HOW THE MEDIA ICED OUT BERNIE SANDERS AND HELPED DONALD TRUMP WIN...

Dec 2, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan  VIA TRUTHDIG   More than 12 million people voted for Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primaries. (Sandy Huffaker / AP) We hadn’t seen Bernie Sanders in Philadelphia since last July, when he watched his primary opponent, Hillary Clinton, win the Democratic Party’s nomination. Sanders joined the “Democracy Now!” news hour this week at the historic Philadelphia Free Library for a wide-ranging discussion. “I am deeply concerned about the future of American democracy,” Sanders told the enthusiastic standing-room-only crowd. Millions of Americans voted for Sanders in the primaries. He transformed the 2016 U.S. presidential election, inspiring and engaging people with a progressive vision for the future, with little help from the media. READ: Hillary Channels Bernie to End Democratic Corporate Show in Philadelphia The networks have engaged...

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MILLIONS OF MUSLIMS MARCH AGAINST ISIS DURING PILGRAMAGE AND MAINSTREAM COMPLETELY IGNORES IT...

Nov 29, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Matt Agorist THEFREETHOUGHTPROJECT.COM   In one of the largest organized marches in the history of the world, tens of millions of Shia Muslims made an incredibly heartening statement, by risking their lives to travel through war-stricken areas to openly defy ISIS. This massive event that would have undoubtedly helped to ease tensions in the West was almost entirely ignored by corporate media. Women, men, elderly, and children made their way to the city of Karbala on Sunday and Monday last week for the holy day of Arbaeen. Arbaeen is the event which marks the end of the 40-day mourning period following Ashura, the religious ritual that commemorates the death of the Prophet Mohammad’s grandson Imam Hussein in 680 AD. As the Independent reports, massive crowds paid homage to the shrines of Imam Hussein and...

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JOURNALISTS DECRY WASHINGTON POST’S STORY ON SOURCE THAT “BLACKLISTED” TRUTHDIG AND OTHER OUTLETS...

Nov 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] TRUTHDIG     The Washington Post headquarters in Washington, D.C. The paper’s report about purportedly pro-Russian propaganda sites implicated more than 200 sources from various points across a wide range of the political spectrum. (Evan Vucci / AP) Editor’s note: Glenn Greenwald’s and other journalists’ criticism (below) refers to a recent Washington Post article that suggested Truthdig and numerous other news outlets were propagandists for Russia. The Post’s story is based on unsubstantiated allegations by an anonymous organization. Truthdig never has and never would propagandize for anyone. A new McCarthyism has emerged in the wake of the contentious 2016 presidential election: Several independent thinkers and independent publications that criticize established power structures and policies have been accused of being pro-Russia propagandists. What’s more, one anonymous source of these accusations has been given wide...

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HOW JOURNALISTS NEED TO BEGIN IMAGINING THE UNIMAGINABLE...

Nov 26, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Eric Umansky PRO PUBLIC Journalist Masha Gessen has spent years reporting on Vladimir Putin’s rule in Russia. She has written that the focus on Russian influence over now President-elect Donald Trump has been overstated and the result of a failure of imagination: the inability to imagine that the president would profoundly break with the norms of our country’s political discourse and practices. A few days after Trump’s win, Gessen wrote about what citizens should be on the watch for with the incoming administration. ProPublica’s Eric Umansky and Jesse Eisinger sat down with Gessen to talk about how exactly journalists should be covering Trump. Win McNamee/Getty Images A few highlights from the conversation: Journalists needed to realize Trump wasn’t playing chess… I’m going to borrow a metaphor from Garry Kasparov, the chess champion,...

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AN EXERCISE TO SIFT FOR SOURCES AMID A BLITZ OF FAKE NEWS...

