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11.10.2018 - 05:43 [ Max Blumenthal / Twitter ]

Today I spoke to a longtime friend of Guardian “reporter” Carl David Goette-Luciak who worked with him in Nicaragua. He told me what it was like “inhabiting the role of a foreign agent of imperialism” and slammed the @guardiannews’s “conflict of interest”

(3.10.2018)

01.10.2018 - 16:23 [ Boing Boing ]

UK Tories created a secret anti-Corbyn Twitter army, which promptly attacked Theresa May

Messages leaked to Buzzfeed reveal the bizarre story of the „Tory First Battalion,“ a secret Twitter group formed to capitalise on the smear that the Labour party was anti-Semitic by coordinating and amplifying anti-Corbyn messages.

29.09.2018 - 11:03 [ Mediareform.org.uk ]

Labour, Antisemitism and the News: A disinformation paradigm

The Media Reform Coalition has conducted in-depth research on the controversy surrounding antisemitism in the Labour Party, focusing on media coverage of the crisis during the summer of 2018. Following extensive case study research, we identified myriad in accuracies and distortions in online and television news including marked skews in sourcing, omission of essential context or right of reply, misquotation, and false assertions made either by journalists themselves or sources whose contentious claims were neither challenged nor countered. Overall, our findings were consistent with a disinformation paradigm.

04.09.2018 - 07:20 [ Times of Israel ]

AG decries attacks on media, in veiled criticism of Netanyahu

Speaking at a conference organized by Hadashot TV news, Mandelblit said, “A free press is an essential component of a democratic society and it is of utmost importance to protect and guard it.”

He added that the role of the media was similar to that of the police and law enforcement.

30.08.2018 - 08:53 [ Lee Camp [Redacted] / Twitter ]

The latest censorship efforts on Facebook, YouTube, etc are also designed to stop the next Bernie Sanders-esque candidate. In 2016 Sanders got nearly zero coverage from corporate media. Now who’s deciding which Facebook posts are legit? Corporate media.

(23.8.2018)

30.08.2018 - 08:51 [ Techcrunch.com ]

Google, Facebook, Twitter chiefs called back to Senate Intelligence Committee

Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey and Facebook chief operations officer Sheryl Sandberg will testify in an open hearing at the Senate Intelligence Committee next week, the committee’s chairman has confirmed.

Larry Page, chief executive of Google parent company Alphabet, was also invited but has not confirmed his attendance, a committee spokesperson confirmed to TechCrunch.

25.08.2018 - 12:37 [ israelnationalnews.com ]

Netanyahu: media corruption case is dead in the water

(17.8.2018) Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was questioned in his home today (Friday) by police investigators, regarding an alleged tit-for-tat between himself and media mogul Shaul Alovich, who served as Communications Ministry Director under Netanyahu.

Netanyahu is now convinced that the case – known as Case 4000 – „has collapsed for good,“ according to sources close to him.

25.08.2018 - 12:33 [ Haaretz ]

$162K in Confiscated Jewelry Returned to Telecom Tycoon Embroiled in Netanyahu Corruption Scandal

(5.8.2018) Supreme Court Justice Isaac Amit on Sunday ordered police to return jewelry worth 600,000 shekels ($162,200) to Shaul and Iris Elovitch because it was seized without a court order.

The jewels were confiscated during the investigation of Case 4000 (the Bezeq bribery case). Amit said that taking the jewelry without a court order was illegal, thereby overturning rulings by the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s and District courts, and contrary to the state’s position.

30.07.2018 - 09:45 [ New York Times ]

Trump to Invite Putin to Washington, Blindsiding His Intelligence Chief

(19.7.2018) President Trump plans to invite President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia to visit Washington in the fall, the White House said Thursday — an invitation that stunned the nation’s top intelligence official, who said he was still groping for details of what the two leaders had discussed in their encounter this week in Helsinki, Finland.

