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Fake Newz in a Fake World
« on: January 12, 2017, 05:38:24 AM »
http://www.greanvillepost.com/2017/01/09/the-entire-world-is-fake-news/

The Entire World is “Fake News”
January 9, 2017


Andre Vltchek
Itinerant Philosopher and Journalist

    “Those who are still standing tall, defending great ideals, fateful to the ‘old labels’, are being ridiculed. Old flags, under which millions used to march forward, often victoriously, are now being dirtied, defecated on…Whatever contradicts the Empire is gradually labeled as Fake News…”

 Imperialist demagogues, as well as religious fanatics, are known to live in their grotesque realities. They erect huge sand castles, invent mascots, and bombard the public relentlessly with self-promoting messages. Those who refuse to listen and believe, those who dare to doubt and resist, are sidelined, starved to death, humiliated or simply liquidated.

Western religions and European/North American brutal colonialist practices are intertwined culturally. Hand in hand, for centuries, they have been destroying our Planet, from corner to corner, on all continents and even on the high seas.

All conquests, all genocides, all plunders have been eternally rationalized, painstakingly justified. Grand bogus concepts of charity, of ‘altruism’ have been erected. Subjugated nations have always been ruined in the name of some higher principles, in order to save them from themselves. For centuries, the West has portrayed itself as a sacrificial lamb, as a hand chosen by some divine power, as the greatest civilization that is continuously and altruistically liberating the world.

In the West, scribblers and ‘scholars’ have been paid to soften every barbarity committed by the rulers, soldiers and even common citizens.

The cults of formal learning, of facts and information have been erected. Holed up in innumerable officially recognized institutions, the scholars, certified demagogues, researchers and media people have been ‘studying’ each other, recycling and quoting each other, filling millions of books with essentially the same narrative.

‘New’ and ‘revolutionary’ academic discoveries mostly lead to the same old conclusions, to stale intellectual and moral passivity, cowardice and spinelessness.

Endless libraries have been filled with useless volumes, first arriving in print, then later in electronic form. Tens of millions of young and not too young men and women are busy wasting their lives, chasing diplomas, those colorful pieces of paper with the seal of approval, certifying people as fit to serve the Empire and the victorious civilization.
T he press, mass media, gained mastery in saying nothing, addressing nothing, criticizing nothing related to the plunder of the world, and to the suppression of new and truly revolutionary ideas. Enormous hordes of teachers, lawyers, scientists, and bureaucrats got converted into fundamental idiots, but armed with their licenses, bar exams, patents, contracts and other ‘feel-good’ sheets of colorful papers. Tens of millions of lawyers failed to form even one single powerful international organization fighting for justice, against the terror of the Empire. This make-believe world has by now managed to expel Reality and become ‘real’ itself in the minds and brains of billions of men, women and children.


Meryl Streep at the Globe Awards. She represents the misguided and largely ignorant affluent artistic liberal subculture of the West, its self-righteous members convinced they are doing brave and enlightened work by insulting Donald Trump while supporting the hypocritical warmongering and utterly corrupt Clintonite wing of the Democratic party.  These people are too brainwashed and careerist to be of any service to humanity at this moment of terrible crisis. (Watch the video in the Appendix, but strong stomach is required.)

At some point, all major philosophical and existential topics ceased to be discussed, in official academia, in mainstream media, in the film houses, libraries and best selling books.

No one paid any attention. The world simply ‘moved forward’.

The ‘issues’ did not disappear. Genocides are still administered by the West in order to plunder the world, the world of the ‘un-people’.

Western colonialism was never really stopped or defeated.

Great ideologies based on humanism were successfully smeared, even erased from the sub-consciousness of the people. Gutless masses, but especially cowardly intellectuals, got convinced that it would be the best ‘not to take stances’, and not to wear ‘old labels’ and gather under ‘old flags’. Passivity combined with the extreme selfishness eventually mutated into collaboration with the regime.

The environment has been getting ruined, progressively and irreversibly.

The press, mass media, gained mastery in saying nothing, addressing nothing, criticizing nothing related to the plunder of the world, and to the suppression of new and truly revolutionary ideas.

Enormous hordes of teachers, lawyers, scientists, and bureaucrats got converted into fundamental idiots, but armed with their licenses, bar exams, patents, contracts and other ‘feel-good’ sheets of colorful papers.

Tens of millions of lawyers failed to form even one single powerful international organization fighting for justice, against the terror of the Empire.