Nov 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] knowosphere Photo Navigating the Straits of Hormuz at the entrance to the Persian Gulf in 1984. (Here’s an untrue account of this actual sailing trip.)Credit Andrew C. Revkin Something tells me you may have noticed that fake news is in the headlines, most recently through the blitz of fact-free web fare during the presidential campaign and a new Stanford University study showing, as NPR put it, that “Students Have ‘Dismaying’ Inability To Tell Fake News From Real.” This issue has been simmering for many years, of course. For information consumers who care about reality, the overworked folks at Snopes.com offer a tiny line of defense, but are completely outgunned, not just by professional disinformers but by the reflexes of Instanet users. (Here’s a Snopes fake news “survival guide.”) The Lamp is an exciting...

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WHAT’S ABOUT TO HAPPEN TO CNN...

Nov 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Hamilton Nolan KINJA.COM The Concourse Deadspin.com   Photo: AP For the journalists at CNN—everywhere, really, but especially at CNN—now is an appropriate time to become very afraid. All of the U.S. media that is not right wing media has a problem on its hands by the name of Donald Trump. Specifically, the problem is that Trump is obsessed with his own press coverage, thin-skinned, vindictive, and (here is the new part) in charge of the United States government. This gives him a fun new array of tools with which to persecute the press, from the FCC to Congressional allies to the Supreme Court to the bully pulpit. A man who has spent decades sending individual reporters angry, scrawled notes about their stories is now in a position to directly or indirectly punish...

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FAREWELL, AMERICA

Nov 20, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Democracy & Government No matter how the rest of the world looked at us on Nov. 7, they will now look at us differently. By Neal Gabler | BILL MOYERS.COM The sun sets behind the Jefferson Memorial in Washington. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) America died on Nov. 8, 2016, not with a bang or a whimper, but at its own hand via electoral suicide. We the people chose a man who has shredded our values, our morals, our compassion, our tolerance, our decency, our sense of common purpose, our very identity — all the things that, however tenuously, made a nation out of a country. Whatever place we now live in is not the same place it was on Nov. 7. No matter how the rest of the world looked at...

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JON STEWART REFLECTS ON THE ELECTION: NOT ALL TRUMP VOTERS EMBODY ‘THE WORST OF HIS RHETORIC’...

Nov 19, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Jon Stewart made a rare TV appearance on Thursday while promoting his new book, “The Daily Show (The Book): An Oral History as Told by Jon Stewart, the Correspondents, Staff and Guests,” to reflect on post-election America. Stewart met with journalist Charlie Rose on “CBS This Morning” and called out liberals’ hypocrisy for labeling all Donald Trump supporters as racists. “In the liberal community, you hate this idea of creating people as a monolith,” said Stewart, who hosted “The Daily Show” for 16 years. “Don’t look at Muslims as a monolith. They are individuals, and it would be ignorance. But everybody who voted for Trump is a monolith, is a racist. That hypocrisy is also real in our country.” Some of the people Stewart surrounds himself with voted for Trump, he said, explaining...

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WHEN REPORTAGE TURNS TO CYNICISM...

Nov 15, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] David Bornstein and Tina Rosenberg   NYTIMES Photo Credit Damon Winter/The New York Times The election of Donald J. Trump has led to considerable soul searching in the news business, as journalists confront the role we played in his triumph. Much has been written about the billions of dollars of free media coverage Trump received, journalists’ lapses in challenging his outrageous falsehoods, and our clumsy grappling with how to treat his unconventional candidacy. But the news coverage that helped Trump the most wasn’t about the campaign. It began long before it — decades before his candidacy, in fact. Trump was the beneficiary of a belief — near universal in American journalism — that “serious news” can essentially be defined as “what’s going wrong.” A lot has gone wrong across the country, especially for Trump’s...

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MEDIA’S NEXT CHALLENGE: OVERCOMING THE THREAT OF FAKE NEWS...

Nov 12, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Jim Rutenberg  NYTIMES Photo News media members in Las Vegas at the presidential debate between Donald J. Trump and Hillary Clinton. Several papers plan to cut jobs in the coming months. Credit Justin Sullivan/Getty Images The last year has turned the United States into a country of information addicts who compulsively check the television, the smartphone and the good old-fashioned newspaper with a burning question: What fresh twist could our national election drama and its executive producer, Donald J. Trump, possibly have in store for us now? No doubt about it: Campaign 2016 has been a smash hit. And to the news media have gone the spoils. With Mr. Trump providing must-see TV theatrics, cable news has drawn record audiences. Newspapers have reached online readership highs that would have been unimaginable just...

