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5 Critical Things the Media Failed to Report While Obsessing Over Miss Universe Mishap

Mainstream, corporate media long ago lost any shred of integrity when the number of megacorporate owners of 90% of all the news outlets in the United States dwindled to just six — and the chance for any reporting not infused with propaganda from the corporatocracy narrowed even further. In other words, if you’re glued to the TV in search of pertinent, credible information on current issues, you’re going to be out of luck.

For the perfect example of this, you need go no further than the past week. When host Steve Harvey mistakenly named Miss Colombia, instead of Miss Philippines, the rightful heiress to the Miss Universe crown, corporate media immediately devoted the majority of their resources to every conceivable angle on the error. Had nothing else of note occurred during that week, perhaps such an extreme focus on a narrow subject might be understandable. But the Miss Universe media blitz consumed the headlines — drowning out critically important news that happened both before and after Harvey’s Big Oops.

The following are five stories far more deserving of media saturation than an accidentally jilted Miss Universe.

  1. CISA passed. Wait . . . what??

After being gutted and emerging as its worst version yet, CISA — the nightmarish anti-privacy bill — managed to sneak its way into the $1.1 trillion omnibus budget passed by Congress on Friday, despite widespread condemnation by just about everyone. House Speaker Paul Ryan saw an opportunity to pass the Cyber Information Sharing Act by quietly tucking it into the folds of the 2,000 page omnibus bill — both because lawmakers had a scant 48 hours to peruse and understand the legislation before the vote, and because the government would have been forced to shut down had they failed to pass it.

Advocates of the hellish anti-privacy provisions claimed it aims to fight cyber threats, but its actuality is more akin to corporate immunity from prosecution for handing over consumers’ personal information to various law enforcement agencies without having to first go through the Dept. of Homeland Security.

“Unfortunately, this misguided cyber legislation does little to protect Americans’ security [….] Americans demand real solutions that will protect them from foreign hackers, not knee-jerk responses that allow companies to fork over huge amounts of their customers’ private data with only cursory review,” said Sen. Ron Wyden of CISA’s passage in the budget bill.

Representative Justin Amash likened the egregious CISA legislation to another that will go down in infamy: the USA Patriot Act. “Worst surveillance bill since #PatriotAct passes 313 – 116,” Amash posted on Facebook. “Sad day for liberty, privacy, and our constitutional republic.”

Opportunity: 1    We the People: 0

  1. CBS gathered a panel of Muslim Americans for a frank discussion and to ask their opinions on pertinent topics — then editing happened.
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Frank Luntz hosted the CBS panel discussion with Muslim Americans — ostensibly to allow them to air their opinions on recent vitriol spurred on by Trump, and the resulting spate of hate crimes across the U.S. But when the segment aired, participants were livid to discover most of what they’d expressed had been edited into sound bytes — completely obfuscating much of what their actual grievances were in the first place. But the manipulation didn’t stop with the editing of comments, as participants noted those appeared “ambiguously Muslim” were both situated away from the camera’s focus area, and received less airtime.

“It’s not only censorship, but it’s manipulation for their narrative,” tweeted journalist and panel participant, Sarah Harvard after the event. “Luntz put all non-headscarf wearing Muslim women out of camera focus.” In a second tweet, she stated, “They put hijab wearing Muslim women front & centered. All the Arab/Desi ones in front & center.  All ‘ambiguously Muslim’  off camera focus.”

CBS failed to air the panel’s numerous complaints about U.S. foreign policy and its part in terrorism, while attempting to direct the focus toward general condemnation by the Muslim population of terrorist acts.

  1. Muslims acted as human shields for Christians in a terrifying attack on a bus in Kenya.

Gunmen thought to be affiliated with Somalia’s al-Shabaab terrorist group overtook a bus in Kenya’s Mandera Province and attempted to separate Muslim passengers from believers in other faiths by demanding each recite the shahada“There is no God but Allah, and Muhammed is his prophet.”

“They were trying to identify who were Christians and who were not,” Deputy County Commissioner Julius Otieno explained. “They told the non-Christians to return to [the] vehicle.”