This make-believe world has by now managed to expel Reality and become ‘real’ itself in the minds and brains of billions of men, women and children.

True Reality went underground. She had to become a fugitive, a refugee, paperless and disrespected, belonging nowhere.

She is roaming our Planet, searching for scattered allies, for those few human beings who are still not fully indoctrinated, or fully sold.

Whenever she is caught, she is beaten, stripped naked, and humiliated. A piece of paper saying ‘A Lie’ is hanged around her neck.

Those who are still standing tall, defending great ideals, fateful to the ‘old labels’, are being ridiculed. Old flags, under which millions used to march forward, often victoriously, are now being dirtied, defecated on.

Whatever contradicts the Empire is gradually labeled as Fake News.

In the West, no one seems to be noticing. There are no mass demonstrations, no clashes with police, as laws and regulations are being changed and entire Constitutions violated.

It is because an overwhelming majority is actually collaborating with the regime.

It is because it is suddenly so frightening, or at least impractical, to think outside the box.

It is because there are very few examples of intellectual courage left in this world.

Fake News, fake history, fake emotions, and fake ideals… Everything that is not supporting the official narrative is slowly but seemingly irreversibly becoming ‘fake’.

The only way forward, and the only way for our humanity to survive, would be for at least one group of extremely bright people to fully break from that straightjacket put on the world by the Empire, to reject official perceptions and ‘knowledge’, and to completely cast off all major tools of analyses of Christian and Western supremacy ideologies which are still functioning as the main ‘intellectual’ pillars of the Empire and its collaborators in the colonies.

One’s thought, in order to be original and revolutionary, would have to be almost completely cleansed, even isolated, from the official propaganda of the Empire, from its movies and music, from its schools on all levels, from its professionally manipulative narratives.

Diplomas and licenses supplied by the indoctrination institutions should be used as toilet paper for extremely severe cases of intellectual food poisoning, and flushed immediately, together with all that toxic shit that consists of so called ‘facts’ and ‘news’.

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While the ‘Real News’ package is being disseminated all over the world by the Imperial propaganda machine, hundreds of millions of ‘un-people’ are continuing to die annually, aimlessly.

Many are actually vanishing while still fully believing in every word of what they had been fed by the news channels and newspapers. Would they be told the truth (now also known in the West as ‘Fake News’), they’d most likely refuse to die, even opting to fight for their survival.

Fight against whom, against the Empire? That would be unacceptable. Therefore, alternative sources of information must be immediately suppressed – exactly what the Nobel Peace Prize laureate President Obama has been aiming at during the last months of this year, before stepping down from his throne.

The Empire is in panic, because resistance in the form of alternative thoughts and concepts is now coming from various parts of the world, especially from those places not yet infested with the English-language (as well as French or German) standardized storyline. It comes from such places as China’s Academy of Social Sciences, from several Russian institutions and many fiction and non-fiction writers, as well as from numerous new and not so new media outlets in Latin America.

It is now easy to imagine that the Empire might soon introduce some fascist institution like a “Department of Truth”. Its employees could start demanding that each essay and book is ‘well researched’, insisting on ‘facts’.

Writing and philosophy could be reduced to the level of present-day academia: only recycled thoughts would be acceptable. It would not be enough to say that last week it was raining four days a week. A suitable alternative would be: “Last week it was raining four times a week, according to Professor Sigmund Brown.” Or even better: “Both Professors Brown and Green agreed that last week it was raining four times a week”. Then, footnotes would have to be supplied, as well as other information.

Otherwise – it could be defined as Fake News.

The Fake News clause could be invoked if someone wrote, for instance “the true and the most brutal terrorist in modern history is the West.” Or “Several hundreds of millions of people were slaughtered by European empires, and then by the US Empire, in the last several centuries. This holocaust took place in Africa, Asia, what is now known as Latin America, in the Middle East and Oceania, basically everywhere. No alternative system including those of the Soviet Union or China ever came close to the barbarity committed by the West.”

Anyone spreading such blasphemy, such sacrilege, could be caught, charged, tried, punished, and ‘neutralized’.

Just imagine, someone writing this: “All basic narratives on which Western propaganda is based, are either false, or at least have been heavily twisted and manipulated. This includes all storylines related to the Soviet Union, China, colonialism and the anti-colonialist struggle, Cambodia, Cuba, and even Rwanda. The list is long. Ignorance of the Western public is almost complete.”

