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The Assault On RT America

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 Chris Hedges in a screen shot from his RT America program, "On Contact." (RT America)

  • RT America Torched in Witch Hunt ’17
  • Put the censorship campaigns together and the message is clear: Left-wing critics, already marginalized by the state, must be silenced.
  • Related: Special Report | A Free and Open Internet: The Latest from the Frontlines, Week Ending October 28, 2017

Chris Hedges, TruthDig / Information Clearing House

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November 12, 2017 | In one of the most horrendous blows to press freedom since the anti-communist witch hunts of the 1950s, the U.S. Department of Justice has forced the news broadcaster RT America to file under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).

The assault on RT America, on which I host the show “On Contact,” has nothing to do with the dissemination of Russian propaganda. It is driven by RT America’s decision to provide a platform to critics of American capitalism and imperialism, critics who lambast a system of government that can no longer be called democratic. And it is accompanied by the installation of algorithms by Google, Facebook and Twitter that divert readers away from left-wing, progressive and anti-war websites, including Truthdig. The World Socialist Web Site has seen its search traffic from Google fall by 74 percent since April. Google, in a further blow, this month removed RT from its list of “preferred” channels on YouTube. Twitter has blocked all advertising by the channel.

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Chris%20Hedges_0.jpgChris Hedges, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans. He has reported from more than 50 countries and has worked for The Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio, The Dallas Morning News and The New York Times, for which he was a foreign correspondent for 15 years.

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http://www.popularresistance.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Net-neutrality-meme-e1398433124309.jpgThe Conspiracy to Censor Left-wing Points of View Continues to Intensify

  • Part 1: Google intensifies censorship of left-wing websites
    • Google’s actions against left and progressive sites are making clear the real targets of Internet censorship: news outlets and political organizations opposing war, social inequality and the domination of society by the financial oligarchy.
  • Part 2: Part 2: The conspiracy to censor the Internet
    • The same arguments now being employed to crack down on social media could just as well have been used to suppress books and mass circulation newspapers that emerged with the development of the printing press.
  • Part 3: What We Do and Don’t Know About Facebook’s New Political Ad Transparency Initiative
    • The short answer: It leaves the company some wiggle room.

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How Trump Brought the Political Media Class to Its Knees

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  • Trump and his team understand that for the political press, the only thing that matters is what’s happening right now, not yesterday. And whether through his tweets or his surrogates in the briefing room, the president has been largely able to bait reporters into playing his game, because he knows what makes them tick.   
  • Related: The Media Needs To Stop Rationalizing President Trump’s Behavior

Peter Hamby,  Vanity Fair  / Rise Up Times 

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The White House briefing room was constructed in 1969, a begrudging accommodation by Richard Nixon to give quarter to a growing phalanx of reporters assigned to cover the daily workings of a White House in war time. The room was placed on top of a small, indoor pool that was originally built for Franklin Roosevelt, who swam laps for therapy. John F. Kennedy was later rumored to have used the same pool for more prurient activities. It’s still under there today, albeit unfilled. If a trapdoor opened beneath Sarah Huckabee Sanders during her daily televised briefing, she would tumble directly into what was once the deep end.

Peter Hamby is the host of Snapchat’s “Good Luck America.”

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The Media Needs To Stop Rationalizing President Trump’s Behavior, Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight
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  • His outburst on Hurricane Maria and Puerto Rico shows that not everything is a clever ploy to rally his base.
  • Related: From the Archives | World Class Journalist Spills the Beans, Admits Mainstream Media is Completely Fake.

