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FTR #1005 What the Hell Does Dave Emory Mean by “The So-Called Progressive Sector”?

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“In the ’60’s, we had Martin Luther King with ‘I Have a Dream.’ Now, we have Jesse Jackson with ‘I Have a
Scheme.’ “–Mort Sahl

Jesse Jackson and Martin Luther King, shortly before the murder: “Friendlies were not wearing ties.”

Introduction: The third of his landmark books about the assassination of Martin Luther King, Dr. William Pepper’s The Plot to Kill King is a well-written, investigative tour de force. In this program, we read excerpts of his book highlighting the duplicity and, in some cases, very possibly lethal treachery of some iconic, so-called “progressive” political figures.

In his investigation of King’s murderers, he detailed the apparent role of the late Russell Lee Adkins, a member of the Dixie Mafia in Memphis, Tennessee. (The Dixie Mafia is distinct from the Mafia, per se, that operated in the South, although–as Pepper makes clear–they worked with Mafiosi like New Orleans capo Carlos Marcello and Marcello associate Frank Liberto, like Adkins, an operator in Memphis.)

In The Plot to Kill KingPepper presents a deposition of Ronnie Lee Adkins, Russell’s son.  

In the deposition, Adkins alleged that the room switch to a room overlooking the swimming pool at the Lorraine Motel was effected by Jesse Jackson. In AFA #8, we highlighted how this switch placed King in a perfect position for the assassin to shoot him. This room switch was essential for the successful killing of Dr. King.

  1. ” . . . . . . . . Clyde Tolson, Hoover’s Deputy (whom Ronnie was told to call ‘Uncle Clyde’ from the first time he came to visit them in the 1950s) flew into the old airport where the old National Guard planes were based. . . .”
  2. ” . . . . Ron said that O.Z. dispensed money to, among others, Solomon Jones, Jesse Jackson and Billy Kyles. The money was paid for their obtaining and passing on information. Tolson told his father that Jones, Jackson, and Kyles were also paid informants of the F.B.I. paid out of the Memphis office, but the money that came from Tolson was separate from the money they received from [Memphis Police and Fire Department head and former FBI agent Frank] Holloman and the Memphis FBI Office. The Adkins money envelopes were wrapped up with rubber bands and paper with initials on it, ‘BK,’ ‘JJ,’ and so forth. . . .”
  3. ” . . . . . . . . Ron stated (under oath) that when Dr. King returned to Memphis on April 3, Jesse Jackson was instructed to arrange for the room change from the lower protected room 202, to the balcony room 306. . . .”
  4. ” . . . . . . . . Years later, when he asked his mother what the problem was with Jones, she said that Jackson (which was subsequently confirmed by Junior) was paying for everything. He was in charge of the money. . . .”

In FTR #46, we accessed William Pepper’s first book on the King assassination, Orders to Kill. In that volume, Pepper set forth a Special Forces “A” Team deployed to Memphis to kill Dr. King and his aide Andrew Young. Pepper reprises that information in this book, including information given to the Green Beret snipers by a Memphis Police operative that “Friendlies weren’t wearing ties.” In that context check out Jesse Jackson, photographed alongside Dr. King before the murder: ” . . . . . . . . Warren [one of the snipers] reported that he had spoken over the radio with an MPD officer whose first name he believed was Sam, who was the head of the “city TAC.” (This had to be Inspector Sam Evans, head of the MPD tactical units.) Warren said that Sam provided details about the physical structure and layout of the Lorraine. He also told Warren that “friendlies were not wearing ties.” Warren took this to mean there was an informant or informants inside the King group. . . .”

Pepper devotes much text to analysis of the active suppression of the truth by media outlets. A CNN  “documentary” about the King assassination hosted by Soledad O’Brien consisted largely of blatant disinformation.