How could this not be identified as ‘Fake News’? No Professor Blue would utter such judgment, and no Professor Pink would confirm it. You can spend your time digging your snout into millions of books in official libraries, but a only handful of them would mention it.

Therefore, it is all fake, all fabricated. It does not exist, and should be forbidden, censored.

You can of course hear all this in Havana, Caracas, Beijing, Moscow or Johannesburg. In Beijing, in a normal big state-run bookstore there is much greater variety of political opinion than on the entire island of Manhattan. Even many common folks in non-Western places know things and pronounce them freely. However, ‘unapproved’ people cannot be trusted, can they? Especially when it concerns such explosive pieces of material! Also, foreigners speaking their strange twisted tongues cannot be trusted.

Actually, nothing and nobody can be trusted!

Fake News is everywhere, creeping, ambushing us behind each corner. If the Empire is not vigilant, Western supremacy may one day collapse. Which would be against God’s will… Oh, sorry, that was a slip! The correct way to put it: It would be against all reason, against all logic and all facts.

President Obama cares, he understands.

And now we will be defended with even greater fervor: now comes Donald Trump!
Andre Vltchek
Philosopher, novelist, filmmaker and investigative journalist, Andre Vltchek has covered wars and conflicts in dozens of countries. Three of his latest books are revolutionary novel “Aurora” and two bestselling works of political non-fiction: “Exposing Lies Of The Empire” and  “Fighting Against Western Imperialism”. View his other books here. Andre is making films for teleSUR and Al-Mayadeen. After having lived in Latin America, Africa and Oceania, Vltchek presently resides in East Asia and the Middle East, and continues to work around the world. He can be reached through his website and his Twitter.
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Re: Fake Newz in a Fake World
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2017, 07:19:15 AM »
Yep, that's about the size of it.  I love the pic at the beginning of this article.  I saved it and will be using it in my next blog. 

The tragedy is that nobody will wake up until after the collapse, and then they will likely just kill themselves. 

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Re: Fake Newz in a Fake World
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2017, 02:06:12 PM »
I think Andre Vltchek is full of shit.  I am sick of holier than though Russians who criticize the West as if they are without sin.  Andre is not taking the maxim to move forward without pulling others back to heart.  I learned that from a Russian.  It is not a matter of him being wrong about much of what he writes though what he sees is through venom filled eyes.  He is not stepping forward and giving any answers or solutions, all he has done is rant.  He criticizes Western culture as if Russia did not have its own past seeped in blood.  He is phony and trying to be authoritarian by throwing a blanket of hate over you.  He acts like an imperialist.
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Fake News : The Greatest Lies Ever Told
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2017, 12:30:49 AM »
http://truepublica.org.uk/united-kingdom/fake-news-the-greatest-lies-ever-told/

Fake News : The Greatest Lies Ever Told
2nd February 2017 / United Kingdom   

Fake News : The Greatest Lies Ever Told

By Graham Vanbergen – Simply ignoring facts, distorting the truth or applying a degree of misinformation has long been the staple content of political discourse. No longer considered a dismissible offence in the British parliament, politicians overstating statistics or simply outright lying nowadays has led trust in them falling to all time lows. Today less people trust government minsters than bankers – that says it all!

In the meantime political surrogates and pundits spread the spin whilst fake news is purported somehow to be a new phenomenon – it isn’t. There is no difference between fake news, misinformation, disinformation or propaganda that government’s have been churning out for years, it is all designed to promote a political cause or point of view. It is not a new battleground.

What is new is the platform that news now rides upon (at incredible speed) – social media. So-called fake news, made to look like credible journalistic reports are easily spread online to large audiences, and one has to say to a largely naive and willing audience who end up spreading it. The Facebook news feed, Google searches and Tweets are game changers simply because of their sheer scale and ability to spread information.

The parallels between Trump’s somewhat sensational victory and the vote for Brexit have been well-documented, particularly as we can now sit back and see the results of the autopsy. When we cut away, what we find is a cancer dubbed “post-truth politics” which are finely tuned and sophisticated appeals based around people’s fears and emotions rather than facts and the policies required to make informed rational decisions. In other words propaganda. Again, it’s not new.
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The biggest political decision for a generation in the UK was based on ‘post-truth politics’ about £350m that the NHS will never see and ironically, the very people whose generation voted for it, who need it the most, will never see either. The immigration debate was another scapegoat used by politicians to whip up a storm of disinformation that focused on emotion not fact.

