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The CFR

To begin the discussion of organizations through which the mainstream media are tied together, I will start with the Council on Foreign Relations, or CFR. There are so many things about this organization that are simply imperative for you and for every American to know, but for my purposes here I shall have to remain focused on just one: the implications regarding the mainstream media. Otherwise, you still may be of the mindset that, "well, if that were true, then the press would be all over it." A crucial first step is knowing your sources, and that is where we're at right now. Essentially we have to clean the glass first before seeing what's on the other side. Anyway, to establish the connection between the mainstream media and the CFR, it is necessary to delve into some history behind the CFR - its formation and its founders. Let me begin with the following statement made by Representative Oscar Callaway in 1917 (from the U. S. Congressional Record):

"In March, 1915, the J.P. Morgan interests, the steel, shipbuilding, and powder interests, and their subsidiary organizations, got together 12 men high up in the newspaper world and employed them to select the most influential newspapers in the United States and sufficient number of them to control generally the policy of the daily press of the United States. These 12 men worked the problem out by selecting 179 newspapers, and then began by an elimination process to retain only those necessary for the purpose of controlling the general policy of the daily press throughout the country. They found it was only necessary to purchase the control of 25 of the greatest papers. The 25 papers were agreed upon; emissaries were sent to purchase the policy, national and international, of these papers; an agreement was reached; the policy of the papers was bought, to be paid for by the month; an editor was furnished for each paper to properly supervise and edit information regarding the questions of preparedness, militarism, financial policies, and other things of national and international nature considered vital to the interests of the purchasers... This policy also included the suppression of everything in opposition to the wishes of the interests served." *

* Footnote: Around the same time, Morgan and Rockefeller interests also bought controlling shares in magazines, especially “investigative and political reformist” magazines like Harper's, Scribner's, and Century. Ben Bagdikian explains in The Media Monopoly that, “The ’muckraker magazines' exposure of systematic bribery of government by banks and industry, and abuses by monopolies and trusts, were an important force in the political movements that elected mayors, governors, and, finally, a reformist president, Theodore Roosevelt. That was too much, and in a series of abrupt acts J. P. Morgan and the Rockefeller interests simply bought controlling interest in the magazines, (…) installed their own managers, and announces that the public was tired of reading exposes of banks and business. It ended an era of American journalism and national politics."

This is very revealing, and more than a little disturbing. How does the CFR fit into this though? Six years after the newspapers were taken over by the corporate interests of J. P. Morgan and Company, the CFR was formed. J. P. Morgan, along with other tycoons like John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Otto Kahn, Jacob Schiff, and Paul Warburg, were among the founders and financers of the organization. It was J. P. Morgan's personal attorney, John W. Davis, who became president of the CFR. The vice-president, Paul Cravath, also represented J. P. Morgan interests. So already we have a big connection here between corporate control of the media and the CFR. That connection never faltered. In fact, I would say that to this day it has become stronger and even more apparent.

Let's take a look at some current and former members of the Council on Foreign Relations who are part of the mainstream media establishment. Notable news anchors include Tom Brokaw (NBC), Katie Couric (NBC, CBS), Barbara Walters (ABC), Dan Rather (HDNet, formerly CBS), Diane Sawyer (ABC), Ted Koppel (ABC), Bill Moyers (PBS), and Jim Lehrer (PBS). Corporate heads include Michael Eisner (Disney), Rupert Murdoch (News Corporation), David L. Westin (ABC), Thomas Murphey (ABC), Jeffrey Bewkes (AOL/Time Warner), Richard D. Parsons (AOL/Time Warner), Gerald M. Levine (AOL/Time Warner), Thomas Johnson (CNN), Laurence A. Tisch (CBS), Joseph Peyronnin (Telemundo, formerly FOX), and John F. "Jack" Welch (General Electric). Notice that the members listed here represent all of the Big 5 media corporations. On that note, I should also point out that in addition to individual membership in the CFR, there are also corporate members. The list of corporate members includes ABC News, General Electric, News Corporation, Sony Corporation of America, Google, and Time Warner.

