Media Articles from 2016
The Great “Fake News” Scare of 1530
by Rick Falkvinge
Posted December 30, 2016
Fake news has always been around for humor purposes, but the real “fake news” scares happen when the establishment is so used to getting away with lying, that any alternate narrative is demonized as factually false, irresponsible, and dangerous.
To see the pattern here, it helps to know a little history – let’s look at the great “Fake News” scare of 1530. It has a lot of elements similar to ours today. After the Black Death hit Europe hard around 1350, the monasteries were chronically short on manpower. The families that had used to send a child or two to become monks or nuns simply needed all their kids to work in the fields, to ensure food production, before such luxuries as manning the monasteries could even be considered. Therefore, any work that required involving monasteries became increasingly steep or scarce for the coming century.
This is relevant as those monasteries were the only places that produced books, all of which were in Latin, and all of which were in complete synchronization with the messages of the Catholic Church, the owner of the monasteries and therefore the owner of all mass media at the time. To compound the situation, the same owner also employed all the news anchors – the village preachers, who were the ones who read the books (in Latin) and translated them to the common tongue in villages. More…
Experts Reveal Techniques Used by the Media to Brainwash & Control Us
by Dylan Charles
Posted December 20, 2016
With so much vitriol flying in every direction these days about fake news, Russian propaganda, misinfo and disinfo, it’s crucial to acknowledge and understand the fact that there is a definitive science to distorting reality and manufacturing public consent. Many of the deliberate techniques of this form of social mind control are well-documented, having been revealed by industry insiders, experts, and content manufacturers.
One of the most important things happening in our world today is the corruption of grass-roots movements and how these movements are portrayed in the media to achieve very specific social and political results. We see this at work in major ways today as dozens of seemingly organic social movements are repeatedly used to create the ongoing narrative of social chaos, racism, division, and political protest. More…
The Attack on “Fake News” Is An Outright Campaign for Censorship of the Truth
By Jeff Berwick
Posted December 11, 2016
The buzzword “fake news” has popped into the popular lexicon in recent weeks. We’ve been using that term for years, though, when referring to the mainstream media. While poll numbers show that about 9 out of 10 people don’t trust the information they get from the mainstream media, they likely still have no idea just how fake it all is.
It is literally top down propaganda and bears little to no resemblance of reality. And, if there is any truth to it, it is so highly skewed to the local agenda that it really should be labelled as fiction. The US and European governments have taken a play out of Orwell’s book and decided to label the real information as “fake”… and as governments often do, they’re going to use violence (government law) to try to force it out of existence. More…
The AT&T-Time Warner Merger Must Be Stopped
by Susan Crawford
Posted December 8, 2016
This deal invites unfair competition and locks in our horrible access problems. First, it’s not aimed at strengthening AT&T’s ability to compete in its current business — because the company faces no real competition. It’s quite happy in its current situation. Second, by entering into the business of originating as well as distributing content, AT&T’s incentive to favor that content over internet sources is hugely increased. The deal doesn’t make sense unless AT&T messes with video coming across its wires and wireless connections that might compete with the pay TV offerings (HBO and other TWX channels) and other high-capacity services that AT&T wants to sell.
As we’ve learned in the years following approval of the Comcast/NBCUniversal deal, no words aimed at limiting a huge carrier’s ability to mess with packets are effective or enforceable when that carrier has a built-in conflict of interest to favor its own content. More…
Seven Reasons Why America’s Corporate Media Is Pro-War
By Washington’s Blog
Posted December 6, 2016
American media is always pro-war: Can you name a single paper, or a single TV network, that was unequivocally opposed to the American wars carried out against Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yugoslavia, Panama, Grenada, and Vietnam while they were happening, or shortly thereafter? Or even opposed to any two of these seven wars? How about one?
In 1968, six years into the Vietnam War, the Boston Globe (Feb. 18, 1968) surveyed the editorial positions of 39 leading U.S. papers concerning the war and found that “none advocated a pull-out.” Has the phrase “invasion of Vietnam” ever appeared in the U.S. mainstream media?
In 2003, leading cable station MSNBC took the much-admired Phil Donahue off the air because of his opposition to the calls for war in Iraq. Why? There are seven reasons that the mainstream media and many of the largest “alternative” media websites are all pro-war. More…
NY Times Has a Fatal Wall Street Bias
By Pam Martens and Russ Martens
Posted November 6, 2016
The New York Times is the one paper in America that should be viewed with particular skepticism when it comes to Wall Street. It was a cheerleader for years on its editorial page, promoting the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act. The Times apology, coming after the deregulated Wall Street had crashed the U.S. financial system and left millions of innocent Americans without jobs and in foreclosure, was too little too late.
A few years back, when William D. Cohan (left) was writing for Bloomberg News, one could reliably count on him to hold Wall Street’s feet to the fire. Now Cohan is writing for the New York Times and it feels like the Times sent him for an in-house lobotomy or at least a crash course in reoriented thinking. More…
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