The X Files: Washing and Spin Drying Your Brain

The X Files: Washing and Spin Drying Your Brain
Vol: 50 Issue: 22 Tuesday, November 22, 2005

The X Files: Washing and Spin Drying Your Brain

The mainstream media’s war against the administration has come out into the open — they aren’t even pretending to be fair and balanced anymore.

They’ve even dropped the pretense that they care what effect their attacks have on either America as a country or America’s forces in combat.

Vice President Dick Cheney gave a speech before the American Enterprise Institute in Washington DC in which he took on charges that the administration lied to make its case for war with Iraq.

It was no ordinary speech; Cheney came down hard on charges that the president lied, quoting John McCain’s statement that claiming the president lied was itself ‘a lie’.

Cheney said in his speech that criticism is justified, but that lies were over the top.

While Cheney was saying that criticism was justified, CNN flashed a big, black ‘X’ across his face. The ‘X’ pulsed on-screen, appearing every 1/15th of a second, not long enough to be picked up easily by the naked eye, but long enough to implant a subliminal ‘message’ in viewer’s brains.

CNN defended itself by claiming it was a malfunctioning ‘switcher’. A ‘switcher’ is the term to describe a special effect when the camera view ‘switches’ — like going from tight shot out to a wider two-camera view, or to flash a name or title across the screen over a speaker.

So, CNN’s ‘defense’ against implanting a negative subliminal message over the vice president’s face while he was giving a speech is this.

They just happened to have a big, black ‘X’ already loaded on their switcher, just in case they needed that particular graphic at some point, (but certainly not during a political speech by the Vice President!)

Then, by accident, (honest!) that durned switcher just picked that particular image at random and began flashing it at subliminal speeds (all by itself) over Cheney’s face at just the right time to implant a message that the Vice President was lying as he was defending the administration against charges of lying.

CNN’s technical trick was largely ignored by the mainstream media. A Google search using the keywords “Cheney and CNN” turned up only two hits on the story, “Dick Cheney Rated X by CNN?” in Arizona’s National Ledger and “Cheney Continues Attack on President’s War Critics” in the Arizona Daily Star.

That isn’t to say those were the only outlets to carry the story. By changing the keywords to ‘Cheney and X’ I found a total of six stories. But using the keywords ‘Cheney’ and ‘speech’ I got six thousand, three hundred and seventy hits, so the speech got plenty of coverage. (Just not CNN’s use of subliminals)

Most news accounts carried a few lines from the Cheney speech, followed by comments from Democrats like John Kerry and Harry Reid.

The ‘Michigan Daily’ said nothing about CNN’s subliminal editorial comment, but chose instead to quote Harry Reid’s comment that Cheney “missed another opportunity to come clean with the American people and lay out a strategy for success in Iraq. (“Cheney’s a liar”)

In case the ‘Michigan Daily’s’ readers didn’t get the message, the account closed with a quote from Kerry telling reporters that Bush and Cheney have misled America and they’re still misleading America.

(“Cheney’s a big, fat, double-dog liar”)


The open use of subliminal messaging is more than troubling — it is downright scary.

First, what is subliminal messaging? The short answer is that a subliminal message is a signal or message designed to pass below the normal limits of perception.

The term itself was popularized by a 1957 book called ‘The Hidden Persuaders’ by Vance Packard. In 1973, another book, ‘Subliminal Seduction’ by Wilson Bryan Key claimed that subliminal techniques were in wide use in advertising.

The book contributed to a general climate of fear with regard to Orwellian dangers of subliminal messaging. Public concern was enough to lead the Federal Communications Commission to hold hearings and to declare subliminal advertising “contrary to the public interest”.

Subliminal messaging is a form of brainwashing, which is why it was banned by the FCC in the first place. It is illegal to use subliminal messaging in advertising, but it is used all the time, mainly because subliminal messaging is supposed to be subtle; therefore, proving it is intentional is nearly impossible.