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LIES IN THE GUISE OF NEWS IN THE TRUMP ERA...

Nov 12, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Nicholas Kristof  NYTIMES IF you get your news from this newspaper or our rival mainstream news sources, there’s probably a lot you don’t know. You may not realize that our Kenyan-born Muslim president was plotting to serve a third term as our illegitimate president, by allowing Hillary Clinton to win and then indicting her; Pope Francis’ endorsement of Donald Trump helped avert the election-rigging. You perhaps didn’t know that Clinton is a Satan worshiper at the center of “an international child enslavement and sex ring.” Or that Chelsea Clinton isn’t Bill Clinton’s daughter, but a love child of Hillary’s by another man — or that Bill has his own love child with a black prostitute. Oh, the scoops we miss here at The Times! None of those items is actually true, of course,...

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BERNIE SANDERS: ‘DAMN RIGHT’ WE SHOULD STOP THE DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE...

Nov 2, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   TRUTHDIG 11:06 a.m. PDT Wednesday: Those protesting the creation of the Dakota Access Pipeline have a new ally: Sen. Bernie Sanders. Sanders made his feelings known during a Hillary Clinton campaign rally on Tuesday. “Stop the Dakota pipeline!” someone in the audience yelled out during his speech. “Damn right,” Sanders shot back: Clinton’s campaign gave a more mild response last week after a clash between protesters and police led to over 140 arrests. “From the beginning of this campaign, Secretary Clinton has been clear that she thinks all voices should be heard and all views considered in federal infrastructure projects,” read the statement. President Obama, who has been notably quiet during the past months of demonstrations, made groundbreaking remarks on Tuesday morning. “I think as a general rule, my view is that...

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FUKUSHIMA — THE UNTOUCHABLE ECO-APOCALYPSE NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT...

Oct 31, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Alex Pietrowski, Staff Writer Waking Times The most important ecological crisis of the world has ever seen has been underway since March 11th, 2011, yet there is nary a mention of it in the corporate media, and no political body in the world is championing its resolution. Widespread Denial and Willful Ignorance The media, politicians and the world at large seem to be engaging in extreme denial regarding Fukushima. A survey of mainstream media coverage of the fallout of this event reveals the trend of covering this story as a human interest affair, not as the immediate threat it truly is. The effects on nature are already being seen, yet even among the environmentalist factions of media, there is strong denial of the damage already done and of what is to come...

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THE 10 BIGGEST LANDOWNERS IN THE U.S....

Oct 9, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Economy If these people combined their assets, they’d have a good-sized private country. By Michael Hayne / AlterNet Photo Credit: Albert H. Teich/ Shutterstock.com Buying land and kicking out the native or poor people who inhabit it is an American tradition, like the Fourth of July. The Land Report 100, a magazine that tracks land ownership, recently put out its annual list of the country’s biggest real estate barons. Some names are familiar, others not so much (and none of them start with a D and end with an ump.) But what they do all have in common is one thing: a political system that allows them to live the oligarchic lifestyle only Roman emperors could dream of. Here’s a look at some of the biggest land hogs around. 1. John Malone Malone is...

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RIGHT WING MEDIA CLAIMS HURRICANE MATTHEW IS A GOVERNMENT CONSPIRACY, PUTTING LIVES IN JEOPARDY...

Oct 6, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] CLIMATE PROGRESS Not just dumb. Dangerous. Hours before the projected landfall of Hurricane Matthew, conservative media that often traffic in climate denial questioned official reports from scientists and meteorologists about how bad the storm would be. The Drudge Report’s homepage led with a headline questioning whether the storm was fizzling, even as national, state, and local officials called for residents to heed warnings to care for loved ones, take shelter, or...

