5 Times When The Mainstream Media "Created Fake News"... And People Died As A Result

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As SHTFPLan.com's Mac Slavo notes...

While the powers that be are determining the fate of alternative media voices that are now branded under the dubious label “fake news” and blacked out from online search results, it is worth keeping in mind all the disinformation and downright lies that have been perpetrated by the corporate news media – typically hand in hand with a political agenda.

 

Whether it is lies that took us to war, or the perception that a deadly attack was carried out by a certain group, the impressions they create play a significant role in determining world events. Often times, that role is one of deception, ensnaring people into supporting deadly and costly actions – in spite of the true facts.

 

These misleaders are the fake news, and the fake news problem has helped to ruin this country.

5 Times Corporate Media Got Caught Publishing Fake News Causing the Death & Suffering of Millions

Authored by Claire Bernish and originally published at The Free Thought Project.

A now-notorious list of ostensibly “fake” news sites — created by a liberal professor, seemingly out of thin air — spread like wildfire online in the past two days and was eagerly reprinted by corporate media presstitutes hoping to vindicate their own failed reporting on the 2016 election.

But branding perfectly legitimate outlets with the same scarlet letter as those devoid of integrity deemed the professor’s list a spurious attempt to defame alternative and independent media — anyone dissenting from the left’s mainstream narrative — as a whole.

This is, in no uncertain terms, a hit list — or, at least, a laughable attempt — and it fits conveniently into the establishment’s burgeoning war on independent media disguised as a battle against fake news.

When corporate media outlets from the Independent and Business Insider, to the Los Angeles Times and NYMag scrambled over one another to reprint this irresponsibly contrived hit list, they proved yet again a lack of journalistic integrity — the same issue that originally caused regular subscribers to abandon them in the first place.

Indeed, in this otherwise unknown professor’s foray into the world of journalism, a glaring mistake was made — the only mainstream outlets making the list were those who had heralded Bernie Sanders as the best candidate for the White House.

Such an obvious attempt to control thought could only be conjured in a totalitarian regime.

In fact, failing to place the exact corporate media organizations on the list, who for nearly a year praised fealty only to Hillary Clinton — and for decades have foisted on the public countless mendacious whoppers — constitutes a comedic lack of honesty. So, to bring that irony front and center, it’s imperative to examine some mainstream lies — most of which had appalling consequences — including the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent people in the United States and around the world.

1. George W. Bush’s Weapons of Mass Destruction

President George W. Bush decided to unleash the full force of the U.S. military upon the world in a new policy of war writ large disguised as a war on terrorism following the attacks of September 11, 2001. First arbitrarily designating Afghanistan as its primary victim due to the supposed identities of the attackers, Bush then chose Iraq to feel the wrath, and set out to invade the country following dubious claims Saddam Hussein harbored destructive chemical and biological weapons and was actively seeking far stronger munitions.

“Intelligence gathered by this and other governments leaves no doubt that the Iraq regime continues to possess and conceal some of the most lethal weapons ever devised,” the president asserted in a public address on March 17, 2003.“This regime has already used weapons of mass destruction against Iraq’s neighbors and against Iraq’s people.”

Bush’s assertions were questioned by not only human rights experts, but by U.N. weapons inspectors and countless others — so shortly after the U.S. invaded the sovereign nation, the New York Times took up the slack to fill in the appropriatecasus belli.

Judith Miller notoriously reported on a source she described only as an Iraqi scientist who had seen several extensive caches of such weapons stored somewhere in the country. American weapons experts, she claimed, “said the scientist told them that President Saddam Hussein’s government had destroyed some stockpiles of deadly agents as early as the mid-1990’s, transferred others to Syria, and had recently focused its efforts instead on research and development projects that are virtually impervious to detection by international inspectors, and even American forces on the ground combing through Iraq’s giant weapons plants.”