After discussing the disheartening CNN documentary Pepper highlights media complicity in the cover-up of this country’s political assassinations, noting that many so-called progressive commentators and outlets adhere to this censorship. ” . . . . The remaining, missing point of this picture of disinformation and information control is the cooperative activity of a number of seemingly progressive, investigative journalists and researchers. These are a coterie of establishment liberal professionals who come on to assist the government’s position in cases and extremely sensitive issues like political assassination. These individuals have usually developed respect and credibility within the progressive community over a period of time as activist opponents of official government positions and actions. They have this developed credibility; thus, when they elect to support–or just ignore–the official government position on a particular issue or action, they have the ability to undercut dissent. . . .”

One of the individuals cited by Pepper is Daniel Ellsberg, although he does not mention him by name in the excerpt we read. Pepper refers to Ellsberg, specifically, in earlier discussion in his book.

Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers, which were then publicized by The New York Times, as well as The Washington  Post, both very closely linked to the CIA.

As discussed in FTR #978, among other programs, we noted that the Pentagon Papers were themselves “second-level” cover-up, falsely maintaining that there was continuity from the Kennedy administration to the Johnson administration with regard to Vietnam war policy.

Douglas Valentine has written extensively about the U.S. national security establishment. Best known for his seminal work on the Phoenix program in Vietnam, he has recently published The CIA as Organized Crime.

In his recent volume, Valentine notes Daniel Ellsberg’s long-standing links to the CIA and the inability/unwillingness of what he calls “The Compatible Left” to talk about St. Ellsberg’s connections to Langley.

This underscores why Mr. Emory has, for so long, referred to the “so-called progressive sector.”

  1. ” . . . .  Peter Dale Scott had also been marginalized as a result of his 1972 book, The War Conspiracy, and his 1993 book Deep Politics and the Death of JFK. Peter supported me, and a few years after the Phoenix book was published, I mentioned to him that I was writing an article, based on my interviews with Scotton and Conein, about Ellsberg’s deep political association with the CIA. . . .”
  2. ” . . . . [Alfred] McCoy [author of The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia] accused CIA officers Ed Lansdale and Lou Conein of collaborating with Corsican drug smugglers in 1965, at the same time Ellsberg was working closely with them. But when I interviewed him, Ellsberg insisted that these CIA officers were not involved in the drug traffic, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. . . .”
  3. ” . . . . But more importantly, by  covering up his own CIA connections, he’s reassuring the bourgeoisie that subscribes to these media outlets that everything they assume about their leaders is right. And that’s how symbolic heroes mislead the way. . . .”
  4. ” . . . . If Ellsberg were to reveal the CIA’s secrets, he would no longer have the same reassuring effect on the liberal bourgeoisie. So his sponsors never mention that he had an affair with the mistress of a Corsican drug smuggler in Saigon. That’s not in the book or the movie. He denies his CIA buddies were involved in the drug trade, even though they were. . . .”

Pepper concludes the main body of his text with observations about the role of the power elite and the news media in perpetuating the social and economic status quo: ” . . . . Look decided to publish my work, but in the interim, Bill met with New Orleans DA Jim Garrison, and was shaken by Garrison’s evidence of the involvement of the CIA in the assassination of John Kennedy. Right after the Garrison meeting, he called Bob Kennedy around 1:00 a.m., and Bob confirmed the conclusion, but said he would have to get to the White House in order to open the case. Bill Atwood had a heart attack about three hours later, around 4:00 a.m., and left LookNeedless to say, neither my piece nor Garrison’s were published, and the associate editor, Chandler Brossard, who brought us to Atwood, was let go. . . .”

1a. The third of his landmark books about the assassination of Martin Luther King, Dr. William Pepper’s The Plot to Kill King is a very well-written, investigative tour de force. In this program, we read excerpts of his book highlighting the duplicity and, in some cases, very possibly lethal treachery of some iconic, so-called “progressive” political figures.

