FOX News’ First Lie Came Before FOX Existed – Richard Nixon’s Infomercial in 1968


SHARE and Subscribe if you want to help your friends see through media propaganda and think for themselves.

To understand the subtleties of the FOX News propaganda machine, which is so good that even some of its “journalists” think they’re working at a real news agency, you have to understand the history of FOX News creator Roger Ailes. FOX News’ sappling was rooted not its 1996 debut, but in the fertile ground of RIchard Nixon’s 1968 presidential campaign, when Ailes used the comfy talk-show/town-hall format to create an infomercial designed to redefine Nixon, from perpetual loser to predestined leader.

Ailes’ brilliant idea for this fake town hall is indistinguishable from the real deal, to the untrained eye. Put yourself in the shoes of the 1968 everyman/woman/child, without FactCheck.org, without the diverse view of a hundred pundits and a million bloggers to hear after the airing, and consider whether you would have been able to tell the difference. With this propaganda machine blurring the line between fact and fiction TV, there is no doubt it helped convince voters to anoint one of the more disturbed persons to ever hold the office (though admittedly, there are many candidates in that race).

Here’s the full broadcast. Fittingly, Mitt Romney’s dad makes an appearance at 2:15.

Relying on this program and a barrage of TV ads, Nixon was able to stay in the public eye, even while his campaign kept him away from the press; the only reporters to whom he gave two-minute interviews were already drunk on unlimited food and alcohol provided by the campaign, assuring they “fell into a state of what one can only call astounded torpor.” In modern times, many pundits would questions whether this would assure the public received fair and balanced reporting, so instead, the Republican Party media wing that is FOX News simply provides millions of dollars in salary and perks a year to the only reporters Republican candidates will grant access.*

Get deeper into the technique of psychological manipulation by reading – but for democracy’s sake, not buying – Ailes’s book, You Are The Message: Secrets of Master Communicators

To know more about the policies Nixon was able to pass, and how he did so, see The Shock Doctrine on our Primer List of essential information on understanding the root problems of our system.

*OccupyEducated.org was unable to confirm reports that FOX News green rooms contain abundant Twinkies and other Monsanto-based products.

#Occupy The Courts – Real Conversation vs. False Debate, w/ Lawrence Lessig and Chris Hedges


Seemingly every week, we are brought a new political “debate”, where the plutocrats from one political party race headlong into a bottomless well of stupidity, fighting for the chance to argue with the plutocrats from the other political party.

What a breath of fresh air it is, to see political discussions like this. With OccupyTVNY.org, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges and Professor Lawrence Lessig have a wide-ranging discussion about the deep corruption across our government and society, and the ways we can all work to overcome these problems.

Whether it’s Lessig’s recommendation that we strive for Constitutional correctives to the Congressional gridlock, or Hedges’s call for “mass acts that defy the law in a nonviolent way”, it’s thrilling to hear these people clearly acknowledge the problems we face, and lay out some of the many possible roads ahead of us, in our attempt to reclaim our world. To remind us that “all of the correctives to American democracy came through movements that never achieved formal political power.”

If only we had a way to broadcast this instead of the next “debate”. We need more conversations like this. Watch this one, share it, and then have some of your own.

Free Seminar: Winning the Mind of a Cop

Captain Ray Lewis, the former Philadelphia cop who joined Occupy Wall Street the night after the Zuccotti raid – featured at the end of our intro video – is the focal point of a new panel on helping Occupiers and the global community understand the psychology behind how a cop could inflict such physical and psychological pain on a peaceful protestor who is demonstrating on the behalf of the police officer him/herself and the rest of the 99%.

Soon, we’ll put up our own video of Captain Lewis’s views on cop psychology, but for now it’s important for you to get the word out – educate and get educated.

Details on seminar here

Call in to 712-432-9945 at 8:00pm EST, 5:00pm PST, and listen to a moderated discussion with Captain Ray Lewis and #occupywallst occupier, Harrison Schultz, on how to win the hearts and minds of the police, tonight at 8pm.

Send your questions to #copwatch on twitter.