl. term members and former members)
D: CFR director
EIC: editor-in-chief
F: CFR fellow
M: married to CFR member
S: son of CFR member
T: Trilateral Commission member (incl. former members).

As SPR points out, Richard Harwood, former managing editor and ombudsman of the Washington Post, wrote about the Council on Foreign Relations Recognizing that its members most likely correspond to what one might call the "ruling establishment of 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."
Let that sink in...

This group of unaccountable, unelected, professional propagandists in America doesn't simply analyze U.S. government policy - they make it.

While only five percent of the members of CFR work within the media, as SPR points out that is all they need to implement the will of its other members that includes:
  • several U.S. presidents and vice presidents of both parties

  • almost all foreign, defense and finance ministers

  • most chiefs of staff and commanders of the U.S. military and NATO

  • nearly all National Security Advisers, CIA Directors, UN Ambassadors, Fed Chairmen, World Bank Presidents, and Directors of the National Economic Council

  • some of the most influential members of Congress (especially foreign and security politicians)

  • numerous media managers and top journalists, as well as some of the most famous actors

  • numerous prominent academics, especially in the key areas of economics, international relations, political and historical sciences, and journalism

  • numerous executives from think tanks, universities, NGOs, and Wall Street

  • key members of the 9/11 Commission and the Warren Commission (JFK)
To highlight just how much control over the media the CFR wields we need only look at the fact that they operate - in the open - and receive nearly no media coverage.

The former chairman of the CFR, High Commissioner for Germany, co-founder of the Atlantic Bridge, World Bank president, and an adviser to a total of nine U.S. presidents, John J. McCloy actually bragged publicly about the CFR hand picking U.S. politicians.

"Whenever we needed a man [in Washington], we just thumbed through the roll of Council members and put through a call to New York [to the CFR's headquarters office]," said McCloy.

Until the election of Trump the past four presidents have been the director of the CFR, George HW Bush, who was replaced by a member of the CFR, Bill Clinton, who was replaced by a family member of the CFR, George W Bush, who was then replaced by CFR aspirant candidate Barack Obama - who filled his cabinet with members of the elite group.

Although Donald Trump was never a public member of the CFR, that did not stop him from filling the White House with dozens of CFR members.

Here are just a few of the CFR members appointed by Trump:
  • Elaine Chao, United States Secretary of Transportation (CFR individual member)
  • Jamie Dimon, Member of Strategic and Policy Forum (CFR corporate member)
  • Jim Donovan, Deputy Treasury Secretary (CFR corporate member)
  • Larry Fink, Member of Strategic and Policy Forum (CFR corporate member)
  • Neil M. Gorsuch, Supreme Court Justice (individual CFR member)
  • Vice Admiral Robert S. Harward, National Security Advisor (declined appointment) (CFR corporate member)
Even though Trump wasn't a CFR member outright, his cabinet is made up almost entirely of its members. 

As this information illustrates - democracy is an illusion.

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