Accuracy in Media

The major news organizations have been driven by the Drudge Report and WorldNetDaily to cover protests against a meeting of the “Bilderbergers” at a Marriott hotel outside Washington, D.C. The stories usually feature Alex Jones, a Texas-based radio host who regularly appears on Moscow-funded Russia Today (RT) television, or Daniel Estulin, a Russian-born writer whose book on the Bilderbergers made him one of Fidel Castro’s favorite authors and prompted a personal meeting with the Cuban dictator in 2010.

It was this meeting, where Castro insisted that Osama bin Laden was a CIA agent, which led to a surge of international media interest, mostly from the communist press, in the Bilderbergers.

Jamie Weinstein of The Daily Caller treated the protests as a joke, asking some of the protesters, “If they’re [Bilderbergers] so powerful, why are they staying in a Marriott?” Alex Jones was confronted as well, but dismissed Weinstein as a joke himself. Among other things, Weinstein wondered how powerful the group was, considering that it is said to have been responsible for the European Union, which is now collapsing because of irresponsible spending practices and debt.

Conservative talk-show host Ben Barrack appreciated Weinstein’s controversial approach, but said that the motives of Jones and his collaborators have to be analyzed. He said, “The Alex Jones / Ron Paul / 9/11 Truther movements have long maintained that the Bilderberg globalists are a much greater threat to our Republic than are the Islamists. Whenever you bring up the Islamic threat to western civilization, it’s all but ignored because the New World Order [NWO] crowd is actually behind the Islamists’ rise according to the Jones crew… Conversely, Islamists love Alex Jones. He runs interference for them by pushing 9/11 Conspiracy theories while publicly seeing them as a threat not worth dealing with because the NWO is actually using them for its own agenda. Shouldn’t we begin considering the possibility that Jones is actively working toward that end instead of being a dupe?”

As Jones became a media celebrity for his protests, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), which includes China and Russia, has been quietly preparing a major conference for this week in Beijing. The group is described by sympathizers as “a powerful counterforce against U.S. world domination efforts” and dedicated to “the creation of a new international political and economic order.”

The SCO is a governmental organization that is perceived by some analysts as a nascent anti-American military alliance, similar to the old Soviet-sponsored Warsaw Pact. It holds regular “security exercises” involving military personnel from member countries.

Observer state members of the SCO include Iran and Pakistan.

It has already been publicly announced that Russian President Vladimir Putin will take part in a Heads of State Council meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Beijing and will meet Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on the sidelines of the event.

By contrast, the Bilderberg group seems to be comprised mostly of private individuals, some with great wealth and power, who debate domestic and foreign policy issues. The group maintains a website and advertises its meetings, enabling the protesters, led by Alex Jones, to show up and draw attention to its activities.

Antics such as these protests, complete with bullhorns, have caused responsible conservatives to label Jones a provocateur because he diverts attention from serious issues and real threats to America.

We pointed out in a previous column: “Russia Today is eager to publicize Alex Jones and his claims about 9/11, the Bilderbergers, bankers, and various other villains and culprits because they divert attention from the increasingly totalitarian nature of the Russian regime and the military threat that Russia still poses to American interests.” Jones appeared on Russia Today to defend the Russian invasion of the independent country of Georgia, a former Soviet republic. He blamed the U.S., NATO and Israel for somehow provoking Russia.

The Washington Post was forced to cover the anti-Bilderberg protests, even noting that Post chairman Donald E. Graham was on the invitation list and that a Post photographer was prohibited from snapping pictures from a public street. One participant told the Post that the protesters were laughable.

Daniel Estulin, who was born in Russia, is as controversial as Alex Jones. Like Jones, he is a regular on Russia Today television, where he claimed that the U.S. was building 13 secret bases in Afghanistan for an eventual war with Russia. Estulin told RT that the purpose of the Bilderbergers is to “subjugate” Russia and China and that “The Russian Government is one of my key sources in this respect.”

More recently, he has defended Victor Bout, the former Soviet military officer and convicted Russian arms trafficker sentenced to 25 years in prison in the U.S. Appearing on RT, Estulin called Bout a “pawn” designed to further an anti-Russian U.S. foreign policy. He called Bout’s extradition to the U.S. to stand trial “very, very unfortunate, especially for all of us who love Russia as a nation.” At the same time, Estulin has described himself as “a Russian expatriate who was kicked out of the Soviet Union in 1980.”

