The Avalanche – Snapshot 23 – Oct 16, ’18

“Blanket Silence: Corporate Media Ignore New Report Exposing Distorted And Misleading Coverage of Corbyn” by David Cromwell and David Edwards (Media Lens)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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If there’s one thing we’ve learned in the 17 years since Media Lens began, it’s that media professionals generally hate being challenged, critiqued or criticised. This fierce antipathetical belligerence underlies the corporate media’s total refusal to mention, far less discuss, a recent damning report on how the corporate media have been misreporting Labour and its supposed ‘problem’ with antisemitism.

The report was published last week by the Media Reform Coalition (MRC), set up in 2011 in the wake of the News International phone hacking scandal, to promote debate about the media and democracy. The MRC coordinates effective action by civil society groups, academics and media campaigners, and is currently chaired by Natalie Fenton, Professor of Communication and Media at Goldsmiths, University of London…

In the careful MRC study, articles and news segments on Labour and antisemitism from the largest UK news providers, both online and television, were subjected to in-depth analysis. The research was undertaken by Dr Justin Schlosberg, Senior Lecturer in Journalism and Media at Birkbeck, University of London, together with Laura Laker, an experienced freelance journalist.

In their study, Schlosberg and Laker identified:

‘myriad inaccuracies and distortions in online and television news including marked skews in sourcing, omission of essential context or right of reply, misquotation, and false assertions made either by journalists themselves or sources whose contentious claims were neither challenged nor countered. Overall, our findings were consistent with a disinformation paradigm.’

In other words, the corporate media have been pumping out reams of ‘fake news’ promoting a narrative that Corbyn and Labour are mired in an ‘antisemitism crisis’.
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related: “New MRC research finds inaccuracies and distortions in media coverage of antisemitism and the Labour Party” by ? (Media Reform Coalition)

Note, The above entry does not mean that I endorse faker Jeremy Corbyn. I’m not even 100% convinced that Media Lens is the real deal. But the above report is one that I know enough to know is solid.

“Where Does Our Attention Belong: Kavanaugh or Yemen?” by Paul Craig Roberts (American Herald Tribune)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

There are reports that the Washington-initiated and militarily- supported Saudi Arabian war against Yemen have a starving Yemeni population eating leaves.

The Saudis, with Washington’s GPS support, continue to target school busses, massacring children as an element of the terror assault against the population, trying to break Yemeni resistance by murdering children on school busses. Washington continues to supply the Saudis with the weapons to target school buses and the diplomatic support to protect the criminal Saudi regime from war crimes charges. The European cowards turn their heads. Even Russia is silent. Putin’s “partnership” with the criminal state of Saudi Arabia is more important.

Isn’t this a far greater offense, an offense that most definitely does not lack evidence, than the accusation that Kavanaugh, a nominee to the US Supreme Court attempted to rape a women 30 or 40 years ago, for which there is no evidence…?

From 21st Century Wire:
Civilian martyrs names and photographs displayed at entrance to the village of Shrehi in eastern Sweida countryside. (Photo: Vanessa Beeley)

“SWEIDA: A Bloody Massacre Barely Registered by Western Media as ISIS Slaughter Innocent Civilians in their Sleep” by Vanessa Beeley (21st Century Wire)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

On the 2nd October 2018, a young woman’s life was brought to a brutal end by a bullet from an ISIS executioner’s hand-gun. Mrs Thoraya Um Ammar was executed on video by the terrorist group more than two months after she and twenty five other women and children were kidnapped from the Sweida countryside, south of Damascus on July 25th 2018.

[Note: Numbers of kidnap victims do vary. While in Shbeki, I was told 32 were originally kidnapped but that a number of them managed to escape their captors and return to their village]

The images circulating of this execution are extremely distressing and we will not be sharing them in this article. During my recent visit to Syria, I visited three of the seven villages that came under attack in the eastern countryside of Sweida City on that fateful day in July 2018. The grief and anger was still very raw but civilians spoke to me of the bloodshed that was a result of the meticulously planned ISIS attack, unhindered by the US Coalition forces camped in Al Tanf, 330km to the East. ISIS entered the villages from the east and traversed vast areas of exposed desert to do so, apparently undetected by those who claim to wage war on ISIS inside Syria…

