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By Fr. Richard Heilman, Roman Catholic Man, October 15, 2019

Fr Richard HeilmanDid you know that only a handful of corporations, 6 to be exact, control over 90 percent of the media? That means nearly everything we hear on the radio, read in the news, and see on television (including ‘news’). I’m talking about General Electric (GE), News-Corp, Disney, Viacom, Time Warner, and CBS.

More and more people are expressing their concern that what we see in the media is nothing short of brainwashing. Weren’t we once, just 40 years ago, horrified about the thought of killing babies? Wasn’t Obama for DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) in just 2008? Do we really believe it is “okay” now for grown men to share a bathroom with little girls? Men should now be allowed to steal athletic awards from women? What happened?!?!

Filled with clever marketing tactics designed to tell us what to think, mainstream media “manufactures” public opinion and popular trends. It’s time to really take a look at what’s going on here and consider the type of information we’re being bombarded with.

Astroturfing is designed to create the image of public consensus where there is none. Astroturfing is the use of fake grassroots efforts that primarily focus on influencing public opinion and typically are funded by corporations and governmental entities to form opinions.

In the below eye-opening talk, veteran investigative journalist (and Former CBS NEWS investigative reporter) Sharyl Attkisson shows how “astroturf,” or fake grassroots movements, funded by political, corporate, or other special interests very effectively manipulate and distort media messages.