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« Reply #900 on: May 16, 2019, 10:24:25 AM »
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‘Cultural schizophrenia’: Media shift to feelings over facts tearing US apart
Published time: 16 May, 201

 Over the past several decades, US news media have shifted towards advocacy and emotional appeals, according to a RAND Corporation study. This is sowing discord in American society, award-winning journalist Chris Hedges tells RT.

The study, released by RAND earlier this week, cautiously argues that between 1987 and 2017, news content has shifted from event- and context-based reporting to coverage that is “more subjective, relies more heavily on argumentation and advocacy, and includes more emotional appeals.”

While prime-time cable news shows and online journalism lead the way in this shift, it has been noticed in print journalism as well, the government-funded think tank concluded. This is contributing to what RAND termed “Truth Decay,” described as a shift away from facts and analysis in public discourse.

“Cable news networks – CNN, MSNBC, Fox – have given up on journalism,”
Hedges told RT, commenting on the RAND report. “They replaced it with reality-show news programs centered around [US President] Donald Trump and his tweets and the Russiagate. There has been a complete walking away from journalism.”

The award-winning international correspondent for several major newspapers who now hosts On Contact, a weekly interview show on RT America, Hedges argued that the deterioration of the American media landscape is “far worse” than the RAND report suggests.

“Commercial structure that created the old media is gone and it has eviscerated journalism within the country, because it is not sustainable. We saw it with the collapse of the classified advertising, which was 40 percent of the newspapers’ revenues. It is not sustainable economically anymore,”
Hedges said.

Meanwhile, the internet media has created a “free-for-all space, where people are ghettoized into [groups] with particular belief systems or conspiracy theories they happen to have embraced or support.”

It is difficult to tell apart facts and opinion now, and people believe whatever they want to believe, Hedges explained.

“We spent years watching CNN and MSNBC promoting this conspiracy theory that Trump was a Kremlin agent… It was all garbage but it attracted viewers.”


“It creates cultural schizophrenia,” Hedges said, [...] are happening in the US right now, as “right-wing media are demonizing Bernie Sanders and Barack Obama by comparing them to Hitler and the left-wing media label all Trump supporters as racists and deplorables.”

“It all creates societal fragmentation and discord,” Hedges told RT. "These schisms could lead to civil unrest – that is what happens here."
https://www.rt.com/usa/459448-rand-media-bias-hedges/


A good example? The BS stories pushed right here about Douma, the OPCW reports, & unprofessional Alt-Loonies like Bellingcat!


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News in a Digital Age
Comparing the Presentation of News Information over Time and Across Media Platforms
by Jennifer Kavanagh, William Marcellino, Jonathan S. Blake, Shawn Smith, Steven Davenport, Mahlet G. Tebeka
https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR2960.html

Surely no one with an IQ above 80 is surprised by any of this?

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« Reply #901 on: May 17, 2019, 03:35:16 AM »
'Calling Bullshit': The College Class On How Not To Be Duped By the News 
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/apr/16/calling-bullshit-college-class-news-information

Calling Bullshit: Data Reasoning in a Digital World, designed and co-taught by the University of Washington professors Jevin West and Carl Bergstrom, begins with a premise so obvious we barely lend it the attention it deserves: “Our world is saturated with bullshit.” And so, every week for 12 weeks, the professors expose “one specific facet of bullshit”, doing so in the explicit spirit of resistance. “This is,” they explain, “our attempt to fight back.”

... These lectures were recorded using multiple cameras and edited to form a video series. We have divided up every lecture into a set of a shorter segments; each segment should more or less stand alone on its own merits. The full playlist of all course videos is available on the UW Information School's YouTube channel.

Complete lecture series
https://callingbullshit.org/videos.html


Lecture 1: An Introduction to Bullshit   
“There are three classes of people: those who see. Those who see when they are shown. Those who do not see.” ― Leonardo da Vinci

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« Reply #902 on: May 30, 2019, 11:04:30 AM »
Mind boggling bad!

ABC News spent more time on royal baby in one week than on climate crisis in one year
Link >> https://www.mediamatters.org/blog/2019/05/21/ABC-News-spent-more-time-on-royal-baby-in-one-week-than-on-climate-crisis-in-one-year/223759

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« Reply #903 on: May 31, 2019, 09:26:42 AM »
"the winners of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize awards gathered for a lunchtime ceremony Tuesday with one conspicuous absence: Yemeni journalist Maad al-Zekri, who was barred from entering the United States to receive his prize "

"uncovered torture at secret prisons run by the United Arab Emirates in southern Yemen"

https://www.democracynow.org/2019/5/30/headlines/yemeni_journalist_denied_visa_to_come_to_us_to_receive_pulitzer_prize


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« Reply #904 on: May 31, 2019, 09:33:18 AM »
*speechless*

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« Reply #905 on: June 02, 2019, 11:46:23 AM »
Fox News Has Boomers Thinking Some Wild Stuff


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« Reply #906 on: June 07, 2019, 02:43:16 PM »
NOT THE ONION!

