Elite ‘little bro’ to Bilderberg toils to sway public opinion
By Mark Anderson — The Truth Hound
The ownership of most major media by a small clique of families and interlocking interests is not the only way news and information is tightly controlled.
The shadowy Trilateral Commission (TC)—the younger partner of the even more secretive Bilderberg Group in the realm of privatizing government—has for several years maintained a widespread but almost unknown representation in the press.
TC members who co-mingle journalism with “Trilateralism” include: Gerald Seib, Washington Bureau chief of the Wall Street Journal; and Mortimer Zuckerman, who’s both Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of U.S. News & World Report and publisher of New York Daily News. Columnists David Brooks of the New York Times and David Ignatius of the Washington Post also push the TC party line at every opportunity.
In addition to such strategically placed penmen, the official TC roster lists about a dozen other members who are reporters, commentators, or current or former news executives, including:
- Jeffrey Simpson, National Affairs Columnist, Toronto Globe and Mail
- Caroline Daniel, Editor, Financial Times, London
- Bo Lidegaard, Executive Editor-in-Chief, Politiken, Denmark
- Lee Cullum, contributing columnist, Dallas Morning News
- Michael Duffy, Executive Editor, TIME Magazine, Washington
- Donald Graham, former Washington Post Company owner; longtime Bilderberg attendee during his Post tenure
Furthermore, TC members employed in the media—ignoring the firm journalistic rule to avoid clear conflicts of interest—even moderate or lead discussions at the TC’s meetings. In November at the TC’s quarterly meeting in Denmark, Lidegaard, the above-named Danish editor, actually co-chaired the meeting, even while he heads the TC’s “Danish Group.” And at the TC’s main annual meeting in Washington last December, Seib and Simpson moderated and otherwise took part in panel discussions, further illustrating the near extinction of detached journalism.
Moreover, there is growing evidence that several ultra-wealthy figures and organizations with links to Bilderberg, the TC and similar outfits have been forming media networks of their own. Networkers include the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which is mainly responsible for underwriting the Project Syndicate news and commentary website, whose contributors include Trilateralist and former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers, as well as Bilderberg regular Anne-Marie Slaughter.
Gates and fellow Microsoft executive Craig Mundie have been frequent Bilderberg attendees, with Mundie still serving on the Bilderberg Steering Committee.
And as this AFP writer reported in our last edition, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists—which was virtually unheard of until it was credited with “breaking” the Panama Papers tax-evasion caper—is a project of the Center for Public Integrity (CPI), whose top financiers include George Soros’s Open Society Foundations, the Rockefeller Family Fund, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Carnegie Corp. of New York.
Apart from this positioning of key writers and the financing of outfits who recite the trans-nationalist script for news consumers, the actual messages they convey are strategically timed. And one need not be a journalist to sing the “Trilateral tune” for news audiences.
Indeed, several other “Trilats,” like Mr. Summers, former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt and Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haass—who all sport Bilderberg pedigrees and maintain highly influential posts in society—aren’t employed in media but still play a major role in channeling the TC credo through influential news outlets. TC North American Chairman Joseph S. Nye, Jr. is yet another Project Syndicate contributing writer.
Haass and Bildt are among at least nine worldly columnists whose scribblings have frequented various op-ed pages and Project Syndicate’s site during 2016’s first quarter to rail against a British referendum June 23, in which voters will consider exiting the European Union. Put bluntly, these people view populist and nationalist ideas and movements the way Dracula views a Christian cross.
Haass fidgeted on Project Syndicate, “A British decision to sue for divorce would add to centrifugal forces already in evidence. Nationalism and populism, already on the rise for both economic and social reasons, would gather even more momentum.”
Haass also dreaded that if Brexit were to succeed, Americans might take that as a signal to become more isolationist and demand more attention to their own nation’s problems.
Bildt, who chairs the Global Commission on Internet Governance, recited rancid rhetoric that’s much the same: “For the United States, Brexit would be a betrayal of a key element of foreign policy championed by every American president since Dwight D. Eisenhower. Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin would certainly rejoice. And nationalist forces across Europe would suddenly feel that the future is theirs.”
And while both men fear that Brexit’s passage would reinvigorate Scotland’s so-far failed effort to leave the UK, Haass surpassed Bildt in peddling “fragmentation” fear porn, as follows: “Britain’s decision about its relationship with the EU will not happen in a vacuum. In fact, the timing could hardly be worse. Europe is already facing a perfect storm of fiscal strains, anemic economic growth, massive inflows of migrants and refugees, and renewed Russian aggression. As if that weren’t enough, there is the unraveling Middle East, advancing climate change, terrorism, and now a new disease—the Zika virus— on the march.”
It seems these guys left out the part about European integration overriding the border-control authority of individual European nations, even while the fanatical Euro-integrationists in the TC, in seeking their global imperium, help spawn the wars that have driven people from the Middle East into Europe. The Trilateralists and their ilk need only look into the mirror to see where the core of the problem lies. Yet, they’re the same people toiling to control the news.