By Lee Camp, the host and head writer of the comedy news show “Redacted Tonight” that airs every Friday on RT America and at YouTube.com/RedactedTonight. He’s a former comedy writer for the Onion and the Huffington Post
The corporate media is nervous now. They’re nervous because people are waking up to the realization that the mainstream media – almost without exception – toes a pro-war, pro-Wall Street, pro-profit-over-people line. Cable news and the other corporate info sources rarely question the heart of our system. We know now they will never provide us with all the information we need to act as an informed republic. Every topic they cover is weighed against a giant sack of dollar bills.
The corporate media is nervous because this awakening has proved so powerful it nearly made Bernie Sanders the Democratic nominee even though Hillary Clinton received at least 10 times as much media coverage as him and Donald Trump received 23 times as much.
They are nervous because Black Lives Matter became a powerful force despite largely negative corporate media coverage.
They are nervous because Occupy Wall Street became an international phenomenon despite zero media coverage for the first several weeks, followed by largely negative coverage.
They are nervous because Standing Rock became a national flashpoint for the fight against big oil and big corporations, even though it also received little to no corporate media coverage.
They are nervous because Americans are talking about things like single-payer healthcare, legalizing marijuana, shrinking our military empire (with roughly 1,000 military bases around the world), keeping net neutrality, and so much more. Even though these issues are nearly blacked out on mainstream corporate media, Americans are talking about them and getting angry.
So where is the information coming from if not the giant media monopolies?
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I have a unique relationship with Naked Capitalism because the first time I wrote a piece for Yves was after I was extensively attacked on the front page of the arts section in the New York Times. Apparently the mainstream outlets are so nervous about alternative media, that they’re devoting entire hit pieces to political comedians who say all the things they refuse to.
I penned an in-depth response to the propaganda unleashed against me and none of the outlets I approached were willing to publish it except Naked Capitalism. Once my response went viral, garnering hundreds of thousands of views and forcing the New YorkTimes to issue corrections – Only THEN did other outlets pick up my piece. So without Naked Capitalism, I’m not sure the truth about the New York Times’ utter bullshit would’ve gotten out there.
There is an information war going on right now. Google and Facebook have joined the corporate media forces. Their new search protocols have crushed the traffic to many leading left-wing sites. YouTube has also demonitized and suppressed many, if not all, leading alternative news channels. For all these reasons it is crucial you help Naked Capitalism continue its work.
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Damn right they are nervous. Censorship of the net is increasing over time and I fear that in the end we will only have a Disneyland version of the net accessible to us at all. I saw one example this week of this in practice.
There is an Australian-Syrian girl named SyriaGirl who is an activist online. A few days ago she had her FaceBook account suspended for exposing Kurdish fraud during the Kurdistan referendum (http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/syriangirls-facebook-ban-linked-russia-gate-twitter-purge-exclusive-interview/ri21101) and now she has had a video arguing against this move removed by YouTube (http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/youtube-bans-syriangirls-video-about-her-facebook-ban-hate-speech/ri21120). Twitter next?
Tomorrow I intend to add a tip to the tip jar but I would suggest that a back-up plan be in place in case NC finds all links cut of from PayPal, Masters, Visa , etc. like happened to WikiLeaks a few years back. A few years ago I would have thought that not possible but now I am not so sure anymore. Better to be a suspenders and belt man.
My backup plan? Sending Yves a check that’s wrapped inside a love letter to NC!
It’s on my afternoon to-do list.
Lee Camp gets it. :)
Also an important twitterer.
It would be great to link back to his earlier piece somewhere in this. I remember it as a very tasty roast of Grey Lady.
@Democrita … here’s the link : https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2017/06/lee-camp-write-propaganda-ny-times-demonstrated-article.html
This truly has, is and will be something to watch, no pun intended. My first real exposure to the idea was with Occupy, I couldn’t believe the intense media backlash that met the movement from just about every outlet (whether FoxNews or “liberal” media). Then again with Black Live Matter, the backlash was just incredible and the disinformation was astoundingly clear. Standing Rock is when I really started paying attention though, the clear deliberate attempt to paint the protesters as evil, the focus on trash and the smallest violent confrontation, that I had to dig through alternative media sources to see videos and photos of police spraying non-violent protesters with fire hoses in freezing temperatures. It’s also been interesting watching the media backlash against “campaign Trump” go almost completely silent as he settled into the White House and became one of the most big-money, wall-street friendly, lobbyist friendly leaders in recent memory.
I agree, they are nervous. From another blogger, thanks for what you do. We have to keep the pressure on.
…saw this 70’s university…vietnam era, when mainstream media lost out-forced change “reality” due to underground media such as “Helix”…the ‘murkan people turned (“collectively”) against mainstream media..
We certainly need do so again…appears to many of us only “change” comes to “murka” when everyone loses everything (disallowed by powers of “no change-more of $ame”, 2007, – today)…we see where 2007 Wall $treet (control accounting frauds) have taken economics of lives since…
fortunately, there are truth tellers…NC appears be one…though debate – Socratic method needs transpire
Very happy to see NC positioned there at the sharp end of the change in news distribution. You will be setting the style and the standards of the new distribution system and you have demonstrated you have the qualifications to ensure the job is not fudged. Why, just the instant response to insulting bloggers shows the decisiveness of NC management.
I have implicit confidence in NC and a great feeling of satisfaction and joy that you are in the world doing your part. Long may it continue.
2nd attempt: 10/4/17
Has there been a prior discussion of Russian funding and editorial control of RT America? I’ve avoided Russia Today as a news source for those reasons. Ex-RT America anchor Liz Wahl said: