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The Attack on "Fake News" Is An Outright Campaign for Censorship of the Truth
By Jeff Berwick
Posted December 11, 2016

censorhip of truthThe 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...

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The AT&T-Time Warner Merger Must Be Stopped
by Susan Crawford
Posted December 8, 2016

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson at a 2014 hearingThis 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...

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Seven Reasons Why America's Corporate Media Is Pro-War
By Washington's Blog
Posted December 6, 2016

media brainwashingAmerican 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...

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NY Times Has a Fatal Wall Street Bias
By Pam Martens and Russ Martens
Posted November 6, 2016

William D CohanThe 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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Break Out of the Illusion
By Rudy Avizius
Posted November 3, 2016

buying into media propagandaIn the old Soviet Union, people had "free" elections and were "free" to choose any Communist candidate that had been selected for the election. Most of the people of the Soviet Union understood well that their elections were shams.

Here in the United States, we also have "free" elections and the corporate media narrative is that you need to vote for one of the two candidates that have been selected for you, because if you go outside of that "choice", the other terrible candidate that you do not want will win the election. You may not particularly like the candidate you plan to vote for, but that candidate is certainly the "lesser evil". The corporate media has successfully spun that illusion so now many people do not even realize that there are choices outside of the Democrat/Republican duopoly that is strangling our election process.

So exactly how has the media created this illusion? Here are 2 examples: More...

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5 Stories the Media Ignored While Reporting on the Kim Kardashian Robbery
by James Holbrooks
Posted October 12, 2016

Corporate media failureOne of the saving graces of the ailing corporate media — for the folks setting the agenda, anyhow — is its relentless ability to hyper-focus the public's attention on altogether meaningless events.

Take, for instance, an armed robbery that sees property stolen but no one harmed. Such an event is unfortunate, yes, but such is life. People get robbed. It certainly isn't something that should consume the news cycle — particularly when developments of actual importance are unfolding around the world. More...

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Did You Know We Are Having the Largest Prison Strike in History? Probably Not, Because Most of the Media Have Ignored It
By Adam Johnson
Posted September 20, 2016

prison strike ignored by mediaThousands of prisoners in over 24 states began a labor strike on September 9, the 45th anniversary of the Attica prison uprising, to demand better conditions and healthcare, the right to unionize and what one organizing group calls an "end to slavery in America." But one would hardly know it watching major U.S. media, which has mostly ignored the largest prison labor strike in history. One week on, the New York Times, Washington Post, NBC News, ABC News, MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, and NPR have not covered the prison strikes at all.

In the same time period since the strike began, CNN has run stories on Clinton's "body double," the New York Times ran a piece on women getting buzzcuts and ABC News had an "exclusive trailer" for its parent corporation Disney's upcoming film. There was certainly enough airtime and column inches to mention that workers had coordinated a national strike of unprecedented scale, but for these outlets the coverage has been nonexistent. More...

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Three Big Lies that Pervade America's 'News' Media
by Eric Zeusse
Posted September 10, 2016

Media != RealityThis news-report is being submitted to virtually all U.S. national 'news' media, almost all of which are the very same 'news' media that hide these historical truths, which facts thus remain as «news» in America, since they still haven't yet been reported as «news», even though they've now become history — history that's suppressed in America.

The Big Lies that pervade the U.S. 'news' media are the ones that are essential to sustain in order for the deceived American public to accept the fraudulent basis upon which the U.S. regime of Barack Obama has 'justified' his economic sanctions against Russia, and his pouring of U.S. troops and weapons onto and near Russia's borders. More...

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Why There's a Media Blackout on the Native American Oil Pipeline Blockade
by Nick Bernabe
Posted August 28, 2016

native American pipeline protestAs the Lakota Sioux continue their peaceful blockade of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline, the story's absence from the national media narrative is palpable. Considering the corporate media's chronic quest for controversial stories on government versus public standoffs, you'd think this situation would garner the typical media frenzy invoked during a right-wing militia occupation of a federal building, for example, or a tense standoff between the Black Lives Matter movement and police. But it's not.

As of late, the media has faced criticism for its selective coverage of certain events — like, say, focusing on single terror attacks in Western Europe that garner thousands of headlines while basically ignoring similar or worse attacks that occur on a constant basis in Muslim-majority countries. More...

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With Windows 10, Microsoft Blatantly Disregards User Choice and Privacy: A Deep Dive
by Amul Kalia
Posted August 23, 2016

Windows 10 sacrifices privacyYou don't need to search long to come across stories of people who are horrified and amazed at just how far Microsoft has gone in order to increase Windows 10's install base. Sure, there is some misinformation and hyperbole, but there are also some real concerns that current and future users of Windows 10 should be aware of. As the company is currently rolling out its "Anniversary Update" to Windows 10, we think it's an appropriate time to focus on and examine the company's strategy behind deploying Windows 10.

The tactics Microsoft employed to get users of earlier versions of Windows to upgrade to Windows 10 went from annoying to downright malicious. Eventually, Microsoft started pushing Windows 10 via its Windows Update system. It started off by pre-selecting the download for users and downloading it on their machines. Not satisfied, the company eventually made Windows 10 a recommended update so users receiving critical security updates were now also downloading an entirely new operating system onto their machines without their knowledge. More...

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TV Networks Should Open Up the Presidential Debates
By Jeff Cohen
Posted August 18, 2016

media needs to open the debatesIf ten major TV networks got together and decided to nationally televise a presidential debate restricted to Republican nominee Donald Trump and right-leaning Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson, while barring other candidates including Democrat Hillary Clinton, it would be recognized as an act of media bias or exclusion. But what if the televised debates this fall are restricted to just Trump and Clinton? That, too, needs to be recognized as an intentional act of media exclusion.

The last time there were two such strong "third-party" candidates was in 2000 when columnist Patrick Buchanan ran on the right and consumer advocate Ralph Nader ran on the left. Polls showed solid majorities of the voting public (64 percent vs. 25 percent in one poll) wanted to see Buchanan and Nader included in a four-way presidential debate. But the CPD had erected a new barrier: these well-known candidates could not join the debates unless they were polling at 15 percent. More...

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Revealed: US spy operation that manipulates social media
by Nick Fielding and Ian Cobain
Posted August 10, 2016

Social media sock puppetsThe US military is developing software that will let it secretly manipulate social media sites by using fake online personas to influence internet conversations and spread pro-American propaganda. The discovery that the US military is developing false online personalities – known to users of social media as "sock puppets" – could also encourage other governments, private companies and non-government organisations to do the same.

Centcom's contract requires for each controller the provision of one "virtual private server" located in the United States and others appearing to be outside the US to give the impression the fake personas are real people located in different parts of the world. More...

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Mainstream Media - The Blind Leading the Clueless
by Jeff Thomas
Posted August 1, 2016

main stream mediaMost of us watch television. In part, we seek to be entertained, but, additionally, we often seek to be enlightened as to "what's going on." In a difficult era like the present one, in which some of the most prominent countries are experiencing the onset of an economic crisis, virtual cartoon characters are competing as choices in political contests, governments are becoming increasingly rapacious and a police state is developing rapidly, it's not surprising if the average person questions, "What on earth are they thinking?"

Well, there's no shortage of media exposure to answer that question. Today, there are a multitude of channels offering 24/7 "news," from which we may hope to glean some insight as to what the leaders of the world are thinking. Yet, in spite of the endless folderol being offered, the leadership vision remains about as clear as mud. More...

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A Conspiracy Theory that became a "Conspiracy Fact"
By Timothy Alexander Guzman
Posted July 31, 2016

US soldiers guarding poppy fieldsThe heroin epidemic resembles the days when "Crack cocaine" became the major drug that destroyed communities across the United States and other parts of the world including the Caribbean that began in the early 1980's. The Crack epidemic coincidently began around the same time when the Iran-Contra Scandal was being exposed. U.S. cities such as Los Angeles, Miami and New York City experienced a rise in crime and disease.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported back in 2015 that "heroin use in the United States increased 63% from 2002 through 2013." Fast forward to 2016, heroin is sweeping across the United States at unprecedented levels. More...