In hindsight, Miller’s problematic report turned out to be horrendously flawed, and the Times spent months attempting tobacktrack, but the damage — fomenting widescale public support for a war no one wanted the military to undertake — had been done. Years later in 2014, the Times — after much internal strife — again took up Miller’s case, in a series reportingcatastrophic injuries U.S. military personnel suffered in handling chemical weapons in Iraq. But that report, and theparroting of it by multiple other mainstream mainstays, failed to fully disclose Hussein had been oblivious to the stockpiles presence — something the CIA had clearly stated in a report.

2. Gulf of Tonkin Incident

Often, the American mainstream media becomes a de facto government employee, taking the claims of U.S. officials and reporting them as proven fact — and nothing exemplifies this penchant better than reporting on the Gulf of Tonkin incident — perhaps one of most flagrant lies ever dreamed up as a justification for war.

On August 5, 1964, the New York Times reported “President Johnson has ordered retaliatory action against gunboats and ‘certain supporting facilities in North Vietnam’ after renewed attacks against American destroyers in the Gulf of Tonkin.”Additional outlets, such as the Washington Post, echoed this claim.

But it wasn’t true. At all. In fact, the Gulf of Tonkin incident, as it became known, turned out to be a fictitious creation courtesy of the government to escalate war in Vietnam — leading to the deaths of tens of thousands of U.S. troops and millions of Vietnamese, fomenting the largest anti-war movement in American history, and tarnishing the reputation of a nation once considered at least somewhat noble in the eyes of the world.

In 2010, more than 1,100 transcripts from the Vietnam era were released, proving Congress and officials raised serious doubts about the information fed to them by the Pentagon and White House. But while this internal grumbling took place, mainstream media dutifully reported official statements as if the veracity of the information couldn’t be disputed.

Tom Wells, author of the exhaustive exposé “The War Within: America’s Battle Over Vietnam,” explained the media egregiously erred in “almost exclusive reliance on U.S. government officials as sources of information” and“reluctance to question official pronouncements on ‘national security issues.’”

If due diligence had been performed, and reporters had raised appropriate doubts about the Gulf of Tonkin false flag, it’s arguable whether support for the contentious war would have lasted as long as it did.

3. Suppression of brutality perpetrated in Bahrain during the Arab Spring

CNN sent reporter Amber Lyon and a crew to U.S. ally Bahrain for a documentary about technology’s role in the 2011 people’s uprising known as the Arab Spring, ultimately titled “iRevolution: Online Warriors of the Arab Spring” — but what they encountered instead bore the hallmarks of a repressive and violent regime, and its attempt to filter and censor the truth. Lyon and the other CNN reporters went to great lengths to speak with sources participating in the massive uprising — one the Bahraini government wished to quash at all costs.

“By the time the CNN crew arrived,” the Guardian reported, “many of the sources who had agreed to speak to them were either in hiding or had disappeared. Regime opponents whom they interviewed suffered recriminations, as did ordinary citizens who worked with them as fixers. Leading human rights activist Nabeel Rajab was charged with crimes shortly after speaking to the CNN team. A doctor who gave the crew a tour of his village and arranged meetings with government opponents, Saeed Ayyad, had his house burned to the ground shortly after. Their local fixer was fired ten days after working with them.”

Even the CNN crew experienced the wrath of the regime, upon showing up to interview one source, the Guardiancontinued, “‘20 heavily-armed men’, whose faces were ‘covered with black ski masks’, ‘jumped from military vehicles’, and then ‘pointed machine guns at’ the journalists, forcing them to the ground. The regime’s security forces seized their cameras and deleted their photos and video footage, and then detained and interrogated them for the next six hours.”

After returning to the U.S., Lyon felt it her duty to expose the abuse being perpetrated by the government of an ally nation — but CNN International didn’t agree. CNN U.S. eventually aired the one-hour documentary. Once. CNN Internationalnever did — worse, the organization gave Lyon the cold shoulder, ignoring her repeated requests to return to Bahrain, which would have put CNN ahead of the game in reporting government brutality. Its failure to air the documentary and refusal to provide justification for doing so angered seasoned CNN and other mainstream established journalists across the board.

