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It is no wonder that the Corporate Establishment hates the Truther Community. They are losing their grip on the masses because of intelligent, honest researchers who are exposing their lies. They love to use the magic words “Conspiracy Theorists” to discredit those who are earnestly seeking the truth. But, the people are waking up, though slowly. WE HAVE BEEN LIED TO! WE HAVE BEEN DECEIVED and MANIPULATED. 20 People Now Own As Much Wealth as Half of All Americans and the richest families in the world have further managed to seize control of over all property and most of our rights while convincing us that we are free. And all that would be bad enough, but it was not enough for them. It appears that they want to take whatever we have left including our free will, our organs, our life’s blood, and even our souls. The biggest weapon they have is deception… Just like their father, the devil. They have become extremely adept at it. They have so many tools at their disposal. Because they are so wealthy, they have managed to take control of the government, the police force, the courts, education, religion, industry, trucking, banking, the food supply, healthcare, communications, and the military. They did it all through their greatest asset, the media. They are able to manipulate our minds and cause us to accept and believe whatever they desire. Due to the factor of cognitive dissonance, we are unwilling to believe anything so sinister.
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Though the editorial is infuriating, I want to thank my subscriber for sending it to me. The lying, disrespect, humiliating people for asking questions, is out of control in our country. The only way it will ever stop is by holding people accountable for their behavior. Everyone, whether they are a government official, friend, family member.3 years, 4 months ago
There has been a lot of secrecy related to the management of the Orville Dam situation, there have been a number of issues that have been brought to light by members of the truth community who are legitimately concerned for the safety of the people downstream from Orville dam. These truthers have been censored, harassed and threatened while those connected to the dam and Mainstream Media continue to try to convince the public that there is “NOTHING WRONG” and the public is not in danger. I beg you to watch the following video and then see who you think is acting in your best interest?? Please also visit “Its a DAM shame” for more information. I also advise that you do your own research, and check out the dozens of other websites that are issuing their concerns and warning you to be alert and keep abreast of the developments. YOUR LIFE COULD DEPEND ON THIS if you live in the area surrounding Orville Dam! Please believe that we in the truther community are not out to scare you, or to benefit somehow financially or socially by addressing this issue. Believe me, we do not relish being seen as idiots, or worrywarts, or fame seekers. There are legitimate concerns not only about the Orville Dam, but about the infrastructure of the entire United States, and with very good reason!
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CNN went live in the streets to talk to outraged snowflakes who were melting in the wake of Trump’s election… This particular protester seemed to showboat more than most and my suspicions were confirmed once Don Lemon said live on air that he KNEW the protestor and named him as a CNN cameraman!
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Seriously, these people are driven. They are losing control and they are scratching and clawing, demanding that you continue to buy their lies. It is crazy! They are screaming conspiracy theory when they have been caught in that very thing.
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Here is a word of enlightenment from someone who should know.
John Swinton (1829–1901) Journalist, was a Scottish-American journalist, newspaper publisher, and orator. Although he arguably gained his greatest influence as the chief editorial writer of The New York Times during the decade of the 1860s, Swinton is best remembered as the namesake of John Swinton’s Paper, one of the most prominent American labor newspapers of the 1880s. Swinton would also serve as chief editorialist of the New York Sun during two stints totaling more than a dozen years. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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One night, probably in 1880, John Swinton, then the preeminent New York journalist, was the guest of honour at a banquet given him by the leaders of his craft. Someone who knew neither the press nor Swinton offered a toast to the independent press. Swinton outraged his colleagues by replying:
“There is no such thing, at this date of the world’s history, in America, as an independent press. You know it and I know it.
“There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid weekly for keeping my honest opinion out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things, and any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job. If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty_four hours my occupation would be gone.
“The business of the journalists is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. You know it and I know it, and what folly is this toasting an independent press?
“We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes.”
(Source: Labor’s Untold Story, by Richard O. Boyer and Herbert M. Morais, published by United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America, NY, 1955/1979.)..
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Propaganda From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Propaganda is information that is not objective and is used primarily to influence an audience and further an agenda, often by presenting facts selectively to encourage a particular synthesis or perception, or using loaded language to produce an emotional rather than a rational response to the information that is presented. Propaganda is often associated with material prepared by governments, but activist groups, companies, religious organizations and the media can also produce propaganda.
