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  • Birthday 08/21/1972

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  1. Relotius Case: Fraudulent Reporting in Spiegel

    Narrative is very important to humans and so control of messaging through the media is very important. As a default perspective, one should think of the media as being a servant of power, not as a servant of the people. A handful of wealthy people control all the mass media in the US, which is particularly dangerous because it has the largest military, which has been trying to exert "full-spectrum dominance" since WWII (there are *still* US garrisons in Germany). So false narratives and other lies are common and are used to manufacture the consent of the governed. Many people are familiar with Herman & Chomsky's _Manufacturing Consent_ -- there's a great summary video narrated by Amy Goodman (who is herself corrupted/"limited hangout") that can be viewed here:   Carl Bernstein and others have reported (see below the link to Bernstein's Rolling Stone article) on the infiltration of popular media in the US by the CIA. Search the internet on this topic and you'll discover the situation has only gotten worse since the 70s. Historically, "left" media is more-often targeted than right because the views of the "right" are already usually aligned with Establishment goals/perspectives. Anyway, it is no coincidence that you rarely hear anything about the CIA in the press. They're invisible. They try to be covert and they're usually good at it. But know that the CIA is very, very bad and corrupts everything they touch. They have no scruples whatsoever. Think mafia. If you join the club, you can't leave. Read books about the CIA if you can. They're the tip of the US empire's spear.    ---------- Re: Germany, conversations about corrupt mass media journalism with former reporter, Udo Ulfkotte: (English) (German)   Udo Ulfkotte's book -- Gekaufte Journalisten (Bought Journalists) at (German only, translation likely faced a "democracy-style book-burning" (i.e. suppression) in the Anglosphere):   ---------- In addition to the Der Spiegel reporter, another recent topic of press corruption is the UK's "Integrity Initiative". We're living in the times of Orwell's _1984_ -- Ministry of Truth, crimethink, doublespeak, etc.   ---------- I'll end with a favorite quote from Malcolm X:   “If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.”   Very true.