Category: Media

Prolific Alt-Right Propagandist’s Identity Confirmed | Southern Poverty Law Center

The ongoing anti-white rampage of the Unpopular Front — Millennial lumpen-bourgeoisie, black criminals, academics, journalists, and woke capital — has led to more questions than answers.

Some call them communists, but the terrorists do not have any economic demands. On the contrary, they have a close relationship with corporate America. Conservatives are desperate to link them to the Democratic Party, but they don’t support Biden and have long forgotten Bernie. Others wish to blame foreign intelligence services to build energy for discredited neo-conservatism, but the Chinese are mostly sitting back and laughing at America.

What the Bourgeois Bolsheviks Want

Few alt-right performers of the Trump era have produced as much propaganda in terms of raw megabytes as Jordan has under his Striker moniker. JosephJordan, while performing as Striker, typically focuses his rhetoric on his desire to drive Jewish people out of America and to warn his audience against the threat of an “underground homosexual culture,”

Prolific Alt-Right Propagandist’s Identity Confirmed | Southern Poverty Law Center

‘News’ becoming ‘views’: Veteran journalist Neil Clark explains plummeting trust in UK media — RT UK News

‘News’ becoming ‘views’: Veteran journalist Neil Clark explains plummeting trust in UK media

Murdoch’s business model has created a product sold as news for years and to call it blurred is to be complicit in its support. It ought not to be allowed to be sold as news. Peter Foster Australia’s great con man was jailed time and again for selling tea as something that could be regarded as blurred. Murdoch sells something that’s clearly organized and fake (ODT)

via ‘News’ becoming ‘views’: Veteran journalist Neil Clark explains plummeting trust in UK media — RT UK News

Fox News reportedly launches covert anti-Media Matters effort | Media Matters for America

Tucker Carlson's advertising revenues have declined significantly

It got really serious for FOX/TRUMP 5 months out. Trump’s looking for another Breitbart will we see the return of Bannon?9ODT)

via Fox News reportedly launches covert anti-Media Matters effort | Media Matters for America

‘Wanton thuggery’: Outraged Australia to probe US police attack on its journalists covering White House protest — RT World News

‘Wanton thuggery’: Outraged Australia to probe US police attack on its journalists covering White House protest

The Australian embassy in Washington, DC will investigate an apparent assault by the US police against two Aussie journalists. The pair were roughed up live on air while covering a protest outside the White House.

A crew working for the outlet 7News was targeted on Tuesday while reporting from a demonstration in the US capital against police brutality. Correspondent Amelia Brace and cameraman Tim Myers were battered as the police cleared a protesting crowd, footage of the incident showed. Brace was hit with a baton, while Myers was attacked with a riot shield.

via ‘Wanton thuggery’: Outraged Australia to probe US police attack on its journalists covering White House protest — RT World News

The rot in Australian media is already advanced. We need to understand the damage wrought in 2020 | Jason Wilson | Global | The Guardian

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The coronavirus emergency has dramatised this. In the US, people have poured into state capitals to demonstrate against pandemic precautions derived from the advice of public health experts. Antivaxxers and conspiracy theorists have been front and centre at the events. Facebook has played a crucial role in allowing the anti-lockdown movement to organise at a local level. And frequently people are coming to state capitols from the same rural areas where newspapers have been supplanted by cable news and partisan websites.

This perfect informational storm has driven the US slightly mad. Its effects have been fractal. Shattered local news ecosystems have made local communities easy prey for ideologues and grifters; at the same time, a polarised national media landscape makes any resolution of the country’s abiding problems difficult to envision.

Now the storm is settling in over Australia.

via The rot in Australian media is already advanced. We need to understand the damage wrought in 2020 | Jason Wilson | Global | The Guardian

Regional Australia secures own digital success despite Coalition’s woeful NBN

Abbott’s legacy NBN. Trailer trashing regional areas but they won’t have a bar of it any longer. (ODT)

Communities are not going to sit and wait for what might or might not happen and regional towns know that they will not be first to get better broadband from NBN Co. Consequently, more and more cities will start developing their own plans in collaboration with their own state governments.

