My memories from the fake news business

My memories from the fake news business

by Jon Rappoport

February 13, 2017

“The true job of a reporter is using facts to overturn reality. Things are already upside down, and his job is to show that. In his work, he has to be relentless. This inevitably leads him to publishing his own words, on his own, because entrenched press outlets are in the business of propping up the very reality he aims to expose. He can’t go to them for publication. Once he learns that, he’s launched, and his life is never the same. It improves exponentially.” (The Underground, Jon Rappoport)

There was the time a newspaper publisher inserted his own paragraph at the top of my story, under my name, as if I wrote it. He didn’t tell me. I found out later when the paper came out. I called him up. He was clueless. To him, his intrusion meant nothing. It was my story, but it was his newspaper. I learned something. If you want your own words, and only your words, to stand, publish them yourself.

There was the time I wrote a story about a dubious drug/supplement people were selling under the counter at health food stores. I took the supplement for a week and folded my experiences into the article, which was mainly about the unfounded “scientific background” in the package insert. The editor couldn’t fathom how a story could contain “two separate threads.” He axed half my story. I learned something. If you want your own words to stand, publish them yourself.

There was the time I wrote a piece about widespread fraud in psychiatric diagnosis. The editor claimed I had employed “too much logic” and not enough “expert opinion.” He said “original research” was “out.” To no avail, I pointed out that logic was in the public domain, and therefore my “original research” could be checked. I learned something. If you want your own words to stand, publish them yourself.

An editor once told me an article I’d written criticizing a senator wouldn’t be published. My harsh criticism was valid, he said, but readers might infer that the newspaper was turning against the senator’s political party. I learned something. If you want your own words to stand, publish them yourself.

Once my career as a reporter was launched, magazine editors began contacting me with all sorts of proposed assignments. The subjects of the stories were boring, to say the least. I soon realized the editors were using those stories to fill out their no-context version of reality. I learned something. If you don’t want your words to be published, don’t submit them.

A newspaper editor once told me (paraphrasing from memory): “This story you wrote…part of the reason we don’t want to publish it is we don’t want to give it the contagion factor. If we publish it, other news outlets will pick up on it. We’re in an echo chamber. We ricochet stories back and forth. We all use the same experts to bolster our stories. So we take your controversial story and publish it, and then when the roar gets loud enough in the echo chamber, people are going to object. And we’ll be the ones they blame because we started it.”

I said to an editor, a year or so after 9/11: If I could give you ironclad evidence, from many reputable sources, proving that the planes crashing into the Towers couldn’t have caused them to fall, would you print the story? He said: The official story is already in place. There’s no way anyone could dislodge it now. I said: So it doesn’t matter what the truth is. He said: It matters, maybe 30 years in the future, but probably not.

A publisher once told me: We have our own definition of “controversial.” We decide what that is. It’s not your definition. It’s okay to write about impeaching a president, but if you find out there are people behind the scenes who are managing the presidency, people who aren’t in government, we wouldn’t touch that. If we did, that would break the mold. Everything would be up for grabs. People would realize most of what we publish is a tempest in a teapot, because there are more powerful forces at work.

An editor told me: After a big environmental catastrophe, we cover the story for a little while and then we let it go. We don’t want to look like we’re attacking the polluters too hard. So we don’t track what’s happening every day or every week. We let it go, and then after a few months or a year, we write a follow-up piece. We’re not crusaders. We don’t want to look like we’re out to get somebody. That would injure our reputation. We’re not muckrakers. We might favor a point of view, but we don’t lean on it too hard.

These and other similar encounters convinced me, 25 years ago, to step away from the news business. “Somebody else” is always running things. Their quirks and agendas are corrosive. They’ve gained their positions through compromise. They know that and accept it. And then they set about forgetting it.

Now, in the “information age,” these mainstream professionals are howling about fake news; they’re burying, even deeper, their knowledge that they are the prime fakers.

“I fake it, I bury my fakery deeper and deeper, and then I scream at other people for faking it.”

These are the actions of a temperamental child. And indeed, these people are angry little children in adult bodies. Luckily, they’ve found a business that honors that grotesque configuration. They’ve found a home.

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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 or OutsideTheRealityMachine.

17 comments on “My memories from the fake news business

  1. Paul McNamee says:

    The “fake news” shocker for me was the use of “crisis actors” by the networks in their on scene coverage-in particular CNN. I recall a supposed random woman & her “husband” were interviewed by a CNN reporter in Conn. re: the Sandy Point school shooting and they were talking about their personal contact with the alleged shooter’s mom. The woman next appeared on CNN’s camera as an eyewitness to the Boston Marathon bombing under a different ID. It turns out she is an actress hired to give “credence” to their reporting. In addition, the Newtown ,Conn. resident who told reporters that he had taken a bus load of children into his home after the school shooting was an actor and the story was fabricated.

  2. Oliver K. Manuel says:

    Thank you, Jon

  3. Oliver K. Manuel says:

    May you now investigate and resolve the reports from 72-years ago by . . .

