Every television newscast: staged reality

Every television newscast: staged reality

by Jon Rappoport

February 14, 2015


“The news is all about artificially manipulating the context of stories. The thinner the context, the thinner the mind must become to accept it. If you want to visualize this, imagine a rectangular solid. The news covers the top surface. Therefore, the mind is trained to work in only two dimensions. Then it can’t fathom depth, and it certainly can’t appreciate the fact that the whole rectangular solid moves through time, the fourth dimension.” (The Underground, Jon Rappoport)

Focus on the network evening news. This is where the staging is done well.

First, we have the image itself, the colors in foreground and background, the blend of restful and charged hues. The anchor and his/her smooth style.

Then we have the shifting of venue from the studio to reporters in the field, demonstrating the reach of coverage: the planet. As if this equals authenticity.

Actually, those reporters in the field rarely dig up information on location. A correspondent standing on a rooftop in Cairo could just as well be positioned in a bathroom in a Las Vegas McDonald’s. His report would be identical.

The managing editor, usually the elite news anchor, chooses the stories to cover and has the final word on their sequence.

The anchor goes on the air: “Our top story tonight, more signs of gridlock today on Capitol Hill, as legislators walked out of a session on federal budget negotiations…”

The viewer fills in the context for the story: “Oh yes, the government. Gridlock is bad. Just like traffic on the I-5. A bad thing. We want the government to get something done, but they’re not. These people are always arguing with each other. They don’t agree. They’re in conflict. Yes, conflict, just like on the cop shows.”

The anchor: “The Chinese government reports the new flu epidemic has spread to three provinces. Forty-two people have already died, and nearly a hundred are hospitalized…”

The viewer again supplies context, such as it is: “Flu. Dangerous. Epidemic. Could it arrive here? Get my flu shot.”

The anchor: “A new university study states that gun owners often stock up on weapons and ammunition, and this trend has jumped quickly since the Newtown, Connecticut, school-shooting tragedy…”

The viewer: “People with guns. Why do they need a dozen weapons? I don’t need a gun. The police have guns. Could I kill somebody if he broke into the house?”

The anchor: “Doctors at Yale University have made a discovery that could lead to new treatments in the battle against autism…”

Viewer: “That would be good. More research. Laboratory. The brain.”

If, at the end of the newscast, the viewer bothered to review the stories and his own reactions to them, he would realize he’d learned nothing. But reflection is not the game.

In fact, the flow of the news stories has washed over him and created very little except a sense of (false) continuity.

It would never occur to him to wonder: are the squabbling political legislators really two branches of the same Party? Does government have the Constitutional right to incur this much debt? Where is all that money coming from? Taxes? Other sources? Who invents money?

Is the flu dangerous for most people? If not, why not? Do governments overstate case numbers? How do they actually test patients for the flu? Are the tests accurate? Are they just trying to convince us to get vaccines?

What happens when the government has overwhelming force and citizens have no guns?

When researchers keep saying “may” and “could,” does that mean they’ve actually discovered something useful about autism, or are they just hyping their own work and trying to get funding for their next project?

These are only a few of the many questions the typical viewer never considers.

Therefore, every story on the news broadcast achieves the goal of keeping the context thin—night after night, year after year. The overall effect of this staging is small viewer, small viewer’s mind, small viewer’s understanding.

Next we come to words over pictures. More and more, news broadcasts are using the rudimentary film technique of a voice narrating what the viewer is seeing on the screen.

People are shouting and running and falling in a street. The anchor or a field reporter says: “The country is in turmoil. Parliament has suspended sessions for the third day in a row, as the government decides what to do about uprisings aimed at forcing democratic elections…”

Well, the voice must be right, because we’re seeing the pictures. If the voice said the riots were due to garbage-pickup cancellations, the viewer would believe that, too.

We see Building #7 of the WTC collapse. Must have been the result of a fire. The anchor tells us so. Words over pictures.

We see footage of Lee Harvey Oswald inside the Dallas police station. The anchor tells he’s about to be transferred, under heavy guard, to another location. Oswald must be guilty, because we’re seeing him in a police station, and the anchor just said “under heavy guard.”

Staged news.

It mirrors what the human mind, in an infantile state, is always doing: looking at the world and seeking a brief summary to explain what that world is, at any given moment.

Since the dawn of time, untold billions of people have been urging a “television anchor” to “explain the pictures.”

The news gives them that precise thing, that precise solution, every night.