In the twentieth century, the term propaganda has often been associated with a manipulative approach, but propaganda historically was a neutral descriptive term.
A wide range of materials and media are used for conveying propaganda messages, which changed as new technologies were invented, including paintings, cartoons, posters, pamphlets, films, radio shows, TV shows, and websites. More recently, the digital age has given rise to new ways of disseminating propaganda, for example, through the use of bots and algorithms to create computational propaganda and spread fake or biased news using social media.
In a 1929 literary debate with Edward Bernays, Everett Dean Martin argues that, “Propaganda is making puppets of us. We are moved by hidden strings which the propagandist manipulates.”
Drawing on the insights of his Uncle Sigmund – a relationship Bernays was always quick to mention – he developed an approach he dubbed “the engineering of consent.” He provided leaders the means to “control and regiment the masses according to our will without their knowing about it.” To do so, it was necessary to appeal not to the rational part of the mind, but the unconscious.
What Bernays’ writings furnish is not a principle or tradition by which to evaluate the appropriateness of propaganda, but simply a means for shaping public opinion for any purpose whatsoever, whether beneficial to human beings or not.
This observation led Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter to warn President Franklin Roosevelt against allowing Bernays to play a leadership role in World War II, describing him and his colleagues as “professional poisoners of the public mind, exploiters of foolishness, fanaticism, and self-interest.”
Today we might call what Bernays pioneered a form of branding, but at its core it represents little more than a particularly brazen set of techniques to manipulate people to get them to do your bidding.
I had a very close friend who worked for a News Station. Fifteen years ago she told me “Cynthia, we get a print out every morning that comes over a ticker tape. It states WORD FOR WORD what we are allowed to say on the News. YOU BETTER BELIEVE IT!
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4 EXAMPLES OF MAINSTREAM MEDIA FABRICATING NEWS TO PUSH FOR WAR
As we inch further into the future and evermore closer to the next, and certainly last, world war, it seems proper to give pause and consider the significance of the fact that much of the information provided on world events is dreadfully compromised by corporate and political propagandists.
Mainstream media, with its exceptional reach, is able to mold the public’s first impression of any global event thereby establishing the ‘official story,’ the one that is repeated again and again during the first moments of a crisis. They capitalize on the immediate shock value of an act of extraordinary violence or unrest to mold public perception into conformity with a narrative that will become the abiding fiction by which any further substantive investigation of the event must be measured against.
9/11 is perhaps the best example of this, as nearly 15 years afterwards, an incredible amount of information and research has become available to the public, at least enough to unseat the official version of events and inspire a deeper investigation, yet contrary reporting is still not taken seriously at all by mainline media outlets.
The news is all about artificially manipulating the context of stories. The thinner the context, the thinner the mind must become to accept it. If you want to visualize this, imagine a rectangular solid. The news covers the top surface. Therefore, the mind is trained to work in only two dimensions. Then it can’t fathom depth, and it certainly can’t appreciate the fact that the whole rectangular solid moves through time, the fourth dimension. – Jon Rappoport
Sometimes the media gets caught fabricating events and twisting reality. Here’s a disturbing look at some of the more recent examples of mainstream media news deceptions, staged events and psy-ops that have been exposed by the international independent press.
Example #1 – BBC stages a chemical weapons attack in Syria to justify NATO invasion.
With BBC reporter Ian Pannell standing amidst a host of crisis victims while on the scene at a small rural hospital in Syria, a supposed incendiary bomb or napalm attack happened, and, as they were filming, a stream of wounded patients began pouring in. A doctor was interviewed on the scene, remarking that a napalm attack had occurred.
One month later as the NATO pressed for military intervention in Syria, the exact same footage was used in a new video report; however, the audio of a crisis doctors statement had been digitally altered. The word ‘napalm,’ had been changed to ‘chemical weapons,’ an obvious deception.
This video ‘…shows both versions are identical and from the same speech. The BBC then digitally altered the words from ‘napalm’ to ‘chemical weapon,’ the exact justification that NATO was finding difficult to prove. [Source]
Watch the analysis of this totally fabricated event for yourself here:
Example #2 – Staged ISIS execution videos and terror stooges.
