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Untruths in the Media? Really?

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I'm really amazed at how so many politicians and government officials from both major political parties have been so upset about Russian propaganda coming from social media. During recent Senate committee hearings, it was mentioned that some of this propaganda was paid for in Russian rubles. What occurs to me is that most official US government propaganda isn't paid for in dollars or rubles" it's free.

For instance, one only must look at the phrases that come from the celebrated journalist/anchor on CNN, the celebrated Wolf Blitzer. It really is amazing how many times I have heard him consistently describe the president of Syria as a dictator. I have also heard him remark on how the people fighting against the Assad as regime as "freedom fighters". I have also seen Scott Pelley of CBS describe Assad as a dictator fighting his own people and how he has brutally put down a popular Democratic uprising against his brutal regime.

We now know that most of these freedom fighters were supplied weapons by the United States, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia, among others, through Jordan and Turkey. We now know that the CIA and the State Department supplied weapons for the so-called "freedom fighters. They"were funneled from Libya. We also know that these weapons were stockpiled before the demonstrations that started in Syria at the beginning of the Arab spring.

If you would like to see how this was done, I have included a video below.

I have also heard the President of the United States decry what he calls "fake news". I get a chill when I think of how Donald Trump, along with the mainstream media and members of Congress all seem to be on the same page when it comes to stopping information that reaches the American public. It boggles the mind when you hear these people talk about how the American people are being fed "propaganda" especially coming from Russia.

I'm glad that everyone is finally waking up to the fact that we hear things there just not true coming from social media.My wish is that people would start talking about how we hear things that are also not true coming from all media and in reality, also coming from our own government. I have heard misinformation on CNN, MSNBC and Fox and other media outlets, and US government officials for a long time.. I have heard misinformation on CNN, MSNBC and Fox and other media outlets, and US government officials for a long time.

This is one of the main reasons that I started writing politically. During the run-up to the Iraq war the people of the United States were saturated with misinformation, and we have been saturated ever since. The demonization of Russia is a prime example. The actions that the Russian government took in Ukraine and the Crimea and how United States described the events leading up to the coup in Ukraine, are prime examples of misinformation. I put a podcast that I did myself below.

In this this article are just mentioned two areas in which the government and the media has lied to us continuously. I could have included many more instances where the media and the government have misinformed the American people but if I put them all into one document it wouldn't be an article" it would be a book. I don't believe half the things I see on social media and I don't believe half of what I hear from the mainstream media, and I don't believe most of the things that come from the government spokespeople and politicians.

What scares me more than anything else, is the idea that you can somehow control what comes out on social media. I would rather see is a free and open social media that allows the people who use it, to separate the truth from lies. Once social media is censored it won't be too long until the government decides to censor mainstream media and alternative media.

In a free and open society, any type of censorship is wrong. We chastised other countries for censoring their media, yet politicians in United States talk openly of putting limits on our media. The American people should see through this and understand that any type of censorship is wrong. If people don't like what they're hearing they can always change the channel or just ignore a post on Facebook that they don't agree with or obviously comes from someone with a political agenda. The government can ask its people to scrutinize what they hear and decide for themselves what is, or is not, the truth, but they should not decide what we see and hear.

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Tim Gatto is Ret. US Army and has been writing against the Duopoly for the last decade. He has two books on Amazon, Kimchee Days or Stoned Colds Warriors and Complicity to Contempt.

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