January 20, 2014
Sunday talk shows: Snowden is a Russian agent
By Jon Rappoport
The State must keep trying to convince the American people that the portrait of Snowden as a lone patriot is false. If tomorrow, Snowden needed to be painted as a mentally ill Tea-Party gun freak, or a homophobic green dragon with vampire fangs, there would be a gaggle of politicians and think-tank pundits ready to step forward and make the accusations, with great assurance.
Source: Jon Rappoport Blog
This is how media propaganda is done. Outlets that are supposed to be coming to their own conclusions present the same story, as one united front.
"Everybody ready? Got your lines straight? We all agree? Both sides of the aisle? Okay, go!"
In this case, the occasion was the Sunday network news-talk shows, and the target was Edward Snowden.
The shows followed on the heels of Obama's Friday speech, in which the President defended the NSA and its "necessary actions."
To bolster that message, the Sundays shows hit Snowden hard.
The specter of Russia was rolled out. Both Democratic and Republican legislators had their ducks in a row. They did innuendo, suggestion, "expert" inference.
Republican Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, appeared on Face the Nation (CBS) and Meet the Press (NBC). Rogers...
"Let me just say this, I believe there's a reason he ended up in the hands, the loving arms, of an FSB agent in Moscow. I don't think that's a coincidence...I think there are some interesting questions we have to answer that certainly would lend one to believe that the Russians had at least in some part something to do [with Snowden's theft of NSA files]."
Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, appearing on Meet the Press, remarked that Snowden "may well have had help" from Russia.
Republican Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, showed up on ABC's This Week:
"I personally believe that he [Snowden] was cultivated by a foreign power to do what he did. I don't think "Mr. Snowden woke up one day and had the wherewithal to do this all by himself...I believe he was cultivated."
The Snowden-Russia media push just happened to occur on all three major network Sunday shows, and it just happened to be suggested by two Republicans and one Democrat.
And it just happened to occur two days after Obama basically defended the work of the NSA and the Surveillance State.
You can also factor in two suicide bombings in Volgograd, a video that threatens terror attacks at the upcoming Olympics in Sochi, and a hunt on in Russia for a woman (terrorist) with a scar on her face.
Perfect timing to roll out a Snowden-Russia connection.
The motive is clear: protect the US Surveillance State, assure the public its work is necessary to national security, and deflect criticism of the NSA.
At the same time, the State must keep trying to convince the American people that the portrait of Snowden as a lone patriot is false.
Propaganda is a battle between competing images and messages.
"No, that image is false. This image is true."
If tomorrow, for reasons of protecting special interests and official agendas, Snowden needed to be painted as a mentally ill Tea-Party gun freak, or a homophobic green dragon with vampire fangs, there would be a gaggle of politicians and think-tank pundits ready to step forward and make the accusations, with great assurance.
Authors Website: http://nomorefakenews.com
Jon Rappoport has worked as a free-lance investigative reporter for over 30 years. He has written articles on politics, health, media, culture and art for LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, Village Voice, Nexus, CBS Healthwatch, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe.
In 1982, the LA Weekly submitted his name for a Pulitzer prize, for his interview with the president of El Salvador University, where the military had taken over the campus.
Jon has hosted, produced, and written radio programs and segments in Los Angeles and Las Vegas (KPFK, KLAV). He has appeared as a guest on over 200 radio and television programs, including ABC's Nightline, Tony Brown's Journal (PBS), and Hard Copy.
In 1994, Jon ran for a seat in the US Congress from the 29th district in Los Angeles. After six months of campaigning, on a very small budget, he garnered 20 percent of the vote running against an incumbent who had occupied his seat for 20 years.
In 1996, Jon started The Great Boycott, against eight corporate chemical giants: Monsanto, Dow, Du Pont, Bayer, Hoechst, Rhone-Poulenc, Imperial Chemical Industries, and Ciba-Geigy. The Boycott continues to operate today.
Jon has lectured extensively all over the US on the question: Who runs the world and what can we do about it?
For the last ten years, Jon has operated largely away from the mainstream because, as he puts it, "My research was not friendly to the conventional media."
Over the last 30 years, Jon's independent research has encompassed such areas as: deep politics, conspiracies, alternative health, the potential of the human imagination, mind control, the medical cartel, symbology, and solutions to the takeover of the planet by hidden elites.
A painter, Jon's work has been shown in galleries in Los Angeles and New York. His poetry has been published by The Massachusetts Review.
He is a graduate of Amherst College (BA, Philosophy), and lives with his wife, Dr. Laura Thompson, in San Diego.