The G8 Misdirection

Corporate media seeking to hide Bilderberg plans behind G8 screen

James Corbett
The Corbett Report

19 June, 2008

G8 and Bilderberg

The controlled corporate media are already falling over themselves to cover this year's G8 summit in Hokkaido, Japan—despite the fact that it doesn't even begin until next month. And why wouldn't they? The G8 meeting brings together the leaders of the world's leading industrialized nations for an annual conference at which major international agreements and initiatives are announced. The meeting is preceded by high-level talks among energy ministers, finance ministers, defence ministers and others. It inevitably attracts scores of protestors concerned about the policies being discussed and their ramifications. In short, the G8 summit gives news outlets a chance to issue weighty political reports and lurid stories of rowdy protestors being carted away by police. What isn’t there in the G8 story for the press to love?

It should come as no surprise, then, that the summit has already generated several headlines. The Japan Times, for example, recently reported that the G8 energy ministers pre-summit meeting has already resulted in an agreement to create a new international energy regulatory body with the dual purpose of combating rising oil prices and cutting down on emissions of that vile gas, the life-giving CO2. Likewise, ABS-CBN breathlessly reports on a pre-summit Justice Ministers' meeting that sought to reach agreement on efforts to coordinate measures to act against terrorists, both "individual" and "organized" to use the report's own terminology.

Indeed, the reasons for the press to cover the G8 summit are both plentiful and compelling. Yet if anything, the reasons for the press to cover the annual Bilderberg meeting are even more compelling, yet you will see nary a word about it in the controlled corporate media. Never heard of Bilderberg? Don’t worry, few have, and if the handful of corporations that control the vast majority of media outlets in the Western world have their way, you never will. (For a summary of the Bilderberg group, its origins and function, please listen to Episode 044 of The Corbett Report podcast.)

It is not hard to make the case that Bilderberg deserves press coverage exactly like the G8 summit does, and for precisely the same reasons. Firstly, the meeting is frequently attended by top political leaders from Europe and North America, including Gordon Brown and Ken Clarke of Britain, James Wolfensohn and Tom Daschle of the United States, Stephen Harper and Frank McKenna of Canada, Jan Peter Balkenende of the Netherlands and numerous others. Secondly, the meeting is a key event for setting the global political agenda of European and North American political power players for the upcoming year. In a 2003 radio documentary, for instance, the BBC uncovered evidence that the European Union was nurtured into existence by Bilderbergers, so it comes as little surprise that Bilderberg attendee Valery Giscard d'Estaing actually drafted the EU constitution which was so roundly rejected by the French and the Dutch in 2005. Nor is it surprising that Bilderberger Gordon Brown, whose Labor Party came to power in 2005 with an election platform promising to put the future of Britain's involvement in the European project to a vote, not only refused to hold a referendum on the recent Lisbon Treaty, but actually ratified that treaty despite it being rejected by Ireland (more on that situation here).

In fact, it isn't difficult to show that Bilderberg is even more deserving of press scrutiny than the G8. In addition to hosting top tier political leaders, Bilderberg boasts royalty among its attendees: the Queen of the Netherlands and the Queen of Spain are both annual guests. Bilderberg also has an uncanny ability to tap up-and-coming political talent, including: Bill Clinton, who attended in 1991 and emerged from obscurity to win the Democratic presidential nomination (and, of course, the presidency); Tony Blair, who attended in 1993 and became leader of the British Labor Party the next year; and John Edwards, who made a speech at Bilderberg in 2004 that was good enough to get him the VP nod on the Kerry presidential ticket.

Most importantly, unlike at the G8 meeting where leaders simply formalize agreements already reached in large part in previous meetings, Bilderberg is a place for leaders to actually make decisions. Take the G8 stories currently circulating in the corporate press, for instance. These stories all have their roots in the Bilderberg meeting. The creation of an international regulatory body to combat rising fuel prices comes as no surprise to those who know that Bilderberg itself set the current oil price level two years ago and that the excuse for the creation of more global 'governance' (not government!) bodies with regulatory control only furthers their agenda. The controlled corporate press, already smitten with the mantra that global warming will require globalist solutions, has dutifully reported the creation of this major new body, and will likely do so with even more fanfare when the puppet leaders roll into northern Japan next month to sign on the dotted line.

The Bilderberg presence is even obvious in recent G8 justice minister pronouncements on the need to coordinate anti-terror strategies among G8 nations. This is hot on the heels of ominous warnings from veteran Bilderberg reporter Jim Tucker that this year's confab featured Bilderbergers showing frustration at their slow progress toward the cashless society and how they will have to hype the phoney white Al-Qaeda threat in order to justify chipping the population.

In case after case, the issues being discussed in the lead-up to the G8 summit have their roots in Bilderberg. The actual G8 summit itself will be a series of photo ops for the so-called leaders of the free world to smile and make bold pronouncements already worked out in advance by their ministers. Rather than exposing them for what they really are, however—namely, puppets with no power to decide anything not pre-approved by their Bilderberg leaders—the lapdog press will maintain the charade by presenting these political prostitutes as men and women of importance.

And if the controlled corporate press acknowledges the groundswell of concern amongst the general public about closed-door meetings like Bilderberg, publications like Slate (which just happens to be owned by Bilderberg attendee Donald E. Graham's Washington Post) will run pathetic articles blaming the press' inability to report on Bilderberg on the fact that it's a private meeting. One can imagine Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein having stopped their Watergate investigation because Nixon didn't want people to know about the White House plumbers, or Seymour Hersh not reporting on the Konduz airlift because the military may have been uncomfortable about it.

It becomes painfully obvious that the press has completely abdicated their responsibility to create an informed electorate and to work in the public interest by challenging the existing power structures. Until they are ready to take on that mantle again, the public will have to rely on citizen journalists and internet news sites for their information. A good place to start for information on this year's Bilderberg conference would be and American Free Press.