Choosing compassion over safety while taking an awe-inspiring stand against terrorism and fear, the Muslim passengers “refused to separate from non-Muslims and told attackers to kill all passengers or leave,” said Mandera governor, Ali Roba. Eventually, on the approach of another vehicle, the terrorists were forced to withdraw. In taking such a stand of moral integrity and fortitude in the face of terror, the Muslim passengers broke down all barriers of religion and hate — and exemplified humanity at its best.

  1. Award-winning journalist Seymour Hersh delivered a bombshell — President Obama and the military have been acting in opposition to one another regarding Syria and ISIS — almost to the point of a coup.
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While the Obama administration touts the need for deposing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the Pentagon’s Joint Chiefs of Staff have been clandestinely feeding the Syrian government information about the Islamic State — flouting White House plans that “anyone” would be better suited to head Syria than Assad.

“Our policy of arming the opposition to Assad was unsuccessful and actually having a negative impact,” an unnamed former JCS adviser told Hersh. “The Joint Chiefs believed Assad should not be replaced by fundamentalists. The administration’s policy was contradictory. They wanted Assad to go, but the opposition was dominated by extremists. So who was going to replace him? To say Assad’s got to go is fine, but if you follow that through — therefore anyone is better. It’s the ‘anyone else is better’ issue that the JCS had with Obama’s policy.”

The military apparently understood the futility in arming the same extremist forces the U.S. had just fought in Iraq and Afghanistan by labeling them “moderate rebels” and acting as if that somehow justified and solved the issue. Hersh’s revelations expose the deep rift currently widening in U.S. government — and call to question the ongoing “at any cost” foreign policy in the Middle East.

  1. A breakthrough study confirmed what many desperate parents whose children suffer from epileptic seizures have been discovering in desperation — cannabis extract works.

Epilepsy will affect one in 26 people at some point in their lives — and one-third of those cases will resist traditional treatment. So, the importance of a recent landmark study touting the benefits of cannabidiol (CBD) cannot be overstated:

“Of 261 patients given CBD treatment, 45% experienced a significant reduction in seizure frequency, and 9% were seizure-free at 3 months. Some children continued to experience benefits after the trial ended, even one year after.”

The fact that cannabis remains a Federal Schedule 1 drug defies all logic, not just in comparison to problems caused by such “legal drugs” as alcohol, but particularly in the numerous — and sometimes miraculous — medicinal benefits it has to offer, as in the results of this study. The Free Thought Project has previously reported multiple cases that anecdotally confirm this study’s results. This is yet more overwhelming proof of the absurdity — and utter uselessness — of the War on Drugs. 


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  • Please (Y) + Comment + Share this story if you would like to see more people focusing on real news instead of media distractions.

  • link to the first one, please

  • Man, leave Steve Harvey alone!! Get a life ¡™

  • Would love to read about the top one.

  • This is so sad and true. People here are more worried about useless celebrities that what our government does to them on a daily basis. Most still give Edison credit for discovering A/C electricity…

  • Our knowledge and concern for trivialities is insatiable.

  • AmeriTards

  • doh

  • Murca

  • Discussed..

  • If you want Americans to respect your opinion you might want to start by not insulting them by calling them “Muricans”, just sayin.

  • It’s inane. We are brrainwashed.

  • So true

  • That about sums it up.

  • More like, “TV Host confirms that he’s been a distracting idiot this whole time…”

  • so what new laws quietly passed while you were looking at miss universe, distract, seperate, conquer. its not even a challenge for them anymore.

  • The REAL NEWS is always hidden behind some bullshit scandel that the public just love to watch unfold. They don’t care what Organized Crime (“Our Government”) is doing. Some way,, somehow SOMETHING HAS TO GET THEIR ATTENTION TO WAKE UP THE CITIZENS.

  • When and where did this “coup” supposedly took place ???

  • It’s like you are reading my mind.

  • a near coup? anybody wanna elaborate on that? i’ll admit i had no idea but now i want to know everything.

  • Can you guys please provide links or more insightful “proof”? I’m not doubting these statements, but you know how we all are; the internet can’t possibly tell the truth.

  • That’s the truth.

  • I don’t believe many outside of the media give two squirts of piss over Steve Harvey making a simple mistake. Infact, he has been invited to host next year.