In 2014, as the Western-supplied mercenary army ISIS was rising to its prominence as the CIA’s most evil proxy army to date, a series of frightening videos emerged of ISIS executioners with heavy British accents sawing the heads off of Western hostages, including freelance journalist James Foley.
Graphic videos of the slayings were posted online and shortly afterward, another video emerged online purportedly showing the movie set where the Foley beheading was fabricated. The authenticity of this video is also unverifiable, however; even technical elements in the original video suggest manipulation, and some experts agree that the Foley video is staged.
As reported by The Telegraph UK:
…a study of the four-minute 40-second clip, carried out by an international forensic science company which has worked for police forces across Britain, suggested camera trickery and slick post-production techniques appear to have been used.
The executioner was later identified by intelligence agencies as 23-year-old British rapper Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary; and, like Osama bin Laden, he became a reusable icon in the propaganda campaign in the war on terror. For his media appearances he was given a catchy name, ‘Jihadi John.’ When Jihadi John’s mileage ran out, he was literally ‘evaporated’ by a night-time drone strike in Raqqa, Syria. His death, like Bin Laden’s, was celebrated by many. Another brick in the wall.
‘He walked out of a building and got in the car. We struck it right after with zero collateral damage,’ a counter-terrorism official said. ‘The vehicle was on fire. It was a 100 per cent flawless, direct hit.’ [Source]
If you recall, in the early days of the war on terror, the faces Al Qaeda’s top lieutenants were plastered on decks of playing cards, serving the same purpose as Jihadi John; terror stooges assassinated as needed to maintain public interest in the war on terror.
Example #3 – Scripted, staged and phony local news broadcasts.
In the following clip, which contains numerous examples, CNN and other major news outlets are caught again and again fabricating news reporting with chroma key green screens in network studios, posing as thought they were engaging in front-line war reporting. The use of chroma key is ubiquitous in the mainstream media, and with it they can effectively pull off just about any visual deception.
Have a look at this collage of mainstream news fakery:
In this photo, an ABC news anchor makes the blunder of wearing a green shirt to the taping of an important news segment about Kim Kardashian’s wedding. Let’s also not forget what Hollywood is capable of these days.
Example #4 – Staged photo-op of political leaders after the Charlie Hebdo massacre on January 7th, 2015.
Politicians and public leaders depend on professional public relations managers to ensure their likability. In 2015, after the attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris, France, leaders from over 40 nations gathered side-by-side with the French president in a much-hyped public display of solidarity against terrorism.
They were shown leading an excited crowd with determined sincerity on their faces, yet when originally unpublished photos of the event were revealed, it was discovered that it was a staged photo-op, not an actual genuine action by these fearless leaders. The wide-angle shot shows them standing alone in a blocked off, heavily guarded side street.
Bonus – Phony, scripted and ridiculous local news broadcasting.
If you’re getting your news from mainstream programming, you know that it’s fake. Because 90% of media in the US is owned by a mere 6 corporations, even the local news programming is pre-packaged and delivered from corporate HQ as either completed news reels or scripts to be read on camera by your favorite, lovable local news anchor.
Comedian Conan O’Brien does a fabulous and hilarious job of demonstrating just how ridiculous and foolish local news casts are. There is little to no authenticity left in nightly news casts. See for yourself:
All of this is, of course, nothing new. Almost everything in our world seems to be fake these days. Remember former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s speech at the UN justifying the 2003 invasion of Iraq?
There are other examples as well, including the use of crisis actors which are people who appear in press interviews and on the scenes in multiple public events. The amount of resources that go into creating false realities for the masses is an absurd misallocation of human effort, and an embarrassing assault on human intelligence.
Since the mainstream media is working in concert with the military industrial complex and corrupt governments to push the world over the brink and into all-out war, it’s up to individuals and independent researchers to counter the propaganda and free the minds of those who are ready to wake up.
Dylan Charles is a student and teacher of Shaolin Kung Fu, Tai Chi and Qi Gong, a practitioner of Yoga and Taoist arts, and an activist and idealist passionately engaged in the struggle for a more sustainable and just world for future generations. He is the editor of WakingTimes.com, the proprietor of OffgridOutpost.com, a grateful father and a man who seeks to enlighten others with the power of inspiring information and action. He may be contacted at email@example.com.
