We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Fake News A US Media Speciality

Click here to access article by Paul Craig Roberts from his website.
The American media specializes in fake news. Indeed, since the Clinton regime the American media has produced nothing but fake news.
Roberts provides a survey of reports on corporate media and finds them riddled with lies to the extent that one could easily conclude that their media only serves a propaganda function to support the profit and power interests of the capitalist ruling class. Still, that makes no difference to many Americans who daily follow news reports in corporate media like they were a drug--actually they do act as a kind of hallucinogenic drug. "Just say no" to drugs by cutting the cord"! After that, do what you can to support reliable news on independent websites.

3 comments:

  1. Hi, Ron,
    For some time now you have championed the concept of what I would describe as a union of online independent journalists.

    I wholeheartedly agree that there is strength in numbers and anyone writing or re-posting content “alternative” to the approved western mainstream is rowing against a strong current designed to capsize, rather than lift, all small boats.

    However, I see major problems with any type of uniting organization, and I’d like to offer what I believe is a simpler, easier, more resilient proposal.

    The problems I foresee with organizing are the same that have plagued unions for two hundred years. First, organizing requires work, leadership, sacrifice, and time. Second, the first things the ruling class does with a new threat to its supremacy are to fund infiltration and co-optation, ending in either turning the organization to its own purposes or thoroughly discrediting or terrorizing it. Either way, the effort required to create the organization ends in its suppression. The ruling class is well acquainted with the means to this end because we would have provided a “body” with a “head” to cut off.

    I propose a hot-linked alphabetical list of “Recommended websites” listed on every alternative site.

    Nature seems to build resilience through redundancy, slight variation, adaptation, and facile replication. The advantages to spreading lists among websites are: no 2 sites will list the exact same list or in the same site location. Little work, leadership, sacrifice or time are required. Contacting webmasters with the concept and a suggested list requires from 5 to 30 minutes on their part to post, depending on their site’s complexity their webmaster’s availability. If it gets hacked and taken down, it’s easily put back. And, it can be posted on every page of the site for that matter or at the end of every article (so it goes out in emails and feeds).

    Yes, different sites will end up with different lists and some of the links may go to sites like The Intercept which are actually msm-controlled sites. But, every site readers go to from any list will have another list of other sites. In effect, it becomes our own underground search engine. Yet, it can’t be killed because it’s not an organization, nothing solid.

    Since lists are labeled differently, e.g. “suggested sites”, and are different in format, location and content from site to site, they must be individually vetted for takedown by the Internet Stasi. Since they link to different sites, one or more of those sites will often be a page like the Internet Resources we offer at TitanicLifeboatAcademy.org, listing scores of sites.

    Lists are easy to put up, more difficult to take down, and easily put back and replicated.

    Discussion?

    Caren

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  2. I'm not sure I understand your alternative proposal. What I am advocating in these posts, Part 2a and Part 2b is a merger of compatible websites the administrators of which see the necessity of providing accurate news to North Americans. They would provide a forum for the best journalists who have demonstrated the highest standards of journalism. Added to this would be political analysts (from the same websites) who have demonstrated an expertise in interpreting news and/or are widely followed in left-wing alternative media.

    Let me cite some descriptions of this type of journalism that I have borrowed from other sources. From Dissident Voice: "The challenge facing any serious journalist is to render quickly unfolding events intelligible to readers, viewers and listeners. A good journalist not only knows how to produce intelligible reporting but ought to be able to appraise the work of others doing the same job." From The Greanville Post: "The search for the truth in any field of study requires objectivity. Objectivity demands that the researcher distrust his own preconceived ideas and take concrete steps to prevent them from predetermining the conclusions of the research [or news report]."

    The process of buiding such an solid alternative media organization would likely happen over a period of time, but ultimately the objective would be to build a well-funded website something like TeleSur, maybe even RT to challenge mainstream media while attracting widespread financial and other support by North Americans. As it is now most of them, especially political analysts, must go to the foreign online organizations to get any kind of exposure.

    As I argued in my "A Revolutionary Model" series of posts, this would no doubt incite reactionary measures by the ruling class to discredit and subvert such an organization which in turn could draw attention to this new alternative media organization in addition to those who are already fed up with questionable news reporting. In other words, the new media organization could likely provide a necessary catalyst to start a process of revolutionary organizing.

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  3. I forgot to respond to your proposal. I don't see how this is much different than what already exists. And I don't see how it could lead to revolution. Surely you don't believe that the ruling capitalist class will ever permit a vote to eliminate their vast holdings of wealth. Only a revolution can accomplish that.

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