Two Fictions of Mainstream Economics. 45 Million US Workers Unemployed – Global Research


26-05-20 06:33:00,

Mainstream economics consistently fails to predict the future. I’m talking about those ‘schools’ of mis-thought, ranging from Paul Krugman on the ‘left’ to Glenn Hubbard and other apologists of business and neoliberalism on the ‘right’.

One of the favorite myths they perpetrate is that ‘wages are sticky downwards’. That means that in conditions of recession or worse, because workers won’t accept lower wages the recession tends to continue. If only workers would allow wage reductions it would mean business would have more disposable income (from wage cost savings) on hand. Business would then reinvest the extra income. Investment would rise. Workers would be rehired. Wage income would then recover and the economy would grow from more investment and consumption.

This fiction has ruled for more than a century. The economist John Maynard Keynes debunked it in the 1930s. But it was retained by the mainstream economics profession nonetheless, even to this day. Just read most of the entry college level textbooks. It’s still there. Along with at least a dozen other false propositions (like free trade benefits all; inflation is caused by too much money chasing too few goods; income inequality is due to workers not educating themselves and making themselves more productive; business tax cuts create jobs–and a host of other nonsense statements with no support in reality.

The notion that ‘wages are sticky downward’ is a clever way to argue that workers are responsible for the lack of a quick recovery from a recession. If they only would reduce their wages it would all be ok in a short while.

But take a look what’s going on right now. As of late May 2020 at least 45 million American workers are unemployed. In just two months they have lost $1.3 trillion in income. More than $1 trillion due to unemployed. Another $260B due to shorter hours of work. That’s a wage reduction of -$1.3 trillion! As in all recessions, workers do experience severe wage reduction–in joblessness (no wages), shorter hours of work, cuts and loss of benefits, lower pension contributions by employers, wage theft, etc. etc. So wages do fall, and are falling today faster and deeper than ever. And is business and investors spending and investing given the wage reductions?

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Kein Wort im deutschen Mainstream: Gorbatschows verzweifelter Appell für den Frieden | Anti-Spiegel


21-03-20 12:57:00,

Michael Gorbatschow hat sich mit einem dramatischen Aufruf für den Frieden zu Wort gemeldet, über den in Deutschland nur die russischen Medien berichtet haben. Die „Qualitätsmedien“ scheinen einen Aufruf zum Frieden von Gorbatschow nicht erwähnenswert zu finden.

Gorbatschows kurzer, aber eindringlicher Artikel war ein fast schon verzweifelter Aufruf zum Frieden und zum Innehalten in einer Welt, die gerade aus den Fugen gerät. Er hat den Aufruf in der als kremlkritisch geltenden Zeitung Novaya Gazeta veröffentlicht, die unsere „Qualitätsmedien“ gerne zitieren, wenn die Putin kritisiert. Wenn aber Gorbatschow alle Führer der Großmächte zum Frieden aufruft, scheinen die „Qualitätsmedien“ die Novaya Gazeta nicht zu lesen. Dafür haben die Ableger der russischen Staatsmedien RT-Deutsch und Sputnik in Deutschland über den Artikel von Gorbatschow berichtet.

Ich habe den kurzen Appel von Gorbatschow vollständig übersetzt.

Beginn der Übersetzung:

Das Jahr 2020 ist erst zwei Monate alt, aber die Welt stand schon zweimal am Rande eines Konflikts zwischen den Großmächten. Das waren echte Militäraktion im Iran, im Irak und in Syrien. Dann sind die Betroffenen anscheinend nachdenklich geworden und haben sich vom Abgrund entfernt… Was ist das? Das ist die alte Politik des „Balanzierens am Rande des Krieges“. Eine gefährliche und abenteuerliche Politik.

Immer öfter hört man Stimmen, Krieg, die Anwendung von Gewalt, sei akzeptabel. Es werden wieder Loblieder auf Atomwaffen gesungen. „Es riecht nach Krieg.“

Der Westen macht Russland für alles verantwortlich und Russland gibt dem Westen die Schuld. Die USA ziehen sich aus den Abrüstungsverträgen zurück. Kampfflugzeuge fliegen immer näher an fremden Grenzen, Schiffe kommen einander gefährlich nahe, zivile Flugzeuge werden abgeschossen.

Um der Macht willen sind die Falken zu allem bereit. Es gibt ein Sprichwort: „Der Krieg wird alles lösen.“ Das ist schädlich und gefährlich.

Es gibt noch einen anderen Ausspruch: „Krieg ist die Fortsetzung der Politik mit anderen Mitteln.“ Clausewitz wäre sehr überrascht zu erfahren, wie seine Worte im 21. Jahrhundert genutzt werden.

Wenn die Folge der Politik Krieg ist, dann liegt es an einer solchen Politik!

Jetzt sollte man in der Welt etwas anderes hören, das wichtigste Wort sollte „nachdenken“ sein.

Hört auf! Stoppt jede Aktion, die uns der Katastrophe näher bringt,

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Who is Behind “Fake News”? Mainstream Media Use Fake Videos and Images – Global Research


07-02-20 07:44:00,

First published on November 24, 2016

The mainstream corporate media is desperate.

