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The New York Time’s Assault on Press Freedom


The New York Times building in Manhattan. (Photo credit: Robert Parry)

  • 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  No paywall or advertisements here! Keep Evergreene Digest independent and free from the influence of corporate interests -- make a donation now. 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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Special Report | A Free and Open Internet: The Latest from the Frontlines, Week Ending October 28, 2017, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest. 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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