Category manufacturing consent

A Deadly Exchange: United States and Israel Security Forces Exchange Programs by Erika Levy

Hands Up! Don’t Shoot!  Protesters were confronted and arrested by heavily militarized police during the Ferguson, Missouri protests following the shooting of Michael Brown in 2014. According to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, the St. Louis County police chief had attended a training camp conducted by Israeli police and military. By Erika Levy  WAMM Newsletter  Volume […]

The Existential Question of Whom to Trust, by Robert Parry

The clever use of propaganda to oust disfavored governments often leads to violence and war, as we have seen in targeted countries, such as Iraq, Syria and Ukraine.

Democracy Now’s “Alt Media” Platform for Humanitarian Imperialism in Syria

The “war and peace report,” as progressive as it may often sound, has long ceased to be a purely listener-supported project, and this lack of economic independence has spilled into its politics.

Syria Controversy: Don’t Believe the Official Narrative, by Max Blumenthal

This month, the United States, the United Kingdom and France launched airstrikes in Syria in flagrant violation of international law and entirely on the basis of images that had appeared on social media.

Facebook codifies its censorship regime

The technology giants, unbeknownst to their users, are blocking “alternative” news sources and promoting “trusted” news outlets…

Daniel Ellsberg and Noam Chomsky Discuss Nuclear War

Chomsky: Page after page of the book contains graphic examples of –you can only call it–this kind of insanity and at one point describes the book as a chronicle of human madness, which captures the character of the era we have been living in very accurately. And we should bear in mind that this is only one of two existential threats, the other…is another dramatic illustration of human madness, the threat of global warming…

The Media War on Truthful Reporting and Legitimate Opinions: A Documentary

Those working in the media are up in arms over alleged fake news and they lament the loss of paying readership. But they have only themselves to blame. They are the biggest creators of fake news and provider of government falsehood. Their attacks on critical readers and commentators are despicable.

Ruling Class Operatives Say the Darndest Things: On Devils Known and Not by Paul Street

What’s the main difference between Trump and Obama when it comes to U.S. arms sales abroad? As the noted liberal arms trade analyst William Hartung told DN’s Amy Goodman this week, “Well, [Trump’s] much more blatant about it. He’s shouting it from the rooftops. …”

Beware of White Helmets Bearing News by Ann Wright

Rather than wait for the arrival of a team of experts from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to assess whether chemicals had even used in this latest incident, Trump gave the order to bomb.

Reflections on “March for our Lives” by Gary Kohls

The beneficiaries of foreign wars and domestic mass shootings wouldn’t be happy if world peace broke out.

Pro-War Press, Not Cambridge Analytica, Is the Real Scandal

Cambridge Analytica, in other words, was doing what campaigns have long done, which is to knock on doors and ask people what they think.

SYRIA – MANIPULATED VIDEOS FAIL TO LAUNCH WORLD WAR III

As we wrote yesterday… World War III had been called off.

Viral video raises worry over Sinclair’s political messaging inside local news

How Sinclair Broadcasting puts a partisan tilt on trusted local news (Just what media is REALLY giving you Fake News?

The Empty Piety of the American Press by Chris Hedges

There is a long list of the censored. The acceptable range of opinion is so narrow it is almost nonexistent.

Lifting of US Propaganda Ban Gives New Meaning to Old Song

Planting Stories in the Press: With the propaganda ban now a relic, the once-covert propaganda machine long used to justify war after war is now operating out in the open and out of control.

The Pentagon Budget as Corporate Welfare for Weapons Makers | Tomgram: William Hartung

In translation, they’re telling Congress that they have more money than even they can spend in the time allotted.

Media Owned By Warlords, Gov’t Owned By Big Money, Shock Doctrine

War profiteers and the media who hire them. Puerto Rico. Worker wages.

Chris Hedges and Abby Martin — Propaganda Buries Facts and Manipulates Emotions

How the US military uses propaganda in covering wars. Complicity of reporters.

Robert Parry | The Right’s Second Amendment Lies 

Today’s American Right is drunk on some very bad history, which is as dangerous as it is false. …This gun fable is particularly insidious because it obstructs efforts by today’s government to enact commonsense gun-control laws and thus the false narrative makes possible the kinds of slaughters that erupt periodically across the United States…

“The US’s Culture of Violence Contributes to the Sanctification of the Second Amendment”: An Interview With Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

The Second Amendment was seized upon by white nationalists as a legal tool to preserve or restore white dominance.