Accuracy in Media

During World War II we faced Tokyo Rose, the English-speaking broadcaster of Japanese propaganda. Her purpose was to demoralize American soldiers and sailors and undermine the war effort against the fascists and the Nazis. During the Cold War, the Soviets had their own version of Tokyo Rose. They would cite American and Western sources of information in an effort to convince the world that U.S. foreign policy was imperialist and corrupt. President Reagan launched an information counter-offensive, exposing communist disinformation and propaganda. The rest is history. Soviet lies were exposed, and the Soviets lost the Cold War.

But now they’re back. The Russians, led by ex-president and current Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, a former KGB spy, are using their state-owned media to besmirch the reputation of America. Their purpose is to weaken the United States internationally and cause distrust in American institutions. They don’t care if the president is Obama or anyone else. Their target is America, just like it was when the Soviets were running the Kremlin’s propaganda apparatus.

What has changed is how the Russian media use Americans to make their propaganda points. Russian television, especially the Russia Today (RT) network, is still quoting and featuring interviews with American communists. Carl Dix of the Revolutionary Communist Party and Gloria La Riva of the Party for Socialism and Liberation have been on Russia Today denouncing America and calling for communist revolution.

What has changed is that Alex Jones, who calls himself an American patriot and whose infowars website is linked on the popular Drudge Report, has been appearing on the RT propaganda channel with regularity. In fact, RT calls Jones a “frequent guest.” He even appeared on Russia Today to defend the Russian invasion of the independent country of Georgia, a former Soviet republic.

Jones, described as “the U.S. investigative journalist,” was on Russia Today on August 26, 2008, insisting that the U.S. “private international military industrial complex” had “launched a sneak attack” on the “Russian enclaves” in Georgia in order to support the “U.S.-backed Georgians [and] the Israeli- and NATO-backed Georgians.” Jones said the U.S. was guilty of “unprecedented crimes” and urged Russia to continue to occupy the regions it had invaded.

“I apologize as an American that we have let our government be taken over like this,” said Jones, who went on to blame “the neo-cons in NATO, in the U.S. and Israel” who “want to have a new Cold War.” 

While Alex Jones shows up regularly on RT to bash the U.S. and its allies and promote his own conspiracy theories, there is little freedom of the press in Russia itself. As the New York Times notes, “Journalists who probe too deeply turn up dead.” The Committee to Protect Journalists documents 52 Russian journalists killed since 1992.

Smearing America

RT, which also has an Arabic channel, has been taking out ads featuring superimposed images of President Barack Obama and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and asking “Who poses the greater nuclear threat?” The implication is that the U.S. nuclear arsenal is as much of a threat-or more-than nuclear weapons in the hands of Muslim fanatics in Iran. Another RT ad compares U.S. military troops to Islamic terrorists.

Like its Soviet-era predecessors, Russia Today television tends to emphasize stories and interviews that make the United States look bad internationally. As Heritage Foundation scholars Ariel Cohen and Helle C. Dale note in a new study, “The Kremlin is using anti-Americanism as a strategic tool for pursuing domestic and foreign policy goals. Through media controlled or owned by the state, the Russian government is deliberately spreading poisonous anti-U.S. propaganda at home and abroad, blaming many of Russia’s problems on the West, particularly the United States.”

In using Alex Jones, the Kremlin’s purpose is obvious—to create the impression that the United States is no longer a democratic country, and that it is being controlled by sinister forces that want to exploit the world and start wars for nefarious reasons.

This is really a variation of the old Soviet propaganda theme that the U.S. is responsible for most of what goes wrong in the world. The Soviets even claimed the Pentagon made the AIDS virus-a charge picked up in the U.S. by Obama’s pastor Jeremiah Wright. The purpose in using Jones is to create the impression that Americans have lost faith in their government-and their system-and that the rest of the world should, too. But there is something else. In having Jones on to defend Russia’s invasion of Georgia, the purpose, quite clearly, was to suggest to the world that Americans support Russia’s increasingly aggressive foreign policy.

Smearing The Tea Parties

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. This is not to say that there may be some truth in some of the claims that Jones makes about some of the groups and individuals manipulating U.S. policy. But Jones takes these claims to a ridiculous extreme, in order to create the impression that he somehow has inside information about the government and the forces behind it.

Consider the 9/11 truth movement. Jones has become the face of that movement, even though another Jones, former Obama official and communist Van Jones, is another prominent advocate of the view that America attacked itself on 9/11.

The Russians, who have themselves suffered from terrorism committed by Islamic extremists, know better than most that the worldwide Islamic threat is real. But Russia Today television seizes on the 9/11 truth movement, even running a series on 9/11 being an “inside job,” in order to demonstrate to its viewers around the world that  the United States is incapable of understanding and dealing with this threat. The Kremlin propagandists must be laughing out loud at the thought that some Americans actually believe the U.S. Government engineered an attack on itself on 9/11 and blamed the Muslims.