They want to suppress independent and alternative online media, which it categorizes as “fake news”.

Readers on social media are warned not to go onto certain sites. 

The intent of this initiative is to smear honest reporting and Truth in Media.

Our analysis confirms that the mainstream media are routinely involved in distorting the facts and turning realities upside down. 

They are the unspoken architects of “Fake News”.  

One area of routine distortion is the use of fake videos and images by the mainstream media. 

Four Notorious Cases of  Media Distortion

These are four examples and there are many more. The manipulation of videos and images is routine. In some cases, these manipulations are revealed by readers, independent media and social media. In most cases they go undetected. And when they are revealed, the media will say “sorry” we apologize: they will then point to technical errors. “we got the wrong video”.

What is important to emphasize is that these media distortions are invariably deliberate.

1. Coverage of CNN 2008 Riots in Tibet

Chinese Cops with khaki uniforms and Indian Style Moustaches

The video footage, which accompanied CNN’s John Vause’s report, had nothing to do with China. The police were not Chinese, but Indian cops in khaki uniforms from the Northeastern State of Himachal Pradesh, India.

Viewers were led to believe that demonstrations inside China were peaceful and that people were being arrested by Chinese cops.

Chinese Cops in Khaki Uniforms?

1′.27-1′.44″ video footage of “Chinese cops” and demonstrators including Buddhist monks. Chinese cops are shown next to Tibetan monks

Are these Chinese Cops from Gansu Province or Lhasa, the Tibetan capital, as suggested by CNN’s John Vause’s Report?


Screenshot from above CNN video

Alleged Chinese cops in khaki uniforms repressing Tibet demonstrators in China, CNN, March 14, 2008  1’38”,

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Mainstream Policy Expert Reveals How He Was Silenced On Syria: “Truth Did Not Matter”


29-11-19 08:28:00,

A mainstream media and academic expert this week issued a rare admission: that pretty much everything the establishment has fed the public on Syria is false or distorted; but it remains that after tragic eight-year long war is slowly coming to a close, new indisputable facts are coming to light. “Truth did not matter at all,” he admits after years of providing commentary for mainstream publications.

In a lengthy thread on Twitter, counter-terrorism author and assistant professor of political science and public policy at Northeastern University Max Abrahms exposed how he saw the ‘narrative managers’ at work from the inside of the establishment think tank world and media. As his own research came to uncover and document the truth of what was happening in Syria, “the media would excise me and the research from their stories” he revealed. His work in the early years of the war appeared in The New York Times and other major outlets, however, he was increasingly censored and pushed out of a number of platforms for speaking inconvenient truths. 

Below is his full commentary, written in the wake of the new OPCW leaks which the mainstream is still trying hard to ignore.

Dr. Max Abrahms, screengrab via The Center For Strategic & International Studies.

Every day there are new revelations that the “rebels” were in cahoots not only with Al Qaeda but also ISIS and official reports of Assad using chemical weapons were doctored according to the reports’ own authors.

Were you ever skeptical that Assad was authorizing chemical weapons attacks when they were the one thing that put his winning the war at risk?

Authors of the official reports linking him to chemical weapons usage have now supplied evidence that their own reports were doctored.

When I was interviewed about Syria’s military using chemical weapons, I expressed skepticism as Assad bucked the political science literature by engaging in the one conduct that would reverse his hard-fought victory.

But the media would excise me and the research from their stories.

The #1 story should be that authors of the official reports linking Assad to WMD usage have supplied evidence that they were doctored in defiance of the scientific evidence and exploited to push regime change in Damascus,

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Mainstream Journalists Who Refuse To Defend Dissident Journalists Are Worshippers Of Power


31-10-19 10:39:00,

Alternative media circles have been buzzing for the last two days ever since news broke about the arrest of Grayzone journalist Max Blumenthal, who was reportedly jailed for two days after a SWAT-style police team showed up threatening to break his door down last Friday.

Blumenthal is charged with simple assault alleged to have taken place five months ago during the notorious standoff when the US government was working to remove the official Venezuelan government from its DC embassy and replace it with diplomats from the Guaido-led puppet government it was attempting to force into power. Dissident journalists, including Blumenthal, stationed themselves in the embassy in opposition to the illegal eviction and to document the behavior of the evictors. Blumenthal calls the assault charge “a 100 percent false, fabricated, bogus, untrue, and malicious lie.”

I watched the news of the embassy standoff with much interest, largely because the obnoxious, oafish behavior of the anti-Maduro counter-protesters on the scene were a perfect reflection of the obnoxious, oafish behavior I’d experienced from anti-Maduro accounts online. I’ve argued with every major political faction in America at one point or another, and some of them can be downright vile,  but I’ve never run into such an intellectually dishonest, crude, nasty group of people in my three years on this job as those who’ve been cheering on the Trump administration’s regime change agenda in Venezuela. There’s not a doubt in my mind that someone from this unscrupulous, shady group would be capable of making false allegations against a dissident journalist who disagreed with them.

