Fake News

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British Government-Funded Outlet Offered Journalist $17,000 a Month to Produce Propaganda for Syrian Rebels
Khalek, Rania
Article
2016
The Revolutionary Forces of Syria media office, a major Syrian opposition media outfit and frequent source of information for Western media, is funded by the British government as a propaganda outlet.
A Case Study in the Creation of False News
Roberts, Paul Craig
Article
2017
Paul Craig Roberts discusses a classic case in the creation of false news.
The Climate Denial Industry Is Out To Dupe The Public. And It's Working
Monbiot, George
Article
2009
The climate denial industry consists of people who are paid to say that man-made global warming isn't happening.
Confessions of an Alleged ‘Russian Propagandist’: A Pentagon Hit?
Lindorff, Dave
Article
2016
While our corporate media don't talk about it, the US does run a vast propaganda operation, which includes the spawning and spreading of, guess what?, fake news stories! This kind of thing has gone on...
An Empire of Lies: Why Our Media Betray Us
Cook, Jonathan
Article
2011
Contrary to its avowed aim, mainstream journalism invariably diminishes the impact of new events when they threaten powerful elites.
Fake News About 'Fake News' - The Media Performance Pyramid
Edwards, David
Article
2016
Following Brexit and Trump, mainstream media have focused on media bias and the implications of so-called fake news. The definition of fake news can be easily generalized to all corporate media, and a...
'Fake News' in America: Homegrown, and Far From New
Hedges, Chris
Article
2016
Details the hypocrisy of the media and Democratic party's recent outcry over 'fake news', as the loose definition encompasses well-established media practices, and may be used to attack any alternativ...
Fake News Inquiry: Old Wine in New Bottles
Kampmark, Binoy
Article
2017
A criticism of a recent investigation by the UK's Culture, Media and Sports committee into 'fake news' and public persuasion by false propaganda, describing the challenges of identifying or preventing...
Gates of Delusion: Media Distortions and REAL Climate Scandals
Article
2010
Climate-related storms in a teacup have been appearing in the corporate media almost on a daily basis. This nonsense is distracting attention from a mountain of evidence that human-induced climate cha...
Israeli Army Admits Tweeted Hezbollah Map Actually Fake
Ditz, Jason
Article
2016
The Israeli media has been forced to admit a map purported to contain information on Hezbollah positions, distributed to foreign diplomats and on twitter, is a fabrication.
It Doesn't Matter to Them If It's Untrue. It's a Higher Truth.: The Anti-Empire Report
Blum, William
Article
2011
The lies used to justify the US/NATO attack on Libya.
The Manufactured Doubt Industry And The Hacked Email Controversy
Masters, Jeff
Article
2009
The fossil fuel industry has been working for years to create a smokescreen of doubt to obscure the facts of global warming.
Media Review: Fake News
Film/Video
2017
Richard Seymour looks at the current debate around 'fake news'. What does the term refer to and is it as new as we think?
Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming
Oreskes, Naomi; Conway, Erik M.
Book
2010
Investigative reportage on how private interests and lobbies in America use hired gun scientists to spread doubt and misinformation. The media's binary understanding of balanced repoting has given the...
NYT Advocates Internet Censorship
Parry, Robert
Article
2016
The New York Times wants a system of censorship for the Internet to block what it calls "fake news," but the Times ignores its own record of publishing "fake news."
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - December 20, 2016: Fake News
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2016
"Fake news" is the latest mania to convulse the mainstream media. All at once, we're being subjected to an outbreak of hand-wringing articles and commentary about obscure websites which are supposedly...
The Russian Dossier Reminds Me of the Row Over Saddam's WMDs
Cockburn, Patrick
Article
2017
The conclusions reached in the Trump dossier claim to be based on multiple sources of information where, in the nature of things, they are unlikely to exist.
Trump v. the Media: a Fight to the Death
Cockburn, Patrick
Article
2017
At present, this is a golden era in American journalism, because established media outlets such as CNN, The New York Times and The Washington Post find themselves under unprecedented and open attacks ...
Watch How Casually False Claims Are Published: New York Times and Nicholas Lemann Edition
Greenwald, Glenn
Article
2017
We have a perfect example of how this happens from the New York Times today, in a book review by Nicholas Lemann, the Pulitzer-Moore professor of journalism at Columbia University as well as a longtim...

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Facebook’s 'anti-fake news' plan looks like effort to curb alternative media
MacDonald, Bryan
2016
Examines the problems of how 'fake news' is defined, and how Facebook's strategy to limit exposure to 'fake news' might also impact any alternative media.
'Fake news' & 'post-truth' politics? What about those Iraqi WMDs?
Clark, Neil
2016
The people and the outlets warning of the dangers of 'fake news' and 'post-truth politics' have been the biggest peddlers of 'fake news' and 'post-truth politics' out there. It's like receiving lectur...