Corporate Media’s Mission To Marginalize Geoengineering Discussion
Media in Northern California is the epitome of criminal reporting and "gatekeeping" of legitimate information. The "Record Searchlight" (Northern California's primary newspaper) is owned by the Scripps Howard institute, a part of the corporate media empire. The editor at the Searchlight has done his best to toe the line for the power structure by constantly publishing his personal views. The post directly below was published front and center in the editorial section of the Record Searchlight on December 7th, 2014. The spin and omission of the facts by Mr. Silas Lyons is typical of his "coverage" of the climate engineering/geoengineering issue in the past. If you are outraged after reading all that is contained in this post, perhaps you should let editor Silas Lyons know what your opinion is, he can be reached at the email shown in his editorial publication below.
About That Protest
By Silas Lyons
I have no doubt that most of the folks who came out in the light rain Friday to protest the Record Searchlight before heading over to KRCR Channel 7 have sincere intentions.
They truly believe that the United States government is spraying poison from the sky and, in the words of leader Dane Wigington of Bella Vista, hastening “the collapse of civilization.” Why the collapse of civilization would benefit the elites spraying the stuff — who already have the money and power in the current civilization — is beyond me, but never mind that. The protesters are truly baffled as to why legitimate media outlets won’t cover the issue as if it were real.
I love a good protest on public property, although I didn’t appreciate them packing into the lobby at one point and harassing the folks who work at the front counter and have nothing to do with news decisions. Thankfully, they returned to the sidewalk.
The fact is, I’m not at all certain that the government isn’t doing secret things that would outrage us all if we knew about them. Government officials bring such suspicion on themselves with their denials of actual programs such as the NSA’s domestic spying and their paranoid efforts to dismantle transparency and shut out the public and news media from routine federal business.
But a conspiracy that, by nature, would have to involve at least thousands of people, both government employees and civilians, poisoning themselves and their own families and loved ones, over a period of many years, and that no one has ever broken ranks and disclosed?
There are a lot of things discussed on Coast to Coast AM, but they aren’t the kinds of things a newspaper of record should spend its resources chasing down or to which it ought to lend unearned legitimacy. With all due respect.
Reach Editor Silas Lyons at 225-8210 or firstname.lastname@example.org. He’s on Facebook and Instagram, and on Twitter @silaslyons_RS.
The letter below was submitted by me to the RS editor Silas Lyons in response to the climate engineering "hit piece" he published above.
Speak your piece submission to Record Searchlight – email@example.com
The Searchlight Again Tries To Hide the Climate Engineering Issue
Unfortunately, Silas Lyons and the Record Searchlight did exactly what we would expect the corporate media to do, and exactly what we have seen them do in the past, complete spin and omission in regard to the subject of climate engineering. Why did Mr. Lyons call me the "leader" of these citizens, does he believe those in attendance can't think for themselves? Virtually every activist sign at the "protest" had a "geoengineering" or "climate engineering" statement on it, why did Silas Lyons totally omit these science terms? Mr. Lyons says "legitimate media outlets won't cover the issue (geoengineering) as if it were real". Mr. Lyons, perhaps you should pick up a cover of the current issue of Newsweek, "Geoengineering" is the cover article subject. In fact, we gave copies of the Newsweek article to you and your staff, but you neglected to mention that. If Mr. Lyons and the Searchlight took the time to actually investigate the issue of climate engineering, they would find that the entire climate science community and most governments around the globe are speaking about geoengineering as a top priority. But again, Silas Lyons and the Searchlight completely omitted any and all science terms from the "hit piece" they put out in order to uphold their positions as the the gatekeepers of legitimate information. Our media seems to be well aware of who pays them in the end, their completely immoral "journalism" is a testimony to this fact.
Bella Vista California
Below is the "edited" version of my submission that the paper published. The editor made changes and omissions to the original letter. Gone is any reference to the Newsweek article, and much of the statement of the letter was altered to suite Mr. Lyons's dictates.