Lyon met with CNN International president Tony Maddox twice — he first promised to investigate why the documentary wasn’t aired, and then turned against her, warning the journalist not to discuss the matter publicly. Bahraini officials contacted CNN International repeatedly complaining about Lyon’s continued reporting on what she’d witnessed. Intimidation continued until she was eventually laid off, putatively for an unrelated matter.

Attempting to save face, CNN International rebuffed the Guardian’s account and interview with Lyon — but the effort was an impotent justification for the obvious failure of integrity.

But threats for Lyon to remain silent followed her off the job, and when she persisted in exposing the Bahraini regime, as well as the suppression by CNN, the outlet sent a stern warning to halt. Lyon, however, said she had never signed a non-disclosure agreement and would not be pressured into their lies — ultimately walking away reputation in hand — something that could not be said for CNN.

4. That time Fox News hired a CIA operative who wasn’t a CIA operative

Wayne Shelby Simmons made guest appearances on Fox News as a security expert with insider expertise from his work as a CIA operative — for over a decade. However, Simmons had never been employed by the agency — in fact, the imposter’s lies eventually caught up with him and he was arrested and sentenced to 33 months in prison.

“Instead of verifying whether Simmons had actually worked for the CIA, Fox News and the Agency allowed him to make fools out of Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, Andrew Napolitano, Neil Cavuto, and everyone at Fox & Friendsfor over the last twelve years. After building a false reputation as a CIA agent on Fox News, Simmons obtained an interim security clearance when an unnamed government contractor hired him in 2008. Simmons also falsely claimed on national security forms that his prior arrests and criminal convictions were directly related to his supposed intelligence work for the CIA, and that he had previously held a top secret security clearance from 1973 to 2000,” The Free Thought Project’s Andrew Emett explained.

In other words, mainstream Fox News didn’t bother with journalism at all — proffering fake expertise as the real deal — because the outlet failed the most basic of tasks any hourly wage employer would perform.

Simmons’ commentaries weren’t harmless stabs in the dark, either — relentlessly parroting baseless Islamophobic rhetoric to drum up support for the government’s insidious war on terror likely poisoned the minds of thousands of viewers, furthering the already divisive atmosphere in the U.S.

5. Vapid anti-marijuana propaganda and the furtherance of the war on drugs

According to the Drug Policy Alliance, over $51 billion is spent fighting the war on drugs in the United States — each year. In 2015, a striking 38.6 percent of all arrests for drug possession were for cannabis — 643,121 people were arrested for marijuana-related offenses.

What those figures don’t show are the millions of lives ruined by criminal conviction for the government’s unjustifiable quest to eradicate, demonize, and vilify this beneficial plant. It would be an impossible task to tally the number of families whose homes have been destroyed by SWAT teams searching for marijuana — whether or not police bothered to verify anaddress. An untold number of others have been slain by police for the same reason.

But worst of all, the mainstream media propagates nonsensical, false propaganda about cannabis to convince the gullible and ignorant among us to equate it with heroin, cocaine, and other ‘illicit’ substances. And while a majority of the populace has seen through such lies, some outlets have obstinately continued the drug war — seemingly of their own volition.

One stunning example occurred in March last year, when Dr. David Samadi made a guest appearance on Fox News to fearmonger the horrors of marijuana and scare the bejeezus out of the viewing audience.

“It actually causes heart attacks. It increases your heart rate. And on and on,” Samadi claimed, fecklessly distorting statistics. “We’re seeing in Colorado that we had 13 kids that came to the emergency [room] and ended up in the ICU as a result of overdose from marijuana. Now we have crack babies coming in because pregnant women are smoking this whole marijuana business.”

Fortunately, the Internet has provided the public with alternatives to these corporate media lies — and as of two years ago, despite these and other claims about pot being a dangerous substance, Pew Research Center found fully 69 percent of the population felt alcohol was more harmful than cannabis.

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While this list presents only a few of the bigger lies of the corporate press, there are innumerable examples of its proud history of actual fake news. Keep these in mind when the mainstream presstitutes rush to reprint a hit list targeting journalists and outlets whose narratives counter the establishment. Indeed, it would be the corporate media — with its vast captive audience — who most deserves to be listed as propagators of lies.

