For those of you who are familiar with Soviet history, you may recognize the term Apparatchik. One definition signifies a body of state agents who are chartered with the goal of preserving the Soviet State and health of the Party. These individuals worked in various capacities, charged with acting in the interest of the Regime to preserve and extend power. All at the cost of truth, liberty and justice of the very people the Soviets claimed to protect.
Well known is the effect of the Soviet policy on communication in Russia. State sponsored “news” dissemination points were established to control information. All information. Dissent didn’t exist because it was never hightailed in an intrepid journalists expose, no brave speaking truth to power. The Apparatchiks withheld and dispensed information to support the glory of the State, where no violence, starvation or protests took place.
Top down control of large populations dispersed geographically cannot be maintained through mere physical force. Conditioning the minds of the populist was critical to breed a citizen who would acquiesce to a command and control society. In this respect, the Apparatchiks stepped up the challenge and coordinated efforts of the news with education, medicine and psychology on all levels. Dissidents could be prevented from gaining a strong following by branding dissents as psychologically unfit or sick. Only someone with a mental disease would not love the collective and the salvation dispense for all. In the guise of preventative health measures, the Apparatchiks could enlist teachers, doctors and professors to act sensors of dissent, diagnose and remove from active society.
Those who follow the Mighty Humanzee’s musings on Twitter will recognize the #MSMApparatchiks hashtag. This construction is used to describe many of the old media or “mainstream” media. The MSM has tragically demonstrated it’s proclivities likened to the Apparatchiks in the Soviet Union, no longer acting as an independent observer of the US government; rather, outlets like the New York Times, Fox News, CNN and others act as agents of the state.
You’ll note the choice of “independent” as opposed to “objective”. Humans are fraught with flaws and subjectivity is always present. From a philosophical stand point “we are the subjects of our own experience”, and have limited capacity to stay objective for long. Being independent may be a more permanent state of mind as long truth is consistently sought. This develops over time.
So does this apply to journalists in the US, and to what degree are the MSM Apparatchiks engaged with attempts to stimulate pure visceral reactions? Consider the concept of Fake News: shocking results of 2016 were the result of low level information voters being exposed to information from un-vetted sources. Worse, this stream of disinformation was infused with propaganda backed by Russia and other colluding special interests.
To begin this is a fallacious appeal to authority. A tertiary response here is “the information is valid because men in white lab coats sat so. What happens they just bought the coats and didn’t get the credentials to be scientists?”
Diving deeper we have many stories deemed conspiracy by the MSM Apparatchiks which turned out to be true: email server gate, CNN Brazile-gate, voter fraud, TPP revelations, Kathy Shelton-gate, the Voting Dead, Pizza-gate, Clinton-Server-gate, the list continues. Most recently the death of Fidel Castro has lead a series of historical revisions, and other key indicator of the MSM Apparatchiks’ work.
The veracity of these stories were easily verified and the alt media rose to the occasion, many times locating back page or past articles that the MSM Apparatchiks themselves published. Fake News seems more of a ploy and justification for the MSM Apparatchiks to act as the Truth Ministry. Indeed many of the experts who claim their is direct evidence of a propaganda campaign remain … anonymous! The excuse here is that the experts would be exposed internet retribution, have accounts hacked, suffering the awful fate that exposed John Podesta.
Concluding quickly, mainstream media outlets acting as agents for establishment politicians function as Soviet Appratchiks, furthering the cause of the current power holders. As MSM Apparatchiks, the media serves us propaganda instead as serving the public by checking sources and practicing discernment. Combat this by checking sources no matter who brings you the story. The Mighty Humanzee speaks!