Tuesday, March 6, 2018


Every pretense of objectivity gone, the media are now openly hostile to anything right of center. The press is no longer the fourth estate. It  is in open warfare with the democratically elected administration of President Trump. The current cohort of established media types do not observe and analyse; they build straw men and engage in projection!

UPDATE: In their quest to make the news rather than reporting it, the media yesterday entered the realm of the absurd. CNN went to Thailand to meet a jailed 'sex coach' who's willing to spill the conspiracy beans for an American visa. CNN can’t possibly sink any lower, this has to be rock bottom:

⏩ The New Yorker has a very lengthy 15,000 word puff piece that seeks to rehabilitate British former spy Christopher Steele written by reporter @JaneMayerNYer who was briefed by Fusion GPS on Steele's dossier before the election. She asserts the Kremlin intervened to block Trump’s initial choice for Secretary of State, Mitt Romney. Based on blackmail, she is essentially claiming that Trump is a sleeper agent for Putin. As if Trump was ever going to appoint Mittens! Moreover the sanctions on Ukraine are still in place. So why has Putin not outed the Trumpster?

⏩ And last but not least a marginal figure who left the Trump campaign before Donald and Melania had dscended down the escalator in Trump Tower, was more prolific on the networks than Susan Rice after the Benghazi debacle. CNN put on the air a likely drunk guest, Sam Nunberg who is also on antidepressants, hoping to get statements from him they could use for their narratives and to keep the "Trump colluded with Russia"story alive for a few more news cycles.

Feb. 16, 2018


Feb. 13, 2018 How Real Is Fake News? | Sharyl Attkisson | TEDxUniversityofNevada. (More)

Confusing legitimate opinion with propaganda, liberal journalist-activists blogging on "First Draft" coined the label "Fake News" in order to go after Conservative media. Attkissson traces it back to Sept. 13, 2016 and a coordinated effort of Google's CEO Eric Schmidt, the Clinton campaign and David Brock's Media Matters backed by George Soros. But it didn't stop there. From thereon is was taken up by European leaders -- Angela Merkel and others -- who connected "Fake News" to the Russian disinformation campaign after the second Ukrainian revolution. That made it a matter of national security! Prompted by Barack Obama, Merkel weaponized the term against alternative media. And it is presently used all over Europe as an excuse to pass censoring laws to curtail the free flow of information on the Internet, particularly the social media. Unintended consequences maybe? Or maybe not. Now watch out for a new torpedo labeled, "media literacy".
In a Tedx Talk at the University of Nevada a couple of weeks ago (...) investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson revealed the origins of the "fake news" narrative that was aggressively pushed by the liberal media and Democrat politicians during the 2016 election, and how it was later flipped by President Donald Trump. (...) she noticed that in 2016, there seemed to be a concerted effort by the MSM to focus America's attention on the idea of "fake news" in conservative media. That looked like a propaganda effort to Attkisson, so she did a little digging and traced the new spin to a little non-profit called "First Draft," which, she said, "appears to be the about the first to use 'fake news' in its modern context." "On September 13, 2016, First Draft announced a partnership to tackle malicious hoaxes and fake news reports," Attkisson explained. "The goal was supposedly to separate wheat from chaff, to prevent unproven conspiracy talk from figuring prominently in internet searches. To relegate today's version of the alien baby story to a special internet oblivion." She noted that a month later, then-President Obama chimed in. (More)

Jan. 27, 2018


Suzie Dawson @Suzi3D, leader of the Internet Party of New Zealand (website) has ripped the "investigation" by Dutch media De Volkskrant and Nieuwsuur to shreds. Cyber security being not our particular field of expertise, we pass it without further ado. Here's the Reddit posting which includes a list of msm outlets pushing the fake news story.
It was breathlessly announced today by that pillar of independent news sources, US intelligence contractor Eric Garland, that the Dutch possess incontrovertible proof that Russia indeed hacked the US election. (...) let's dissect the story itself, and see why it is completely ludicrous for anyone to take what is being claimed at face value. (More)

Jan. 26, 2018


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A Dutch media investigation based on anonymous sources in the Dutch Intel Agency AIVD is claiming to have "proved" the Russians influenced the US Presidential election. Eh, no. Not at all. The story is relating that a Russians hackers group hacked into the State Department, the Obama White House and the DNC. WikiLeaks and Julian Assange have always maintained the DNC wasn't hacked at all, but leaked, possibly by Bernie Bro Seth Rich (Live Blog). The DNC server wasn't inspected by the FBI, but by the Democrats' private contractor, Crowdstrike. The hacking of the US institutions is the extent of the Dutch story. There is no indication at all that accounts for the media's claim that Russian hackers "influenced the election". This was also the conclusion of American investigation. The influence is ascribed to dis and mis information stories in de media (called Fake News) and a cheap, very limited ad campaign on Google. Facebook just said this week said its ads were "insignificant" (source). What all this entails, and why this story is breaking now, is anyone's guess (read the Thread Reader for more). The Dutch Government wants more surveillance powers for its intelligence services and sees an opportunity to soften up public opinion (PomoNieuws article).
It's the summer of 2014. A hacker from the Dutch intelligence agency AIVD has penetrated the computer network of a university building next to the Red Square in Moscow, oblivious to the implications. One year later, from the AIVD headquarters in Zoetermeer, he and his colleagues witness Russian hackers launching an attack on the Democratic Party in the United States. The AIVD hackers had not infiltrated just any building; they were in the computer network of the infamous Russian hacker group Cozy Bear. And unbeknownst to the Russians, they could see everything. That's how the AIVD becomes witness to the Russian hackers harassing and penetrating the leaders of the Democratic Party, transferring thousands of emails and documents. It won't be the last time they alert their American counterparts. And yet, it will be months before the United States realize what this warning means: that with these hacks the Russians have interfered with the American elections. And the AIVD hackers have seen it happening before their very eyes. (More

⏩Some have posed the question what the Dutch intelligence agency was doing going after the Russians. Tweep @wakeywakey16 is offering an explanation: MH17, a Malaysia Airways passenger jet from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur downed in 2014 over Ukraine, allegedly by Russian rebels, with the aid of their masters in the Kremlin (Wiki).

Jan. 7, 2018


Fire and fury on the Sunday morning talk shows as President Trump is returning from his cabinet meeting at Camp David to the White House. You be the judge how Stephen Miller handled the interview that Jake Tapper cut short on Fake News CNN. In the meantime CIA Director Mike Pompeo destroyed Fire and Fury on FoxNews. Dershowitz has been ripping the latest developments by Democrats and the media to roll out psychiatrists foisting diagnosis on the President's mental health in violation of the Goldwater rule that prohibits medical verdict without proper personal examination. It's extremely dangerous and puts the Soviet Union to shame.

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