Hannity Says It’s ‘Despicable’ to Call for Political Opponents to Be ‘Locked Up’


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Re: The Media: Examples of Good AND Bad Journalism
« Reply #907 on: June 07, 2019, 02:45:24 PM »
It's a big club and you ain't in it. The incestuous relationships between journalists and the powerful:

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« Reply #908 on: June 10, 2019, 04:28:20 PM »
Do nonfiction books count as media? Which ones on AGW would you recommend?
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« Reply #909 on: June 10, 2019, 05:18:18 PM »
Do nonfiction books count as media? Which ones on AGW would you recommend?

Spencer Weart's 'The Discovery of Global Warming', which put an end to any doubts I had about AGW. But that's not really what this topic is about. It's about good vs bad journalism.
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« Reply #910 on: June 10, 2019, 06:19:42 PM »
Well, Spencer Weart also published in media. In a broad sense, he is also a journalist. ;)

https://history.aip.org/history/climate/Weart-Bibliog.htm

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« Reply #911 on: June 10, 2019, 07:08:46 PM »
There was a thread on good books specifically.

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« Reply #912 on: June 10, 2019, 08:37:06 PM »
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« Reply #913 on: June 11, 2019, 11:15:58 PM »
Scheer interviews Sjursen at Scheer Intelligence: "blood is very specifically on our hands."

“What I saw happen to the Iraqi people [haunted me more] than what happened to my soldiers,”

" forget about fighting the war poorly; we shouldn’t be fighting this war at all."

"The war in Afghanistan, while fought under different pretenses, was no less brutal or foolish than the Iraq War"

" any chance of victory in Afghanistan was over the minute–and this only took weeks—the minute after we switched from a counterterrorism strategy"

" I’d like to think that I was always bold on active duty, but the reality is that I was censoring myself. "

"my own innocence as someone who was, you know, naive enough to believe not only that the Iraq War might be valuable and necessary, but also that the military was just ultimately a force for good in the world. "

"such a collective, national innocence that borders on insanity"

"I don’t even think we understand the scale of what a disaster we’ve created"

"they all told me that life was better under Saddam. "

"Trump is not such an anomaly. He is a man for his times. "

"the question is not whether we’re an empire; it’s how do you like your imperialism?"

"very little changed on the ground for those of us carrying water for the empire, whether we had George W. Bush or Barack Obama or even Donald Trump."

" many of us, like myself, were naive enough to believe that when a Democrat won—and I liked Obama at the time—that it would change."

"Barack Obama’s surge in Afghanistan was equally as brutal and equally as wasteful as George W. Bush’s ... you can be sure that under Donald Trump, or Hillary Clinton, if she had won, it’ll be largely the same."

Read the whole thing. Sjursen was there.

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/all-americans-have-blood-on-their-hands/

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« Reply #914 on: June 12, 2019, 01:27:25 AM »
Formal request for Assange extradition:

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/11/assa-j11.html

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« Reply #915 on: June 15, 2019, 03:45:54 PM »
Some more bad journalism, looking for a 'Russian troll' that wasn't Russian after all:

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« Reply #916 on: June 22, 2019, 10:29:30 AM »
Wolin was pessimistic: blasts from the pasts, 2003, 2015. He dead now.





Many hours. Worth it. Watch the questions too in 2003.

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« Reply #917 on: June 23, 2019, 09:47:04 AM »
Mcleod interviews Chomsky on the media and it's discontents:

"And we asked a simple question, that anyone who believes in free markets would ask at once: Do the structure of the producer, of the market, and the links to other power structures, does that affect the media content? That is the propaganda model."

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/noam-chomsky-the-real-election-meddling-isnt-coming-from-russia/

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« Reply #918 on: June 23, 2019, 10:10:38 AM »
America, listen to this man Chomsky!

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« Reply #919 on: June 23, 2019, 09:40:24 PM »
Trump been very very good for the media: Taibbi on Trump's free ride

"Trump’s brand of taunt-and-sneer campaigning, which is basically indistinguishable from pro wrestling, makes bank. The networks love it and once admitted to this. "

https://taibbi.substack.com/p/remember-the-billions-of-free-coverage

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« Reply #920 on: June 24, 2019, 03:38:36 AM »
Meteorologists Discuss How to Warn the Public about Extreme Weather   
https://www.cjr.org/covering_climate_now/american-meteorological-society-conference.php

Columbia Journalism Review:

... When it comes to weather, there is no universal understanding of cautionary language, and no single standard for alerting TV viewers—a fact that should raise more concern than it does.
Some people believe the term “voluntary evacuation” means there is no risk. One TV station’s weather colors may differ from a competitor’s. “In my market, the channel across town is using different colors for different watches and warnings,” Bri Eggers, meteorologist at KTVB in Boise, Idaho, told CJR. For people watching multiple stations, she says, “that’s going to cause a lot of confusion.” A 30-percent chance of rain means different things to different people. “Does that mean 30 percent of the day?” Eggers offered as an example. “Thirty percent of the area?”

... Some conference attendees mentioned Joe Crain, a meteorologist who was recently fired from his Sinclair-owned station in Springfield, Illinois, for criticizing station management’s weather alerts. Crain told viewers on-air that his station’s “Code Red” weather alerts were a mandatory measure from the station’s owner, which Crain saw as out-of-step with the National Weather Service’s standards. (In a recent column, Baltimore Sun’s David Zurawik likened “Code Red” problems to crying wolf.)