On the drive down to the villlage of Shrehi, our guide H Saab told us that thirty-five members of his family had been killed in the ISIS attack that took place in the early hours of the 25th July 2018. I asked him what he believed to be behind this attack. He told me that he thought it was to reduce SAA pressure on the ISIS terrorists holding out in Yarmouk Basin at this time. Perhaps to give them an escape route to the US base at Al Tanf…

Khaled told us that, in his opinion, many of the ISIS fighters were on drugs, very likely to be Captagon. “We fired many bullets into them, but they kept fighting” he told us and this was confirmed by other family members in the madafa. In January 2017, “at least 137kg of Captagon, dubbed a “jihadist drug” and “the drug of the Syrian conflict,” was seized at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport in a first for France, customs officials said, adding that half of the illicit cargo was destined for Saudi Arabia.” Captagon is a psychostimulant that is used as a performance enhancer by the extremist gangs that have invaded Syria since 2011…

The media reports in the West were a cursory glance at the impacts of this ISIS attack upon this community, a skating over of detail and no mention of the potential connection to the US coaliton. As always, the true victims of this 8 year war will be brushed under the carpet while the focus remains upon the whitewashing of the perpertrators of the crimes against the Syrian people – the “rebel”-washing of the terrorist gangs who have been enabled to roam freely across Syria by the US Coalition and its Gulf State financiers of the sectarian ideologues described by the Colonial media as “moderates”.

“Facebook, Twitter Purge More Dissident Media Pages In Latest Escalation” by Caitlin Johnstone (Rogue Journalist)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Facebook has purged more dissident political media pages today, this time under the pretense of protecting its users from “inauthentic activity”. In a statement co-authored by Facebook Head of Cybersecurity Nathaniel Gleicher (who also happens to be the former White House National Security Council Director of Cybersecurity Policy), the massive social media platform explained that it has removed “559 Pages and 251 accounts that have consistently broken our rules against spam and coordinated inauthentic behavior.”

This “inauthentic behavior”, according to Facebook, consists of using “sensational political content – regardless of its political slant – to build an audience and drive traffic to their websites,” which is the same as saying they write about controversial things, and posting those political articles “in dozens of Facebook Groups, often hundreds of times in a short period, to drum up traffic for their websites.”

In other words, the pages were removed for publishing controversial political content and trying to get people to read it. Not for writing “fake news”, but for doing what they could to get legitimate indie media news stories viewed by people who might want to view it…

“BREAKING: The FACEBOOK PURGE Is On – Independent Media Outlet PRESS FOR TRUTH Memory Holed!” by Dan Dicks (Press For Truth via Another Day In The Empire)

An excerpt from Kurt Nimmo’s report on the banning of Press For Truth and other orgs follows:

Both the Free Thought Project and The Anti-Media lost their social media accounts in a coordinated attack today by Facebook and Twitter…

Facebook alone removed 559 pages and 251 accounts.

Facebook has unpublished our page

After 5 years of building fans Facebook has officially unpublished our page (3.1 million fans) so we can’t post on it anymore. This is truly an outrage and we are devastated. We will do everything we can to recover our page and fight back.

— Free Thought Project (@TFTPROJECT) October 11, 2018

Dan Dicks is another victim.

“The Press For Truth FaceBook Page with 350k followers has just been memory holed form the internet! 350k followers gone in the blink of an eye as we are right before our eyes witnessing the results of what happens when these big tech companies appoint themselves as the gatekeepers of political thought and opinion,” a headline story at Press For Truth reports today.

I am not a fan of Press For Truth, although it’s not all bad. Which is beside the point here.

related: “LEAKED DOCUMENT: Google’s “THE GOOD CENSOR” Reveals A Plan To Silence Political Opponents!” by Dan Dicks (Press For Truth)

related: “Google’s “THE GOOD CENSOR”” by Allum Bokhari (Scribd)

“Owen Jones meets Salma Karmi-Ayyoub: ‘The IHRA antisemitism debate is toxic’” by Owen Jones and Salma Karmi-Ayyoub (Owen Jones via The New Cold War: Ukraine And Beyond)

A blurb about the above linked-to show (YouTube) follows:

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Palestinian voices went largely unheard during the protracted debate over whether or not the Labour party should adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of antisemitism.
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“China’s Uyghur Problem — The Unmentioned Part” by F. William Engdahl (F. William Engdahl)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

In recent months Western media and the Washington Administration have begun to raise a hue and cry over alleged mass internment camps in China’s northwestern Xinjiang where supposedly up to one million ethnic Uyghur Chinese are being detained and submitted to various forms of “re-education.” Several things about the charges are notable, not the least that all originate from Western media or “democracy” NGOs such as Human Rights Watch whose record for veracity leaves something to be desired .

