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Snopes Exposed As Unfit To Arbiter ‘Truth’

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Right now, all across the globe, alternative media outlets that are receiving millions of views and ‘likes’ across several different social media platforms are continuing to grow and garner attention, this is due in large part to the fact that so many people can now see through the ‘hogwash’ that mainstream media spews out on a yearly basis. Sure, not everything that’s presented to the masses via mainstream media is ‘fake news,’ but unfortunately, a large portion of it is and this has been demonstrated during several instances which provided onlookers the opportunity to ‘wake up,’ for lack of a better phrase.

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Perhaps the best example in recent history was 9/11. Even today, studies are being published that pretty much make it clear that all three buildings were destroyed by controlled demolition. Here’s a great example that was published last year in the magazine of the European Physical Society. Some of you may be asking yourselves, “well if this is actually true, why isn’t mainstream media covering it?” That’s because the powerful group of elite who manufacture these events and then dish a fake explanation to the masses, also own the mainstream media. This became clear to many decades ago when the CIA was outed for their “Operation Mockingbird,” a CIA-based initiative to control mainstream, and according to those who have been working for these major media outlets, it’s still happening today.

A great example is Dr. Udo Ulfkotte, a top German journalist and editor for more than two decades who went on television stating that he was forced to publish the works of intelligence agents under his own name. He also added that noncompliance with these orders would result in him losing his job. Another great example would be former CBC News reporter Sharyl Attkisson, or Amber Lyon, a three-time Emmy award winning journalist who outed CNN stating that they are routinely paid by the U.S. government and foreign governments to selectively report and even distort information on certain events. She has also indicated that the government has editorial control over content.

It’s a long list, and there is more than enough evidence and opportunity for people to discern what is real, and what’s not real, who they can trust, and who they can’t trust.

The War on ‘Fake News.’

As you’ve probably already heard, Facebook recently teamed up with corporations like ABC and Snopes, among others, in an attempt to limit the amount of “misinformation” that can be spread on the internet. As a result, these authorities are not letting the people examine information and sources for themselves, but rather determining what is real and what’s ‘fake news’ according to them.

This is yet another example of infringing on our right to access information open and freely.

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It’s hard to imagine how they thought this type of intervention would be a smooth one, as the announcement sparked outrage among millions of people, who in turn called out mainstream media as the real ‘fake news.’ For example, as a results of the announcement by Facebook, three time presidential candidate Ron Paul released a list of “journalists” who colluded with the Clinton campaign. You can view that list HERE.

That’s a great example of real ‘fake news,’ Mr. Zuckerberg.

Now, stories that Facebook and those they’ve teemed up with to determine what is fake news, have been removed from people’s news feeds.

It’s important for us to remember that 90 percent of western media is controlled by a small group of people and the corporations they run, six to be exact. This makes it impossible for anybody to get any type of information that is not in line with their agenda in order to maximize their profits and carry out any other agendas that they might have. Instead of internet censorship, the correct thing to do would be to uncensor the internet and have people examine sources, and let them believe what they’d like to believe based on all of the information that’s out there.

For example, you will never hear mainstream media cover anything harmful to the image of genetically modified foods,  despite the fact that Wikileaks, and a Federal Lawsuit exposed that there are a number of concerns and science to back it up. Why else would so many countries around the world refuse these products? You can read more about that here, as it is just one out of several examples. The ‘war on terror’ is another.

Any outlet that touches on these topics that counter the big corporations that own the media, will be deemed as fake news.

Do you see the problem here?

Whenever the eyes of the masses drift away from corporate/government owned media, they panic, and this ‘war on fake news’ is a great example and yet another opportunity for people to ‘wake up.’

It almost makes it easier for onlookers to determine what ‘truth’ really is, stories today that become popular which are subject to attempted debunking by mainstream outlets usually have more credible sources behind them than people are made to believe. All it takes is some time, research, and critical thinking.

The issue issue is that, critical thinking. It’s so easy for mainstream media to persuade the minds of the masses by simply making statements, and having government officials back them. The best example is this whole Russian Propaganda campaign, where the US is blaming Russia for a rigged election. Mainstream media simply stated something, and all of a sudden the masses consider it a possibility, with no sources or evidence cited for the people to examine for themselves. They have the power to make a non debatable topic debatable and accepted by the masses.

NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden said it best, the solution here is not to censor what people read but rather teaching people how to think critically:

“The problem of fake news isn’t solved by hoping for a referee but rather because we as participants, we as citizens, we as users of these services help each other…The answer to bad speech is not censorship. The answer to bad speech is more speech. We have to exercise the idea that critical thinking matters now more than ever, given the fact that lies seem to be getting very popular.” (source)(source)

More On The Deemed ‘Fact Checkers.’

One of them, as mentioned earlier, is Snopes, a site created by Barbara and David Mikkelson in 1995 to determine the truth and fiction behind various lore and urban legends. The Daily Mail recently did an investigation into the company and found that they posed as “The San Fernardo Valley Folklore Society” when they first started, and it never existed as a legal entity.

Currently David’s new wife, Elyssa Young, a former escort and porn actress who ran for Congress in 2004 is now a head Snopes administrator. We are talking about a group of fact checkers that are comprised of a few people. Another former sex-blogger named Kimberly LaCapria is another one of their main contributors.

We are not judging their personal lives, but just want to make it clear that these are ordinary people like me and you who have been given the job of ‘fact checkers,’ for North America.

Who is calling Snopes to be un-fit to be the arbiter of news? Apart from the millions of people engaged in alternative media, like those who support us here at Collective -Evolution, Forbes actually jumped in and voiced their concern with regards to the Daily Mail investigation.

Forbes contributor Kalev Leetaru writes, with regards to an inquiry he made to Snopes about the investigation:

“When I first read through the Daily Mail article I immediately suspected the story itself must certainly be ‘fake news’ … if any of the claims were true … companies like Facebook would not be partnering with them … Thus, when I reached out to David Mikkelson … for comment, I fully expected him to respond with a lengthy email in Snopes’ trademark point-by-point format, fully refuting each and every one of the claims in the Daily Mail’s article and writing the entire article off as ‘fake news.’

It was with incredible surprise therefore that I received David’s one-sentence response which read in its entirety ‘I’d be happy to speak with you, but I can only address some aspects in general because I’m precluded by the terms of a binding settlement agreement from discussing details of my divorce.’

This absolutely astounded me. Here was one of the world’s most respected fact checking organizations, soon to be an ultimate arbitrator of ‘truth’ on Facebook, saying that it cannot respond to a fact checking request because of a secrecy agreement. In short, when someone attempted to fact check the fact checker, the response was the equivalent of ‘it’s secret.’

It is impossible to understate how antithetical this is to the fact checking world, in which absolute openness and transparency are necessary prerequisites for trust. How can fact checking organizations like Snopes expect the public to place trust in them if when they themselves are called into question, their response is that they can’t respond?” (source)

It’s good to see that at least some mainstream media is admitting this, as there are so many examples of why we don’t need these people fact checking for us. Dr. Jospeh Mercola provides a great example, pointing to the fact that Snopes should have “nothing to do with arbitrating health news” explaining how they debunked “safety concerns about aspartame,” and that this case “also demonstrates the insidious and dangerous effect of bias, which can come from the very highest levels…At the very least, Snopes would need to read the books and review the aspartame research that shows harm, and there are many such studies. Instead, they took the easy way out. As a result, a lot of people are not properly forewarned   and may be hurt.

Final Comments

My thoughts on the matter are that people have enough brain power to determine what is fake news and what isn’t for themselves. At the same time, there is so much information out there that nobody should be given the job of ‘fact checker.’ We need a populace capable of thinking for themselves, not having others do it for them, especially people in positions of great power who benefit off of the public perception of various events.

The amount of misinformation and secrecy that’s plagued this planet, mainly from mainstream media news sources, is something the people clearly no longer desire. This is precisely why more people are flocking to alternative media outlets for their information. It’s up to you to look at the sources in an article, newspaper or TV programs that are being cited and from there, you yourself should be able to form your own opinion and belief on the matter. The fact that Facebook has teemed up with organizations like Snopes only further exposes what is already clear to many, real news is threatening to the global elite power structure and the various agendas they try to pursue. So many eyes were being taken away from mainstream media, and so much information has surfaced and been exposed that they are now panicking and trying to silence these other news outlets.

One thing is for certain, this movement won’t back down, and the more attention given to it by mainstream media in whatever light, only serves the greater good. Let the people look at the information and decide for themselves, censoring information is not right, and nobody should have the power to do that.

 

 

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Tulsi Gabbard Just Called Hillary Clinton The “Embodiment Of Corruption” And Much More

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    Hillary Clinton just referred to Tulsi Gabbard as a Russian asset in an interview. Tulsi comes back at her on Twitter, exposing the true face of Clinton.