An alert “needs to be something from a meteorologist,” ... “You can’t just have this be something issued from management.

... Some meteorologists discussed how social media has made their jobs more difficult. “There is a lot of bad information tossed around,” Dice said. He’s dealt with fake weather reports and what he calls “basement meteorologists,” people who “post raw model data that gets everybody stirred up. So we put out a lot of fires because of that information.” ...

“There are three classes of people: those who see. Those who see when they are shown. Those who do not see.” ― Leonardo da Vinci

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« Reply #921 on: June 29, 2019, 08:23:22 AM »
Herzog on killing voices:

" Every two weeks, the world loses a language. Out of approximately 7,000 languages spoken on earth today, at least half will have fallen silent by the end of this century. "

" a mass extinction. By definition, it occurs in silence, since silence is the very form of this extinction."

"I have just used an oblique form and passive voice to avoid naming the culprits, the agencies responsible for this extinction, for I am well trained in the thinking patterns that power structures have always dictated ... Never point at them unless you wish to be punished. "

"if you name the power and those who own it for what they do—you’ll be disappeared, killed, or, more effectively, ridiculed"

"We do their dirty work for them—against each other"

"Edward Bernays, Walter Lippmann, Frank Luntz, to name just a few, various think tanks, culture wars, and media wars, all bankrolled by the people who own the world’s wealth, have created a massive, highly controlled network of perceptions and trigger points in all of us individually and en masse"

"These networks of messaging and perceptions can be deployed only in the dominant languages of the dominant powers ... The disempowered have always known that there is this linguistic limitation of power, and thus new languages are constantly being born and dying in prisons and ghettos."

"Power ... has obliterated these other languages as much as it could, either by simple genocide or by squeezing other cultures out, absorbing them and vanishing them, sometimes intentionally, mostly, as a by-product of conquest, cultural absorption, or domination ... Nowadays, this is done by a technological spread of communications in dominant languages and a near vacuum in the cultural and media production of minority languages. No room is left in societies for them. No room is left in the minds."

"There’s really no such thing as ‘the voiceless.’ There are only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard."

"minority cultures are not susceptible to the modern means of political control ... they are either soft-armed into adopting those structures or else … they get profoundly marginalized and are allowed to disappear."

"Who is to blame? My answer is simple: it is us. And somewhere, between our obliviousness to others and our own inevitable oblivion, rest the scales of some brutal justice."

Read the whole thing: Really, is worth it

https://www.lenaherzog.com/moma-silencio-talk

Here she is with Scheer at scheer intelligence:

"this extinction is no accident. Rather, it is the outcome of a human history in which concentrated hegemonic powers required the erasure of any form of communication that precluded their understanding and, crucially, their control."

"Humanity is losing the knowledge, the variety of worldviews, and the cosmologies that indigenous communities have for centuries encoded in these languages and cultures. Let there be no doubt: This is a mass extinction,”

"if you tune out their language … you’re denying that they had a history. If you deny they had a history, you’re denying their humanity. If you deny their humanity, you can imprison them, you can kill them, you can drown them—it doesn’t matter, because they are not significant."

"in country after country, the dominant culture tries to wipe out the language"

"there’s something inherently subversive or threatening about these different languages, because they define life differently ...  it’s not an accident that these languages get crushed"

"you have a cultural imperialism that seems like it’s not engineered and mindless, but has all the power of massive armies to change people, to deny any rebellion they might have, to convince them that they’re happy being dominated"

" even the Old Testament, what’s the first sentence there? “In the beginning was the Word.” But what is the second sentence? “And the Word was with God.” ... a very radical notion that before the world was the Word ... the second sentence is introducing hierarchy. It’s introducing authority, immediately. So empires have always done that, and they’ve always took specific care that they were in charge of stories."

"One of the things that was done to the slave population was to strip it of the protection of language, and strip it of any connection with Africa."

"its essential mechanism of freedom is to be able to define the language you want to use, express yourself in your own language, and state power that wants to control completely has to own language. That was the message of Orwell, of Huxley: the ultimate power requires controlling language"

"what happens when language disappears? You know, what takes its place? And it’s really a scary, solitary world when you can’t communicate "

"Rosetta Stone is a piece of granite with three scripts in Egyptian hieroglyphs, in demotic, and in Greek. What is it? ... what is the monument to? It’s essentially a monument to an extinction of languages, the extinction that is of a profound cultural nature. Because it needed translation. There were very few Egyptian priests that could understand the hieroglyphs anymore, because that was already an extinct language. So they had to be translated into also a language that was demotic, and then the language of power, which was Greek ... if we want to have some kind of record of the variousness, actually, of our human mind ... we are not monolithic. That our human creativity has all these various ways to be."

"I sometimes see this kind of blanking out by people who really would rather not hear anything of what goes on in the places where they go to bomb, where they go to conquer, or of the people that they silence. "

"if we’re not aware of it, the beauty of the language, the complexity, or if we get angry because we can’t immediately understand it, we doom ourselves to ignorance "

"We have become provincial"

" they contain an inconvenient truth. They force us to see the limits of our own culture, our own arrogance."

