Here are three steps we can take to avoid being fooled by fake news.
1. Beware of bias.
Everyone comes to a news report with a set of prior beliefs or opinions.
2. Read with reasonable skepticism.
There are two extremes to avoid: extreme gullibility and extreme skepticism.
3. Dig for truth.
We ought to be concerned with truth—wherever it leads.Sadly, many people are more concerned with being right than believing right
things. Sometimes the truth can be uncomfortable because it bucks up
against our tightly held beliefs.
Weiss, who’s attracted widespread criticism since she joined the paper in 2017, was condemned by many Times colleagues after she wrote a series of tweets last month saying that the newspaper was in the throes of a “civil war … between the (mostly young) wokes the (mostly 40+) liberals.” …
“I’ve been mocked by many people over the past few years for writing about the campus culture wars,” Weiss wrote in her thread. “They told me it was a sideshow. But this was always why it mattered: The people who graduated from those campuses would rise to power inside key institutions and transform them.”
Weiss’ resignation letter makes for interesting reading. Yup, what people have been surmising about what happens in the New York Times was largely correct. Some excerpts:
But the lessons that ought to have followed the election – lessons about the importance of understanding other Americans, the necessity of resisting tribalism, and the centrality of the free exchange of ideas to a democratic society — have not been learned. Instead, a new consensus has emerged in the press, but perhaps especially at this paper: that truth isn’t a process of collective discovery, but an orthodoxy already known to an enlightened few whose job is to inform everyone else.
Twitter is not on the masthead of The New York Times. But Twitter has become its ultimate editor. As the ethics and mores of that platform have become those of the paper, the paper itself has increasingly become a kind of performance space. Stories are chosen and told in a way to satisfy the narrowest of audiences, rather than to allow a curious public to read about the world and then draw their own conclusions. …
Agree with us, or you get the treatment (reminds me of Canberra!):
My own forays into Wrongthink have made me the subject of constant bullying by colleagues who disagree with my views. They have called me a Nazi and a racist; I have learned to brush off comments about how I’m “writing about the Jews again.” Several colleagues perceived to be friendly with me were badgered by coworkers. My work and my character are openly demeaned on company-wide Slack channels where masthead editors regularly weigh in. There, some coworkers insist I need to be rooted out if this company is to be a truly “inclusive” one, while others post ax emojis next to my name. Still other New York Times employees publicly smear me as a liar and a bigot on Twitter with no fear that harassing me will be met with appropriate action. They never are.
There are terms for all of this: unlawful discrimination, hostile work environment, and constructive discharge. I’m no legal expert. But I know that this is wrong. …Showing up for work as a centrist at an American newspaper should not require bravery. …
The most significant newspaper in the world ain’t what it used to be, even three years ago:
Part of me wishes I could say that my experience was unique. But the truth is that intellectual curiosity — let alone risk-taking — is now a liability at The Times. Why edit something challenging to our readers, or write something bold only to go through the numbing process of making it ideologically kosher, when we can assure ourselves of job security (and clicks) by publishing our 4000th op-ed arguing that Donald Trump is a unique danger to the country and the world? And so self-censorship has become the norm.
What rules that remain at The Times are applied with extreme selectivity. If a person’s ideology is in keeping with the new orthodoxy, they and their work remain unscrutinized. Everyone else lives in fear of the digital thunderdome. Online venom is excused so long as it is directed at the proper targets.
Op-eds that would have easily been published just two years ago would now get an editor or a writer in serious trouble, if not fired.
The radicals run the paper as a propaganda outlet:
The paper of record is, more and more, the record of those living in a distant galaxy, one whose concerns are profoundly removed from the lives of most people. This is a galaxy in which, to choose just a few recent examples, the Soviet space program is lauded for its “diversity”; the doxxing of teenagers in the name of justice is condoned; and the worst caste systems in human history includes the United States alongside Nazi Germany. Even now, I am confident that most people at The Times do not hold these views. Yet they are cowed by those who do.