In 2010, Estulin met with Fidel Castro to talk about Estulin’s book, The True Story of the Bilderberg Group. Castro was so impressed that he wrote an article for the Cuban Communist paper repeating the book’s claims and Estulin was ecstatic on his own website that Castro had “loved” his book.

An official Cuban Government report on the meeting, which included a photo of Estulin and Castro, said:

“The Cuban Revolution leader Fidel Castro, met with the Russian writer Daniel Estulin, author of a trilogy that exposes the so-called Bilderberg Club.

“During the discussion Estulin thanked Fidel Castro for the inclusion of fragments of his texts in his most recent journalistic columns and reaffirmed that the goal of the members of Bilderberg is to destroy Russia as a military power and China as an economic one.

“The conversation covered such topics as U.S. military bases in Latin America, the hostile situation in the Middle East and the new war strategy that culminates in extermination and genocide.”

Not surprisingly, Estulin has just appeared on the Alex Jones radio show to discuss the 2012 Bilderberger meeting and blame the U.S. for what he calls a planned international economic collapse. He was pleased with the media attention, especially from online U.S.-based news sources. “It’s great that we are getting so much attention, especially with people such as yourself in the states working the Net, working the crowds,” he said.

Estulin went on to say that he is planning a major documentary on the Bilderberger group that will feature Lyndon LaRouche, the convicted con man who is considered the intellectual author of the 9/11 truth movement. LaRouche is a former Marxist who ran for president as a Democrat. His organization began as a faction of the Students for a Democratic Society and he described his followers as seeking to establish a “new Marxist international.”

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  • Gijoe

    This article is for some strange reason spends a lot of time resubmitting a lot of funny information like Lydon LaRouche being the intellectual author of the 9/11 Truth Movement. People from all spectrums documented mountainous information showing inconsistencies in the official findings. This article is acting like a disinformation unit of the CIA itself. Secret military bases in Afganistan? Sounds like the author of this article wrote a sloppy article for his deadline full of rehashed regurgitated fringe reporting. Disappointing to say the least is this regular reader.

  • 9thID

    Many in Ron Paul’s Liberal-tarian cabal are Rothbardian “Voluntaryists” who seek an end to the U.S. military and even the Constitution. Ron Paul is on now on video put out by his supporters in joining with Comrade Obama in stating that the Constitution has not worked and never will. Ron Paul’s anti-Constitutional/anti-Federalist treason has been posted by some of his most ardent acolytes over at the Libertarian Von Mises Institute.

  • Russophiles

    Cliff you’re a joke. Someone should shove a camera in your face and ask you who’s paying AIM to have you run around labelling everyone who doesn’t the Federal Reserve or the next war as a commie.

  • Russophiles

    Cliff you’re a joke. Someone should shove a camera in your face and ask you who’s paying AIM to have you run around labelling everyone who doesn’t love the Federal Reserve or the next war a commie. You’re almost as bad as those fake conservatives McCain and Graham who never met a war they didn’t like.