Unfortunately, this will mean overbuilding and wasting money, but with the Morrison Government – purely for party political reasons – stubbornly refusing to talk about fibre optic network, it is clear that many towns in Australia are not going to wait for the Federal Government to take a lead here. The economic and social future of their communities is simply too important to wait for politicians to finally get their act together on these issues.

via Regional Australia secures own digital success despite Coalition’s woeful NBN

More than 150 Australian newsrooms shut since January 2019 as Covid-19 deepens media crisis | Media | The Guardian

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The worst remain. So while shrinking they have greater control of non-news and persuasion while the LNP has spent 7 years cutting the ABC budget after Abbott  promising NO CUTS TO THE ABC (ODT)

via More than 150 Australian newsrooms shut since January 2019 as Covid-19 deepens media crisis | Media | The Guardian

Is this the end of the road? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

If there is one thing – and only one thing – that we can take out of the LNP’s win in the 2019 election is that conservative governments are a boon for independent media sites. Particularly so in Australia, where the mainstream media becomes more and more the mouthpiece for the conservatives.

To survive another year and beyond would only require a hundred people signing up to contribute $5 a month. That at least would cover our monthly web hosting and designer costs. More would give us the opportunity to take on a bit of help for our already flat-out team.

I know that The AIMN means a lot to many, many people, Carol and I included. And without the efforts of so many tireless authors we would not be one of the leading independents sites in this country. Carol and I are proud of our standing, and proud of every one of you – authors, admins, commenters and readers – who have been in the engine room of this great site.

via Is this the end of the road? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The money or our sovereignty: China leaves us no choice

Illustration: Jim Pavlidis

“The proposition from Beijing is very simple. If you want to go ahead and make policies according to your own national interests, and not ours, we will cut your income. Specifically, China’s official representative to Australia threatened boycotts of four Australian industries’ sales to China: those of the wine, beef, tourism and education sectors.

Sovereignty or money. Simple. What’s Australia’s choice?” Hartcher

If this inquiry was based on genuine  medical and scientific grounds then Hartcher might have an argument but it’s not and what he calls China’s “talking points” are as valid as those he aims at it. It’s this politicized Cold War bullshit and our American aping that led us to Korea Vietnam Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. Our assistance in the slaughter of a million Indonesians. Black and white choices like this are better understood by asking why are we so eager to be a developing American colony  in the Pacific? We are afterall an American military base.

Put in context  how many wars have we entered at America’s behest puffed up and acting as one of the USA  deputies. War today is America’s economy out of which oligarchs make money and we have subsidized. Was Abbott protecting our national interest  when he sent troops to bomb the crap out of the Middle East or America’s oil interests threatened by ISIS? He wanted us in Ukraine and to “shirtfront” Russia to be the “pillock of the Pacific” and an honorary member of NATO. That was a global ambition but Climate Change was not. Whose cost and interest was he serving? What  substantial gains have we made historically for always being on America’s side while pretending to be independant? Over the years we have seen all our institutuions becoming less British and more American not independant like New Zealand’s has.

The fact is America has a military presence in 149 countries and is forcibly sanctioning those where it doesn’t but wants the governments changed. Even Australia has a presence in more countries beyond it’s borders than China which has only one.

Apparently we argued strongly against the  discovery we were the biggest pp planet warmers? Apparently that’s not in our interest and should be ignored. But not so a global pandemic. Diseases can be discovered like the Spanish flu was in Kansas why wasn’t it called the American flu as the German measles origins unkown. We and Trump want Covid to be called the China virus but  like the others it’s origins have never been specifically pinpointed. There was no urgency back then to do so because it was impossible. Why the urgency now? Because the lens through which this demanded inquiry is being made is not purely out of scientific curiosity.