With all of the media membership, one should expect to occasionally hear reports about the CFR in the news. After all, its elite membership includes some of the richest and most powerful people in the country: senators, congressmen, White House staff, directors of the Federal Reserve, top military brass, heads of government agencies, corporate heads of energy companies, car manufacturers, media conglomerates, banking institutions, and various other leaders in industry, manufacturing, technology, and educational institutions. But despite all that, most people have never even heard of the CFR. I only recently found out about it myself. It doesn't make sense, especially when you consider their stated intention, which is to "help [people] better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States." How do they expect to accomplish that goal if nobody knows their organization even exists? The public face of the CFR consists of their website and a magazine called Foreign Affairs, but there is no publicity or promotion for either of these. All of the biggest names in mainstream media are involved, yet still not a word on the CFR. As former congressman John Rarick notes, "the nation's right to know machinery – the news media – usually so aggressive in exposures to inform our people, remain conspicuously silent when it comes to the CFR, its members and their activities." I would argue with the "usually so aggressive in exposures" part of that quote, but the fact that the news media is "conspicuously silent" on the CFR is undeniable. This is really no surprise when you consider that the same corporate interests, namely Morgan and Rockefeller, who took control of the most influential newspapers "to control generally to policy of the daily press of the United States" and later went on to form the CFR, are still heavily involved today. J. P. Morgan Chase is a corporate member of the CFR, and its CEO, James Dimon, is also a member along with many others from his company. At the head of the CFR is none other than David Rockefeller, who, though retired, still holds the position of honorary chairman. These people sit side-by-side with the big media tycoons in the CFR, and the blanket of silence that is cast over this organization exists to hide the truth not only about these disturbing connections, but also about the underlying agenda that is self-serving to their elite corporate interests.

There are a couple more points I want to make here about the CFR before moving on. I mentioned the underlying agenda of the CFR, that it is self-serving to the corporate elite, but I just want you to know that there is so much more to it than that. There are some Washington insiders and ex-CFR insiders who have been exposed to the agenda, are fundamentally opposed to it, and have spoken out. They are consistent on their descriptions of that hidden agenda and are much more in-depth as to its nature, but again, for me to discuss that here would be putting the cart before the horse. For now I just want you to know not to expect the mainstream media to expose any of these admissions, and the immense controversy that they raise, and that means finding out for yourself through research in alternative media sources. I highly encourage you to do so; it is in your, and our, best interest.

Another thing I want to mention about the CFR has to do with their policy on non-attribution. In no uncertain terms, the by-laws state that anything said by any member of the CFR during their meetings cannot be directly or indirectly tied to them. This is repeated again and again in a number of different ways throughout the CFR literature. For example, Article II of the by-laws states:

"It is an express condition of membership in the Council, to which condition every member accedes by virtue of his or her membership, that members will observe such rules, and regulations as may be prescribed from time to time by the Board of Directors concerning the conduct of Council meetings or the attribution of statements made therein, and that any disclosure, public, or other action by a member in contravention thereof may be regarded by the Board of Directors in its sole discretion as grounds for termination or suspension of membership pursuant to Article I of the by-laws."

Again they state that:

"It would not be in compliance with the reformulated Rule, however, for any meeting participant (i) to publish a speaker’s statement in attributed form in a newspaper; (ii) to repeat it on television or radio, or on a speaker’s platform, or in a classroom; or (iii) to go beyond a memo of limited circulation, by distributing the attributed statement in a company or government agency newspaper. The language of the Rule also goes out of its way to make it clear that a meeting participant is forbidden knowingly to transmit the attributed statement to a newspaper reporter or other such person who is likely to publish it in a public medium. The essence of the Rule as reformulated is simple enough: participants in Council meetings should not pass along an attributed statement in circumstances where there is substantial risk that it will promptly be widely circulated or published."