If we are to believe the 9/11 truth movement, the Bush Administration put the plot together-or finalized it-in a short period of time, only eight months, after Bush took office in January 2001. Then, after 9/11, an elaborate cover-up was engineered, with the connivance of top Bush officials, in order to keep the public in the dark.

Make no mistake that important questions remain unanswered about 9/11 and serious figures such as Rachel Ehrenfeld and Peter Lance have been raising them. It is mind-boggling that President Bush gave George Tenet, CIA director at the time of 9/11, a presidential Medal of Freedom. Tenet is the official who told Bush that finding weapons of mass destruction in Iraq would be a slam dunk.

An Absurd Theory

Which raises the question: if U.S. officials orchestrated 9/11, in order to go to war in the Middle East, why couldn’t these same officials have planted weapons of mass destruction in Iraq in order to justify the overthrow of the Saddam Hussein regime? That would have been relatively easy, compared to the complicated and elaborate schemes required to strike the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and then to blame the attacks on Muslim Arabs hijacking U.S. commercial aircraft.

“Inside Job” Not Possible

If the Bush Administration carried out 9/11, a monumental undertaking of planning and coordination, why couldn’t it have blamed the post-9/11 anthrax attacks on Muslim Arabs as well, thus giving greater impetus to the alleged desire to go to war in the Middle East? In fact, there was evidence of a foreign or al-Qaeda connection to the anthrax attacks but it was glossed over by the FBI, which came under pressure from liberal Senators Patrick Leahy and Thomas Daschle and “progressive” groups to find a right-wing culprit.

Such common-sense questions have been thrust aside because the 9/11 “truth movement” was not concerned about the real truth but political gain for the opponents of the Bush Administration. That is why a communist like Van Jones, and others like him from the “progressive” side of the political spectrum, were a major part of that apparatus. 

This is not to say that there are not anomalies and problems in the official story. We know that a military intelligence unit, Able Danger, had identified several of the 9/11 hijackers in the U.S. a year before the 9/11 terrorist attacks were carried out. Nothing was done with the information by Clinton Administration officials who could have exposed and possibly stopped the plot.

But no amount of official accountability or reform of our incompetent or corrupt intelligence agencies will satisfy Alex Jones and his collaborators.

The LaRouche Connection

Consider another individual closely associated with Alex Jones who also appears regularly on Russian TV-Webster Tarpley, a former associate of cult leader Lyndon LaRouche. Jones and Tarpley work hand-in-glove, including on Jones’ films, “The Obama Deception” and “Fall of the Republic.” Tarpley’s mentor, Lyndon LaRouche, served prison time on financial fraud charges and operates what critics have called an anti-Semitic or neo-fascist cult.

Americans disagreed about the Iraq War, but the LaRouche movement supported the bloodthirsty Saddam Hussein dictatorship. In a December 14, 1990, statement appearing in a LaRouche publication known as Executive Intelligence Review (EIR), LaRouche declared that Iraq represented the idea of “transforming the Arab population” through “scientific and technological progress.” The LaRouche movement, during the 1980s and the time of President Reagan’s critical confrontation with the Soviets throughout the world, was a mouthpiece for the Soviet line, defending Soviet foreign policy and Soviet client states, such as the one in Iraq.

Convicted con man LaRouche is considered the intellectual author of the 9/11 truth movement because he started questioning whether Muslims had staged the attacks right after they occurred. Larouche started out as a Marxist and, in a 1976 lecture, titled, “What Only Communists Know,” declared his desire to bring into being “a new Marxist international…” The “inside job” theory of 9/11 is a Marxist view holding that a rogue or “imperialist” U.S. administration has covered up its own diabolical role in the events of that terrible day and blamed Muslim Arabs for the attacks. Once again, we see the propaganda theme that Muslims are poor victims of American foreign policy, cleverly diverting our attention from the very real and dangerous Islamic threat.

Next to Jones, Tarpley is perhaps the most regular attraction at 9/11 truth events. The author of 9/11 Synthetic Terror: Made in USA, he believes that Islamic terrorism is a British and U.S. creation. Tarpley also believes that Karl Marx, the father of communism, was a British agent.

Letting Down Our Guard

There are real consequences to believing the 9/11 “inside job” nonsense. If we let our guard down against a real threat-Islamic terrorist networks active here and abroad-and instead go on a wild goose chase, we run the risk of failing to recognize the dangers that we currently face. When those future attacks happen, you can be sure that Jones and Tarpley will blame them on the sinister forces supposedly pulling the strings behind the scenes. Indeed, Tarpley’s website touts one of his appearances on the Russia Today television network, when he asserted that “The recent failed attack on a US passenger jet traveling from Amsterdam to Detroit was a set-up provocation controlled by US intelligence…”

The pattern is the same-don’t blame the Muslims.

