Sensational claims today by blacklisted
reporter that the White House was sold to TV networks over 30 years
In mysterious dealings
over Watergate, a secret deal between Nixon and a consortium of Network
TV executives saw control of this icon of Western Democratic Power
slip silently from control of the American People.
top guys don't even know, at least party men close to the President.
Many key WH staffers are either actors, DAs or simply playing along
and - under threat of 'severe penalty' - sworn to secrecy, and strongly
encouraged by a 'retirement bonus'. "
"The place is
crawling with hidden cameras, microphones and wireless intercoms.
The studio control room is a bunker 2 miles away - paid for by tax
payers, of course." Insiders refer to the incumbent as "President
Truman Burbank", derisively.
And who is the 'audience'
if the White House is a televised reality show? Corporate America.
Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush all carried on their administrations
under scrutiny by the rich and powerful who learned every decision
"At first everyone (in the TV industry who
knew, that is) thought this would be a groundbreaking television event,
delivering a knockout blow to radio and print (that was still a big
deal in the sixties). Then they realised their news rooms couldn't
"Reporters are genetically predisposed to
turning secrets into headlines - at least they were in the sixties.
Things are different today - why do ya think I'm WH blacklisted? So
the footage that would have been for air time was instead piped into
corporate board rooms and anyone rich enough to take a feed."
Office and West Wing feeds are said to ask $100,000 a minute during
policy meetings with the President in attendance. These are very
"Originally we were gonna just use
the place as a TV set - you know, make the occasional series starring
Martin Sheen or somebody - call it the 'Oval Office' or something
'Wing'. But, by agreement with Nixon, later Presidents COULD NOT to
"As it turned out, not telling later Presidents
made no difference to our plans whatsoever!"
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