As the Amazon burns, wars loom, and climate change accelerates, the media continues its grand betrayal

Collated and annotated by Patrice Greanville

The Greanville Post | August 29, 2019


“Something Drastic Has To Happen” Roger Hallam | BBC HardTalk | Extinction Rebellion

Here’s the BBC, world icon of establishment mass communications, represented byStephen Sackur, an overpaid stuffed shirt of a presstitute that reminds us of our Charlie Rose, imperturbably trying to punch holes and denigrate what XE’s Roger Hallam is trying to say. As a YT commenter eloquently says, “The media is not our friend.” While Hallam is quite clear that our way of life—read, ruthless capitalism and faux democracy—have to go if we are to stand a chance at turning things around, the BBC host tries his devious best to poo poo the idea of rapid changes, let alone changes that would involve a deep disruption “of the economy” and the West’s pioneered consumerist way of life (capitalism).—PGRead More »

Youtube Bans 210 Pro-Beijing Channels Posting About Hong Kong

teleSUR | August 23, 2019

A screenshot of the first entry in YouTube when searching
A screenshot of the first entry in YouTube when searching “Hong Kong”, Friday August 23, 2019. | Photo: telesUR

Google joins Facebook and Twitter by banning inconvenient accounts to specific interests, implying state-backed information is some sort of a crime. 

YouTube’s parent company, Google, announced Thursday that they had disabled 210 channels engaged in posting pro-Beijing content related to Hong Kong’s protests.

By doing so, Google joins Facebook and Twitter, which also informed Monday that hundreds of thousands of accounts were deleted from their platforms for similar reasons. Twitter published a statement in which first line they imply that state-backed information was some sort of a crime.

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Understanding the Global North’s Disinformation War Against Venezuela

by This Is Hell! | July 08, 2019

Lucas Koerner on This Is Hell!

Fairness and Accuracy in reporting did a study a few months ago that showed zero percent of elite, mainstream media pundits talking about Venezuela opposed regime change. Not even in a totalitarian regime could you so efficiently achieve this lock-step conformity to ideological orthodoxy with regard to regime change that the US media regularly performs.

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Black Agenda Report is a proud recipient of the Serena Shim Award for uncompromising integrity in journalism

Black Agenda Report | May 30, 2019

The Serena Shim Award For Uncompromised Integrity in Journalism

The Serena Shim Award For Uncompromised Integrity in Journalism

Journalism is a dangerous business. Whether in Colombia or Brazil, Myanmar or Thailand or Lithuania, or as Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange are proving, even the US and the UK, journalists who report inconvenient truths have a way of disappearing, and being disappeared.

Serena Shim was born in Detroit. She attended high school in nearby Livonia MI, and graduated from the American University of Science and Technology in Beirut. She was married with two children, and at the time of her death worked for the Iranian news outlet Press TV.

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There’s Far More Diversity in Venezuela’s ‘Muzzled’ Media Than in US Corporate Press

by Lucas Koerner and Ricardo Vaz

FAIR | May 20, 2019

There’s Far More Diversity in Venezuela’s ‘Muzzled’ Media Than in US Corporate Press

The international corporate media have long displayed a peculiar creativity with the facts in their Venezuela reporting, to the point that coverage of the nation’s crisis has become perhaps the world’s most lucrative fictional genre. Ciara Nugent’s recent piece for Time(4/16/19), headlined “‘Venezuelans Are Starving for Information’: The Battle to Get News in a Country in Chaos,” distinguished itself as a veritable masterpiece of this literary fad.Read More »

US news media: Shifts towards emotional appeals, and ownership of media

A Journal of People report

A RAND Corporation study finds: Over the past several decades, US news media have shifted towards advocacy and emotional appeals.

The study report – News in a Digital Age, Comparing the Presentation of News Information over Time and Across Media Platforms – released earlier this week, argues that between 1987 and 2017, news content has shifted from event- and context-based reporting to coverage that is “more subjective, relies more heavily on argumentation and advocacy, and includes more emotional appeals.”Read More »

The Disinformationists

by C J Hopkins

So, the election-meddling Putin-Nazi disinformationists are at it again! Oh yes, while Americans have been distracted by Russiagate, Obstructiongate, Redactiongate, or whatever it’s being called at this point, here in Europe, we are purportedly being bombarded with Russian “disinformation” aimed at fomenting confusion and chaos in advance of the upcoming EU elections, which are due to take place in less than two weeks.Read More »