"we are actually wired to want to know others; as much as we are brainwashed to deny them by power structures, actually, in us, we have also a very profound communal sense. And we want to know what the world is made up of, and other voices"

" it’s a fatally boring construction, actually, the idea of melting us all into one. It’s a denial of what makes life worth living, which is alternatives, and differences, and different perceptions "

"when we’re so narrow, when we block it out. Whether we do it institutionally, we do it through our mega-cultural, massive, you know, cultural enterprises, and commercialized culture. But we become tone-deaf "

Read and listen:

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/the-mass-extinction-no-one-is-talking-about/

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« Reply #923 on: July 06, 2019, 08:28:22 AM »
Amazing Compilation Exposes Soulless Charlatans At Fox News w/ Their Own Words


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« Reply #924 on: July 08, 2019, 10:08:34 AM »
Anti-Bernie bias still there, after everything that has happened so far:

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« Reply #925 on: July 08, 2019, 11:06:50 AM »
ooops. didn't follow the first rule of doubt
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Re: The Media: Examples of Good AND Bad Journalism
« Reply #926 on: July 08, 2019, 11:30:23 AM »
Did you post in the wrong thread?
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« Reply #927 on: July 08, 2019, 06:37:53 PM »
moved...thanks
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« Reply #928 on: July 08, 2019, 10:28:42 PM »
“There are three classes of people: those who see. Those who see when they are shown. Those who do not see.” ― Leonardo da Vinci

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« Reply #929 on: July 08, 2019, 10:58:02 PM »
‘Psychological fear’: MIT scientists of Chinese origin protest toxic US climate

Did you post in the wrong thread?
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« Reply #930 on: July 09, 2019, 05:26:10 AM »
It would appear so...my bad.
It's late .. I'll look in the morning.

Thanks

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« Reply #931 on: July 10, 2019, 10:31:37 AM »
The state of Washington Post "fact-checking"


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« Reply #932 on: July 10, 2019, 07:59:47 PM »
The state of Washington Post "fact-checking"



yeah and where we live kids are disposed to the "KITAS" mostly at the age of 3 years, more time to be brainwashed and parents have to pay for it.

not been at the pool yet LOL bad had a BIG coffe

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« Reply #933 on: July 17, 2019, 10:04:19 PM »
Petrusich interviews Wendell Berry:

"The integration of the various animals and crops into a relatively small acreage becomes a formal problem that is just as interesting and just as demanding as the arrangement of the parts of a novel. You’ve got to decide what comes first, and then you work your way to the revelation of what comes last. But the parts also have to be ordered. And if they’re ordered properly on a farm, something even more miraculous than most art happens: you have sustainability. Each thing supports the whole thing."

"Since the election, liberal commentators have made “rural America” a term of denigration, the same as “boondocks” and “nowhere.” It is noticed now, by people who never noticed it before, only because of its support for Donald Trump. Rural America could have supported Trump, these people conclude, only because it is full of bigoted “non-college” white people who hate everybody but themselves. These liberals apparently don’t know that, with their consent, urban America has been freely plundering rural America of agricultural products since about the middle of the last century—and of coal for half a century longer. Conservation groups have accepted this abuse of non-wilderness land about as readily as the corporate shareholders. Benson gave permission to urban America to accept that industrial technology could solve all the problems of food production. And so urban America could just forget about rural America. What a relief! "

"People who are hopeless will do irrational things. And these people wanted to make a disturbance in the hopes that the disturbance would bring forth something better. They were hoping for the wrong things, but also they were being ignored."

" ...  the Amish have taken “love thy neighbor as thyself,” Jesus’s second law, as an economic imperative. If you love your neighbors you mustn’t replace them with machinery. There’s another limit. And the Amish don’t limit neighborliness to themselves."

"People speak of “the environment.” They don’t know what they’re talking about. “The environment” refers to no place in particular. We’re alive only in some place in particular."

" “The environment,” as we call it, is intimately with us. We’re in it. It’s in us. But also we are it, and it is us."

"Once you accept that something or somebody is exploitable, there’s another limitlessness. Exploitation leads, with perfect logic, to exhaustion. And our ways of land use exploit both land and people."

"We are always faced with a choice between solving our problems by communing with one another and with our places in the world—that is, paying respectful attention and responding respectfully—or solving them by applications of raw industrial power: more machines, more explosives, more poison. So far we have been choosing raw power, whether we’re dealing with international “competitors,” or with the land, water, and air of our country. We seem to regard forms of violence as “efficient” substitutes for the respectful, patient back-and-forth that real solutions require. By real solutions what I mean are solutions that are not destructive, that are kind to the world and our fellow creatures, including our fellow humans. Our dominant practice now is to solve problems with other problems. This is now obvious in industrial agriculture. What we need to do is submit, for example, to the influence of actually talking to your enemy. Loving your enemy."

Read the whole thing. Berry is a treasure.

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/the-new-yorker-interview/going-home-with-wendell-berry

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« Reply #934 on: July 20, 2019, 11:04:25 PM »
My Seventh Grade Science Teacher Showed Us a Moon Landing Hoax TV Special
https://slate.com/technology/2019/07/fox-moon-landing-hoax-conspiracy-theory-tv-special.html

When I was in seventh grade, circa 2003, my science teacher showed us a video making the case for the moon landing hoax theory. It was the Fox TV special Conspiracy Theory: Did We Land on the Moon? which aired in prime time (twice) in 2001.

Fox even bragged about the show’s impact: The Deseret News reported in 2002 that “a 1999 poll found that 11 percent of the American public doubted the moon landing happened, and Fox officials said such skepticism increased to about 20 percent after their show, which was seen by about 15 million viewers.”
According to one report, even a few people at the National Science Foundation thought the hoax was possible after watching the special.

As far as I know, my teacher was not a moon landing truther, and this was not an act of political indoctrination. In fact, she reacted with surprise and not a little bit of horror when several kids said, after watching the video, that they were no longer sure whether we went to the moon at all. I have no idea if any of these kids went on to become truthers of any sort, but I can say that the show planted a seed of doubt where none existed before.

... What is most troubling about the program now, in 2019, is its inherent bothsidesism. The show opens with this disclaimer:

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- The following program deals with a controversial subject.
- The theories expressed are not the only possible interpretation.
- Viewers are invited to make a judgment based on all available information.

It claims to innocently present the “available information”—an alternate reality where the lies go all the way to the top. It gestures disingenuously toward its “controversial subject” with shrugs like “decide for yourself,” “you be the judge,” and “we may never know,” while plainly stacking the deck for a vast government conspiracy. The NASA flack given the unenviable task of rebutting the truthers’ claims is edited into insignificance. We are asked to believe that the talking heads—independent investigators and purported insiders and, notably, one cosmonaut—know what happened on Apollo 11 better than those who participated in the mission, that their opinions deserve the same weight as the facts.

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« Reply #935 on: July 20, 2019, 11:39:44 PM »
The American People From 2016 to the Present: "With Such People, You Can Do As You Please"
http://smirkingchimp.com/thread/jaime-oneill/85703/the-american-people-from-2016-to-the-present-with-such-people-you-can-do-as-you-please

... "If everybody always lies to you, the consequence is not that you believe the lies, but rather that nobody believes anything any longer…And a people that no longer can believe anything cannot make up its mind. It is deprived not only of its capacity to act but also its capacity to think and to judge. And with such people, you can do as you please."

Those are the words of Hannah Arendt. She was the writer who gave us the phrase "the banality of evil" when she was writing about Adolf Eichmann and the unexceptional people who were the monstrous administrators of the Nazi extermination camps. What is so scary about such people is that they aren't really distinguishable from clerks in hardware stores, or guys who sell insurance, ordinary schlubs who, given the power to do evil and a system to do it in, will.

And there are some of those. Hitler was one. Stalin, too. Kim Jong Un and Mohammed bin Salman. Duterte in the Philippines. Putin in Moscow. And Trump, as well.

But the banality is in the lesser figures, the cheering supporters swept up in the hate and fear, the scapegoating, the relentless propaganda.

And the lies ...


... Because, when a nation has lost a grip on the truth, when a whole damn population has "lost the capacity to think and judge," you "can do as you please."...

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« Reply #936 on: July 23, 2019, 06:11:39 PM »
Successful disinformation operations earlier and since, rely on seven elements:

- Identify social, cultural, economic, and political rifts in a society that can be used to heighten and exacerbate conflict.
- Create propaganda, such as a false story or several contradictory false stories.
- Anchor the propaganda in elements of truth.
- Disguise the origin of the propaganda.
- Find and exploit “unwitting servants of seemingly good causes for their own ends” to propagate the lies.
- Deny everything.
- Prioritize long-term strategic progress over short-term victories.


It’s important to realize that this list is not a precise recipe, but more like principles that guide an iterative design process.
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« Reply #937 on: July 25, 2019, 05:26:24 PM »
The Geoengineering of Consent: How Conspiracists Dominate Google's YouTube Climate Science Content
https://techxplore.com/news/2019-07-geoengineering-consent-conspiracists-dominate-youtube.html

Using YouTube to learn about climate-change-related topics will expose you to video content that mostly opposes worldwide scientific consensus.

That's the finding of a new study published in Frontiers in Communication, which also reveals that some scientific terms, such as geoengineering, have been 'hijacked' by conspiracy theorists so that searches provide entirely non-scientific video content.

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"Searching YouTube for climate-science and climate-engineering-related terms finds fewer than half of the videos represent mainstream scientific views," ... "It's alarming to find that the majority of videos propagate conspiracy theories about climate science and technology."

Nearly 2 billion logged-in users—half the world online—visit YouTube every month, and research has shown that users see it as a platform for learning about science, health and technology.

... Alarmingly, Allgaier found that the conspiracy theorists have 'hijacked' some relatively recent scientific terms by using them to describe their worldview of a global conspiracy. In fact, 'chemtrailers', as they are known, explicitly advise their followers to use scientific terms in their content, so that they are not immediately identified as conspiracy theorists.