In his investigation of King’s murderers, he detailed the apparent role of the late Russell Lee Adkins, a member of the Dixie Mafia in Memphis, Tennessee. (The Dixie Mafia is distinct from the Mafia, per se, that operated in the South, although–as Pepper makes clear–they worked with Mafiosi like New Orleans capo Carlos Marcello and Marcello associate Frank Liberto, like Adkins, an operator in Memphis.)

In The Plot to Kill KingPepper presents a deposition of Ronnie Lee Adkins, Russell’s son.  

In the deposition, Adkins alleged that the room switch to a room overlooking the swimming pool at the Lorraine Motel was effected by Jesse Jackson. In AFA #8, we highlighted how this switch placed King in a perfect position for the assassin to shoot him. This room switch was essential for the successful killing of Dr. King.

The Plot to Kill King by William Pepper; Skyhorse Publishing [SC]; Copyright 2016 by William Pepper; ISBN 978-1-5107-2962-9; pp. 238-252.

A critical witness came forward near the end of 2009 and agreed to be deposed. The extraordinarily long deposition was taken n December 10, 2009, in Memphis, Tennessee, pursuant to the Tennessee Rules of Civil Procedure and pursuant to Post Judgment Notice by the plaintiffs in the case of Coretta Scott King, et al., against Loyd Jowers et al.

The witness, Ronnie Lee Adkins, a.k.a. Ron Tyler, was deposed, with his counsel Stephen Toland present. As we shall see, it was Mr. Adkins’s testimony that unveiled the fatal connection of [former F.B.I Director J. Edgar] Hoover/[former FBI official and Hoover’s live-in lover Clyde] Tolson, the Dixie Mafia and the MPD [Memphis Police Department] and associated operatives in the assassination of Dr. King. . . .

. . . . Clyde Tolson, Hoover’s Deputy (whom Ronnie was told to call “Uncle Clyde” from the first time he came to visit them in the 1950s) flew into the old airport where the old National Guard planes were based. . . .

. . . . Hoover’s deputy, Tolson came to visit four or five times a year for such purpose. Rn said that his father took some of the money and gave it to O.Z. Evers to pay some of their guys for particular jobs or information. O.Z. and Russell Sr. spoke roughly every other day. O.Z. provided information about the movements and according to Ron, the “comings and goings of Martin Luther King. This was in the [sic] early 1960.”

Ron said that O.Z. dispensed money to, among others, Solomon Jones, Jesse Jackson and Billy Kyles. The money was paid for their obtaining and passing on information.

Tolson told his father that Jones, Jackson, and Kyles were also paid informants of the F.B.I. paid out of the Memphis office, but the money that came from Tolson was separate from the money they received from [Memphis Police and Fire Department head and former FBI agent Frank] Holloman and the Memphis FBI Office. The Adkins money envelopes were wrapped up with rubber bands and paper with initials on it, “BK,” “JJ,” and so forth.

His father gave part of that money to Jesse Jackson, and he gave part of that money to Billy Kyles. . . .

. . . . Ron stated (under oath) that when Dr. King returned to Memphis on April 3, Jesse Jackson was instructed to arrange for the room change from the lower protected room 202, to the balcony room 306. Ron said that O.Z. called Jesse and told him to arrange the change of room. When asked how he knew this, he said that his mother called O.Z. “on Junior’s instructions” and got O.Z. to act. O.Z. then called Walter Bailey, who owned the motel, and told him that Jesse was coming to see him, and ” . . . . Jesse went down there and talked to the man and, or his wife Lurlee . . . . and had him move Martin and Ralph up to 306.” 

Ron said that Frank Holloman had given the instructions to Junior who in turn passed them to his mother, who called O.Z. He said his mom sent him to the garage to get his daddy’s phonebook and bring it in the house because she had to reach O.Z. Ron said he brought in the phone book and she called O.Z. while standing ” . . . . right beside her when she made the call.” She told O.Z. she needed to talk to him right away. He said he would call her back. She sat down in a chai and waited. When he called she said they needed to get Dr. King moved and they needed to get hold of Jesse or someone to get it done. They Solomon Jones but decided they couldn’t trust him so he got Jackson to do it. . . .

