Sunday, December 19, 2010
By Paul Martin

By Debra Rae
December 19, 2010

Politician-industrialist Cecil Rhodes once reasoned “the press owns the minds of the people.” He was not alone in that belief. Journalist, playwright, and essayist Arthur S. Miller pinpointed “a pervasive system of thought control” in the United States—this, by “employment of the mass media” coupled with “the system of public education.” Both, he added, tell people what to think about.[1]

In an op-ed piece about the role of the Council on Foreign Relations media members, Washington Post ombudsman Richard Harwood once characterized their membership as “an acknowledgement of ascension into the American ruling class.” These are not restricted to mere analysis and interpretation; they “help make” foreign policy.[2]

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