Allgaier also questions YouTube search algorithms—does its business model direct traffic towards videos of dubious scientific content? He found some of the conspiracy videos being monetized by the users via adverts or the sale of merchandise with conspiracy-theory motives.

"The way YouTube search algorithms work is not very transparent. We should be aware this powerful artificial intelligence is already making decisions for us, for example, if you choose to use 'auto-play'. I think YouTube should take responsibility to ensure its users will find high-quality information if they search for scientific and biomedical terms, instead of being exposed to doubtful conspiracy videos," argues Allgaier.



Open Access: Joachim Allgaier, Science and Environmental Communication on YouTube: Strategically Distorted Communications in Online Videos on Climate Change and Climate Engineering, Frontiers in Communication (2019)

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GOP Senators Wanted to Stop Climate Change Training for Weathercasters. It Backfired
https://phys.org/news/2019-07-gop-senators-climate-weathercasters-backfired.html
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« Reply #938 on: July 25, 2019, 10:07:17 PM »
I google all kind of conspiracy stuff for fun and inspiration and youtube is very happy getting you into more bad stuff. It is basically a TV set with many bad channels with a predeliction aming you at those. It likes to pile up conspiracy stuff but it is not just climate stuff. Any bubble that produces clicks will do and some are hideous.
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Study Examines How Media Around the World Frame Climate Change News
https://phys.org/news/2019-08-media-world-climate-news.html

A new study from the University of Kansas shows the way media frame climate change coverage can be predicted by several national factors, yet none tend to frame it as an immediate problem requiring national policies to address the issue.

While richer countries tend to frame climate change coverage as a political issue, poorer countries more often frame it as an international issue that the world at large needs to address.


"Media can tell people what to think about. At the same time, framing can have an effect on how people think about certain issues," said Hong Vu, assistant professor of journalism at KU and the study's lead author. "Not only can framing have an impact on how an issue is perceived but on whether and how policy is made on the issue. With big data, machine-learning techniques, we were able to analyze a large amount of media climate change coverage from 45 countries and territories from 2011 to 2015."

Vu and co-authors Yuchen Liu, graduate student at KU; and Duc Vinh Tran of Hanoi University of Science and Technology published their findings in the journal Global Environmental Change. They analyzed over 37,000 articles and considered national factors such as economic development, weather and energy consumption. They reviewed headlines from nationally circulated publications of varying political ideologies that contained the keywords "greenhouse gas," "climate change" and/or "global warming," or the local language equivalent.

The most consistent predictor of how the issue was framed was a nation's gross domestic product per capita.

... Even when richer countries framed the issue as one they could address with their more plentiful resources, it was often also framed as a political issue and would focus on debate or argument about political approaches as opposed to proposing policy solutions. Media from richer countries also focused more on the science of climate change.


When climate change was framed as an economic issue, it was in countries that had the most severe climates and those that have experienced the most adverse consequences of climate change and natural disasters, loss of life and property, and economic effects.

In terms of social progress framing, richer countries framed the issue in terms of energy policy and use. Those that emit the most carbon dioxide framed content in terms of energy issues, while poorer countries and those that had experienced the most severe climates focused more on natural impact. ...

Hong Tien Vu et al, Nationalizing a global phenomenon: A study of how the press in 45 countries and territories portrays climate change, Global Environmental Change (2019)
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« Reply #942 on: August 14, 2019, 12:23:16 PM »
“Kochland” Examines the Koch Brothers’ Early, Crucial Role in Climate-Change Denial
https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/kochland-examines-how-the-koch-brothers-made-their-fortune-and-the-influence-it-bought/amp

If there is any lingering uncertainty that the Koch brothers are the primary sponsors of climate-change doubt in the United States, it ought to be put to rest by the publication of “Kochland: The Secret History of Koch Industries and Corporate Power in America,” by the business reporter Christopher Leonard. This seven-hundred-and-four-page tome doesn’t break much new political ground, but it shows the extraordinary behind-the-scenes influence that Charles and David Koch have exerted to cripple government action on climate change.

... it adds new details about the ways in which the brothers have leveraged their fortune to capture American politics, showing that the Kochs’ political motives are both ideological, as hardcore free-market libertarians, and self-interested, serving their fossil-fuel-enriched bottom line. The Kochs’ secret sauce, as Leonard describes it, has been a penchant for long-term planning, patience, and flexibility; a relentless pursuit of profit; and the control that comes from owning some eighty per cent of their business empire themselves, without interference from stockholders or virtually anyone else.

Leonard, manages to dig up valuable new material, including evidence of the Kochs’ role in perhaps the earliest known organized conference of climate-change deniers, which gathered just as the scientific consensus on the issue was beginning to gel. The meeting, in 1991, was sponsored by the Cato Institute, a Washington-based libertarian think tank, which the Kochs founded and heavily funded for years. As Leonard describes it, Charles Koch and other fossil-fuel magnates sprang into action that year, after President George H. W. Bush announced that he would support a treaty limiting carbon emissions, a move that posed a potentially devastating threat to the profits of Koch Industries. At the time, Bush was not an outlier in the Republican Party. Like the Democrats, the Republicans largely accepted the scientific consensus on climate change, reflected in the findings of expert groups such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which had formed in 1988, under the auspices of the United Nations.