“According to an individual familiar with the case, the warrant for Blumenthal’s arrest was initially rejected,” Grayzone reports. “Strangely, this false charge was revived months later without the defendant’s knowledge.”

Strangely indeed.

I was arrested on Friday on a COMPLETELY FALSE charge manufactured by the Venezuelan opposition related to their siege of the embassy in DC. I spent 2 days in jail, was shackled for extended periods & was denied my right to call a lawyer. Here’s the facts:

— Max Blumenthal (@MaxBlumenthal) October 28, 2019

Strange as it is, alternative media figures are the only people talking about an opposition journalist being arrested on highly suspicious grounds in a highly suspicious way.

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Medien. Mainstream. Meinungsmache? – Paul Schreyer und Mathias Bröckers bei den Buchkomplizen |


17-10-19 07:53:00,

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Mainstream Media Coverage Of Climate Engineering, What Is The Agenda?


21-09-19 09:40:00,

Dane Wigington

Imagine the whole of academia pretending the ongoing geoengineering operations we see in our skies are not really there. Imagine the vast majority of populations blindly accepting the official denial of climate engineering, and thus completely ignoring what they can easily see occurring with their own eyes.

Mainstream media (CNBC) has recently produced a video on the critical issue of climate engineering. Not surprisingly, there are a numerous deceptions woven into the video message, starting with the title itself.

 “Why Bill Gates Is Funding Solar Geoengineering Research”

Bill Gates is nothing more than a prop in the elaborate power structure disinformation campaign on the climate engineering issue. Though Gates may in fact be contributing to the “SCoPEx” climate engineering experiment, the experiment itself is also nothing more than an orchestrated distraction from the ongoing global climate engineering operations that have been deployed for approximately 74 years (over a decade longer than Bill Gates has even been alive).

New released CNBC video on geoengineering:

Inarguable footage of a geoengineering jet aircraft spray dispersion is revealed in the 2 minute video below.

The CNBC video deceptions continue:

#1 The video states that climate engineering “could” cause a long list of downstream consequences.

There is no “could, may, or might”, the consequences of the ongoing global climate engineering assault are far beyond incalculable already, and continue to manifest by the day. Of course, the CNBC video makes no mention of the complete contamination of the biosphere (and thus the air we breath) from the highly toxic climate engineering fallout).

#2 That over two thirds of the population would support the use of goengineering.

Such a conclusion is completely deceptive. Survey questions, which completely omit the most relevant facts regarding the true danger and devastation that climate engineering is already causing, cannot be considered an accurate measure of public opinion. Of over 1500 scientists surveyed, NONE were willing to deny the ongoing climate engineering reality on the record (including Professor Alan Robock who was featured in the new CNBC geoengineering disinformation video).

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Democraten en mainstream media willen scenario 2016 bis: saboteer meest geschikte kandidaat tegen Trump, Bernie Sanders gaat door | Uitpers


28-08-19 12:50:00,

Foto: Michael Vadon / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA-2.0

Kritische observatoren van de Amerikaanse politiek kijken met onbegrip naar de manier waarop de elite van de Democratische partij en de grote mainstream media als MSNBC en de Washington Post er vier jaar na 2016 opnieuw alles aan doen om te verhinderen dat de beste kanshebber tegen Donald Trump de Democratische nominatie zou winnen.

Trump II, minder erg dan Sanders I

Hun halsstarrige verdediging van traditionele politici als voormalig vice-president Joe Biden onder Obama en Kamala Harris, federaal senator voor de staat California, lijkt onverstandig.

Net als in 2016 willen zij voorkomen dat Bernie Sanders de strijd voor de Democratische nominatie zou winnen. Een politieke partij die kiest voor een verliezend kandidaat lijkt op het eerste zicht inderdaad onlogisch, onverstandig.

Dat is het niet, integendeel, tenminste als je het denkkader van de Democratische top als referentie gebruikt. De Democratische partijtop en het overgrote deel van de Democratische verkozenen in het federale Huis van Afgevaardigden en de Senaat (samen ‘het Congres’) en in de Congressen van de deelstaten hebben alles te verliezen bij een figuur als Bernie Sanders in het Witte Huis. Die situatie vrezen zij veel meer dan een tweede mandaat van president Trump.

Zij begrijpen als geen ander dat een president met het sociaal-democratisch profiel van Sanders een dynamiek zal op gang brengen, waarbij zij zullen worden bedreigd door progressieve tegenkandidaten in eigen rangen.

Die dynamiek zou zich al deels laten voelen tijdens de tweejaarlijkse verkiezingen die tegelijk met de presidentsverkiezingen doorgaan, samen met één derde van de senaatszetels. De deeltijdse verkiezingen twee jaar later in 2022 zouden voor hen dan de doodsteek betekenen.

