Dying Mainstream Media Monopoly Desperately Attempts to Discredit Independent News Sources as “Fake”

I originally posted the following information and commentary onto my Facebook wall…

Portion of "False, misleading, clickbait-y and satirical 'news' sources" list, compiled by Melissa Zimdars, an assistant professor of communication at Merrimack College in Massachusetts

Portion of “False, Misleading, Clickbait-y and Satirical ‘news’ sources” list, compiled by Melissa Zimdars, an assistant professor of communication at Merrimack College in Massachusetts

Want to Keep Fake News Out of Your Newsfeed? College Professor Creates List of Sites to Avoid:
http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/trailguide/la-na-trailguide-updates-want-to-keep-fake-news-out-of-your-1479260297-htmlstory.html

(Jessica Roy) During the election, many people fell prey to fake news stories on social media — even the president-elect ended up retweeting fake statistics. A professor of communication has created a list of unreliable news sites to help people do better.

Melissa Zimdars, an assistant professor of communication at Merrimack College in Massachusetts, put together a publicly available Google doc cataloging “False, misleading, clickbait-y and satirical ‘news’ sources.” It’s been making the rounds on social media as people seek to cleanse their newsfeeds of misinformation.

(Read entire article here…)

My Commentary: The Mainstream Media Monopoly has continuously, fraudulently pushed the government’s pro-war narrative, while systematically covering up the harsher realities of these conflicts they promote, for decades, now! (I will provide many examples of this, below…)

But, apparently, the public is supposed to be so very clueless about these puppets and shills as to surrender any semblance of critical thinking and personal responsibility, and accept whatever they and their “experts” label as “fake news.” Ha! This is really just more proof that independent news sources are WINNING the battle for truth, and that the mainstream media is not only losing more credibility than ever, but also getting extremely desperate in their efforts to keep their disinfo-wars and psy-ops against the public raging! This is no surprise, though!

Gallup Poll Finds American Trust in Corporate Media at All-Time Low (Sept. 2014):
http://theantimedia.org/gallup-poll-finds-american-trust-in-corporate-media-at-all-time-low/

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Meanwhile, as the L.A. Times ironically shares their article under the misleading, “click-bait-y” headline, “fake news,” and provides little to no evidence of either of these claims, while also inaccurately headlining the list’s author a “college professor,” all in a display of very poor journalism, Melissa Zimdars, who is actually an *assistant* professor of communication at Merrimack College in Massachusetts, and created this google list of sites, originally labelled it, “False, Misleading, Clickbait-y, and/or Satirical ‘News’ Sources.”

And, within her list, Zimdars originally admitted, “not all of these sources are always or inherently problematic, neither are all of them fake or false… They should be considered in conjunction with other news/info sources due to their tendency to rely on clickbait headlines or Facebook descriptions, etc.” She has since amended her words to the much more simple and clear statement, “not all of the sources listed below should be considered fake.”

She also wrote, “some sources not yet included in this list (although their practices at times may qualify them for addition), such as The Daily Kos, The Huffington Post, and Fox News, vacillate between providing important, legitimate, problematic, and/or hyperbolic news coverage, requiring readers and viewers to verify and contextualize information with other sources.” Go figure!

In Zimdars’ “update 3,” she wrote, “some people are asking which news sources I trust, and all I can say is that I read/watch/listen very widely, from mainstream, corporate owned sources (The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes) as well as The Atlantic, National Public Radio, and various local and alternative sources with different political perspectives, some of which are included on this list.” So, it seems that she not only uses her list merely in a skeptical capacity, to more carefully scrutinizes those articles that come from sources she lists, but that she apparently trusts some of the sources that I’m about to list, with evidence, as being unreliable when reporting about WAR – and, sometimes, even when reporting on police criminality, government spying, whistle-blowers, and even elections, too)!