Every now and then, a young person will ask me what advice I have for someone who is thinking about becoming a journalist. My advice: don’t do it. If you are an honest person — whether you’re liberal, conservative, or somewhere in between — you are going to live in constant fear of inadvertently causing a job-ending offense. You will end up a nervous wreck, or you will end up as a conformist drone, or you will end up jobless.
The Times has morphed into an activist rag — refusing to cover “news” unpaletable to their narrative, while ignoring key questions such as whether Jeffrey Epstein’s sex-trafficking ring was “intelligence related.” …
This is the paper in 2016 that couldnt be interested in the story that millions of Americans were likely lying to pollsters about Donald Trump. … The paper that can’t report that it seeks race rioting. …
So what just happened [when Bari resigned]? Let me put it bluntly: What was left of the New York Times just resigned from the New York Times. The Times canceled itself. As a separate Hong Kong exists in name only, the New New York Times and affiliated “news” is now the chief threat to our democracy.
To be accepted in most professional circles in the US, and increasingly in Australia, you must concur with the opinions expressed in the New York Times (which are echoed by the ABC in Australia). Or your career and social acceptability both nosedive.
Those young postmodern bullies at the NYT are leading the West by the nose, down the gurgler. Just as they were indoctrinated, at university.
…A diversity-oriented handout issued by the U.S. Army actually listed President Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan as a possible sign of white supremacist tendencies.
Caitlin Johnstone: Liberals are CRAZY IDIOTS – they pretend to be for truth & morals, then worship John McCain & push Russia hoax12 Jul, 2020 12:25 / Updated 11 hours agoThe virtuous claim by liberals that they stand against injustice and protect the downtrodden is really laid bare for the sham it is whenever they’re questioned about their undue reverence for warmonger John McCain.
It’s a provocation. I freely admit this. But it’s a provocation with a fuse that should not exist, because nobody should object to someone speaking ill of a killer with a body count like McCain’s. And the charge it sets off is just fascinatingly disproportionate to what’s being said.
I mean, check out the hundreds of responses to my latest act of blasphemy, where I said that McCain was a bloodthirsty warmongering psychopath and the world is better off without him. There are liberals on Twitter saying I deserve to die for tweeting this, that there’s a special place in hell for people who say such things, that my parents should have aborted me, that karma is going to get me for this.
They always babble about “karma.” Before I was temporarily banned from Twitter in 2018, after outraged Democrats mass-reported me for comments I’d made about McCain, my Twitter mentions were full of people telling me over and over again that “karma” is going to give me cancer and kill me for saying the world will be better off without a psychopathic facilitator of mass murder.
And I just think that says so much about the way mainstream liberals tend to see the world. “Karma,” in the way Westerners tend to understand the word, would just mean that someone will say a mean thing about me someday, in the same way I said a mean thing about John McCain. That would be an equal and proportionate pushback from karma. Yet that’s not what they’re saying karma will do. They’re saying they believe karma punishing me with death (and, in some cases, hell) would be the appropriate response from the universe for my having uttered sacrilegious words about one of their elite rulers. Because that’s how much more important, valuable and sacred some dead senator is to them than the life of an ordinary person.
Don’t let the facts get in the way of a good Russia-bashing
Liberals are such crazy idiots. They pretend to stand for truth and logic, then spend years promoting the fact-free Trump-Russia collusion narrative. They pretend to stand for social justice, then drop those values the second it becomes politically convenient. They make homophobic jokes about Trump and Putin, call Lindsey Graham “Lady G” for being a closeted gay man, and lecture black political leaders about how black people should think and vote. They pretend to stand for the little guy, then support austerity and war while literally worshipping John McCain.
Just last night on MSNBC, Chris Hayes was talking about Trump’s controversial commuting of Roger Stone’s prison sentence and parroted the completely false and utterly baseless claim that Stone had been a “go-between.”
“Roger Stone was what he looked like: a go-between between the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks, and then he lied about it, which is what he was convicted for,” Hayes said.