Politici in permanente herverkiezingsmodus

De verkozenen in het federale Huis en in de parlementen van de deelstaten hebben een kort mandaat van slechts twee jaar. Federale én deelstaatsenatoren, hebben daarentegen mandaten van zes jaar, waarvan om de twee jaar één derde wordt herverkozen. Dit systeem maakt dat verkozen politici in feite grotendeels alleen bezig zijn met hun herverkiezing amper twee jaar later.

Het aantal politici dat niet herverkozen raakt – door een tegenkandidaat in eigen rangen of door een overwinning van de andere partij – is echter zeer laag. Eenmaal verkozen als parlementslid is elk politicus immers een machtig lobbyist voor bedrijven uit de eigen deelstaat,

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Mainstream Media Coverage of LED Lights That Blind, Fry, and Spy On Us


20-07-19 05:38:00,

By B.N. Frank

Many are promoting LED lights as “environmentally-friendly” because they supposedly use less energy.  In fact, some environmentalists are really ticked off at the Trump administration because they want to exempt some of these bulbs from “green” standards.

Unfortunately, just because these LED bulbs supposedly use less energy to operate doesn’t mean they are harmless – biologically or environmentally.  There’s too much research that says they aren’t and warnings from the American Medical Association and other health experts have been covered extensively by the Mainstream Media (see 1, 2) and other credible sources over the years (see 1, 2, 3).  Their surveillance capabilities have been reported as well.

Activist Post regularly reports about issues associated with LED light bulbs used for street lights, vehicle headlights, and everything else.  For more information visit our archives.

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How Mainstream U.S. Media Is Failing Us on Trump and Bolton’s March to War with Iran – Global Research


03-06-19 07:26:00,

The Trump administration and its allies are slow-walking the United States into war with Iran, and, with a few notable exceptions, mainstream U.S. media is helping them.

Much of this assistance has been overt. Just like during the run-up to the Iraq war, outlets like CNN, NBC, and the New York Times have in recent weeks simply parroted without scrutiny claims from Bolton and other administration officials of a dire Iranian threat based on intelligence no one has seen (these claims would in turn compel officials within the U.S. intelligence community to tell reporters that the intelligence in question shows nothing new or that it was being blown out of proportion).

But the media is also failing us in other, less overt ways, namely by quoting and promoting those pushing for regime change and/or war and presenting them as, at best, neutral “experts,” or at worst, proponents of a “strong” or “tough” U.S. policy vis-a-vis Iran.

In a story earlier this week about how President Trump is showing signs of souring on Bolton, particularly because of Bolton’s quest for war with Iran, the Times gave Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) CEO Mark Dubowitz prominent billing to praise Bolton as the one giving Trump the “diplomatic space for him to go back and forth between a very hard-line position and holding talks.”

Except the reality is that Dubowitz has no interest in the U.S. holding talks with Iran. In fact, over the past decade or so, he’s essentially been the titular head of the pro-regime change/Iran war movement that worked to prevent President Obama from reaching a nuclear agreement with Iran, and subsequently pushed to destroy it.

Dubowitz himself has called for regime change in Iran and the organization he runs, FDD, has been underwritten by right-wing billionaire funders Bernie “I think Iran is the devil” Marcus, and Sheldon Adelson, who’s on record calling for the U.S. to nuke Iran. FDD has also been the leader in promoting the false narrative that Iran is in league with al-Qaeda,

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What the Mainstream Media Doesn’t Tell You About Venezuela – Global Research


05-02-19 06:16:00,

The corporate media is wholeheartedly behind the federal government’s push for regime change in Venezuela. The propaganda is thick and, as per usual, it is as much about what they don’t, as what they do, report. Here are some important developments that have largely been ignored by Canada’s dominant media:

  • At the Organization of American States meeting called by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on January 25 the Canadian-backed interventionist resolution was defeated 18-16.
  • The “Lima Group” of governments opposed to Venezuela’s elected president was established 18 months ago after Washington, Ottawa and others failed to garner the votes necessary to censure Venezuela at the OAS (despite the head of the OAS’s extreme hostility to Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro).
  • Most of the world’s countries, with most of the world’s population, have failed to support the US/Canada push to recognize National Assembly head Juan Guaidó as president of Venezuela.
  • The UN and OAS charters preclude unilateral sanctions and interfering in other countries’ affairs.
  • UN Human Rights Council Special Rapporteur for sanctions, Idriss Jazairy, recently condemned US/Canadian sanctions on Venezuela.

As well, here are some flagrant double standards in Canadian policy the media have largely ignored:

  • “Lima Group” member Jair Bolsonaro won the recent presidential election in Brazil largely because the most popular candidate, Lula Da silva, was in jail. His questionable election took place two years after Lula’s ally, Dilma Rousseff, was ousted as president in a ‘parliamentary coup’.
  • Another “Lima Group” member, Honduras president Juan Orlando Hernandez, defied that country’s constitution a year ago in running for a second term and then ‘won’ a highly questionable
  • “At the same time”as Canada and the US recognized Juan Guaidó, notes Patrick Mbeko, “in Democratic Republic of Congo they refuse to recognize the massive recent victory of Martin Fayulu in the presidential election, endorsing the vast electoral fraud of the regime and its ally Félix Tshisekedi.”

