It’s time for Americans to climb out of their mainstream media bubble

Notice the two headlines below, both of which concern the same news story, which can be seen in the video above.

The first is from a conservative alternative news outlet: 

Democratic Congresswoman Says U.S. Is Funding And Arming ISIS http://dailycaller.com/2016/12/10/democratic-congresswoman-says-u-s-is-funding-and-arming-isis/

The second is from a liberal mainstream media news outlet:

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Introduces Bill To Halt U.S. Arms Supplies To Syrian Allies https://n.pr/2h9pv2b

There’s a big difference between “ISIS” and “Syrian Allies”, is there not?

What are we to make of news like this? After watching the video, what do you think would be a proper headline for an article about this?

“U.S. Is Funding And Arming ISIS” is far more accurate than “Halt U.S. Arms Supplies To Syrian Allies” which is, in fact, deceptive.

Does the average person in the USA believe al Qeada and ISIS are US allies in Syria? Is this what the mainstream media tells us? That al Qaeda and ISIS are on our side? Hardly.

I’ve written before about how news writers and editors will make sure the headline of a story will be written in such a way as to communicate all they want you to know, without your having to read the story. Because they know most people only read headlines, and don’t bother reading the stories.

There’s been a lot of talk about “fake news” lately, most of which concerns what used to be called “internet rumors”, which is nothing new. But the “fake news” talk has created something of a backlash, with many people now excoriating the mainstream media for proffering its own version of fake news (i.e., state propaganda).

This recent article written by Philip Giraldi, a former CIA officer, is worth reading:

The Fake News Fake Story http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-fake-news-fake-story/

When we live in a world that presents us with two opposite views of what is supposed to be reality, what are we supposed to do in order to make sense of our world?

Are we on the same side as ISIS and al Qaeda in Syria? If we are, what does this mean?

Are the US government and its mainstream media allies speaking with a forked tongue?

I think they are. They want us to believe ISIS and al Qaeda are a terror threat, while at the same time arming, training, and funding ISIS and al Qaeda in their terror attacks against the people of Syria.

I, for one, and ashamed to be an American. I hope this “fake news” fiasco is the beginning of the end of the US government and their mainstream media allies. I’m sick to death of the myth that we are “the good guys” when the whole world, except us, knows we’re not.

It’s time for Americans to climb out of their mainstream media bubble and find the truth.

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John McCain’s rebel holdouts

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Jihadi John McCain

“European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini is appealing on the Syrian government and Russia to do their utmost to spare civilians as they prepare to capture the last rebel holdouts in the besieged city of Aleppo…” (Emphasis added) Continue reading: EU appeals for Aleppo civilians to be protected http://www.wgal.com/article/eu-appeals-for-aleppo-civilians-to-be-protected/8498291

“Vladimir Putin, right now, with his airstrikes, is killing the people we armed and trained.” ~ US Senator John McCain (See after 2:15 in the video below)

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How To Rewrite Misleading News Headlines

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I have a habit of rewriting misleading news headlines.

Most people read headlines, not articles, so news writers and editors know it’s important to communicate their message via headlines.

In many cases, news headlines are deliberately misleading.

In some cases, such as when a story fits a particular political agenda, the headline will specify the race of the victim and the offender. For example:

“White police officer shoots unarmed black man”

We’ve seen this sort of headline a lot during the past year or two, have we not?

In other cases, such as when a story does not fit a particular political agenda, the headline will not specify the race of the victim and the offender. For example:

“Teens arrested in fatal shooting”

When I see headlines like this, I know I’m being misled. I know the words “teen” and “fatal shooting” are often newspeak for “black” and “murder”.

I suggest that whenever you read news stories you begin (mentally) writing what you believe to be more accurate headlines for the stories you read. When you start doing this, you will begin to discover, as I have, that many news headlines can be rewritten so as to communicate the (inconvenient) truths of stories in a simple, direct, and honest fashion.

Below are a few recent examples of misleading headlines.