    David Snell, a well known news reporter, editor and radio commentator, and three investigative reporters and authors, Robert Wilcox, Bill Streifer and Irek Sabitov, of strange events in Konan, Korea, kept from the public by a worldwide news blackout,

    From Nagasaki’s destruction on Aug 9, 1945 until nations and national academies of sciences were united under the UN on 24 Oct 1945:

    12 Aug 1945:Japan’s atomic bomb test
    25 Aug 1945: USSR captures Japan’s atomic bomb production plant
    29 Aug 1945: USSR downs an American B-29 bomber and holds the crew for negotiations until . . .

    24 Oct 1945: Nations and national academies of sciences united under the UN to hide the logical error in Dr. Carl von Weizsacker’s definition of “nuclear binding energy that

    1. Kept Hitler from building an atomic bomb during WWII, and

    2. The rest of the world from knowing the same source of energy made our elements, birthed the solar system, sustained the origin and evolution of life and still controls the destiny of every atom, life and planet today.

  4. S. Englert says:

    After 30 years in the “news business,” I know of what you speak, Jon. I too walked into the buzzsaw for asking the right questions, probing too deeply and venturing too close to the truth. Fortunately, with the Internet, the pablum and propaganda produced and disseminated by today’s self-deluded content providers no longer is as effective as it once was. Only 32 percent of Americans consider the mass media trustworthy, a new low, according to a 2016 Gallup poll. With a shrinking and increasing skeptical audience, the prevailing “news business” model is unsustainable without government subsidies.

  5. elliottjab says:

    Again – very glad I re-located your site a few years ago. Truth reading and encouragements do not come in better form.

    Thanks Jon.
    J ‘n’ M on the mountain

  6. David says:

    I wish I had learned that adults could be full of bovine excrement speaking as an angry little kid in an adult body I now have become. I had wonderful teachers. I wish this kind of article was published mainstream and far and wide for everybody to see and digest and absorb and reflect on and adjust themselves to, instead of the snarky lowbrow National Enquirer level of supermarket tabloid excuse we have for a mass media.

  7. Larry says:

    “There was the time I wrote a piece about widespread fraud in psychiatric diagnosis. The editor claimed I had employed “too much logic” and not enough “expert opinion.” ”


    If it was anyone but you who’d made this claim Rappoport, I wouldn’t have believed him.

    Somebody help me up off the floor…

  8. Oliver K. Manuel says:

    Seventy-one years of “fake news” and “fake science” are now coming to an end because, before nations and national Academies of Sciences were united under the UN on 24 OCT 1945, the late Paul Kazuo Kuroda (1917-2001) had already:

    1. Recognized the logical error in Dr. Carl von Weizsacker’s concept of “nuclear binding energy” on 13 JUN 1936:

    2. Recognized that the beginning of the world was just like the destruction of Hiroshima on 6 AUG 1945:

    3. Taken secret possession of Japan’s atomic bomb design to expose “fake nuclear science” after 24 OCT 1945:

  9. From Quebec says:

    ‘We’re not crusaders. We don’t want to look like we’re out to get somebody. That would injure our reputation.”

    LOL… that’s all they are doing. Every day, every minute, every second, they go after Trump.

  10. Oliver K. Manuel says:

    This waning days of WWII richly deserve the attention of a talented investigative reporter like Jon Rappoport because, . . .

    Together, the logical error in Weizsacker’s 1935 definition of nuclear binding energy,” and

    Stalin’s good fortune to capture the world’s remaining inventory of atomic bombs from Japan and unite all nations under the UN in 1945:

    Arrested the upward evolution of humanity,
    depriving us of scientific confirmation that an all-powerful, benevolent higher power made our elements, birthed the solar system ~5 Ga ago, sustained the origin and evolution of life on a water-covered planet after ~3.8 Ga ago, endowed humanity with inalienable rights to enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and now folds this entire system in continuous harmonic vibration.

  11. Jon, Big Brother’s REAL coup is ensuring ALL “journalism” isn’t paid. That is a facet of “advertising” (commerce and mostly GLOBALIST commerce).

    I note that David Icke has “cottoned on”, but how many genuine alternatives can actually earn a living by what they unbiasedly write?



  12. Bunny says:

    I was never in the media business..i have been on the receiving end of their misreporting.

    I KNOW the media lies.
    I have witnessed five things in my past that I was eyewitness to that they “misreported”. Two of those were minor incidents involving traffic accidents. One was a major incident involving a neighbor whose reputation was destroyed. Another involved a friend who was assaulted.

    The fifth involved myself. I was assaulted and beaten unconscious by a man hopped up on steroids with 13 shots of grain alcohol in his system..the well known city newspaper reported that there had been a fight at this particular restaurant, listed his name and my name. I called them on it, said it was an assault and not a fight and they should change their story. They refused to change their story.(the man’s father was a retired police official in the area)

    I have never trusted the media since.

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