  • Publiusx89

    Russia Today and Ron Paul:  Enemies of the State?
    The Establishmentarian Right Seeing Kremlins Behind Every CurtainBy Publius
    Last weekend marked an interesting spectacle in the northern Virginia countryside. Hundreds of protesters led by Austin-based talk radio host Alex Jones converged on the Westfields Marriott Hotel in Chantilly, Virginia for a weekend of bull-horning and picketing the Fortune 100 CEOs, high level pundits, global bureaucrats and politicians meeting inside the high fences around the hotel grounds. The Bilderberg group, a collection of high-rollers named for the hotel at which they first gathered in the 1950s in the Netherlands, were having their annual conclave. As the secretive Bilderbergers go well beyond Chatham House rules to keep no authorized records of their deliberations, they’ve been the subject of conspiracy theories dating back to their origins as a club for tycoons and foreign policy ‘wise men’ from both sides of the Atlantic formed nearly sixty years ago.
    It is now more or less acknowledged on Wikipedia and through numerous participants’ boasting to the press over the years that the group played a key role in catalyzing the formation of the European common market, and perhaps even the now-troubled European common currency, the euro. That made the event even more scrutinized this year as the euro lurches from crisis to crisis with politicians and pundits alike seeing no comprehensive solution in sight.
    In a sign of the interesting times in which we live, where theories once safely consigned to the ‘fringe’ have now forced their way into the mainstream media, the event was covered by the UK Guardian, Politico, The Daily Caller, and of course, Mr. Jones’ website and the Jones-friendly sites like World Net Daily and The Drudge Report. Even The Washington Post, whose owners in the Graham family have been on the published list of Bildeberg participants for decades, was forced to cover the event — after being prodded by their D.C. newsjunkie-feeding rivals at Politico (oddly enough Mike Allen, one of the co-founders of Politico, also happens to be the son of the author who wrote the one-world conspiracy Bible “None Dare Call it Conspiracy” for the marginalized John Birch Society back in the 1960s, though the views of the son clearly cannot be conflated with those of the father).
    As far as Bildeberg’s impact on Russia goes, the list of 2012 attendees published on the group’s own web page includes Igor Ivanov, a senior member of the Russian Academy of Sciences (think rising Western interest in Russian technologies and the Skolkovo project) and longtime Russian opposition activist and former world champion chess player, Garry Kasparov. While the Daily Caller’s “reporter” tried to mock the protesters by picking out the grungiest to put on camera (an old media trick), it’s the inclusion of Kasparov that must lead an honest analyst to think that Bilderberg really is a collection of irrelevant elderly men out of touch with reality (co-founding members David Rockefeller and Henry Kissinger are both well into their eighties). Kasparov after all, has had even less success running for President in Russia than Lyndon LaRouche has in the United States.
    And yet in this 2012 year where apocalyptic fringe ideas finally broke out into the mainstream press to be alternatively debated or mocked, from the mysterious Planet X to the Mayan calendar, not everyone is happy. For it seems certain conspiracy theories – particularly if they support the current crumbling U.S. status quo – are clearly more equal than others. While claims that the financial crisis in Europe and around the world is being exploited by the likes of billionaire George Soros to call for a common European fiscal policy — in other words, a United States of Europe led by Germany assuming all the debts of the prodigal southern Europeans — seem to be quite acceptable among conservatives, there are nonetheless alleged to be dark Kremlin creations infiltrating America to exploit the current libertarian-establishmentarian clash on the Right.