My rewritten headline, which I wrote after reading/watching the stories, appears first, in bold.

The misleading headlines, written by news writers and editors, with links, appears second:

Funeral planned for one of two white police officers murdered by black man

Funeral planned for South Georgia police officer killed in line of duty http://wjbf.com/2016/12/10/funeral-planned-for-south-georgia-police-officer-killed-in-line-of-duty/

Sheriff tells the truth about two thugs who murdered young mother

2 teens arrested in Polk after Orange County homicide

 

No bond for 3 blacks who murdered 4 year old hispanic girl

No bond for 3 teens in murder of 4-year-old Ava Castillo http://www.khou.com/news/crime/no-bond-for-3-teens-in-murder-of-4-year-old-ava-castillo/363228964

Aiken County Sheriff’s Office charges 6 blacks with murder of 15-year-old white male

Aiken County Sheriff’s Office charges 5 adults and a minor with murder of 15-year-old http://wjbf.com/2016/11/22/aiken-county-sheriffs-office-reveals-how-they-uncovered-3-more-suspects-in-deadly-home-invasion-6-total-now-charged-with-murder/

As you can see, since most people read only headlines, news writers and editors want to make sure readers aren’t told the ugly, inconvenient, politically incorrect truths about news stories via simple, direct, and honest headlines. Instead, they work very hard to conceal the truth from us each and every day.

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U.S. media/government undermining democracy by blaming Russian hackers

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Remember when? US Presidential election: ‘Dangerous’ Trump ‘undermines our democracy’, says Obama: Watch video:

 

Who’s undermining democracy now? Pelosi: Russia Hack Undermined Election: Watch video:

 

Obama undermines democracy… Obama orders report on Russia’s election hacking: Watch video:

 

I think the U.S. media/government is undermining democracy by blaming Russian hackers for interfering with the recent U.S. election.

I mean, how can we trust any election ever again?

The Russian hacker nonsense is just that: nonsense.

Our government is angry (and lying) because Russia has resisted our aggression in Syria…

“New Cold War really began in 2011, after Mr Putin dared to frustrate western — and Saudi — policy in Syria… “ Read more: It’s Nato that’s empire-building, not Putin http://www.spectator.co.uk/2015/03/its-nato-thats-empire-building-not-putin/

The same, old, tired cast of (Democrat and Republican) characters that has supported US aggression in Syria since 2011 is also blaming Russian hackers for interfering with the recent U.S. election.

Read: John McCain, Lindsey Graham, John Kerry, and Barack Obama fund, arm, and train al Qaeda and its Associates in Syria… https://ajmacdonaldjr.wordpress.com/2013/06/04/john-mccain-lindsey-graham-john-kerry-and-barack-obama-fund-arm-and-train-al-qaeda-and-its-associates-in-syria/

Read: Dangerous half-truths about Syria https://ajmacdonaldjr.wordpress.com/2016/10/12/dangerous-half-truths-on-syria/

Where is the outrage about this? Staged ISIS Execution Video Leaked By Russian Hackers: Watch video:

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Anti-BDS and Anti-Semitism Awareness Act

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New Anti-BDS Bill in Senate Would Criminalize Criticism of Israel… Watch video:

Anti-Semitism Awareness Act

“On Thursday, the US Senate quickly passed the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act, a bipartisan bill proposed by Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Tim Scott (R-SC), supported by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), which aims to ‘codify the definition as one adopted by the U.S. State Department’s Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism’…” Read more: US Senate quickly passed the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act http://mondoweiss.net/2016/12/quickly-semitism-awareness/

“Unfortunately, as I noted last week, this is deeply problematic legislation. As many observers have noted, it defines, for the purpose of investigations into alleged civil-rights violations on campus, anti-Semitism in a way that plainly violates the First Amendment…” Read more: Congress’s Anti-Anti-Semitism Law Is Very Anti-Free-Speech http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2016/12/the-adl-is-pushing-a-bad-anti-free-speech-campus-law.html

The Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2016, “introduced by Sens. Tim Scott (R-SC) and Robert Casey Jr. (D-Pa.), codifies a controversial State Department definition of anti-Semitism that includes one-sided criticism of Israel and opposition to Zionism…” Read more: Why the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act Would Chill Constitutionally Protected Speech http://reason.com/blog/2016/12/09/why-the-anti-semitism-awareness-act-woul

Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS)

“The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement works to end international support for Israel’s oppression of Palestinians and pressure Israel to comply with international law…” Read more: BDS Movement https://bdsmovement.net/

Many US States have passed laws prohibiting state governments from entering into contracts with companies participating in BDS and target taxpayer funded public pension funds that invest in companies which have adopted a BDS stance towards Israel… Read more: State Anti-BDS Legislation: http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/anti-semitism/bdsstates.html

BDS: The New Antisemitism (Shahar Azani, StandWithUS)

“Executive Director of StandWithUS New York Shahar Azani takes an in-depth look at the BDS Movement and discusses how their tactics and language of Social Justice masks nefarious anti-Semitic goals. A program of StandWithUS from the Stamford JCC…” Watch video: 

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Online Censorship of “Fake News”

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Since when is untrue stuff online such a big issue?

I think these recent examples (see below) of “fake news” are being used to further the agenda of eventually cracking down on politically incorrect online articles.

Who, after all, will decide what is true and what is false when it comes to “conspiracy theories”?

Google also gets fooled by fake election news

“Google’s search engine highlighted an inaccurate story claiming that President-elect Donald Trump won the popular vote in last week’s election, the latest example of bogus information spread by the internet’s gatekeepers.

“The incorrect results were shown Monday in a two-day-old story posted on the pro-Trump “70 News” site. A link to the site appeared at or near the top of Google’s influential rankings of relevant news stories for searches on the final election results…” Read more: Google also gets fooled by fake election news http://www.wdbj7.com/content/news/Google-also-gets-fooled-by-fake-election-news-401247046.html

Facebook staff mount secret push to tackle fake news, reports say

“Facebook executives have been reviewing its products to eliminate the appearance of political bias. One source said high-ranking officials were briefed on a planned news feed update that would have identified fake or hoax news stories but it disproportionately impacted rightwing news sites. The update was consequently shelved, Gizmodo claims, although Facebook denies it.

“The scrutiny over Facebook’s treatment of editorial content has been intensifying for months, reflecting the site’s unrivaled power and influence in distributing news alongside everything else its users share on the site.

Fake or misleading news spreads like wildfire on Facebook because of confirmation bias, a quirk in human psychology that makes us more likely to accept information that conforms to our existing world views. The conspiracy theories are also amplified by a network of highly partisan media outlets with questionable editorial policies…” Read more: Facebook staff mount secret push to tackle fake news, reports say https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/nov/14/facebook-fake-news-us-election-news-feed-algorithm?CMP=share_btn_tw

The myth of election-altering ‘fake’ Facebook news stories

“Using the old left adage that everything is a power play, it’s hard to read this manufactured controversy as anything other than a desperate ploy by a caste (the coastal media) to maintain its hold over the levers of information, married to a howl of outrage at the idea that the little people might have access to articles and ideas that haven’t been “vetted” for “fairness” by said caste…” Read more: The myth of election-altering ‘fake’ Facebook news stories http://theweek.com/articles/661838/myth-electionaltering-fake-facebook-news-stories

Facebook, don’t even try to censor fake news. You can’t draw that line, and you shouldn’t want to

“I absolutely do not trust Facebook to decide what’s fake and what’s not fake, so I’m with Zuckerberg here and not the “renegades.” “Renegade” makes these people sound daring, but they are into censorship and upping the power of the big corporation. The chance that such a power would be used in a politically biased way is approximately 100%. I don’t know how much Zuckerberg is really committed to the freedom of speech, but I think he knows if Facebook started deeming some political stories “fake” and taking action against them, Facebook would be accused of bias and censorship and it wouldn’t be good for Facebook, the business…” Read more: Facebook, don’t even try to censor fake news. You can’t draw that line, and you shouldn’t want to http://althouse.blogspot.com/2016/11/since-were-already-talking-about.html

