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The Government Controlled Propaganda Machine

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The times we live in are so dangerous and so distorted in public perception that propaganda is no longer, as Edward Bernays called it, an “invisible government.” It is the government. Why has so much journalism succumbed to propaganda? Why ...

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Big Media Has Betrayed the People

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For years, Americans relied on the mainstream U.S. news media for information; some folks were even convinced the MSM was “liberal.” But the current reality is that the major papers have become mouthpieces for the national security state while amassing a ...

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The Myth of the Free Press

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Chris Hedges There 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,” ...

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#Newsfail – Mainstream Media Epic Fails

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Amy Kroin While the boundaries between news and entertainment and politics and business were never airtight, these days they’re practically nonexistent. Journalists are supposed to hold those in power accountable, but it’s hard to do that when corporate interests dictate ...

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Russell Brand kicked out of Fox News HQ

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In his ongoing spat with Fox News personalities, British comedian Russell Brand risked arrest to seek entrance into the cable news network’s New York headquarters to address Sean Hannity, who had cancelled a scheduled appearance by Brand on his Fox ...

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Mainstream Media Blackout On Israeli Crimes

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William Hanna As a consequence of the corporate mass media’s blackout of the news about Israeli crimes against humanity; as a consequence of the International Criminal Court’s cowardly disregard of crimes committed by Israeli leaders while instead charging Kenya’s President ...

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NYT’s Belated Admission on Contra-Cocaine

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Robert Parry Nearly three decades since the stories of Nicaraguan Contra-cocaine trafficking first appeared in 1985, the New York Times has finally, forthrightly admitted the allegations were true, although this belated acknowledgement comes in a movie review buried deep inside Sunday’s ...

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How the Mainstream Media Gets It Wrong

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A few weeks ago I received a media query from a reporter writing for a major media conglomerate with a sizable liberal, educated, Obama supporting readership.  I receive similar inquiries a few times each year, often relating to my research ...

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‘Debating’ War, Corporate Media Style

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Peter Hart As the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) has expanded control over territory in Iraq and Syria, a growing chorus of politicians and pundits are demanding the Obama administration take more forceful military action. ISIS’s gruesome beheadings of two American journalists ...

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GQ Mag Defends War Criminal Tony Blair’s Award

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Charlotte Meredith GQ Magazine has defended its decision to name Tony Blair its “Philanthropist of the Year” after the award was widely met with disbelief and horror. Awards producer Richard Dodson stood by the publication’s much criticised move, telling BBC Radio ...

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Spy drama spreads disinformation about Venezuela

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Hannah Dreier Critics have mostly ignored the new TNT spy drama “Legends,” but it’s creating a furor in Venezuela.Officials in the South American country are denouncing the show for portraying the socialist government stockpiling nerve gas to quash dissent.The telecommunications ...

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Washington Post Editorial Page, Meet Noam Chomsky

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I was recently reading a Noam Chomsky lecture from 2004 where he speaks about terrorism, human rights and the concept of universality: One moral truism that should be uncontroversial is the principle of universality: We should apply to ourselves the same standards we ...

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U.S. Government Vetting Journalists

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David Sirota As states move to hide details of government deals with Wall Street, and as politicians come up with new arguments to defend secrecy, a study released earlier this month revealed that many government information officers block specific journalists ...

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NYT Responds on Torture

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New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan (8/19/14) responded to a FAIR Action Alert (8/18/14) by saying that she agreed coverage of an Amnesty International report about US torture in Afghanistan “would have benefited Times readers.” The Action Alert noted that while Times executive editor ...

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NYT Discovers Ukraine’s Neo-Nazis at War

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Robert Parry The New York Times reported almost in passing on Sunday that the Ukrainian government’s offensive against ethnic Russian rebels in the east has unleashed far-right paramilitary militias that have even raised a neo-Nazi banner over the conquered town of ...

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Video: Russell Brand mocks Bill O’Reilly

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Comedian Russell Brand took to his web series The Trews to rip Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly for “getting the wrong message” from history after suggesting that the Berlin Wall is an example of how to solve the influx of immigrants ...

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More New York Times Disinformation

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John V. Walsh Those in the U.S. who are enthralled by relentless reports of the most demonic acts attributed to President Vladimir Putin and the rebel Eastern Ukrainian federalists a in the NYT (New York Times), NPR, ETC. would do ...

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Obama’s War on Journalism Coming to a Head

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Ten months after the Committee to Protect Journalists issued its scathing report “The Obama Administration and the Press,” journalists and potential whistleblowers continue to face unprecedented surveillance and legal jeopardy. The report, authored by Leonard Downie Jr., former executive editor ...

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