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25 Fake News Stories From The Mainstream Media
One of the main news stories right now is the proliferation of fake news websites on social media and their potential effect on US elections. One purveyor of fake news drew heavy fire for boasting, “I think Trump is in the White House because of me.”
Meanwhile Google and Facebook announced they would be banning fake news websites from their advertising networks, citing the immense popularity of fake news with partisans on social media this election cycle.
So it’s important now for the independent, critically-minded reader and sharer of news to note and reflect on the amount of fake news stories propagated by mainstream media sources, sometimes unknowingly through unacceptable carelessness and lack of proper journalistic rigor, other times knowingly and deliberately to influence elections or support a policy agenda.
Remember that after this election, even the New York Times, America’s “newspaper of record,” has had to apologize and “rededicate” itself to honesty, fairness, and scrutiny.
This kind of fake news is arguably more egregious than the kind we’ve been hearing about this week because it abuses the trust people have in an ostensibly reputable media source. The following list of 25 fake news stories from the mainstream media shows just how difficult it is to tackle the problem of fake news.
Banning click-bait upstarts will only scratch the surface of a much deeper problem, the systemic duplicity of a corporate mass media that serves entrenched interests and is every bit as interested in monetizing page views as the lone wolf peddler of bogus news.
1. (CBS 60 Minutes) Dan Rather Publicizes Fake Memos About George W. Bush’s National Guard Duty
Less than two months before the 2004 Presidential election, Dan Rathers, one of the most trusted names in news went way out on a limb in publishing unauthenticated National Guard memos that turned out to be forged.
The memos, falsely attributed to Bush’s commander Lt. Col. Jerry Killian suggested that Bush disobeyed direct orders and that the Bush family had exaggerated Bush’s service in the National Guard.
When independent bloggers began to question the documents because they were in a computer word processor font that didn’t exist at the time, CBS defended its reports until Killian’s assistant told them she and Killian did not type the memos. Dan Rather apologized and resigned from CBS.
2. (Huffington Post, New York Times, FiveThirtyEight, et al.) Hillary Has a 98% Chance of Winning The Election
Speaking of fake news to influence a campaign, as everyone knows now, the entire mainstream press painted a very false picture of the electoral odds in the 2016 presidential race. Days before the election, Huffington Post had Hillary Clinton at 98% likely to win the election.
With an electoral college gap of 232 to Donald Trump’s 306, she was soundly defeated and the overwhelming media confidence in the inevitability of her victory turned out to be fake news. It was a blow of historical proportions to the credibility of the mainstream media and its polling methods.
Ironically, the false predictions may have chilled the vote among Hillary Clinton’s supporters and helped to swing the election against her in close races.
3. (Salon, CNN, NBC News, MSNBC, CBS News, et al.) Donald Trump Requests Security Clearance for His Children
A widely reported story on mainstream news outlets this week was that President-designate Donald Trump requested secret security clearance for his kids in an act of nepotistic impropriety.
The story was reported, among others by CNN, NBC News, Rachel Maddow on MSNBC, CBS News, and Salon, which snarkily headlined, “Donald Trump’s trying to give his kids top secret security clearance, making sure his conflicts of interest are extra bold.”
But as USA Today reported, “Despite reports suggesting the contrary, a transition team official says Donald Trump did not request or begin paperwork to have his children gain top-level security clearance, according to a pool report.”
4. (ABC News) In 2009, ABC News Blatantly Lied About The 1 Million Protesters in Attendance, Reports 60,000
This is a bad one because it was so brazenly false. Glenn Beck’s 9-12 March on Washington DC brought in over a million Tea Party protesters to call for lower taxes and less federal spending.
Clear pictures of the crowds from the tops of Washington DC buildings can be cross-referenced with the USA Today/National Park Service schematic for estimating the turnout at President Obama’s inauguration in January earlier that year. The turnout was undeniably one million plus.
But ABC News not only grossly distorted the turnout to a paltry 60,000, they actually went out of their way to correct a mis-attribution of the more accurate figure to them, wanting to be sure everyone was completely clear that their number was 60,000.
5. (CBS News) 1 Million Disenfranchised Black Voters in The 2000 Election
Less than a month before the 2000 presidential election, echoing an unsourced, unproven claim repeatedad nauseamon the campaign trail by presidential candidate John Kerry, CBS News uncritically passed along the (mis)information from the mouth of Rev. Jesse Jackson:
“‘Black votes have been targeted.’ Jackson asserts. ‘In 2000, 2.1 million votes were disenfranchised, 1 million were black.'”
