Nine days ago, on a special post commenting on a CBS News clip on this topic (“Establishment’s fight against “Fake News” a covert war on Free Speech”) I asked an inconvenient question: Can the industrial manufacturers of lies and fake reality help us determine what is “fake news”? It seemed obvious that this entire ballyhoo was nothing but a thinly-veiled attempt at demonising opinion the establishment finds dangerous to its own hold on the public mind. Paving the way for a more frontal attack on dissenters on the web. Choking free speech. I added, “This is something that everyone should realize and stand firm to oppose and resist. For whenever the system managers demonise something, worse attacks follow.”
Now the threat is beginning to materialize. The Battle of Communications between antiwar anti-imperialist media and the monstrous Machine of Disinformation protecting the empire, misleadingly cloaked in the sanctimonious garb of a fight against Fake News, is clearly sharpening as major corporate media like the abject Washington Post are openly leading the underhanded and cowardly attack on Free Speech while pretending to be concerned about the nonexistent purity of American electoral processes and the truthfulness of what the American public is exposed to. WaPo’s assault on free speech follows the equally shameless EU resolution designating all Russian media as deliberate carriers of “Fake News”. That, apparently, is what the system’s shills are indeed after in raising the alarm about the spread of “fake news” throughout the Internet.
If the world situation at present were not so awful, we would be laughing at these accusations, but the situation is bad and probably liable to get worse as global capitalism and its multitude of hacks attempts to preserve its accustomed control over what people perceive as reality. Readers of The Greanville Post are probably aware by now that our site, too, is named among those 200 sites—a roster of honor I’d call it— accused of being nothing but “Russian propaganda agents”, in large measure because we have consistently reported the truth about Russia’s foreign policy around the globe, argued tirelessly against war and war crimes, and exposed Washington’s lies about its own sordid maneuvers from Syria to China to Ukraine and other flashpoints to maintain its dissolving hegemony at any cost. This site is posting the reaction of other fraternal sites as this story develops, so be sure to read their own accounts and reactions to this latest threat to truth by the same hypocrites who claim to be the great defenders of the Constitution, justice, and American freedoms. —P. Greanville
Ik kwam zojuist mijn oude vriend, de bestseller-auteur en mainstream-opiniemaker Geert Mak in de regen op straat tegen. Na elkaar te hebben begroet, vertelde Geert mij dat hij van oordeel is dat Europa zo snel mogelijk met Rusland om de tafel moet gaan zitten, om de opgelopen spanningen te deëscaleren. De VS heeft heel andere belangen dan 'wij,' aldus Mak, die benadrukte dat de macht van 'onze' Atlantische bondgenoot ingrijpend aan het afnemen is. Kortom, ik hoorde wat ikzelf al enige jaren op mijn weblog schrijf. Opvallend hoe een Nederlandse opiniemaker binnen zo'n betrekkelijk korte tijd zo wezenlijk van oordeel kan veranderen. Immers, Mak’s gevaarlijke anti-Rusland hetze was een treffend voorbeeld van zijn opportunisme. Mei 2014 beweerde op de Hilversumse televisie de zogeheten ‘chroniqueur van Amsterdam, Nederland, Europa en de VS,’ dat er sprake was van een 'Russische gevaar,’ aangezien ‘meneer Poetin’ aan ‘landjepik’ deed en dat de Russische president d…
A sign marks the entrance to White Earth Indian Reservation in Mahnomen County, Minn. (J. Stephen Conn / CC 2.0)
WHITE EARTH RESERVATION, Minn.—Candice (not her real name) awoke with a start. Someone was pulling down her sweatpants. It was a male friend.
“Stop!” she shouted.
He kept groping her. She kicked him and he fell off the bed. She dashed out of the bedroom, tripping and tumbling down the stairs. Gripped with fear, she heard his footsteps behind her in the dark and forced herself to stand upright as she staggered out to the porch.
Candice was still intoxicated. She got into her car and drove into a ditch. A white police officer pulled up. She struggled to hold back tears as she told him about the attempted rape.
All the officer saw was a drunk and disorderly Native American woman. He dismissed Candice’s report of sexual assault as a lie she had made up to avoid getting a DUI. He did not take her to the hospital for a forensic exam. The sexual assault was not recorded in his pol…