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Climate Deniers Get More Media Play than Scientists
https://phys.org/news/2019-08-climate-deniers-media-scientists.html

Climate deniers have garnered far more media attention than prominent climate scientists over the years, fuelling public confusion and slowing the response to global warming, researchers reported Tuesday.

From 2000 through 2016, hundreds of academics, business people and politicians who doubted global warming or attributed rising temperatures to "natural" causes got 50 percent more ink than an equal number of top scientists, according to a study in Nature Communications, a peer-reviewed journal.

"Such disproportionate media visibility of contrarian arguments and actors misrepresents the distribution of expert-based beliefs," ... "It also undermines the credible authority of career climate change scientists and reinforces the trend of climate change contrarians presiding over public scientific discourse."

... The imbalance was made worse by the amplifying effect of social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, they added.

Alexander Michael Petersen et al. Discrepancy in scientific authority and media visibility of climate change scientists and contrarians, Nature Communications (2019)
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« Reply #943 on: August 14, 2019, 11:05:38 PM »
Climate deniers get more media play than scientists: Study

Link >> https://www.france24.com/en/20190813-climate-deniers-get-more-media-play-than-scientists-study
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« Reply #944 on: August 15, 2019, 12:56:13 PM »
Climate deniers get more media play than scientists: Study

Link >> https://www.france24.com/en/20190813-climate-deniers-get-more-media-play-than-scientists-study


Would I be talking out of turn to suggest that the scientists who conducted this study might have moved the stone further by investing their time in taking a class on public speaking, debate or salesmanship - rather than sifting numbers and posting the unsurprising results.


Denier spokesmen are chosen for their ability to move audiences, to capture hearts and minds.
Scientists are chosen by their ability to do well in scholarly surroundings.
Journalists want interesting stories that will gain them readership/viewership or whatever kind of ship pays the bills most willingly.


As a journalist would you want a story from Steve Jobs - or one from Wozniak?


The Wizard of Woz eventually developed a following, but Steve had fans dangling from every rooftop.


If scientists can't cut the grade they need to hire spokesmen to publicize their discoveries. Or at least to stop complaining publicly about the one profession that could, if inclined to, promote their ideas.


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« Reply #945 on: August 17, 2019, 08:28:04 PM »
https://www.outsideonline.com/2400838/aquarela-documentary-review-climate-change
The disastrous effects of hot-boxing the atmosphere were once problems for the future. Welcome to the future. And yet many people in the U.S., including its most powerful man, continue to deny that there’s a problem. How can we get the frightening reality across? Have we run out of options?
Acclaimed Russian director Victor Kossakovsky’s film Aquarela, which hits select theaters on August 16, is a bold, thoroughly weird, high-def attempt to reimagine the climate-change message. Set to a jarring mixture of gut-crunching cello-metal tracks and the sounds of water in various stages of infuriated flux, Aquarela (“watercolor” in Portuguese) is meant to be uncomfortable.

https://thebulletin.org/2019/08/millions-of-times-later-97-percent-climate-consensus-still-faces-denial/?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=SocialMedia&utm_campaign=TwitterPost082019&utm_content=ClimateChange_ClimateConsensus_08152019
In July, the Exxon- and Koch- funded Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) issued a formal complaint, asking NASA to “correct” a statement on the space agency’s website that said that “Multiple studies published in peer-reviewed scientific journals show that 97 percent or more of actively publishing climate scientists agree: Climate-warming trends over the past century are extremely likely due to human activities.”  In its complaint about NASA’s accurate statement, CEI cited 5-year-old disproved blog posts with titles like “1.6%, Not 97%, Agree that Humans are the Main Cause of Global Warming.” (It also cited conservative media outlets like Forbes, National Review, and the Daily Caller.)

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« Reply #946 on: August 23, 2019, 02:17:44 AM »
Luntz: ‘I was wrong’ on climate change
https://www.politico.com/story/2019/08/21/frank-luntz-wrong-climate-change-1470653
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Frank Luntz, a veteran Republican pollster, disavowed work Thursday in the early 2000s to cast doubt on the science behind climate change and said America, on the whole, wants the federal government to "do more, right now, to address it."

"I was wrong in 2001," Luntz told an ad-hoc Senate Democratic climate panel. "I don't want credit. I don't want blame. Just stop using something that I wrote 18 years ago because it's not accurate today."


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« Reply #947 on: August 24, 2019, 12:58:44 PM »
Fox News is a Dangerous State Propaganda Outlet. Sarah Sanders' Job Confirms That
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/aug/24/fox-news-is-a-dangerous-state-propaganda-outlet-sarah-sanders-job-confirms-that

The only surprising thing about Sarah Sanders joining FOX News was that it took this long. The former Trump press secretary is a perfect fit for the network, a faithful and shameless propagandist for the right.

No network interested in airing journalism or reliable commentary would ever go near Sarah Huckabee Sanders. As White House press secretary, she became infamous for the brazenness of her duplicity. ... She was utterly and completely unprincipled.

