Fear and Celebration of Substack Are Both Misplaced

4 March 2021 — FAIR

Twitter: Substack is a dangerous direct threat to traditional news media. But more importantly? It is a threat to journalism.The beginning of Sarah Roberts’ critique of Substack (Twitter, 2/28/21)

A debate rages in the media world about the trend of writers with substantial online followings moving away from writing for traditional publications and simply going to the website Substack, where writers sell content directly to their readers, untethered from any editorial constraint. (It’s like a less titillating version of OnlyFans.) Substack has a number of investors, including the Silicon Valley venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz.

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Purging Inconvenient Facts in Coverage of Biden’s ‘First’ Air Attacks

5 March 2021 — FAIR

NBC: Biden orders airstrikes in Syria, retaliating against Iran-backed militias

NBC‘s headline (2/26/21) is more confident than the article it accompanies, which says that “Iranian-backed militias were most likely behind the attack the US said it was “retaliating against.”

When the Biden administration bombed Syria on February 25, the attack killed “at least 22,” most of them members of Iraqi militias, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a London-based monitoring organization opposed to the Syrian government. The US said the bombing was retaliation for three rocket attacks on US bases in Iraq that it claims were carried out by groups allied with Iran (NBC2/25/21). In one of the attacks, rockets fired at Erbil airport killed a military contractor and an Iraqi civilian.

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Twitter’s Attempt to Suppress Grayzone Reporting Backfires as Warning Label Becomes Meme

24 February 2021 — Mint Press News

Unintended consequences

“The new Twitter scare label illustrates the threat our kind of factual reporting presents to a national security state that must employ social media censorship to conceal its agenda from the public.” — The Grayzone’s Max Blumenthal

SAN FRANSICO — “These materials may have been attained through hacking.” That is the warning message that any Twitter users coming across a recent Grayzone investigative report are met with, replete with a large exclamation point (!) signaling danger.

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Western Governments Now Try to Strangle Funding of Independent Media

25 February 2021 — Global Research

After years of working hard to stop the voice of independent media being heard on social media channels like Twitter and Facebook, the turn has now come to strangling their funding. The financial company Patreon is the latest to join the establishment drive to marginalize and criminalize all dissenting opinions.

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Applause for Perseverance Ignores Plutonium Bullet We Dodged

25 February 2021 — FAIR

By Karl Grossman
ABC: NASA releases stunning new video of Perseverance rover landing on Mars

ABC (2/22/21) had one of many reports that celebrated the Mars landing without noting that the rover was powered by plutonium—or the risks NASA had taken in launching that payload into space.

With all the media hoopla last week about the Perseverance rover, frequently unreported was that its energy source is plutonium—considered the most lethal of all radioactive substances—and nowhere in media was the NASA projection that there were 1-in-960 odds of an accidental release of the plutonium on the mission.

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Watch: Really Simple Syndication

25 February 2021- – #SolutionsWatch

SHOW NOTES AND MP3: https://www.corbettreport.com/?p=40167#SolutionsWatch isn’t just about the Big Ideas. It’s also about the simple tricks, tips and techniques that we can use to regain power over our lives and help create the world we want. Today, James explores one very simple and tragically under-appreciated tool: Really Simple Syndication.

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Censorship Gone Mad – ‘Be A Good Citizen!’

25 February 2021 — Moon of Alabama

Yesterday the censorship department at Twitter went mad.

Twitter Safety blogged:

Disclosing networks of state-linked information operations

Today we are disclosing four networks of accounts to our archive of state-linked information operations; the only archive of its kind in the industry. The networks we are disclosing relate to independent, state-affiliated information operations that we have attributed to Armenia, Russia and a previously disclosed network from Iran.

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When Google decides what news you read

24 February 2021 — USRTK

As tech giants wrestle over content moderation, “their decisions also run the risk of stifling routine reporting,” reports Parker Higgins for Freedom of the Press Foundation. “When content is removed or an algorithm tweaked behind closed doors, news organizations and journalists are often left without any sort of transparency into the process or a clear path to appeals.”

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By Putting Big Pharma’s Patents before Patients, Doctors Will Further Erode Trust in Experts

24 February, 2021 — Global Research

I have spent the past several years on my blog trying to highlight one thing above all others: that the institutions we were raised to regard as authoritative are undeserving of our blind trust. 

It is not just that expert institutions have been captured wholesale by corporate elites over the past 40 years and that, as a result, knowledge, experience and expertise have been sidelined in favour of elite interests – though that is undoubtedly true. The problem runs deeper: these institutions were rarely as competent or as authoritative as we fondly remember them being. They always served elite interests.

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I Can’t Stand Fox News, But Censoring It Might Be The Dumbest Idea Ever

24 February 2021  — TK News

How will the latest campaign against “misinformation” backfire for the country? Let’s count the ways

By Matt Taibbi

Two and a half years ago, when Alex Jones of Infowars was kicked off a series of tech platforms in a clearly coordinated decision, I knew this was not going to be an isolated thing.

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How to Write About Iran: A Guide for Journalists, Analysts, and Policymakers

16 February 2021 — McSweeney’s

Whether you are working from your DC office or your home in LA or New York, here’s all you need to know to become an expert on Iran.

1. Always refer to Iran as the “Islamic Republic” and its government as “the regime” or, better yet, “the Mullahs.”

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