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Florida's Slimed Waters Should Prompt National Wake Up Call
By Alisa Coe
Posted July 25, 2016

Florida outbreakThe shocking images of fluorescent green slime coating Florida rivers and beaches, published worldwide over the Fourth of July holiday, will serve as another national wake up call. Although this may be the first time people around the country have seen this lurid slime, it's not Florida's first horrific algae outbreak.

Thousands of citizens are using their cameras and social media accounts to document the ugly truth of what's happening in South Florida, where the government pumps billions of gallons of water polluted by Big Agriculture out of Lake Okeechobee, in the state's center, through rivers and out to the east and west coasts. More...

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Real News That Matters
by Linda Sechrist
Posted July 12, 2016

independent media needed now more than everThirty years ago, before many mergers and acquisitions, 50 corporations owned nearly all of American media. Today's infotainment and rhetoric, misrepresented as news, is leading millions to conclude that these colossal powers do not exist to objectively report the truth.

Magazines such as Natural Awakenings, Mother Jones, The Optimist and Yes! are likewise stirring up conversations on meaningful issues via larger perspectives with a focus on tangible solutions. They address such areas as the damaging health and environmental effects of genetically engineered food, championed by Jeffrey Smith, founder of the Institute for Responsible Technology.

Europe could kick genetically modified ingredients (GMO) out of their food supply because their mainstream media covered the health dangers, while U.S. mainstream media ignored them and kept Americans in the dark. Independent media in the U.S. enable democracy and consumer-inspired transformations of all kinds. Knowledge has organizing power. More...

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Propaganda Bill in Congress Could Give America Its Very Own Ministry Of "Truth"
by Claire Bernish
Posted June 9, 2016

Ministry of TruthIn the true Orwellian fashion now typifying 2016, a bill to implement the U.S.' very own de facto Ministry of Truth has been quietly introduced in Congress — its lack of fanfare appropriate given the bill's equally subtle language. As with any legislation attempting to dodge the public spotlight, however, the Countering Foreign Propaganda and Disinformation Act of 2016 marks a further curtailment of press freedom and another avenue to stultify avenues of accurate information.

Introduced by Congressmen Adam Kinzinger and Ted Lieu, H.R. 5181 seeks a "whole-government approach without the bureaucratic restrictions" to counter "foreign disinformation and manipulation," which they believe threaten the world's "security and stability." More...

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Silencing America as it prepares for war
by John Pilger
Posted May 31, 2016

your silnce is your consentOn Obama's watch, a second cold war is under way. The Russian president is a pantomime villain; the Chinese are not yet back to their sinister pig-tailed caricature - when all Chinese were banned from the United States - but the media warriors are working on it.

Neither Hillary Clinton nor Bernie Sanders has mentioned any of this. There is no risk and no danger for the United States and all of us; for them, the greatest military build-up on the borders of Russia since World War Two has not happened. On May 11, Romania went "live" with a Nato "missile defence" base that aims its first-strike American missiles at the heart of Russia, the world's second nuclear power. More...

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Mad About Rigged Elections? Mainstream Media Says "You" Are The Problem
by Claire Bernish
Posted May 25, 2016

voters are the problemPerhaps corporate, mainstream media — instead of targeting the symptom — should attempt to report its root cause.

Perhaps enormous swaths of voters being dropped from the rolls in New York; Clinton's inexplicably astronomical luck in coin tosses in Iowa; inexcusably untrained elections volunteers and their equally inexcusable tendency allowing Clinton supporters to participate in caucuses without first being registered; or any number of other examples from the mountain of ever-growing evidence the elections are, indeed, rigged, are infinitely more deserving of headlines than hit pieces against those protesting such affronts to the American electoral process. More...

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Media Censorship: The News That Didn't Make the News
By Peter Phillips
Posted May 11, 2016

protecting you from realityThe presidential primaries offer a single choice for both Democrats and Republicans to vote for empire and permanent war. This year's entertainment spectacle, what we call democratic elections, is a particularly gross circus of meaninglessness, misinformation, sound bites, and lies. Both parties are in support in the continuation of the US/NATO global empire of permanent war and the protection of the capital of the global 1%. Even Bernie Sanders calls for drone strikes and continued war on Isis and other evil terrorists.

The mobilization of millions of young people in support of Sanders offers them a hope of real change, similar to the false hope millions expressed eight years ago. None of the candidates above offer any solutions for the permanent war on terror, US/NATO presence in 130 countries, massive wasteful spending on arms, neo-liberal economic policies, governmental austerity, global refugees, and human rights for the three billion people living on less than $3 a day. None of the above suggests reinstatement of Habeas Corpus, an expanded Bill of Rights, complete electronic privacy, full governmental transparency, or the bail out of the $1 trillion student loan debt. More...

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Thousands of Enraged Americans Storm Washington. Media Yawns
by Jon Hecht
Posted April 30, 2016

lady liberty arrestedIn a show of civil disobedience designed to raise awareness of the devastating influence of money in politics, more than 1,400 people got themselves arrested outside the Capitol.

Notwithstanding the timeliness of the event — and its direct relevance to the presidential race  — coverage has been miniscule.  An analysis by the advocacy group Media Matters has found that the major news networks between April 11 and April 18 devoted to the protests a grand total of  … 29 seconds, and only on PBS. More...

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The War on Savings: The Panama Papers, Bail-Ins, and the Push to Go Cashless
By Ellen Brown
Posted April 13, 2016

war on cashExposing tax dodgers is a worthy endeavor, but the "limited hangout" of the Panama Papers may have less noble ends, dovetailing with the War on Cash and the imminent threat of massive bail-ins of depositor funds.

The bombshell publication of the "Panama Papers," leaked from a Panama law firm specializing in shell companies, has triggered both outrage and skepticism. In an April 3 article titled "Corporate Media Gatekeepers Protect Western 1% From Panama Leak," UK blogger Craig Murray writes that the whistleblower no doubt had good intentions; but he made the mistake of leaking his 11.5 million documents to the corporate-controlled Western media, which released only those few documents incriminating opponents of Western financial interests. Murray writes:

Do not expect a genuine expose of western capitalism. The dirty secrets of western corporations will remain unpublished. More...

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Corporate Media Gatekeepers Protect Western 1% From Panama Leak
by Craig Murray
Posted April 7, 2016

gatekeepers hide full storyWhoever leaked the Mossack Fonseca papers appears motivated by a genuine desire to expose the system that enables the ultra wealthy to hide their massive stashes, often corruptly obtained and all involved in tax avoidance. These Panamanian lawyers hide the wealth of a significant proportion of the 1%, and the massive leak of their documents ought to be a wonderful thing.

Unfortunately the leaker has made the dreadful mistake of turning to the western corporate media to publicise the results. In consequence the first major story, published today by the Guardian, is all about Vladimir Putin and a cellist on the fiddle. As it happens I believe the story and have no doubt Putin is bent. More...

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Do Americans Live In A False Reality Created By Orchestrated Events?
by Paul Craig Roberts
Posted February 27, 2016

false mediaMost people who are aware and capable of thought have given up on what is called the "mainstream media." The presstitutes have destroyed their credibility by helping Washington to lie—"Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction," "Iranian nukes," "Assad's use of chemical weapons," "Russian invasion of Ukraine," and so forth. The "mainstream media" has also destroyed its credibility by its complete acceptance of whatever government authorities say about alleged "terrorist events," such as 9/11 and Boston Marathon Bombing, or alleged mass shootings such as Sandy Hook and San Bernardino. Despite glaring inconsistencies, contradictions, and security failures that seem too unlikely to be believable, the "mainstream media" never asks questions or investigates. It merely reports as fact whatever authorities say.

The sign of a totalitarian or authoritarian state is a media that feels no responsibility to investigate and to find the truth, accepting the role of propagandist instead. The entire Western media has been in the propaganda mode for a long time. In the US the transformation of journalists into propagandists was completed with the concentration of a diverse and independent media in six mega-corporations that are no longer run by journalists. More...

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Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange Reveals Real Intentions Behind The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)
by Jeffrey Phillips
Posted February 12, 2016

assange will not be muzzledWikiLeaks has also published leaked chapters of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which is a secretive trade agreement among twelve Pacific Rim countries, including the United States. It would allow them to cover 40 percent of the global economy. The agreement was reached just this past October, after seven years of negotiations.