“Well, Mr. Jones,” the doctor says, as he pins X-rays to a screen in his office. “See this? Right here? We’ll need to start chemo immediately, and then we may have to remove most of your brain, and as a follow-up, take out one eye.”

Sure, why not? The patient saw the pictures and the anchor explained them.

After watching and listening to a month or two of news planted with key words, the population is ready to see the President or one of his minions step up to a microphone and say, “Quantitative easing…sequester…”

Reaction? “Oh, yes, that’s right, I’ve heard those words before. Good.”

A month later, those two terms disappear, as if they’d never existed.

Eventually, people get the idea and do it for themselves. They see things, they invent one-liners to explain them.

They’re their own anchors. They short-cut and undermine their own experience with vapid summaries of what it all means.

And then, of course, when the news cuts to commercial, the fake products takes over:

“Well, every night they’re showing the same brand names, so those brands must be better than the unnamed alternatives.”

Which devolves into: “I like this commercial better than that commercial. This is a great commercial. Let’s have a contest and vote on the best commercial.”

“Hello. I’m staged reality and I’m doing ads to promote me.”

For “intelligent” viewers, there is another sober mainstream choice, a safety valve: PBS. That newscast tends to show more pictures from foreign lands.

“Yes, I watch PBS because they understand the planet is interconnected. It isn’t just about America. That’s good.”

Sure it’s good, if you want the same thin-context or false-context reporting on events in other countries. Instead of the two minutes NBC might give you about momentous happenings in Iraq, PBS will give you four minutes, plus congenial experts commenting abstractly, employing longer words.

PBS’ experts seem kinder and gentler. “They’re nice and they’re more relaxed. I like that.”

Yes, the PBS experts are taking Valium, and they’re not drinking as much coffee as the CBS experts.

Anchors deliver the long con every night on the tube, between commercials.


They’re marketing thin context.

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And of course, the “science” promoted on the network news is also derived from marketing efforts at major government agencies, such as the CDC.

The anchor says, “Medical experts are now taking a heavier approach to parents who refuse to vaccinate their children and deny the benefits of vaccines.”

What sits behind that statement?

The announcement of so-called epidemics and outbreaks are part of a strategy for marketing vaccines. It’s obvious.

For example, read this from the World Health Organization Fact Sheet, Number 11, dated March 2014:

“Influenza occurs globally…Worldwide, these annual epidemics are estimated to result in about 3 to 5 million cases of severe illness, and about 250 000 to 500 000 deaths.”

Now consider the current “measles outbreak” in the US. 150 cases, and no deaths.

In the case of worldwide flu, WHO and the CDC choose not to hype and propagandize; but in the case of the measles, it’s suddenly all hands on deck and fear, fear, fear.


Because it’s time. It’s time to inflate the seriousness of a standard childhood disease. It’s time to focus on “the children.” It’s time, once again, to offset the massive rebellion against vaccination exploding in the US population. It’s time to engender fear. It’s time to attack anti-vaccination researchers. It’s time to take another step in the direction of mandating vaccines. It’s time to introduce bills in legislatures that cancel legal exemptions from vaccines and cancel freedom of choice. It’s time for more medical fascism. It’s time to paint parents who don’t vaccinate as terrorists. It’s time to paint their children as little biowar weapons loose in the community.

It’s time to advance the medical police state.

And oh yes, it’s time to divert attention away from the fact that even conventional researchers and the CDC admit this year’s flu vaccine is geared to the wrong virus and is useless (but you should take it anyway).

The designation of “outbreaks” and “epidemics” is arbitrary. “We’ll take THIS as an epidemic and we’ll ignore THAT as an epidemic.”

It’s very much like marketing, because it is marketing.

“Let’s see, Bob. Which one of the items in our sales catalog should we push hard this quarter? The bikini or the leather boots?”

“You know, we haven’t hyped the measles vaccine for a while. How about an outbreak of measles? Can we sell that? Focus on the kiddies? We’ll need about 100 cases, we’ll say they all came from one source, like a playground or an amusement park, and we’ll claim it’s very, very serious…”

“Do we have a good front man to go on television and promote the fear factor? How about that maniac who thinks any kid can handle 10,000 vaccines? Or the schmuck from UCLA. Maybe a woman doctor, a mother with three kids. You know, soapy dopey.”

When the propaganda pros decide which way to go…they issue a statement, a press release, and this release is picked up by the news shows:

“Medical experts are criticizing parents who refuse to vaccinate their children and deny the proven benefits of vaccines.”

There are various forms of mind control. The one I’m describing here—the thinning of context—is universal. It confounds the mind by pretending depth doesn’t exist and is merely a fantasy.