  • By your obedience,good behavior,policing,war fighting,doing crime,working for below livable wages,paying taxes they use for outsourcing,immigration,wars,cages,developing nations,police states,spy state you are allowing,working for and with,doing for,and enslaving to murdering your own citizens,families,and world for those who have you in a cult by no equal controlled life and death by economics,rewards and punishments,laws,education,religions,racism,government,business,corporate,university,medias etc as they get wealth,profits,and you all abused,neglected,disabled,or murder by them,for them,from them etc says what of your God,Religions,Laws,Intellect,Truth,and all the rest?How are they alive and breathing?How is anyone fighting wars,making war machines or technology,policing,judging,caging anyone at all for these pathological lying narcissistic psychotic murderers?

  • Anyone got a link to that first one ? Coup?

  • The apathy of the stupid will most likely kill us all.

  • I was aware of both the top stories and didn’t give a damn about Miss America or Univers whatever the name of that barbarous, patriarchal t.v. show is.. Yes, those more relevant events should be covered in media, but, lets not forget, media is a major political tool and of course, controlled. It’s up to individuals to seek out and educate themselves on current events, at this point, because the minimal coverage for major happenings is a given.

  • New age propaganda.
    People need to start caring more.

  • I think the idiots in the U.S. deserve to have a stand off with their government funded boogeyman, ISIS. Because most of them are U.S. and Israeli Army.

  • In all fairness it is the universe were talking about.

  • Sad but true.

  • Idiocy…

  • spot on,

  • TBH, I am an American and I didn’t know anything about the Miss Universe thing. In general, IDGAF about that kind of shit, sports either

  • Im so tired of the miss universe thing. I mean, why does it matter?

  • And 90-95% of people on our planet are like he, with so low consciousness…

  • Pedro Corral

  • I hate the expression,”be like”.

  • Americans not merica

  • thanx

  • Yup, think MSM and their string masters pretty much have the average, koolaid gulping ‘merican down to a tee….Ha- this also has me wondering what was goin on when the Jackson gals dress ‘fell’ apart on stage. People suck it up… so asleep.

  • Nick Beau

  • Christina, I think you’ll appreciate this.

  • Joey Tallon

  • American statist

  • Austen Thomson

  • wrong

  • with ur circulars

  • Why don’t you just post information on these stories instead of just telling people they’re uninformed?

  • Teinaki Palu

  • I’m happy these thoughts are free! Most not worth much.

  • I like to read the UK NEws and others a lot too and people all over are the same way. Not just Americans.

  • Americunts.

  • There is a DIRECT link between ” ‘Muricans” and what mainstream media are pumping out. If we could just get people to use critical thinking while watching TV, we’d be getting somewhere.

  • This is hot meme news

  • Thanks for thinking we’re all as dumb as Homer Simpson , the clueless wonder invented to convince the public that all white males are stupid and ignorant, you constantly complain about the mainstream media , you’ve become what you claim to dispise

    • The American people get what they deserve.
      Look what we continue to vote for time after time!!!

    • Quite an accusation. Can you back it up with evidence and logic?

    • Sorry for lack of class here but Daniel you just got shut the fuck up. Just another trigger happy moron. If you look for hate that’s all you will find.

    • Trigger happy without a gun

    • I will not deny that Americas new culture Is ignorance.

    • Yes of course let me join you all in your grand utopia

    • You just took that in context of all Americans are only white males? Dude that said everything about your ignorance. I’ve never invested so much time to make a point to a complete stranger but In tired of reading stupid shit from uninformed people. If you want the truth go after it do some research not everything on the internet is true but if you pull from multiple sources collaborate the info and form your own opinion you sheep!!!!

    • You don’t need a gun nowadays to cause war. Whoa imagine that.

    • Thank you o grand and wise master

    • The truth is the only minority here in this country.

    • Go draught your pipe dude

    • Keep doing what your doing Free thought project! You make more difference than you realize. The internet is a tool to be used correctly and incorrectly.

    • Truth hurts and maybe you could use a pipe 😉

    • Lmao I suppose that’s all you apeak

    • And btw ignorance is nothing to be ashamed of. I’ve been there but it’s everyone’s responsibility to inform themselves not the gov.

