Fourth Estate

Washington Post Names Drudge, Zero Hedge, & Ron Paul As Anti-Clinton "Sophisticated Russian Propaganda Tools"

Citing "two teams of independent researchers" who found "Russia’s increasingly sophisticated propaganda machinery...echoed and amplified right-wing sites across the Internet as they portrayed Clinton as a criminal," The Washington Post has named Drudge, Zero Hedge and Ron Paul (and many others) among the "useful idiots" that true American patriots should be wary of.

On A Personal Note...

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When It Comes To Fake News, The U.S. Government Is The Biggest Culprit

There’s the garden variety fake news that is not really “news” so much as it is titillating, tabloid-worthy material peddled by anyone with a Twitter account, a Facebook page and an active imagination. Anyone with an ounce of sense and access to the Internet should be able to ferret out the truth and lies in these stories with some basic research. Then there’s the more devious kind of news stories circulated by one of the biggest propagators of fake news: the U.S. government.

Remember When The Media Sold Us The Iraq WMD Lies? It's Happening Again

Ever since the Arab Spring, the Obama administration has beat the war drums against Russia by pushing for more U.S. presence in Syria via official and unofficial means. And like what happened prior to the Iraq war, the U.S. government — and the Fourth Estate — are working tirelessly to sell the public on yet another unjustified war. Luckily, Americans aren’t as gullible in 2016 as they were in 2003, as many now keep up with the news by seeking more independent channels. But will the next administration bother to ask us our opinion before launching into another war?

The Election Has Been Hacked: The Dismal Reality Of Having No Real Electoral Choices

Politics is a game, a joke, a hustle, a con, a distraction, a spectacle, a sport, and for many devout Americans, a religion. It is a political illusion aimed at persuading the citizenry that we are free, that our vote counts, and that we actually have some control over the government when in fact, we are prisoners of a police state. In other words, it’s a sophisticated ruse aimed at keeping us divided and fighting over two parties whose priorities are exactly the same so that we don’t join forces and do what the Declaration of Independence suggests, which is to throw the whole lot out and start over.

Majority Of Germans Think The Media Is Controlled By Political, Economic Elites

According to a recent survey, the majority of people in Germany view the news media as simply a pillar of the government and the powerfully elite. Only one third of the respondents think that the German news media is truly independent, while the majority view the government and parties as having control over particular policies, and the lobbyists and advertisers having control over the economic news.

Frontrunning: April 1

  • Italian Bank Stocks are Surging on the Back of Rescue Reports (WSJ)
  • European Stocks Rise Led by Italian Banks; Emerging Markets Gain (BBG)
  • Oil price dips on prospects for producers' meeting (Reuters)
  • U.S. shale oil firms feel credit squeeze as banks grow cautious (Reuters)
  • U.S. banks' dismal first quarter may spell trouble for 2016 (Reuters)
  • Miserable Year for Banks: Stocks Suffer as Rates Stay Low (WSJ)