But as these matters of economic concern continue to be negotiated amongst the countries, details continue to be hidden from the public while WikiLeaks discloses information, like the "Investment Chapter," which discusses the US negotiators' motive to allow corporations to sue governments if their laws disrupt future profits a company has declared. Assange says the plan could "chill" the approval of health and environmental administrations. More...

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Media Disinformation and the US Heroin Epidemic
By Dr. Meryl Nass
Posted February 2, 2016

NY Times gets it wrongThe New York Times gets it all wrong. The solutions being touted by politicians and the media include "working together:" police, citizens, and health-care facilities–though to what end is unclear; educating; reducing the stigma of heroin use (now that users are predominantly white and middle class we can relabel addiction a disease, not a crime); adding treatment facilities; and adding more police.

I call this salutary–but almost entirely missing the mark.

Overdose deaths and heroin users are at an all time high in the United States. Between 2 and 9 of every thousand Americans (0.2-0.9% of the population) is currently using heroin. In Maine, 8% of babies are born "drug-affected"–a stratospheric rise from 178 babies in 2006 to 995 babies in fiscal 2015. Despite what you have heard, the cause of our current heroin epidemic is not as simple as doctors overprescribing narcotics. More...

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Six Huge Stories The Mainstream Media Doesn't Want You To Know About
By Sophie McAdam
Posted January 11, 2016

media non reprtingYou might have heard about a few of them, but not as much as you should. Here's our pick of the last 12 month's top news stories, all pretty much ignored by the corporate press.

Whistleblowers, Ecocide, top secret trade deals, and shady ties between the Islamic State and the West's closest allies…here are a few hot topics the mainstream media barely covered in 2015. More...

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15 News Stories from 2015 You Should Have Heard About But Probably Didn't
by Carey Wedler
Posted January 1, 2016

truth missing in corporate mediaIn 2015, the iron fist of power clamped down on humanity, from warfare to terrorism (I repeat myself) to surveillance, police brutality, and corporate hegemony. The environment was repeatedly decimated, the health of citizens was constantly put at risk, and the justice system and media alike were perverted to serve the interests of the powers that be.

However, while 2015 was discouraging for more reasons than most of us can count, many of the year's most underreported stories evidence not only a widespread pattern that explicitly reveals the nature of power, but pushback from human beings worldwide on a path toward a better world. More...

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4 Examples of Mainstream Media Fabricating News to Push for War
by Dylan Charles
Posted December 5, 2015

Orwellian media propagandaAs we inch further into the future and evermore closer to the next, and certainly last, world war, it seems proper to give pause and consider the significance of the fact that much of the information provided on world events is dreadfully compromised by corporate and political propagandists.

Mainstream media, with its exceptional reach, is able to mold the public's first impression of any global event thereby establishing the 'official story,' the one that is repeated again and again during the first moments of a crisis. They capitalize on the immediate shock value of an act of extraordinary violence or unrest to mold public perception into conformity with a narrative that will become the abiding fiction by which any further substantive investigation of the event must be measured against.

9/11 is perhaps the best example of this, as nearly 15 years afterwards, an incredible amount of information and research has become available the public, at least enough to unseat the official version of events and inspire a deeper investigation, yet contrary reporting is still not taken seriously at all by mainline media outlets. More...

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The US Corporate Media are Essentially Propaganda Organs of the US Government
by Dave Lindorff
Posted November 24, 2015

corporate media propagandaCan the US corporate media, particularly when it comes to foreign affairs, but also when it comes to matters like intelligence and domestic spying, be trusted to present the truth? Are the American corporate media largely propaganda organs, or news organizations?

Here are a few points to consider, and then you the reader can decide. Check out how one should objectively answer these questions below, and then check how the US corporate media generally answer them:

1. If ISIS or Al Qaeda deliberately attacks a civilian venue as in Paris, killing dozens of civilians indescriminately, is it terrorism?

Objective answer: Yes-- US media answer: Yes

2. If the US deliberately attacks a a civilian venue as in the case of the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, killing dozens of civilians indiscriminately, is it terrorism?

Objective answer: Yes -- US media answer: No
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NY Times Editorial Slams "Disgraceful" CIA Exploitation of Paris Attacks, But Submissive Media Role Is Key
by Glenn Greenwald
Posted November 20, 2015

blaming others for their own failureA truly superb New York Times editorial this morning mercilessly shames the despicable effort by U.S. government officials to shamelessly exploit the Paris attacks to advance long-standing agendas. Focused on the public campaign of the CIA to manipulate post-Paris public emotions to demonize transparency and privacy and to demand still-greater surveillance powers for themselves, the NYT editors begin:

It's a wretched yet predictable ritual after each new terrorist attack: Certain politicians and government officials waste no time exploiting the tragedy for their own ends. The remarks on Monday by John Brennan, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, took that to a new and disgraceful low. More...

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Exclusive Federal Reserve Videos and the Glass-Steagall Media Conspiracy
By Pam Martens
Posted October 20, 2015

NY Times fraudulent reportingA funny thing happened in 2012 after Andrew Ross Sorkin, a financial writer at the New York Times, wrote his spectacularly false narrative telling readers that the repeal of Glass-Steagall Act had nothing to do with the crash because problem firms like Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch and AIG didn't own insured commercial banks — which would have been prohibited under the Glass Steagall Act, had it not been repealed in 1999. In fact, all three of the firms did, indeed, own banks insured by the FDIC at the time of the crash.

We figured that Sorkin had just made an error, or, well, three monster errors, so we wrote to his editor. We heard nothing. We wrote to the New York Times public editor who is supposed to uphold the integrity of the paper. Nothing. We wrote to the publisher. Nothing. To this very day, the errors remain in the Sorkin article. When the so-called paper of record allows three outrageously wrong errors to persist as fact, it doesn't look like sloppy journalism, it looks like a conspiracy to deny the public an honest narrative. More...

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A Useful Prep-Sheet on Syria for Media Propagandists
by Gary Leupp
Posted October 7, 2015

ISIS under CIA?State Department talking points on Syria for cable news anchors:

Do NOT explain that the pro-democracy student activists and their allies fear most is the radical Islamists who have burgeoned in large part due to foreign intervention since 2011.

* Keep mentioning the "Free Syrian Army" and the "moderate opposition" to give the impression that they actually exist in the real world.

Do NOT point out that the FSA organization is actually a joke; that its leaders live in Turkey; that its remaining units are headed by CIA officers; that U.S. efforts to train over 5000 FSA troops have been an utter failure; that the tiny group of 54 recently sent to the front were immediately captured by the al-Nusra Front and another 70 dispatched from Turkey immediately turned over their arms to that al-Qaeda-linked group; that their chief of staff has resigned protesting U.S. incompetence; that Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, the top American commander in the Middle East, told Congress last month that only "four or five" Syrians had been trained by the U.S. to fight ISIL; and that the U.S.-trained forces have been accused of multiple human rights abuses. More...

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The 9/11 Attacks on the World Trade Center (WTC): Unspoken Financial Bonanza
By Professor Michel Chossudovsky
Posted September 6, 2015

WTC 7 reported collapsing 20 minutes BEFORE collapseOn October 17, 2000, eleven months before 9/11,Blackstone Real Estate Advisors, of The Blackstone Group, L.P, purchased, from Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association, the participating mortgage secured by World Trade Center, Building Seven.1

The Blackstone Group is a private investment bank with offices in New York and London; It was founded in 1985 by its Chairman, Peter G. Peterson, and its President and CEO, Stephen A. Schwarzman. Blackstone purchased, from Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association, the participating mortgage secured by World Trade Center, Building Seven.

As we recall WTC building 7 (The Salomon Brothers Building) which was not hit by the planes, collapsed mysteriously in the afternoon of September 11. The announcement of its collapse by the media (CNN and BBC) occurred more than 2o minutes prior the actual collapse. More...

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The CIA and the Media: 50 Facts the World Needs to Know
By Professor James F. Tracy
Posted August 31, 2015

Shadow governmentSince the end of World War Two the Central Intelligence Agency has been a major force in US and foreign news media, exerting considerable influence over what the public sees, hears and reads on a regular basis. CIA publicists and journalists alike will assert they have few, if any, relationships, yet the seldom acknowledged history of their intimate collaboration indicates a far different story–indeed, one that media historians are reluctant to examine.

