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The eagerly awaited English edition of "Bought Journalists" was suppressed for three years under the title "Journalists for Hire" -- and still got 24 five-star-only Amazon reviews from would-be readers. 18 months on the bestseller list in Germany. Now it’s finally here!
Ever get the feeling the media tries to manipulate or lie to you? You have plenty of company! And you are right -- the facts are in. A world-class media insider has blown the whistle on what really goes on inside the media industry.
Author Udo Ulfkotte was a respected journalist for 17 years with Germany’s newspaper of record, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. He begins this explosive exposé by first owning up to his own career, where he had to sell out to have the job. He then reveals the deceptive tricks and secret networks of power within the media. How perks are used to bribe journalists and opinion makers to twist their reporting. How the tone of corruption is set from the top -- play along or quit. How the long arm of the NATO press office enrolls the media to get Europe to support more foreign wars.
The elite owners of the media feel it’s their right to think for us, and to mold public opinion to their agendas. Their Freedom of the Press is Freedom to Censor the news.
Our nation depends on the media to understand our world, just as each one of us depends on our eyes and ears. The media are our senses. When they hide the truth, or lie to us, they put us all in danger.
A million people died in Iraq, Libya and Syria because the press didn’t just report the news, didn’t just lie about the news, but they invented and sold the events that served as pretexts for wars. The author spent years in the Middle East, surviving an attack with chemical weapons supplied by US and German firms.
This book is a veteran’s guide to the media spider’s web. It shows how the system works, sharpens your common sense skepticism, and increases your immunity to the controlled media’s attempts to do our thinking for us.
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About the Author
Presstitutes is the closest we will ever get to an Udo Ulfkotte autobiography. It is both an apology for his own personal conduct and a warning to a new generation of journalists. With his own career as the example, he details how easily young journalists are lifted up and swept along by the mainstream, unable to resist the reward system that shapes the Western media. From his first nudge as a university student toward working with the BND, German Intelligence, Ulfkotte's career provides many a look behind the scenes at what is packaged and sold in the media.
After graduation, without any journalism background, but having been vetted by the BND, young Ulfkotte miraculously landed a job as an assistant foreign policy editor at Germany's most prestigious newspaper, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ). He stayed with them for 17 years, travelling to 60 countries and spending more time in the Middle East than in Germany. In 1988 he nearly died from an Iraqi nerve gas attack on Iranian troops, and discovered the gas had come from Germany. His reports and photos were buried.
Gradually he became disillusioned with the dishonesty. His first critical book title, Classified Information: Federal Intelligence Service (BND), was published in 1997 and was promoted by the FAZ. He also began lecturing on "security management" in the University of Lüneburg's business school. But the FAZ was not happy when he published How Journalists Lie in 2002. He suffered another serious physical injury in 2003. The last straw was when a political party offered him a fat bribe to use his press credentials to spy on a rival politician's private life.
After a heart attack, Ulfkotte decided he must expose as much political corruption as he could before he died. He wanted to wake people up. He still had an extensive network of sources who were also fed up, and he published about a book a year, each one more scathing than the last. Presstitutes was the biggest bestseller. The issue that was dearest to him was the loss of cultural identity, which was being aggressively promoted through massive corruption in the government and media. He warned of the dangers of mass immigration before the crime rates shot off the charts.
He was now an official persona non grata. Police and prosecutors searched his home and offices six times over the next 10 years, as he said, "because I reported things in public that are not politically correct, especially things the public shouldn't know, things they would like to keep secret... the bearer of bad news is the first one to be hanged, beheaded or otherwise quartered." The searches were always reported in the media, and he lost his professorship, No charges were ever filed, but the media never reported on that.
Dr. Udo Ulfkotte survived a poison gas attack in Iraq, a bout with cancer, and head injuries from being pushed down the stairs of his home by a spy for the ISI, the Pakistani CIA. He died of his fourth heart attack on January 13th 2017, just before his 57th birthday. Did he die a natural death? We may never know.
Table of Contents
What Is Freedom of the Press?
How this Book Came to Be
Chapter 1. Fake Freedom of the Press: My Life as a Reporter
The Truth - A Journalist Exclusive?
Truths on Sale from Our Sponsors: Elite Networks and Intelligence Agencies
How an Oil Company Greased my Palms
FAZ Façade: A Corrupt Mind Lurks Behind
How do Journalists Pay for their Villas in Tuscany?
Well-Greased: Our Sleazy System of Journalism Prizes
Courtesy Interviews, PR Trips and Tax Fraud
Depraved Drinking Buddies: Glimpses of Journalistic Dirty Work
Low-Down Dirty Tricks: How they Cheat Advertisers
The Spiral of Silence: The News is Not in the Newspaper
Here Today, Gone Tomorrow: Off With Their Headlines
Chapter 2. Our Lockstep Media: Synchronized, Obedient and No Questions Asked
Thilo Sarrazin: The Character Assassination of a Folk Hero
Propaganda: The Prussians of the Balkans Are Coming
Tricks of the Tongue in Politics and Media
The Loss of Credibility
Chapter 3. The Undercover Truth: Alpha Journalists Toe the Line for the Elites
Bild Your Own Opinion
Groomsman Journalism: Bild Up Your Power
What Makes Kai Diekmann Tick?
Bridge over the Atlantic
In the Stranglehold of the Intelligence Agencies
The Names: Controversial Contacts
Undercover Power: Classic Propaganda Techniques
Kallmorgen and Bohnen -
Dubious PR Experts and Prestigious Newspapers
Obama's Trolls: America's Fifth Column
Rockefeller's Ghost - The Trilateral Commission
In Memory of FAZ Chief Schirrmacher: Tank Driver in the Civil Service
Buying Contacts with Big Names? Nobility Eradicated
The Power of the Bilderbergers: Conspiracy Theory or Reality?
Chapter 4. Buy a Journalist - See How Money Talks
Two in Three Journalists are for Sale
Favoring Favors: How the Media Bend the Knee
Exposed: The Side Hustle
Brainwashing: Power Scissors in Your Head
Voting with Our Wallets: Turning Journalists into Welfare Recipients
Nonpartisan? The SPD's Media Empire
Chapter 5. Case Histories from the Propaganda Front
The Higher Goal: Amputating Germany's Identity
Merkel's Fairy-Tale Hour:
How the German Government Lies to Its Citizens
Battle of Lies: The Propaganda Spiel of Sabine Christiansen and Ulrich Wickert
Soap Commercials for the Euro: The Mannstein Advertising Agency
Crime Scene Editorial Suite: the Shady Side of the Media
What Should We Do?
Index of Names