But this message wasn’t used to influence the buying habits of consumers, it was used to subliminally brainwash viewer’s POLITICAL view by putting a big, black ‘X’ over Cheney’s face as Cheney defended the administration against charges of lying.

The essence of what constitutes democracy in a free society is that voters are able to come to an informed decision. Brainwashing is a technique used by totalitarian societies as a method of thought control.

The seminal 1964 movie, “The Manchurian Candidate” was based on brainwashing techniques perfected by the Communist Chinese during the Korean War.

There exists a common quest to bring about a new global mindset as part of the global New World Order’s agenda for social transformation.

The media, the entertainment industry, computer companies, government agencies, educational institutions, the United Nations and its accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have all joined together in a common quest worldwide unity based on a new set of beliefs and values.

It’s all part of the plan: create and/or publicize a crisis, vilify the “enemy of the people”, then market the pre-planned solution.

Al Gore explained the technique (and advocated its use), in his book, “Earth in the Balance’:

“Adopting a central organizing principle one agreed to voluntarily means embarking on an all-out effort to use every policy and program, every law and institution, every treaty and alliance, every tactic and strategy, every plan and course of action to use, in short, every means. . .”

Gore’s book was aimed at creating an army of environmental warriors by using propaganda to advance what he believed was a worthy cause. That is one of the main reasons that, although Earth in the Balance was filled with factual inaccuracies and theological inconsistencies, it never received the kind of criticism it deserved.

Maybe it was propaganda, but it was propaganda for a good cause. . .

The same could be said of CNN’s use of the subliminal ‘X’ over Cheney’s face to subliminally suggest he was lying in his speech. The liberals see the administration as being composed of dangerous ideologues bent on reshaping the world in the administration’s image.

Since that image is at odds with the liberal worldview that prefers globalism to nationalism, the use of subliminals by CNN to discredit Dick Cheney is a public service, so why quibble about the means employed?

Two thousand years ago, the Apostle John penned a truly mystifying prophecy — one that baffled scholars for the next 19 centuries.

John wrote that the beast of Revelation 13 would somehow gain control of the global government. But he would seize global control using peace as a weapon.

The prophet Daniel said of the antichrist that, ‘by peace [he] shall destroy many.’ (Daniel 8:25)

And John described the antichrist as the rider on the white horse. John described the rider cryptically: “he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.” (Revelation 6:2)

The rider on the white horse had a ‘bow’ — but no arrows. Thusly unarmed, John says, he went forth ‘conquering’. We cut to John’s vision in Revelation 13 of the beast and the false prophet, and we find a perfect word picture describing hordes of brainwashed masses:

“And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, “Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?” (Revelation 13:4)

Whenever I read this passage, my mind’s eye replays images from old Nazi newsreel footage of thousands of families; housewives, students, factory workers; eyes glittering (even in the old black and white footage) as they raised their arms to render unto Adolf Hitler the Nazi salute while chanting “Seig heil” — a German expression of worship that translates ‘All Hail’ in English.

Putting an ‘X’ over Dick Cheney’s face won’t bring the masses to the point of worship of the beast. The intent here is exactly the opposite.

John says that the antichrist and false prophet will use brainwashing techniques, (Paul calls it the ‘strong delusion’ in 2nd Thessalonians 2:11) but they will use them to promote worship.

CNN’s effort was aimed in the exact opposite direction. It’s intent was to promote distrust and hatred. But they are two sides of the same coin.

What is noteworthy about it all is that CNN can openly deploy it, and get away with it. It is a case of the ends justifying the means.

After all, it is for a good cause. . .

“There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death,” Proverbs 14:12, 16:25)

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About Pete Garcia

Christian, father, husband, veteran, pilot, and sinner saved by grace. I am a firm believer in, and follower of Jesus Christ. I am Pre-Trib, Dispensational, and Non-Denominational (but I lean Southern Baptist).

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