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Hypocrisy of Russia-Did-It Stories Is Hard to Stomach

  • While it’s plausible that the Russians or even Russia was involved, it’s a very long way from proven, different agencies dispute it, all the sources we’re reading are anonymous and the assessments themselves are secret.
  • Meddling in other countries’ elections is an exciting adventure–when it’s the United States doing the meddling.

Janine Jackson, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) December 15, 2016  It is, of course, worth knowing what involvement any other country might have had in the US election, but elite media’s consumption with the Russia-did-it storyline so far is discouraging to say the least.

The Intercept‘s Sam Biddle (12/14/16) has a breakdown of what public evidence there is that Russia was behind hacks of DNC email accounts. He concludes that while it’s plausible that the Russians or even Russia, was involved, it’s a very long way from proven, different agencies dispute it, all the sources we’re reading are anonymous and the assessments themselves are secret.

Janine Jackson is the program director of FAIR and the producer and host of CounterSpin.

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Craig Murray: Russia Played No Role At All In The Email Leaks, interviewed by David Swanson, David Swanson, Talk Nation Radio / Dandelion Salad

Murray explains that he has met the leaker of either the DNC or Podesta emails and that both sets of emails were leaked by one or more people at either the NSA or the Democratic Party, that Russia played no role at all.



Series | Trump Nation, Part 3: A Video for the New Age

James Fallows, the Atlantic 19, 2016 | As a study of oratorical styles, this is genuinely worth watching, even if you don't understand a word of Italian. Spend even 30 or 40  seconds and you will see what I mean. Or for a highlight skip to the passage from 0:50 to 1:50.

The speaker’s enunciation is so emphatic and precise, his wording so blunt and simple, and his argument so straight-ahead that even I, who last coped with Italian many years ago, can follow just what he is telling us. Oversimplified, the message is: make Italy great again! (And specifically its navy.) But again the real message has nothing to do with a particular language. It involves personal carriage, facial expression, stance of dominance, and interaction with crowd. I am sorry I had not taken time to watch this before. (Thanks to John Kenney for the lead.)

James Fallows is a national correspondent for the Atlantic and has written for the magazine since the late 1970s. He has reported extensively from outside the United States and once worked as President Carter's chief speechwriter. His latest book is China Airborne.

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Previously in this Series:

Fascism with a Democratic Party Face

  • “At this moment in history, the corporate Democratic fascists are the more aggressively warlike brand…”
  • “Fascism looks like Democrats and Republicans; it operates through the duopoly, the political apparatus of the ruling class.”
  • Related: A Media Unmoored from Facts- Washington Post’s ‘Fake News’ Guilt

Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report (BAR) / Greanville Post

Greanville Post Editor's Note: Black Agenda Report and 12 other leftwing web sites have been put on a hit list publicized by the Washington Post. Fascists of the Democratic [party] kind are responsible. “Had Clinton won the election, she would have begun a campaign of repression against the Left along the same national security lines as the Washington Post article, with that paper probably leading the propaganda charge.” Donald Trump isn’t the only fascist to worry about.

December 1, 2016 | If anyone thought that BAR was being shrill when we said that a late-stage capitalist variety of fascism was brewing in Hillary Clinton’s Big Tent, the “fake news” offensive proves our point. On the heels of President Obama’s outburst on his farewell tour of Germany, where he twice whined about the dangers of well-packaged “misinformation” on the internet, the Democrat-friendly Washington Post conveyed legitimacy to the propagators of a list of 200 web sites designated as “Russian propaganda outlets and sympathizers” – including Black Agenda Report, the only Black outlet to make the cut.

If anyone thought that BAR was being shrill when we said that a late-stage capitalist variety of fascism was brewing in Hillary Clinton’s Big Tent, the “fake news” offensive proves our point.

Although totally devoid of substance, the Post article was no overnight wonder, but a methodically crafted facsimile of investigative reporting that was no doubt produced on orders from the paper’s top management, if not the owner, Amazon mogul Jeff Bezos. Bylined reporter Craig Timberg refused to name the people behind his principal “source,” the web site Is It Propaganda or Not [4], in order to avoid them “being targeted by Russia’s legions of skilled hackers” – a new twist on journalistic ethics that no real editor would abide. This piece was boss sanctioned.

Glen Ford, Executive Editor, Black Agenda Report (BAR) 

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A Media Unmoored from Facts- Washington Post’s ‘Fake News’ Guilt, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • 1: Washington Post’s ‘Fake News’ Guilt
    • Exclusive: The “fake news” theme has captivated The Washington Post and the mainstream U.S. media so much that it is stooping to McCarthyistic smears against news outlets that don’t toe the State Department’s propaganda line, says Robert Parry.
  • Part 2: A Media Unmoored from Facts
    • Exclusive: Mainstream U.S. journalism has completely lost its way, especially in dealing with foreign policy issues where bias now overwhelms any commitment to facts, a dangerous development.



Racism With No Racists: The President Trump Conundrum

  • If the media cannot call that racism, will they be able to cover President-elect Donald Trump?
  • And while they figure it out, how bad will the lives of racial people get while racism hides behind euphemisms?
  • Related: Another Election Loser: Corporate Media

Tressie McMillan Cottom, tressiemc, 2016 | President-elect Donald Trump ran on a fundamentally racist platform.

President-elect Donald Trump promulgated the idea that Mexicans are rapists, blacks are trapped in inner cities, Muslims are terrorists and that America could only be great “again” by becoming what it was in the 1950s when all manner of de facto and de rigeur racism was common.

That is probably why noted and admitted white racist groups supported his candidacy, celebrate his election and congratulate themselves for winning.

For the media, this presents a special kind of problem for which modern media is poorly equipped.

Tressie McMillan Cottom is an assistant professor of sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University and faculty associate with Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. She has published on race/class/gender, education, and technology in the new economy. McMillan Cottom is also co-editor of two academic books: “Digital Sociologies” from Policy Press and “For Profit U” from Palgrave MacMillan. Her public scholarship has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Slate, and the Atlantic to name a few.

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Another Election Loser: Corporate Media, Ari Paul, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

  • As the dust settles and America comes to terms with the election of Donald Trump, it’s time to take a look at the embarrassment of the media class, with the failure of polling only one part of the story. For those who have bemoaned the mediocrity of corporate media, this might appear as a well-deserved comeuppance, but it also brings the uncomfortable upending of decades of common wisdom about media and elections.
  • Related: Propaganda Rules the News