...We should not be surprised that Facebook is taking the lie-spreading route. The problem is not that Zuckerberg is acting like a normal businessperson, the problem is that we made the lie-spreading route profitable....
Facebook has complete control over content. It allows people to pay to have their posts sent to as many people as they choose. It allows them to target the recipients, based on location, age, education, gender, and any number of other characteristics. It is very hard to see how an outlet like CNN or the NYT can be held responsible for spreading libelous material, but Facebook should be exempt.
This article originally appeared on Dean Baker’s Patreon page.
Media & Academic Censorship Betrays the World Public Interest
December 11, 2018
WORLD PUBLIC INTEREST JOURNALISM requires serious journalists to expose those who would try to shut down media and academic freedom. I have chosen 4 articles that illustrate how the world public is being deprived of important information necessary for democracy to function properly.
I think of journalist Julian Assange whose "crime" is that he exposed the truth about criminal behaviors by American VIP's. I think of the panic from Israeli Zionists whenever the facts about Israeli crimes against the Palestinians are revealed to the public. And I think of the ongoing propaganda machine operated by elements of the U.S. government which is euphemistically called "perception management." -R. Kotila,PhD Editor -Earth Federation News & Views
12/7/18 THE PERSECUTION OF JULIAN ASSANGE: WIKILEAKS EDITOR SAYS MEDIA IS GIVING THE U.S. COVER TO EXTRADITE HIM | OPINION BYKRISTINN HRAFNSSON IN NEWSWEEK
"What do these stories have in common? They all give the U.K. and Ecuador political cover to arrest Assange and for the U.S. to extradite him. Any journalists worth their salt should be investigating who is involved in these plots." ...See the article at the site listed above.
"One way that the Israeli right wing gets away with these atrocities is to use techniques of blackballing, smearing, and propaganda to marginalize any voices they don’t like. Jewish American mainstream organizations like the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco secretly have created web sites and techniques for getting people fired or blocking their career advancement if they aren’t on board with Israeli colonization of the Palestinian West Bank. Canary Mission is even now targeting our undergraduate students, hoping to blight their lives for taking a stand for justice. I do not believe it is too much to say that Canary Mission is evil. " ...See the article shown below.
The Bottomless Dishonesty of CNN on Palestine and Marc Lamont Hill Firing
By Juan Cole, Informed Comment
03 December 18
NN has fired contributor Marc Lamont Hill for a speech he gave on Palestinian rights at the UN. The speech can be found here.
You can protest this outrageous firing at this petition site.
And here is a link to his book, Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond, which everyone should buy and read.
CNN would have been under special pressure to fire Hill because he is a prominent African-American intellectual with a following in his own community, and the Israeli Ministry of Strategic Affairs (the propaganda arm of the Likud government) is worried about the boycott and sanctions movement spreading among American minorities who might sympathize with the oppressed Palestinians.
In his speech, Hill carefully explained all the ways in which Israeli Apartheid practices (my word, not his) devastate the basic human rights of the 5 million Palestinians living under Occupation. Not only are the 20 percent of Israeli citizens who are of Palestinian heritage second class citizens (and, increasingly, third class citizens), but those kept under the jackboot of the Israeli military in the Palestinian West Bank and in Gaza are kept stateless and without even the right to have rights.
These crimes, epochal and unparalleled in our own time, are being committed by Binyamin Netanyahu and his henchmen in plain sight, violating every principle of agreed-upon international law in the post-1945 period. (I say unparalleled because I know of no other government on earth in the 21st century deliberately keeping millions of persons stateless and depriving them of citizenship. Some countries give minorities a citizenship many of the latter do not want, but they still do have a passport and property rights). Israel occupied the Palestinian West Bank and the Gaza Strip in 1967 and refuses to relinquish them or grant citizenship to the inhabitants, ensuring they remain in the twilight zone of statelessness. They are by far the largest stateless population in the world, (Undocumented migrants are not stateless since they have citizenship in their home country). The Nazis made Jews stateless as a prelude to the Holocaust.
One way that the Israeli right wing gets away with these atrocities is to use techniques of blackballing, smearing, and propaganda to marginalize any voices they don’t like. Jewish American mainstream organizations like the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco secretly have created web sites and techniques for getting people fired or blocking their career advancement if they aren’t on board with Israeli colonization of the Palestinian West Bank. Canary Mission is even now targeting our undergraduate students, hoping to blight their lives for taking a stand for justice. I do not believe it is too much to say that Canary Mission is evil. (To read full article click on site listed below.)
(To read article click on the following sitehttps://www.globalresearch.ca/university-of-sydney-professor-tim-anderson-suspended-for-criticism-of-war-propaganda-against-syria-iraq-and-palestine/5662229
Mainstream Media Assaults on Freedom of Speech. “The Truth” is No Longer “Important”
Global Research, December 07, 2018
Excerpts: "Friel and Falk focused on the New York Times due to the newspaper’s importance. The authors point out that in 70 Times editorials on Iraq – from September 11, 2001 to March 20, 2003 – the words “international law” and “UN Charter” were never mentioned. The “truth” did not seem terribly “important” as the Times stood idly by in the destruction of Iraq.