In August Reuters published an article under the headline, “UN says it has credible reports that China holds million Uighurs in secret camps.” A closer look at the article reveals no official UN policy statement, but rather a quote from one American member of an independent committee that does not speak for the UN, a member with no background in China. The source of the claim it turns out is a UN independent advisory NGO called Committee on Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The sole person making the charge, American committee member Gay McDougall, stated she was “deeply concerned” about “credible reports.” McDougall cited no source for the dramatic charge.

Reuters in their article boosts its claim by citing a murky Washington DC based NGO, the Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD). In an excellent background investigation, researchers at the Grayzone Project found that the CHRD gets hundreds of thousands of dollars from unnamed governments. The notorious US government NGO, National Endowment for Democracy, is high on the list of usual suspects. Notably, the CHRD official address is that of the Human Rights Watch which gets funds also from the Soros foundation.

The ‘Uyghur Problem’

The true state of affairs in China’s Xinjiang Province regarding Uyghurs is not possible to independently verify, whether such camps exist and if so who is there and under what conditions. What is known, however, is the fact that NATO intelligence agencies, including that of Turkey and of the US, along with Saudi Arabia, have been involved in recruiting and deploying thousands of Chinese Uyghur Muslims to join Al Qaeda and other terror groups in Syria in recent years. This side of the equation warrants a closer look, the side omitted by Reuters or UN Ambassador Haley

“Act Now To Protect Our Right To Protest” by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers (Dissident Voice)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

The radical attack on our constitutional right to protest in Washington, DC needs to be stopped. The National Park Service (NPS) has published proposed rules that would curtail First Amendment rights to assemble, petition the government and exercise free speech in the nation’s capital. Together, we can stop this proposal from going forward…

The proposal would result in people being charged fees if they hold a protest. That means in order to exercise your constitutional right, the government can charge you for the police barricades, the Park Service police time and even their overtime. And, if you hold a concert with your protest where people make speeches, play music or use spoken word, you can be charged for that exercise of Free Speech as well.

While the “pay to play” rules have gotten some attention in the media, that is just the beginning of the restrictions. The area around the White House would basically be off-limits as they would close the walkway and sidewalk in front of it. This area that was used by suffragists to appeal to President Wilson for the right to vote would no longer be available. There are hundreds of protests every year around the White House as this iconic spot has been used for protests on civil rights, opposition to war, protection of the environment, urging climate justice, for economic fairness and so much more. It is used to get the attention of the president to use the presidential power to pardon, as we did in the campaign for Chelsea Manning directed at President Obama…

This is a time to be protecting constitutional rights, not curtailing them. People understand the government is not listening to them or meeting their needs and are protesting in order to be heard as they face economic insecurity – high debt and low pay.

I find some of the statements in the above article to be strange. The authors state “In this time of immediate news coverage and the ability to use social media for breaking news as it happens, NPS proposed restricting “spontaneous demonstrations.”” The immediate news coverage, if the authors are referring to corporate media, is fake – at least in the area of politics and foreign policy. There’s also a great deal that the public is not told by corporate media. How often does it talk about US-supported genocidal assault, by Saudi Arabia (mainly) on Yemen that is underway right now? The authors make no mention of the censorship happening online. They could have made their point, dramatically, by mentioning that: We are losing, in other words, ‘all’ venues for free expression and protest.

Jim Miles

“The Saudi problem – it is not the oil” by Jim Miles (Axis of Logic)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Listening to various pundits and news reporters discussing Prime Minister Trudeau’s reaction to events in Turkey vis à vis the alleged murder of a Saudi dissident makes me realize the shallowness and wilful ignorance of the majority of them…

First is Thomas Friedman, New York Times mouthpiece of empire, and apparently a personal friend of Jamal Khashoggi but also a fawning admirer of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman [MBS]. After the news of Khashoggi’s disappearance, Friedman had to twist himself around, and argued that the Khashoggi event is far more severe of an international concern than the war in Yemen.