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Now, for the proof of my previous indictments against the mainstream media monopoly. Here’s some important information about the American government’s cozy relationship them:

US Government Spent Over $500m on Fake Al-Qaeda Propaganda Videos that Tracked Location of Viewers (Oct. 2016) :
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/us-government-pentagon-fake-al-qaeda-propganda-videos-a7348371.html

The CIA’S Mop-Up Man: L.A. Times Reporter Cleared Stories With Agency Before Publication (Sept. 2014):
https://theintercept.com/2014/09/04/former-l-times-reporter-cleared-stories-cia-publication/

Who Pays the Pro-War Pundits? Conflicts of Interest Exposed for TV Guests Backing Military Action (Sept. 2014):
http://m.democracynow.org/stories/14645

9/11 & Iraq Revisited: Remembering How We Were Lied Into War (Sept. 2014):
https://www.antiwar.com/blog/2014/09/19/911-iraq-revisited-remembering-how-we-were-lied-into-war/

Legendary Reporter and Documentarian, John Pilgner, Discusses War by Media and Triumph of Propaganda (June 2014):
http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/opinion/columnists/john-pilger-war-by-media-and-the-triumph-of-propaganda-30803378.html

US Repeals Propaganda Ban, Spreads Government-Made News to Americans (July 2013):
http://foreignpolicy.com/2013/07/14/u-s-repeals-propaganda-ban-spreads-government-made-news-to-americans/

US Government-Funded Domestic Propaganda Has Officially Hit The Airwaves (July 2013):
http://www.businessinsider.com/us-domestic-propaganda-officially-aired-2013-7

Politico and the Washington Post Have Become Virtual “Escort Services” for Moneyed [Political] Elites (July 2009):
http://www.alternet.org/story/141361/politico_and_the_washington_post_have_become_virtual_%22escort_services%22_for_moneyed_elites

Pentagon Hired Contractor to Vet War Reporters (Aug. 2008):
http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2009/08/pentagon-hired-contractor-to-vet-war-reporters

Behind TV [War] Analysts, Pentagon’s Hidden Hand (April 2008):
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/20/us/20generals.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

How the Spooks Took Over the News (Feb. 2008):
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/media/how-the-spooks-took-over-the-news-780672.html

Pentagon Boosts ‘Media War’ Unit (Oct. 2006):
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6100906.stm

Bush “Planted Fake News Stories on American TV” (May 2006):
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/bush-planted-fake-news-stories-on-american-tv-480172.html

Subverting the Press with Propaganda on the Rise (Jan. 2006):
http://articles.latimes.com/2005/jan/16/entertainment/ca-shaw16

US Plans to ‘Fight the Net’ Revealed, Including “Influencing Public Opinion through New Media” (Jan. 2006):
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4655196.stm

Under Bush, a New Age of [Government-Created] Prepackaged TV News Aired (March 2005):
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/03/13/politics/under-bush-a-new-age-of-prepackaged-tv-news.html

Pentagon Plans Propaganda War, Using “Black Propaganda” [False Information] (Feb. 2002):
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/1830500.stm

Why Were Government Propaganda Experts Working On News At CNN? (March 2000):
http://fair.org/take-action/action-alerts/why-were-government-propaganda-experts-working-on-news-at-cnn/

Former Newsweek and AP Reporter, Robert Parry, States that President Reagan and CIA Enacted Propaganda Campaign to Rally Public Support of Contra Rebels, Worked with Rupert Murdoch:
https://consortiumnews.com/2014/12/28/the-victory-of-perception-management/

Watergate Reporter, Carl Bernstein, Reports “More Than 400 American Journalists” In “Past 25 Years Have Secretly Carried Out Assignments for CIA According to Documents on File at CIA Headquarters” (Oct. 1977):
http://carlbernstein.com/magazine_cia_and_media.php
(Originally published in Rolling Stones Magazine)

During Senate Committee Hearings, CIA Admits Using News To Manipulate the USA During Vietnam War (1975):

CIA Paid Writers and Artists for Propaganda War Against the Soviet Union:
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/01/23/the-cia-and-the-culture-war/?_r=0

In 1952, American Government’s “Operation Mockingbird” Employed Journalists to Create Propaganda for CIA:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Mockingbird
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And, here’s JUST A FEW examples of the lamestream media’s pro-war “journalism”:

New York Times Admits it Pushed Fabricated Evidence About Iraq, Syria and Ukraine (April 2014):
http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/04/u-s-government-new-york-times-admit-lied-ukraine-russia.html

BBC News Uses “Iraq Photo to Illustrate Syrian Massacre” (May 2012):
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/9293620/BBC-News-uses-Iraq-photo-to-illustrate-Syrian-massacre.html

In The Long Run, Wars Make Us Safer and Richer (April 2014):
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/in-the-long-run-wars-make-us-safer-and-richer/2014/04/25/a4207660-c965-11e3-a75e-463587891b57_story.html?tid=pm_pop