“Say that again,” the director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, replied when Andrea Mitchell of NBC broke the news while interviewing him at a security conference in Aspen, Colo.

28.07.2018 - 14:58 [ ABC.net.au ]

Donald Trump could be ready to order a strike against Iran, Australian Government figures say

Senior figures in the Turnbull Government have told the ABC they believe the United States is prepared to bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities, perhaps as early as next month, and that Australia is poised to help identify possible targets.

27.07.2018 - 09:25 [ Real Clear Politics ]

Trump: „Don’t Believe The Crap You See From These People On Fake News“

„I mean, I saw a piece on NBC today. NBC — not just CNN. CNN is the worst. But I saw a piece on NBC; it was heart-throbbing. They were interviewing people — they probably go through 20, and then they pick the one that sounds like the worst. But they went through a group of people. In fact, I wanted to say, “I got to do something about this Trump.”

Terrible.

And that piece was done by the lobbyists and by the people that they hire. It was a total setup.“

25.07.2018 - 14:53 [ Yonhap ]

Probe team raids military unit over martial law allegations

The probe team is seeking to verify who directed the DSC to devise the martial law plans and if the unit really had an intention to put them into action.

The unclassified version of the DSC document included steps to hold sway over media, parliament and the spy agency under martial law. These steps were heavily criticized as a potential threat to the country’s democracy.

18.07.2018 - 01:17 [ Trend.az ]

Egypt targets social media with new law

The bill prohibits the establishment of websites without obtaining a license from the Supreme Council and allows it to suspend or block existing websites, or impose fines on editors.

The law, which takes effect after it is ratified by Sisi, also states that journalists can only film in places that are not prohibited, but does not explain further.

16.07.2018 - 20:07 [ Techdirt ]

Everything That’s Wrong With Social Media Companies and Big Tech Platforms, Part 3

I’ve written two installments in this series (part 1 is here and part 2 is here). And while I could probably turn itemizing complaints about social-media companies into a perpetual gig somewhere — because there’s always going to be new material — I think it’s best to list only just a few more for now. After that, we ought to step back and weigh what reforms or other social responses we really need. The first six classes of complaints are detailed in Parts 1 and 2, so we begin here in Part 3 with Complaint Number 7.

14.07.2018 - 14:07 [ Haaretz / googleusercontent.com ]

Gaza Flare-up: Netanyahu Resists Pressure for War, but Flames Getting Higher

However, the prime minister had to make it look like something was being done, in light of the fires that keep raging in Israeli border communities. The media and right-wing critics have already pushed Netanyahu into a military operation he didn’t want in the Gaza Strip, twice: Operation Pillar of Defense (2012) and Operation Protective Edge (2014). This time, he looked better prepared to stand firm in the breach, but not to take responsibility.

14.07.2018 - 12:18 [ Wikipedia ]

Megaphone desktop tool

The tool has received a wide range of reactions, from praise to criticism. Amir Gissin, head of the Public Affairs Department of the Israeli Foreign Ministry, praised the tool,[citation needed] noting its efficacy during the Adnan Hajj photographs controversy in obtaining an admission from the Reuters news agency that a photograph by Adnan Hajj had been improperly edited with photo editing software. The tool has similarly been praised by a number of pro-Israel organizations[citation needed] for helping to fight what they perceive to be anti-Israel media bias. At the same time, it has been criticized by Independent Television News, and others for stuffing the ballot of online polls, generating excessive comments and ’spam‘ on internet message boards, and stifling online discussion and what is seen by some as a mass, participatory form of propaganda.