Facebook Counter-Narratives

“Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft are teaming up with the European Union to crack down on online hate speech. The internet giants signed up to a new set of rules designed to stop racist, violent and illegal content from going viral. They agreed to review a “majority” of flagged content within 24 hours. They’ll remove it, if necessary. The companies also agreed to promote “independent counter-narratives” to fight hate speech, including content promoting non-discrimination, tolerance and respect…” Read more: Facebook, Twitter pledge to remove hate speech within 24 hours http://via.wtvr.com/ZaKIB 

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Breitbart, Bannon, Trump, Alt Right, Jews, & Controlled Opposition

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sitting at a table with Andrew Breitbart

“The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves.” ~ Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

“From Paul Joseph Watson to Stefan Molyneux, Donald Trump to Milo Yiannopoulos, the rising secular “right wing” in the Americas, dubbed the “alt right” by some, shares one common narrative that reveals it as the limited hangout, controlled-opposition operation that it is…” Continue reading: The ‘Alt Right’ is Limited Hangout https://fitzinfo.wordpress.com/2016/10/01/the-alt-right-is-limited-hangout/

“Breitbart News, in a statement posted after Clinton’s campaign manager made similar accusations in a conference call, dismissed the charges of anti-Semitism and other bigotries as character assassination. They say that we are ‘anti-Semitic,’ though our company was founded by Jews, is largely staffed by Jews, and has an entire section (Breitbart Jerusalem) dedicated to reporting on and defending the Jewish state of Israel,” according to the statement. The site’s founder, the late Andrew Breitbart, was raised Jewish…” Read more: Clinton campaign attacks Breitbart News as ‘anti-Semitic’ http://www.jta.org/2016/08/18/news-opinion/politics/clinton-campaign-attacks-breitbart-news-as-anti-semitic

Breitbart Boasts its Jewish Credentials http://newobserveronline.com/breitbart-boasts-jewish-credentials/

Meet the Jewish ‘Paleoconservative’ Who Coined The Term ‘Alternative Right’ http://jd.fo/T7kw

A look at Breitbart’s ‘Alt-Right Lite’ plan for Israel/Palestine http://mondoweiss.net/2016/08/breitbarts-right-israelpalestine/

 

“Israel is a Jewish State and it will forever exist as a Jewish State.” ~ Donald Trump

Donald Trump at AIPAC: Full transcript of remarks to the pro-Israel lobby http://s.al.com/yP7zdyH

I’m a Jew, and I’m a Member of the Alt-Right.
http://forward.com/scribe/348466/im-a-jew-and-im-a-member-of-the-alt-right/?attribution=blog-article-listing-9-headline#article-comments

Anti-Immigrant and White Supremacist, Maybe. But is the Alt-Right Anti-Semitic?
http://www.jta.org/2016/08/30/election-2016/anti-immigrant-and-white-supremacist-maybe-but-is-the-alt-right-anti-semitic

Donald Trump’s Jewish Problem: https://youtu.be/CXRDCjeWmWE?t=25m46s

Who Controls Donald Trump? – https://thezog.info/who-controls-donald-trump/

Trump’s Jews http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/207978/trumps-jews

Trump Has Strongest Jewish Ties of all GOP Candidates http://jd.fo/d8NYY

Donald Trump could capitalize on Israeli support https://youtu.be/cLJe7dzsdXA

Republicans target voters in Israel http://www.wkyt.com/content/news/Republicans-target-voters-in-Israel-391083771.html

Trump links to Russian Jewish Mafia https://ajmacdonaldjr.wordpress.com/2016/05/04/trump-links-to-judeo-russian-mafia/

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