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Alan MacLeod  is a member of the Glasgow University Media Group. His latest book is, "Bad News From Venezuela: 20 Years of Fake News and Misreporting." Follow him on Twitter: @AlanRMacLeod

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Truvada for PrEP Prescription Pill Bottle, From FlickrPhotos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 13, 2019
Big Pharma's Greed Kills For Profits "We give companies monopoly patents that allow them to sell drugs at mark-ups of several thousand percent above production cost. How can we be surprised when they lie and conceal information to push their drugs as widely as possible?"
Biden hugs fan, From FlickrPhotos
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 11, 2020
The Media's Loudest #MeToo Champions Are Ignoring Biden Sexual Assault Accuser Tara Reade The virtually complete silence about the current allegations, from the same corporate press that had denounced Trump's "grab them by the p*ssy" remarks, proves that even the most serious crimes will be trumpeted or ignored on a purely political basis.
Kaepernick America, From FlickrPhotos
(9 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 25, 2019
Kamala Harris' Kaepernick Comments Is Latest Example of Blaming Real American Problems on Russia Democratic presidential hopeful Kamala Harris claimed that the furor surrounding San Francisco 49ers star Colin Kaepernick's protest was artificially generated by Russia.
Max Blumenthal, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Latest Journalists' Smearing Is Part of a Longer Trend of Silencing Anti-Interventionist Voices The fighting in Syria appears to be slowly drawing to a close. But the propaganda war rages on; a storm of anger erupted over the recent reporting of three progressive journalists from the ravaged Middle Eastern state. Max Blumenthal, Rania Khalek and Anya Parampil traveled to Syria
No cash, no problem, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Can't Afford a Vacation? Get Another Credit Card! This is a common phenomenon in modern media. Competition from online advertising has led to a financial crisis for the press. Total US newspaper advertising revenue dropped from $49.3 billion in 2006 to an estimated $14.3 billion in 2018
Alan MacLeod, From InText
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 7, 2019
The Western Journalists Are Parachuted into Venezuela and Report What the Elite View of the Country I've always thought that the media are extremely powerful and I think they have such power over society to decide what is real and what is fake and what people think about.
Blood Cells, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 9, 2019
Harvesting the Blood of America's Poor Blood has become big business in the United States and there is no shortage of corporations ready to exploit America's most vulnerable populations in order to get a piece of the pie.
Human Beings are Biohazards, From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 28, 2020
"Germ-Ridden Masses" - How America's Wealthy Elite Describe the Rest of Us A new company, it excitedly informs its readers, offers chartered private jets from your location to the Mediterranean island of Malta, without the need to "risk exposure to the germ-ridden masses." New York-based reporter Suzanne Woolley, who has recently penned articles such as "How to arbitrage your U.S. taxes for difficult economic times" and---
Affraz Mohammed, right, is pictured in his dress blues with another Marine. Photo | Courtesy | Affraz Mohammed, From Uploaded
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 25, 2020
Why So Few American Muslims Serve in the US Military Despite the large and active recruitment drives targeting them, a heightened level of casual and toxic Islamophobia within the ranks of America's Armed Forces is alienating many Muslim Americans who might otherwise consider joining.
Army Special Forces, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 11, 2020
New Report Reveals US Special Forces Active in 22 Countries in Africa A new report has revealed that last year, elite US Special Operations forces were active in 22 African countries.
Bolivia Protests, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Twitter Targets Accounts Covering Unrest in Bolivia Social media giant Twitter took the step of suspending the official account of MintPress News on Saturday. Without warning, the nine-year-old account with 64,000 followers was abruptly labeled as "fake" or "spam" and restricted.
Corporate Threat to Liberty, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 12, 2020
"Woke" Corporations Quietly Funding Police Corporations claim to support Black Lives Matter, but fund the same police that "tyrannize the very communities" they claim to stand with.
Chelsea Manning, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 9, 2020
Democratic Candidate James Averhart Personally Oversaw Solitary Confinement of Chelsea Manning The man responsible for some of the most inhumane punishment of whistleblower Chelsea Manning stands a good chance of becoming a Democratic Congressional candidate. On July 14, Democrats in Alabama's First District will go back to the polls to choose from one of two candidates.
Jeanine Añez, From WikimediaPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Bolivia's Hardline Christian Govt Charged with Massacring Protesters as Morales Returns from Exile In her last days in office, US-backed strongwoman Jeanine Añez is attempting to push through judicial reforms that could help her in the coming months should she face trial for her crimes.
NYC Cop Taxi?, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 7, 2020
Fake Taxis Among the Latest Tools in the NYPD's Rights-Busting Crackdown on Protesters The NYPD is famous for violating civil rights so it comes as no surprise that protests over the police brutality in the city have elicited a violent crackdown from the city's finest.
Titan Missile, From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 23, 2020
Defense Sectary Visits Hawkish Atlantic Council to Announce US Troop Buildup on Russia Border Even during a worldwide pandemic that has destroyed the economy, the U.S. government is strong-arming its allies, NATO and non-NATO alike, into rearming for a potential global war against both Russia and China.
Deception, From FlickrPhotos
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 1, 2020
The Knives Come Out as Greenwald Splits From the Intercept Citing Censorship Glenn Greenwald, co-founder of investigative news outlet The Intercept, very publicly resigned from his position yesterday. The immediate trigger for his decision was a refusal to publish his article exploring corruption in the Biden campaign by his editors, but, as the cult journalist explained on his Substack page, there were also long term and deeper underlying factors that forced him to move on.