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Clock Crasher's picture

RICO RICO RICO

concrete beds and sporks

TeamDepends's picture

1) 9/11- The biggest hoax/false flag in modern history. MSM was complicit.

Clock Crasher's picture

Amen.  Housing bubble herding of the public into financial death traps for good measure. 

Stainless Steel Rat's picture

Was that rico diddie sung to the tune of ...

wee-weed up's picture

As this will be totally ignored by the Lib MSM...

We at ZH and only a few others will ever hear about it.

stizazz's picture

I wonder what happened to all the Clinton email stories now that elections are over? Where those fake too?

Twee Surgeon's picture

I have run into three separate instances of people in the last month who have had their bank account drained by the California Franchise tax board, apparently anyone whoever kissed anyone in California is now liable for the Fake Debt of people they may or may-not have shagged 30 years ago.

My advice to anyone with any cash in a Bank in the USA is to withdraw it fast because the rats are leaving the sinking ship before January the 20th and are grabbing as much loot as they can by any means.

I thought Trump was going to be 'just another puppet' but I'm seeing numerous indicators that a lot of people' in the know' are acting strangely, as if the unthinkable has happened.

I also had a conversation with a career Merchant Mariner and he brought up the Baltic Dry Index and I mentioned the S.Korean company that recently went tits up.

He said "Nothing is moving" it has all stopped, dropped, dead duck, done. A Sea Captain of 30+ years, he was grabbing his 'stuff' and taking it to a handler and then getting on an airplane to 'Not the USA'.

 There is a lot of very weird stuff going on in our customer base. Lots of people moving (I mean Lots.) People are taking desperate measures based on information that I can only guess at but they leave me crumbs. Get cash out of banks because what ever shit is hitting the fan is hitting soon.

The banks are throwing darts at the phone book now, they only have 60 odd days and then I guess the game is changing ? Asta la vista bankies.

Evil Peanut's picture

dont forget sandy hook and boston marathon

Holy hand grenade of Antioch's picture

Wait, aren't those, more specifically, where they created fake dead people and reported it as news?

WordSmith2013's picture

All the MSM does is produce FAKE NEWS, because the controllers know that --->

 

http://cosmicconvergence.org/?p=2231

 

Whoever Controls The Media Controls The World
silvermail's picture

CNN and other Faux News = lies.

silvermail's picture

I recently announced my own personal boycott of all the false media such as CNN and other Faux News.
I do not understand why I should spend my time and my life on their lies and propaganda ?!

TruthHunter's picture

You really have to boycott their advertisers.
Amazon shouldn't be on your Christmas list, for using
CNN

Mountainview's picture

Goebbels knew a lot about this.

SoDamnMad's picture

Ah yes, Sandy Hook.   David Wheeler,  former B-movies actor who was photographed in Police sniper gear (rifle, helmet, body armor, uniform of same police around him)  who just happened to also be a grieving father of a child killed in the school and was later photographed with President Obama getting on Air Force One to attend an anti-gun ceremony.  It doesn't get any better than that.  Search Sofia Smallstorm on YouTube

small towel's picture

If anyone hasn't seen 'We Need To Talk About Sandy Hook' it is a thriller documentary similar to 'Making a Murderer'. 

If you are unfamiliar with the story it is gripping.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxTafqejV6k

nmewn's picture

Or a "white Hispanic" who (with the help of a carefully edited tape of his call to the cops by NBC) is heard to say...

"He looks black."

I'll give anyone who cares to try three guesses as to what intent and purpose was behind NBC's motive in doing this...and the first two don't count and it had nothiing to do with racial harmony ;-)

Cloud9.5's picture

Because of Zimmerman, I am now officially white.  I never knew that until I was forced to check the white box by a clerk when I was filling out an ATF form after Travon was killed.  God sure has a peculiar sense of humor.  The death of a black man made me white.  Praise the Lord.  I am now part of the majority.

 

 

nmewn's picture

LMAO!!!...well, welcome aboard the good ship WeHateEmAll mi amigo...lol...now you get to watch them light those short wicked cannon balls we gave them aboard the prog warship Ain'tGottaClue from a safe distance!

