News has recently come that the US Department of Homeland Security is now looking to build a media monitoring database to track journalists and their ‘sentiment.’ Included in this list will be other media influencers as well.
This announcement garnered objection from journalists and influencers, which of course led them to be labelled as ‘conspiracy theorists’ by DHS. This, not a new tactic by the establishment, attack the legitimate questions and concerns with name calling in order to sway the public and make people questioning things look bad or stupid for doing so.
The DHS is claiming this initiative is nothing more than a standard practice of monitoring what is happening in the news. Then why not just use a news aggregator? Why do you need to track specific people and their sentiment? Here is the tweet from the DHS press secretary Tyler Q. Houlton.
Despite what some reporters may suggest, this is nothing more than the standard practice of monitoring current events in the media. Any suggestion otherwise is fit for tin foil hat wearing, black helicopter conspiracy theorists. https://t.co/XGgFFH3Ppl
— Tyler Q. Houlton (@SpoxDHS) April 6, 2018
When someone asked Tyler whether or not the DHS has already been collecting data on journalists the DHS responded as any politician lying would:
— Alex H. Kasprak (@alexkasprak) April 6, 2018
Remember when former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told Congress the NSA does not “wittingly” spy on Americans? Just a few months later whistleblower Edward Snowden showed the entire world that the NSA was doing just that.
Again in this case the DHS attack with emotional triggers. Is this the honesty and maturity to which we want our governing institutions to respond? This is partly why I suggest people should not vote. Our politicians and institutions are not truthful and they insult the intelligence of the general public when they ask difficult questions. Heck, most politicians never even answer questions head on, they just dance around them. Obama may have been best at that.
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Russian Angle Again?
Some believe the hard push of Russian propaganda around election interference, which has long been debunked, is just what is needed to justify the creation of such database.
But tracking or even manipulating journalists is not new to intelligence agencies in the US. For those that think the media reports actual facts, I call attention to a declassified CIA document that illustrates journalists have been manipulated for years to report what government or the deep state would like them to report.
“PAO now has relationships with reporters from EVERY major wire service, newspaper, news weekly, and television network in the nation. This has helped us turn “intelligence failure” stories into “intelligence success” stories. In many instances we have persuaded reporters to postpone, change, hold or even scrap stories that could have adversely affected national security interests or jeopardized sources and methods.”
In many cases, when stories challenge the mainstream narrative they are changed or manipulated to reflect different facts and sentiments. We have seen this time and time again with media that has been brought forth by alternative outlets and touted as conspiracy, only to find out years later they were factual. Yet all along mainstream media pushed a false narrative at the guidance of the deep state and intelligence communities.
Why Track Journalists and Influencers?
It begins with ‘harmless’ tracking and ends with a full scale shut down of people, websites, platforms that eventually don’t match or that threaten a narrative attempting to be maintained.
What many people don’t realize is the power and influence of people outside the mainstream these days is huge. The general public does not trust mainstream news even half as much as they used to. This is a problem for the deep state and their narrative, so being able to control others with influence is important. After all it’s why they created the fake news narrative to confuse the public.
Here at Collective Evolution we have seen first hand what censorship looks like. At times our posts on Facebook are completely unsharable, are removed, disappear or reach is cut to almost nil. We have had users complain hundreds of times about how they cannot find or see our content any longer and even when they attempt to spread it on the social network, they receive failure notifications stating that content can’t be shared.
At CE our message is politically neutral and emotional neutral. We do not express in anger or try to rile anyone up with violence. The same cannot be said about the mainstream media and yet we are censored. Why? Something that is helpful to the world, to people, to living in our hearts and understanding our world is censored.
Simply think about the world we live in for a moment.
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