It’s not just politics though, it’s now everywhere. So much so, most people who like to think they are informed are now overwhelmed and confused as to what is true and what is not. A good example is a story TruePublica revealed back in August 2015 that went on to be voted by Project Censored as one of the most censored stories in 2016, The Lies Of Evidence-Based Medical Studies.

In that article we reported that Dr. Richard Horton, the current editor-in-chief of the Lancet – considered to be one of the most well respected peer-reviewed medical journals in the world recently published a statement declaring that a lot of published research is in fact unreliable at best, if not completely false.

    “The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue. Afflicted by studies with small sample sizes, tiny effects, invalid exploratory analyses, and flagrant conflicts of interest, together with an obsession for pursuing fashionable trends of dubious importance, science has taken a turn towards darkness.”

Newspapers play a significant role in the distortion of evidence based information with an obsession for pursuing fashionable trends of dubious importance in a desperate attempt to drive traffic to their failing organisations, called ‘click-baiting’. In the case of medical reports, tens of millions of people change their behaviour believing they are doing the right thing or something better.

In just one example of literally thousands online a “Study says there’s no link between cholesterol and heart disease” the Daily Mail reported. What the Daily Mail conveniently overlooked was that nine of the authors are members of THINCS – The International Network of Cholesterol Skeptics. Professionals in the health industry roundly berated the newspaper for its deadly interpretation.

By far the worst fake news stories to have been peddled have been by government though. None greater in post war times than that of the illegal attack on Iraq. The now famed Dodgy Dossier was entitled “Infrastructure of Concealment, Deception and Intimidation” which was a 2003 briefing document for the British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s Labour Party government.” The government conned not just Britain but aided America’s own efforts, that subsequently led to the near destruction of the Middle-East, now spewing over into Africa and increasing political tensions in Europe over a migration crisis.

Another huge government lie, replicated across the European Union is the need for austerity. Austerity is not a policy, it is an ideology designed to make the rich and powerful more rich and more powerful. Economics.Help explains this nicely, thus:

    “Let’s start with a fact that should be on billboards across the land. As a proportion of GDP, Britain’s national debt has been higher than it is now for 200 of the past 250 years. Read that sentence again. Check it on any graph by any historian. Since 1750, there have only been two brief 30-year periods when our debt has been lower than it is now. So we can afford to run a deficit, if that has a positive effect. If we are “bust” today, as George Osborne has claimed, then we have almost always been bust.”

Margaret Thatcher has been heralded as the sole driver of the renewal and political renaissance in Britain. Yet Thatcher and Reagan’s ideology of neoliberal capitalism and globalisation has been one of the greatest lies ever told to citizens of the world. The hollowing out of the industrial base in Britain, Europe and America has led to Brexit, Trump and quite likely far-right leader Marine LePen in France next April. Trump, May and LePen are all talking of re-skilling, re-equipping and re-industrialising their homelands and all are talking protectionist policies and curbing immigration – an absolute reversal of the  experiment we were all mis-sold for forty years.

Thatcher and the successive political parties that followed (both sides of the Atlantic) did little or nothing about our international decline in terms of skills or schooling whilst deregulating the banking sector that directly led to the 2008 financial crisis that has cost taxpayers in the West trillions. That epic event is still unfolding a decade later, its lingering effects continue to negatively affect almost everyone and many economists believe it is far from over.

John Major, the PM that followed Thatcher was quoted as saying “We Conservatives have always passed our values from generation to generation. I believe that personal prosperity should follow the same course. I want to see wealth cascading down the generations. We do not see each generation starting out anew, with the past cut off and the future ignored.” One cannot read these words without thinking of the crisis of everyday life for millions of Briton’s who face a housing crisis, rises in homelessness, poverty and the escalation of inequality that took hold with privatisation and deregulation at the heart of economic policy from the 1980’s – and the subsequent misery delivered via austerity.

    Trickle-down economics, the effects of neoliberal capitalism and globalisation espoused by government’s no matter what tribal colour they sported has been described as the “greatest broken promise of our lifetime.”

Oxfam reported that 85 people have the same wealth as half of the entire world’s population. Never in history has inequality been so vulgar, and so public in its display to taunt all those left behind. Credit Suisse estimates that the world will have 11 trillionaires within two generations. Only 15 countries in the world have a GDP larger than a trillion.