... FOX has become as much of a state propaganda outlet as RT is for Russia or PressTV is for Iran. There is a revolving door between the White House and the network: Hope Hicks went from the administration to the network, Bill Shine from the network to the White House. Sean Hannity, who speaks regularly with the president, initially vowed to simply “cover” him as a member of the press but then began actively campaigning for Trump. Jane Mayer’s exhaustive reporting in the New Yorker has showed that FOX and the White House have a symbiotic relationship, both collaborating to push a far right agenda. FOX has realized that Trump is lucrative, and Trump has realized that FOX will say anything he wants them to say.

The hiring of Sarah Sanders is just confirmation of what was already plain. But it shows just how insidious the FOX operation is: we are essentially living in a country where the president has a TV network, and can manipulate public perception at will.

We are struggling against the combined forces of the state and the most popular cable news channel. What hope is there for the truth when the press and the state are one and the same?
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« Reply #948 on: August 24, 2019, 01:53:52 PM »
In private mainstream media, there is no objective journalism, there is corporate shillism. There is no news, there is entertainment. There is no reporting, there is propaganda.

Having big media houses not being in public hands is just a bad idea.
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« Reply #949 on: August 24, 2019, 05:58:29 PM »
In private mainstream media, there is no objective journalism, there is corporate shillism. There is no news, there is entertainment. There is no reporting, there is propaganda.

Having big media houses not being in public hands is just a bad idea.

Largely, True!

But there are degrees of toadyism and sycophants, and occasionally some crumbs of truth manage to escape the vacuum of the Ministry of Truth.

The Victory of ‘Perception Management’
http://consortiumnews.com/2014/12/28/the-victory-of-perception-management/

To understand how the American people find themselves trapped in today’s Orwellian dystopia of endless warfare against an ever-shifting collection of “evil” enemies, you have to think back to the Vietnam War and the shock to the ruling elite caused by an unprecedented popular uprising against that war.

While on the surface Official Washington pretended that the mass protests didn’t change policy, a panicky reality existed behind the scenes, a recognition that a major investment in domestic propaganda would be needed to ensure that future imperial adventures would have the public’s eager support or at least its confused acquiescence.

This commitment to what the insiders called “perception management” began in earnest with the Reagan administration in the 1980s but it would come to be the accepted practice of all subsequent administrations, including the present one ...

In that sense, propaganda in pursuit of foreign policy goals would trump the democratic ideal of an informed electorate. The point would be not to honestly inform the American people about events around the world but to manage their perceptions by ramping up fear in some cases and defusing outrage in others depending on the U.S. government’s needs. ...

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Rupert Murdoch and Ronald Reagan – Propaganda Pals
https://thebrokenelbow.com/2015/10/05/rupert-murdoch-and-ronald-reagan-propaganda-pals/

A Special Report: How Reagan's Propaganda Succeeded
http://www.smirkingchimp.com/thread/27234/robert_parry/a_special_report_how_reagans_propaganda_succeeded

Murdoch, Scaife and CIA Propaganda
http://www.smirkingchimp.com/thread/robert-parry/60301/murdoch-scaife-and-cia-propaganda

Rupert Murdoch: Propaganda Recruit
http://smirkingchimp.com/thread/robert-parry/64168/rupert-murdoch-propaganda-recruit

CIA's Hidden Hand in "Democracy" Groups
http://www.smirkingchimp.com/thread/robert-parry/60389/cias-hidden-hand-in-democracy-groups

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... and to tie it back to the orange-haired shit gibbon and his mentor ...

How Roy Cohn Helped Rupert Murdoch
http://smirkingtrump.com/thread/robert-parry/60696/how-roy-cohn-helped-rupert-murdoch

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Fox News Is Poisoning America. Rupert Murdoch and His Heirs Should Be Shunned.
https://theintercept.com/2018/11/04/fox-news-is-poisoning-america-shun-rupert-murdoch/

IN THE EARLY 1990s, some of the smartest people resisting Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic worked out of a chaotic office in the center of Belgrade. The office was filled with a haze of cigarette smoke, ringing phones answered with shouts, off-kilter desks scarred by abuse, and half-empty bottles of liquor. This was the nerve center of Vreme, an opposition magazine presided over by the wise-cracking Milos Vasic.

A cross between Seymour Hersh and Ida Tarbell, Vasic saw beneath the surface of things. He realized that his small magazine made little difference to Milosevic, who had instigated and fueled the brutal wars in neighboring Bosnia and Croatia. There was just one media platform that mattered: state-controlled Radio Television Serbia, which was a relentless promoter of the Serbian strongman and his eliminationist agenda.

Vasic had a sharp analysis of how Serbs, in their susceptibility to indoctrination, were not unique:
 
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... “All it took was a few years of fierce, reckless, chauvinist, intolerant, expansionist, war-mongering propaganda to create enough hate to start the fighting among people who had lived together peacefully for 45 years,” ... “You must imagine a United States with every little TV station everywhere taking exactly the same editorial line — a line dictated by David Duke. You, too, would have war in five years.”

Substitute Fox News and Donald Trump
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