Proof of a Conspiracy: Bilderberg and the Silent Media
American Free Press | June 11 2004
The Bilderberg black-out in the U.S. press is evidence that the owners of America’s media are in collusion with the New World Order conspiracy.
The total blackout of Bilderberg in the U.S. media speaks volumes about the controlled press in America.
How could the national media ignore a four-day meeting between the world’s most influential men and elected U.S. officials and policy makers?
“They will conduct the world’s business behind locked and guarded doors,” James Tucker of The Spotlight said about Bilderberg in 1997.
This year, with the United States embroiled in a costly and artificial “war on terror,” some 35 prominent Americans attended Bilderberg in Italy, including six pro-war “neo-cons” and two U.S. senators – one a leading candidate for vice president.
“They don’t set policies for the world,” Denis Healy, former politician from Britain’s Labour Party and one of the founders of Bilderberg, told British journalist Jon Ronson, “they just discuss what the policies should be with the people who can make them happen.”
For four days in early June, key U.S. policy makers dined and networked with the people who control the global flows of money and oil. But don’t look for it in the pages of the Wall Street Journal or The New York Times – they also control the media.
While Bilderberg meetings are reported in the foreign press, they are completely ignored by the U.S. media.
A search of America’s leading newspapers reveals that the word Bilderberg appears very rarely, perhaps once or twice a year. When mentioned, Bilderberg is usually found in a non-news article, such as a book review or a satirical article about conspiracy theories.
Occasionally Bilderberg is mentioned in connection with an individual. The Washington Post, for example, ran a May 24 article about Richard Perle, and how he used his government position to enrich himself.
The article, entitled “The Ultimate Insider,” reported:
Perle joined Hollinger’s board in 1994, having met [Conrad M.] Black at an annual Bilderberg Conference, where members of the international business and foreign policy elite meet to network and discuss issues.
Perle is a Bilderberg regular. According to the article, Perle flew with Black on a company jet to meet with the crown prince of Jordan and “visit Perle’s friend, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in the mid-1990s.”
Netanyahu is one of the chief architects of the “war on terror.” In his 1986 book Terrorism: How the West Can Win, Netanyahu broached the concept of the “war on terror,” in which Western forces wage war on Israel’s foes:
All citizens in a democracy threatened by terrorism must see themselves, in a certain sense, as soldiers in a common battle… If we seriously want to win the war against terrorism, people must be prepared to endure sacrifice…
BILDERBERG: THE LONELY BAILIWICK
American Free Press is the only newspaper, and James Tucker is the only reporter, who actually reports on Bilderberg. Tucker has written more articles about Bilderberg than all other U.S. newspapers combined.
The Washington Post has mentioned Bilderberg in 26 articles during the past 27 years. The New York Times has a similar record. In both cases, however, the context is rarely a news item.
I inquired at The Washington Post if the capital’s leading paper would report on this year’s Bilderberg conference in Stresa, Italy.
Phil Bennett, a managing editor, I was told, was the person who could answer my question – but he was out of town.
“Is he at the Bilderberg conference?” I asked his secretary.
“I beg your pardon!” was the noticeably irritated reply.
“Well, maybe he’s there with Donald Graham,” I said. Donald E. Graham, head of the Washington Post Company, is a Bilderberg stalwart.
“I think you should talk to the ombudsman.”
With that I was shunted back to the ombudsman’s message machine where I had started my inquiry.
I then asked Toby Usnik of The New York Times if America’s leading newspaper planned to cover the Bilderberg conference. C. L. Sulzberger of The New York Times was a member of Bilderberg’s original governing council and the Times usually has a representative attending.
Per your query on coverage of the Bilderberg Conference, we have no current plans to cover the conference. But if the president goes, our White House correspondent is likely to go with him.
Director of Public Relations
The New York Times Company
As it turned out, only The Washington Times published a short United Press International (UPI) news piece on Sunday, June 6. It said that U.S. Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) was attending Bilderberg:
Milan, Italy, Jun. 6 (UPI) -- Among the 100 or so invitees to the annual Bilderberg conference under way Sunday in a northern Italy resort is potential U.S. vice president John Edwards.
Reporters generally are not invited and those who are observe the conference group's general pledge of secrecy, reinforcing the view of conspiracy theorists that the elite gathering is up to no good, London's The Guardian newspaper reported.
Oddly, the Guardian article cited by the UPI piece was a disinformation piece by Mark Oliver, which mixed facts with nonsense.
Oliver wrote: “Former Observer (UK) editor Will Hutton, who has been invited in the past, called the group the ‘high priests of globalization.’
“Present will be the odd press baron and media bigwig (sworn to secrecy like everyone else) but no reporters,” Oliver wrote.
Asked about the avoidance of Bilderberg in the U.S. press, Tucker surmised that the leading national newspapers had pressured the wire services to stop reporting on Bilderberg.
Reuters, Associated Press (AP), and UPI all reported on Bilderberg in the 1960s and 70s. However, since these wire services dropped Bilderberg, most U.S. newspapers are left in the dark.
Asked about the change in their coverage of Bilderberg, John Hendel, UPI’s American Desk Editor, said, “We were much larger then in terms of manpower.”
The recent UPI story on Sen. Edwards attending Bilderberg, he said, had been put together from outside news sources.
Jack Stokes in AP’s Corporate Communications office said AP would report on Bilderberg “if news comes out of it.”
The Chicago Tribune, which has avoided Bilderberg for 30 years, reported in 1965 how then Rep. Gerald R. Ford (R-Mich.) had attended two Bilderberg meetings, in 1962 and 1964.
Ford had been attacked for belonging to a “secret group” after he said there was no place in the Republican Party for a secret organization such as the John Birch Society.
“My district is 65 per cent Dutch ancestry,” Ford said. “Just mention that and say that Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands sponsors the meetings. I don’t care what else you write.”
The Tribune piece noted that during the 1964 campaign, the
Bilderberg meetings were described as gatherings of “king makers.”