. . . . Years later, when he asked his mother what the problem was with Jones, she said that Jackson (which was subsequently confirmed by Junior) was paying for everything. He was in charge of the money.

Ron said he did not know about any role that Abernathy might have played, but I always wondered why Ralph justified the move to room 306 by falsely saying that they had always stayed in that room, when in fact they never had used that room overnight.

The Reverend Billy Kyles was instructed to get Dr. King out of room 306 at precisely 6:00 p.m. Ron said that his mother also told him that O.Z. told Kyles to get Dr. King out of the room at 6:00 p.m. Jesse was also supposed to be out there but he got “chicken shit” and went down to the parking area. His control of the money explains how he had the authority to force the Invaders out of the motel before the assassination. If, in fact he was controlling the SCLC money and paid for their rooms, he would have had the power to do so. . . .

1b. In FTR #46, we accessed William Pepper’s first book on the King assassination, Orders to Kill. In that volume, Pepper set forth a Special Forces “A” Team deployed to Memphis to kill Dr. King and his aide Andrew Young. Pepper reprises that information in this book, including information given to the Green Beret snipers by a Memphis Police operative that “Friendlies weren’t wearing ties.” In that context check out Jesse Jackson, photographed alongside Dr. King before the murder:

The Plot to Kill King by William Pepper; Skyhorse Publishing [SC]; Copyright 2016 by William Pepper; ISBN 978-1-5107-2962-9; p. 129.

. . . . Warren [one of the snipers] reported that he had spoken over the radio with an MPD officer whose first name he believed was Sam, who was the head of the “city TAC.” (This had to be Inspector Sam Evans, head of the MPD tactical units.) Warren said that Sam provided details about the physical structure and layout of the Lorraine. He also told Warren that “friendlies were not wearing ties.” Warren took this to mean there was an informant or informants inside the King group. . . .

2. Pepper devotes much text to analysis of the active suppression of the truth by media outlets. A CNN  “documentary” about the King assassination hosted by Soledad O’Brien consisted largely of blatant disinformation.

The Plot to Kill King by William Pepper; Skyhorse Publishing [SC]; Copyright 2016 by William Pepper; ISBN 978-1-5107-2962-9; pp. 310-311.

. . . . In the second  half of the program, the disinformation ran rampant; just a few examples illustrate this point. Since this evidence has been discussed in detail elsewhere, the reader’s sufferance is requested as I repeat it in order to contrast the litany of facts with CNN‘s disgraceful distortion.

The failure to match the  throw-down rifle to the death slug became “inconclusive.” What does that mean? There was no ballistics match. The  gun was not, and could not, be regarded as the murder weapon, and was introduced into evidence as such. Yet it remains mounted in the Civil Rights Museum as precisely that–now with CNN’s blessing.

We  had four witnesses, who saw figures in the bushes (one a New York Times reporter, Earl Caldwell), two observed the shooter coming down over the wall, another (Reverend James Orange) saw smoke kicked up and rising from the rising from the bushes, and another who saw the owner of the Grill which backed onto the Lorraine Motel, rush  from the bushes past her into  his kitchen, still  carrying the  smoking gun he  book from the shooter. CNN convened all of this evidence into one “unreliable” witness.

The next morning that crime scene was cut down and cleaned. The CNN report supported the official story that the shot came from the bathroom window, so whatever happened to the bushes was deemed unimportant. It was well-known that we had a reliable witness who saw the bathroom door open with a light on, minutes before the shooting, and no one inside. It was empty, of course, because the shot came from the bushes. A clip from a CBS interview with a roomer who saw someone running down the hall was cut off just before the reporter showed him a photo of James and he said that was not the man he saw. The man carrying the throw-down bundle of items that James was told to leave in the room (which also contained the throw-down gun) dropped them in a doorway and got into the second Mustang and drove away.