The following January, with the election tallied and over, it was oddly enough CBS News that challenged the authenticity of its own reporting in an article entitled, “The Florida Myth Spreads“:
“Last Thursday’s challenge by certain congressional Democrats to the certification of the 2004 presidential election was but the latest chapter in the urban legend that began four years ago in Florida.
Back then, activists claimed that dogs and hoses were used to keep black voters from the polls. Claims that thousands of blacks were disenfranchised, harassed, and intimidated from voting ran rampant.The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights conducted a six-month investigation of the charges and found absolutely no evidence of systematic disenfranchisement of black voters.The civil-rights division of the Department of Justice also found no credible evidence that any Floridians were intentionally denied the right to vote.
These findings did little to dispel the myth of massive disenfranchisement.”
Maybe because CBS News itself helped spread the myth three months earlier.
6. (CNN, CBS News, NBC, et al.) TV Networks Call Critical Toss-Up Race in Florida for Al Gore Too Early
In a historically very tight toss-up race in a state with critical electoral votes, the mainstream media’s television networks called Florida too soon for Al Gore in an “embarrassment of major proportions.” Dan Rather was so bold as to make it a guarantee, “If we say somebody’s carried the state, you can take that to the bank. Book it!”
The networks made the call just before 8pm Eastern and were forced to retract their call. By 1:30am the Sunshine State was still too close to call. The earlier pronouncement may have had the effect of chilling votes on either or both sides. The state was eventually carried by George W. Bush.
7. (ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox News, NBC, and MSNBC) TV Networks Falsely Claim The Polls In Florida Are Closed
Remember the election in Florida was extremely close. The number of electoral votes made the state pivotal in the 2000 electoral map. Both campaigns had spent no small fortune to secure those votes.
Anchors on every networked emphasized repeatedly that the polls in Florida would be closed at 7pm Eastern Time. Five anchors made sure to say it more than once: Cokie Roberts on ABC, Brian Williams on MSNBC, Judy Woodruff on CNN, Tom Brokaw on NBC, and Dan Rather on CBS.
Brokaw said, “We want to point out to our viewers that in half an hour, at 7 o’clock Eastern Time, we have a group of critical states that will be closing their polls, including the state of Florida,” following up on that a few minutes later with, “The polls will close in Florida, as we said just a few moments ago, at 7 Eastern Time tonight.”
But the problem with that, and it would be very hard to believe these professional election commentators didn’t know it, was that Florida has two time zones, and the polls in the very reliably Republican panhandle did not close at 7pm Eastern. They closed at 8pm Eastern.
It can’t be interpreted any other way than a deliberate ruse to disenfranchise Republican voters in the Florida panhandle to steal the election for Al Gore, or an industry-wide amateur hour of severe journalistic malpractice.
8. (Washington Post, Miami Herald, Mic, et al.) Sources Falsely Claim Orlando Shooter Used an AR-15 Rifle
In a truly repugnant case of politicizing a terrible tragedy to serve a policy agenda, multiple sources falsely reported that the Orlando nightclub shooter used an AR-15 rifle, a gun heavily targeted by the media and activists for more strict regulation or an outright ban.
An uncorrected article on the Miami Herald still conveys the misinformation: “Orlando shooter’s AR-15: Accurate, lightweight and there are millions.” Another uncorrected article on Mic.com still claims incorrectly that the Orlando shooter used the hated AR-15.
After running a piece incorrectly claiming the shooter used an AR-15, the Washington Post had the journalistic sense to go back and correct the piece, “The gun the Orlando shooter used was a Sig Sauer MCX, not an AR-15,” glibly huffing, “That doesn’t change much.”
9. (Network Television Affiliates) Swing State Television Networks Aired Swift Boat Veterans for Truth’s Blatant Lies About John Kerry’s Service
Facebook and social media aren’t the only places where fake news hoaxers buy ads to swing election results. In one of the most famous political hoaxes in US history, a 527 group was formed by Vietnam Veterans who didn’t even serve with John Kerry in Vietnam to air four television ads claiming that John Kerry’s actions in Vietnam were dishonorable, unreliable, and not befitting someone seeking the office of the US presidency. Their claims and credibility have since been widely debunked.