Consider the coverups of election fraud in 2000 and 2004, the events of September 11, 2001, the invasions Afghanistan and Iraq, the destabilization of Syria, and the creation of "ISIS." These are among the most significant events in recent world history, and yet they are also those much of the American public is wholly ignorant of. In an era where information and communication technologies are ubiquitous, prompting many to harbor the illusion of being well-informed, one must ask why this condition persists. More...

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Insouciance Rules The West
by Paul Craig Roberts (Assistant Secretary of the Treasury under Reagan)
Posted August 22, 2015

notes from the dark side of the earthEurope is being overrun by refugees from Washington's, and Israel's, hegemonic policies in the Middle East and North Africa that are resulting in the slaughter of massive numbers of civilians. The inflows are so heavy that European governments are squabbling among themselves about who is to take the refugees. Hungary is considering constructing a fence, like the US and Israel, to keep out the undesirables. Everywhere in the Western media there are reports deploring the influx of migrants; yet nowhere is there any reference to the cause of the problem.

The European governments and their insouciant populations are themselves responsible for their immigrant problems. For 14 years Europe has supported Washington's aggressive militarism that has murdered and dislocated millions of peoples who never lifted a finger against Washington. The destruction of entire countries such as Iraq, Libya, and Afghanistan, and now Syria and Yemen, and the continuing US slaughter of Pakistani civilians with the full complicity of the corrupt and traitorous Pakistani government, produced a refugee problem that the moronic Europeans brought upon themselves. More...

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Subverting Illusions: Julian Assange and the Value of WikiLeaks
by Norman Soloman
Posted August 20, 2015

Free Assange protestThe Obama administration wants Assange in a U.S. prison, so that the only mouse he might ever see would be scurrying across the floor of a solitary-confinement cell. Above and beyond Assange's personal freedom, what's at stake includes the impunity of the United States and its allies to relegate transparency to a mythical concept, with democracy more rhetoric than reality. From the Vietnam War era to today — from aerial bombing and torture to ecological disasters and financial scams moving billions of dollars into private pockets — the high-up secrecy hiding key realities from the public has done vast damage. No wonder economic and political elites despise WikiLeaks for its disclosures.

During the last five years, since the release of the infamous "Collateral Murder" video, the world has changed in major ways for democratic possibilities, with WikiLeaks as a catalyst. It's sadly appropriate that Assange is so deplored and reviled by so many in the upper reaches of governments, huge corporations and mass media. For such powerful entities, truly informative leaks to the public are plagues that should be eradicated as much as possible. More...

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Wall Street Front Group Pleads for Government Help in New York Times OpEd
By Pam Martens and Russ Martens
Posted July 9, 2015

Kathryn S. Wylde, President and CEO, Partnership for New York CityAfter the U.S. government pumped the secret, astronomical sum of more than $13 trillion into Wall Street during the years surrounding the 2008 financial crisis to bail it out of its own greedy and reckless gambles, Wall Street is shamelessly asking for more government handouts in the opinion pages of the New York Times. The woman pitching this pathetic poppycock, Kathryn S. Wylde, was actually on the Board of Directors at the New York Fed during the crisis – the very institution that sluiced the secret $13 trillion into Wall Street's coffers.

If you live outside of New York City, you've never heard of the Partnership for New York City. Even if you live inside New York City, unless you're part of the black tie cocktail circuit, you've still never heard of the group. So when the New York Times gave a chunk of its opinion pages on Monday to Wylde as President and CEO of the Partnership for New York City to plead for government help for Wall Street, it really needed to do the ethical thing and fess up that this is a brazen front group for the financial services industry. More...

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Major Monsanto Lawsuit Completely Blacked out by Media
By Christina Sarich
Posted May 27, 2015

corporate media censors newsEfforts to publicize a class action lawsuit against Monsanto for false advertising it's best-selling herbicide Roundup filed in Los Angeles County Court on April 20, 2015 have been rejected by almost every mainstream media outlet.

It's no different than Fox, NBC, CNN, or ABC refusing to cover the DARK ACT which would give Monsanto legal immunity and disallow states to demand GMO labeling.

You would think that coverage of something the whole world wants to see – the first step toward the successful downfall of Monsanto –would be a hot news item; a newsworthy tidbit that every paper, radio station, and blog would want to spread across their pages with double bold headlines. But wait. . . just six corporations own ALL of the media in America, so there isn't much luck there. More...

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What Are the Biggest Lies and Delusions That Keep People Voting Against Their Own Best Interests?
By Rob Kall
Posted May 15, 2015

people vote against their best interestsThis world is being handed over to a few hundred billionaires and transnational predatory corporations gorging themselves in an economic bloodfeast that leaves hundreds of millions, no billions dead or damaged. Yet many of those people-- people who go bankrupt because of health care expenses, people who will live their lives burdened by student debt, who face no realistic hopes for a decent job, whose children face even bleaker futures, who are living shallow, meaningless lives focused on consumption of crass, worthless things with brand names, who are eating foods that are beyond unhealthy, to the extent that they reduce lifespan, increase risks of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and inability to resist infections-- continue to vote for corporatist politicians in both major parties in the US, or abroad who vote against their best interests. The question is "why?"

I believe it's because people are living in a story narrative that has them convinced that it's the best thing for them and their families. So my question is, "What are the lies, the deceptions and illusions that keep these billions of people complacent, accepting this unjust situation, even supporting and advocating for it." More...

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Inside the Major Political Fight for Broadband Internet That's Brewing Across America
By David Morris
Posted March 10, 2015

cable dominanceOn February 28th the Federal Communications Commission issued two decisions.  One concerned net neutrality, the other municipal broadband.  The first garnered by far the most attention, as it should.  Net neutrality affects everyone and establishes a fundamental new principle for Internet access.

But as another presidential campaign looms the FCC decision on municipally owned broadband may offer more fertile ground for a vigorous political debate on the role of government and the scale of governance.  

The decision arose from a petition to the FCC by Chattanooga, Tennessee and Wilson, North Carolina asking it to overturn state laws that prevent them from extending their highly successful publicly owned networks to surrounding communities eager to connect. The FCC’s decision affects just those two states’ laws but will undoubtedly become a precedent to evaluate most of the other 17 states’ restrictions on municipal broadband.  More...

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How to break the corporate media blockade
By Rick Staggenborg, MD
Posted February 27, 2015

propaganda masquerading as newsComprehending how we are being lied into supporting chaotic global violence requires understanding how certain powerful interests control information. Few people realize that one of the CIA's duties is influencing media for propaganda purposes. Various sources have documented a network of media corporations that are CIA fronts, both in the US and overseas. A prominent German media figure admitted to being a CIA employee for years, stating that this was common practice in both Europe and the US.

We now know that claims of WMDs in Iraq were false, as were similar claims in Syria. Seymour Hersh, who uncovered much of the hidden truth of the Vietnam War, revealed the lies about Syrian chemical weapons. Robert Parry, who gave us the facts about Iran-Contra, is now trying to wake up up to the fact that the US is supporting a fascist government in Ukraine. It is not a coincidence that both are no longer New York Times reporters. The Times has set the standard for a media that parrots government lies without question. More...

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Truth? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Truth
by Paul Craig Roberts (Asst. Sec.of the US Treasury in the Reagan Administration)
Posted February 11, 2015

we don;t need the truthConsider the "war on terror." According to a Nobel economist and a Harvard University budget expert, Washington's 14 years of war on terror has cost Americans a minimum of $6 trillion. That's 6,000 billion dollars. This sum, together with the current PayRoll tax revenues is enough to keep Social Security and Medicare in the black for years to come. Without the vast sum wasted on the war on terror, Republicans would not have an excuse to be trying to cut Social Security and Medicare for budget reasons and to privatize the old age pensions and health care of people, thus turning Medicare and Social Security pensions into fee income for Wall Street.

Combating terrorism is the excuse for squandering a minimum of $6,000 billion dollars. What were the terrorist events that serve as a basis for this expenditure? More...

