Alternative media pioneer Matt Drudge and health activist Vani Hari, aka The Food Babe, are far more influential than President Obama, according to Time.com poll respondents.

The poll appears at the end of an article listing Time’s picks for the 30 most influential people on the Internet, and at the time of this writing Matt Drudge of the Drudge Report commands the lead with 29%, the Food Babe has second at 27% and President Obama comes in a distant third with only 6%.

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“…The rise of [on-line] social networks has leveled the playing field, allowing unknowns to command audiences rivaling those of real-world leaders, even if by accident,” Time reported.

And that’s what’s motivating the federal government to take control of the Internet through the FCC, especially as the U.S. mainstream media, which routinely promotes the government’s and the GMO industry’s agendas, continues its steep decline in popularity.

“Mainstream media executives appear to be optimistic they can reverse these declines at some point, but they simply don’t realize there has been a fundamental paradigm shift when it comes to the news media in the U.S.,” social commentator Michael Snyder wrote. “The general population has lost a tremendous amount of faith in the mainstream media.”

“They are increasingly becoming aware it is deeply controlled by the establishment.”

The establishment, a vast network of the world’s most influential politicians, media moguls and industry titans, uses mass media to control public opinion and have been doing so since at least the 1920s with propaganda techniques developed during World War I.

The establishment believes that only the elite have the intellect and rationality to decide the public’s best interests. To them, the public is simply too dumb to manage their own affairs and therefore must be led like cattle towards the future world envisioned by those in control.

They want the public to be mere spectators in society, only participating on occasion during political elections to decide which one of the elites will “represent” them.

The establishment’s mass media propaganda program to “manufacture” public consent for their various agendas culminated with the CIA’s Operation Mockingbird late last century, and now the mainstream media is predominantly owned by six corporations with close ties to the government.

“Just a handful of global news corporations can, in one day, make billions of people around the world simultaneously aware of something that was completely unknown the day before,” Joseph Plummer wrote in Tragedy & Hope 101. “With this kind of power, the Network [the establishment] can choose to spread any lie, or withhold any truth, that it chooses.”

“At the end of the day, if people aren’t looking beyond the Network’s instruments for their information, they cannot expect to know what the Network doesn’t want them to know.”

Unlimited government requires the population be kept disorganized and distracted through purposeful deception, but independent media championed by Matt Drudge and on-line activism spearheaded by the Food Babe stands in the way.

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