The mind, before it is trained away from it, is always interested in depth.

Another way of putting it: the mind naturally wants more space, not less. Only constant conditioning can change this.

Eventually, when you say “mind,” people think you’re referring to the brain, or they don’t know what you’re talking about at all.

Mind control by eradicating the concept of mind. That’s quite a trick.

Jon Rappoport

The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free emails at NoMoreFakeNews.com or OutsideTheRealityMachine.

24 comments on “Every television newscast: staged reality

  1. swo8 says:

    We sure know that now if we didn’t know that before.

  2. Reblogged this on The Active Skeptic and commented:
    Actors, whoring themselves to a scripted agenda they probably know, nor care, anything about.
    The Matrix is real.

  3. From Québec says:

    The television network announced today, that the regular anchor will not be hosting the news for the next two weeks or more.

    He is on a special mission. Right now, he is sailing to the city of Timbuhtu on a large wooden canoe down the Niger River. That’s all we can tell you right now. We will get you posted as the story evolves.

    The TRUTH:
    He got the measles from his MMR shot and he is hiding in his house.

  4. laura says:

    Ministry of Truth. 1984. Their preachers for the NWO evil system. They’re given to message the people the message of the NWO… it’s disgusting. It’s no “free press”. It’s the Ministry of Truth… and it is controlled.

  5. Sherlock says:

    Those talking about a measles outbreak are the same that just last year was telling us Ebola was going to kill us because two people on the whole continent had it. They are the same that swore in 2009 that the swine flu was going to kill us. They are the same that swore in 2006 that e coli was going to kill us. They are the same that swore in 2005 that the bird flu was going to kill us after being killed by SARS in 2004 and previously by the West Nile virus in 2002. They are the same that swore in 2001 that anthrax was going to kill us. But we’re the crazy guys?

    On a side note, Is it only an impression or there’s been a lot of actions in television, lately?

    – Ned Colt of (NBC) dropped dead of a stroke.
    – Bob Simon of (CBS) died in a car crash.
    – David Carr (NY Times) just died suddenly after interviewing Edward Snowden.
    – Bob Hager the NBC aviation expert now has a head on crash.
    – Jon Stewart has announced that he is stepping down as host of The Daily Show;
    And of course Brian Williams is off the air for lying about the Iraq war.

    What’s going on?

    • From Québec says:

      WOW! Yes indeed! What’s going on here?

      Is there a purge in MSM, like there was a purge in with Military last year when Obama fired many High rank colonels ?

      And what about the 48 bankers who died recently in Murder-suicide?

      • theodorewesson says:

        also, do not forget all the dead scientists, too:


        • From Québec says:

          Good Grief! All these deaths cannot be coincidental .
          Oh boy, we are in deep troubles!

        • Sherlock says:

          Wow, I didn’t know about all the dead scientists. There is many mysterious deaths.
          Also, we have a long list of dead bankers. 48 executives died since last year.


          Most of these deaths have been ruled “suicide”, but sometimes it’s hard to swallow.
          For example Shawn D. Miller slashed his own throat and collapsed into the tub on top of the knife.

          And my favorite: Richard Talley. He committed suicide by shooting himself multiple times with a nail gun. A nail gun, can you imagine? Some articles say he was 57 years old, others say he was 56. He died from seven or eight self-inflicted wounds from a nail gun fired into his torso and head. Why are the number of wounds in doubt here? How he did that? Maybe he started with 3-4 nails in his chest, then popped 2 nails in his head? At this point, I guess he was still convinced he would finally die by firing a couple more nails in his head. Insane!

    • TC says:

      Hyperbole makes money via increased advertising revenue. No point telling the truth if telling a lie or misrepresenting the truth makes them more money.

    • Alive and kicking says:

      This is an interesting take on it:


      If they were going to come out with something, tptb would not want that, hence the eradication of them.

  6. From Québec says:

    Good evening everyone, I will be your anchor for the next two weeks.
    My name is John Baloney.

    Here are our top stories for tonight:

    – Monsanto is in nomination for the most outstanding technology that has ever been created for the wellness of mankind.

    – Merks has announced that very soon, the robots will be injecting the vaccines to the people. This will lower the prices of the vaccines since no doctor or nurse will be required.

    – McDonald is now including free vaccines alongside Happy Meals

    – The war in Iraq is almost over, so far we have successfully stabilized the country.

    -The White house has announced that Ukraine is winning against the invasion of Russia. This is very good news, USA will not have to get involved in the conflict.