09.07.2018 - 01:11 [ RINF ]

Interim OPCW Report on Alleged April 7th Gas Attack in Syria

On Friday July 6th, the Organization for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which is tasked to determine whether there was a gas or other chemical attack on April 7th in Douma Syria (and which alleged occurrence the U.S., French and British forces launched 105 missiles into Syria to punish on April 13th), issued its interim report, and this report states that no conclusive evidence has yet been concluded to confirm that such an attack occurred. Here is the complete main portion of this interim report:(source)

03.07.2018 - 07:40 [ MintPress News ]

Saudi-Led Coalition Ministers of Information Meeting Probes Ways to Block Critical Coverage of Yemen War

Aside from a coalition-imposed moratorium on foreign journalists entering Yemen, a recent report by the Yemeni Media Union highlights a great deal of coalition activity aimed at controlling the narrative surrounding the unpopular war, including: “five cases of cloning ‘tv’ channels, 22 cases of destruction of ‘media’ facilities, 30 cases of targeting radio and television broadcasting centers, seven cases of suspension from broadcasting on Arabsat and Nilesat, and seven cases of blocking and disturbing channels.”

24.06.2018 - 07:38 [ New York Post ]

North Korea erasing most anti-US propaganda

“All the anti-American posters I usually see around Kim Il-sung Square and at shops, they’ve all just gone,” Rowan Beard, a tour manager at Young Pioneer Tours, told Reuters. “In five years working in North Korea, I’ve never seen them completely disappear before.”

14.06.2018 - 11:48 [ GlobalTimes.cn ]

American media fail to grasp full picture of Trump-Kim summit

North Korea and China do support if South Korea and the US end their military drills, however, should the US be upset only because Pyongyang and Beijing are happy? Negotiation is about finding biggest common ground instead of imposing conditions on others through tricks and intimidation.

Tensions on the Korean Peninsula have never been lower. North Korea has suspended its nuclear and missile tests, scrapped its nuclear test site, and repeatedly promised to work for complete denuclearization. Back to the second half of 2017, when there were the most serious tensions and hostilities between the two countries, the US society wouldn’t believe today’s progress possible. How can the US „lose“ when there are so many visible achievements?

07.06.2018 - 11:22 [ Rodong Sinmun ]

Steadfast Stand of DPRK to Build Nuclear-free World

The whole process of dismantling the northern nuclear test ground well showed the steadfast stand of the DPRK government to join in the international desire and efforts to build a nuclear-free world.

The DPRK government will make steady efforts to have close contacts and dialogue with neighboring countries and the international community in the future, too, in order to defend peace and stability of the Korean peninsula and the world.

04.06.2018 - 14:41 [ Times of Israel ]

US envoy to reporters: ‘Keep your mouths shut’ on criticizing Israel over Gaza

“It would seem to me that in a journalistic environment where nine out of ten articles that are written about the Gaza conflict are critical of Israel, you’d think that some journalists would take the time and go and meet with experts and try to understand what could have been done differently or better before they criticize. And I just haven’t seen it,” Friedman said at a media conference in Jerusalem.

21.05.2018 - 14:22 [ James Petras / GlobalResearch.ca ]

An Empire Built on Fear at Home and Abroad. War Fever is Everywhere

Political leaders and the mass media deluge the public with a constant stream of frightening incidents caused by the enemy-of-the-week: nerve gas killing dozens of little babies in Syria, Russian-directed poison assassination attempts in England and terror incidents throughout Europe, requiring an increase in domestic police state surveillance and spying. Extensively monitored bank records, intrusive workplace controls, and all personal and, especially, political communications, are in the hands of state security officials or corporate security contractors.

Hundreds of prosecuting attorneys look forward to career-enhancing investigations in perpetuity, tracking the complex networks of extended personal and family links, including long forgotten acquaintances and the contents of casual conversations. Everyone may be subject to interrogations without warrant or explanation. And the ‘media’ cheers on the process.

Political trials and convictions in court and the media are rampant. Social, work-place and academic self censorship and blacklisting of dissident voices have become pervasive and accepted.

Elections and appointments are rigged by corporate and special interests to favor the most bellicose ideologues who manufacture the pretexts for war.

Political intimidation, trade wars and sanctions run amok .