Beyond what the media has ignored, they constantly cite biased sources without offering much or any background. Here are a couple of examples:

  • The Globe and Mail has quoted Irwin Cotler in two recent articles on Venezuela.

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Mainstream Media is Literally Making People Sick


26-01-19 11:50:00,

Mainstream Media is Literally Making People Sick


new, updated data set is now available on a psychological phenomenon that has been labeled “Trump Anxiety Disorder” or “Trump Hypersensitive Unexplained Disorder,” and it says that the phenomenon only got worse in 2018. The disorder is described as a specific type of anxiety in which symptoms “were specific to the election of Trump and the resultant unpredictable sociopolitical climate,” and according to the 2018 surveys Americans are feeling significantly more stressed by the future of their country and the current political environment than they were last year.

Pacific Standard reports as follows:

“As the possibility of a Hillary Clinton victory began to slip away—and the possibility of a Donald Trump presidency became more and more certain—the contours of the new age of American anxiety began to take shape. In a 2017 column, Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank described this phenomenon as “Trump Hypertensive Unexplained Disorder”: Overeating. Headaches. Fainting. Irregular heartbeat. Chronic neck pain. Depression. Irritable bowel syndrome. Tightness in the chest. Shortness of breath. Teeth grinding. Stomach ulcer. Indigestion. Shingles. Eye twitching. Nausea. Irritability. High blood sugar. Tinnitus. Reduced immunity. Racing pulse. Shaking limbs. Hair loss. Acid reflux. Deteriorating vision. Stroke. Heart attack. It was a veritable organ recital.

Two years later, the physiological effects of the Trump administration aren’t going away. A growing body of research has tracked the detrimental impacts of Trump-related stress on broad segments of the American population, from young adults to women, to racial and LGBT communities.

The results aren’t good.”

I do not for one second doubt that Americans are feeling more stressed and suffering more health-degrading symptoms as a result than they were prior to Trump’s election. But Pacific Standard and its “growing body of research” ignore the most obvious and significant culprit behind this phenomenon which is tearing people’s health to shreds: the mass media which has been deliberately fanning the flames of Trump panic.

The always excellent Moon of Alabama blog has just published a sarcasm-laden piece documenting the many, many aggressive maneuvers that this administration has made against the interests of Russia,

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How Mainstream Media Join the US Government Offensive Against Iran: Case Study of Reuters


11-01-19 04:42:00,

This article is republished in full with the author’s permission.  First published by Consortium News and the Strategic Culture Foundation

Ever since the beginning of the Iranian Islamic Revolution, the United States has been leading a propaganda campaign against Iran, minimizing own harmful role in key historical events, justifying an ousted monarchist regime, and demonizing the new political system. Frequently it is done in lighter forms, for example by claiming that new government is far from perfect or even the same as a previous one, but the methods can sometimes be so radical that the characteristics of the two systems are completely inverted.

While the Reuters claims Iran is active in spreading disinformation online, the history of the agency’s reports about Iran shows the opposite. The latest of such reports is a false report about Iran’s missile program. The falsehood of the article has been dissected here. The case which I have dissected is a 2013 article authored by Steve Stecklow, Babak Dehghanpisheh, and Yeganeh Torbati. The article represents a perfect example of such radicalism and disinformation reporting about Iran.

The Reuters report has been cited by at least four books published one after another, the most recently in 2018. The books are “Iran’s Political Economy since the Revolution” by Suzanne Maloney (2015); “Democracy in Iran: Why It Failed and How It Might Succeed”by Misagh Parsa (2016); “Challenging Theocracy: Ancient Lessons for Global Politics” by David Tabachnick, Toivo Koivukoski, and Herminio Meireles Teixeira (2018); and “Losing Legitimacy: The End of Khomeini’s Charismatic Shadow and Regional Security” by Clifton W. Sherrill (2018).

The chorus doesn’t stop there and it’s not limited to academic publishing or book industry. The 2013 report lays the ground for an ongoing war of words and decisions to impose more sanctions on Iran. Speaking at Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library in July 22, 2018, Secretary of State Mark Pompeo used the ­2013 Reuters report to attack Iran; he said:

And not many people know this,

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Hoe de (Britse) mainstream media de realiteit verdraaien


05-11-18 10:28:00,

David Cromwell en David Edwards, oprichter van Britse mediawatchdog Media Lens, schreven een derde boek over de werking van de Britse media. Propaganda Blitz – How the Corporate Media Distort Reality is een gedetailleerde analyse die van de mythe van de Guardian en de BBC als kwaliteitsvolle, kritische media geen spaander heel laat.

Media Lens werd in 2001 opgericht door David Cromwell en David Edwards. Zij geven in hun analyses bewijzen van vooringenomenheid, vervorming en weglatingen door de Britse media in hun berichtgeving over een ruim aantal onderwerpen, zoals de oorlog in Irak, de ‘oorlog tegen de terreur’, de klimaatcrisis en over de Britse politiek in het algemeen.