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Franc-ly Speaking: What If It Were All A Set Up?
by Mark St. Cyr
Posted January 19, 2015

setup?Back in early 2011 then head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Dominique Strauss-Kahn (DSK) suddenly was charged with rape, sexual abuse, and unlawful imprisonment. DSK at the time was considered the rising star in the world of European monetary policy and politics. So much so that he was also considered a credible challenge to Nicolas Sarkozy for the French presidency. In a blink of an eye all that was wiped from the ledgers. And none seemed more surprised than DSK himself. In retrospect – all with good reason.

With little fanfare (for it doesn't make as delectable a story for the main stream media as the original accusation) DSK was cleared. The case against him? Dropped. His name, career, political aspirations? Gone. As we now know he was replaced with a far more "banker" friendly head Christine Lagarde. Conspiracy? Who knows. However let me put two illustrations of statements for context. One is from 2010 when DSK was in a position of banking power when crisis and words from a "banker" meant far more than just words. More...

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"Net Neutrality", Save the Internet Campaign: A Common Carrier Free from Corporate Encroachment
By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers
Posted November 17, 2014

Tom Wheeler, former cable lobbyistThis week has been a turning point in a seven month campaign to Save the Internet. The campaign began when FCC Chair, Tom Wheeler, told the media in May that he was considering creating a tiered Internet where wealthy corporations could pay for faster service giving them an advantage over start-ups, small businesses, entrepreneurs and citizen activists.

At the meeting, Wheeler used rhetoric that sounded like he supported real net neutrality but proposed a rule that would have created a tiered Internet. But, the pressure had became so intense that Chairman Wheeler included the movement's proposal: reclassifying the Internet as a common carrier under Title II and restoring net neutrality rules; along with his tiered Internet proposal. The FCC wanted comments on both options. The comments started to pour in. Thousands of people were commenting every day. The numbers grew rapidly. More...

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The Myth of the Free Press
By Chris Hedges
Posted October 29, 2014

Gary Webb, whistleblowerThere is more truth about American journalism in the film "Kill the Messenger," which chronicles the mainstream media's discrediting of the work of the investigative journalist Gary Webb, than there is in the movie "All the President's Men," which celebrates the exploits of the reporters who uncovered the Watergate scandal.

The mass media blindly support the ideology of corporate capitalism. They laud and promote the myth of American democracy—even as we are stripped of civil liberties and money replaces the vote. They pay deference to the leaders on Wall Street and in Washington, no matter how perfidious their crimes. They slavishly venerate the military and law enforcement in the name of patriotism. They select the specialists and experts, almost always drawn from the centers of power, to interpret reality and explain policy. They usually rely on press releases, written by corporations, for their news. And they fill most of their news holes with celebrity gossip, lifestyle stories, sports and trivia.

The role of the mass media is to entertain or to parrot official propaganda to the masses. The corporations, which own the press, hire journalists willing to be courtiers to the elites, and they promote them as celebrities. These journalistic courtiers, who can earn millions of dollars, are invited into the inner circles of power. They are, as John Ralston Saul writes, hedonists of power. More...

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Hollywood Can Make You Believe Anything
Posted October 23, 2014

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Snowden Film "Citizen Four" Reveals How He Did It; Second Leaker Involved; Files on 1.2 Million People; Snowden Vindicated
by Mish Shedlock
Posted October 16, 2014

citizen four revealedCitizen Four is the shocking doc about Edward Snowden made by Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras. Just screened tonight was the two hour film which will be released by the Weinstein Company this month. It doesn't paint the Obama administration in a very good light as Snowden explains how the government has violated privacy rights on a massive scale.

Also the filmmakers clearly indicate that all roads lead to POTUS, a fairly serious accusation. There may be serious repercussions. Nevertheless as the details of the NSA's programs are revealed Snowden says, "This isn't science fiction. It's really happening." More...

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Suckering the Public on a War of Terror
by SARTRE
Posted September 11, 2014

war propagandaThe gullibility of the American public only exceeded by the ease that the fascist establishment is able to conduct their criminal government without any meaningful protest - just keeps rolling along. The mainstream media is still able to practice their black art of painting their masterpiece, entitled discovering a new cell of terrorists in every news report. Making up a scripted narrative to fix all seasons, take the creative ability of a screenwriter and the guidance of the intelligence community to shepherd the story to fix the immediate political objective. In a world where truth is the rarest of all commodities, you can be assured that the simpletons, who believe the psychological warfare accounts reported as fact, will invariably remain docile fools.

The news machine has become pure government propaganda. If the fantasy spin was merely benign diversion or trivia, one might be able to simply ignore or dismiss the poppycock as the price of driving broadcasts for ratings. However, when national survival as a free society, systematically being dismantled to rationalize some phony made up terrorist threat, the luxury of pampering an imbecilic public attitude that accept lies as reality, can no longer be tolerated. More...

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Who Killed Michael Hastings?
By Benjamin Wallace
Posted June 9, 2014

It sounded like a bomb went offReflexively distrustful, eager to make powerful enemies, the young journalist whose Mercedes exploded in Los Angeles one night couldn't possibly have died accidentally, could he?

At the end of his life, Michael Hastings, like many of the progressive journalists he counted among his friends, felt besieged by an overreaching government. By the middle of June, though, Hastings, then 33, had become openly afraid. Helicopters are a common sight in the Hollywood Hills, but he had told Jordanna Thigpen, a neighbor he'd become close to, that there were more of them in the sky than usual, and he was certain they were tracking him. On Saturday the 15th, he called Matt Farwell, his writing partner, and said Farwell might be interviewed by the FBI. Farwell was unsettled. "He was being really cagey over the phone, which was odd, very odd," Farwell says. On the 17th, Hastings e-mailed colleagues at BuzzFeed to warn them that "the Feds are interviewing my 'close friends and associates' "; he was "onto a big story" and needed to go "off the rada[r] for a bit … hope to see you all soon." More...

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Unless Defeated, New FCC Rules Will Put 'Stake in Internet's Heart'
by Jon Queally
Posted April 25, 2014

stale in the Internet's heartCritics of the new rules say that this could be the moment the internet as we know it will die if the people do not rise to its defense. Defenders of an open, innovative and fair internet are up in arms Thursday after learning the Federal Communications Commission is about to issue new rule proposals that will kill the online principle known as "net neutrality."

The death of net neutrality—which has governed the equal treatment of content since the internet was created—will create, say critics, a tiered internet that allows major internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon to cut special and lucrative deals with content providers who can afford to pay for special "fast lanes." The result will be an internet that will incentivize slower traffic by ISPs and the creation of privatized, corporate-controlled "toll-roads" that will come to dominate a once fair and free environment. More...

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The U.S. Mainstream Media Black Hole and the Danger of False Narrative
By Robert Parry
Posted March 30, 2014

False narrativesLike a decade ago with Iraq, Official Washington's pundits and pols are locked shoulder-to-shoulder in a phalanx of misguided consensus on Ukraine, presenting a false narrative that is taking U.S. policy into dangerous directions. The American people got a nasty taste of the danger that can come with false narrative when they were suckered into the Iraq War based on bogus claims that Saddam Hussein was hiding weapons of mass destruction that he planned to share with al-Qaeda.

But perhaps an even more dangerous problem coming out of the Iraq War was that almost no one in Official Washington who pushed the false narrative – whether in politics or in the press – was held accountable in any meaningful way. Many of the same pols and pundits remain in place today, pushing similar false narratives on new crises, from Ukraine to Syria to Iran. More..

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Yes, There Are Paid Government Trolls On Social Media, Blogs, Forums And Websites
By Michael Snyder
Posted March 4, 2014

government trollsDo you want solid proof that paid government shills are targeting websites, blogs, forums and social media accounts? For years, many have suspected that government trolls have been systematically causing havoc all over the Internet, but proving it has been difficult. But now thanks to documents leaked by Edward Snowden and revealed by Glenn Greenwald, we finally have hard evidence that western governments have been doing this. As you will see below, a UK intelligence outfit known as the Government Communications Headquarters, through a previously secret unit known as the Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group, has been systematically attempting "to control, infiltrate, manipulate, and warp online discourse". This should be deeply disturbing to anyone that values free speech on the Internet.