19.05.2018 - 21:33 [ New York Times ]

Trump Jr. and Other Aides Met With Gulf Emissary Offering Help to Win Election

There were concerns inside the company, Psy-Group, about the plan’s legality, according to one person familiar with the effort. The company, whose motto is “shape reality,” consulted an American law firm, and was told that it would be illegal if any non-Americans were involved in the effort.

Mr. Zamel, the founder of Psy-Group and one of its owners, has been questioned about the August 2016 meeting by investigators for the special counsel, and at least two F.B.I. agents working on the inquiry have traveled to Israel to interview employees of the company who worked on the proposal.

19.05.2018 - 21:31 [ Haaretz ]

Mueller Investigators Questioned Witnesses in Israel and Seized Computers, Report Says

The report, citing four sources, said that a company linked to Zamel, Psy-Group, was working on an online manipulation campaign that involved usage thousands of fake social media accounts to help Trump get elected. The report, Zamel himself was questioned by Mueller’s investigators and at least two FBI agents were sent to Israel to interview the company’s employees. Mueller’s team also worked with the Israel Police to seize computers of one of Zamel’s firms. The New York Times notes that there were concerns inside the company about the plan’s legality, since U.S. law prohibits non-Americans from being involved in the election.

11.05.2018 - 15:31 [ Noa Landau / Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Meets Confidant Sheldon Adelson, Owner of Newspaper at Center of Corruption Probe Against Him, in N.Y. Event

(8.5.2018) The premier warmly shares his appreciation for Adelson, the owner of the paper he allegedly tried to use in a quid-pro-quo exchange seeking better media coverage, while investigations continue in Israel

07.05.2018 - 09:25 [ Washington Post ]

Giuliani pleased with his media tour: ‘Everybody’s reacting to us now’

“I’ll give you the conclusion: We all feel pretty good that we’ve got everything kind of straightened out and we’re setting the agenda,” Giuliani, the former New York mayor who recently joined Trump’s legal team, said in an interview with The Washington Post.

04.05.2018 - 09:05 [ Washington Post ]

Analysts: Giuliani’s media blitz gives investigators new leads, new evidence

Rudolph W. Giuliani’s media blitz to convince the public that neither Donald Trump nor his lawyer had violated the law by paying a porn star to keep quiet about an alleged affair might have backfired, giving investigators new leads to chase and new evidence of potential crimes, legal analysts said.

12.04.2018 - 04:31 [ Jeff Cohen / Common Dreams ]

Do U.S. Oligarchs Exist? Not in Mainstream Media

But to get a more accurate and complete view of the workings of the U.S. political system (aka “U.S. oligarchy”), I have a suggestion: Disconnect from MSNBC, CNN, Fox and other corporate news sources and turn instead to high-quality, independent progressive media.

06.04.2018 - 13:17 [ CJ Hopkins, Berlin / Counterpunch ]

Then They Came for the Globalists

(23.3.2018) Fortunately, the lexicography experts in the corporate media and the Anti-Defamation League cleared that up for me earlier this month. According to these experts, words like “globalist” and “globalism” don’t really mean anything. They are simply Nazi code words for “the Jews.” There is actually no such thing as “globalism,” or “global capitalism,” or “transnational capitalism,” or “supranational quasi-governmental entities” like the International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organization, the European Commission, and the European Central Bank … or, OK, sure, there are such entities, but there is no legitimate reason to discuss them, or write about them, or even casually mention them, and anyone who does is definitely a Nazi.

02.04.2018 - 14:07 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Watching on as Islamist fighters are evacuated from war-torn Eastern Ghouta

(29.3.2018) That fearful footage we had seen on social media, night after night, circulated around the world on television news, genuine film, to be sure but – while containing the suffering civilians, the wounded children, the real civilian corpses – never showed us the men who held weapons and machine guns and mortars and who fired back into eastern Damascus and who were now parading before us, a dozen at a time, to leave the towns and villages they had helped to destroy. Were the anonymous cameramen of this hell forbidden to show its defenders? And if so, why did they not say so? And why did we not say so?