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Total News Blackout - "Main Stream" Media Brainwashing

Do this experiment and draw your own conclusion.

A recent partial audit (thank you, Ron Paul) of the Federal Reserve shows the Fed loaned out $16 trillion to foreign banks and countries over the past three years.


$16 trillion is probably the largest amount of "money" ever created in a 3-year period and this is the first-ever audit of the Federal Reserve. So how is the mainstream press reporting on this?

Let's find out.

First, google: "$16 trillion federal reserve"
You will get many pages of relevant hits. As far out as page 35, most of the returns were still relevant, so that's well over 350 stories.

Now for a little Google magic. You may not have known that you can google a subject by website. (Aren't you glad you read this far?) So let's do that for ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX to see how THEY covered this topic. The web sites are:

ABC abcnews.go.com
NBC nbc.com
CBS cbsnews.com
FOX foxnews.com

To google by site, you enter your normal search terms and then add "site: "

So for abcnews.go.com we enter: "$16 trillion federal reserve site:abcnews.go.com"

Try it.

Here are the other three search strings:
$16 trillion federal reserve site:nbc.com
$16 trillion federal reserve site:cbsnews.com
$16 trillion federal reserve site:foxnews.com

How many stories did you find? On all four networks...

Not a single story about the $16 trillion created by the Federal Reserve and shipped off to foreign banks and countries.

Not ONE!

(There is one mention on CBS News - but it's in a comment from a reader.)

Yet there are hundreds of stories about it on the internet (and you can download a copy of the audit report).

How much is $16 trillion? If you put together $16 trillion in $100 bills, it would cover a football field to a depth of about 100 feet. It's more than the entire US National Debt!

One of the most important news stories of the year - total news blackout.

Now THINK. If they're filtering your news that hard on a critical story like this, what else are they not telling you?

And if you only know what the owners of the lamestream press want you to know, aren't you being brainwashed?


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So did the government literal

So did the government literal lend out 16 trillion or 3 trillion? What's the no BS fact?

No, they are pretty clear,

it's not gov, it'st the FED that lent out the $16T. You'd think it would be reported a little more in comparison to all the whoopla that accompanied the recent decision of the gov to borrow a measly $2.4T

And for an interesting contrast

do the same Google search with search terms:

$16 trillion federal reserve site:dailypaul.com

You get 21 PAGES of results.

Update: my apologies to SteveMT, who already made this point, down below.

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Thanks for the valuable information...

Not surprise at all...

"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they attack you, then you win!"

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So called news networks share something in common.

CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News, along with most other forms of media, believe that the ratings and the money are in the right, not the left. The three cable networks are corporate owned and only for the purpose of profit. They don't care about journalism or their obligation to inform the public.
This is all about dollars, and the notion is that the most profitable way to run a cable news outlet is to be like Murdoch owned Fox News - which is why CNN keeps hiring more and more right wingers and has hopped into bed with the Tea Party Express, another of the Koch brothers' mighty tentacles. All these shenanigans are in keeping with a sophisticated corporate echo chamber propaganda strategy funded primarily by the Koch brothers for the purpose of turning business-friendly, fringe right-wing ideas into mainstream policy arguments.
The echo chamber strategy is very real, and has been perfected by corporate interests over the last several decades. It involves carefully selecting and fine-tuning a message that resonates with the populace, and then arranging to get that message repeated over and over through a variety of credible media sources.
Conservatives have been working since the 1970s to develop this powerful echo chamber propaganda infrastructure. Here's how it works: Corporate donors fund conservative think tanks which then develop position papers that argue in favor of conservative ideas. Then an armada of PR flacks arrange an deluge of media appearances for spokespeople from those think tanks to promote the ideas. These pundits repeat the same, pre-determined talking points over and over, stating them as though they were facts. When the echo chamber is fully deployed, the same points get made over and over on TV shows, radio, in social media and virtually every form of media until finally the ideas become so ubiquitous that they become accepted as conventional wisdom.


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optimistically, thank the Lord listening to the msm is becoming more and more like cooling your meat with ice cubes.

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the real culprits that's why cable tv as a whole is force fed garbage. That's why we hear so much about Bilderberg and 911 Truth or in depth reporting on subjects like these. Fuck the MSM and their shills. It's only 16 Trillion?? WTF?? Each administration has to criminally out due the prior one, this is totally outrageous. Never let a good crisis go to waste, and if there is no crisis, create one.

9/11 was an inside job .....time to get some answers..RP 2012

Yeah, but the loans were paid back with interest!

Have you ever had a person respond with that statement, as they dismiss the notion The Fed is evil?

I have. In fact Helicopter Ben says the same thing.

How do you respond?