If the blame game had cast a shadow over all previous pandemics there’d be greater reason of national interests not to publicize or warn anyone of any discovery and simply let “herd immunity” run it’s course. The very opposite of what the Chinese did.  The demand for this inquiry is a very specific one and not exactly at arms length from Trump. It’s easily seen as part of his scapegoating blame game and desperate excuse for his personal mismanagement. Even the WHO has been blamed and it appears his Australian shadow the LNP has fallen in step behind him. This is in nobody’s national interest America’s or ours but it is in party political interest and very individually specific. (ODT

“Australia has arrived at its moment of truth. It is now presented with the explicit choice between sovereignty and money. It arrived this week when the Chinese Communist Party publicly threatened Australia with trade boycotts for proposing an international inquiry into the global pandemic.”

via The money or our sovereignty: China leaves us no choice

Fox News Fires Diamond And Silk But Keeps Hannity, Ingraham And Carlson | Crooks and Liars

Fox News Fires Diamond And Silk But Keeps Hannity, Ingraham And Carlson

Fox News has fired a Fox Business contributor and now a couple of FoxNation contributors, but the real sources of misinformation remain: The entire primetime lineup. Every single one of them from Tucker Carlson to Sean Hannity is guilty of spreading misinformation about Donald Trump, COVID-19, Republicans and more. Maybe the only honest person left there is Chris Wallace, whom Trump is desperate for Fox to fire.

Until Fox News cleans up their primetime act, firings like this are just intended to pretend they actually give a damn about misinformation

via Fox News Fires Diamond And Silk But Keeps Hannity, Ingraham And Carlson | Crooks and Liars

What’s happening with ‘Insiders’?

AN INTRIGUING development in Australia’s media landscape this year is that it appears ABC’s Insiders, a substantial television program paid for by taxpayers, has become a vehicle for the rehabilitation and promotion of Rupert Murdoch’s tawdry media empire.

via What’s happening with ‘Insiders’?

Stop Promoting ISIS Coronavirus Propaganda

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“When you have millions of public voices as we have today because of digital connectivity, then attention becomes the most valuable thing you can garner,” said Martin Gurri, a former CIA media analyst and author of “The Revolt of the Public.” “It’s even more important than money because, in the end, if you can keep getting attention, you’ll probably wind up not just with money but with power as well.”

via Stop Promoting ISIS Coronavirus Propaganda

Trump Won’t Stop Undercutting His Medical Professionals In His Twitter Rants | HuffPost Australia

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However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the number of deaths in the U.S. during that outbreak was 12,469. The CDC also estimates that 75,000 people died from the swine flu worldwide.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Trump administration’s top infectious disease expert, has warned people against comparing COVID-19 to H1N1, telling Fox News in early March that the swine flu was “less lethal than the regular seasonal flu.”

via Trump Won’t Stop Undercutting His Medical Professionals In His Twitter Rants | HuffPost Australia

George Pell’s motive for Andrew Bolt interview is questionable

Shame, Pell, shame. You already know your standing in the general community. Yet you seem incapable of doing anything, ever, to try and put things right. You harp on about your innocence so much that the disconnect with Jesus’s own lack of similar protestations when his life was on the line seems almost laughable.

Of course, Pell can pick whoever he likes to interview him. But if he thinks he can recover one scintilla of public respect for going this way, he is badly mistaken.

via George Pell’s motive for Andrew Bolt interview is questionable

Could Fox ‘News’ Be Liable For Downplaying Coronavirus Risks? | Crooks and Liars

Could Fox 'News' Be Liable For Downplaying Coronavirus Risks?

All Andrew Bolt does is spin the Fox Head Office line and he calls that work. He tried to convince us he works a 60 hour week plus, plus. Nothing he says rings of truth. (ODT)

via Could Fox ‘News’ Be Liable For Downplaying Coronavirus Risks? | Crooks and Liars

Trump Uses Briefing on Coronavirus to Attack Critics

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a Coronavirus Task Force news conference in the briefing room of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Trump said he'd support the U.S. taking an equity stake in companies that receive coronavirus-related aid from taxpayers and prohibiting firms from increasing executive bonuses and stock buybacks. Photographer: Yuri Gripas/Abaca Press/Bloomberg

Controlling the media and the message the White House moderates everything (ODT)

Trump Uses Briefing on Coronavirus to Attack Critics

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Washington Post Photographer Spots Crossed-Out ‘Coronavirus’ in Favor of ‘Chinese Virus’ in Trump Notes

 

Trump administration rides to Fox’s rescue after network’s coronavirus coverage endangered viewers | Media Matters for America