Probably the biggest lie in modern history was the rise of Nazism in Germany in the 1930’s. Whilst the Jewish people had suffered a long history of prejudice and persecution, the Nazi’s created a system of fake news that manifested itself as a sweeping national policy known as “the Final Solution,” which we now know sought to eliminate Jews from the face of the Earth. Hitler asked the world to take all the Jewish people living in Germany, even offering to pay for transport, and almost universally this offer was rejected (YouTube Video Noam Chomsky Migration Crisis). We are not told this story in our schools. It is reported that 6 million Jews lost their lives in the genocide that followed.

Hitler and his cronies orchestrated what they called “the big lie.” This theory, well documented, states that “no matter how big the lie is, people will believe it if you repeat it enough.” Hitler even reasoned that everyone tells lies, but few have the guts to tell colossal ones. “Because a big lie is so unlikely, people will come to accept it”.

Such is the ‘big lie’ that we have all been told wars in the Middle East were driven by ‘humanitarian’ need. These lies have concluded with an estimate that 6-8 million have lost their lives in the region (and still counting). The terms “War-on-Terror” and “Humanitarian Bombing” invented by representatives of government could not be more duplicitous and dishonest. The death toll from the holocaust and todays body count in the Mid-East are similar in more ways than one.

Richard Keeble, professor of journalism at the University of Lincoln, … has written on the history of the links between journalists and the intelligence services. … He quotes Roy Greenslade, who has been a media specialist for both the Telegraph and the Guardian [and is a former editor of the Mirror newspaper], as saying: “Most tabloid newspapers – or even newspapers in general – are playthings of MI5 [Britain’s FBI].” Keeble goes on to say:

    “Bloch and Fitzgerald, in their examination of covert UK warfare, report the editor of ‘one of Britain’s most distinguished journals’ as believing that more than half its foreign correspondents were on the MI6 payroll”

“Fake news” has beaten “alt-right” to be given the 2016 Word of the Year honours by Macquarie Dictionary. In Britain at least, Fake news websites have failed to get a grip in the political arena. This is because traditional British news outlets, are already highly accomplished at stretching the truth to its limits and yet still get away with it.
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Re: Fake Newz in a Fake World
« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2017, 06:57:58 AM »
In that article we reported that Dr. Richard Horton, the current editor-in-chief of the Lancet – considered to be one of the most well respected peer-reviewed medical journals in the world recently published a statement declaring that a lot of published research is in fact unreliable at best, if not completely false.

    “The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue. Afflicted by studies with small sample sizes, tiny effects, invalid exploratory analyses, and flagrant conflicts of interest, together with an obsession for pursuing fashionable trends of dubious importance, science has taken a turn towards darkness.”


This is why when some hot new treatment trend comes along, I take it with a grain of salt. Academics are so proud of their "evidence based medicine"  Way too proud.
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Re: Fake Newz in a Fake World
« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2017, 01:40:59 PM »

This is why when some hot new treatment trend comes along, I take it with a grain of salt. Academics are so proud of their "evidence based medicine"  Way too proud.


Shit, I saw enough evidence of this bullshit at a local community college while studying A&P II.

The professor was a kidney "scientist" early on in his doctoral career.  He was researching kidney physiology and found evidence for a previously unknown chemical pump...like the sodium potassium pump but different.  I can't remember the specifics now because it was several years ago.  Anyways, he documented his proof and turned the irrefutable scientifically generated evidence in to his superior.  He was told to squash it because it did not fit in with the current theory.  The superior was working for the pharmaceutical company that was funding the research. 

Rinse and repeat over...and over...and over again.

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Mainstream media: Fake news through lying by omission
« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2017, 01:48:47 AM »
http://www.mwcnews.net/focus/analysis/64626-mainstream-media.html

Mainstream media: Fake news through lying by omission


Saturday, 01 April 2017 11:25
   
By Gideon Polya

Mainstream media: Fake news

Fake news is simply a new, Trump-popularized descriptive for media lying that occurs in 2 basic forms, lying by omission and lying by commission. Lying by omission is far, far worse than lying by commission because the latter can at least admit refutation and public debate.

Western Mainstream media impose a huge burden of fake news on Western societies through entrenched and pervasive lying by omission. Indeed the most egregious and pervasive Mainstream media lie of omission is suppression of reportage of such lying by omission. The unimpeded, remorseless, corporate-dominated Mainstream media, politicians and pliant intellectuals are now going further, and variously threatening residual effective free speech and Alternative media on the basis of asserted fake news.