We had a witness who identified that Mustang as having Arkansas plates. It was parked south of  James’s Mustang. We had two witnesses (one from the Corps of Engineers) and signed statements, evidencing that James drove away from the rooming house about twenty minutes before the shooting. All of this was known and put under oath, and ignored by CNN.

Perhaps the most egregious action involved the use of the aged captain of the fire station, diagonally opposite the motel. When I learned from the military source that a Psy-Ops unit of two photographers was on the roof of the station, and one of my investigators interviewed both army photographers,  I sought out the captain of the fire station, ten years before the documentary. At that earlier time he testified under oath that he put them on the roof, watched  them  unpack their still  cameras, and then left them there. He never saw them again. Then nine years later, CNN puts on this old man who is clearly confused about what he did back then and may not even have remembered his courtroom testimony. They use that interview along with a photograph of the roof taken at a time when the soldiers would have had ample time to disappear to assert that they were never there.

It gets worse. When, during my interview, I suggested to the CNN reporter that they interview the captain about the presence of these Psy-Ops photographers, I was told that he had died. They obviously did not want me to speak with him. He was still alive. There was more of the same, but surely, this is enough to constitute an insult to the memory and legacy of Dr. King, an injustice to James Earl Ray, and a violation of every tenet of fair and objective reporting.

3. After discussing the disheartening CNN documentary Pepper highlights media complicity in the cover-up of this country’s political assassinations, noting that many so-called progressive commentators and outlets adhere to this censorship.

The Plot to Kill King by William Pepper; Skyhorse Publishing [SC]; Copyright 2016 by William Pepper; ISBN 978-1-5107-2962-9; pp. 311-313.

At this point, it appears entirely reasonable, in light of this sordid history, of disinformation with collaboration between mainstream media and the government, to conclude that the more we learn about contemporary publishing and news reporting in the United State., the more accurate does it appear was Carl Bernstein’s conclusion in Rolling Stone in October 1977 about the extraordinary degree of influence and control over–and actual working presence in all aspects of print, audio, and visual media by the intelligence community and its assigned agents. The willingness of corporate media to collaborate and the consolidation of that collaboration has, for the most part, made it impossible for a free and independent press to operate in this Republic.

The remaining, missing point of this picture of disinformation and information control is the cooperative activity of a number of seemingly progressive, investigative journalists and researchers. These are a coterie of establishment liberal professionals who come on to assist the government’s position in cases and extremely sensitive issues like political assassination. These individuals have usually developed respect and credibility within the progressive community over a period of time as activist opponents of official government positions and actions. They have this developed credibility; thus, when they elect to support–or just ignore–the official government position on a particular issue or action, they have the ability to undercut dissent.

Specifically, how does a new untold history ignore the evidence of official involvement in a wide range of political assassinations at home and abroad, along with a wide range of corporate domination of the public life of the Republic, and governmental involvement in crimes against humanity across the globe?

A well-known and respected Boston–area professor, who is highly regarded for his well-informed criticism of US government foreign policy, has always minimized the significance of our history of political assassinations. He told me that he had no idea that anyone had done the work I had undertaken on the Dr. King assassination. By that time, I had published two books on the case, setting out the evidence of Ray’s innocence and the existence of a conspiracy.

And he said he was not aware. [This is almost certainly Noam Chomsky, whose work on generative linguistics–which “made him as an academician–was accomplished on a grant from the Pentagon. Chomsky’s work features prominently in Pentagon research and operations.–D.E.]

Another investigative journalist well up on the ladder of credibility in the progressive community, also commented, factually incorrectly, on why and how Dr. King decided to oppose the war.

