Media Articles from 2018

America’s News Media Foment Hate

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America’s News Media Foment Hate
by Eric Zuesse
Posted April 10, 2018

news media spreads hate messageThe American people would not tolerate, even for just ten seconds, Russia overthrowing Canada’s Government — our next-door neighbor — in order to place missiles on our border, but people who say such things as “Have you counted how many neo-Nazis are in the Russian army as well?” are, in effect, approving of our country doing that to the Russian people. Ukraine is Russia’s equivalent to our Canada. And, America’s media constantly feed this stupidity and hate, by Americans against Russia, and blindly ignore the hate that the US regime has already unleashed in Ukraine, against Ukraine’s next-door neighbor, in preparation for an invasion of Russia.

Never has the US sunk so low, at least not in modern times, but the direction in which we are heading is toward even worse, even lower than now, even more like Hitler’s Germany. Candidate Trump had promised to be the non-Obama, but turns out, on the most important matter of all, to be instead the super-Obama. This is playing with fire — a global fire. And the US Government is doing it with the most-evil intent imaginable. And the media play right along with it, and they whip the hatred even higher than they already have done. More…

The Upside of Corporate Internet Censorship

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The Upside of Corporate Internet Censorship
by Dylan Charles
Posted April 9, 2018

corporate Internet censorshipIn 2015, Matt Drudge of Drudge Report issued a warning to all independent journalist and individuals participating in the information revolution. He warned that we were swiftly entering the era of extreme information censorship, made possible by the monopolization, corporatization and homogenization of the web by megalithic corporations like Google, Facebook and Twitter. Their aim, he notes, is to force all of us to operate on their playgrounds rather than create truly independent outlets.

Essentially, he was describing a culture war – an attempt to force us all into a severe state of groupthink, and he urged us to immediately start creating our own vision for the net, something that operates outside of the corporate internet ghettos which have essentially stolen our content, ideas and creativity. More…

I’ve been targeted by US propagandists: Washington’s Information Warfare has included Fake News and Trolling for Years

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I’ve been targeted by US propagandists: Washington’s Information Warfare has included Fake News and Trolling for Years
By Dave Lindorff
Posted April 7, 2018

fake news has been used for yearsThe howling in government and the corporate media and among many liberals about an alleged Russian information war, with bots, trolls and fake news being placed in social media to mislead and incite Americans against each other, might lead one think, like Sen John McCain, that we are practically at war with Russia. Yet it’s all actually pretty silly. After all, our own government has been playing this game for decades, both abroad, and also right here inside the “Land of the Free and Home of the Brave” and against us American citizens.

I know. I was a victim of such an attack, though initially I didn’t realize what was happening. More…

Where Is the Outrage About Julian Assange’s Silencing?

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Where Is the Outrage About Julian Assange’s Silencing?
by Teodrose Fikre
Posted April 6, 2018

Assange's Internet access cut offTyrants throughout history have targeted journalists and reporters for a reason. Napoleon Bonaparte, a savage dictator, once noted that four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets. He said this because he knew that journalists can awaken a slumbering public from sleep and rally them against repressive regimes. A free press is the last line of defense between liberty and despotism. The founders of our republic, in the hopes of preventing America from traveling down the path of authoritarianism, made the rights of a free press sacrosanct for this exact reason. Sadly, our nation is living proof that all revolutions eventually devolve to the very tyranny that gave birth to them.

Bureaucrats and elected officials in government learned the wrong lessons from the Pentagon Papers. Instead of being transparent and reducing corruption in governance, authorities decided to cloak themselves in darkness, methodically target whistleblowers for prosecution and intimidate journalists in order to prevent them from doing their jobs. All this is taking place in a backdrop where corporations have initiated a hostile takeover of government; by weaponizing their wealth, globalist oligarchs have effectively turned public servants and technocrats into their enforcers and security guards. More…

To Stop War, Do What Katharine Gun Did

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To Stop War, Do What Katharine Gun Did
By Norman Solomon
Posted March 29, 2018

do what Katherine Gun didDaniel Ellsberg has a message that managers of the warfare state don’t want people to hear.