Hun mediakritiek publiceren ze op de website in regelmatige Media Alerts. Het Media Alert van 3 oktober 2018 (Blanket Silence: Corporate Media Ignore New Report Exposing Distorted And Misleading Coverage of Corbyn) besteedt ruime aandacht aan een recent academisch onderzoek dat aantoont dat de krant The Guardian en de openbare omroep BBC systematisch vervormde en misleidende berichten verspreiden over Jeremy Corbyn, voorzitter van de Labourpartij (zie ook Studie bewijst: Guardian, BBC vooringenomen tegen Corbyn).

David Edwards en David Cromwell (Media Lens)

Op basis van hun onderzoek hebben beide auteurs reeds eerder een aantal boeken geschreven, waarvan de titels duidelijk genoeg zijn: Guardians of Power: The Myth of the Liberal Media (2006) en Newspeak in the 21st Century (2009). David Cromwell schreef apart Why Are We The Good Guys?: Reclaiming Your Mind from the Delusions of Propaganda (2012), waarin hij de onuitgesproken vooronderstelling in alle mainstream berichtgeving bekritiseert dat de Westerse wereld een groot verdediger van mensenrechten wereldwijd zou zijn. Propaganda Blitz: How the Corporate Media Distort Reality (2018) is hun derde gemeenschappelijke boek. 

De kritiek in dit boek is dan ook niet mals voor de boegbeelden van de Britse kwaliteitsmedia. De openbare zender heeft het Britse publiek nooit ingelicht over de consequenties van de wet van 2012 die de openbare gezondheidszorg heeft ‘hervormd’. Terwijl duizenden artsen protesteerden tegen de catastrofale privatisering die deze wet zou toelaten, berichtte de BBC meermaals dat deze wet “meer macht zou geven aan de dokters zelf”.

John Pilger (WikiMedia Commons)

John Pilger over het boek: “Studenten journalistiek doen er goed aan de hedendaagse periode te bestuderen.

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What the Mainstream Media Aren’t Telling You About Jamal Khashoggi

What the Mainstream Media Aren’t Telling You About Jamal Khashoggi

20-10-18 08:00:00,

What follows is a conversation between Professor As`ad AbuKhalil and Sharmini Peries of the Real News Network. Read a transcript of their conversation below or watch the video at the bottom of the post.

SHARMINI PERIES: It’s the Real News Network. I’m Sharmini Peries, coming to you from Baltimore.

We are just learning that Saudi Arabia will admit that it had something to do with the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and that he was killed in a botched up interrogation. Apparently, the plan was to interrogate and then abduct him from Turkey. CNN is reporting that the Saudis claim that the operation took place without clearance and transparency, and that those involved will be held responsible. Well, who is responsible? This was a rather quick investigation on the part of the Saudi investigative team that arrived in Istanbul only on the weekend. How did they so quickly come to such a conclusion? It appears that Saudis want this dealt with quickly, perhaps a part of their damage control plan.

This is now an opportunity for us here at The Real News to look further into Jamal Khashoggi. Who is he, who does he represent, why was he murdered? Our next guest writes: “It’s been odd to read about Khashoggi in Western media. David Hirst in The Guardian claimed Khashoggi merely cared about absolutes such as ‘truth, democracy, and freedom.’ Human Rights Watch’s director described him as representing ‘outspoken and critical journalism.’ ” With me is As’ad AbuKhalil. He’s a professor of political science at California State University. He’s the author of Bin Laden, Islam & America’s New “War on Terrorism” and The Battle for Saudi Arabia. He also runs a popular blog, titled The Angry Arab News Service. As’ad, good to have you with us.

AS’AD ABUKHALIL: Thank you for inviting me.

SHARMINI PERIES: All right, As’ad. Let’s start off with you telling us about Jamal Khashoggi, and what he stood for as far as journalism and ethics of journalism is concerned.

AS’AD ABUKHALIL: Well, I mean, he’s close to my age, so his name has been familiar to me since my early youthful days back in Lebanon. And in our progressive left-wing Marxist circles, he was always a symbol of reactionary advocacy on behalf of the Saudi regime and militant Salafi Islam.

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De Corrupte Mainstream Pers in Nederland

De Corrupte Mainstream Pers in Nederland

12-09-18 10:13:00,

Hier staan ze dan, de pedante kereltjes en twee meisjes van de corrupte mainstream-pers, die jarenlang bewust verzwegen dat Nederland terroristen in Syrië financierde, en die nu van de even corrupte minister-president willen weten wat hij er allemaal van vindt. Wat een beschamende vertoning. Dat is tevens de voornaamste reden dat de geloofwaardigheid van pers en politici almaar daalt.

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Mainstream Media Voor 13 Cent Per Woord

01-07-18 07:32:00,

Kun je leven van 13 cent per woord?


