Reporters Once Challenged the Spy State. Now, They’re Agents of It

11 May 2021 — Matt Taibbi

The War on Terror has come home, and news companies are pioneering a new brand of vigilante reporting, partnering with the spy agencies they supposed to be overseeing

Matt Taibbi

 Former CIA director John Brennan was a media villain, now he’s media himself.

What a difference a decade makes.

Just over ten years ago, on July 25, 2010, Wikileaks released 75,000 secret U.S. military reports involving the war in Afghanistan. The New York Times, The Guardian, and Der Spiegel helped release the documents, which were devastating to America’s intelligence community and military, revealing systemic abuses that included civilian massacres and an assassination squad, TF 373, whose existence the United States kept “protected” even from its allies.

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Media Reform Coalition Our Upcoming Events

11 May 2021 — Media Reform Coalition

We are running two events this week – have you got your ticket yet?

These events are part of the MRC’s The BBC and Beyond: Reimagining Public Media campaign, trying to reimagine what public media can be in the digital age. Later this year we will be creating a “Manifesto for a People’s Media”, with ideas for re-envisaging the BBC, Channel 4, and democratically-run independent media. If you have any ideas to contribute to our Manifesto, please tell us on the BBC and Beyond website!

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BBC, Free Media, and Julian Assange

9 May 2021 — Counter Currents

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A video in which Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev is interviewed by Orla Guerin has resurfaced; the interview took place in November 2020. (The BBC version.)

Revealing is what is not seen in the BBC version. When Aliyev held up the mirror to Guerin’s “accusation” that there was no free media in Azerbaijan, the BBC responded by censoring Aliyev’s reference to Assange.
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Silicon Valley Algorithm Manipulation Is The Only Thing Keeping Mainstream Media Alive

3 May 2021 — Caitlin Johnson

by Caitlin Johnstone

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The emergence of the internet was met with hope and enthusiasm by people who understood that the plutocrat-controlled mainstream media were manipulating public opinion to manufacture consent for the status quo. The democratization of information-sharing was going to give rise to a public consciousness that is emancipated from the domination of plutocratic narrative control, thereby opening up the possibility of revolutionary change to our society’s corrupt systems.

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A School for Spooks: The London University Department Churning Out NATO Spies

17 April 2021 — Mint Press News

The Military-academic-media-nexus

Kings college

Alan Macleod uncovers the deep links between the British security state and the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, responsible for training a large number of British, American, and European agents and defense analysts.

by Alan Macleod

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Media Concern Trolling About Afghanistan Withdrawal Again

11 April 2021 — Caitlin Johnson

by Caitlin Johnstone

Concerns mount that US withdrawal from Afghanistan could risk progress on women’s rights,” blares a new headline from CNN.

“Concerns are mounting from bipartisan US lawmakers and Afghan women’s rights activists that the hard-won gains for women and civil society in Afghanistan could be lost if the United States makes a precipitous withdrawal from the country,” CNN tells us.

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Questions about BBC producer’s ties to UK intelligence follow ‘Mayday’ White Helmets whitewash

7 April 2021 — The Grayzone

The BBC’s Chloe Hadjimatheou produced a podcast serial designed to rehabilitate the White Helmets’ late, scandal-stained founder, while blaming critics for his demise. Was she a channel for a wider British intelligence operation?


White Helmets founder James Le Mesurier falling to his death from the top floor of his Istanbul home in uncertain circumstances in November 2019 created a myriad of extremely serious problems for a great many powerful people.

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West’s Information War Continues

8 April, 2021 — Origin: New Eastern Outlook

Gunnar Ulson – NEO – YouTube has recently deleted the latest channel used by Iranian state media’s PressTV. The move follows attacks on the Iranian media outlet by US-based social media giant Facebook earlier this year.

PressTV’s own take on the deletion in its article, “Google renews attack on YouTube account of Iran’s Press TV,” would note:

Google has for the seventh time targeted Iranian broadcaster Press TV, blocking the English-language news network’s access to its official YouTube account without any prior notice.

The US tech giant shut YouTube accounts of Press TV late on Tuesday, citing “violations of community guidelines.”

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Meet the Censored: U.S. Right to Know

7 April 2021 — US Right to Know

“A nonprofit that investigates Genetically Modified Organisms and the origins of Covid-19 is the latest to see its traffic plunge after a search engine update,” writes Matt Taibbi in TK News.

Taibbi reports on the dramatic drop in web traffic U.S. Right to Know experienced after Google’s last core algorithm update in early December – for no reason we can find out, or that Google will tell us.

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LATEST REPORT: WHO OWNS THE UK MEDIA?

6 April 2021 — Media Reform Coalition

Whoownsukmedia

We produced our first comprehensive report on media ownership in the UK back in 2015 when we argued concentrated ownership was a significant problem for any modern democracy. In 2019, we produced an updated version that suggests that, not only does concentrated ownership persist but that the problem may be getting worse. Sadly, the situation has deteriorated since then so make sure you read our very latest report on UK Media ownership – available HERE.

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Letter from London: A Troubling Decision

30 March, 2021 — Consortium News

Alexander Mercouris says the conviction of former British diplomat Craig Murray undermines the right of the media to report cases, which is vital to protect the right to a fair trial.

Tower Bridge in London. (FlyingShrimp, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons)

By Alexander Mercouris
Special to Consortium News

In the last Letter from London, I discussed the background to the contempt of court case against the historian, journalist and former diplomat Craig Murray for his reporting of the criminal and civil proceedings against Scotland’s former first minister, Alex Salmond, on allegations of sexual assault, for which he was acquitted on all charges at trial.