  • Reflect On:

    Is it not important we have more public conversations about the true nature of the politicians we vote for?

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has recently suggested that she thinks Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, is being “groomed” by Russia to run as a third-party candidate in 2020. Of course, she supplied no evidence of this, but using “Russia” in any sentence in the US is a sure-fire way of striking fear in people about someone.

In an interview with David Plouff, Obama’s former campaign manager, Clinton said:

“They’re also going to do third-party again, “I’m not making any predictions, but I think they’ve got their eye on someone who’s currently in the Democratic primary and are grooming her to be the third-party candidate. She’s the favorite of the Russians. They have a bunch of sites and bots and other ways of supporting her so far.”

Again, step out of part politics for a second, are we really going to pretend this is about parties and not the global elite being upset at someone who’s ruining their show? Think about it, Clinton used Facebook, Google, YouTube and almost every media outlet in the US to manipulate the public into thinking she was a viable candidate. Trump was keen to use social media, and played the role of causing drama, but at least he was transparent about it. Clinton on the other hand, is precisely what Gabbard stated about her in a follow-up Tweet to Clinton’s remarks.

When it comes to the US’ involvement in war, which Gabbard has been rightly critical about, she has also said that Trump “has the blood of the Kurds on his hands” but explained that she holds both parties responsible for supporting what she described as a “regime-change war.” Accurately seeing that this is not about parties but about deep state agendas.

The Takeaway

As we often say in step 1 of The CE Protocol, we have to break the illusion of the world around us. Events like this indicate that there is a greater desire for people to speak up and expose what many people have known for a long time but has never received the attention it deserves. Gabbard in this case is helping the American public see more clearly the true nature of some of the politicians at play and the actions they take.

When we learn to see these actions more clearly we can call into question whether or not our voting processes or systems are truly representative of what people want or whether they are just there to tell a story to the people – one that isn’t true – so money and power can be made and maintained at the elite level.

Needing to have open and public conversations about this type of stuff, moving beyond the mainstream media created celebrity status of various candidates, is important so that people can begin to see the truth – see the person behind the mask. This is partly what people see with Trump, the truth of what politicians look like, act like and where their agendas lie. It’s all laid bare. Whether or not you agree or disagree with it is up to you to decide, because at least now it can be seen clearly. Especially if you avoid mainstream media’s coverage of it.

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This is Not A Movie, It’s October 1st, 2019 In Hong Kong

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  • The Facts:

    Protests in Hong Kong rose to many tense moments over the past few months. This video footage shows clashes between riot police and protesters on Kowloon’s Nathan Road.

  • Reflect On:

    Have people reached a breaking point when it comes to how often they are not heard by governments?

In the video below, what looks like a Hollywood movie is the reality just a couple of weeks ago in Hong Kong. Riot police and protesters have been clashing for months as the streets become filled with hundreds of tear gas canisters and Molotov cocktails. Having covered the G20 summit in Toronto, these scenes appear much more tense than what I saw during those protests, and even those were filled with vandalism, pepper spray, burning cars and rubber bullets.

We’ve covered the Hong Kong protests a couple of times here on CE, including a full segment on CETV here.

There are obviously two perspectives as to what is going on, the Mainland China perspective and that of the Hong Kong protesters who feel Mainland China is acting wrongly. From the perspective of Mainland China, the protests in Hong Kong are fundamentally the result of Western interference and attempts at a ‘soft recolonization’ of Hong Kong. Their arguments have some merit.

From the Hongkongers perspective,  tensions rose after the introduction of an extradition bill that threatened residents’ freedoms. Protesters are demanding Hong Kong’s chief executive Carrie Lam resigns. They are also calling for:

  • The complete withdrawal of the proposed extradition bill
  • The government to withdraw the use of the word “riot” in relation to protests
  • The unconditional release of arrested protesters and charges against them dropped
  • An independent inquiry into police behaviour
  • Implementation of genuine universal suffrage

As with many things people are feeling at the moment, big government has been overreaching for quite some time, and freedoms continue to be cut while quality of life in our fast-paced modern society diminishes. What we must remember when viewing these issues is we can’t singularly look at each one and determine whether it’s right or wrong so easily. People are exposed to ‘hits’ from every direction to their wallets, freedom, health, lifestyle and psyche and our world is reflecting the feeling that ‘enough is enough.’