Dolf Rogmans — Geplaatst in Werk op vrijdag 27 mei 2016, 10:02

© Carlo ter Ellen/TC Tubantia

INTERVIEW Kun je als freelancer leven van een woordtarief van 13 cent? En wat te denken van 42 euro per foto? Dat kan best, rekent zakelijk directeur Bart Verkade van de Persgroep voor. En, de Persgroep kent ook hogere tarieven. Want de markt bepaalt uiteindelijk de prijs.
Voordat de Persgroep elke maand haar freelancers betaalt, tekent zakelijk directeur Bart Verkade de totaaloverzichten. Jaarlijks gaat het om tientallen miljoenen euro’s aan teksten, foto’s en urendeclaraties voor bijvoorbeeld eindredactie en vormgeving. 
Op 1 april trok de Persgroep de tarieven voor het AD en de zeven regionale kranten gelijk. Waarom?
Verkade: ‘Dat was hard nodig. Elke krant had zijn eigen tarieven. Dat was onbeheersbaar. Na uitgebreid onderzoek hebben we besloten om overal de tarieven die het AD hanteerde van toepassing te verklaren. We behandelen alle freelancers overal hetzelfde. En we koesteren hen. Want ze voegen echt iets toe aan onze media.’
De Persgroep besteedt ongeveer 30 procent van het redactionele werk uit aan tussen de vier- en vijfduizend freelancers. Ongeveer de helft is fotograaf, de andere helft tekstschrijver. De grote massa werkt voor de regiotitels waar alles bij elkaar zeventig edities worden gemaakt. Dagelijks produceren het AD en de regionale kranten gezamenlijk zo’n duizend krantenpagina’s. De freelance tekstschrijvers voor de regionale kranten werken voor een basistarief van 13 cent per woord. Verkade: ‘We hebben een tarief dat 25 procent hoger ligt voor de wat moeilijkere klussen. De hoofdredacteuren kunnen bepalen aan wie ze dat geven. En dan zijn er nog wat hogere varianten. Dat hangt helemaal af waarvoor je mensen inzet en hoe specifiek ze zijn. Het gaat uiteindelijk gewoon om vraag en aanbod.’
Het hoogste woordtarief is 40 cent. Dat is gereserveerd voor de buitenlandcorrespondenten. Wonen in het buitenland is duurder. Verkade: ‘Als de NVJ dat hoort, zegt die: “iedereen moet het hoogste tarief krijgen”. Zo werkt dat niet. Als we het tarief met 1 cent verhogen, kost ons dat één miljoen euro op jaarbasis. En als er wordt geroepen: “van 13 cent per woord kunnen we niet rondkomen”, dan is ons antwoord: “voor een flink deel van het werk dat wij uitbesteden kunnen wij ons niet meer veroorloven”.  » Lees verder

Mainstream Media Confirms Conspiracy Theory That Walmart Stores Are Being turned Into Prison Camps | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda

Mainstream Media Confirms Conspiracy Theory That Walmart Stores Are Being turned Into Prison Camps | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda

18-06-18 08:26:00,

When citizens began to ask questions about why Walmart stores were suddenly closing in in southern states in 2015, the mainstream media insisted that the closures were due to plumbing problems and that any suggestion of government involvement was a crazy conspiracy theory. Three years later, the MSM is finally admitting that several of those Walmart stores were converted into detention centers, which now house immigrant children who have been separated from their parents.

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At least 1,500 boys are currently being detained in Brownsville, Texas, where NBC News reported that they “spend 22 hours per day during the week (21 hours on weekends) locked inside a converted former Walmart,” where at least five boys are packed into rooms built for four. Many of those in prisons across the United States get more yard time than these children.

The boys range in age from 10 to 17 years old, and the average stay at the center is around 52 days. If the idea of imprisoning young boys as if they are felons for two months straight sounds agonizing and cruel, that is because it is. A small group of reporters was allowed inside the facility, and the report from NBC claimed that guard asked them to “smile at the hundreds of detained migrant kids in line for a meal because ‘they feel like animals in a cage being looked at.’”

by Ole Dammegard

What happened in Iran changed his life. His entire world, his viewpoints and values were turned upside down and the emotional turbulence he experienced tore down his inner walls leaving him naked and vulnerable – like an open wound. After a tragic murder, the situation became unbearale for one of his Iranian friends, so he ventured everything to help him get away and together the mad a dramatic escape from Iran via former Soviet and East Germany in a desperate attempt to reach Sweden. This book is a true and emotional description of real people in improbable world full of conflicts. It opens doors and spreads light on another Iran, its people and also, not least, the political and social conditions in the country. It is permeated by passion and tension as well as human ideals such as non-violence,

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Western Mainstream Media and the Ukraine Crisis: A Study in Conflict Propaganda

Western Mainstream Media and the Ukraine Crisis: A Study in Conflict Propaganda

11-06-18 07:34:00,

Western Mainstream Media and the Ukraine Crisis: A Study in Conflict Propaganda (Media, War and Security)Paperback – 15 Mar 2018

by Oliver Boyd-Barrett (Author)

