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Fake News/ Archaeological Mysteries

Date Wednesday - November 15, 2017
Host George Noory
Guests Mark DiceJonathan Gray

In the first half, media analyst and author Mark Dice exposed the role mainstream media plays in shaping our lives. He discussed the "fake news" phenomenon and the implications of mega-corporations like Facebook, Google, and Twitter becoming the ultimate gatekeepers and distributors of news and information. Dice said that "fake news has been around for hundreds of years," as propaganda, advertising, and hoaxes, for example. He believes the current panic is being led by mainstream news outlets that see independent news as a serious threat to their dominance, and not because the stories they uncover are necessarily false or untrue. This is despite the fact that social media drives a great deal of news into the mainstream, whether it's true or not, or is even particularly important.

Dice recounted the story of Edward Bernays, the "father of public relations," who was hired by tobacco companies in 1929 to convince the public that it was socially acceptable for women to smoke. He did this by tying the issue to women’s rights. He quoted from Bernays, who wrote that we "are dominated by a relatively small number of persons…it is they who pull the wires that control the public mind." Bernays was also hired by the U.S. government to sway public opinion about World War One. Dice also discussed the history of the CIA’s involvement with media manipulation through a project known as "Operation Mockingbird," which operated both at home and abroad. He informed the listeners that Facebook now accounts for over half of the traffic on the internet and that along with Google and YouTube, have been actively manipulating the public’s perceptions for many years.

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In the second half, international explorer, archaeologist and expert in ancient mysteries, Jonathan Gray, updated his work tracking the ongoing cover-up of discoveries which don't match current academic beliefs, as well as his latest research on prophecy and evidence for Biblical stories. Gray has learned that there is a form of bronze, forged in ancient China and Israel, which he says is "harder than high-grade steel." Gray says it is a mistake to think that ancient peoples only had the technology to create massive stone structures because other, weaker materials tend to disappear within a few hundred years. He also mentioned the discovery of perfectly round holes in granite at sites in ancient Egypt, which would have required drills that turned "500 times faster" than any modern equipment.

Gray organized an expedition to the Gulf of Aqaba between Egypt and Saudi Arabia to look for evidence of the biblical account of the crossing of the Red Sea. He and a team of divers found what he says is "a graveyard" of artifacts, including iron chariot wheels that are covered with coral, which compare favorably with the design of wheels from 1400 BC, matching what he indicates was the time of the Biblical exodus. Gray said that the Ark of the Covenant was discovered in Jerusalem in 1992 "about 20 feet under the streets in a cave," and contends that the Smithsonian Institution has consistently covered up and even dumped "tens of thousands" of artifacts into sea when they do not agree with the mainstream view of history. The guest also delved into stories of apparent pterodactyls, which have been seen in the American Southwest and Mexico throughout recorded history, as well as giant "thunderbirds" which have terrorized small towns. Gray provided photos to accompany his appearance.

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