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Privatize the CBC

Quick, What’s the Fourth Estate? Bet you didn’t know. No fair peeking at Google. Ok, ok, I’ll tell you. The fourth estate consists of newspapers, radio and television stations and other such mass media. Why pray tell are these institutions considered the Fourth Estate? Are there any other “estates?” If so, there ought to be three others. What are they? The first estate is the executive branch of government; it sees to it that the rules are obeyed, the country...

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US Journalism’s New “Golden Age”?

The Washington Post and other big media are hailing a new journalistic “golden age” as they punish President Trump for disparaging them, but is this media bias a sign of good journalism or itself a scandal, asks Robert Parry, via ConsotriumNews.com... The mainstream U.S. media is congratulating itself on its courageous defiance of President Trump and its hard-hitting condemnations of Russia, but the press seems to have forgotten that its proper role within the U.S. democratic structure is not...

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Sergey Lavrov Says US Media Reminds Him of Soviet Union’s “Pravda”

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had a few choice words for the U.S. media during a press conference in Cyprus a few days after the NYT and WaPo unleashed a pair of dubiously sourced accusations about what was said between President Trump and the minister during a meeting in the Oval Office. As Russia Insider reports: “I sometimes get the impression that many U.S. media outlets work according to a principle which was common in the Soviet Union. Back then, people used to joke that the...

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Populism In Our Time – “The Status Quo Is The Fundamental Problem”

Authored by Paul Brodsky via Macro-Allocation.com, “Be even more suspicious…of all those who employ the term we or us without your permission. This is another form of surreptitious conscription, designed to suggest that we are all agreed on our interests and identity.”- Christopher Hitchens Merriam-Webster defines populist as “a believer in the rights, wisdom and virtues of the common people”, and when the word is capitalized: “a member of a U.S. political party formed in 1891 primarily to...

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Confessions Of A Fake News Reporter

Submitted by Douglas Herman via Strike-The-Root.com, “A lie can travel half way around the world while truth is still putting on its shoes.”  ~ Mark Twain I write for those so-called “fake news” websites. You know the ones: the 200 odd deplorable websites, the ones Hillary, the Pope and Michael Moore have attacked as threatening to destroy World Peace, Democracy, Facebook and the Mainstream Media (MSM). I only write for a handful of them, sad to say, although I’ve been linked to scores more....

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Dave Collum’s 2016 Year In Review – “And Then Things Got Really Weird…”

Submitted by Dave Collum via PeakProsperity, A downloadable pdf of the full article is available here, for those who prefer to do their power-reading offline. Background: The Author “The easiest thing to do on earth is not write.” ~William Goldman, novelist I never would have believed it—not in a million years—but it happened: the Cubs won the World Series, and The Donald is our new president. Every December, I write a Year in Review1 that’s first posted on Chris Martenson’s & Adam...

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On A Personal Note…

With raw newsflow in the financial, political, economic and geopolitical realms hurtling ever faster - scrambling toward some yet unknown climax - facilitated by a world that has never been more interconnected, and where the noise to signal ratio (especially over the past few months courtesy of certain... events) has hit unprecedented levels, sometimes we get so focused on trying to share our own, unique (we hope) vision and take on things, that we lose connection, and direct...

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When It Comes To Fake News, The U.S. Government Is The Biggest Culprit

Submitted by John Whitehead via The Rutherford Institute, “We Americans are the ultimate innocents. We are forever desperate to believe that this time the government is telling us the truth.”—Former New York Times reporter Sydney Schanberg Let’s talk about fake news stories, shall we? There’s the garden variety fake news that is not really “news” so much as it is titillating, tabloid-worthy material peddled by anyone with a Twitter account, a Facebook page and an active imagination. These...

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Remember When The Media Sold Us The Iraq WMD Lies? It’s Happening Again

Submitted by Alice Salles via TheAntiMedia.org, Months before President George W. Bush’s speech on September 11, 2002, the New York Times reported at the time, White House officials confirmed the Bush administration had already been “[planning its Iraq strategy] long before President Bush’s vacation in Texas” in August of that same year. The strategy was to persuade the public and Congress that the United States and its allies should confront the “threat from...

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Americans’ Trust In Mass Media Plunges To Record Low

Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog, In yesterday’s post, The Death of Mainstream Media, I noted: At the end of the day, I have concluded that my focus on Hillary as of late (vs. Trump) has as much to with my disgust for the mainstream media as anything else. To see these organs, which have destroyed this country by keeping the people uninformed for decades, now rally around a sickly, corrupt, oligarch coddling politician as the empire enters the...

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