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The truth about Cambridge Analytica-SCL: Psy-ops by UK-US deep state actors

26 March 2018 | World Socialist Web Site

The serious privacy concerns involved in the harvesting of the personal information of some 50 million Facebook users were underscored by Britain’s Channel 4 News. An undercover investigation filmed Cambridge Analytica CEO Alexander Nix boasting of dirty tricks operations to ensnare politicians and subvert elections.

SCL and the Phantom Contract

22 March 2018 | Bella Caledonia

In the second of our explosive expose of the SCL Group we ask: what is the phantom contract with the MOD from 2010/11 and what did the ‘external training’ a previous FOI revealed involve?

SCL — a Very British Coup

20 March 2018 | Bella Caledonia

Liam O'Hare on the deep connections between Cambridge Analytica’s parent company Strategic Communication Laboratories (SCL Group) and the Conservative Party and military establishment; ‘Board members include an array of Lords, Tory donors, ex-British army officers and defence contractors. This is a scandal that cuts to the heart of the British establishment.’

New Google algorithm restricts access to left-wing, progressive web sites

27 July 2017 | World Socialist Web Site

In the three months since Internet monopoly Google announced plans to keep users from accessing “fake news,” the global traffic rankings of a broad range of left-wing, progressive, anti-war and democratic rights organizations have fallen significantly.

Is Becoming the Media Arm of the ‘Alt-Right’?

28 April 2016 | SPLC

Since its founding in 2007, Breitbart News Network has grown to become one of the most popular news outlets on the right. Over the past year however, the outlet has undergone a noticeable shift toward embracing ideas on the extremist fringe of the conservative right. Racist ideas. Anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant ideas –– all key tenets making up an emerging racist ideology known as the “Alt-Right.”

British army creates team of Facebook warriors

31 January 2015 | Guardian

The British army is creating a special force of Facebook warriors, skilled in psychological operations and use of social media to engage in unconventional warfare in the information age.

War by media and the triumph of propaganda

5 December 2014 | John Pilger

Why has so much journalism succumbed to propaganda? Why are censorship and distortion standard practice? Why is the BBC so often a mouthpiece of rapacious power? Why do the New York Times and the Washington Post deceive their readers?

The Myth of the Free Press

26 October 2014 | Truthdig

There is more truth about American journalism in the film Kill the Messenger, which chronicles the mainstream media’s discrediting of the work of the investigative journalist Gary Webb, than there is in the movie All the President’s Men, which celebrates the exploits of the reporters who uncovered the Watergate scandal.

Emails: Vice Requires Writers to Get Approval to Write About Brands

2 October 2014 | Gawker

At most media organizations, there's a “Chinese wall” between editorial and advertising operations — each department operating independently of one another. At Vice Media — marketing shop first, editorial brand second — that's not quite how it works, according to a series of emails published to Twitter by recently departed editor Charles Davis.

Hacked and Attacked: How Piers Morgan's Fabricated Story Almost Ruined This Reporter

8 August 2011 | Truthout

I am not surprised that Piers Morgan has been outed for allegedly hacking phones (listening, in one case, to personal messages between Heather Mills and Paul McCartney.) I learned about the creepy antics of this one-man TV-host crime spree the hard way: as a victim of his crime-and-slime form of “journalism.”

Revealed: how the BBC used MI5 to vet thousands of staff

2 July 2006 | Telegraph

Confidential papers, obtained by the Sunday Telegraph, have revealed that the BBC allowed MI5 to investigate the backgrounds and political affiliations of thousands of its employees, including newsreaders, reporters and continuity announcers.

Lost in translation

14 June 2006 | Guardian

Experts confirm that Iran's president did not call for Israel to be ‘wiped off the map’. Reports that he did serve to strengthen western hawks.

German media giant grew fat on Nazi propaganda

9 October 2002 | Times

Bertelsmann, one of the world's largest media groups, deliberately misled researchers in an attempt to conceal its Nazi past, according to a report released yesterday by independent historians.

Inquiry urged into No 10 hacking claim

12 August 2002 | Independent

The Tories last night demanded an investigation by the head of the civil service into allegations by the BBC's senior foreign correspondent, John Simpson, that Downing Street had hacked into the Corporation's newsroom computers.

Silencing the Messenger: Censoring NarcoNews

21 March 2001 | CounterPunch

Not long after I wrote a series for the San Jose Mercury News about a drug ring that had flooded South Central Los Angeles with cheap cocaine at the beginning of the crack explosion there, a strange thing happened to me. I was silenced.


26 March 2000 | CounterPunch

Military personnel from the Fourth Psychological Operations Group based at Fort Bragg, in North Carolina, have until recently been working in CNN’s hq in Atlanta.