Thus the first idiocy of the whole affair: the western world is tied up in confusion about what to say to MBS yet – and this points directly at the mainstream media and its corporate-governmental control – say very little about Saudi attempts at genocide and ethnic cleansing in Yemen supported in large part by western countries including through Canada’s military sales to MSB. It would appear that a few thousand Canadian jobs are being bargained off against tens of thousands of dead Yemenis, hundreds of thousands suffering from cholera and millions in imminent danger of starvation, disease, and death from U.S. supplied armaments…

Secondly, a pundit on CBC’s Power and Politics this afternoon (Thursday, October 12, 2018) indicated that not much can actually be done because the west buys much of its oil from Saudi Arabia and thus cannot complain too loudly…

However, the comment reveals, as usual, the common misrepresentation of Saudi oil in the western marketplace. The important factor is not the oil per se, but the fact that the oil is priced in US$ – everybody seems to know this, but few will admit to its impact, its importance to the global economy. If the Saudis decided to sell oil to whatever country using the whatever country’s currency – yuan, rial, kroner, euro, et al – the US$ would die a nasty death.

“A Loud Whoompfing Sound”

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6 Responses to The Avalanche – Snapshot 23 – Oct 16, ’18

  1. Doug Colwell says:

    I don’t know much about Media Lens, but earlier today I read an article about their Wickipedia entry being modified many times by Mark Cross. If you want I’ll find the reference.
    Can you tell me why you have reservations about them?

  2. Doug Colwell says:

    Sorry, I should have said Philip Cross, a notorious and prolific Wikipedia editor.

    • Arrby says:

      Hi Doug. Yes, I know all about the notorious Philip Cross, which is to say I know he (Is it a he?) is a trouble-maker. Craig Murray and Caitlin Johnstone have a lot to say about him. I forget the details.

      Needless to say, both Jimmy Wales and Wikipedia are problematic. In the case of Jimmy Wales, he’s an awful person. In the case of Wikipedia, it just doesn’t work when anyone (who knows how to) can edit anything. I use Wikipedia, but only for basic info, such as the full proper names of people and places.

      As for Media Lens, I came across a negative reference to them but for the life of me forget from who it issued. Maybe that journo was the faker. There wasn’t much to it but when so many progressives are fakers, that sort of stuck with me. I’m now more alert to further negative reports about Media Lens, although I also take to heart the endorsements from progressives I (still) trust, like John Pilger.

      When I find the reference to which I’m referring, I’ll toss it in here in case you return to this again to have a look.


  3. Arrby says:

    Doug: I see that I bookmarked this. I have a folder called “To Read,” which means I have either read only snippets of the following article or none of it. See “Media Lens and other Globalist Assets” by Barbara Mckenzie.

    Barbara Mckenzie has done some good work. But she short of failed when she did not push back when she was discussing Eva Bartlett and Vanessa Beeley with the traitorous Sibel Edmonds. Also, she’s a climate crisis denier. While she raises good points in her explanations of why climate crisis is a hoax, I can’t support the idea that we can throw wrenches into the complex machinery that is the earth’s web of interconnected ecosystems and not screw things up. I have no problem with a progressive who doesn’t automatically agree with all that other progressives say, depending. If a progressive is principled, then his or her deviation from the conventional progressive thinking is probably a sign that that thinking needs to be re-examined.

  4. Doug Colwell says:

    She doesn’t have much to say beyond an opinion in that article.
    Thanks Arrby.

    • Arrby says:

      Doug: I just read the post by Barbara. There’s something wrong with it. That is, there’s huge blank chunks missing. I mentioned it in a comment I posted, so maybe she’ll explain it. If she’s editting it, she should just unpublish it until she’s done.

      From the bits and pieces that were there, I found stuff I could criticize, stuff I needed to look into and other stuff that I probably agree with. I think that Barbara is absolutely right to question Chomsky’s motivations, if what we are seeing is as bad as it looks. I myself have found his comments, and lack of comments, on a number of issues in recent years to be troubling. I am grateful to her for providing links to others who have had the same experience. I wasn’t aware. But, as I said, I have to look into things more. Peace.

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