This explains why the Arab government-funded propaganda channel Al-Jazeera covers 9/11 truth events. Al-Jazeera was a mouthpiece for al Qaeda and one its own correspondents went to prison for acting as an agent of the terrorist group. But devoting time and attention to the 9/11 “truth movement” diverts attention away from all of this. And that serves the interests of the Muslim extremists. ­

U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies are sometimes unaccountable and they are in desperate need of real reform. They violate human rights and are guilty of botched investigations and cover-ups. Despite the official “closing” of the case, they have failed to solve the post-9/11 anthrax attacks. ­­

But never-ending talk of conspiracies involving these agencies serves to demoralize the American people into thinking that the situation in America is hopeless, and that the government is compromised and corrupt beyond repair. But the truth is that there is great hope-in the form of a new pro-freedom movement, also known as the Tea Parties. Here, again, we find Alex Jones playing a destructive role, such as when he showed up at a pro-gun rights event in Austin, Texas, sponsored by members of the Tea Party movement there.

Disruptive Agent

Here’s what one eyewitness said happened-and it was captured on videotape: “Alex Jones shows up with a bullhorn and what can only be described as a gang of thugs, and proceeds to disrupt the entire rally, shouting over the speakers, shutting down the program, and ultimately driving off most of the participants with his obnoxious antics… [Jones] ranted on and on about the New World Order and various issues completely unrelated to the purpose of the protest, while surrounded by his personal videographers and thug-like followers.”

One observer commented, “Alex Jones…[was] there to discredit the patriots by helping feed the mainstream media’s effort to make the true Americans look like morons and paranoid lunatics, therefore effectively drawing attention away from the blatant and illegal disregard of our 2nd amendment rights…”

In this context, consider the fact that the LaRouche movement is behind the distribution of the photos and posters which feature Obama with a Hitler mustache. Of course, such an image is what the media hone in on, rather than what is being said at the podium-which fits LaRouche’s purpose perfectly. And that purpose is to discredit the Tea Party movement.

Tragically, Alex Jones has had an impact on many young people who are now active in groups like Campaign for Liberty, which is affiliated with Ron Paul. Many came from the liberal side of things. But now that they have embraced new ideas of liberty and limited government, they have become suspicious of anything the government does and are easily led astray. Jones appeals to them because he is loud and takes a radical approach and seems knowledgeable on many matters.

Infiltrating The Movement

A former LaRouche insider and expert on the cult suggests that Jones and Tarpley are actually competitors for the same audience but have teamed up for common purposes. He, too, has noticed LaRouche material being posted on the Alex Jones and Ron Paul websites as well as various gold bug and tea party sites.

“Since Obama won,” he explained, “the cult is doing exactly what it did when Jimmy Carter was elected. It merely turned to try to be a parasite off of the right-wing anger and this time Obama is an easy target. This is the same cult that raised money and recruited among the left when Bush was in power and was being labeled a Nazi.”

This observer says that what the cult is doing is “carpetbagging” at any Tea Party or right-wing meeting or website it can find: “The idea is that they just abandoned the anti-Bush propaganda and are using the anti-Obama sentiment to raise money.”

They are also physically attending Tea Party meetings. He noted that the Tea Party movement in Massachusetts had a LaRouche cult member by the name of Rachel Brown address their meetings and go on their radio show. Indeed, Brown went on Tea Party radio to discuss “the British empire’s drive for global fascism.” It is typical of the LaRouche movement to attack the British, especially the Queen of England, for everything that goes wrong in the world. She went on that show with Harley Schlanger of the LaRouche political action committee.

“They just had a cult candidate named Kesha Rogers win a Democratic primary in Texas,” the former LaRouche insider said. “They will attend right-wing meetings to get some names to call back for more money. They will also feed more delusions which will backfire on the Tea Party.”

LaRouche himself has been working in the Democratic Party, and ran for the presidency as a Democrat.

The former LaRouche insider said that those Hitler signs about Obama have been used to collect names and then money. “We did this a lot in the 1980s by going to farm meetings, militia meetings and feeding them material which will appeal to them,” he said.

He adds that all of this can only lead to very bad press about the Tea Parties-stories about how the whole movement is not about taxes, but about every conspiracy kook who shows up. Instead of covering taxes, the media will focus on how the Tea Party thinks Obama is a Nazi and waves that poster. In short, a lot of people who should have thrown them out are paying the price by not getting rid of these cultists.

This former LaRouche insider says that the Tea Party movement must act quickly to get rid of the odor of the LaRouche cult; otherwise, it will be used against them. He says, “I am worried about the Tea Party being connected to the cult and not publicly denouncing them for showing up like parasites.”

These forces of anti-Americanism, operating under the false flag of patriotism, must be exposed for who they are-before their antics irreparably taint the responsible pro-freedom movement and defeat a once-in-a-lifetime chance to take our country back.




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