This book explores contemporary propaganda and mainstream Western news media, with reference to the Ukraine crisis.
It examines Western media narratives of the immediate causes of the crisis, the respective roles of those who participated in or otherwise supported the demonstrations of 2013–2014 – including US-backed NGOs and rightist militia – and the legitimacy, or otherwise, of the destabilization of the democratically elected Yanukovych government. It considers how the crisis was contextualized with reference to broader themes of competition for power over Eurasia and the Washington Consensus. It assesses accounts of the role of Russia and of ethnic Russian Ukrainians in Crimea, Odessa and the Donbass and traces how Western mainstream media went out of their way to demonize Vladimir Putin. The book deconstructs prevailing Western narratives as to the reasons for the shooting down of Malaysian Airways flight MH17 in July 2014, and counters Western media concentration on the issue of culpability for the attack with an alternative narrative of egregious failure to close down civilian air space over war zones. From analysis of these discourses, the book identifies principles of post-2001 Western conflict propaganda as these appeared to play out in Ukraine.
This book will be of much interest to students of propaganda, media and communication studies, Russian and Eastern European politics, security studies and IR.  » Lees verder

Mainstream War Propaganda. Embedded with the Terrorists | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

Mainstream War Propaganda. Embedded with the Terrorists | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

23-02-18 09:26:00,

All of the mainstream Western news sources dealing with the war on Syria have been discredited. This helps to explain why the mainstream news stories amount to criminal war propaganda.

There is a war on Syria because the West and its allies are waging a “Regime Change”/Dirty War on the country.  All of this is well-documented.  It is not an “organic” war.  The war exists because of the West and its allies, not despite the West and its allies.  Western governments, including Canada’s government[1] have publicly declared their intent to remove the democratically-elected President of Syria from power.

Mainstream news sources are all embedded with the terrorists, who are proxies for the West.  The White Helmets[2] are an intelligence construct paid for by the West and its allies to serve the function of public relations front for al Qaeda and al Qaeda-affiliated terrorists.  This has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt.  Similarly, news sources such as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights[3] and others are all partisan, supported by the West, and sources for propaganda stories. These sources are part of the hybrid warfare complex which is engineering consent for more war crimes against Syria and her peoples, hence they are criminal according to Nuremburg Principles.  War propaganda is a crime.

The West wants to escalate its aggressions against Syria, so the war propaganda is also escalating. MSM news consumers should be aware though, that all of the allegations against the Syrian government have been proven false. The alleged gas attacks have all been false flags.  The Caesar photo[4] evidence alleging Assad’s atrocities against his own people is fraudulent.  The Saydnaya[5] stories are fake.

The West invents stories and engineers false flags so that its disastrous, holocaust -generating invasions can be falsely viewed as “humanitarian” or as the fruit of a “Responsibility to Protect”.

In the past few weeks alone, Western-supported terrorists have launched more than a thousand bombs onto the citizens of Damascus.  Terrorists deliberately target schools, hospitals, and shopping centers, and these mortars have so far murdered about 11 civilians over these last few weeks. Pictured below are some of the terrorists’ victims.

The mortars come from East Ghouta, in the Damascus area, and to the relief of Syrians,

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How the Mainstream Media Whitewashed Al-Qaeda and the White Helmets in Syria

How the Mainstream Media Whitewashed Al-Qaeda and the White Helmets in Syria

06-01-18 05:32:00,

On December 18, 2017, The Guardian issued a shoddily-penned hatchet piece against British journalist Vanessa Beeley, Patrick Henningsen and his independent website 21st Century Wire, Australian professor and author Tim Anderson, and myself.

Judging by the scathing comments on The Guardian’s Facebook post, the general public didn’t buy it either. The Guardian, like Channel 4 News and Snopeswhitewashes terrorism in Syria, employs non-sequitur arguments, promotes war propaganda, and simply gets the facts wrong: 

As the purported theme of The Guardian‘s story was the issue of rescuers in Syria, I’ll begin by talking about actual rescuers I know and worked with, in hellish circumstances in Gaza.

In 2008/9, I volunteered with Palestinian medics under 22 days of relentless, indiscriminate, Israeli war plane and Apache helicopter bombings, shelling from the sea and tanks, and drone strikes. The loss of life and casualties were immense, with over 1,400 Palestinians murdered, and thousands more maimed, the vast majority civilians. Using run-down, bare-bones equipment (as actual rescuers in Syria do), Palestinian medics worked tirelessly day and night to rescue civilians.

There was not a single occasion in which I ever heard the medics (in Sunni Gaza) shout takbeeror Allahu Akbar upon rescuing civilians, much less intentionally stood on dead bodies, posed in staged videos, or any of the other revolting acts that the White Helmets have been filmed doing in Syria. They were too damn busy rescuing or evacuating the areas before another Israeli strike, and usually maintained a focused silence as they worked, communicating only the necessities. The only occasion I recall of screaming while with the medics, were the screams of civilians we collected and in particular the anguished shrieks of a husband helping to put the body parts of his dismembered wife onto a stretcher to be taken to the morgue. The medics I knew in Gaza were true heroes. The White Helmets, not a chance. They are gross caricatures of rescuers.

oli 5

A White Helmets member. “Unnarmed and neutral”?

Reply to The Guardian 

In October,

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