    I’m referring of course, to Accuracy in Media’s Clifford Kincaid, who denounced the Bildeberg protesters in this article (if one can call the less-than-coherent piece that) as Kremlin dupes. If Mr. Kincaid were alone in his Glenn Beck-style connect-the-dots rants (which oddly mirror those of his nemesis, Alex Jones) they could safely be ignored. But there’s plenty of other bloggers and Tweeters, ranging from Mr. Kincaid to the ‘nuclear holocaust/World War III is imminent’ theorist J.R. Nyquist, and hordes of anonymous Twitter feeds who are advancing the same Narrative — too many perhaps, to be a coincidence.
    In this Narrative, the Kremlin is seeking to infiltrate the American Right. Russia Today, the Kremlin’s evil propaganda channel, has turned libertarians into useful idiots for its propaganda, just as generations of Leftists wittingly or unwittingly serving as dupes for the Communist Party USA — which historians have learned since the collapse of the USSR was undeniably taking its orders straight from Moscow. This Grand Kremlin Conspiracy to Control the anti-war Libertarian U.S. Right allegedly extends beyond Mr. Jones in Austin or the rabble-rousing, foul-mouthed anti-war ex-Marine in suburban D.C. Adam Kokesh to include Emmanuel Goldstein number one: Texas Congressman Ron Paul. What ties all of these disparate individuals together, allegedly, is the simple fact that they’ve been favorite guests of Russia Today TV in the past few years, including after the channel opened a multi-million dollar RT America studio a few blocks from the White House in Washington D.C. in 2009. The Narrative is in short, a conspiracy theory of guilt by association, despite the fact that as Paul’s presidential campaign reached its high water mark in January 2012 during the Iowa caucuses; the Texas Congressman was curiously absent from RT’s YouTube and cable channel. Perhaps the threat of being labeled a Kremlin plant by proxies of his opponents shifted Team Paul away from RT interviews. But that certainly didn’t stop Paul from spending considerable air time with the 9/11 Truther Alex Jones during the same critical campaigning period.
    It’s understandable why RT’s top decision makers, including the channel’s young editor in chief Margarita Simonyan, would like to see the U.S. follow Paul’s foreign policy views implemented. If the 76-year-old were elected President, there likely wouldn’t be U.S. military bases in over 100 countries around the world, including in former Soviet Central Asian republics which Russia regards as within its influence. If Europeans wanted to build the Nabucco pipeline for oil and gas to bypass Russia, they’d have to do it with subsidies from their own taxpayers rather than the U.S. Israel would also have to fend for herself, though as Paul pointed out during the GOP presidential debates, without the strings that come attached with Washington’s aid. The ballistic missile defense system being constructed in Europe, ostensibly to protect from an Iranian missile strike (though one wonders if the system would still be justifiable in the event Iran’s nuclear capabilities are destroyed by a U.S. or Israeli strike), would also be scrapped by a Paul Administration.
    But…since Paul only won a handful of states with virtually the entire infrastructure of the Republican Party against him even in rural states like Iowa or Maine, all of these scenarios are irrelevant. The fact that Paul’s supporters have since seized the GOP reins in Louisiana, despite incumbent attempts to literally throw them out, won’t change the outcome of this November’s election. But it makes for an interesting 2016 should Mitt Romney and the Republicans fail to unseat Barack Obama from the White House this November.
    The only thing that has changed is that Paul’s young, fervent supporters along with the Tea Party have revived a GOP brand that had ossified in recent years and become associated with unpopular open-ended Mideast wars and federal bailouts that contradict much of what the Republican Party claims to support. Those Republican positions also contradict Reagan’s foreign policy of projecting power while minimizing boots on the ground and Eisenhower’s warnings against the depredations of a military-industrial-scientific complex. At any rate, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney clearly wants Paul’s voters to turn out for him this November, judging by the respectful meetings he’s had with Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, the elder Paul’s best-known son. The younger Paul has avoided beating against the Federal Reserve barricades and instead focused his fire on the nearly-universally disliked TSA and their intrusive airport pat downs of children and the elderly. Senator Paul was also featured on YouTube recently asking his fellow Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham whether U.S. citizens are subject to the recently passed National Defense Authorization Act’s indefinite detention provision (as a New York City federal judge has found, citizens are subject to it, but the unconstitutional law remains blocked thanks to a court challenge by American journalists).