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ALLAN NAIRN: REGARDLESS OF WHO WINS IN NOVEMBER, US WARS AND AGGRESSION WILL CONTINUE...

Oct 5, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By Amy Goodman, Democracy Now! | Video Interview Vice-presidential candidates Virginia Senator Tim Kaine and Indiana Governor Mike Pence squared off Tuesday night in the only vice-presidential debate, where they discussed everything from Donald Trump’s tax history to their running mates’ foreign policy platforms. Democracy Now! expanded the debate by giving Green Party vice-presidential candidate Ajamu Baraka a chance to respond to the same questions posed to Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Mike Pence. After the debate, Democracy Now! hosted a roundtable of guests, including prize-winning investigative journalist Allan Nairn, who gave his response to the three candidates’ answers. TRANSCRIPT AMY GOODMAN: After the debate, I spoke to prize-winning investigative journalist Allan Nairn for his response. ALLAN NAIRN: On the one hand, the debate didn’t really convey the gravity of the threat of Trump. The fact...

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ASSANGE PROMISES ‘SIGNIFICANT’ LEAK BEFORE ELECTION, URGES JOURNALISTS TO LEND A HAND...

Oct 5, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Assange Promises ‘Significant’ Leak Before Election, Urges Journalists to Lend a Hand TRUTHDIG Screen shot via YouTube Another trove of secret documents will soon be released by the notorious whistleblowing organization WikiLeaks. In a Berlin news conference Tuesday morning, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said that over the next 10 weeks the website will release documents pertaining to U.S. foreign policy, Google and the U.S. electoral system. “We hope to be publishing every week for the next 10 weeks,” Assange explained, speaking via video link to a news conference audience. “We have on schedule—and it’s a very hard schedule—all the U.S. election-related documents to come out before November 8. Upcoming series include significant material on war, on arms, on oil, on Google, on the U.S. election and on mass surveillance.” However, many observers were...

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Paul Krugman Reveals the Real Culprit for the Tightening of the Presidential Race...

Sep 30, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Election 2016 Those involved in this long con need to do some serious soul searching. By Janet Allon / AlterNet Photo Credit: YouTube/Moyers It’s a headscratcher, really. Inquiring minds want to know: How did the race between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton get so close? Paul Krugman advances a theory in Friday’s column, and expresses the fervent hope that the one-sided first debate will help to turn the tide. One reason for that is that the debate enabled Americans to once again see Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump unfiltered. Clinton exhibited “grace and even humor under pressure,” much as she did in last year’s Benghazi hearing. Trump was resplendent in his trademark “whiny braggadocio,” as Krugman puts it. Part of the reason for the close race is extremely disturbing. “A lot more Americans...

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We Have All Won an Oligarchy and Lost a Democracy...

Sep 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Economy Mainstream television media continues to ignore the frightening effects of corporations on American life. By Thom Hartmann / AlterNet   Photo Credit: Donkeyhotey/Flickr Here’s a thought experiment for you. Ask yourself, “When was the last time I heard any conversation at all about the role of corporations in the United States in the U.S. public media?” In the abstract, it seems like a silly question. So let me rephrase it: When was the last time you heard in the media that Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson and Donald Trump both support Citizens United and its concept that corporations are people? When was the last time you heard that Hillary Clinton has said, repeatedly, that repealing Citizens United is at the top of her agenda when it comes to picking Supreme Court nominees? Or that Donald...

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MORE SQUANDERED OPPORTUNITIES TO DEAL WITH THE NEW COLD WAR...

Sep 28, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   The enemies of détente with Russia sabotaged Obama’s proposed alliance with Russia in Syria while the American presidential debate ignored all the perilous issues inherent in the Cold War. By Stephen F. Cohen The John Batchelor Show,VIA THE NATION Nation Contributing Editor Stephen F. Cohen and John Batchelor continue their weekly discussions of the new US-Russian Cold War. (Previous installments are at TheNation.com.) In this installment, discussion focuses again on the two most dangerous Cold War fronts, Syria and Ukraine, and the failure of the two main American presidential candidates, abetted by the mainstream media, to address these issues in any meaningful way. Cohen makes the following points: § The Obama-Putin plan for a joint US-Russian military campaign against terrorist movements in Syria was disrupted by the acknowledged US attack on Syrian...