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Hate Groups Attack Southern Poverty Law Center, and Some Journalists Pile On

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“Last week I did a monologue on the Southern Poverty Law Center and they took issue, yes 'issue,' with me, with some of the statements made on the show, including a joke, a joke, that they do virtually no law,” Fox News' Greg Gutfeld said in a heavily sarcastic tone. / Fox News / YouTube

  • Far-right groups attacking the SPLC claim that the group has lost its credibility because it has targeted groups such as the Family Research Council and others on the far right.
  • Related: The New York Time’s Assault on Press Freedom

Sharona Coutts, Rewire

http://www.globalresearch.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/propaganda-lies.png Sep 19, 2017 | Late last Friday night, Greg Gutfeld, a presenter on Fox News, had to do something that made his face crinkle with revulsion.

He had to apologize to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the nation’s leading nonprofit tracking hate groups and extremists. Most recently, the organization has also been the target of a concerted campaign to discredit it by the very far-right groups it tracks. That campaign is being amplified by the right-wing media, including Fox News.

Sharona Coutts is an investigative reporter, and Vice President of Investigations and Research at Rewire. She has exposed fraud and abuse in areas including pension funds, financial firms, for-profit colleges, aged-care, and New York City schools. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, nationally-syndicated radio programs, as well as dozens of other publications.

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The New York Time’s Assault on Press Freedom, Daniel Lazare, Consortium News

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  • The New York Times, which once postured as the champion of a free press, now is seeking crackdowns on news that the public gets from the Internet under the guise of combatting “Russian propaganda.”
  • Related: Special Report | A Free and Open Internet: The Latest from the Frontlines, Week Ending October 28, 2017

The New York Time’s Assault on Press Freedom

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  • The New York Times, which once postured as the champion of a free press, now is seeking crackdowns on news that the public gets from the Internet under the guise of combatting “Russian propaganda.”
  • Related: Special Report | A Free and Open Internet: The Latest from the Frontlines, Week Ending October 28, 2017

Daniel Lazare, Consortium News

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http://www.globalresearch.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/propaganda-lies.png October 25, 2017 | Once upon a time the danger to a free press came from the right. But since Russia-gate, liberals have been busy playing catch-up.The latest example is a front-page article in Tuesday’s New York Times. Entitled “YouTube Gave Russian Outlet Portal Into U.S.,” it offers the usual blah-blah-blah about Kremlin agents engaging in the political black arts. But it goes a step farther by attempting to discredit a perfectly legitimate news organization.

Reporters Daisuke Wakabayashi and Nicholas Confessore begin by noting that RT, the Moscow-funded TV channel formerly known as “Russia Today,” is now an Internet powerhouse and then observes that when it became the first YouTube news channel to surpass one million views, YouTube Vice President Robert Kyncl “joined an RT anchor in a studio, where he praised RT for … providing ‘authentic’ content instead of ‘agendas or propaganda.’”

Daniel Lazare is the author of several books including The Frozen Republic: How the Constitution Is Paralyzing Democracy (Harcourt Brace). 

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http://www.popularresistance.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Net-neutrality-meme-e1398433124309.jpgThe Conspiracy to Censor Left-wing Points of View Continues to Intensify

  • Part 1: Google intensifies censorship of left-wing websites
  • Google’s actions against left and progressive sites are making clear the real targets of Internet censorship: news outlets and political organizations opposing war, social inequality and the domination of society by the financial oligarchy.
  • Part 2: The conspiracy to censor the Internet
  • The same arguments now being employed to crack down on social media could just as well have been used to suppress books and mass circulation newspapers that emerged with the development of the printing press.
  • Part 3: What We Do and Don’t Know About Facebook’s New Political Ad Transparency Initiative
  • The short answer: It leaves the company some wiggle room.

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The Media Needs To Stop Rationalizing President Trump’s Behavior

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  • His outburst on Hurricane Maria and Puerto Rico shows that not everything is a clever ploy to rally his base.
  • Related: From the Archives | World Class Journalist Spills the Beans, Admits Mainstream Media is Completely Fake.

Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Trump%20Mocks%20Disabled%20NY%20Times%20Reporter_0.jpg Sep. 30, 2017 | Whenever President Trump lashes out against someone or something in a way that defies traditional expectations for presidential behavior — for instance, his decision to criticize the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Saturday morning after her city was devastated by Hurricane Maria — it yields a debate about what was behind it. After Trump’s series of attacks on the NFL and its players earlier this month, for example, there were two major theories about what motivated his conduct.

The first theory is that it was a deliberate political tactic — or as a New York Times headline put it, “a calculated attempt to shore up his base.” We often hear theories like this after Trump does or says something controversial or outrageous. His response to the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August was sometimes explained in this way, for example. “Mr. Trump has always appreciated the emotional pull of questioning bias and fairness, especially with his white working-class base,” the Times wrote, portraying Charlottesville as an issue that drove a wedge between the Trumpian and the Republican establishment.

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From the Archives | World Class Journalist Spills the Beans, Admits Mainstream Media is Completely Fake, Arjun Walia, Prepare for Change / Global Research

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  • Recently, Udo Ulfkotte went on public television stating that he was forced to publish the works of intelligence agents under his own name, also adding that noncompliance with these orders would result in him losing his job.
  • We all enabled Donald Trump: Our deeply unserious media and reality-TV culture made this horror inevitable.

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Special Report | A Free and Open Internet: The Latest from the Frontlines, Week Ending October 28, 2017

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The Conspiracy to Censor Left-wing Points of View Continues to Intensify

Part 1: Google intensifies censorship of left-wing websites

Google’s actions against left and progressive sites are making clear the real targets of Internet censorship: news outlets and political organizations opposing war, social inequality and the domination of society by the financial oligarchy.

Part 2: Part 2: The conspiracy to censor the Internet

The same arguments now being employed to crack down on social media could just as well have been used to suppress books and mass circulation newspapers that emerged with the development of the printing press.

Part 3: What We Do and Don’t Know About Facebook’s New Political Ad Transparency Initiative

The short answer: It leaves the company some wiggle room.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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Part 1: Google intensifies censorship of left-wing websites

Google’s actions against left and progressive sites are making clear the real targets of Internet censorship: news outlets and political organizations opposing war, social inequality and the domination of society by the financial oligarchy.

Andre Damon, World Socialist Web Site 

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor John Stoltenberg 

http://www.globalresearch.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/126808.jpg 19 September 2017 | Google has intensified its censorship of left-wing, progressive and anti-war websites, cutting the search traffic of 13 leading news outlets by 55 percent since April.

On August 2, the World Socialist Web Site reported that changes to Google’s search algorithm had led the search traffic of these sites to drop by 45 percent, according to figures by the search analysis service SEMRush.

Andre Damon is a World Socialist Web Site reporter.

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Part 2: The conspiracy to censor the Internet

  • The Constitution does not give the government or powerful corporations the right to proclaim what is “fake” and what is not, what is a “conspiracy theory” and what is “authoritative.”
  • The same arguments now being employed to crack down on social media could just as well have been used to suppress books and mass circulation newspapers that emerged with the development of the printing press.

Andre Damon and Joseph Kishore, World Socialist Web Site

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor John Stoltenberg 

18 October 2017 | The political representatives of the American ruling class are engaged in a conspiracy to suppress free speech. Under the guise of combating “trolls” and “fake news” supposedly controlled by Russia, the most basic constitutional rights enumerated in the First Amendment are under direct attack.

The leading political force in this campaign is the Democratic Party, working in collaboration with sections of the Republican Party, the mass media and the military-intelligence establishment.

Andre Damon is a World Socialist Web Site reporter.

Joseph Kishore is an American activist and writer. He is the National Secretary of the Socialist Equality Party and a writer for the World Socialist Web Site.

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The short answer: It leaves the company some wiggle room.
 

Julia Angwin, ProPublica

Sept. 22, 2017 | On Thursday, Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg announced several steps to make political ads on the world’s largest social network more transparent. The changes follow Facebook’s acknowledgment earlier this month that $100,000 worth of political ads were placed during the 2016 election cycle by “inauthentic accounts” linked to Russia.

