Propaganda Rules the News ☀
Gerald Celente calls the Western media “presstitutes,” an ingenuous term that I often use. Presstitutes sell themselves to Washington for access and government sources and to keep their jobs. Ever since the corrupt Clinton regime permitted the concentration of the US media, there has been no journalistic independence in the United States except for some Internet sites.
Glenn Greenwald points out the independence that RT, a Russian media organization, permits Abby Martin who denounced Russia’s alleged invasion of Ukraine, compared to the fates of Phil Donahue (MSNBC) and Peter Arnett (NBC), both of whom were fired for expressing opposition to the Bush regime’s illegal attack on Iraq. The fact that Donahue had NBC’s highest rated program did not give him journalistic independence. Anyone who speaks the truth in the American print or TV media or on NPR is immediately fired.
Russia’s RT seems actually to believe and observe the values that Americans profess but do not honor.
At some point over the past 40 years, the bedrock principle of journalistic objectivity became twisted into the craven idea of false equivalency, whereby blatant falsehoods get reported simply as one side of an argument and receive equal weight with the reported argument of the other side. There is no shortage of explanations for the press’s abdication: intimidation at the rise of Fox News and other propaganda operations; a deep confusion about the difference between hard-won objectivity and a lazy, counterfeit neutrality; and the poisonous effects of the postmodern axiom that truth, especially in politics, is a relative thing, depending on your perspective in a tweet. Whatever the explanation, today’s journalism has trashed the tradition of fearless, factual reporting pioneered by Walter Lippmann, Edward R. Murrow and Anthony Lewis.
CONTRARY BRIN ☀
The Wolf of Sesame Street: Revealing the secret corruption inside PBS’s news division ☀
On December 18th, the Public Broadcasting Service’s flagship station WNET issued a press release announcing the launch of a new two-year news series entitled “Pension Peril.” The series, promoting cuts to public employee pensions, is airing on hundreds of PBS outlets all over the nation. It has been presented as objective news on major PBS programs including the PBS News Hour.
However, neither the WNET press release nor the broadcasted segments explicitly disclosed who is financing the series. Pando has exclusively confirmed that “Pension Peril” is secretly funded by former Enron trader John Arnold, a billionaire political powerbroker who is actively trying to shape the very pension policy that the series claims to be dispassionately covering.
We're Being Ignored by The Corporate Media ☀
If you want to know who controls the corporate media, just pay close attention to the issues that they refuse to talk about. A new study by Media Matters shows that over the last six months, there has been almost no coverage of the Trans Pacific Partnership on the major networks. Last week, hundreds of organizations – which represent tens of millions of members - signed a letter to Congress calling on them to stop the TPP. Yet, that letter was ignored by the corporate news media.
It’s not the smears that mystify me. It’s that outlets report statements that the speakers themselves admit are sheer speculation.
Edward Snowden ☀
60 Minutes, Lesley Stahl, and clean tech: The broadcast got pretty much everything wrong. ☀
But the most dumbfounding thing about the 60 Minutes piece isn’t that it falsely declared “clean tech” dead, nor that it conflated Silicon Valley’s irrational exuberance with a government loan program that was actually rather conservative. It’s not even the fact that the show never once mentioned the word “climate change,” though that is pretty remarkable. Rather, it’s a bizarre digression near the end that laid bare a flaw in the show’s internal logic—a contradiction so glaring that it upended almost everything that came before it.
Can we finally just get one thing straight? As long as you don’t use repellant language to insult a right winger your job is safe. This is America, people. And can we have a big shout-out for liberal Hollywood while we’re at it? This whole liberal media thing is cool and all but the bottom line is the bottom line…
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How we know the 60 Minutes NSA interview was crap ☀
Regardless of where you stand on the Snowden/NSA debate, it’s obvious tonight’s “60 Minutes” was a travesty of journalism. In exchange for exclusive access to the NSA, CBS parroted dubious NSA statements as fact. We can see this in the way they described what they call the “BIOS plot”, which the claim would have destroyed the economy of the United States had the NSA not saved us. The NSA spokesperson they quote, Debra Plunkett, is a liar.
There is probably some real event behind this, but it’s hard to tell, because we don’t have any details. The event has been distorted to serve the needs of propaganda. It’s completely false in the message it is trying to convey. What comes out is gibberish, as any technical person can confirm.
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Don't Believe a Word of Last Night's 60 Minutes NSA Interview ☀
The problems arose even in the basic premise; the interview was conducted by CBS correspondent John Miller—who happens to be an ex-employee of the director of National Intelligence, and is rumored to be in the running for a top NYPD intelligence job. Conveniently, then, he was able to pitch a series of easily answerable softballs to NSA officials, allowing them to parrot the agency’s standards spiels about bulk surveillance.
Research in media studies, sociology, communications, and political science has repeatedly demonstrated that this supposedly “liberal” news media exaggerates and misrepresents the amount of crime in American society, emphasizes crimes committed by blacks against white people, underplays and does not report crimes committed by whites against black people (and or other white people), and actively reproduces white racist narratives that link African-Americans with crime and criminality.
The “Knockout Game” and the Myth of the “Liberal Media” ☀
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