We live in a society where mainstream news is often preached. Many people don’t think to exercise skepticism when watching the news because they don’t realize that the very organizations that claim to be reporting world events objectively are actually just misinforming people by spreading propaganda and fake news.
Just because you read the daily news doesn’t mean you actually know what’s going on in the world. Mainstream media (MSM) has been known to go so far as to create both fake stories and fake videos.
Most of the time this “fake news” is being generated because the government controls mainstream media, and they are creating falsified information and spreading it through news outlets in order to manufacture a heightened state of fear and security to increase their control over the population. Mainstream media is also heavily affected by corporate interests, and is usually more concerned with increasing profits than reporting on real news.
The government has also been involved in creating fake news stories; for example, the Pentagon paid a PR firm over $500 million to create fake terrorists videos.
An example that comes to mind is when mainstream media claimed Assad launched a chemical weapons attack earlier this year, when in reality there was no chemicals weapons attack. That story was completely fabricated, and numerous journalists and political figures debunked it, including Seymour Hersh. You can read more about this fake news story in our CE article here.
More examples were discussed in a Russia Today interview featuring Sibel Edmonds, a former FBI translator and the founder of the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition. Edmonds explained that ISIS was actually created by the U.S. in order to facilitate a brand change, shifting the attention from Al-Qaeda to ISIS. Al-Qaeda was starting to die down, so they needed to create a heightened state of fear about another terrorist group, which is part of the reason the U.S. funded ISIS so heavily. Edmonds also goes on to discuss Western media’s role in the creation of ISIS, as they further perpetuate the fear and fake stories surrounding these “terrorist attacks.”
Another example was when MSM reported that Russia bombed a hospital in Syria, when in reality that hospital still stands. The fake ‘al Quds hospital‘ news story was spread by CNN and PBS, and stated that Russian airstrikes took down the hospital in April 2015, killing innocent civilians — none of which is true. In fact, Russia released satellite imagery proving that the hospital was still standing later in the year. The following video is of Canadian journalist Eva Bartlett discussing the White Helmets hoax and fake MSM news reports on the Syrian war:
Another example would be the way in which Western media paints the White Helmets, depicting them as a group of heroic people that supply aid to civilians suffering as a result of the Syrian war. In reality, this group is funded by the West and actually aids the very terrorists the West claims to be fighting. The irony is thick, and you can read more about the White Helmets in our CE article here.
The perspective that a lot of people seem to have on watching MSM is that you’re “damned if you do, damned if you don’t.” In other words, you want to be informed, you need to be informed, but in reality you may be misinformed as a result of watching it. However, many people simply don’t know where to access independent news.
Denzel Washington raised this very point, which you can watch below:
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Misinformation aside, the other issue for many people is information overload. Sometimes, the fear mongering that takes place on these networks can be overwhelming, especially because a lot of it is unnecessary to listen to because it’s fake/propaganda. Plus, since there’s so much information coming at us from different perspectives, with the right spewing one agenda and the left spewing another, it can be confusing for people who actually want to learn.
This is another point that Denzel brings up in another interview, which you can watch here:
At the end of the day, it’s up to you as the viewer to find the truth. It’s important to be skeptical of the information that’s being presented to you because there’s just so much misinformation out there. The irony is that although CE views MSM as the creators of fake news, in all likelihood MSM would view us as “fake news” as well.
Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide. What agenda is behind these news networks? Who’s funding them? Could corporations be paying to have this content created? Does the U.S. government or the elite benefit from spreading this story? These are only a few of the questions you should be asking yourselves while watching or reading the news. Bottom line: Do your own research.
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