Western ‘News’ Media as Tyranny’s Propagandists Hiding Reality

Eric Zuesse

1: The ugly realities are covered up, not covered; here’s an example of what you don’t see in the regime’s media about the people whom Americans’ tax dollars are bombing and killing:


2: The great investigative journalist John Pilger discusses the systematic truth-suppression:


3: The great investigative journalist Robert Parry’s latest take-down of America’s press is here:


4: As usual, a great journalist gets fired for being too honest:



A shared feature of all of those news-reports, about news-suppression in the United States, is: they all concern foreign affairs; not a one of them concerns domestic matters, such as, for example, the Wall Street bailouts – even though those issues are also highly sanitized in the U.S. press. What the U.S. regime is doing abroad is even more horrible than that. As you can see from the above few examples: it’s not reportable (except by a very few of the small American news-media and on some foreign news-media that are independent of U.S. control).

In other words: U.S. ‘news’ media are actually propaganda-media. Because of this, the only poll that was ever published regarding the question of what country is “the greatest threat to peace in the world today,” found that, in all 65 countries surveyed (except the U.S. and a few others), the United States was identified as that, and not just by a small margin, but by an overwhelmingly high margin, which was three times higher a percentage than that of the #2-mentioned nation. The U.S. is famous for invading countries that never threatened it, and for perpetrating coups to overthrow leaders (many of whom were democratically elected) who also never threated the American people. If this doesn’t fit the definition of a “tyranny,” what does?

When Dwight Eisenhower became the U.S. President, his Secretary of State John Foster Dulles and his brother Allen Dulles (Ike’s chief of the CIA), overthrew Iran’s democratically elected President in 1953 and imposed a tyranny there; then, Allen Dulles enormously expanded the CIA’s existing Operation Mockingbird so as to hire the U.S. ‘news’ media to deceive the American people about foreign affairs, and this program continued even after the 1976 U.S. Senate’s Church Committee hearings, though in slightly modified form. On 3 October 2014, Russian Television headlined “Top German Editor: CIA Bribing Journalists,” and interviewed Udo Ulfkotte, formerly of the Frankfurter Algemeine Zeitung, who came to feel so ashamed of what he was doing (and had to do in order to be successful in ‘journalism’), that he quit, and he was now trying to carve out an honest career for himself. What he reported there, about his own former career, clearly disgusted him, and he even acknowledged: “I’ve been a journalist for about 25 years, and I was educated to lie, to betray, and not to tell the truth to the public. I have … helped them [intelligence agencies] in several situations, and I feel ashamed for that, too.” But even when he wasn’t in the CIA’s direct pay, he was doing the bidding of Germany’s own aristocrats. Europe’s aristocracies work together with America’s in the CIA, the bagmen for America’s aristocracy. 

Columbia Journalism Review bannered on 6 October 2014, “PBS pulls ads from Harper’s Magazine after critical essay,” That “critical essay” had PBS’s own Bill Moyers say, “Our Washington coverage, by design or not, serves up ‘news’ the way the butler serves tea on Downton Abbey, so as not to disturb the master class.” He knows well the master class; it’s as small as Downton Abbey, but vastly more powerful: he used to be on the central Steering Committee of the Bilderberg group, which is the organization of U.S. and European aristocrats and their consiglieres, who, in 1954, began, with key guidance from Wall Streeters George Ball and David Rockefeller, and the ‘former’ Nazi Prince Bernhard (whose brainchild this was), to organize for an ultimate mega-corporate takeover of “the free world” so as to control the individual nations within “the West” by making international corporations themselves the determinants of what is legal and what is not. The latest version of the plan is U.S. President Barack Obama’s foreign policies, such as his war against Russia, and his using Ukraine’s nazis as the means to threaten Russia next door, and his ‘trade’ deals to grant international corporations the power to dictate what is legal and what is not in participating nations’ laws and rules regarding consumer protection, product safety, finance and investments, and the environment. Instead, the U.S. ‘news’ media ‘report’ the ‘news’ that Russia’s leader, Vladimir Putin, started the Ukrainian war by invading Ukraine (when Russia actually allowed the people of Crimea to rejoin Russia, of which Crimea had been a part during 1783-1954 and always the port base of Russia’s navy), and they don’t report that Obama started that war by his violent coup overthrowing Ukraine’s democratically elected President on 22 February 2014 – which residents in Crimea and Donbass overwhelmingly rejected, and to which Russia responded by re-absorbing Crimea and by sending weapons to the residents in Donbass. Crimeans didn’t separate from Ukraine until after Obama took over Ukraine. Obama not Putin was the aggressor there.

If Americans don’t know all these things, then they’ve been deceived by ’their’ ’news’ media.

Perhaps the biggest deception by the U.S. propaganda media is that they’re “news media.” Certainly regarding international relations, they are solely propaganda media, and most people outside the United States aready know this.


Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity, and of  Feudalism, Fascism, Libertarianism and Economics.