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Propaganda’s Triumph over Journalism

  • As the world hurtles toward a new Cold War and possibly a nuclear confrontation over Ukraine, the West’s “free press” is again serving the role of an obedient propaganda service — demonizing Russia, presenting a one-sided narrative and feeding a dangerous belligerence.
  • Propaganda? What Propaganda? Western Media Monopoly vs Alternative and Non-Western Media

John Pilger, Consortiumnews.com

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ows_140969894592189.jpgDecember 7, 2014 | Why has so much journalism succumbed to propaganda? Why are censorship and distortion standard practice? Why is the BBC so often a mouthpiece of rapacious power? Why do the New York Times and the Washington Post deceive their readers?

Why are young journalists not taught to understand media agendas and to challenge the high claims and low purpose of fake objectivity? And why are they not taught that the essence of so much of what’s called the mainstream media is not information, but power?

John Pilger is an Australian-British journalist based in London. This article was derived from his address to the Logan Symposium, “Building an Alliance Against Secrecy, Surveillance & Censorship”, organized by the Centre for Investigative Journalism, London, Dec. 5-7, 2014.

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Propaganda? What Propaganda? Western Media Monopoly vs Alternative and Non-Western Media, Peter LavelleGlobal Research / Rise Up Times

I believe it important to understand how western media beat the drum of war on behalf of George W. Bush. The echo chamber demonstrated it could be counted on to back acts of aggression around the world with impunity.

Top Scientists To Media: Stop Using ‘Skeptic’ To Describe Climate Science Deniers

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“Proper skepticism promotes scientific inquiry, critical investigation, and the use of reason in examining controversial and extraordinary claims,” the letter reads. “It is foundational to the scientific method. Denial, on the other hand, is the a priori rejection of ideas without objective consideration.”

Joe Romm, Climate Progress

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December 10, 2014 | Four dozen leading scientists and science journalists/communicators have issued a statement urging the media to “Please stop using the word ‘skeptic’ to describe deniers” of climate science.

The 48 signatories, Fellows of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI), include such luminaries as Nobel laureate Sir Harold Kroto; Douglas Hofstadter, Director of The Center for Research on Concepts and Cognition at Indiana University; physicist Lawrence Krauss, Director of The Arizona State University Origins Project; and Bill Nye “the Science Guy.” Full list here.

Joe Romm is a Fellow at American Progress and is the Founding Editor of Climate Progress.

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Net Neutrality Update - FCC Delay leaves the Internet at Risk

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Next FCC Hearing: 'No Delay On Net Neutrality!'

  • We need hundreds of people to show up at the next hearing on December 11 at the FCC in Washington, DC with the message “Reclassify Now!”
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Staff, Popular Resistance

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1reclassify.pngWe are calling on people to attend a rally on December 11 at 9 am outside the FCC at 445 12th St. SW, Washington, DC and then to attend the public meeting at 10:30 am.

November 21st, 2014 | We did it! It’s official that the FCC will not vote on a phony ‘hybrid’ proposal at the next hearing on December 11.

This is good news… and bad news. It’s good that the our pressure forced the FCC to drop their weak rules, but it is bad that the delay gives the Giant Telecoms more time to push for loopholes and back doors and to spread their false information.

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We need hundreds of people to show up at the next hearing on December 11 at the FCC in Washington, DC with the message “Reclassify Now!”

Popular Resistance seeks to aid in bringing movements for peace, justice, economic fairness and environmental protection together into an independent, nonviolent and diverse movement that can end the power of concentrated wealth, shift power to the people and put human needs before corporate greed.

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Demand Real Net Neutrality, SavetheInternet.com

  • Stop the FCC from Breaking the Internet!
  • The Federal Communications Commission is proposing rules that would kill — rather than protect — Net Neutrality and allow rampant discrimination online.
  • Under these rules, telecom giants like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon would be able to pick winners and losers online and discriminate against online content and applications. 
  • We must stop the FCC from moving forward with these rules.
  • Tell FCC Chairman Wheeler: We Demand REAL Net Neutrality.

Propaganda? What Propaganda? Western Media Monopoly vs Alternative and Non-Western Media

I believe it important to understand how western media beat the drum of war on behalf of George W. Bush. The echo chamber demonstrated it could be counted on to back acts of aggression around the world with impunity.

Peter Lavelle   Global Research / Rise Up Times

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/newspaperpile-400x216.jpgNovember 18, 2014 | We have recently been hearing a lot about information wars, propaganda and bullhorns. The pitch of this kind of belligerent rhetoric has increased sharply since the advent of the western-induced crisis in Ukraine.

The mainstream media’s echo chamber claim about Russian media goes something like this: “Russian media is powerful and effective because it is well-funded propaganda.” Really? Having worked in Russian media for well over a decade, I observe it focusing on foreign audiences in a very different way: it challenges the West’s hegemonic grip on shaping and controlling the global media agenda.

Peter Lavelle is the host of RT's shows CrossTalk and On the Money, and was the anchor of the review programme In Context and the commentary series IMHO. Peter Lavelle has extensive experience in academia and the world of business. 

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Bill Cosby loses control: Comedian no longer dictating the narrative — and it’s about time.

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As Barbara Bowman and other women continue to speak out, the press is finally catching up. Here's what happens next.

Katie McDonough, Salon

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Monday, Nov 17, 2014 | This weekend, NPR “Weekend Edition” host Scott Simon did his job. He covered the news. During an interview with Bill Cosby about the comedian’s recent philanthropic work, Simon asked about the rape allegations that have been following him, publicly for more than a decade and privately since the 1980s. Simon asked because the allegations, though not new, are, in fact, news. And, as he explained on-air, “I’m in the news business.”

Cosby’s response was, as ever, total silence. His lawyer then released a statement saying Cosby “does not intend to dignify these allegations with any comment.”

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice.

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