My reply is (and somebody please confirm what I'm saying is true): of course they do but the gift was not the original loan amount, but 9x that amt which they can loan out to others, and charge interest, and of course steal the collateral upon default.

So if $100 B is loaned, the banks can loan out up to $900 B, and collect massive interest payments.

"It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a rEVOLution before tomorrow morning." - Henry Ford

You are generally schooled in old textbook financial parlance.

Submitted by Mark Twain 06/16/2011

Get with the times me lad. The times, they are a changing. Textbooks be not fer me. Hitch yer wagon... bypass Congressional appropriations, debt ceilings, leaky roofs & $16 trillion "loans out of thin air."

Emergency Financial Stabilization Act, 2008 eviscerated fractional reserve banking. "Financial Stabilization Act, 2008" removes "Fractional Reserve" requirement. Such a pesky rule. Leverage was over 200 : 1 at the FANNIE Mae & FREDDIE Mac twins (aka: FNM & FEE). Bank average "Fractional Reserve" was reportedly about 3% (not 10%) when bankers lost faith in their own faith based currency, 2007.

You astutely wrote about 10 x fractional reserve banking. Some still speak of it. It was cherished banking legal fiction for centuries. You generally wrote up in college financial text book fashion along the lines many reminisce. It is legal fiction history that many bank still pretend to follow. Just dated. Old school. Don't let it get you down. We all might feel we are an underdog at times. Even former sitting President Clinton went before news reel cameras begging folks to give what they can to banks. Clinton lectured banks could increase loans 10X more than we gave them, if we only had confidence... faith. Bizarre.

Since 2008, even shock & awe pales is comparison to Wizard of Oz banking. Toto nervously waits Dorothy. Toto will accompany her back home to Kansas. They both long for mere tornadoes & dust storms. "There is no place like home." [Wish intently. Click heels.]

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Perhaps they broke down that 16 trillion.

From our perspective, of course it's all bad money. From conventional news' perspective, perhaps they differentiate foreign and local stimulus, and never think to arrive at that sum.

I instead searched site:cbsnews.com/ federal reserve trillions

filtered to only show results less than a year old, and found this, back in Dec of 2010:


Newly released documents show that the most loan money over time went to Citigroup ($2.2 trillion), followed by Merrill Lynch ($2.1 trillion), Morgan Stanley ($2 trillion), Bank of America ($1.1 trillion), Bear Stearns ($960 billion), Goldman Sachs ($620 billion), JPMorgan Chase ($260 billion) and Wells Fargo ($150 billion). Many of the individual loans they took were worth billions and had short durations but were paid back and renewed many times.


The documents disclosed details of more than $3.3 trillion in loans to financial institutions, companies and foreign central banks during the crisis. The figure comes from adding up the maximum amount of aid provided for each of the Fed's credit programs.

That's nearly the same quotes as your OP cite.

Similar searches on fox yield similar articles, though oddly not from nbc.com, (nor its msnbc.com, nbc's news source), or abc.com.

That is strange. Still a small chance I'm searching wrong.

I guess I just don't think one should try proving something doesn't exist with only one unrevealing search.

I do generally agree with your point, though.

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If you have to go back a year...

... to find scattered references to loans that may not even be related (I don't think the audit was complete that far back, was it?) and even then, two of the major networks had NOTHING, it begins to smell like a news blackout.

Assume we all agree that $16 trillion in loans is a newsworthy subject?


Then when you google it, and get thousands of hits - but conspicuous black holes where ABC, NBC, FOX or CBS should be, I am loathe to chalk that up to a poor choice of search terms.

Starts to LOOK like a News Blackout.

This is not a story about what dress Betty-Lou wore to the church social in Peoria last month. This is a story with world-wide implications, a small crack in the wall of secrecy surrounding the Fed, a story that should be getting coverage from every news agency that covers national news or international news.

Just for grins, I've done a couple more searches:

$16 trillion federal reserve site: rt.com - 40 hits
$16 trillion federal reserve site:pravda.ru - 65 hits
$16 trillion federal reserve site: english.cntv.cn - 751 hits
$16 trillion federal reserve site:cnn.com - 588 hits

Now, doubtless, many of these hits are talking about something other than the specific audit mentioned above. But when you contrast the results with ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX Occam's Razor screams "News Blackout".

I welcome more research. Who knows what we might find? Maybe it would be worthwhile to write a script that does parallel searches on major news stories just to count the hits on various news sources to get some idea of how they are filtering news? One could eventually build a profile of what news sources will cover which kinds of news. For example, if you want to know about wrong-doing by the Federal Reserve, you're much better off consulting RUSSIAN news sources than you are checking AMERICAN news sources.