The changes also follow ProPublica’s launch of a crowdsourcing effort earlier this month to collect political advertising from Facebook. Our goal was to ensure that political ads on Facebook, which until now have largely avoided scrutiny, receive the same level of fact-checking by journalists, advocacy groups and political opponents as do print, broadcast and radio political ads. We hope to have some results to share soon.

https://assets.propublica.org/images/bio/_oneOne75w/julia-angwin-1000x1000.jpg Julia Angwin is a senior reporter at ProPublica. From 2000 to 2013, she was a reporter at The Wall Street Journal, where she led a privacy investigative team that was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize.

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Evergreene Digest Will No Longer Cover Mass Shootings in the US

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Dave Culver, Evergreene Digest 

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October 4, 2017 | Evergreene Digest will no longer cover mass shootings in the US. That means we will no longer provide accounts, descriptions, visuals, comments, discussions, analysis, and suggestions for action from the most recent incident in Las Vegas, NV, and after.

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/PineTreeLogo200%20with%2011%20Yr%20Banner.jpgThe reason for this is simple and clear: there is nothing on which to report. This situation has become normalized, a dog bites man story. Mass shootings occur in the US virtually on a daily basis. Coverage is predictable: a fill-in-the blank script. Only the names, location, numbers killed and wounded, and dates change. Arguments for and against remain unchanged. Hypocritical and cynical requests for thoughts and prayers are inevitable. Crocodile tears and self-righteous outrage always emerge. The end result is always the same: an unbridled, unhinged rush to the next incident, inevitably more bloody than its predecessors.There is no hope whatever for a resolution to the carnage,

If you've read one story about mass shootings, you have read them all. To see what I mean search for "Mass shootings" in the search box.

As Editor and Publisher, I have decided that Evergreene Digest will no longer participate in covering this story until something in it changes, until a man bites a dog. We will no longer pander to our readers, lending dignity and credibility to the current situation, a  three-ring circus at best and a slaughter of innocents at worse. Meanwhile we will continue to use our resources to cover stories that matter and issues that have hope of resolution.

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Everyone claims to be for an open internet. So why are Trump and Pai Planning to Destroy It?

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  • Part 1: Everyone claims to be for an open internet. So what’s the latest net neutrality fight really about?
    • The new chair of the FCC, Ajit Pai, is moving to reverse previous action to strengthen net neutrality in law; in the process, he has unleashed a torrent of grassroots fury from open internet advocates. 
  • Part 2: It's Official: Trump and Pai Plan to Destroy Net Neutrality
  • Tell Chairman Pai, the Trump administration and Congress to Leave Net Neutrality Alone.

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Part 1: Everyone claims to be for an open internet. So what’s the latest net neutrality fight really about?

Sam Brodey, Minn Post

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07/17/17 | To hear some tell it — Mark Zuckerberg, John Oliver, Sen. Al Franken — you might believe the internet as we know it is on the brink of total collapse.

An impending rule change from Donald Trump’s administration could give big telecommunications companies the green light to change the way the internet operates by allowing them to enact their boldest ideas to wring as much money as they can out of the web, at the expense of the consumers and companies that depend on it.

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Part 2: It's Official: Trump and Pai Plan to Destroy Net Neutrality

  • Tell Chairman Pai, the Trump administration and Congress to Leave Net Neutrality Alone. 
  • We'll be sure to file your petition signatures and comments in FCC docket 17-108.

 

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/ACLU%20Internet%20Neutrality_0.jpgSummer, 2017 | The Trump administration has officially launched its attack on Net Neutrality — if it succeeds, the internet as we know it will be gone for good.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has unveiled his plan to dismantle Net Neutrality.

Here it is in a nutshell: Abolish Net Neutrality. Cross our fingers that the phone and cable companies promise to be good. Yeah, right.

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