commentary: Exposing the Media Industrial Complex
David F. Maas
Given 07-Dec-19; 12 minutes
On January 17, 1961—58 years ago—former President Eisenhower, in his farewell address, warned of the detrimental effects of a menacing confederation he dubbed as the "Military-Industrial complex," an informal alliance between a nation’s military and the defense industry that supplies it, seen together as a vested interest which unduly influences public policy.
Last month, commentator Mark Dice published a thoroughly-researched, massively-documented book titled The Liberal Media-Industrial Complex, exposing the globalist elite’s plan to totally commandeer the narrative of every branch of the media—broadcast, print, and internet—severely punishing deviations from the Progressive party line espoused by the state controlled mainstream media.
In this commentary, I plan to focus on an aspect of this massive confederation that many of us, perhaps most of us, have participated in—namely, Facebook, You Tube, Instagram and Twitter, all integral parts of the Media-Industrial Complex.
National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden once noted,
Businesses that make money by collecting and selling detailed records of private lives were once plainly described as ‘surveillance companies.' Their rebranding as ‘social media’ is the most successful deception since the Department of War became the Department of Defense.
Mark Dice cautions us that because of our naïve willingness—and I'm not pointing any fingers; I did this myself—to disclose our personal data to Facebook, Facebook knows all about us, including who we’re friends with, who we’re dating or married to (as well as when we break up or get a divorce). It also knows which TV shows, movies, and music we like, which restaurants and businesses we visit, what cities we travel to, where we work, our birthdates, our personal interests and the social issues we feel strongly about, hobbies and much more.
François Chollet reports that
Facebook has been known to run, since at least 2013, a series of experiments in which they were able to successfully control the moods and decisions of unwitting users by tuning their newsfeeds’ contents, as well as predict user’s future decisions.
In short, Facebook can simultaneously measure everything about us—and control the information we consume.
If Facebook gets to decide, over the span of many years, which news you will see (real or fake), whose political status updates you’ll see, and who will see yours, then Facebook is in effect in control of your political beliefs and your worldview.
One alarmed Google engineer posted a lengthy thread on his Twitter account, warning about the dangers of Facebook, asserting,
The problem with Facebook is not *just* the loss of your privacy and the fact that it can be used as a totalitarian panopticon [that is, a prison that is arranged that all parts of the interior are visible from a single point]. The more worrying issue, in my opinion, is its use of digital information consumption as a psychological control vector.
Dice suggests that
While people use Facebook for various reasons—like keeping in touch with friends and family, many use it to share news stories and videos about political issues, but it wasn’t until after the 2016 presidential election that Facebook saw this as a problem. As you know, the Democrats largely blamed Facebook for Hillary’s loss, citing the spread of fake news about her they claimed had caused people to see her in a negative light and not vote for her.
The globalists, seeing their plans momentarily scuttled, were furious. The very tools that Facebook had proudly created so people could share information with others were now seen as a threat or a problem because they disrupted the traditional channels of distribution that were controlled by major media companies.
Immediately after what the Silicon Valley media gate keepers perceived as a humiliating defeat, they began taking proactive steps. The head of Google’s Innovation Department blatantly boasted that they were doing everything in their power to prevent another “Trump situation in 2020.” This revelation was exposed by a June 2019 undercover investigation conducted by Project Veritas.
Kate Conger and Sheera Frenkel in their August 28, 2019 New York Times article “Dozens at Facebook Unite to Challenge Its ‘Intolerant’ Liberal Culture,” stated that Facebook posted on their internal message board a thread titled “We Have a Problem With Political Diversity” that explained, “We are a political monoculture that’s intolerant of different views.” It went on to say, “We claim to welcome all perspectives, but are quick to attack—often in mobs— nyone who presents a view that appears to be in opposition to left-leaning ideology.”
A prominent shareholder of Facebook, PayPal co-founder and Facebook board member, Peter Thiel, sold three quarters of his Facebook stock, leaving Silicon Valley, and moved to Los Angeles because he was sick of the Leftist culture that permeates the tech industry in Northern California.
Thiel says the company is now “un-American” and is calling on the government to break it up.
“The most problematic aspect of Facebook’s power is Mark [Zuckerberg’s] unilateral control over speech,” he said in a New York Times op-ed. “There is no precedent for his ability to monitor, organize and even censor the conversations of two billion people.”
Since 2018, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and You Tube have undertaken drastic steps to damage and destroy enemies of the ‘progressive’ anti-God culture, including blocking content Facebook doesn’t want people to see, cancelling accounts, banning undesirable users, demonetizing accounts, creating black lists of individuals accused of hate speech, which includes disapproval of abortion, disapproval of homosexual life-styles, disapproval of open borders, climate-change deniers and vaccine deniers.
Facebook’s dutiful but morally-decadent social justice warriors have masterfully designed algorithms to detect keywords in posts and identify the source of links, allowing Facebook’s proprietary technology to throttle the reach of content they don’t want people to see, deliberately limiting the reach so that posts only show up in a few people’s news feeds.
In October 2018, Facebook deleted over 800 accounts for publishing what they called “political spam,” “sensational political content,” and “hate speech.”
In a December 2018 Washington Post article, Michael Brice-Saddle reports that Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham, was suspended by Facebook for a post he made almost two years earlier, criticizing singer Bruce Springsteen for canceling a concert in North Carolina to protest a proposed bill that would have required people to use the bathroom that corresponds to their biological sex.
Isaiah 5:20 alerts us that our culture would face a time when evil judges and media monitors will call evil good and good evil. This fatal disease inflicting Jacob’s offspring has not escaped God’s attention, who has proclaimed in Proverbs 16:4,
Proverbs 16:4 (New American Standard Bible) The LORD has made everything for its own purpose, even the wicked for the day of evil.
The apostle Paul explains in Romans 1:28,
Romans 1:28 (Amplified Bible) And so, since they did not see fit to acknowledge God or approve of Him or consider Him worth the knowing, God gave them over to a base and condemned mind to do things not proper or decent but loathsome,
The progressive media-industrial complex has its ecological niche as a deadly, lethal parasite which will not stop functioning until the inheritance of Jacob’s offspring is totally devoured.
Warning of deceptions at the end time concocted by the lawless one, the apostle Paul warns the Thessalonians that
II Thessalonians 2:11 (Amplified Bible) God sends upon them a misleading influence, a working of error and a strong delusion to make them believe what is false
This echoes Isaiah 66:4:
Isaiah 66:4 (Amplified Bible) So I also will choose their delusions and mockings, their calamities and afflictions, and I will bring their fears upon them—because when I called, no one answered; when I spoke, they did not listen or obey. But they did what was evil in My sight and chose that in which I did not delight.