Posts Tagged ‘VOX’

Journalism’s Gates keepers


During the pandemic, news outlets have widely looked to Bill Gates as a public health expert on covid—even though Gates has no medical training and is not a public official. PolitiFact and USA Today (run by the Poynter Institute and Gannett, respectively—both of which have received funds from the Gates Foundation) have even used their fact-checking platforms to defend Gates from “false conspiracy theories” and “misinformation,” like the idea that the foundation has financial investments in companies developing covid vaccines and therapies. In fact, the foundation’s website and most recent tax forms clearly show investments in such companies, including Gilead and CureVax.

In the same way that the news media has given Gates an outsize voice in the pandemic, the foundation has long used its charitable giving to shape the public discourse on everything from global health to education to agriculture—a level of influence that has landed Bill Gates on Forbes’s list of the most powerful people in the world. The Gates Foundation can point to important charitable accomplishments over the past two decades—like helping drive down polio and putting new funds into fighting malaria—but even these efforts have drawn expert detractors who say that Gates may actually be introducing harm, or distracting us from more important, lifesaving public health projects.

 

Vox Shamelessly Smears Michael Moore’s “Planet of the Humans”

 

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How Media Spread CIA’s Sectarian, Anti-Iran ‘Mideast Cold War’ Narrative

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Whores of the Empire (TM) – here they are, the reason nobody trusts corporate media…

Email Leak Reveals Clinton Campaign’s Cozy Press Relationship

 

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Note that this map accompanied an article headlined “Arms Airlift to Syria Rebels Expands, With Aid From CIA.”

NYT Erases CIA’s Efforts to Overthrow Syria’s Government

[Vox] didn’t just omit the fact that the CIA has been arming, training and funding rebels since 2012, they heavily implied they had never done so.

[CIA] trained approximately 10,000 rebel fighters at a cost of $1 billion a year, or roughly 1/15th of the CIA’s official annual budget.

…The Pentagon program, which began earlier this year and is charged with fighting ISIS (rather than Syrian government forces), is separate from the covert CIA operation.

…CIA’s years-long program has vanished from many popular accounts

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The usual myths and all sources are from establishment politicians and their opinions, as if we hadn’t heard enough out of them–

A third party won’t fix what’s broken in American politics

They call Ralph Nader a “spoiler” for Al Gore, despite the Bush clan clearly stealing the Florida election, as if that didn’t merit any mention.

Even assuming his analysis of institutional barriers is correct, the article ignores grassroots movements at the local and state level. These can build to become national leaders over time, but no mention of local and state gains makes it into this misleading article.

Nor do the disenfranchised, the people who refuse to vote for the kakistocracy. These are the base looking for a third party, but propaganda like Vox’s serves to discourage real alternatives. They are part of the controlled manipulation of the public. They want you to believe you are powerless and that there are no alternatives to their rape and pillage. That is the narrative they sell you.