    – A huge petition on Twitter and Facebook is asking for Obama to remain in power as long as it takes to get rid of the domestic terrorists.
    So far, 200 million people have signed the petition.

    – The American economy is incredibly growing every day.
    200,000 new jobs have been created since last January.

    – The carbon taxes were successfully voted today. The whole world is rejoicing.

    • Michael Burns says:

      Awe…baloney, Baloney.
      Next thing you’ll be reporting…mosquito size drones flying around my neighbourhood taking DNA samples of everybody and injecting them with measles.
      And BTW Ronald McDonald is a pedaephile haven’t ya noticed that creepy clown is always around kids. Now he gonna stickum with needles. I don’t trust that pervert….he always in disguise…big friggin shoes.

  7. Vickie Barker says:

    What we see today is an incredible real life “remake” of the movie “Wag the Dog”. For those that have not seen it, I suggest finding an old copy and watching. That movie told it’s viewing audience in a very simple and suggestive way that all we see on TV is made up script to not simply appease the crowds but to direct and channel their thinking to presume specific needs and outcomes. The movie starred Dustin Hoffman and a few others (I am not hollywood educated as I don’t watch TV so do not know the names of many ‘stars’) but they are well known to most. At the time I first saw this movie I was ingrained in the mass hysteria of government, dutifully playing my part. Once I was able to see in plain site how media, politics and hollywood worked hand in hand I began making better choices not only in my job, but in my life. If that movie could be played in every home across the nation I think we would see a massive awakening. Not exactly sure why they released this film except to maybe follow their own script of always telling us exactly what they are doing but knowing that most will click the off button at the end of the movie and their minds will be taken over by the Next Commercial or next specialized programming adventure.

    I sometimes find old copies on VHS in thrift/second hand stores. If you or your readers have not seen it, I highly recommend it. It may be it can be downloaded from something like Netflix, that I don’t know. But encourage viewing it!

    That is my advice for the day….signing out.


    P.S. Jon, your insights and writing are encouraging and I will post this as I do a lot of your work over on the new social network at Tsu. It is invite only and all are welcome to join me and others working to maintain the integrity of Real News.

    • From Québec says:

      .Wag the Dog Part 1 (Middle Eastern War Propaganda)

      • Vickie Barker says:

        This is not the movie “Wag the Dog”. Will try to find a downloadable version somewhere. It really is worth the watch if you have not seen it. On limited bandwidth for internet so might take a while. 😦

  8. BlueLightMemory says:

    Absolutely. The television gives us staged reality so the masses can continue to be manipulated, passified, and controlled.

    The television has such a grip on most people, because since our birth, as we grew up and became aware of our surroundings, we unconsciously, and without question trusted that what the television told us was true. If the television didn’t say it, then it must not be true, is the mind grip on to many people. Not many people have escaped the power of the TV and a lot of people don’t want to.

    The television is probably the biggest weapon used against mankind.

  9. ozziethinker says:

    Your post is an excellent one, as always, Jon.

    However, the analogy taken from your book is in fact an “analogy within an analogy”.

    This is an object universe. There are “things” and nothings. That’s all, so talking of “three dimensions” is simply affirming illusory perception. Only at quantum level are dimensional truths revealed. Time is not one of them. Though, interestingly, the Ummo’s laid claim time could be found as a “random block” in dimension ten.

    I discuss this in my book.


  10. markheartland2 says:

    Read through a few of this guy’s analysis of several news events over the years and it becomes more clear. http://mileswmathis.com/index.html

  11. g says:

    true lies.

    here’s a new nominee for best performance in the staged propaganda / echo chamber category coming from a voice of ‘authority’, the liberal darling e. warren, broadcast direct from the ministry of truth: http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/watch/real-talk-from-warren-on-vaccine-science-396864579779

  12. KD says:

    The truth is VERY liberating, in mind and spirit and also in fact.

  13. Tanya Stone says:

    PBS stopped being public television, or having any depth, after the Bush Administration restaffed it with their partisans. RIP.

  14. anon says:

    Look, the CIA had JFK assassinated, and the CIA at the very least, stood down, on 9/11, if they did not actively participate. We have a completely rogue government. CIA/Mossad created ISIS, as just another reason to provide more funding for the Military-Industrial Complex, and to keep the endless “War on Terror” going. That’s what’s going on. WAKE UP, AMERICA – WAKE UP.

    • ozziethinker says:

      Whereas I agree with your comment, “waking up” is superfluous. Change can only be enforced by ACTION. There are two options – active or passive violence. It is the only language “they” understand.

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