Starting up again- with links, contact info, getting on to a coherent plan, maybe…

O.C. on this posted material…
O.K., so it goes like it always seems to go. The corporate media (other than Fox and the even further right lesser known entities of similar ilk) hates Trump and wants to see the "mainstream political institutions" get his ass out of Dodge. But in the meantime, this whole "Rusher thing" (sic) -DJT- starts a process that furthers the capability of the MSM and their concentrated wealth and corporate approved media massage therapists to further their stranglehold on editorial perspective and content throughout the "Free Press".

https://fair.org/author/alan-macleod/

https://venezuelanalysis.com/ https://www.commondreams.org/views/2018/08/23/facebook-will-turn-censoring-left-isnt-worry-its-reality

As I previously argued (FAIR.org, 7/27/18), the utility of the Russian “fake news” scandal is that it allows corporate media to tighten their grip over the means of communication. Under the guise of combating fake news, media organizations like Google, Bing, Facebook and YouTube have changed their algorithms. The effect has been to hammer progressive media outlets. AlterNet’s Google traffic fell by 63 percent, Media Matters by 42 percent, TruthOut by 25 percent and The Intercept by 19 percent (WSWS, 8/2/17). Sites like these that challenge corporate perspectives are being starved of traffic and advertising revenue.

Facebook recently announced it had partnered with the Atlantic Council in an effort to combat “fake news” on its platform (FAIR.org, 5/21/18). An offshoot of NATO, the Council’s board of directors is a who’s who of neo-conservative hawks, including Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell, Henry Kissinger and James Baker; CIA directors like Robert Gates, Leon Panetta and Michael Hayden; retired generals like Wesley Clark and David Petraeus; as well as senior tech executives.

Venezuelanalysis’ statement (8/9/18) on its removal noted that “Facebook appears to be targeting independent or left-wing sites in the wake of Russiagate.” As I previously argued (FAIR.org, 7/27/18), the utility of the Russian “fake news” scandal is that it allows corporate media to tighten their grip over the means of communication. Under the guise of combating fake news, media organizations like Google, Bing, Facebook and YouTube have changed their algorithms. The effect has been to hammer progressive media outlets. AlterNet’s Google traffic fell by 63 percent, Media Matters by 42 percent, TruthOut by 25 percent and The Intercept by 19 percent (WSWS, 8/2/17). Sites like these that challenge corporate perspectives are being starved of traffic and advertising revenue.

Alan MacLeod is a member of the Glasgow University Media Group. His latest book is, "Bad News From Venezuela: 20 Years of Fake News and Misreporting." Follow him on Twitter: @AlanRMacLeod

Also by this guy: https://fair.org/home/the-utility-of-the-russiagate-conspiracy/

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