“If you have information that bears on deception or illegality in pursuing wrongful policies or an aggressive war,” he said in a statement released last week, “don’t wait to put that out and think about it, consider acting in a timely way at whatever cost to yourself…. Do what Katharine Gun did.”

If you don’t know what Katharine Gun did, chalk that up to the media power of the war system.

Ellsberg’s video statement went public as this month began, just before the 15th anniversary of when a British newspaper, the Observer, revealed a secret NSA memo – thanks to Katharine Gun. At the UK’s intelligence agency GCHQ, about 100 people received the same email memo from the National Security Agency on the last day of January 2003, seven weeks before the invasion of Iraq got underway. Only Katharine Gun, at great personal risk, decided to leak the document.

If more people had taken such risks in early 2003, the Iraq War might have been prevented. If more people were willing to take such risks in 2018, the current military slaughter in several nations, mainly funded by U.S. taxpayers, might be curtailed if not stopped. Blockage of information about past whistleblowing deprives the public of inspiring role models. More…

Stanford Researcher: Americans Aren’t More Polarized; Only The Media and Political Elite Are

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Stanford Researcher: Americans Aren’t More Polarized; Only The Media and Political Elite Are
by Shawn M. Griffiths
Posted March 29, 2018

Americans are not as polarized as the media representsA Stanford political scientist is stating what Independent Voter Network has reported for a long time now: Americans are not more polarized, despite what the media says.

It is the media’s reliance on a two-sided, “us-vs-them” narrative that has created the illusion that Americans are more divided than ever, when in reality Americans are embracing an independent path in greater numbers, and actually agree on several issues.

Because of factors like partisan gerrymandering and electoral rules designed to protect the two-party duopoly, over 90 percent of elections nationwide are safe for one party or another. Therefore, the elections are essentially decided in taxpayer-funded primary elections, which are controlled by the two dominant political parties. More…

Russia Did It! Or maybe not…

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Russia Did It! Or maybe not…
by Chris Martenson
Posted March 28, 2018

the Russians did itWhile the rush to judgment against Russia has been nearly universal by western countries, I would ask us all to please take a deep breath and to remember this: Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction.

While this is an historical embarrassment, it’s critical that we remember that the vast intelligence agencies of both the US and the UK were deeply complicit in promoting the false narrative that Saddam had vast stores of chemical weapons, claiming that he was within 45 minutes of launching massive and damaging strikes against American and British targets.

Of course, no such chemical weapons existed. There were no stockpiles of WMDs. The Iraqi military also had no means of delivering them, via missiles or aircraft. And more to the point, Saddam had never once threatened to do so at any point in time.

But none of that mattered. Saddam was relentlessly built up as a mortal and imminent threat in the press by a vast “coalition of the willing”. More…

Responsibility Deflected, the CLOUD Act Passes. Will Erode Privacy Protections Worldwide

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Responsibility Deflected, the CLOUD Act Passes. Will Erode Privacy Protections Worldwide
By David Ruiz
Posted March 26, 2018

governments no longer need warrants to access your dataMake no mistake—you spoke up. You emailed your representatives. You told them to protect privacy and to reject the CLOUD Act, including any efforts to attach it to must-pass spending bills. You did your part. It is Congressional leadership—negotiating behind closed doors—who failed.

UPDATE, March 23, 2018: President Donald Trump signed the $1.3 trillion government spending bill—which includes the CLOUD Act—into law Friday morning.

n the final pages of the bill—meant only to appropriate future government spending—lawmakers snuck in a separate piece of legislation that made no mention of funds, salaries, or budget cuts. Instead, this final, tacked-on piece of legislation will erode privacy protections around the globe. More…

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