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Fake Ads in the Time of Trump


The recent focus on the viability of news stories has overshadowed another method of spreading false political information.

Posted on May 24, 2017 READ MORE
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In Tweet Storm, Trump Warns Comey, Suggests Ending Press Briefings


In a series of Twitter posts early Friday, the president appears to threaten the FBI director he fired and proposes to “cancel all future ‘press briefings’ ” to combat the “Fake Media.”

Posted on May 12, 2017 READ MORE

Former President Obama Has a New Job: Control the Official Narrative of American Exceptionalism


Barack Obama now must protect the ruling class, the empire and his role in maintaining the empire: his legacy.

Posted on Apr 28, 2017 READ MORE

American Imperialism Leads the World Into Dante’s Vision of Hell


This four-part series called “Universal Empire” examines the current stage of the neocon takeover of American policy that began after World War II.

Posted on Apr 24, 2017 READ MORE

Yes, Sweden Is a Paradise Lost—but Not Because of Immigration


In a whirlwind of rumors, Sweden has come to occupy a central role, cast as the innocent, naive, white country in the North that has collapsed because of its own goodness.

Posted on Apr 20, 2017 READ MORE

The Deep State, Explained


America’s Deep State is harder to find than those abroad but could get stronger under Trump.

Posted on Apr 1, 2017 READ MORE

Canary Carnage









Posted on Mar 29, 2017 ENLARGE    

Ted Koppel Tells Sean Hannity He’s ‘Bad for America’

The former “Nightline” journalist has a bone to pick with Hannity (pictured), and he’s not hesitant to do it on the Fox News anchor’s own show.

Posted on Mar 26, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

A Last Chance for Resistance


Unless we act now, Americans will remember 2017 as the year their naive belief in the recovery of democracy died under the heel of despotism.

Posted on Mar 19, 2017 READ MORE

Trump’s Awkward Meeting With German Chancellor Angela Merkel


President Trump slipped up and called the U.S. a “company,” ignored Merkel’s request for a handshake and said a German reporter’s question was based on “fake news.”

Posted on Mar 18, 2017 READ MORE

Frightbart


The view from Steve Bannon’s propaganda site will scare the bejeezus out of you, which is its point.

Posted on Mar 15, 2017 READ MORE

Trump Vilifies Media—Except Outlets That Follow His Narrative


Trump ranted and raved at the press Thursday, but not all the press—for instance, he didn’t attack Breitbart News.

Posted on Feb 17, 2017 READ MORE

Fake News and Donald Trump’s War on Truth


The Trump administration has skillfully turned the notion of fake news on its head and weaponized it against the media.

Posted on Feb 9, 2017 READ MORE

Trump Pauses Fake-News Crusade to Spread Fake News on Kuwaiti Immigration


The president shares an article that claims Kuwait barred people from five Muslim-majority countries. The post—since proved false—remains on Trump’s Facebook page.

Posted on Feb 8, 2017 READ MORE

Will Facebook’s System to Detect Fake News Lead to Censorship?


There’s a difference between muckraking and fake news. Determining the difference is too difficult for a computer, even one with the smartest kind of artificial intelligence.

Posted on Feb 8, 2017 READ MORE

Kellyanne Conway Offers ‘Olive Branch,’ More Spin in CNN Interview With Jake Tapper

Tapper may have taken the president’s counselor to task on Tuesday’s episode of “The Lead,” but consider the (news) source before chalking one up for journalistic integrity.

Posted on Feb 7, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

The ‘Bowling Green Massacre’ That Never Happened


The new administration’s spokespersons are happy to deal in fake news when it promotes the Trump worldview.

Posted on Feb 3, 2017 READ MORE

Discredited Former New York Times Reporter Disregards Her Own Record While Smearing Chelsea Manning


Judith Miller says the whistleblower cost American lives. She’s one to talk.

Posted on Jan 18, 2017 READ MORE

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Posted on Jan 12, 2017 ENLARGE

Fake News and the New McCarthyism


Charges of Russian interference in our election should be investigated but ought not to become an occasion to harass domestic critics of U.S. policy. 

