Number of mainstream U.S. news outlets that reported on Paris Hilton over the past week: 10,000+
Number of mainstream U.S. news outlets that reported on a meeting of nearly 200 of the world's most powerful people this past weekend; Less than a handful.
The Bilderberg Group meeting, an annual conference at which the consensus for future global policy is provably manifested, again passed by with barely a mention on behalf of America's corporate media.
The Dallas Morning News carried a single article about Texas Governor Perry's visit, a story that was subsequently picked up in brief blurbs by a couple of local Texas TV news affiliates and a few bylines on page 30 of a couple of papers in the lone star state.
Apart from that, save a mention in an online Village Voice blog - nothing, absolutely nothing about a confab of the most powerful and influential people on the planet. In comparison, G8 is a mere talking shop and yet it is lavished with attention while Bilderberg is hidden in the shadows.
Nothing in the New York Times and nothing in the Washington Post or the Wall Street Journal, both of which were represented at the meeting. Nothing in Le Figaro of France or the Financial Times of London, who also were both represented by chief editors.
Media moguls who attend Bilderberg, such as Washington Post CEO and Chairman Donald E. Graham, swear an oath of secrecy and fulfil a promise each year to omit any coverage of Bilderberg from their news outlets.
Is it really any wonder that the traditional media model is dying and that more and more enlightened people in their droves are turning to alternative news sources in search of the truth?
Even the Turkish media, hardly reputed as a bastion of free speech, put the U.S. press to shame with a deluge of newspaper and TV coverage of Bilderberg and the protest that accompanied it in Istanbul.
Bilderberg routinely claims that it is simply a private meeting and that no policy is set within the confines of the ring of armed security the group erects around its hotel of choice. Yet courageous researchers like Jim Tucker and Daniel Estulin have demonstrated year upon year that what is discussed at Bilderberg quickly becomes policy if not in the near-term then years down the line.
The BBC uncovered documents form a former Bilderberg member dating back to the early 50's betraying the fact that the European Union and the single Euro currency were both brainchild's of the Bilderberg Group.
At the 2005 Bilderberg meeting in Munich Germany, leaked talking points obtained from the speeches given at the conference indicated that Bilderberg expected oil prices to surge over the next 12 months, which is exactly what happened.
Bilderberg has a proven history of acting in a kingmaker capacity. Both Bill Clinton and Tony Blair attended before becoming President and Prime Minister and it was also reported that Bilderberg selected John Edwards as Kerry's running mate in 2004. Hillary Clinton was rumored to have attended last year's conference in Ottawa.
Bilderberg is not about signing treaties, trade deals or agreeing to topple certain foreign heads of state - it's about creating a consensus for its members to adhere by, and the way in which topics are presented by speakers makes it obvious what the agenda will be.
This veneer of distinction provides Bilderberg with the justification to claim they don't set any concrete policy, but only the most deluded and naive observer could dismiss the notion that hundreds of the most influential people in the world getting together and talking doesn't have some play in what we later see unfold as policy.
Bilderberg members expressed their alarm at the speed of which the rush to invade Iraq was being pushed by the American elite in 2002, and so they resolved to recommend any military action be delayed until 2003, which is exactly what happened.
This year, speakers expressed their "concern" about Iran's nuclear proliferation - which in Bilderbergese is a rubber stamp for war. Though the language is couched in the lexicon of international relations, make no bones about it, the orders are transmitted and followed.
Bilderberg is the closest thing you will ever get to the secret world government and no amount of sneering, whitewash or smear on behalf of the corporate media - many of which are represented at the conferences, diminishes that fact.
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