It isn't just that the British government is trying to influence what people are thinking. The reality is that this is far bigger than a mere propaganda campaign. As Greenwald recently noted on his new website, the "integrity of the Internet itself" is at stake... More...

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U.S. Plummets in Global Press Freedom Rankings
Josh Stearns
Posted February 21, 2014

no freedom of the pressAccording to a new report from Reporters Without Borders, there was a profound erosion of press freedom in the United States in 2013. After a year of attacks on whistleblowers and digital journalists and revelations about mass surveillance, the United States plunged 13 spots in the group's global press freedom rankings to number 46.

Citing the Justice Department's aggressive prosecution of whistleblowers, including its secret seizure of Associated Press phone records, the authors write that "freedom of information is too often sacrificed to an overly broad and abusive interpretation of national security needs, marking a disturbing retreat from democratic practices. Investigative journalism often suffers as a result." The threats facing newsgathering in the U.S. are felt by both longstanding journalists like New York Times national security reporter James Risen, who may serve jail time for refusing to reveal a source, and non-traditional digital journalists like Barrett Brown. More...

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People Powered Media Mobilizes Masses, While Mass Media Remains Silent
by Kevin Zeeze and Margaret Flowers
Posted February 11, 2014

Mass media failureIn the last week there were two major examples of how people-powered media can educate and mobilize people even if the mass corporate media does not report on an issue. We now have the ability to educate each other and tell our narrative of what is occurring. The movement is not dependent on the corporate media.

We are in the midst of an era of media transition. The corporate media is facing tremendous financial, employee and audience challenges. At the root of their problem is credibility. In 2004, Gallup reported that "39 percent currently say they have 'not very much' confidence in the media's accuracy and fairness, while 16 percent say they have 'none at all.'" Gallup reported this was the lowest credibility rating in three decades. But, the decline continued and by 2012 Gallup reported that distrust of the media had risen by 5 percent to 60 percent having little or no trust in the media—a new record. A 2013 Gallup poll found only 1 in 4 Americans trust television or newspaper news. More...

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An Open Letter to the Makers of The Wolf of Wall Street, and the Wolf Himself
By Christina McDowell
Posted Dec 29, 2013

Wolf of Wall StI hate to be the bearer of bad news, dear Kings of Hollywood, but you have been conned.

Let me introduce myself. My name is Christina McDowell, formerly Christina Prousalis. I am the daughter of Tom Prousalis, a man the Washington Post described as "just some guy on trial for penny-stock fraud." (I had to change my name after my father stole my identity and then threatened to steal it again, but I'll get to that part later.) I was eighteen and a freshman in college when my father and his attorneys forced me to attend his trial at New York City's federal courthouse so that he "looked good" for the jury -- the consummate family man.

I urge each and every human being in America NOT to support this film, because if you do, you're simply continuing to feed the Wolves of Wall Street. More...

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State "Stink Tanks" Exposed
by Dave Johnson
Posted Nov 19, 2013

Corporate States of AmericaHow many times have you read or heard in the news something along the lines of "a new report from the Institute of Free Markets and Liberty finds that giant corporations and billionaires create jobs if given tax cuts," or how about your classic "Toxic Sludge Is Good For You"? Well guess what, a new report from an actual, honest think tank exposes a national network of corporate PR firms masking themselves as think tanks. The report calls these corporate-front PR firms "Stink Tanks."

The report, titled Stinktanks.org, exposes the State Policy Network (SPN), an $83 million web of right-wing "think tanks" in every state across the country. These organizations present themselves as nonpartisan, objective and scholarly, But instead of being actual, honest "think tanks" all of these organizations are instead of acting as honest "think tanks" they instead operate as PR firms. More...

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Is America Being Deliberately Pushed Toward Civil War?
by Brandon Smith
Posted Nov 8, 2013

divide and conquerThe idea that our government has indeed run economic collapse scenarios, found the United States in mortal danger, and done absolutely nothing to fix the problem is bad enough. I have my doubts, however, that the Pentagon or partnered private think tanks like the RAND Corporation did not run scenarios on dollar collapse long before 2009. In fact, I believe there is much evidence to suggest that the military industrial complex has not only been aware of the fiscal weaknesses of the U.S. system for decades, but they have also been actively engaged in exploiting those weaknesses in order to manipulate the American public with fears of cultural catastrophe.

History teaches us that most economic crisis events are followed or preceded immediately by international or domestic conflict. War is the looming shadow behind nearly all fiscal disasters. I suspect that numerous corporate think tanks and the Department Of Defense are perfectly aware of this relationship and have war gamed such events as well. Internal strife and civil war are often natural side effects of economic despair within any population.

Has a second civil war been "gamed" by our government? And are Americans being swindled into fighting and killing each other while the banksters who created the mess observe at their leisure, waiting until the dust settles to return to the scene and collect their prize? Here are some examples of how both sides of the false left/right paradigm are being goaded into turning on each other. More...

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NSA files: why the Guardian in London destroyed hard drives of leaked files
by Julian Borger (the Guardian)
Posted August 22, 2013

Guardian attackedGuardian editors on Tuesday revealed why and how the newspaper destroyed computer hard drives containing copies of some of the secret files leaked by Edward Snowden.

The decision was taken after a threat of legal action by the government that could have stopped reporting on the extent of American and British government surveillance revealed by the documents.

It resulted in one of the stranger episodes in the history of digital-age journalism. On Saturday 20 July, in a deserted basement of the Guardian's King's Cross offices, a senior editor and a Guardian computer expert used angle grinders and other tools to pulverise the hard drives and memory chips on which the encrypted files had been stored. More...

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Media Supression of the Marches Against Monsanto
Video by Rudy Avizius
Posted May 30, 2013


Over 2 million people participated in the Marches Against Monsanto in 436 cities across the globe. Yet television coverage by the corporate media was nearly non-existent. Since most people depend on television for their news, as far as they are concerned, these events never happened.

So why did the corporate media blackout such massive events?

This video shows dozens of these marches and lists the cities that participated. Shame on the corporate media for failing the public............. again.

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Journalistic Malpractice at the Post and the Times
by Dave Lindorff
Posted March 10, 2013

profile in courageThanks to the courageous action of Private Bradley Manning, the young soldier who has been held for over two years by the US military on trumped-up charges including espionage and aiding the enemy, we now have solid evidence that the country's two leading news organizations, the Washington Post and the New York Times, are not interesting in serious reporting critical of the government.

Manning, in admitting at his military court martial hearing recently that he was in fact the source of hundreds of thousands of damning and embarrassing documents and cables exposing the perfidy and even war crimes of the US in Iraq and Afghanistan which were turned over to Wikileaks, also stated that he had first attempted to provide those documents -- which included the secret video of an attack helicopter massacring civilians, including two Reuters journalist, and those who tried to rescue the victims -- to the Post and the Times.

Both supposed "news" organizations failed to pursue his offer, and did not run those stories of US criminality until the documents had been released by Wikileaks. More...

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Spain's Rebellion Moves to Print
by Michael Levitin
Posted February 4, 2013

financial crime protestCall it publishing on the cheap. And call it Spain's new experiment in print media for a society fed up with debt crisis, polarized and ineffective politicians and the increasing corruption of government by corporate power.
People say here that now, unlike a few years ago, family dinner discussions routinely center around financial and banking crimes, collusions between government leaders and big business, privatizations and cuts to public services like health care - not to mention the 25 percent jobless rate, a level unseen since the death of dictator Francisco Franco nearly four decades ago. Spain now reportedly has the third-highest poverty rate in the European Union, behind Bulgaria and Romania.

Financial crimes, illegal foreclosures, and cuts and privatizations to the country's social services have driven many middle-class and middle-aged Spaniards out into the streets demanding justice. So it's in this context that a handful of journalists seized an opening. Building on the social and political momentum generated by Spain's 15M movement - known to many abroad as the Indignados, which began in May of 2011 and continues to campaign against bank bailouts, unlawful foreclosures and a raft of financial and political crimes - editor Daniel Ayllon says the publication is "one more piece in the process, where journalism professionals enter in this chain of social change." More...

