If Truth Be Told About Fake News, Trolls & “Astroturfing”

If Truth Be Told About Fake News, Trolls & “Astroturfing” By Catherine J. Frompovich Astroturfing is the practice of masking the sponsors of a message or organization (e.g., political, advertising, religious or public relations) to make it appear as though it originates from and is supported by grassroots participants. — Wikipedia *** The basic tool for manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use the words. — Philip K. Dick *** A lie told often…

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The Curators: Culling “Fake News” or Controlling the Narrative? — Sharyl Attkisson

The Curators: Culling “Fake News” or Controlling the Narrative? — Sharyl Attkisson By Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson We’ve entered a brave, new world in the information age. Where it can be tough to know what’s real. Now there are movements to help us sort through it all— to teach our kids media literacy, to “curate” our information and cull out “fake news.” Sounds like a good idea. After all, who doesn’t want their news straight up? But what if some of those efforts are actually attempts to control the…

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Facebook Censors News Outlets Critical of US Foreign Policy and Corporate Media

Facebook Censors News Outlets Critical of US Foreign Policy and Corporate Media By Jessica Corbett (CD) — Journalists and advocates of press freedoms are once more directing outrage and criticism at Facebook for selectively censoring pages on its platform and refusing to explain the reason behind a decision that appears to many as a clear double standard applied to outlets critical of U.S. foreign policy and corporate interests. Facebook is under fire for shuttering four pages managed by the Berlin-based news and media company Maffick, after CNN reporters asked the social media giant about…

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Russian “Anti-Fake News” Bill Rushed Through Parliament Despite Vocal Opposition

Russian “Anti-Fake News” Bill Rushed Through Parliament Despite Vocal Opposition By RuNet Echo The Russian State Duma is considering multiple bills of law that would further stifle free speech in Russia’s already heavily restricted internet environment. One targets expressions of “willful disregard” towards the state. Another targets disinformation. All of them echo increasingly global concerns among governments about the political implications of disinformation — and unbridled criticism — on the internet. And all have been heavily criticized by Russian civil society groups, experts, users and even the government’s own ministers. Yet…

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NewsGuard and Microsoft Team Up To Destroy Independent Media Ahead Of 2020 Elections; Linked To Several Think Tanks, Government Officials

NewsGuard and Microsoft Team Up To Destroy Independent Media Ahead Of 2020 Elections; Linked To Several Think Tanks, Government Officials By Aaron Kesel The service NewsGuard, an establishment attempt to silence alternative media and independent media sites, has teamed up with Microsoft to help its effort to destroy free press. Meanwhile, the mysterious firm connected to intelligence agencies and former government officials on their advisory board has also just been linked to Saudi Arabia through Publicis Groupe, an investor in NewsGuard. NewsGuard is now automatically included in Microsoft’s Edge browser…

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Fake News In LIVE Real-time TV; What Next?

Fake News In LIVE Real-time TV; What Next? By Catherine J. Frompovich They say, “Seeing is believing” and “A picture is worth a thousand words.”  Well, get ready for what seems like an incredibly unbelievable display of fake news reporting. If you watched President Trump’s talk to the Nation regarding the border wall the evening of January 9, 2019, you may, or may not have seen, what amounts to a deliberate fake news report, insofar as a TV station editing and inserting into their live feed, something President Trump did…

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NewsGuard Launches War on Alternative Media

NewsGuard Launches War on Alternative Media By Whitney Webb (MPN) — Soon after the social media “purge” of independent media sites and pages this past October, a top neoconservative insider — Jamie Fly — was caught stating that the mass deletion of anti-establishment and anti-war pages on Facebook and Twitter was “just the beginning” of a concerted effort by the U.S. government and powerful corporations to silence online dissent within the United States and beyond. While a few, relatively uneventful months in the online news sphere have come and gone since Fly made…

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WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Examined By Doctors As MSM And Democrats Push Fake News Story On Meeting With Paul Manafort

WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Examined By Doctors As MSM And Democrats Push Fake News Story On Meeting With Paul Manafort By Aaron Kesel WikiLeaks founder and former editor Julian Assange underwent a series of medical exams, Ecuador’s top attorney Inigo Salvador said. Salvador told reporters Ecuador did not have access to the results of the tests as doctors are forbidden from sharing patient information in the UK. A lawyer for Assange stated he did not know the results of the medical tests, while further calling on Ecuador to produce documentation proving…

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The Perils of Banning “Fake News”

The Perils of Banning “Fake News” By Filip Steffensen When the printing press was invented in the mid-1400s, Europe faced radical and unprecedented changes. Ultimately revolutionizing the circulation of information, the printing press dislodged the monopoly of information and ideas. As Gutenberg reformed the printing system around 1440, the technology quickly expanded. According to some accounts, there were approximately 110 printers in Europe around 1480. As technology diffused throughout Europe, more than 270 cities had active printers by the end of the 15th century. By reducing the cost of production,…

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Is the Purge of Independent Media a Coordinated Attack by the Military Industrial Complex?

Is the Purge of Independent Media a Coordinated Attack by the Military Industrial Complex? By Derrick Broze Victims of Facebook’s most recent purge should not forget the connections between the social media giant and the Western Military-Industrial Complex. On Thursday, Facebook announced they were unpublishing, or purging, over 500 pages and 200 accounts who are accused of spreading political spam. Several of these pages and writers were also removed from Twitter on the same day. “Today, we’re removing 559 Pages and 251 accounts that have consistently broken our rules against…

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