    And this is where we get to the heart of the problem with the Establishment Right Narrative; rather than discuss how European Union bureaucrats are seeking to have the American taxpayer and Federal Reserve shore up their Tottering Tower of Babel, a decaying pro-Status Quo Right increasingly wants to talk about “foreign agitprop”. Rather than follow their criticism of the European Central Bank to the logical conclusion that the Federal Reserve has no business doing multi-trillion dollar currency swaps with the ECB, they want to talk about how the top financial blog in the U.S., Zerohedge, is a front for a Bulgarian KGB agent and his son, Daniel Ivandjiiski (who denies being the main author behind the website). Rather than discuss the troubling influence Saudi Arabia or Qatar may have over the Obama Administration’s Syria policy and how a post-Assad Syria will look for Syrian Christians, they want to depict all opponents of direct NATO military intervention in that country as apologists for the blood-stained Assad regime. [I should insert here that NR’s admitted it’s getting in bed with Islamists, but compares it to the U.S./UK allying with Stalin during WWII].Last of all, the pro-endless war Establishmentarians insist the Obama Administration adopted the Reset policy toward Russia because Obama is allegedly a socialist who wants to see America humiliated. This particular talking point is echoed over and over again on Republican-leaning talk radio, to the extent Russia is discussed at all. Obama didn’t seek better relations with the Kremlin because the Pentagon had lost its supply route through Pakistan to Afghanistan and badly needed the Russian Railways’ to maintain the ‘Northern Route’. He certainly didn’t seek it because many Fortune 100 corporations from BP and Exxon to Boeing lobbied for Russia to finally be admitted into the WTO many years after undemocratic China joined the club. If critics of the Reset were to acknowledge those companies’ quiet support for the Reset, then they’d have to admit a Romney camp that counts many of the same companies among its donors might not end up being as confrontational toward Moscow as they’d like.In their visible desperation and hastiness to label all critics of Washington’s foreign and domestic policies as agitators funded by foreign intelligence services, the D.C. ‘conservative’ Establishmentarians resemble the tired old Communist Party members writing for Pravda or Izvestia cerca 1988 as the USSR began to fall apart from its own internal contradictions. Even if the Reagan Administration’s economic warfare helped to speed up the Soviet collapse that does not mean that Vladimir Putin is hellbent on avenging the Soviet Union’s demise by promoting the break-up of the United States. The collapse of American demand for imports, after all, would destroy Russia’s top trading partners in Europe and China. It would also leave Russia in a world without allies against an angry, economically damaged China which would need to distract her jobless young men.
    If Mesrs. Jones or the ‘birthers’ of World Net Daily are filling the gap by injecting their conspiracy theories on top of reporting about important meetings such as Bildeberg, mainstream media decision makers only have themselves to blame for failing to cover these issues in a non-conspiratorial way (for example, by asking Mr. Obama to produce his birth certificate in mid-2008, far before he cynically deployed it as a prop to make his opponents look nuts). If the mainstream Right wants to take back the question of transnationalism and whether it’s subversive toward liberal democracy from the likes of Alex Jones, why not promote the work of Hudson Institute scholar John Fonte or the late Samuel P. Huntington? The latter addressed the issue of the neo-feudal ‘Davos Man’ in his final book, Who Are We?, suggesting America’s highest flyers increasingly are alienated from their countrymen and don’t care. The former published a book in 2011 that in many ways anticipates attempts to transfer supranational EU model to America, titled “Sovereignty or Submission? Will Americans Rule Themselves or Be Ruled by Others?”
    The popularity of Mr. Jones (his YouTube videos often get tens if not hundreds of thousands of hits) and his more X-Files-inclined friends at shows like Coast to Coast AM should teach self-satisfied members of the ‘mainstream’ in both news and politics that nature abhors a vacuum. And as the recent example of Greece electing a parliament with a large number of quasi-fascists and Communists in it shows, polarization and conspiracy theories are a symptom of a larger moral and socio-economic decline, not the disease itself.
    As for Russia Today, it is what it is. After years of watching U.S. taxpayer-funded outlets like Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty cover marginal dissidents and discontent with the Kremlin, RT is taking advantage of the U.S. economic crisis to pay back Washington in spades. Theories that the FSB planted bombs in apartment blocs in 1999 shortly before Putin took office to justify a ground invasion of Chechnya in 2000 are eerily mirror-images of “9/11 was an inside job” theories popular on the Internet and routinely spread on Mr. Jones site. Theories that the Russian Orthodox Church is nothing more than an arm of the old KGB is matched by claims that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is preparing to keep Americans docile under martial law with “Clergy Response Teams” that will tell Americans to turn in their guns and gold. This pointless propaganda war between the Kremlin and the West has become so transparently tit for tat it’s getting comical. Wouldn’t it be better to focus on solving both countries problems instead, as naive as that may sound? Wouldn’t the energies of certain ‘conservatives’ be better spent trying to put their fellow citizens back to work rather than denouncing them as modern day “Hanoi Janes”?
    If the U.S. maintains its Constitutional republic, greater freedoms for Russia and the rest of the world will follow. But if the U.S. loses those freedoms, all the foreign money and favorable Tweeting in the world won’t save Russians from their country getting dragged down into a global dark age. And in their zeal to denounce anyone who dares go on Russia Today to air their gripes with America, one must wonder whether some in D.C. love freedom of speech more than they love the reassuring chill of an eternal Cold War.
    Publius is a journalist who’s previously lived and worked in Washington D.C. The views expressed here are solely his own.