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“I’m still angry”: Oliver Stone slams “superficial election,” media “idiots,” Orwellian U.S. politics...

Sep 22, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] SALON.COM The award-winning director of “Snowden” condemned U.S. warmongering and foreign policy in an interview Ben Norton Film director Oliver Stone in 2012(Credit: Carlo Allegri/Invision/AP) “I’m 70 years old and I’m still angry,” said Oliver Stone. “I’m still angry about the way we treat people. It’s depressing as hell.” The Oscar-winning filmmaker entered his seventh decade last week. He also released his latest broadside against American corruption and complacency, the biographical thriller “Snowden,” with Joseph Gordon-Levitt as National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden. Stone spoke at a small event in New York on Sept. 14, where he blasted the “superficial” U.S. presidential election, the “idiots” in the media and belligerent U.S. foreign policy. He also discussed difficulties in making “Snowden” and applauded whistleblowers for “courageously” exposing lies, as Salon previously reported. “Democracy Now”...

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David Letterman Returns to TV to Talk About Climate Change (Video)...

Sep 21, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment It will be his first work on television since he left The Late Show a year-and-a-half ago. By Kristin Falzon / EcoWatch   VIA ALTERNET NEW YORK-MAY 21: David Letterman attends the 75th Annual Peabody Awards Ceremony at Cipriani Wall Street on May 21, 2016 in New York City. Photo Credit: Debby Wong / Shutterstock.com David Letterman is taking a break from retirement and is returning to TV to lend his voice to the important issues of climate change. Letterman will lend his wry humor and interview skills to National Geographic Channel’s Emmy-winning climate change documentary-series Years of Living Dangerously. It will be his first work on television since he left The Late Show a year-and-a-half ago. The show’s producers, Joel Bach and David Gelber, told Rolling Stone they reached out to Letterman after noticing his particular interest in...

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WHY CORPORATE MEDIA ARE READY TO DELIVER US INTO TRUMP’S HANDS...

Sep 20, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program | Op-Ed A screen shows Donald Trump’s address to the American Legion convention in Cincinnati, on September 1, 2016. (Sam Hodgson / The New York Times) According to the most recent polls — Donald Trump is now leading Hillary Clinton in the critical swing states of Ohio and Florida. And if their behavior in the primaries is any indication — the US media is about to deliver this nation into the hands of Donald J. Trump, and there’s probably very little any of us can do about it. The “how” of this has played out in front of us for a year: While Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton were debating issues on the Democratic side — and being largely ignored — Trump was...

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THERE’S NO DEBATE

Sep 19, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] The candidates and the media have thoroughly corrupted the presidential debates. Our democracy deserves better. There’s still time for a change. By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump during primary debates. (Left: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg via Getty Images; Right: GEOFF ROBINS/AFP/Getty Images) Let’s call the whole thing off. Not the election, although if we only had a magic reset button we could pretend this sorry spectacle never happened and start all over. No, we mean the presidential debates — which, if the present format and moderators remain as they are, threaten an effect on democracy more like Leopold and Loeb than Lincoln and Douglas. We had a humiliating sneak preview Sept. 7, when NBC’s celebrity interviewer Matt Lauer hosted a one-hour “Commander-in-Chief Forum” in which Hillary Clinton and Donald...

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MEDIA NARRATIVES IMPRISON CLINTON, TRUMP — AND VOTERS...

Sep 15, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Media The press always follows the stories and characteristics they attach to candidates, no matter how much journalists argue that they are simply recording them. By Neal Gabler   BILL MOYERS.COM Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks during the LGBT for Hillary Gala at Cipriani Club on Sept. 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Please indulge me. I want to return to the subject of political narratives for two reasons. One, there were several good examples this past week of how narratives drive election coverage, and two, they very likely will determine the election’s outcome. Narratives are the stories and characteristics that the media attach to candidates, so the election turns into a “movie” pitting one protagonist’s qualities against another’s. In this election, we all know the narrative constructs...

