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In the latest assault on the freedom to think for yourself, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki has announced that YouTube will begin “correcting” controversial videos with “facts” from Wikipedia, an utterly discredited disinfo propaganda website run by pharma trolls who routinely demonize holistic medicine.
“Jimmy Wales and his army of liberal trolls will determine what’s truth and anything which goes too far in countering the narrative will be banned or censored,” warns Information Liberation. Wales, of course, is the former porn king who launched Wikipedia as a thought control “Ministry of Truth” to push big pharma quack science and pro-Monsanto propaganda.
H/t reader Squodgy:
You mean The Dirty Dozen wasn’t real?”
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And who supports the alternative media?
On Monday, the US State Department announced that it had obtained $40 million from the Pentagon to fund a new propaganda and disinformation campaign through the “Global Engagement Center.”
While the Global Engagement Center was initially conceived of as resisting foreign propaganda efforts, the new funding is set to be invested in going “on the offensive” in global propaganda war with America’s own disinformation campaigns.
The US, of course, is no stranger to engaging in overseas propaganda efforts, but the inexorable nature of global information sharing in the modern era means that such US propaganda always risks misinforming the US public.
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German journalist Georg Restle blatantly lies in a deranged pro-refugee rant on WDR, a state sponsored broadcasting station. The worst part about this is, that the German taxpayer is forced to finance this propaganda! pic.twitter.com/yOA0cdSqQS
— Stan (@StanM3) January 19, 2018
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The European Parliament has created an anti-fake news unit to deal with misinformation, especially in light of the upcoming 2019 European elections. This comes as some MEPs called for more efforts against “Russian propaganda” at a debate in Strasbourg.
The EU has been stepping up its campaign to counter disinformation and fake news, recently earmarking €1 million a year from the EU budget for its specialist anti-propaganda unit set up by the Commission in 2015.
ARD (full name: Arbeitsgemeinschaft der öffentlich-rechtlichen Rundfunkanstalten der Bundesrepublik Deutschland – Consortium of public broadcasters in Germany) is a joint organisation of Germany’s regional public-service broadcasters. It was founded in 1950 in West Germany to represent the common interests of the new, decentralised, post-war broadcasting services – in particular the introduction of a joint television network.
The ARD is the world’s largest public broadcaster, with a budget of €6.9 billion and 22,655 employees. The budget comes primarily from the licence fees every household, every company and even every public institution like city governments are required to pay. For an ordinary household the fee is currently €17.50 per month. Households living on welfare do not have to pay the fee. The fees are not collected directly by the ARD, but by the Beitragsservice (formerly known as Gebühreneinzugszentrale GEZ), a common organization of the ARD member broadcasters, the second public TV broadcaster ZDF, and Deutschlandradio.
Video from the German Tv serial “Lindenstraße” in 2006.
H/t reader kevin a.
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