Another, a patron saint of opposition to the Vietnam War, took it upon himself to issue a misleading affidavit in the case and, subsequently to question the authenticity of the cable given to Steve Tompkins by the grunt members of the Alpha 184 Unit. In this last instance I was warned long ago by Colonel Fletcher Prouty to be wary of this person as a result of Fletcher’s analysis of his earlier high profile revelations. [From previous discussion, it is apparent that Pepper is referring to Daniel Ellsberg.]

4a. Ellsberg has long maintained links to the CIA, and the so-called “progressive sector will not discuss this.

Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers, which were then publicized by The New York Times, as well as The Washington  Post, both very closely linked to the CIA.

As discussed in FTR #978, among other programs, we noted that the Pentagon Papers were themselves “second-level” cover-up, falsely maintaining that there was continuity from the Kennedy administration to the Johnson administration with regard to Vietnam war policy.

Douglas Valentine has written extensively about the U.S. national security establishment. Best known for his seminal work on the Phoenix program in Vietnam, he has recently published The CIA as Organized Crime.

In his recent volume, Valentine notes Daniel Ellsberg’s long-standing links to the CIA and the inability/unwillingness of what he calls “The Compatible Left” to talk about St. Ellsberg’s connections to Langley.

This underscores why Mr. Emory has, for so long, referred to the “so-called progressive sector.”

The CIA as Organized Crime by Douglas Valentine; Clarity Press [SC]; Copyright 2017 by Douglas Valentine; ISBN 978-0-9972870-2-8; pp. 31-32.

 . . . . Peter Dale Scott had also been marginalized as a result of his 1972 book, The War Conspiracy, and his 1993 book Deep Politics and the Death of JFK. Peter supported me, and a few years after the Phoenix book was published, I mentioned to him that I was writing an article, based on my interviews with Scotton and Conein, about Ellsberg’s deep political association with the CIA. Peter is Ellsberg’s friend, and even though the article had the potential to embarrass Ellsberg, he arranged for me to interview him. Peter gave me Ellsberg’s number and I called at a pre-arranged time. And the first thing Ellsberg said to me was, “You can’t possibly understand me because you’re not a celebrity.” . . . .

4b.   The CIA as Organized Crime by Douglas Valentine; Clarity Press [SC]; Copyright 2017 by Douglas Valentine; ISBN 978-0-9972870-2-8; pp. 32-33.

 . . . . I experienced the same thing [marginalization by what Mr. Emory calls “the so-called progressive sector”] when I wrote my article about Ellsberg. No one on the American left would publish it. Eventually, Robin Ramsay published it in Lobster magazine in Great Britain. The article was titled “The Clash of the Icons” and demonstrated that Ellsberg and Al McCoy [the author of The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia—D.E.] held contradictory positions about the CIA’s relationship with drug traffickers in Vietnam.” McCoy accused CIA officers Ed Lansdale and Lou Conein of collaborating with Corsican drug smugglers in 1965, at the same time Ellsberg was working closely with them. But when I interviewed him, Ellsberg insisted that these CIA officers were not involved in the drug traffic, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. . . .

4c.   The CIA as Organized Crime by Douglas Valentine; Clarity Press [SC]; Copyright 2017 by Douglas Valentine; ISBN 978-0-9972870-2-8;p. 33.

 . . . . Maintaining Ellsberg’s image is mostly a business decision, because Ellsberg is what the Mafia calls “a money-maker.” If one of these Compatible Left media outlets has Ellsberg talk at a peace conference it’s sponsoring, a hundred fans will pay cash to see him. The Compatible Left is a business venture that’s dependent on the capitalist society within which it operates. At the same time, Ellsberg is a symbol of the illusion that change is possible within the system. He calls for reform, yes, and like the Compatible Left, he backs many important progressive programs. But more importantly, by  covering up his own CIA connections, he’s reassuring the bourgeoisie that subscribes to these media outlets that everything they assume about their leaders is right. And that’s how symbolic heroes mislead the way. . . .