Kuwaiti Incubator Story, Regurgitated by Media to Push America into 1991 War in Iraq Exposed as HOAX (1991 Incident):
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nayirah_(testimony)
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Even a brutal foreign regime is able to pay our mainstream media to make fake war-time news, and cover up the facts:

Whistle-Blower Amber Lyon Busts CNN Creation of “Infomercials for Dictators” (Oct. 2012):

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Meanwhile, the American governments is engaging in a secret war against ACTUAL journalists and whistle-blowers:

CNN Says it’s Illegal to “Possess” Wikileaks Clinton Emails Because They’re “Stolen,” But Different for Media, Who Can Tell You What Correspondences Contain (Oct. 16):

Secret Rules Make it Pretty Easy for the FBI to Spy on Journalists (June 2016):
https://theintercept.com/2016/06/30/secret-rules-make-it-pretty-easy-for-the-fbi-to-spy-on-journalists/

New York Times Reporter, James Risen, Says Obama Administration is Greatest Enemy of Press Freedom (Feb. 2015):
http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2015/02/risen-obama-administration-is-greatest-enemy-of-press-freedom-202707

Misinformation Campaign Targets USA TODAY Reporter, as Well as an Editor (Apr. 2012):
http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/story/2012-04-19/vanden-brook-locker-propaganda/54419654/1

Secret Document Reveals DHS Lied About Tracking [Journalism On] Social Media (Feb. 2012):
http://www.rawstory.com/2012/02/secret-documents-reveal-dhs-lied-about-tracking-social-media/

Homeland Security Given Green Light to Monitor American Journalists (Jan. 2012):
https://www.yahoo.com/news/homeland-security-given-green-light-monitor-american-journalists-072933420.html?ref=gs

Ex-Spy Alleges Bush White House Sought to Discredit Critic (June 2011):
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/16/us/politics/16cole.html?_r=2&src=tptw
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Also, remember these so-called “conspiracy theories” the mainstream media tried to cover up, but were later, forced to admit to, under the extreme threat of losing all credibility? Yeah… about that…

CIA’s Final Report: No WMD Found in Iraq (April 2005):
http://www.nbcnews.com/id/7634313/ns/world_news-mideast_n_africa/t/cias-final-report-no-wmd-found-iraq/

U.S. Recruited Nazis More Than [NY Times] Thought, Latest Declassified Papers Show (Dec. 2010):
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/12/us/12holocaust.html?_r=1

Documents Shed Light on C.I.A.’s Use of Ex-Nazis (June 2006):
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/06/washington/06cnd-nazi.html?_r=1

Now the Truth Emerges: How the US Fueled the Rise of ISIS in Syria and Iraq (June 2015):
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jun/03/us-isis-syria-iraq?CMP=share_btn_fb

Government Agents “Directly Involved” in Most High-Profile US Terror Plots (July 2014):
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/21/government-agents-directly-involved-us-terror-plots-report

Terrorist Plots Helped Along by the FBI (April 2012):
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/29/opinion/sunday/terrorist-plots-helped-along-by-the-fbi.html?pagewanted=all
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The mainstream media absolutely failed to report on Wall Street’s ties to the tax-funded NYPD’s spy center, which, of all things targeted “Occupy Wall Street”…

Wall Street’s Secret Spy Center, Run for the 1% by NYPD, Mainstream Media Almost Silent:
http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/02/06/wall-streets-secret-spy-center-run-for-the-1-by-nypd/
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The mainstream media also works to cover up police criminality, too…

Mainstream Media Camera Dutifully Zooms Out When Police Begin Mercilessly Beating Surrendering, Non-Combative “Suspect” on Live Television (Oct. 2016):
http://acidrayn.com/2016/10/09/mainstream-media-camera-dutifully-zooms-out-when-police-begin-mercilessly-beating-surrendering-non-combative-suspect-on-live-television/

Five Times Media Has Smeared Victims of Police Murder (Aug. 2015):
http://www.alternet.org/media/5-times-media-has-smeared-black-victims-police-killings-michael-brown

Police Murder of Car Accident Victim, Fouad Kady:
Multiple Media Sources Repeat Erroneous, Unsubstantiated Talking Points, “Thought Had a Gun,” “Was [He] on Drugs?” (Sept. 2005):

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And, newscasters also regularly regurgitate mindless scripts…

Once Again, Conan O’Brien Exposes the Mainstream Media All Reading from the Same Exact Script (Dec. 2013):

Scripted Media Talking Point Compilation (May 2013):

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Let us not forget some of the mainstream media’s many bizarre hit pieces, either..