10. (Daily Mail) UK Newspaper Falsely Claims Donald Trump’s wife, Melania, Worked as an Escort
This week the Daily Mail, prompted by some heavy litigation led by the same lawyer who represented Hulk Hogan in his successful lawsuit against Gawker, has retracted a story in which it printed allegations that Melania Trump worked as an escort in the 1990s. The title of the article, which has now been taken down, was, “Naked photoshoots, and troubling questions about visas that won’t go away: The VERY racy past of Donald Trump’s Slovenian wife.”
11. (New York Times) A National Desk Columnist for The New York Times Made A Career There Out of Faking News
Jayson Blair had a bright career at the New York Times that came to an abrupt end in 2003 when he was investigated for fabricating numerous stories. Keep that in mind when you consider the New York Times’ recent rededication to honesty and fairness.
The last time the newspaper of record had to publish a mea culpa, calling the revelations, “a low point in the 152-year history of the newspaper,” wasn’t enough to keep the paper on track through this election.
The newspaper’s internal investigation found problems with 36 out of the 73 columns Blair had written since transferring to the national desk.
12. (Fox News) Top Fox News Employee Confesses to “Selling” Americans on The Iraq War
Over at Fox News, Laurie Luhn, a top aide to former Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes revealed a lot about the network’s inner workings when she went public with bombshell accusations of sexual abuse by Ailes, who has since resigned in disgrace after multiple other female employees at the news network shared their own similar stories of harassment.
In one expose, it was revealed that Fox News doesn’t live up to its branding as “Fair and Balanced” or other tropes like, “We report, you decide.” Instead, the network had a vested interested in making sure its viewers decided in favor of the 2003 Invasion of Iraq.
Listen to what Luhn said: “I was very proud of the product. I was very proud of how we handled 9/11. Very proud of how we handled the run-up to the Iraq War. My job was to sell the war. I needed to get people on the air that were attractive and articulate and could convey the importance of this campaign. It was a drumbeat.”
Propaganda is just another way to say: fake news.
13. (Washington Post, New York Times, Newsweek, CBS) The CIA Recruited Leading American Journalists to Pass Off Propaganda As News
Sometime read the Wikipedia entry about Operation Mockingbird and marvel that you are on a non-profit encyclopedia’s well-sourced article, not some seedy conspiracy blog.
The details read like something you would expect out of Soviet-era Russia, campaign by the Central Intelligence Agency from the 1950s – 1970s recruiting major journalists from respected news sources to present the agency’s propaganda as news.
It wouldn’t be complete without bribes for journalists and publishers.
14. (Rolling Stone) A Completely Fabricated Story of Campus Rape Is Published In A Catastrophic Failure of Editorial Process
In November 2014, Rolling Stone magazine published an article entitled, “A Rape on Campus,” by Sabrina Erdely about a UVA student who was raped by a group of fraternity members at a party, sending the school and community into shock.
As other journalists and bloggers began to note inconsistencies in the story and improprieties in how it was investigate by Erdely before publication, the entire story unraveled until it was soundly discredited.
Rolling Stone issued a retraction and called on Steve Coll, the Pulitzer Prize-winning dean of America’s most prestigious journalism school to investigate what went wrong. His conclusion was a thorough indictment of the magazine’s practices, issuing a report detailing, “how traditional safeguards broke down at pretty much every level of the editorial process.”
15. (Reuters) Photographer Doctors a Photo of Smoke at The Site of an Israeli Airstrike
In 2006, Reuters published photos of an Israeli airstrike in a suburban neighborhood of Beirut. A skeptical American blogger criticized the photo: “This Reuters photograph shows blatant evidence of manipulation. Notice the repeating patterns in the smoke; this is almost certainly caused by using the Photoshop ‘clone’ tool to add more smoke to the image.”
When interviewed by Ynet News, he said, “This has to cast doubt not only on the photographer who did the alterations, but on Reuters’ entire review process. If they could let such an obvious fake get through to publication, how many more faked or ‘enhanced’ photos have not been caught?”
Reuters investigated and fired the photographer.
