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Corporate Media Admits to Publishing Viral Fake News After Independent Media Busted Them

Mangling facts for the benefit of U.S. government’s anti-Russia, anti-Trump propaganda campaign, yet again corporate media published an article — which subsequently went viral — claiming that, in an interview, Julian Assange ‘praised’ Donald Trump but ‘blasted’ Hillary Clinton because, essentially, he’s working for The Russians.

It simply isn’t true.

In fact, as journalist Glenn Greenwald countered in The Intercept, the Guardian’s Ben Jacobs cherry-picked specific details to create a fictionalized account of the actual la Repubblica interview with Assange in order to fit a preordained narrative favorable to the American political establishment.

In short, corporate media is guilty of publishing fraudulent clickbait — Fake News — the exact thing it claims to be waging a war against.

“Despite how much online attention it received, Jacobs’ Guardian article contained no original reporting,” Greenwald writes. “Indeed, it did nothing but purport to summarize the work of an actually diligent journalist: Stefania Maurizi of the Italian daily la Repubblica, who traveled to London and conducted the interview with Assange. Maurizi’s interview was conducted in English, and La Repubblica published the transcript online. Jacobs’ ‘work’ consisted of nothing other than purporting to re-write the parts of that interview he wanted to highlight, so that he and the Guardian could receive the traffic for her work.”

Characterizing the piece as “shoddy” and “misleading,” Greenwald points out Jacobs’ efforts to align Assange with Russian President Vladimir Putin amount to wishful thinking — yet the insertion of that narrative purposefully implants in the reader’s mind a damaging and wholly false alliance.

Claims by unnamed officials from the CIA alleging Russian agents hacked the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta’s emails have been presented by the corporate press as if proven true — yet no evidence has surfaced to back the allegations.

Wikileaks and Assange have been repeatedly relegated to the status of Russian actors by the mainstream media since the outlet published documents brutally damaging to the Democratic establishment and Clinton.

Rather than examining the contents of documents leaked to the publishing outlet, the political left has undertaken considerable effort to pin blame for the election of Donald Trump on Russia. Plastering the scarlet letter of Russian propaganda against nearly every outlet daring to report the contents of the leaked documents serves to scapegoat corruption and collusion, while libeling legitimate organizations for the benefit of the moot political establishment.

Damning though Jacobs’ article for the Guardian might appear, it’s pure nonsense.

Indeed, as the Guardian reported, “The releases were highly damaging to Clinton, and US intelligence officials now believe they were hacked by Russia and passed to WikiLeaks to boost Trump’s bid for the White House. Assange has repeatedly declined to be drawn on the source of the hacked emails he published.”

Qualifying the published emails as “hacked” forgets that Assange and former and present members of the U.S. Intelligence Community have emphatically stated the documents were leaked from an inside source.

Additionally, the Guardian had to perform gymnastics to falsely claim Assange offered “guarded praise” for Trump — when, in fact, Maurizi merely asked for his assessment of the implications of the billionaire’s election. In actuality, the Wikileaks founder remained on the fence about Trump, stating,

“Hillary Clinton’s election would have been a consolidation of power in the existing ruling class of the United States. Donald Trump is not a DC insider, he is part of the wealthy ruling elite of the United States, and he is gathering around him a spectrum of other rich people and several idiosyncratic personalities. They do not by themselves form an existing structure, so it is a weak structure which is displacing and destabilising the pre-existing central power network within DC. It is a new patronage structure which will evolve rapidly, but at the moment its looseness means there are opportunities for change in the United States: change for the worse and change for the better.”

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Greenwald rightly notes the only feasible reason to perceive that evaluation of the future Trump administration as even guarded praise of the president-elect is because it came from Assange — the Democratic Party’s Enemy Number One.

“The fact that Assange sees possibility for exploiting the resulting instability for positive outcomes, along with being fearful about ‘change for the worse,’ makes him exactly like pretty much every political and media organization that is opportunistically searching for ways to convert the Trumpian dark cloud into some silver lining,” the Intercept co-founder writes.

Worse than portraying Assange as politically motivated, is the Guardian’s insistence he somehow described Russia as a ‘free and open’ state beyond the need for whistleblowers — in part, Jacobs boldly asserts, because the publisher has long had a close relationship with the Putin regime.”

As Greenwald writes, however, the single evidence of an Assange link to Putin is that he conducted a series of eight interviews broadcast by RT — in 2012.

In fact, that claim so misrepresented the truth, the Guardian subsequently retracted that sentence entirely and edited Jacobs’ assertion about whistleblowers being unnecessary.

Russia, Assange noted to la Repubblica, like other non-Western nations has its own cultural specificities — and governmental strictures — regarding the exposure of corruption and criticism of political figures.