This is completely untrue. The only communications between Stone and WikiLeaks prior to the November 2016 presidential election were WikiLeaks telling Stone to stop falsely claiming he was in contact with and had been getting information from the outlet. Stone told the Trump campaign to expect WikiLeaks to publish damning leaks after it was already public knowledge that this was to be expected.
Everyone involved in the story has denied there was ever any back channel to WikiLeaks, and there is no evidence they were lying. Nothing in Stone’s conviction has anything to do with being “a go-between between the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks,” because he wasn’t one.
But Hayes said it like it’s a fact anyway. One of the most popular reporters on the most virulently pro-Democrat network in America told his audience an objectively false thing, will suffer no consequences for doing so, and will probably never even have to issue a correction, because lying about anything even remotely related to Russia is considered normal and acceptable in today’s liberal mainstream media.
Yet this same political faction will lament the “post-truth era” they claim Trump has ushered in.
The great liberal charade
Liberals – or “neoliberals,” “corporate liberals,” “centrists,” or whatever word you think everyone should be using for this ideology that nobody can agree on a label for – are just a fake imitation of the thing that actual leftists are. Leftists actually fight for justice, equality, peace, truth and anti-authoritarianism, while liberals are cheerleading Joe Biden and sociopathic intelligence agencies, and throwing endless inertia on any movement aiming at real change. Leftists are the thing that liberals pretend to be.
And that’s why liberals hate the true left: because leftists are a constant reminder that liberals aren’t what they pretend to be. That they are just conservatives wearing a fake plastic mask of justice and sanity. That their lives are a crude crayon drawing of the values they pretend to espouse, a layer of feel-good narratives and podcasts and Hamilton songs wallpapered over a rapacious omnicidal machine of endless war, ecocide and oppression.
And, of course, that’s not entirely their fault – they’ve been psychologically brutalized into their position by generations of mass-media propaganda. But it’s ultimately everyone’s responsibility to expand their own consciousness so they can be useful to the world. At some point, liberals, you’ve got to wake the hell up.
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USA Today took the bait, publishing a fact-check which was heavily ‘ratio’d’ on Twitter – meaning, more people are slamming the outlet than ‘liking’ or ‘retweeting’ their post.
After their initial tweet came under fire, the outlet issued a lame ‘clarification’ noting “the eagle is a longtime US symbol, too.”
Comment by tonytran2015: Despite claims to the contrary by MSM, Trump’s supporters claim that Trump’s side put more action into this investigation.
…There was little Jeffrey Epstein wouldn’t do to satisfy his lust for young women and girls. It included spending millions of dollars masterminding a worldwide sex-trafficking operation. Countless innocent lives were destroyed. A year ago Epstein was arrested and a month later he died in custody. Investigators though refused to let this scandal go to the grave with him. Instead they shifted their attention to his high-profile friends. One of them is the Queen’s son, Prince Andrew, who continues to dodge requests from the FBI for an interview. But late this week there was a significant breakthrough in the case with the arrest of socialite Ghislaine Maxwell. She’s accused of being Epstein’s right-hand woman and has been charged with multiple child sex offences. As Tara Brown reports, for the first time in a long time, the victims in this wicked saga are feeling relief rather than terror.
Succumbing to vengeance and not knowing who they were dealing with is
evolving into a disaster for the Left, the Democratic Party and the
mainstream media, as Donald Trump, per Sun Tzu, knew who his enemies
were and calmly and unemotionally chose to stand his ground and to
aggressively confront all accusations and those promoting them.
Meanwhile the reporting and investigations undertaken by the alternative
media exposed the myriad of falsehoods and set-ups.
Donald Trump has been vindicated in the Russia matter, the vast
litany of lies and fake news has been dispatched and shown to be false
and the partisan impeachment process will only destroy the candidacy of
For six years, fakes have been one of the permanent tools of the Russian hybrid war against Ukraine, as well as against the fifth president of the country personally, European Solidarity Party leader Petro Poroshenko. Recordings released by member of parliament Andriy Derkach purporting to be conversations of Poroshenko with Russian President Vladimir Putin and former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden have been falsified, the European Solidarity Party has said.