Organic “Has No Health Benefits” (July 2009):
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8174482.stm

Sorry Media, but Toilet Seat Liners Are NOT Pointless! (June 2014)
http://acidrayn.com/2014/06/19/sorry-media-but-toilet-seat-liners-are-not-pointless/

CPAC 2011 Footage Exposes Fox News Propaganda Against Anti-War Presidential Candidate, Ron Paul:

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Speaking of skewed election coverage… Right before the 2016 Presidential elections, the American public was completely inundated with the claim that Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, was going to enjoy a very easy win against Republican candidate, Donald Trump:

Hillary Clinton Will Win by a Landslide Against Donald Trump (Oct. 2016):
http://observer.com/2016/06/hillary-clinton-will-win-by-a-landslide-against-donald-trump/

Key Model Predicts Big Election Win for Clinton (Nov. 2016):
http://money.cnn.com/2016/11/01/news/economy/hillary-clinton-win-forecast-moodys-analytics/

Scientist Predicts 99% Chance of Clinton win:
http://www.msnbc.com/the-last-word/watch/scientist-predicts-99-chance-of-clinton-win-801634371744

Emerson College Polling Predicts Clinton Wins By LandslideEmerson College Polling Predicts Clinton Wins By Landslide (Nov. 2016):
http://townhall.com/tipsheet/leahbarkoukis/2016/11/07/emerson-college-polling-predicts-clinton-wins-by-landslide-n2242543

Hillary Clinton Has an 85% Chance to Win (Nov. 2016):
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/upshot/presidential-polls-forecast.html

How Did [the Media] Get [Their Election Predictions for Hillary] So Wrong (Nov. 2016)?
http://www.politico.com/story/2016/11/how-did-everyone-get-2016-wrong-presidential-election-231036

"My face when the media puts out a 'bad list' of news sites, but they cite no sources & give no examples to back up their claims, which is the very definition of bad journalism."

“My face when the media puts out a ‘bad list’ of news sites, but they cite no sources & give no examples to back up their claims, which is the very definition of bad journalism.”
(Artwork originally located here, upon the Facebook page, “The Free Thought Project“)

"The mainstream media has been caughtlying to protect the governmentlying about their sources' credentialslying to start foreign warsand lying to start domestic warsBut, please tell me more about how bad"fake news" on the internet is

“The mainstream media has been caught
lying to protect the government
lying about their sources’ credentials
lying to start foreign wars
and lying to start domestic wars
But, please tell me more about how bad
“fake news” on the internet is”
(Artwork originally located here)

"The people will believe what the media tells them they believe." - George Orwell(Artwork originally located here, upon the Facebook page, "Murica Today")

“The people will believe what the media tells them they believe.” – George Orwell
(Artwork originally located here, upon the Facebook page, “Free Talk Live“)

“Media Consolidation: the Illusion of Choice Media has never been more consolidated. 6 media giants now control a staggering 90% of what we read, watch, or listen to. In 1983, 905 of American media was owned by 50 companies. In 2011, the same 90% is controlled by six companies. These six companies are: GE, News-Corp, Disney, Viacom, Time Warner, CBS”(Artwork originally located here, upon the Facebook page, "Telling the Mainstream Media it’s Full of Crap")

“Media Consolidation: the Illusion of Choice
Media has never been more consolidated. 6 media giants now control a staggering 90% of what we read, watch, or listen to.
In 1983, 905 of American media was owned by 50 companies. In 2011, the same 90% is controlled by six companies.
These six companies are: GE, News-Corp, Disney, Viacom, Time Warner, CBS”
(Artwork originally located here, upon the Facebook page, “Telling the Mainstream Media it’s Full of Crap“)

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2 Responses to Dying Mainstream Media Monopoly Desperately Attempts to Discredit Independent News Sources as “Fake”

  1. Pingback: The Mainstream Media Monopoly is Officially Losing it’s Death-Grip Over the Mind of the Public – AcidRayn.com

  2. len Clark says:

    Thank you for sharing this I am sharing it immediately on my Facebook wall and Twitter… It is good to know that I am not the only one who hears fear and jealousy in the mainstream media when they use the words “fake news” to try and discredit and delegitimize alternative news reports the truth.
    Leonard Clark,
    11-19-16

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