HHS Head Alex Azar thanks Laura Ingraham for what she’s done “to keep us all informed”

Fox & Trump are a tag team when it comes to media wrestling (ODT)

Fox News spent crucial weeks minimizing the danger posed by the novel coronavirus COVID-19 in order to protect President Donald Trump, and recent polls show that the network’s viewers are less likely to be concerned about it than other major media audiences. Top Trump administration officials are now praising the network for its coverage, even as Fox comes under fire from other outlets for endangering the public by actively spreading misinformation about the virus.

via Trump administration rides to Fox’s rescue after network’s coronavirus coverage endangered viewers | Media Matters for America

Eric Boehlert: ‘Fox News Is A Cancer On This Country’ | Crooks and Liars

Eric Boehlert: 'Fox News Is A Cancer On This Country'

From Hoax to Serious to Let’s blame China who has done more to stop it’s spread than Trump blowhard bragging that the USA will save the world (ODT)

Eric Boehlert: ‘Fox News Is A Cancer On This Country’ | Crooks and Liars

UK press acts as ‘appendage of the state’ when reporting on foreign policy, new analysis shows — RT UK News

UK press acts as ‘appendage of the state’ when reporting on foreign policy, new analysis shows

A new analysis of British media’s coverage of foreign policy has found that, by and large, the UK press acts as “an appendage of the state” and has been “misinforming the public” and “failing to report” completely on key issues.

The statistical analysis was carried out by Declassified UK, a new “public service journalism” project investigating Britain’s foreign,military and intelligence policies and run by journalist and historian Mark Curtis.

via UK press acts as ‘appendage of the state’ when reporting on foreign policy, new analysis shows — RT UK News

Thought-police come for Koch-funded ‘anti-Greta’ – but unlike ‘real Greta,’ her conflicts of interest are in public view — RT Op-ed

Thought-police come for Koch-funded ‘anti-Greta’ - but unlike ‘real Greta,’ her conflicts of interest are in public view

 

Seibt is promoted by the Heartland Institute. The Koch bros Institute seems to miss an essential point. Neither Science nor those arguing the reality of man-made Climate Change being  real are declaring it’s “all” only man made. However, the accumulated effect human activity has had on the accelerating the rate of change can’t be discounted as the trigger and  only humans can alter that over the long term.

Righteous anger is a valid response to call for a stop on CO2 emissions. Given the history of denial, which has only recently seen a psuedo shift by denialists like the Kochs and remains neither  scientific or rational but purely political, economic and self-interested the anger stems from concern for the common good of the planet. Seibt on that basis is a red herring just as Dr Bjorn Lomborg and his Coppenhagen Climate Council was when also financed by the Koch Bros to distract from the evidence science has and continues to accumulate for over the past 60 years. Today proving the negative influence CO2 emissions have on the planet’s changing climate. (ODT)

“I don’t want to get people to stop believing in man-made climate change, not at all,” she told the Washington Post on Monday, while acknowledging she found the idea that human activity alone was responsible for the warming planet “ridiculous.” The outlet’s profile of the young activist, whom it not-so-subtly dubs “the anti-Greta,” proceeds to paint her as a puppet of the Heartland Institute, which is “paying [Seibt] to question established climate science” – as if she would never have done so on her own.

Rather then give Seibt the benefit of the doubt, at least one other outlet pounced on WaPo for not being harsh enough on the German activist. Motherboard accused the outlet of “amplifying climate change denialism” from a “noted propaganda factory” that “can routinely be found peeing in the public discourse pool on behalf of its corporate donors.” Imagine what hell would break loose if anyone used such terms to describe Saint Greta…

via Thought-police come for Koch-funded ‘anti-Greta’ – but unlike ‘real Greta,’ her conflicts of interest are in public view — RT Op-ed

“Amusing Ourselves to Death”: News media and the public’s desire to be entertained vs. its need to be informed | Media Matters for America

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“Amusing Ourselves to Death”: News media and the public’s desire to be entertained vs. its need to be informed

via “Amusing Ourselves to Death”: News media and the public’s desire to be entertained vs. its need to be informed | Media Matters for America