The “conversation” with Putin published by Derkach, a graduate of the KGB Higher School, is from the same series. This is the same roughly mounted, carefully compiled counterfeit, as well as alleged conversations with Biden,” the party said in a statement on Thursday.
The party noted that an eyewitnesses, former French President Francois Hollande, once described how Poroshenko actually negotiated with Putin: “He held himself very dignified and firmly defended his position.” According to the recollections of the French president, “Poroshenko and Putin raised their voices against each other many times, and Poroshenko remained adamant about the sovereignty of his country.”
“The fake conversation with Putin, however, is not the main takeaway from today’s press conference of Derkach and [ex-prosecutor Konstiantyn] Kulyk. They are participants in the Kremlin’s plan to whitewash Putin, relieve Russia of responsibility for aggression and shift it to Ukraine. This is precisely what Kulyk’s appeal is for citizens to file a lawsuit not against Putin, but against Poroshenko is about. Kulyk’s words eloquently correlate with yesterday’s statement by Prosecutor General Venediktova for citizens to make petitions against Poroshenko en mass,” the statement said.
European Solidarity said lawyers serving the “fifth column” in Ukraine last week phoned the internally displaced persons and offered them to file criminal lawsuits against Poroshenko, who was allegedly to blame for their loss of property.
“The Derkach-Kulyk press conference, and the statements of Venediktova, and the provocation of these lawsuits are part of the special operation of Moscow agents to impose a Russian ideology on the alleged civil conflict in Ukraine and put the responsibility of the Ukrainian authorities, personified by Petro Poroshenko. This is the Kremlin’s revenge because Poroshenko, as president and supreme commander in chief, did not allow Putin to realize any strategic goal of the Kremlin in Ukraine,” the party said.
…In January 1983 Rebel Magazine published an article written by Jones,
which is republished in full, with no editing below (except images). The
JFK assassination was one of the biggest events to have ever hit America and Jones assumes that the reader of the time would have known
quite a bit about it. This article makes for fascinating reading whether you believe the official state narrative or alternative theories. Last October, Statista concluded from surveys that 61 percent of Americans believe JFK was not killed by Oswald alone and that others were involved.
Global Research, July 07, 2020
From the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, Tanzania’s President John ‘The Bulldozer’ Magufuli exposed the fraud behind the Covid-19 testing kits and criticized the mass hysteria in regards to the virus. Several mainstream media networks including Bloomberg News led an attack against Magufuli’s actions regarding how his government has responded to the pandemic. Bloomberg News reporter Antony Sguazzin published ‘Africa’s ‘Bulldozer’ Runs Into Covid-19, Claims God on His Side’, the title itself already mocks Magufuli for mentioning God when it comes to Covid-19, but Sguazzin conveniently bypasses what Magufuli actually said in his article and criticizes him to the point of hostility:…
Since Magufuli was elected, he has slashed his own salary from $15,000 a month to $4,000 and reduced his government from 30 to 11
ministries. He also cut excessive government spending in various areas
including foreign travel by government officials and canceling the World’s AIDs Day in Tanzania and decided to use the funds for AIDS
Magufuli also suspended Independence Day in 2015 to declare a national cleanup day to reduce the spread of cholera and to improve the
health system in the country. To increase domestic production, it was reported in 2017 that Tanzania banned exporting unprocessed ores for domestic smelting purposes. Magufuli also amended laws to renegotiate mining contracts or even terminate them if fraud is suspected. It’s apparent that Magufuli is a nationalist. Magufuli has done some bad, but he also has done some good, especially when he exposed Covid-19 testing kits as a fraud. Now the Mainstream media is attacking his policies and what he says concerning the Covid-19 consensus. What angered the West and the mainstream media is not what Magufuli is claiming about God, it
is what he did to prove that the Covid-19 test kits were inaccurate and that’s what Sguazzin forgot to mention.