Numerous outstanding writers and journalists have commented cogently on Mainstream media lying and censorship and for alphabetically-organized compendia of such views see the websites “Mainstream media lying” [1] and “Mainstream media censorship” [2]. In particular, Eric Zuesse (an historian and the author, most recently, of “They’re Not Even Close: the Democratic vs Republican Records 1910-2010” and of “Christ’s ventriloquists: The event that created Christianity”) has commented incisively on “the most suppressed news of all - news about the news-suppression by the ‘news'-media” (2014):

“Recognize how extremely far from being a democracy today's United States has, in fact, become. This is the most shocking realization of all, because it's the most suppressed news of all - news about the news-suppression by the ‘news'-media…. That's how dire the condition of what used to be American democracy has now become. The biggest news-story of all is thus the one that is, and that will inevitably be, the most suppressed news-story of all: the news-suppression itself. It extends from the major ‘news'-media to the alternative and even to the specialized ‘news'-media… He [Edward Snowden] raised the extremely serious question as to whether, and the extent to which, a government can lie to its public and still be a democracy. That's the question. How can the public have a government representing informed consent, if the ‘news' media are constantly, and systematically, lying about the most important things, and covering up that government's worst, most heinous, crimes? Yet, this is what Americans have today. The United States is thus no longer a model for any country except for a dictatorship. How likely is it that America's press will let the American public know this now-established fact? Something's wrong — and it's not people such as Edward Snowden” [3].

Barbara Kingsolver (American novelist, essayist, poet and author of “The Poisonwood Bible” and other powerful works) explores Mainstream, media lying by omission in her great novel "The Lacuna" (lacuna meaning hiatus, blank, missing part, gap, cavity, or empty space) which has Russian Communist revolutionary and theorist Leon Trotsky (Lev) and his secretary Van having the following discussion about media (2009):

"But newspapers have a duty to truth", Van said. Lev [Trotsky] clicked his tongue. "They tell the truth only as the exception. Zola [French novelist of "J'accuse" fame] wrote that the mendacity of the press could be could be divided into two groups: the yellow press lies every day without hesitating. But others, like the Times, speak the truth on all inconsequential occasions, so they can deceive the public with the requisite authority when it becomes necessary." Van got up from his chair to gather the cast-off newspapers. Lev took off his glasses and rubbed his eyes. “I don't mean to offend the journalists; they aren't any different from other people. They're merely the megaphones of other people" … [Trotsky observes to his assistant Shepherd] “Soli, let me tell you. The most important thing about a person is always the thing you don't know” [4].

The lying journalists of corporate-owned Mainstream media can attempt to justify their lying by omission in terms of responsibility to the shareholders over-riding the responsibility they have for their readers and the public in general. A very good example of this neoliberal perversion is provided by John Perkins in his book “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man” in which he describes how he spent most of his corporate life deliberately deceiving Developing Country governments in the interests of US corporate clients. Eventually his conscience outweighed the generous rewards from his employers and clients, but he sadly observes at the end of the book that while he knew what he would be doing was wrong when he was recruited straight out of university in the early 1970s, today business studies students in our universities are taught that their prime moral obligation is to the shareholders and not to truth.

However “fake news” via lying by omission is most shocking when it is shamelessly purveyed by non-corporate, taxpayer-funded, national media such as Australia’s taxpayer-funded Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) that is Australia’s equivalent of the taxpayer-supported UK BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation). Now lying by commission and massive lying by omission are entrenched both the ABC [6] and the BBC [7] but it is of particular interest here to get hard evidence that the ABC and the BBC lie by omission about their lying by omission. Fortunately, the ABC and the BBC have Search functions that enable one to quantitate relative reportage and non-reportage of particular matters by these lying organizations, as detailed below.

A Search of the UK BBC (on April Fool’s Day, 1 April 2017) for the term “lying by omission” yields only 6 items, with the 2 most recent (2014) about an actress “coming out” as a lesbian: "I am tired of hiding and I am tired of lying by omission”. In stark contrast, a search of the BBC for “fake news” yields about 360 items that are overwhelmingly in 2017. The lying BBC hides the horrendous reality of its fake news as lying by omission behind a barrage of “fake news” as inconsequential concoctions dreamed up by the “yellow press” and on the Web. Alarmingly, this Search of the BBC for ”fake news” throws up repeated calls for legislated and other censorship of Alternative media and the Web in addition to that already applied by authoritarian governments, Facebook and Google. One notes that a Google Search for “lying by omission” yields 139,000 results whereas a Google Search for “fake news” yields 32 million.