    • Thanks for your help oh selected one you ignorance underwhelms me

    • If my irritation itches , scratch it

    • You give up too soon

  • The Muslims defending Christians story is pretty cool but you can’t pretend it’s getting buried in the media. I’ve seen this story covered by dozens of news outlets. Also, the Muslims are defending Christians from other Muslims so doesn’t that just cancel itself out in terms of positivity points for Muslims?

    • So let’s lump all the Christian extremists in with the christians as well and say something equally unreasonable like why defend them just so they can shoot up abortion clinics and kill gays?
      You can’t say that something (Islam) didn’t motivate someone, but you also cannot blame it on that something. They are free willed, free thinking people just like we are.

    • OMG IVE NEVER SEEN IT THAT WAY BEFORE. CHILL okay I don’t think all Muslims are extremists and I don’t think that Christians are anything special. I think all religious folks are crazy and most of them are dangerous.

    • Lol way to put a math spin on acts of kindness. It’s not about a race earning points or a negative canceling a positive. An act if kindness like that far exceeds whatever textbook you stuck up your ass. it’s about people dude! There are way to many stigmas playing on the color of your skin. I promise you there is more to life than what ever you thought you learned in school. I’m quite a math guy myself.

    • UR RIGHT I’LL CHANGE NOW! I get so caught up in the numbers and science I become cynical and forget that it’s about the people, dude!!! Being a math genius (like u) and high school astronaut (like u), I forget about stigmas playing on the color of skin. lol. You need to chill too. I like Muslims as much as I like anyone else. I just see the humor in this situation where FTP wants to attribute the kind/courageous actions of these Muslims to all Muslims while vehemently arguing (and I agree) that the extremist actions of some Muslims do not represent all Muslims. If we want to win the hearts and minds of racists, Islamophobes, and other kinds of Republicans, we have to at least be consistent and rational.

    • lol well lets step back for a second. Being as there’s more negative media about Muslims, Maybe FTP is just trying to cancel out the negative?!?! lmao did I just take us backwards in conversation? But yea I agree in one of your earlier comments all religions have an extreme side that is just as big as a problem as Islam extremists, we have plenty of crazy A-holes already living in america, in the white house and the people in the 1% richest.

  • I can’t stand this planet or humanity any longer

  • Sounds like americans

  • The coup was disinfo the Muslim Christian things is propaganda and the reaction of Americans is apathy.

  • Is it not funny that Russia who supports Iran n Korea and other enemies of the US and Put in is now portrayed as a hero? How many enemies in one country does it take to destroy an enemy? Putin is not a savior he works for the same team that has oppressed the US. Look at the world with a different perspective and try to see their long term plan.

  • Sadly true

  • It’s Mad what you come across but…, have look

  • stupid post….Muslims are commanded to kill Christians- stop believing they are “not all bad” the religion is a SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT and if you hate government you should hate Islam! lern your shit !

  • America is the continent. Citizens of the United States are not the only “Americans”.

  • The general public is dumb, plain and simple.

  • Here’s more no one pays attention to

  • And this

  • And this

  • And this

  • And this

  • Everyone loves a good generalization.

  • Hal Longview

  • Not just ‘ muricans, this applies to most of the sheeple around the world

  • I wish I was a Homer though hahaha

  • Did y’all hear about the guy hovering his drone over on obamas cabana in Hawaii? But they can hover our conversations and shit

  • Khider Shoher

  • Hey guys just a thought here. For all of you over analyzing.The post was trying to make a simple point about the mainstream media. How some people live and breath by it. Screw the details of the particulars. FTP is just trying to give you some food for thought. I don’t think half of us give a who about Miss universe.

  • Haha this muricans are retarded

  • Replace “mericans” with media.

  • >implying anyone gives a shit about any form of news
    >implying there is such a thing as unbiased Uncorrupted media

  • That moment when people expect entertainment news to cover government news. Media stay within their spheres of influence.

    There wasn’t a single news source converting the competition thing that doesn’t regularly cover celebrity and entertainment news.

    You’re upset they’re doing their jobs.

  • this is why I have no hope any more.

  • Now that’s funny

  • Haha what do you think your going to do about these stories ? Anything or something ?