Such was the barrage of propaganda directed at the American public that 69% believed Saddam Hussein was “personally involved” in the September 11 attacks. That is a significant achievement in manipulation. The poll results must have been news to the Iraqi dictator himself, a forgotten one-time American ally.
Why Hussein would take it upon himself to orchestrate a surprise attack on the United States, of all nations, is anyone’s guess. Perhaps if he had a death wish but as later events proved he was not the suicidal type.
The Times was not alone in its position of selling the Iraq war to the American people, as television networks from Fox News to CBS and CNN were overwhelmingly pro-war. Fox News, owned by Rupert Murdoch – who strongly backed the illegal conflict – placed a permanent US flag in the corner of the screen. Fox employees were compelled to describe the invasion as “Operation Iraqi Freedom”, with hundreds of thousands of Iraqis later being killed.
The pattern continues into other illegitimate interventions as the liberal Guardian newspaper championed the demolition of Libya in 2011, with editorials imploring, “The quicker Muammar Gaddafi falls, the better.” The Guardian encouraged NATO “to tip the military balance further against Gaddafi”, while later that year summarising that “it has turned out, so far, reasonably well” – by that point thousands had been killed." (To read full article click on site listed below.)
Biased Algorithms and online Censorship: Protect the Independent Media
By The Global Research Team
Global Research, July 07, 2018
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“For much of this year, independent media –including Global Research– has felt the sting of increased online censorship”, in the form of a “crackdown on news that challenges official government narratives.”
With mounting time and resources being dedicated to finding our way through the maze of biased algorithms and online censorship, we’re asking for your help in meeting our monthly costs.
Our last drive for donations was sent out via e-mail on June 28th to just under 50,000 people.
It was also visible on the Global Research site to our 1 million monthly visitors.
Despite this only a few donations were made.
Newsletter 35: Holland Releases Dubious Report on Eve of Russia World Cup
For this issue of my newsletter I want to share something I wrote in July, 2014, shortly after
a Malaysian airliner en route from Amsterdam to Malaysia was shot down over Ukraine. The
piece is especially timely in light of the May 27 release of an investigative report in Holland
alleging to have definite proof that the MH-17 airliner was shot down by a Russian BUK
missile. That May, 2018 report presents no definitive new forensic evidence. Rather it relies
on assertions and speculations by sources, including the UK-based Bellingcat, an intelligence
operation receiving funds from among others, the NATO-linked Atlantic Council, where he is
listed as Nonresident Senior Fellow.
In 2014 Bellingcat first engaged in assertions of Russian shooting of the MH-17 that were
fraudulent and today would accurately be called fake news. Bellingcats Eliot Higgins posted
a photo on July 14, 2014 under the headline, "Found: The Buk Missile Launcher That
Downed Flight MH17." Higgins wrote that the photo had been taken in the town of Snizhne.
It was actually proven to have been taken in the town of Torez and under weather
conditions significantly different to those on the day of the MH-17 crash. Higgins claimed it
was unimportant when the photograph was taken or where…
Further, in the initial attempt to blame Moscow, on July 19 2014, Kievs Security Service
(SBU) published photos online that it claimed showed Russia secretly withdrawing a BUK-M
surface-to-air missile system from the Ukraine civil war zone. At the time SBU Chief Vitaly
Naida declared to press The SBU … is gettig lear eidee of Russiaitizes involvement
in the terrorist attack (on the Malaysian Airlines Boeing). However, bloggers immediately
spotted the photos were of a Kiev air-defense system no. 312, previously pictured in March
that year. With this background in mind, the latest attempt to reuse the badly discredited
Bellingcat blog as investigative source for the latest attempt to again cast blame on Moscow,
is highly revealing. With this in mind, I thought it worthwhile to reprint for you my initial
investigation of the MH-17 affair written in July, 2014.
Censorship? One important note to all of you readers to underscore how the internet is being increasingly censored and critical websites or authors such as yours truly are coming under increasing attack. In March this year, 2018 I self-published via a subsidiary of Amazon, my newest book, Manifest Destiny: Democracy as Cognitive Dissonance. For the first two
months, sales were building strongly. Then in early May just two hours after a major
interview on the book on a very popular critical media in the US, I received an email,
unsigned, from the Amazon publishing company announcing that my book had been delisted.
Reason given was a vague claim the book contained information available for free on the
internet and that their customers do not like to pay when they can get it free. They gave no
prior notice or chance for me to defend against their charges. I replied, Please explain what
you refer to. Reply was the same vague nonsense, again unsigned. I wrote again asking how we could clear this as soon as possible. Finally, after the book had been delisted for a week, they wrote congratulations, that I could reproof and upload it again. Since then sales have dropped dramatically despite favorable reviews. It is impossible to prove that Amazon’s company censored my book just when a burst of sales would be expected, but the case shows how vulnerable free speech has become and how real internet censorship is becoming. I mention this incident to underscore how important it is to support independent critical voices especially now, and to ask you to consider buying the book if you have not done so, or making a support donation on my website, www.williamengdahl.com. I want to continue providing my work free of charge and not behind a paywall. To do that I need your support.
Any dictator would admire the uniformity and obedience of the US Media
Censorship, lies and suppression of freedom of speech by America
8. David Stockman.