16. (The Huffington Post, The Independent, International Business Times et al.) Media Falsely Reports Hit and Run in Brussels as Right-Wing Hate Crime
When a Muslim women was struck and knocked down by a hit and run driver in the Brussels district of Molenbeek, mainstream news sources rushed to call it a hate crime perpetrated by a far right wing activist.
The Huffington Post’s headline was later amended, but the URL still contains the original report of a “far right activist” at work. The Independent also corrected the narrative-driven, knee jerk reporting still evident in their article’s URL. So too, the International Business Times.
As the Independent reports in a correction at the bottom of their article, the hit and run driver was a young Muslim local named Mohamed.
17. (The Guardian) UK Newspaper Publishes Chain Email Hoax Claiming President Bush Has The Lowest IQ of Any President
In 2001 after the election of President George W. Bush, a hoax email began circulating claiming that a study of presidential IQs by the Lovenstein Institute of Scranton, Pennsylvania found that George W. Bush had an IQ of 91, the lowest of any US president, while outgoing President Bill Clinton had the highest at 182.
The study was a fabrication and the Lovenstein Institute doesn’t even exist. Neither do the sociologists quoted in the email. But in a stunning display of the journalistic standards at The Guardian, the fairly obvious chain email hoax was published as news! The paper retracted the story when the Associated Press pointed out their error.
18. (CBS 60 Minutes) Lara Logan Reports Fake News Story About Benghazi, Leading to Her Suspension
In 2013, CBS 60 Minutes aired an “eyewitness” report from a security contractor who turned out not to have been present for the events he claims to have witnessed. The story unraveled when it became evident that his reports didn’t match with what he told the FBI.
The boondoggle was a result of poor standards of journalism. No calls were made to the FBI or State Department to verify the contractor’s statements. The misstep left the Washington Post in shock: “That ’60 Minutes’ suddenly and inexplicably got out of the business of fact-checking boggles the mind.”
Perhaps more damaging, the 60 Minutes report “was flawed in other ways, including Logan making unsourced assertions that Al Qaeda was behind the attack that killed four Americans and controlled a local hospital. It’s still not clear where Logan got this information.” Apparently Senator Lindsey Graham had told Logan it was a “fair thing to say” in his opinion, because there had been a “build-up of Al Qaeda types” in the area.
19. (Washington Post) Pulitzer Prize Awarded To Journalist for Fake Story About an 8 Year Old Heroin Addict
In 1980, as the War on Drugs started by President Richard Nixon raged on, a Washington Post journalist named Janet Cooke published a story entitled, “Jimmy’s World,” about an 8 year old heroin addict.
The piece profiled Jimmy’s travails in tragic detail, noting the “needle marks freckling the baby-smooth skin of his thin brown arms,” and chronicling his aspirations to become a drug dealer. The piece resonated so strongly it led to an all-out police search to find the boy and Cooke was awarded a Pulitzer Prize.
That’s when Cooke admitted the story was a hoax and returned the Pulitzer, the only person to do so in the award’s history.
20. (The Huffington Post) A Photoshopped Receipt With a One Percent Tip From a “One Percent” Banker Makes Headlines
In 2012, with the Occupy Wall Street movement in full force and rage against “the One Percent” angrily fomenting, The Huffington Post could not pass up on publishing what turned out to be a hoax.
A wealthy banker’s underling and dinner companion was so outraged by a nasty tip the boss left a server on a $133.54 ticket, that the disgruntled employee snapped a picture, showing a tip amount of $1.33 with the word “Tip” circled and an arrow pointing to some harsh words: “Get a real job.”
But the image was Photoshopped and the actual credit receipt on file with the restaurant showed a bill of $33.54, not $133.54. The tip was $7.00, slightly more than the customary 20% for good service.
21. (NBC) Nightly News Anchor Brian Williams Lied About an Iraq War Helicopter Incident
In 2003 Dateline NBC headlined a story, “Target Iraq: Helicopter NBC’s Brian Williams Was Riding In Comes Under Fire.” In a 2007 retelling of the story, Williams said, “I looked down the tube of an RPG that had been fired at us, and it hit the chopper in front of us.” By 2013, Williams said, the helicopter he was in had been “hit … and landed very quickly.”
In February of 2015, Williams had to recant the story after criticism from the Chinook crew who said the helicopter Williams was riding in was not hit by an RPG and that he could not have seen the one that was hit ahead of the one he was riding in because it was a half hour ahead of his flight.