"Mr. Wigington, I’ll be happy to run your letter as edited below. Let me know if this works for you." (from editor Silas Lyons)
Dane Wigington: Corporate newspaper shirks its responsibility
Dane Wigington, Bella Vista
Unfortunately, Silas Lyons and the Record Searchlight did exactly what we would expect the corporate media to do, and exactly what we have seen them do in the past: complete spin and omission in regard to the subject of climate engineering. Why did Lyons call me the “leader” of these citizens, does he believe those in attendance can’t think for themselves? Virtually every activist sign at the “protest” had a “geoengineering” or “climate engineering” statement on it. The climate science community and most governments are considering the possibility of climate engineering, although those discussions are, at this point, in the future tense. Lyons and the Searchlight completely omitted any and all science terms from the “hit piece” they put out in order to uphold their positions as the gatekeepers of legitimate information. Our media seems to be well aware of who pays them in the end, their completely immoral “journalism” is a testimony to this fact.
In addition to the papers spin on the "sit in" by citizens on December 5th 2014, the Searchlight COMPLETELY OMITTED any coverage whatsoever of a major community event on November 21st covering the climate engineering issue. The letter below was submitted to the Newspaper by one of many citizens that are increasingly outraged over the behavior of this so called "News source" (unfortunately it has not been published).
Record Searchlight, Ducks Its Responsibility To The Public
December 5, 2014
by Rose Taylor
When my partner and I called the Record Searchlight today we asked Carol Ferguson, the news desk editor, why they didn’t cover the Geoengineering Forum on Nov. 21st, where over 500 people attended?
She said, “The chemtrail issue is not a legitimate news story and we don’t believe in your vast government conspiracy theory.” When we responded with the fact that all five Shasta County Supervisors voted unanimously to investigate the aluminum/geoengineering issue, she diminished the Board of Supervisors and said in effect, “Oh that, that was crazy of them!” I then said, “So what you are telling us is you will only report what you believe in and that you are actually editorializing instead of reporting the news."
The truth be said, they refused to cover one of the largest public events that occurred in Redding, California on November 21st, 2014. Due to the personal prejudices and beliefs of the Record Searchlight editorial staff, they felt no obligation to report the news to the citizens of Redding, California. They felt no obligation to report the fact that one of Shasta County Board of Supervisors, Bill Schappell was in attendance. He was there to give a follow up report to the public regarding efforts by the Shasta County Board of Supervisors to pass on to appropriate agencies and officials what was deemed to be “credible and compelling evidence” of a serious aluminum contamination in their county and citizen concerns over the climate geoengineering issue.
This is a legitimate news story and the Record Searchlight had no legitimate right to keep from the public what the supervisor had to say. Mr. Schappell said he had deep concerns over the lack of response by government agencies and officials who should care about this issue. He said, their silence is very disturbing and this issue goes way beyond any concerns for reelection or public approval ratings.
Shame on the Record Searchlight, they do themselves, their families and our country a huge disservice when they chose not to report the news. Your behavior certainly gives credence to John Swinton’s claim in 1883, when he said:
“There is no such a thing in America as an independent press, unless it is out in country towns. You are all slaves. You know it, and I know it. There is not one of you who dares to express an honest opinion. If you expressed it, you would know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid $150 for keeping honest opinions out of the paper …. Others of you are paid similar salaries for doing similar things. If I should allow honest opinions to be printed in one issue of my paper, I would be like Othello before twenty-four hours: my occupation would be gone. The man who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the street hunting for another job. The business of a New York journalist is to distort the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to villify, to fawn at the feet of Mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread, or for what is about the same — his salary. You know this, and I know it; and what foolery to be toasting an "Independent Press"! We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are jumping-jacks. They pull the string and we dance. Our time, our talents, our lives, our possibilities, are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes.”
John Swinton (1829–1901) a Scottish-American journalist, newspaper publisher, and orator. See: http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/John_Swinton
One more example of the letters submitted to the Record Searchlight from outraged citizens is below. Again, if you wish to voice your own concerns to editor Silas Lyons and the Record Searchlight about their deliberate attempts to marginalize or completely omit the climate engineering issue, his public email is here. firstname.lastname@example.org
From: Terry Rapoza
Subject: Conspiracy Theorists?
Date: December 6, 2014 11:04:43 AM PST
To: Silas Lyons Record Searchlight–Editor <email@example.com>
Dear Mr. Lyons,
Since you wouldn't come out to meet us yourself yesterday, I wanted to share with you some pictures of the "Conspiracy Theorists" at yesterday's Rally for Media Awareness. Notice anything? They are young and older and middle aged. They are comfortable, middle class and lower income levels. There are people with long hair, and people who have served in the military. People who own businesses and people who work for the government. Yet, you dismiss all of these citizens (many of them who at one time used to buy your paper!) by your blatant disregard for their concerns.