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Minister: Iceland refused to help FBI on WikiLeaks
by Raphael Satter
Posted February 3, 2013

getting the truth outIceland's interior minister said Friday that he ordered the country's police not to cooperate with FBI agents sent to investigate WikiLeaks two years ago, offering a rare glimpse into the U.S. Department of Justice's investigation of the secret-busting site.

Ogmundur Jonasson told The Associated Press that he was upset when he found out that FBI agents had flown to the country to interview an unidentified WikiLeaks associate in August 2011.

Regardless of what the target was, the minister's account of the FBI's trip opens a window into a sensitive inquiry which has so far remained largely under wraps. The U.S. Department of Justice has been investigating WikiLeaks since it began pouring classified U.S. documents into the public domain, but officials have refused to reveal almost any information about the size, scope, or nature of their inquiry, citing national security concerns. More...

Another article on this story.

Iceland's president kicks out FBI agents investigating WikiLeaks. "We arrest banksters, not activists - the opposite of what America does".

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New press freedom group is launched to block US government attacks
by Glenn Greenwald
Posted December 18, 2012

excessive government secrecy Nothing is more vital than enabling true transparency and adversarial journalism, and preventing further assaults on them. Excessive secrecy is the linchpin of government abuse of power.

Several weeks ago, I wrote about the steps taken by the US government to pressure large corporations to choke off the finances and other means of support for WikiLeaks in retaliation for the group's exposure of substantial government deceit, wrongdoing and illegality. Because WikiLeaks has never been charged with, let alone convicted of, any crime, I wrote: "that the US government largely succeeded in using extra-legal and extra-judicial means to cripple an adverse journalistic outlet is a truly consequential episode." At the end of that column, I disclosed that I had been involved in discussions "regarding the formation of a new organization designed to support independent journalists and groups such as WikiLeaks under attack by the US and other governments." More...

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Why Is the Obama FCC Plotting a Massive Giveaway to Murdoch?
by Craig Aaron
Posted November 28, 2012

Murdoch What if I told you the Obama administration's first major post-election policy move was a big, fat gift for Rupert Murdoch?

You might ask: The same Rupert Murdoch who owns Fox News? The same Rupert Murdoch who scandalized England with phone-hacking, influence peddling and bribery? The same Rupert Murdoch who stays up late Saturday nights pondering things on Twitter like what to do about "the Jewish-owned press"?

Murdoch already owns the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, Fox News Channel, Fox movie studios, 27 local TV stations and much, much more. More...

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Using War as Cover to Target Journalists
by David Carr
Posted November 26, 2012

israeli attack kills journlaistsJournalists who dig into murky and dangerous corners of the world have become accustomed to being threatened and sometimes hunted by drug lords and gangsters, but now some governments have decided shooting the messenger is a viable option. The C.P.J. reports that government officials and their allies are now suspected of being responsible for more than a third of the murders of journalists, a higher proportion than killings attributed to terrorist groups or criminal enterprises.

While it is true that news media operations have become one more arrow in the quiver of modern warfare, a direct attack on information gatherers of any stripe is deeply troubling. And such attacks are hardly restricted to Israel: recall that in the United States assault on Baghdad, television stations were early targets. More...

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Press Freedom Index 2011/2012
by Reporters Without Borders
Posted May 15, 2012

Freedom of the press?"This year's index sees many changes in the rankings, changes that reflect a year that was incredibly rich in developments, especially in the Arab world," Reporters Without Borders said today as it released its 10th annual press freedom index. "Many media paid dearly for their coverage of democratic aspirations or opposition movements. Control of news and information continued to tempt governments and to be a question of survival for totalitarian and repressive regimes. The past year also highlighted the leading role played by netizens in producing and disseminating news.

"Crackdown was the word of the year in 2011. Never has freedom of information been so closely associated with democracy. Never have journalists, through their reporting, vexed the enemies of freedom so much. Never have acts of censorship and physical attacks on journalists seemed so numerous. The equation is simple: the absence or suppression of civil liberties leads necessarily to the suppression of media freedom. Dictatorships fear and ban information, especially when it may undermine them.

The interesting fact is that the United States has fallen from 20th in 2010 to 47th in 2011/12. This rating is lower than Botswana, Slovenia, Niger, Mali and Jamaica . The United States owed its fall of 27 places to the many arrests of journalist covering Occupy Wall Street protests. More...

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Paychecks, Perception, Propaganda & Power
by James Quinn
Posted January 24, 2012

illusion of choiceI had been trying to wrap my head around what happened with the Occupy Movement since the Department of Homeland Security coordinated destruction of most of the encampments around the country in November. The corporate mainstream media immediately moved onto more pressing issues like the Kim Kardashian divorce and Jessica Simpson's weight gain. The American public has been instructed by the media the Occupy story is history, just like the BP oil spill, the Fukushima nuclear meltdown, and the Egyptian revolution. In a society consumed by reality TV Occupy Wall Street was just another show.

Obama's signing of the NDAA, overwhelmingly supported by politicians of both parties, now gives the ruling class the ability to track down and imprison indefinitely any American citizen they consider a threat to their power, without charges. The only remaining thorn in their side is the internet. The internet has allowed critical thinkers to share information, organize resistance to the oligarchs, create communities of like-minded citizens, and allow individuals the opportunity to turn the tables and perform surveillance on the state. The state does not like an unfettered internet because it allows citizens to find the non-manipulated truth and undermines their mainstream media propaganda machine. Young people are less able to be manipulated. The introduction of abominable legislation like SOPA and PIPA are a blatant attempt by the governing elite to crush dissent by locking down the internet and eliminating sites that question their version of reality. More...

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Call It Tyranny
By Paul A. Heise PhD
Posted January 8, 2012

think for yourselfTyranny is not a word to be used lightly. It is an accusation of a deliberate attack on basic liberty. It is especially not to be used in regard to partisan politics. Tyranny is something more fundamental and more noxious. So why did the Lebanon Daily News use that accusation in an editorial last Sunday?

The paper was condemning as tyranny and as "extremism writ large," Senate Bill 1867, The National Defense Authorization Act. That bill, which passed the Senate on a vote of 93 – 7, deserves the accusation and an appropriate response.

The bill is so shrouded in stealth and duplicity that it has the smell of conspiracy. The main provisions were drafted in private by Senators Carl Levin and John McCain but without consultation with the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Intelligence Committee, the Defense Department, the FBI or the Intelligence Community. The word is apparently out that no one is to challenge or discuss this bill. And the entirety of the mainstream media is a willing accomplice. More...

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Billionaire Media Moguls vs. Occupy Wall Street
by Eric Alterman
Posted November 18, 2011

Billionaire media mogulsHundreds of police officers, many wearing riot helmets, marched into lower Manhattan's Zuccotti Park early Tuesday morning to clear out the Occupy Wall Street protesters. The operation required boroughwide task forces and "scores of mobile officers who are usually used to flood high-crime neighborhoods." According to the police, 142 people were arrested, largely for "disorderly conduct and resisting arrest," though it turned out that according to a judge's ruling, the police did not have the right to clear the park at all, but merely to dispose of its tents and sleeping bags.

The first thing the police did was clear out the journalists so that they could not see what was going on—just as they routinely do in totalitarian nations. At least 10 reporters were arrested. Ironically, the owners of at least three New York newspapers could not have been happier. Of course, all three are not merely members of "the one percent" but the 1 percent of the 1 percent.

Lost among this tone of self-congratulation by the millionaires and billionaires who are lucky enough to buy their ink by the barrel are not only their alleged commitment to the protection of the first amendment but the facts themselves that inspired the protests. More...

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Journalists Funded By "Vulture Capitalist" Paul Singer Campaign To Smear Wall Street Protests
By Lee Fang
Posted October 11, 2011

Justice Thomas with Paul SingerThe campaign to marginalize and destroy the growing 99 Percent Movement is in full swing, with many in the media attempting to smear the people participating in the "occupation" protests across the country. However, several of the so-called journalists deriding, and in some cases sabotaging the movement, have paychecks thanks to a billionaire whose business practices have been scorned as among the worst of the financial elite.

As the New York Times has documented, Paul Singer, a Republican activist and hedge fund manager worth over $900 million, has emerged as one of the most important power brokers within the GOP. Now, it appears that the reporters financed by Singer are at the forefront of efforts to tarnish the reputation of 99 Percent Movement demonstrators. More..