Since much of the time we aren’t sure what else to do, people fight back, they do what they think will lead them to being heard and having a solution brought forth. is this the best way forward? Perhaps not, but when it becomes clear to people that their governments and the voting process do not work in their benefit nor favor, this is sometimes what they revert to.

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Video credit: Tom Grundy/HKFP

More at http://www.hongkongfp.com – Hong Kong’s only not-for-profit, independent English-language news source.

H/T: Twisted Sifter

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CNN’s Political Bias Exposed By Whistleblower’s Hidden Camera Footage

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  • The Facts:

    CNN Technician Cary Poarch went around CNN with a hidden video camera for months in order to provide the public with evidence that CNN is not at all practicing objective journalism.

  • Reflect On:

    What kind of media do you support? Do we get the truth when we have politically motivated media? Is it time for an evolution in media?

At CE we have long talked about political bias in mainstream media, and it has become even more prevalent since an already polarizing figure named Donald Trump took office. This isn’t about whether you support Trump or not, it’s about seeing the patterns at play. But to date, CNN and other mainstream networks have still tried to maintain the veneer of objectivity and independence in their journalism. New information coming out from Project Veritas is set to remove the last vestiges of this fantasy.

Based on footage from a hidden camera used over the course of months by a CNN technician, it was revealed that the pro-Liberal, anti-Trump bias that proliferated in the network seemed ‘unbecoming of a news organization’ to many people who worked there. But it took one brave man, Cary Poarch, to be willing to risk his career to expose it with hard evidence.

In our latest episode of The Collective Evolution Show on CETV, Joe Martino and I discuss the implications of Poarch’s revealing footage that will help paint a picture of an organization that is as partisan as it could get from the top down, where President Jeff Zucker clearly promotes a biased political agenda and expects the employees under him and the content they produce to fall in lock-step with that agenda. Of course, it’s not just CNN that operates this way, this can be seen across all mainstream left and right media.

Where is the Objectivity?

This is what mainstream media has become, a tool of political partisanship, not only in what they broadcast to the public but even within the organization. At CNN Poarch has observed a ‘groupthink’ Anti-Trump mentality, and this type of bias ultimately leads to mainstream outlets devolving into echo chambers because, as Poarch puts it, there is no tolerance for dissenting or even neutral views:

“It’s an Unwritten Rule That if You Are Center, Center Right, or Heaven Forbid, Full Right Republican Trump Supporter, Then You Are Not Welcome at CNN.”

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Ultimately, since this echo chamber known as the Cable News Network remains one of the prominent proliferators of information in our society, we can see how they have contributed to the large schisms of left/right polarity within our society, in which people with opposing views will only know one side of the story, since it would be impossible for them to endure the extreme bias of whichever network offered views that were opposed to theirs.

And this is by design—to limit the critical thinking process and hide the injustice that is inherent in our system of governance, by having people continue to endlessly fight only between the left and right extremities. The fabric of the country is getting ripped apart when people are goaded into hating the other side simply because the media told them to hate. How are people supposed have productive and civil discussions, and ultimately make educated, informed decisions? Isn’t that what the media is supposed to assist us with?

Is it for Ratings?

There has long been an argument that media puts out stories based on the ratings war, or as in the old days based on how many newspapers they will sell. But it seems we’ve gone beyond that point in terms of bias. It seems as though ‘ratings’ is an argument that top executives make to actually try to hide their bias.

Networks now simply concentrate on retaining viewers with a political bias, and don’t even try to reel back in a growing number of people who are seeing through the ruse and are looking for objectivity in media broadcasts. After all, mainstream media is owned by large conglomerates who use the media not so much to make advertising dollars, but much more lucratively to try to shape public opinion and public perception to serve their ultimate agendas.

In the case of CNN, much of it is coming from the man at the top of the pyramid: president Jeff Zucker. In the video, CNN Media Coordinator Nick Neville lays out Zucker’s undue influence in no uncertain terms:

Like, there are a lot of people who are out here trying to play like, just do what they think is the best journalistic integrity. Then you get on the 9am call and the big boss, Jeff Zucker, f**king tells what to do.”

And it’s like, you have to, like…to a certain extent, you have to follow his verdict.”

The Takeaway

We are in a time when the need for objective journalism is more critical than ever. This testimony from whistleblower Cary Poarch is all the more reason for us to stop looking at mainstream media for the facts and a neutral perspective. You can support CE’s efforts to bring that neutral perspective in our journalism and broadcasts by becoming a member of our censorship-free video platform, CETV.

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