You ignored the invitation to attend the Nov. 22 forum where people came from long distances-Alaska, Arizona, Oregon, Tahoe, San Luis Obispo the Bay area and many other places. Experts in their fields of meteorology, medicine, aeronautics, and the defense industry confirmed that Climate Engineering is occurring. Even our own Board of Supervisors in July of this year, agreed to try to get some more info on the health effects of Geoengineering. There were several elected officials in the crowd at the Sequoia Theater as well. Are they conspiracy theorists too?
Even NEWSWEEK magazine had an article in it this month acknowledging the existence of these programs and what Scientists are attempting to do "save us from global warming."
Planet Reboot: Fighting Climate Change With Geoengineering
Are the writers of this article also Conspiracy Theorists?
When this many people show up on a rainy Dec. morning in an attempt to bring Awareness to an issue of importance to them, most newspaper editors would take the opportunity to listen, not dismiss them. Your arrogance is showing.
Another important response to newspaper editor Silas Lyons from a concerned citizen…
Sent by Craig Trotter
Mr. Silas Lyons,
Please allow me to respond to your "About That Protest" editorial from the Dec 7th, 2014 edition of The Record Searchlight in Northern California.
First, you state that:
"They truly believe that the United States government is spraying poison from the sky and, in the words of leader Dane Wigington of Bella Vista, hastening “the collapse of civilization.” Why the collapse of civilization would benefit the elites spraying the stuff — who already have the money and power in the current civilization — is beyond me"
This characterization implies that the primary purpose of Geoengineering programs is to poison the public and collapse civilization. However, these feared catastrophic effects of geoengineering programs are not the primary intent, but rather collateral damage resulting from a poorly thought out and non-transparent government response to a developing global climate emergency (please review recent press release from the COP20 Lima Climate Change Conference at http://ameg.me/). To understand the official stated goals of geoengineering, one needs only to research recent mainstream media coverage of "proposed" geoengineering efforts – including the story on the recent cover of Newsweek magazine. Have you done this?
Next, allow me to respond to this quote from your editorial:
"But a conspiracy that, by nature, would have to involve at least thousands of people, both government employees and civilians, poisoning themselves and their own families and loved ones, over a period of many years, and that no one has ever broken ranks and disclosed?"
First, you imply that our government is incapable of keeping a large program of this nature a secret, due to the sheer number of potential whistleblowers involved. How about the Manhattan Project? Thousands worked on that effort – and yet no one spoke a word before the first bomb was dropped. It is called "compartmentalization of information" and yes, it IS possible to keep people from speaking out about sensitive matters. Yet, we do in fact have whistleblowers speaking out against geoengineering, right now. You would know this if your paper had covered the Shasta County Board of Supervisors meeting in July 2014 (https://www.geoengineeringwatch.org/geoengineering-investigation-demanded-by-shasta-county-residents/), in which scientists and many other experts publicly presented objective data demonstrating that our soils and water are being contaminated with the very same elements named in geoengineering patents. There are also people like Kristen Meghan (USAF), who is speaking out as a witness to the actual procurement of these toxic materials by military bases for use in geoengineering programs (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHm0XhtDyZA).
Further, you present the idea that our government leaders would never undertake an action which could poison themselves or their families. This too is easily disproved by history: Atomic above-ground testing occurring over decades around the world, or the use of depleted uranium munitions in wartime, just to name a couple of obvious ones. As you state – it doesn't make sense that they would do this – and you are right about that. I don't claim to understand it either but sadly, it happens all the same.
Mr. Lyons, there are two possible explanations for the content of your editorial and your refusal to give fair coverage to this topic. One is that you are honestly ignorant regarding this topic because you simply "don't want to know" (like so many others) – and I can understand that viewpoint. At the same time, because of your chosen profession you have a critical obligation to inform the public about matters that affect their lives at the most basic level. A fair assessment of the information that I have provided in this email (and at www.geoengineeringwatch.org) will go a long way toward educating yourself on this topic. The second possibility, and the one that I am leaning toward, is that you are intentionally helping to cover up a crime that is being committed against the public by refusing to allow fair coverage of this topic in your newspaper. In either case, the public will eventually hold people such as yourself to account if fair coverage of this critical topic is judged to have been withheld, either intentionally or unintentionally.