Its really entertainment at its finest ;-)

BennyBoy's picture

 

"Zika no longer an emergency to the World Health Organization"

It never was an emergency based on public medical data from the areas most "affected".

 

nmewn's picture

Look! Ebola infected squirrels dashing back & forth in traffic! Somebody...

DO SOMETHING!!!

Kayman's picture

More trolls.  You can identify them by looking at their raw sphincters caused by sliding along the barbed wire of HilLiary for President fame.

Fuck off. Back to HuffPo.

philipat's picture

Lonnng, Yippee Kiyay, letsit, techies-r-us, stizazz, stizazz, Mano-A-Mano et al, sorry to make you “Talk to yourself” more to avoid having my “outing” post immediately below your spam. It now takes you 4-5 minutes to post because you have to login as different users to talk to yourself and separate your spam post from my spam alert so taking advantage of Zhers who don’t know your game. Still, without a life I suppose you must have plenty of time on your hands. I have a life so am not always focused on hitting the key on my machine which automatically responds to your spam. Another poster, erkme 73, was able to hack into your parents security system and get a shot of you in the basement where you live. Not a pretty site:

http://r.fod4.com/http://a.fod4.com/images/user_photos/1171287/spammer_o...

J S Bach's picture

Let this be the birth of a daily dose of information by the "fake media."  Let there be a steady drip of all of the truths and facts which have occurred which the voice of the MSM conveniently ignored.  This is all part of their death knell.  Let it ring daily until their rotten corpse is nothing but dry bones.

11b40's picture

Warning.....Philipat is a professional troll desperate to keep others from learning more about the disaterous effects of Zionism in America, and around the world.  Why else would someone devote so much time and effort trying to prevent people from other sources of info?  

Kayman's picture

Whether he is or isn't is small ball relative to the still "pooping yellow" trolls trying to stomp on ZH. Bots?

Whether Trump succeeds in turning this country around into a producer of jobs and wealth is not going to be known in the first few months, so let's see what happens.

All the parasites- the dirty elites sucking the middle class dry in banking and corporate monopolies and at the other end, where successive generations know nothing but welfare and whining- exist only because of government.

Remember ZH provided the contra conduit which were the seeds that grew into President Trump.

Anonymous_Beneficiary's picture

Um Trump is Goldman''s bitch and a zioshill..kinda doubt real ZHers drank the cool aid you're peddling.

GreatUncle's picture

Nope - I got copies all the good ones, archived for the you guessed it "the next go round".

The internet will be censored so heavily in the end alot of the truth will disappear.

 

Handful of Dust's picture

MSM seems to enjoy pinning some of this correction on the "Trump Effect" even though he has been responsible for zero governmental policies. Why don't they describe the "Obama Effect":

 

Morningstar: Mall investors poised to lose billions

http://www.retaildive.com/news/morningstar-mall-investors-poised-to-lose...

 

However, even online sales are down a whopping 30% the lastf ew months. Partially due to Hillary's hate talk and Hussein's encouraging violence.

philipat's picture

SPAM ALERT: Do not open the fake links. Letsit has now taken over as Spammer-in- Chief after Yippee Kiyay and now lonng were banned. This serial spammer previously known as: mofio, santafe, Aristotle of Greece, Gargoyle, bleu, oops, lance-a-lot, Loftie, toro, Yippee Kiyay, lonnng, letsit, Mano-A-Mano, techies-r-us, beauticelli, stizazz, Nekoti, SumTing Wong, King Tut, Adullam, jcaz, espirit, rp2016, Holy hand grenade of Antioch (some still active for the purposes of talking to and congratulating himself) and others. He seems to have more accounts than all other ZH members combined. Beats me why The Tylers can’t just block his IP?

Jim in MN's picture

ATTENTION CITIZENS OF GOOD CONSCIENCE

(note--i am going to repeat this a few times--sorry/fuck off)

 

 

This fake news thing is entirely planted and created to get us off the sex crimes and bribery of one Hillary Clinton and her fucked up posse.