He explains the obvious language barrier makes the outlet at least somewhat useless as a vehicle to publish Russian documents and thus not as viable for Russian whistleblowers — who already have better options located in that country.

Assange explains his “interpretation is that in Russia there are competitors to WikiLeaks, and no WikiLeaks staff speak Russian, so for a strong culture which has its own language, you have to be seen as a local player. WikiLeaks is a predominantly English-speaking organisation with a website predominantly in English. We have published more than 800,000 documents about or referencing Russia and president Putin, so we do have quite a bit of coverage, but the majority of our publications come from Western sources, though not always.”

He isn’t saying Russia is a free and open wonderland bereft of the need for people to blow the whistle at all — and the Guardian’s ‘interpretation,’ Greenwald notes, “depicting Assange as a propagandist for Putin – is not merely a reckless error. It is journalistic fraud.”

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Indeed, these wholly fraudulent assertions were duly heralded by the obsequious corporate press, whose servile devotion to all narratives government-approved — particularly those Russophobic — long ago forgot all journalistic duty to report the truth.

In plain terms, this is Fake News — at its naked worst.

Maurizi, in the meantime, has done her utmost to refute the claims made in the Guardian — largely to no avail, given the article’s unseemly popularity.

One of the worst offenders, as the Intercept points out, was Washington Post blogger Daniel Drezner, who tweeted a link to the article with the highlighted Guardian passage claiming Assange didn’t feel whistleblowers were needed in Russia, with the astonishing caption,

“The next time you’re inclined to take Julian Assange seriously, remember this.”

Ironically, the actual la Repubblica interview provides solid grounds to take Assange “seriously” — unlike the Guardian’s journalistic travesty. But considering the Post’s record of publishing claims without providing even the flimsiest of evidence to back them up — including a subsequently partly retracted article deeming nearly every independent media outlet in the U.S. as Russian propagandists — Drezner’s tweet fails to surprise.

But the corporate media’s reckless and supposed war against Fake News — waged only after shirked blame for its own collusion with the Clinton camp and failure to accurately report details exposed by the leaked documents — reeks of egregious hypocrisy in light of articles like this by the Guardian.

Jacobs, in fact, has a distinct pro-Clinton and anti-Wikileaks agenda, as Greenwald fleshes out, similar to that of the Post and other left-tilted mainstream presstitutes — yet they still contend Fake News is an issue of national importance that must be eradicated from existence.

This perilous mockery disguised as a real problem that is the Fake News War threatens to undermine one of the most essential elements of our vanishing liberties — the free press — to satisfy unambiguous underlying political motivations.

With the passage of terrifying Orwellian propaganda legislation — surreptitiously stuffed into the 2017 NDAA signed by President Obama just before the holidays — it’s a veritable guarantee the outlets hypocritically offended by disinformation will dutifully publish news soothing the dominant political ideology.

Just as Jacobs did with his piece for the Guardian.

This anti-Wikileaks, anti-Assange, anti-Russia, anti-Fake News crusade is everything wrong with government-linked corporations owning 90 percent of the media in the United States. All of it having no basis in reality.

Wikileaks didn’t publish articles hacked from the DNC by The Russians. Assange is not working for The Russians — knowingly or unwittingly. Russia does not pose a threat to Western humanity. Fake News is a term used by the joke posing as our mainstream media when it doesn’t like the information contained in an article by the independent press.

And all of this would be hilariously side-splitting for its threadbare claims if it weren’t actually a war on opinion dissenting the political establishment narrative — a war the Guardian despicably and unapologetically joined.

This hit piece is U.S. government propaganda Fake News. Nothing more. And the subsequent retractions — by both the Guardian and the Washington Post — serve as acknowledgments of that fact. Mainstream media has largely abandoned journalism in favor of pro-establishment clickbait — and this is its epitome.

  • Nathaniel Heidenheimer

    What’s the difference btw Alt News and Replacement News? One gets dissidents going centrifugal where they will have no impact on the rest of the spectrum. The other puts the lens that EVERYONE sees on trial. https://consortiumnews.com/2016/04/22/how-cbs-news-aided-the-jfk-cover-up/