4d.   The CIA as Organized Crime by Douglas Valentine; Clarity Press [SC]; Copyright 2017 by Douglas Valentine; ISBN 978-0-9972870-2-8; pp. 33-34.

 . . . . But there are no heroes, and system doesn’t work for everyone, like it rewards Amy Goodman at Democracy Now! Or like it rewards [Glenn] Greenwald and [Jeremy] Scahill [of Pierre Omidyar’s Intercept].

If Ellsberg were to reveal the CIA’s secrets, he would no longer have the same reassuring effect on the liberal bourgeoisie. So his sponsors never mention that he had an affair with the mistress of a Corsican drug smuggler in Saigon. That’s not in the book or the movie.He denies his CIA buddies were involved in the drug trade, even though they were. He won’t talk about the CIA war crimes he witnessed or the contradictions of capitalism. . . .

5. Pepper concludes the main body of his text with observations about the role of the power elite and the news media in perpetuating the social and economic status quo.

The Plot to Kill King by William Pepper; Skyhorse Publishing [SC]; Copyright 2016 by William Pepper; ISBN 978-1-5107-2962-9; pp. 311-313.

. . . . Finally, it is a matter of public record that, over the years, I have been canceled by a number of liberal/progressive-hosted NPR programs and not invited to countless others. One of the latter, supported, I understand, by the Ford Foundation, regularly gives a forum to Jesse Jackson around the anniversary time of the assassination, while I have never been interviewed. Regarding Reverend Jackson, Dexter King and I were scheduled to appear on the Larry King Show and he showed up to join us. His presence was apparently mandated from above.

In the event that the misinformation and omissions discussed above were simply produced by oversight, neglect, or naivete and not the result of sinister collaboration, I have not used the names of the actors. It is also important to note that many of the small, selected sample of progressive commentators and programs to which I have referred do cover issues and events not available anywhere else. In this respect they provide a genuine public service.

Nevertheless, there are lines they will not cross and political assassinations are a no-go area, as is 9/11.

Assassins and their masters come and go, live and die, but their agencies and corporate masters live on in a world where the media image makers and information providers of the day are confronted with mortgage payments, tuition and medical bills, loans and credit ratings, all geared to treasured lifestyles and status.

Considering the previous existence of some independence in mainstream media entities, the current consolidation of control and suppression of ideas, facts, and events, virtually across the board, is lamentable and one more major indication of the death of democracy in the American Republic.

For example, as noted earlier I recall in early 1967, the willingness of Look magazine, under Bill Atwood, to publish my Ramparts article and photographs: “The Children of Vietnam.”

As noted elsewhere, though I believe it worth repeating, as an example of the lengths those in power will go to enhance their interests, when I went to Look’s offices for a lengthy meeting, I was greeted by Bill with the statement, “You may be interested in knowing that I had a visitor last week.” I asked who it was, and he said “Averill Harriman” (former New York governor and Democratic Party leader).  Bill said, “He brought me greetings from President Johnson, along with a request for a favor from the president.” I asked what was the president’s request, and he said, “The president would like you not to publish anything Bill Pepper writes.” Bill continued, “Now how does that make you feel? You are not yet thirty years old and the President of the United States is worried about what you are writing.”

I said, “I’m more interested in how you responded.”

He said, “I told him that I was going to meet with you next week, and if we were convinced with what you had to say, we were going to publish–and give the President my best regards.”

Look decided to publish my work, but in the interim, Bill met with New Orleans DA Jim Garrison, and was shaken by Garrison’s evidence of the involvement of the CIA in the assassination of John Kennedy.

Right after the Garrison meeting, he called Bob Kennedy around 1:00 a.m., and Bob confirmed the conclusion, but said he would have to get to the White House in order to open the case.

Bill Atwood had a heart attack about three hours later, around 4:00 a.m., and left Look.

Needless to say, neither my piece nor Garrison’s were published, and the associate editor, Chandler Brossard, who brought us to Atwood, was let go.