 

We SHOULD return the Earth to its justly scheduled reckoning.  650,000 emails.   WE WANT THEM.  GET THEM.  TRUTH OR DEATH.

 

IGNORE

IGNORE

IGNORE

Fake News is Fake

True Blue's picture

But, meanwhile, this is the vapid, hate-fueled tripe they will hear about. Third article from the top on that snowflake urinal with free email, yahoo.

Taint Boil's picture

Incredible that billions are spent on a "war on drugs" for a naturally occurring plant.

Zer0head's picture

so that headline of the Mock Assassination of Trump reads "stirs controversy"

 

Kayman's picture

And a mock execution of Obama ?  The parasites would be burning their scalps- hair already burnt off.

The_Dude's picture

You missed one...Holo-hoax.

Western world in the process of being destroyed by the ultimate White guilt factory. Still waiting to see how many bodies will pile up because of this one. 

Kayman's picture

Soon everyone will be labelled racist and the word will mean nothing. Racism runs deep in those that paint other people "racsist".  

I try to judge people by their character, but if their religion labels me as less than them, then they are the racists, not me.

What the fuck is Affirmative Action if it isn't racism- judging people by the color of their skin, not the measure of their intellect.

Cheka_Mate's picture

Still waiting for them to explain how they knew WTC7 was going down 20 minutes beforehand...

kellys_eye's picture

I beg to differ.

Whilst 9/11 was a deplorable, contrived attack on America and her citizens the seemingly-less and relatively 'innocent' Man Made Global Warming scam is, and remains, the biggest MSM-led lie in existence.

It affects EVERYONE and everyone PAYS for it.  The numbers of pensioners that have died from cold-related illnesses surpasses the death from 9/11 by a considerable factor.  The $trillions spent on trying to mitigate it is quite obviously wasted resources from a public (and world) that is stressed to the limits due to lack of funding.

The whole issue is a ruse to control people, direct policies and manipulate the WORLD to an agenda that no one has been consulted over, voted upon or will even benefit from.

And it continues.

GreatUncle's picture

The 3rd WTC building collpase, the other 2 ignore for this point was a pro-demolition job.

4 planes left the ground with targets - got to make it look good - 1 was on the pentagon - the other 3?

Two twin towers - yup. But the error in the plan one plane did not make it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qReJQCsIpKw

The 3rd building collapse a pro-job.

Kayman's picture

And tell me again- who is owed the $20 trillion conjured by the Fed and lent to our corrupt politicians for political squandering ?

Who holds this debt ?  And where did the money come from ? Someone had a spare $11 trillion laying around for Obama and his sychophants.

11,000 billion dollars borrowed and wasted in 8 years and the economy runs like a Chevy Vega with clogged filters.

SILVERGEDDON's picture

No Noose is good News for the newsies.

Better not speak with forked tongue anymore, media whores. 

Clock Crasher's picture

degenerates know only way out of a bad situation.  and that's to double down ..every time.

double speak and psyops for left and right appendages.

mantrid's picture

I remeber there was this US ex-soldier that believed Ukraine was attacked by Russians, went there to fight for "freedom" and... died.

other lethal fake news:

- Syria: fake rebels. (result: gas weapons deployed)

- Libia: fake revolution. (result: diplomat dead)

- Africa: fake research. (result: ebola outbreak)

- Saudi Arabia: fake friends. (result: 9/11)

- Ukraine: fake enemies (see above)

- Israeli-palestinian conflict: fake silence. (result: US donating weapons to keep war ongoing)

non-lethal ones:

- Swine flu: fake pandemic. (fortunately no one died from superflous vaccination)

- Economy: fake deflation

- Democracy: fake choice

- Renewable energy: fake sustainability

- Homeopathic medicine: fake drugs

- ADHD: fake diesase

- College: fake education

- Research grants: fake science

- Politics: fake polls (although some snowflakes were literally shaking themselves to death)

 

Shlomo Schwartzman's picture

- Germany:  fake showers

  (((12 camps X 15 ovens X 8 hrs/body X 18 months = 290K)))