Looks like the bankers are starting to get nervous.

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Conservative journalist says he infiltrated, escalated D.C. museum protest
by Suzy Khimm
Posted September 10, 2011

Patrick HowleyA conservative journalist has admitted to infiltrating the group of protesters who clashed with security at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum on Saturday — and he openly claims to have instigated the events that prompted the museum to close.

Patrick Howley, an assistant editor at the American Spectator, says that he joined the group under the pretense that he was a demonstrator. "As far as anyone knew I was part of this cause — a cause that I had infiltrated the day before in order to mock and undermine in the pages of The American Spectator," Howley wrote. (The language in the story has since been changed without explanation.) More...

Click here for a screen capture of his article.

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US media blackout of protest is shameful
by Chen Weihua (China Daily)
Posted September 30, 2011

main stream media failureOne of the best-kept secrets in the United States over the past two weeks seems to be the protest on and near Wall Street in New York.

More than 1,000 people protested on the first day, September 17, marching and chanting slogans. Yet the demonstration, known as Occupy Wall Street, did not appear on the major networks' evening news or in major newspapers the next day.

The protest, now in its 14th day, only got limited coverage last Saturday when heavy-handed police arrested close to 100 people and pepper-sprayed several female demonstrators. But most coverage that day was not in-depth. More...

Another article on this issue, also from a foreign news outlet.

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What's behind the scorn for the Wall Street protests?
by Glenn Greenwald
Posted September 29, 2011

Occupy Wall St ProtestFinancial elites and their political servants are well aware that exploding wealth inequality, pervasive economic anxiety, and increasing hostility toward institutions of authority (and corresponding realization that voting fixes very little of this) are likely to bring London-style unrest -- and worse -- to American soil; it was just two weeks ago that New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg warned that the unemployment crisis could trigger "riots." Even the complacent American citizenry -- well-trained in learned impotence and acquiescence to (even reverence for) those most responsible for their plight -- is going to reach a tipping point of unrest. There are numerous weapons of surveillance and coercion that have been developed over the last decade in anticipation of that unrest: most of it justified in the name of Terrorism, but all of it featuring decidedly dual-use domestic capability (illustrating what I mean is this chart showing how extensively the Patriot Act has been used in non-Terrorist cases, and how rarely it has been used for Terrorism). More...

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The Dark Heart of Corporatism
by Jesse
Posted June 29, 2011

corporate disinformationA few seem to be waking up to the irony. A drumbeat of corporate persuasion that is noticeable to those outside the culture, and those who have switched off the propaganda feeds on the internet and in the mainstream media. But the illusion is unnoticed by those seeking an escape from complexity and the uncomfortable in simple solutions and slogans, quickly mouthed as a subtitute for thought.

So astonishingly successful has this farce been that our domestic debate about spending and deficits today is somehow primarily about demonizing the publicly financed five-figure salaries of teachers, police officers and firefighters, rather than about reducing the publicly financed seven- and eight-figure salaries of Wall Streeters. In Fox News parlance, the former are simply tarred and feathered as the takers in an "Entitlement Nation," while the latter are celebrated as the earnest John Galts who are keeping America afloat. More...

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The Corporate Media Complex:
Drawing Back the Veil on the U.S. Propaganda Machine

by Dr. Robert P. Abele
Posted June 6, 2011

Corporate controlled mediaEven to the casual observer, the last thirty years has witnessed a revolution in American media,

1 No longer fulfilling the valued democratic function of "the fourth estate," the media complex has co-opted itself simultaneously into both mega-corporations and government megaphone.

2 The result is a government-corporate-media complex, whose function is to profit those who run them and use them. It is the point of the following analysis to elucidate the existence, structure, and values of this mega-complex. The ensuing eight-part argument is intended to produce in the reader the commitment to become the media, since there is currently no fourth estate in the U.S. More...

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Twenty-Five Rules of Disinformation
by Washington's Blog
Posted May 24, 2011

DisinformationPreface: This handy set of rules covers most of the games which disinformation artists play on the Internet (and offline). When you know the tricks, you'll be able to spot the games. Even if you've read this list before, you might be surprised at how useful it is to brush up on these tricks.

Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil. Regardless of what you know, don't discuss it -- especially if you are a public figure, news anchor, etc. If it's not reported, it didn't happen, and you never have to deal with the issues.

Sidetrack opponents with name calling and ridicule. This is also known as the primary attack the messenger ploy, though other methods qualify as variants of that approach. Associate opponents with unpopular titles such as "kooks", "right-wing", "liberal", "left-wing", "terrorists", "conspiracy buffs", "radicals", "militia", "racists", "religious fanatics", "sexual deviates", and so forth. This makes others shrink from support out of fear of gaining the same label, and you avoid dealing with issues.

Hit and Run. In any public forum, make a brief attack of your opponent or the opponent position and then scamper off before an answer can be fielded, or simply ignore any answer. This works extremely well in Internet and letters-to-the-editor environments where a steady stream of new identities can be called upon without having to explain criticism reasoning -- simply make an accusation or other attack, never discussing issues, and never answering any subsequent response, for that would dignify the opponent's viewpoint. And much, much. more.......

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Prepping Minds for War Against China
by Shamus Cooke
Posted January 23, 2011

preparing for war with China?You'd think the U.S. was already at war with China, given the immense amount of anti-China rhetoric spouting from the government and media. But selling wars takes time. The average American hasn't bought in to this false advertising yet. So the big lie will be repeated until its roots are deeply sunk into the American psyche: China, says the U.S. government, is a threat that needs to be "dealt with."

A quick glance at the numbers reveals that Mr. Gates and the unquestioning U.S. media are unabashed hypocrites: China is nowhere near the U.S. when it comes to military expenditures: the U.S., under Obama, will spend $725 billion in 2011(!), while China will spend $80 billion.

When it comes to overseas military bases, China has zero; the U.S. has at least 737! More...

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Homeland Security shuts down dozens of Web sites without court order
by Daniel Tencer
Posted January 15, 2011

Homeland SecurityThe Homeland Security Department's customs enforcement division has gone on a Web site shutdown spree, closing down at least 76 domains this week, according to online reports.

While many of the web domains were sites that trafficked in counterfeit brand name goods, and some others linked to copyright-infringing file-sharing materials, at least one site was a Google-like search engine, causing alarm among web freedom advocates who worry the move steps over the line into censorship.

"When a site has no tracker, carries no torrents, lists no copyright works unless someone searches for them and responds just like Google, accusing it of infringement becomes somewhat of a minefield," writes Torrentfreak, "Unless you're ICE Homeland Security Investigations that is." More...

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Another Warning about the Media
by Mike Stathis
Posted December 27, 2010

Trash mediaAs those who have been following me for some time know, I place a big focus on reminding readers about the media. So for those of you who are new to this site, I want to warn you about the media because many people have been brainwashed to believe the trash that's been plastered on TV, the radio and print media. And I will tell you right now that 99% of what you have heard from the media (TV, radio, print and Internet) is complete BS.

The simple fact is that the media could care less about supplying its audience with credible and unbiased experts. This is why you see so many extremists claiming hyperinflation is a 100% certainty in the U.S. and other false prophecies. Others claim that the U.S. is already in a deflationary spiral. More...

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A War On The Truth
by Bob Livingston
Posted December 13, 2010


Jullian AssangeJulian Assange is public enemy No. 1… and possibly Time's Person of the Year. The founder of the WikiLeaks website, which specializes in releasing the information Global Governance doesn't want you to know, is either a traitor, a spy, a terrorist or a hero, depending on who is talking.

The release of diplomatic cables by WikiLeaks has embarrassed the ruling elite. It revealed that they are a cabal of petty, backbiting, untrusting and untrustworthy tyrants, eager to do or say anything to have their way and grow their empire. And that embarrassment is at the heart of the public uproar that has ensued since the cables were released.

The latest is, in fact, the second embarrassment. The first came earlier this year after WikiLeaks published a video of soldiers using a United States Army Apache helicopter to slaughter two Reuters photojournalists and a van full of Iraqi civilians that came to their aid… yucking it up all the while. Two children in the van were also injured. More...

Another article related to how the government treats those who threaten it it any way.

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