  • because local servers

  • anarchyst

    Media lies and fabrications have been going on ever since there were “journalists” (I use that term loosely). The difference today, is that “professional journalism” is now blatantly showing its liberal communistic bias.
    From “Remember the Maine” in the Spanish-American war (actually a powder magazine explosion–not an attack) to walter duranty’s extolling the “virtues” of communism while one of the greatest artificially-engineered (by communists) famines in the Ukraine was taking place, in order to force the “collectivization” of privately-held farms, to walter cronkite outright lying about the American military effectiveness during the 1968 Vietnam “Tet offensive” (in which much enemy life was lost) journalism has always been a “nasty craft”. In cronkite’s case, the North Vietnamese were ready to settle (and capitulate) until cronkite’s lies about the supposed American “defeat” were publicized. Cronkite’s lies gave the North Vietnamese new resolve, as they realized that they had the American “news media” on their side. There has always been a certain sympathy for communism and totalitarianism in the so-called “mainstream media”. All one has to do is to look at the journalists fawning over Cuba’s Fidel Castro and how wonderful life is in that communist “paradise”.
    Journalists HATE the internet because it exposes their “profession” for what it really is…with the internet, anyone can be a true journalist. This is why the same “mainstream media” is calling for the “licensing” of journalists–something that would have been unheard of (and treasonous) in previous decades…
    Professional journalism is its own worst enemy…

    • Penny Fulton

      As a matter of fact eg The Guardian as broadsheet , was a veritable gold mine of factual information . Every article by mainstream agenda ,provided historical context , geographical context and ALL competing political versions and ambitions , within any one country and attempted interference ( mainly U.S.A.! ) without filtering or prejudice.
      In addition it covered every subject under the sun , including every ‘alternative versions ‘ of every subject .
      Since becoming evermore tabloid but by a fancy name , its articles are SO ludicrous , I wonder that no no-one seems to see that they are meant to be tongue-in-cheek . Of course ,, now intentionally to mislead because they are aware that only about 1% of the population ever had the skill to read between lines in any case , but today MUCH could still be l;earned from mainsrteam media , ESPECIALLY THE GUARDIAN , IF ONLY the public were capable of making deductions from what is said , instead of taking everything as read .

    • Penny Fulton

      You wouldn’t recognize communism if you fell over it .

      • anarchyst

        I know exactly what communism is and who the originators and promoters are…

        • Penny Fulton

          Do tell …….

  • willynilly

    no one believes the media …they can talk into their cameras but no one is watching.

  • Fake news – Fake archives of newspapers published
    It’s not just media lies [Fake News] – false and misleading information intended to deceive being published – that has existed since newspapers were invented. Fake archives of newspapers published have with fake news long been a feature of Rupert Murdoch’s Australian news media. Consider the first newspapers Murdoch ever owned that have for more than 50 years, & still are, published in his South
    Australia [state] a Murdoch newspaper publishing state monopoly. Where’s the evidence, you ask. News articles published have been erased or altered for the fake archives sold by Australian public libraries that have also been exported to British Libraries UK London. Read the text [somewhat hacked] & documents posted to https://rjrbtsrupertsfirstnewspaper.wordpress.com/2016/09/27/rupert-murdochs-fake-archives-of-newspapers-corrupt-journalism-and-billions-of-dollars-of-unaccounted-for-public-debt/ that includes media releases of Australia’s financial reporting law enforcement authority the Australian Securities Commission [ASC since renamed Australian Securities & Investment Commission ASIC] for which the newspaper articles* reporting the information have been erased from publicly accessible records of newspapers published – the fake archives.
    Those newspaper articles* were the only means by which I was aware of the information prompting me to ask for the media releases when I found the news articles had been erased from the fake archives. The information & documents if read carefully should also allow you to understand something of the crimes & corruption that the fake archives assist to conceal. I asked Mr Murdoch to indicate what he knows of the fake archives of his first newspapers & the crimes & corruption concealed. He declines to reply.
    There is no “liberal communistic bias” indicated with this particular corruption of journalism & news media. Australia’s Murdoch news media is an equal opportunity exploiter of both political parties that are as corrupt as each-other, politicians of which are aware of each other’s corruption but must co-operate in an alliance with law enforcement & news media or suffer the consequences.
    It’s unfortunate that Julian Assange & WL appear to prefer to ignore Australian corruption exported to foreign countries.

    • Penny Fulton

      The problem isn’t the media or fake news : its fake ‘education ‘ and fake people .
      People are so poorly educated and actively diseducated , that they can’t see , it is themselves who make the the world in their own image and likeness .
      We are diseducated into ‘blaming ‘every extraneous thing bt ourselves possible . The media just panders to our need for blame by providing’ power’ structures and individuals , which we duly iconize on cue . …….Cameron , MSM , Trump , communism , the left , tories . and on with the next and the next ……….
      .Until we see that it is US/ ME that is to blame and WE/ I that have the solutoin and better get on with carrying it out , we go round…… and round ……on the tracks provided .

  • Christopher Rudy

    For a metaphysical perspective on this war for the hearts and minds of humanity, consider the ‘rEVOLUTION’ now morphing the ‘Global Mind’… at http://www.heartcom.org/NewYear2017.htm