  • Publiusx89

    What’s amazing is that in 2007 and 2008 if you go back and read Cliff Kincaid’s columns he was defending Ron Paul from attacks by Fox News Channel and other mainstream outlets. Then something changed and now Kincaid is attacking Paul with garbage like this (January 2012):

    Ron Paul didn’t do as well as the media thought he would in Iowa, but he is moving on toward New Hampshire, where the candidate has what the media call a good “ground game.” But the “Ron Paul Revolution” in New Hampshire looks a lot like what Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn tried to accomplish with the 1960s generation. Disillusioned young people, brainwashed with illegal mind-altering drugs and armed with weapons in the name of “liberty,” are being taught to hate their government and the police. They believe Ron Paul is their savior.

    So Cliff, how much have you been paid to turn against Ron Paul and shove cameras into Adam Kokesh’s face and justify beating protesters at the Jefferson Memorial?
    Ron Paul didn’t do as well as the media thought he would in Iowa, but he is moving on toward New Hampshire, where the candidate has what the media call a good “ground game.” But the “Ron Paul Revolution” in New Hampshire looks a lot like what Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn tried to accomplish with the 1960s generation. Disillusioned young people, brainwashed with illegal mind-altering drugs and armed with weapons in the name of “liberty,” are being taught to hate their government and the police. They believe Ron Paul is their savior.
    So Cliff, how much have you been paid to turn against Ron Paul and shove cameras into Adam Kokesh’s face and justify beating protesters at the Jefferson Memorial?

  • medullapancreas

    Let’s keep it accurate, Accuracy in Media!  The Warsaw Pact was not a
    response to America but a response to NATO. The SCO is not a response to
    America but to Bilderberg. Again, let’s keep it accurate, Accuracy In

  • Publiusx89
    Mr. Kincaid,I have written an article for Dallas Blog expressing my deep concerns about your actions and those of the Daily Caller in denouncing patriotic, fellow American conservatives or libertarians as witting or unwitting tools of a foreign power. I’m particulary concerned about this trend at a time when our own Secretary of Defense tells Republican Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama and others that the decision on when this nation goes to war rests with legal authorization from the UN or NATO, and not Congress or our Constitution. There seem to be lots of Twitterers nowadays (@LibertyLynx and @ReginaldQuill to name just two) with no obvious day jobs/means of support who seem enthusiastic about U.S. sovereignty being handed over to NATO or the EU while they make wildly unsubstantiated allegations about alleged ‘Russian influence’ in the U.S. Their silence on the subordination of America’s national sovereignty so long as its in the name of carrying on an eternal Cold War suggest to me that they hate Russia far more than they care about American liberty..
    In my view, attacking individuals merely because they appear on foreign TV channels, whether RT, Al-Jazeera, or even the BBC which has been known to shade the truth now and then (particularly against British euroskeptics),  is disingenuous. It avoids debating or discussing the substance of their views or the genuinely disparate interests that are tearing the Republican Party apart and dividing its nationalist base from its globalist elites.
    I am not a fan of Alex Jones, and I believe Ron Paul was bound to disappoint his supporters so long as he remained inside the Republican Party’s Big Tent.

    Nonetheless, I find your actions and justifications of police beating peaceful activists for dancing at a memorial very disturbing. It’s made more disturbing by your apparent support for Dr. Paul in 07′ and 08’…when even then, he was a common guest on RT and only later did you apparently turn against him and start labelling he and his supporters as Kremlin dupes. Generally, as with the Rand Paul endorsement of Romney last week, if people suddenly change course it’s usually due to political or financially expediency, and I consider your case to be no exception. I cannot prove that you are being paid to shove a camera into the face of Mr. Kokesh or post incoherent, Bilderberg excusing pieces like the ones above, but if not then please demonstrate this by publishing AIM’s donor/foundation support on or elsewhere. I would hate to think after decades of allegedly battling the ‘UN takeover of America’ you’ve suddenly started getting paid by the very foundations and organizations promoting the 21st Corporatist Transnationalist ideology while chasing 20th century Communist ghosts.The fact is Cliff, Mr. Jones has a point when he says it’s not Putin’s goons who are groping your young children or elderly relatives at airports. Liberty lovers have to decide who is truly the most imminent threat to their wealth and liberty and behave accordingly.

  • Tony Gosling

    what rubbish