Glenn Greenwald's Exclusive Interview With Evo Morales in Mexico City On November 10, 2019, From YouTubeVideos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Media Responds With Apathy, Disappointment as US-Backed Coup Gov't Concedes Defeat in Bolivia Across the spectrum, corporate media has endorsed last year's rightwing takeover of Bolivia, refusing to label it as a coup. Coverage of Sunday's historical elections hasn't been much better.
Juice or Poison?, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 30, 2020
Incompetent Media in the Era of an Incompetent President To corporate media: It is OK. Facts are facts, even when the president of the United States disagrees. You don't have to both-sides this one. Injecting bleach is bad.
Nancy Pelosi, From FlickrPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 21, 2020
A "Slap in the Face:" Anger at Pelosi, Democrats Over Paltry $600 Stimulus Check Lawmakers in Washington agreed to a new $900 billion coronavirus stimulus package yesterday. The bill, like the previous CARES Act, appears to include huge new tax breaks for corporations and the very wealthy.
1933 Nazi book burning, From WikimediaPhotos
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, February 4, 2021
"At First I Thought it Was a Joke": Academic Media Censorship Conference Censored by YouTube "At first I thought it was a joke," said Mickey Huff of Diablo Valley College, California. "My initial reaction was 'that's absurd;' there must have been a mistake or an accident or it must have got swept under somehow. There is no violation, there was no reasoning, there was no warning, there was not an explanation, there was no nothing. The entire channel was just gone,"
Secretary Pompeo Deliver Remarks to the Media on Iran Snapback Sanctions, From FlickrPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 9, 2020
Critics Say New Iran Sanctions Designed To "Choke off Humanitarian Exports" Amid Pandemic The Trump administration's new sanctions on Iran are so wide-reaching that many fear they are meant to directly harm the Iranian people as they struggle to cope with the coronavirus pandemic.
Bill Clinton, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Corporate Media Silence Deafening as Former Clinton Aide Confirms Ties to Jeffrey Epstein The bombshell that Clinton's closest confidant confirmed the former president's many trips aboard the "lolita express" has been totally ignored by the New York Times, Washington Post, NBC News, MSNBC, CBS News, and CNN.
Strategic location of Yemen, From WikimediaPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 20, 2020
Shocking New Figures Show How Just Much the US is Fueling the Violence in Yemen New figures from the UN and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute show that since the war in Yemen began, the US has sold over $13 billion in high-tech weapons to Saudi Arabia, making the Kingdom a cash cow for US weapons makers.
AmazonSmile Logo 2, From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 3, 2020
Under Pressure, Amazon Reveals Over 20,000 Employees Likely Contracted COVID Amazon is not a company known for treating its employees' welfare as its top priority. Workers feel under so much pressure that they urinate in bottles or wear adult diapers rather than risk the wrath of management.
Meet the New People.  Same as the Old People. Secretary Kerry, Assistant Secretary Nuland Meet With Foreign Ministers in Brussels, From FlickrPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 8, 2021
While Railing Against Trump Coup, Biden Appoints Chief Ukraine Coup-Plotter Victoria Nuland The same time as the President Elect Biden was denouncing Trump's coup attempt, he was appointing Victoria Nuland the driving force behind the 2014 insurrection that overthrew the Ukrainian government of Viktor Yanukovych as his new Under Secretary for Political Affairs.
President Nicolas Maduro, From WikimediaPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 22, 2020
Crying Wolf on Election Fraud Is OK at NYT, If Targets Are Official Enemies The New York Times spoke approvingly of Trump for sanctioning Venezuela (actions that have caused the death of at least 100,000 people, according to an American UN special rapporteur), and for recognizing self-declared president Juan Guaidóas rightful ruler. --who enjoyed the backing of only 3% of Venezuelans-- .
François-Dominique Toussaint Louverture was a Haitian general and the most prominent leader of the Haitian Revolution., From WikimediaPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 15, 2021
"Stop Interfering in Our Lives": Haitians Protesters Condemn US Support for Dictator Thousands of people are out on the streets of Port-au-Prince daily, building barricades, burning tires, and demanding the president's resignation. Many have been met with rubber bullets and even live ammunition from Moïse's forces.
Linux password file, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 9, 2020
In Blow to Online Privacy EU Seizes on Vienna Attack to Enact Long-Desired Ban on Encryption The European Union is rushing through new legislation to get rid of end to end digital encryption. This would mean the end of privacy for users of popular messaging apps like WhatsApp and Signal.
Panel: US Meddling In Venezuela Elections, Economic Warfare & COVID-19, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 20, 2020
US Embassy Caught Scrubbing Tweets Urging Venezuelans Not To Vote The United States embassy for Venezuela has been caught deleting tweets undermining the integrity of the December 6 National Assembly elections in the country and calling on Venezuelans not to participate in them.
Democracy Dies in Obfuscation, From YouTubeVideos
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, September 5, 2020
Democracy Dies in Obfuscation False equivalences are among the biggest distortions that plague corporate journalism, as FAIR has documented over and over (e.g., Extra!, 11-12/04; FAIR.org, 9/30/04, 10/13/19, 11/22/19). Especially in an era when lying has been adopted as a key political strategy ---

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