People with courage and independence like Atwood increasingly became rare in the corporate, mainstream media world, and now, nearly half a century later, are virtually nonexistent.

The Oligarchy’s media ascendancy has been witness to Democracy’s demise.

6. Over the years, we  have noted peoples’ reluctance and/or inability to adjust their views and perspectives in light of new information that would mandate such a correction.

We have conceptualized that dynamic as “Information versus Confirmation.”

Rather than having their views governed by information, many people’s outlooks are inclined in the direction of input that confirms their prejudices or views.

Information presented in The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles and Their Secret World War by Stephen Kinzer frames this dynamic in the context of contemporary cognitive and social psychological theory.

The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War by Stephen Kinzer; St. Martin’s Griffin [SC]; Copyright 2013 by Stephen Kinzer; ISBN 978-0-8050-9497-9; pp.320-321.

 . . . . In the twenty-first century, discoveries about how the brain works set off a mini-boom of books seeking to convey these discoveries to lay readers. They comprise a leap in understanding—not simply of psychology and human behavior, but of a force that, at times, influences world history. The Cold War was one of those times. All of these observations, made by scientists and researchers, are strongly applicable to the Dulles brothers.

  •  People are motivated to accept accounts that fit with their preexisting convictions; acceptance of those accounts makes them feel better, and acceptance of competing claims makes them feel worse.

  • Moral hypocrisy is a deep part of our nature: the tendency to judge others more harshly for some moral infraction than we judge ourselves.

  • Groupthink leads to many problems of defective decision making, including incomplete survey of alternatives and objectives, failure to examine the risks of the preferred choice, poor information search, selective bias in processing information, and failure to assess alternatives.

  • We are often confident even when we are wrong . . . . Declarations of high confidence mainly tell you that an individual has constructed a coherent story in his mind, not necessarily that the story is true.

  • Certain beliefs are so important for a society or group that they become part of how you prove your identity. . . . The truth is that our minds just aren’t set up to be changed by mere evidence. . . .

7. The program concludes with the reading of a poem by Robinson Jeffers, that sums up Mr. Emory’s feelings on this country, its citizens and its institutions.

“Be Angry at the Sun” by Robinson Jeffers

That public men publish falsehoods
Is nothing new. That America must accept
Like the historical republics corruption and empire
Has been known for years.

Be angry at the sun for setting
If these things anger you. Watch the wheel slope and turn,
They are all bound on the wheel, these people, those warriors.
This republic, Europe, Asia.

Observe them gesticulating,
Observe them going down. The gang serves lies, the passionate
Man plays his part; the cold passion for truth
Hunts in no pack.

You are not Catullus, you know,
To lampoon these crude sketches of Caesar. You are far
From Dante’s feet, but even farther from his dirty
Political hatreds.

Let boys want pleasure, and men
Struggle for power, and women perhaps for fame,
And the servile to serve a Leader and the dupes to be duped.
Yours is not theirs.

Discussion

2 comments for “FTR #1005 What the Hell Does Dave Emory Mean by “The So-Called Progressive Sector”?”

  1. My father maintained since 11-22-63 JFK’s murder was a conspiracy and the FBI, the Hunt brothers, and several other intelligence/business entities were involved. He also bemoaned that progressives in the media did not challenge the Warren Commission and its enablers.
    I was 14 years old, and grew up with the idea that the government executed and lied about JFK’s (and subsequently MLK’s & RFK’s) murders.

    Fast forward to today, where I am so puzzled when I read comments in social media that NYT, MSNBC, Chuck Todd, etc should “do their jobs” with regards to coverage of Trump and the Russians (among many other Trump/Rethuglican related subjects.) I reply that they are doing their jobs, which is to read the scripts handed to them.

    Posted by Kathleen | May 19, 2018, 4:38 pm
  2. They are all just Hollywood faces that read headlines.

    Posted by Roberto Maldonado | May 19, 2018, 5:54 pm

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