>From THE SPOTLIGHT May 10, 1993
NEWS BLACKOUT BY US PRESS
Cowardice of Media Obvious
Who's afraid of the Bilderbergers? You decide.
By Lawrence Wilmot
New York City--Mainstream news organizations boastful about their
no-holds barred investigative exploits, have been strangely reluctant to
lift the blackout curtain hiding a major event: the Bilderberg group's
secret annual meeting for the world's most powerful financiers, industrialists,
and political figures.
At the United Nations where 50 or more journalists gather for even a
routine conference, there was ironic laughter in the press room when this
populist newspaper's diplomatic correspondent raised a question about the
silence surrounding this conspiratorial conclave.
"The Bilderbergers have been removed from our assignment list years ago
by executive order," said Anthony Holder, a former UN correspondent for the
[London] Economist, the leading international business weekly.
"Our policy seems to be that if the Bilderbergers want to parley in
private, leave them alone," added Holder, now a reporter for the 'European'.
The reason why this imperious assembly should be granted the sort of
secrecy for its deliberations the mass media would never accord to any
government--not even to Europe's reigning royalty--was, in the consensus of UN
correspondents, simple: "The Bilderbergers are too powerful and omnipresent to
be exposed," as French broadcaster Thierry de Segonzac put it.
On Wall Street, experienced American economic analysts voiced similar
Says Michael Thomas, the patrician Wall Street investment banker who
has won wide acclaim as an author and as the Reagan-Bush era's most incisive
commentator: "If the Bilderbergers seem more publicity shy than ever, that is,
among other reasons, because their proposals, implemented by subservient
agencies such as the IMF [International Monetary Fund], have caused more mass
devastation in recent years than World War II ever did."
Commercial news organizations have become more interested in managing
their own corporate debt and occasionally even sharing a financial coup with
successful speculators than in exposing the seamy realty of manipulated
markets, Thomas suggested.
There is, moreover, concern among the megabankers and corporate
magnates that the worldwide tide of frenzied speculation "may end up eroding
the power of even such established economic elites as the Bilderbergers
themselves," Thomas, known among financial columnists as "the last truth
teller," told a Sun Radio news correspondent.