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Asia Unhedged — PBOC ‘Minsky moment’ comments blown out of proportion

CNBC cobbled together a video using reporting from Reuters, set to a somewhat ominous driving baseline, which began with the words “China’s economy may be in trouble.” The content of the video went on to imply that Zhou Xiaochuan said just that, in stark contrast to the confidence other Chinese leaders are espousing. In fact, Zhou’s words align with the central leadership’s consistent calls for efforts to reign in financial risks and continue to push for deleveraging. And the rising...

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Aaron Maté — Russiagate Is More Fiction Than Fact

From accusations of Trump campaign collusion to Russian Facebook ad buys, the media has substituted hype for evidence. Aron Maté makes a case that we have been making here at MNE for a long time. Amazing how long this can be sustained without substantiation. It doesn't speak well for the critical thinking skills of Americans, if in fact most are being taken it by the sleight of hand. There is a huge difference between allegations and evidence, especially when those making the allegations...

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Moon of Alabama — The “Russian Influence” Stories Promote Russia’s Might – Is Putin Paying For Them?

Moon of Alabama explains how ridiculous, but dangerous for democracy nevertheless, the "Russian influence" media mania has become. He speculates felicitously that perhaps Putin is funding it to make the US look weak and Russia strong. Looking from the outside the U.S. media have simply gone nuts. There seems to be no other way to explain the silliness of their "reporting". Then again: Could they all be under Russian influence? Are Russian secret services paying for such stories? Consider...

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Moon of Alabama — The “Russian Influence” Story Falls Apart – A New Fairy Tale Is Needed

Moon of Alabama trashes Russiagate and the US Russophobic propaganda campaign. There is no "there" there.Propaganda is effective, however. For example, on January 7, 2015, The Hill cited a Fairleigh Dickinson University's Public Mind poll showing that 42% of American erroneously believed that Saddam's WMD had been discovered. 19% erroneously believed that Obama was not an American citizen.It's the effect of propaganda that counts and propaganda is difficult to debunk in the minds of many...

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Ben Norton — NYT Lets Think Tank Funded by Gov’t and Arms Industry Claim Huge US Military Budget Isn’t Huge Enough

The Times carry water for the deep state and the military-industrial complex again. The New York Times (9/18/17) gave an enormous platform to a hawkish think tank that is funded by the US government and by top weapons corporations, letting it absurdly claim, without any pushback, that the gargantuan US military—by far the largest in the world—has been “underfunded.” On September 18, the Senate voted overwhelmingly (89 to eight) to pass an enormous, record-breaking $700 billion Pentagon...

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Robert Parry — The NYT’s Yellow Journalism on Russia

But the Times’ behavior over the past several years suggests something even more sinister than biased reporting. The “newspaper of record” has slid into yellow journalism, the practice of two earlier New York newspapers – William Randolph Hearst’s New York Journal and Joseph Pulitzer’s New York World – that in the 1890s manipulated facts about the crisis in Cuba to push the United States into war with Spain, a conflict that many historians say marked the beginning of America’s global...

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John Timmer — New analysis suggests Fox News is working, shifting votes to R column

In the past, we've witnessed Fox News take an editorial position against basic facts, but has it really influenced anyone's vote/ While it has presented itself as "balanced" over the years, there's little doubt that Fox News has consistently supported Republican candidates and positions even when that required taking an editorial position against basic facts. On some level, this has worked, as surveys have indicated Fox viewers are more likely to get those same facts wrong. But is it...

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Sputnik — Newsweek Claims Russia Orchestrated Boston Marathon Bombing

Online publication Newsweek upped the ante in explosive rhetoric Sunday by suggesting the Tsarnaev brothers, responsible for the 2013 Boston Marathon terror attack, were operating on behalf of Moscow – even though Russian security agencies tipped off the FBI and CIA that Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his mother presented imminent security risks.... Propaganda machine gears up.Sputnik InternationalNewsweek Claims Russia Orchestrated Boston Marathon BombingSee alsoStrategic Culture FoundationTypical...

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Robert Parry — Russia-gate’s Totalitarian Style

It is a basic rule from Journalism 101 that when an allegation is in serious doubt – or hasn’t been established as fact – you should convey that uncertainty to your reader by using words like “alleged” or “purportedly.” But The New York Times and pretty much the entire U.S. news media have abandoned that principle in their avid pursuit of Russia-gate.  When Russia is the target of an article, the Times typically casts aside all uncertainty about Russia’s guilt, a pattern that we’ve seen in...

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