In the name of fighting "misinformation" and "disinformation" corporate media outlets everywhere are censoring the truth and lying to the public, which industry-linked public relations (PR) firms are ordering them to do in order to continue receiving advertising dollars.
Everywhere you look, media outlets and their "fact checkers" are presenting a false narrative that behind the scenes is the product of a vast Censorship-Industrial Complex operation to keep the public in the dark while pushing ulterior agendas.
Famous journalists Upton Sinclair and George Seldes warned about media corruption more than a century ago, revealing that Big Business with a profit agenda is what steers the "news."
Honest investigative reporting was becoming a rare breed even then. And today it is all but completely extinct, save for a few brave souls with the means and platform to get the truth out there for public consideration.
"For propaganda to be effective, there needs to be central coordination of narratives, and that's where public relations agencies come in," Mercola writes.
"Few appreciate the power that these companies have. Two-thirds to 80 percent of the content broadcast and published by corporate media comes from public relations firms, so most of the so-called 'news' is actually brainwashing propaganda.
(Related: Check out the book "Toxic Sludge is Good for You: Lies, Damn Lies and the Public Relations Industry," which addresses the PR industry's influence on media reporting about another important subject.)
One of the things Mercola and Stiles discussed during the interview, which you can watch at LifeSiteNews, is the use of staged "public protests," which attract more viewership leading to higher profits for the networks that cover them.
PR firms hire their own to stage these fake protests, and the networks they work with and consult send their own reporters there right on time to cover it. This generates more viewership, and thus more money, for corporate media outlets that are driven by dollars rather than the truth.
We also face the newfound creation of groups like the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) that exist to keep a lid on the truth. A product of government agencies and their non-governmental organization (NGO) partners, these censorship entities work in tandem with the corporate media to tarnish the reputations of anyone caught spreading "misinformation."
Mercola himself was added to the CCDH's "disinformation dozen" list, which branded him as a purveyor of information that the corporate media and its PR firm partners have decided is "false."
"(This) is a true testament to the credibility I've built over the past 25 years," Mercola commented about how he wears his mis-categorization as a disinformation purveyor as a badge of honor.
"They see me as a real threat to their propaganda machine, and it's no small honor to be recognized as someone who's telling the truth in this age of misinformation."
Thanks in large part to the internet, more people than ever before can see what is really going on at these corporate media networks. Since truthful information is still allowed to spread online, it stands in stark contrast to the lies the corporate media is peddling.
"... people are starting to catch on," Mercola says, adding that "trust in mainstream media has dropped to an all-time low." Stiles covers all of this and more in her book as well.
You will find more stories about the plague of media corruption and who is behind it at Propaganda.news.
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