Oh, the irony!

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nice post

yeah i feel the same way about the stock market crash thing that happened a few days ago.... the mainstream is not saying anything about it.... lol the internet is going to take down the government all on its own

Are you sure trillions of those dollars didn't go to pentagon?

I am sure that something got piled over in the paperwork. Im sure that there is an army being prepared to control the masses of america.

If you get your news from

If you get your news from ABC, CBS, NBC or Fox, then you're probably too feebleminded to tie your own shoes.



My W-2 form should allow 80 million dependents.

Thats how many Federal checks are sent out every month according to our Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.

If your not paying taxes let me know how it is working out for you. The government takes their cut from my weekly pay check before I see a penny of cash from my check, no ifs, ands or buts. If they know how to spend money better than me, why are they broke and living off credit and I am able to fend for myself day to day week to week year to year. If the government can't spend money properly maybe we shouldn't give money to them.

Most people are very pissed off at the whole debt game that is being played. Ron Paul understands what is going on and has the courage to treat the situation with the proper remedy. The longer we wait the more painful it will be.

Can Obama resign and make Ron Paul president now? We might not make it to the next election.

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Ascention is Mr B, then Miss H.

J Biden ascends. Then H Clinton ascends.

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There is also a media blackout.

About the historic UN vote on Palestine that is coming up next month and also suspiciously much silence about the investigation into the terrorist attack in Norway.

What really worries me is how everything seems to come together this time: there are so many crises and major developments going on simultaniously.

I expect the SHTF very soon. Watch out for September and the vote on Palestine. Israel will pull something off to divert attention from this issue, they might even succeed in preventing this UN vote to take place alltogether.

And in the meantime we are looking at financial AAA-rmageddon, nobody knows how bad it might be in one month time.

Didn't that same quasi-audit

Didn't that same quasi-audit also reveal the Fed passing out cash to these same corporate media outlets? Seems to me that's pretty significant news that should be making major headlines.

Now, I'm not saying there's a connection between the corporate media's silence and the Fed giving them cash, but--

Wait, yes, I am saying that. I'm saying exactly that.

3.08 Trillion to foreign banks, not 16T

From the OP's linked article:

Of the $16.1 trillion loaned out, $3.08 trillion went to financial institutions in the U.K., Germany, Switzerland, France and Belgium, the Government Accountability Office's (GAO) analysis shows.

Additionally, asset swap arrangements were opened with banks in the U.K., Canada, Brazil, Japan, South Korea, Norway, Mexico, Singapore and Switzerland. Twelve of those arrangements are still ongoing, having been extended through August 2012.

Don't exaggerate the numbers; the truth is bad enough.

Personally, I don't much care if the money went to foreign thieves and looters rather than to domestic thieves and looters. In fact, it may be marginally better outcome: Money spent domestically will drive up prices here. Money sent abroad will drive up prices abroad, and only gradually trickle home. Best of all would not to allow thieving and looting at all, of course. And the Fedsters hanging from lampposts.

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Fraudulent banking is foreign.

The money was given to fraudulent bankers, more specifically, fractional reserve bankers and counterfeiters; which are foreign to our American Constitution.

Goldman Sachs may claim to be an American bank, but they're no different from any other globalist banksters and are operating outside our law. They are foreign.

They have invaded.


Why demonize "foreigners"? The problem with the banksters is their morality -- or lack thereof -- not their nationality. As for "operating outside our law" -- the banksters choose and fund the politicians who write those laws. That's how they get "bailouts."

And let's not have too much respect for "our law." Most laws are written by poltroons and tyrants for the benefit of their buddies, and to the detriment of everyone else.

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Outlaws operate outside the law. Outside the Constitution.

The Federal Reserve Act, 1913 is legal fiction. Try to read it, without laughing. Page one states they will create "elastic currency." So, for the last 98 years, the US has been measuring economic activity with an elastic ruler. A bungee King.

    Imagine a bungee emperor pretending to tell you the truth without any stretches.

"Legal Tender" (cash)is a stretch... a false measure... flying-money. Paper-money was so named by Chinese a couple of millenniums ago. As time flies, wealth blows any which way the wind blows.

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Thanks For The Accounting

So you are saying we don't have to go so far to get most of our money back?

Oh why soil a lamppost? Use 'em for corn fertilizer to try and get back some of the value they stole.

One dirty bankster per corn stalk should improve yields 5,000%.

Plenty of banksters to go around.

The Oracle

Another farm subsidy?

Why should farmers be given free fertilizer? Let them buy the corpses on the free and open market, in competition with pig farmers, organ banks, research labs,shooting ranges, etc. Your heart is in the right place, though.

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