Further scrutiny prompted by this revelation found that Williams had told inconsistent stories about a man committing suicide in the New Orleans Super Dome during Katrina, falsely claimed he was at the Brandenburg Gate the night the Berlin Wall came down, and lied about flying into Baghdad with SEAL Team Six.
22. (The Associated Press, Boston Globe, CNN, Fox News) FBI Criticizes Media for False Reports Regarding The Boston Marathon Bombers
In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon Bombings in 2013, with the perpetrators still at large, several news sources falsely reported that an arrest had been made.
The FBI released a statement scolding the media for its inaccurate and premature reporting on a sensitive terrorism investigation still in progress:
“Over the past day and a half, there have been a number of press reports based on information from unofficial sources that has been inaccurate. Since these stories often have unintended consequences, we ask the media, particularly at this early stage of the investigation, to exercise caution and attempt to verify information through appropriate official channels before reporting.”
Judy Muller, who teaches journalism at the University of Southern California, wrote the New York Times to say:
“I fear we have permanently entered the Age of the Retraction. All the lessons of the past — from Richard Jewell to NPR’s announcement of the death of Gabby Giffords to CNN’s erroneous report on the Supreme Court Ruling on ObamaCare — fail to inform the present. The rush to be first has so thoroughly swallowed up the principle of being right and first that it seems a little egg on the face is now deemed worth the risk.”
23. (The Washington Post, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, et al.) Media Spreads Inflammatory Fake News Story About a Police Shooting in Ferguson, MO
In 2014, when a Ferguson, Missouri Police Officer confronted a suspect who matched the description of an assault and robbery that had just taken place at a convenient store, the young man, 18 year old Michael Brown, fought with the Police Officer, Darren Wilson, struggling to wrest his gun away. When Wilson pursued him on foot, Brown turned and charged at him, and Wilson fired several shots into the front of Brown’s body, killing him.
This was a very delicate tragedy with strong racial overtones, and in a rush to support a racially-charged, inflammatory media narrative, journalists enthusiastically spread a fake news story: that Michael Brown had his hands up and yelled “Don’t shoot!” at the time Wilson fatally discharged his firearm. It turned out to be false. Upon investigation by the Federal Justice Department, eyewitnesses changed their stories or admitted they didn’t see the shooting take place.
The eager embrace of this narrative by the media had real world consequences, stoking tensions and anger in Ferguson and leading to looting of local businesses and protests that turned violent. The shooting happened in August 2014. By March 2015, MSNBC anchor and Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart finally offered a mea culpa with a column entitled, “‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot’ Was Based on a Lie.”
24. (The Daily Mirror) Piers Morgan Fired From UK Newspaper for Hoaxing Photos of Iraqi Prisoner Abuse
Before he got his cable television show on CNN, Piers Morgan was the editor of The Daily Mirror, one of the UK’s biggest newspapers, which in 2004, published photos of Iraqi prisoners of war being abused by British Army soldiers from the Queen’s Lancashire Regiment.
Then the picture editor at The Guardian published a point by point analysis of the photos arguing that they looked to be a hoax. When they turned out to be fake news, Piers Morgan was sacked from the publication, not for his editorial slip, but for refusing to apologize for it.
25. (The Entire Mainstream Media) The Worst Fake News of All Is TheTrue News That Hides TheRealNews Under a Barrage of Shiny Trivialities
Despite this short list of some of the mainstream media’s worst fake news stories and narratives, perhaps the worst fake news that the mainstream media is constantly, almost by definition,always and necessarilyproducing, is thetechnicallytrue, but absolutelybanalnews that it saturates public attention with to bury, and hide, and misdirect your attention away from more important, more meaningful, more dangerouslyrelevantstories.
That is a subject for an entire article itself, rather than a couple or three paragraphs, but after publishing a list like the one above, as well-documented and discrediting as it is to the entire establishment of journalism, these errors ofcommissionare the shallow end of a murky pool. The deep end where the industry is drowning its audience is the media’s 24/7, perfectly accurate coverage ofnothing. The fresh air and bright sunshine above the surface of that pool is the important stories the media doesn’t talk about, glosses over, or only makes a token effort at reporting. And that’s why we’re here.
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