A Search of the Australian ABC (on 1 April 2017) for the term “lying by omission” yields 26 items, with none more recent than 2014, and 10 out of these 26 items being uncensored comments about ABC programs by one Dr. Gideon Polya (me).- there would have been more comments by me but remorseless censorship by the Neocon American and Zionist Imperialist (NAZI)-perverted and subverted ABC has effectively cut off this avenue for opposing ABC “fake news” and lying by omission [6]. In marked contrast, a Search of the ABC for “fake news” yielded 277 items of which 162 were from 2017.

What a disgrace. The taxpayer-funded ABC and BBC not only lie by omission, they also lie by omission about their lying by omission. Indeed, in an endless iteration of falsehood, the ABC and BBC are lying by omission about their lying by omission about their lying by omission …

The lying by omission by the ABC, the BBC and by Mainstream journalist, politician and intellectual presstitutes in general has deadly consequences in the sense that history ignored yields history repeated, genocide ignored yields genocide repeated, and holocaust ignored yields holocaust repeated.

Outstanding expatriate Australian journalist John Pilger has written cogently about lying by omission and” historical amnesia” (2012): “ Writing in his personal blog, ever so quietly, Jon Williams, the BBC world news editor, effectively dishes his own 'coverage', citing Western officials who describe the 'psy-ops' operation against Syria as 'brilliant'.

As brilliant as the destruction of Libya, and Iraq, and Afghanistan. And as brilliant as the psy-ops of the Guardian's latest promotion of Alastair Campbell, the chief collaborator of Tony Blair in the criminal invasion of Iraq. In his "diaries", Campbell tries to splash Iraqi blood on the demon Murdoch. There is plenty to drench them all. But recognition that the respectable, liberal, Blair-fawning media was a vital accessory to such an epic crime is omitted and remains a singular test of intellectual and moral honesty in Britain. How much longer must we subject ourselves to such an "invisible government"?

 This term for insidious propaganda, first used by Edward Bernays, the nephew of Sigmund Freud and inventor of modern public relations, has never been more apt. "False reality" requires historical amnesia, lying by omission and the transfer of significance to the insignificant. In this way, political systems promising security and social justice have been replaced by piracy, "austerity", and "perpetual war": an extremism dedicated to the overthrow of democracy. Applied to an individual, this would identify a psychopath. Why do we accept it?” [8].

In the 2003-2011 Iraq War about 1.5 million Iraqis died from violence, and 1.2 million died from war-imposed deprivation [9]. However BBC estimates of Iraqi deaths in the Iraq War range from 90,000 to about 600,000, while the Australian ABC’s estimate on the occasion of US withdrawal in 2011 was a genocide-ignoring “tens of thousands”. The UK and Australia have invaded 193 and 85 countries, respectively, are both now into their 8th Iraq War since 1914, and are intimately involved in the Zionist-backed US War on Muslims (aka the US War on Terror) which has been associated, so far, with 32 million Muslim deaths from violence, 5 million, or from imposed deprivation, 27 million, in 20 impoverished countries invaded by the US Alliance since the US Government’s 9-11 false flag atrocity [9].

What can decent people do in the face of burgeoning and deadly Mainstream imposition of “false reality” by lying by omission “fake news”? All that decent, informed people can do is to (a) inform everyone they can, and (b) urge and apply Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Mainstream media, politicians and pliant intellectuals involved in deadly “fake news” lying by omission. Peace is the only way but silence kills and silence is complicity.

References

    “Mainstream media lying”.
    “Mainstream media censorship”.
    Eric Zuesse, “The Biggest Scandal In America Is Its Controlled Press”, Countercurrents, 4 December, 2014.
    Barbara Kingsolver, “The Lacuna”, Faber & Faber, London, 2009, part 3, p159.
    John Perkins, “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man”.
    “ABC fact-checking unit & incorrect reportage by the ABC (Australia's BBC)”.
    “Censorship by the BBC”.
    John Pilger, “Historical amnesia and psychopathic politics”, The Drum, ABC, 25 June 2012.
    “Muslim Holocaust Muslim Genocide”: https://sites.google.com/site/muslimholocaustmuslimgenocide/home .
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