This is nothing other than a policy of secrecy. Although they claim the rule is in place to promote "candid discourse" among members, we certainly know better. Candid discourse happens naturally, especially if one has passion for their work and has good intentions. In regards to this CFR policy, researcher and author of subjects pertaining to the elite, Robert G. Ross, Sr., points out, "if you are proud of what you say and do, then you don’t care whether it becomes public knowledge or not. The other side of this coin is: if you are doing something illegal, immoral, unethical, unpopular, and/or unconstitutional, you will do whatever is necessary to see that it is kept secret." What he says here is fundamentally true. Many others have said the same thing in their own words. For example, Woodrow Wilson was quoted as saying, "everybody knows that corruption thrives in secret places, and avoids public places, and we believe it is a fair presumption that secrecy means impropriety." This quote is extremely relevant if not specifically pertaining to the CFR. The reason is that Wilson was the presiding president when the CFR was first taking shape, and he was personally aquainted with some of the CFR's founding members. (*footnote - additional quote) But the point to be made here is that on top of the outer layer of secrecy that shields the CFR from public disclosure, there is an additional inner layer of secrecy as well. In the midst of all this secrecy we find the biggest names in mainstream media who are responsible for bringing anything and everything of common interest to the public forefront. Not only do we hold them responsible for this task, but to a great degree we have trusted them to carry it out. Our trust has long been violated, and it continues to be violated every time we turn on the television or read the newspaper.

I would like to briefly sum up the CFR connection before moving on to an even more secretive organization, the Bilderberg group. I cannot stress enough the importance of the fact that in 1915, the policies of the most influential papers in the United States was bought and paid for by J. P. Morgan & Company. Unfortunately, by the time Oscar Callaway revealed this in his statement into the Congressional Record, it was already two years after the fact. Thus, there was really no chance that his startling revelations could ever make it to the general public. By that time it was too late. I can imagine that if people did catch wind of this, there would be a public outcry of phenomenal proportions, and there rightly still should be since we find ourselves in the same predicament today. We have a fundamental right-to-know, a right which is recognized in the Constitution as the freedom of the press; an integral part of the First Amendment. That right has been severely compromised by corporations who have bought and consolidated a huge majority of the media domain for their own self-serving, shady purposes. On the surface this doesn't appear to be strictly unconstitutional, since the Constitution protects the freedom of the press from control by the governnent. Understand, however, that through their web of connections, including ties to government officials, these corporations help to form a shadow government. This isn't overtly obvious, and controlling the media is one of the ways they help to ensure it stays that way. Media control also helps to ensure that the power they so crave and hunger for will remain tightly in their grasp. After all, they understand that controlling the media is the single most effective means of controlling a population. This simple fact has always made the media an indispensable target for the power-hungry elite. Oppressive governments have thrived for centuries under strict censorship and control of the media, and so does the ruling class of this country today. The main difference between then and now lies with the fact that they have become much more adept at hiding their modus operandi. The CFR, for instance, avoids scrutiny by virtue of the fact that it is not a government organization, as many assume at first glance, but a private organization. Outsiders are not welcome to join unless they have been personally referred by a current member. The unwritten rule is that everyone in the CFR must be extremely wealthy, powerful, and/or highly influential. If you examine the membership list there are absolutely no exceptions to this. It has been said that David Rockefeller hand picks new members himself, and that all new recruits must go through him. One very prominent member of the CFR I should mention is John McCain. During the coverage of the 2008 presidential election, which I closely monitored, there was not so much as a peep about his involvement in the CFR. One expects that after excessive, exhausting presidential news coverage, every last detail about the candidates will be revealed. This would especially concern pertinent information about McCain's involvement in this supposed 'do-good' organization, an involvement which also has a bearing on his perceived foreign policy experience. Despite this, the mainstream media says nothing of this important connection, and of course. To do so would potentially shed light on the fact that McCain rubs elbows with top executives from all of the major news networks, and their anchors, in the closed meetings of the CFR. This raises several red flags - in regards to secrecy, impartiality, and especially the united front of the mainstream media - that's the real issue my friends. Nevermind the distracting accusations that certain media outlets are either too liberal or too conservative. They're really all on the same page, which is an issue of far, far more concern to us. Let me take a moment to assure you that I am not trying to further any political agendas here, and on that note I will mention that Barack Obama has ties to the next organization I will discuss, the Bilderberg Group.

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