Posted on Dec 22, 2016 READ MORE

‘Fake News’ in America: Homegrown, and Far From New


For decades, the media have been dominated by manufactured reports. This skillful manipulation of information erased the lines between fact and opinion and gave rise to the demagogue who will sit in the Oval Office.

Posted on Dec 18, 2016 READ MORE

Investigation Into ‘PropOrNot Blacklist Case’ Finds Shoddy Methods and an Ominous Potential


The shadowy group PropOrNot has accused Truthdig and more than 200 other websites of being conduits for Russian propaganda, and a Washington Post article gave those allegations wide exposure. Veteran reporter Bill Boyarsky delves into the matter. 

Posted on Dec 15, 2016 READ MORE

Glenn Greenwald: MSNBC Intelligence Analyst Perpetuated ‘Fake News’ to Discredit WikiLeaks


Greenwald writes that the network disputed the Podesta emails based on false information from a Hillary Clinton supporter.

Posted on Dec 9, 2016 READ MORE

White Supremacy, U.S. Exceptionalism and Capitalist Dogma Are All ‘Fake News’


The greater the contrast between the official narrative and unfolding reality, the more intense the regime’s crisis of legitimacy becomes.

Posted on Dec 8, 2016 READ MORE

Bernie Sanders Urges Students to Demand That Progressive Voices Be Heard

In light of recent stories claiming that fake news rigged the election, the former Democratic presidential candidate encourages using the internet as a means to “get good information out to people.”

Posted on Dec 7, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

American Alarm Over Supposed Russian Propaganda Is ‘Only the Old Panic in a New Guise’


Jack Shafer of Politico Magazine explores the history of propaganda in the United States and explains why it is crucial that Americans remember that it “has always been with us and always will be.”

Posted on Dec 7, 2016 READ MORE

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Posted on Dec 6, 2016 ENLARGE    

Truthdiggers of the Week: Journalists Who Ripped Washington Post, PropOrNot for McCarthyite Hogwash


Many reporters rallied around Truthdig and other news sites that were erroneously tarred as pro-Russian propagandists by a dubious blacklist that had been given undeserved credence by the Post.

Posted on Dec 3, 2016 READ MORE

How Rupert Murdoch and Fox Created the Fake News Industry


The majority of “news” items reported on Fox apparently can’t stand up to dispassionate inquiry.

Posted on Dec 2, 2016 READ MORE

Who’s Really to Blame for Fake News


Look in the mirror, America.

Posted on Dec 1, 2016 READ MORE

Why Corporate-Owned News Is ‘the Biggest Fake News That Helped Elect Trump’

The Real News Network’s Paul Jay sits down with journalist Abby Martin to discuss Donald Trump’s Cabinet, Jill Stein’s recount effort and why mainstream media conflates “against-the-grain” investigative journalism with Russian propaganda.

Posted on Nov 30, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Bad Faith Comes From More Than One Corner


Defeat has many parents, and buck-passing cannot be the national pastime.

Posted on Nov 22, 2016 READ MORE

Website Spreads Doctored Video to Pin 2015 Fatal Beating on Current Post-Election Protesters


On Saturday, a false report was posted online. It was based on footage of a beating that took place in North Philadelphia last year, and it was altered to give the impression that the event had just happened—and that anti-Trump demonstrators were the perpetrators.

Posted on Nov 12, 2016 READ MORE

Breitbart Site Duped by Fake Paul Krugman Bankruptcy Story


Screenshot via Media Matters

A Breitbart.com editor fell hook, line and sinker for a satirical story that claimed economist Krugman had filed for personal bankruptcy after accumulating more than $7 million in debt. The New York Times columnist took to his blog to respond to the hoax Monday.

Posted on Mar 11, 2013 READ MORE

American Dream Declared Dead

In case you didn’t notice, the American dream is officially dead, and The Onion News Network has the footage to prove it. Watch aghast as one small-business owner runs out of steam after a particularly complacency-inducing session in front of the tube.

Posted on Apr 21, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN

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