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Look Again: The day’s most compelling images from around the globe...

Sep 2, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Fascinating world views from riots in Caracas to the Dorner Platz of Vienna VIDEO Salon Staff Look Again is a daily series presenting the best photographs of the previous 24 hours, curated and written by Salon’s writers and editors.   Sao Paulo, Brazil   Nacho Doce/Reuters A demonstrator attacks the Folha newspaper office during a protest against Brazil’s new President Michel Temer The commodity boom funded the success of Latin America’s “pink tide.” Today, plummeting prices are causing big problems for cash-strapped leftist governments throughout the region. In Brazil, the impeachment of Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff, widely condemned as a coup, has solidified interim-president Michel Temer’s hold on power. But Temer is extremely unpopular, and that unpopularity is a reminder that the left’s troubles in the region will not necessarily deliver the right...

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Obama Grants Immunity to CDC Whistleblower on Measles Vaccine Link to Autism...

Aug 24, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Image courtesy of NextNews Network Health Impact News Editor Comments After six months and nearly one billion tweets on Twitter, it took a media frenzy over a small measles outbreak in California at the beginning of 2015 to draw the attention of some in the national media to finally start reporting on the significance of the CDC Whistleblower story from the summer of 2014. Patrick Howley of The Daily Caller has reported that the Obama administration has granted whistleblower immunity to Dr. William Thompson, a senior epidemiologist at the CDC who co-authored and published research on the MMR vaccine for the CDC back in 2004. His decision to become a whistleblower and reveal data that was concealed by the CDC linking the MMR vaccine to autism among African American boys was revealed during the summer of 2014. In...

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Persecuting Assange: the Mainstreaming of Neoliberal Pathology...

Aug 18, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Simon Wood  COUNTERPUNCH.ORG “Objective journalism is one of the main reasons that American politics has been allowed to be so corrupt for so long” – Hunter S. Thompson The non-profit journalistic and publishing organization WikiLeaks released on 22nd July 19,252 emails and 8,034 attachments sent from or received by Democratic National Committee (DNC) personnel.   The emails exposed numerous instances of unprofessional, unethical and possibly illegal behaviour, including concerted attempts to undercut Bernie Sanders as well as clear favouritism toward Hillary Clinton. Specifically the emails exposed – among thousands of other things – the DNC conspiring to create false Trump information and release it with Reuters; DNC Hillary supporters infiltrating the Sanders campaign; a super PAC paying young voters to push back online Sanders supporters; a mole working inside the Sanders campaign; bringing up Sanders’ religion to scare southern voters; possible money laundering by moving...

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I’m Sick of the So-Called ‘News’ on TV...

Aug 17, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Media It’s nothing but pure infotainment. By Thom Hartmann / AlterNet Photo Credit: gary718 / shutterstock.com I’m sick of the so-called “news” in this country. If you turn on MSNBC or CNN any morning, all you’ll hear is the hosts and guests arguing about the latest absurd thing that Donald Trump has said. On Monday, Trump laid out his economic plan, but the media ignored the details and the fact that his plan is Voodoo Economics 2.0, and they instead focused on the fact that he called Hillary Clinton unfit to serve as president. On Tuesday, the networks focused on the fact that dozens of establishment Republicans and national security advisers had signed a letter calling Trump dangerous, but, again, never mentioned issues, just personality. By Wednesday, Trump had broken new ground by...

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John Oliver Warns That Problems Plaguing Journalism Will Lead to Widespread Corruption (Video)...

Aug 10, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]  TRUTHDIG “A big part of the blame for this industry’s dire straits is on us and our unwillingness to pay for the work journalists produce,” says the “Last Week Tonight” host, after an explanation about how shows like his wouldn’t exist without newspapers. He also pointed out how political corruption could thrive in an environment in which journalists are being fired or forced to focus on social media and click-bait rather than on reporting. — Posted by Natasha Hakimi...

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