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Media “Fact checks” have turned into propaganda campaigns

Media “Fact checks” have turned into propaganda campaigns

“Fact Checks” pretend to resolve social media memes that go against the authoritative conventional wisdom. Under the guise of sounding official, the “Fact checks” are often little more than propaganda messaging masquerading as official information. Fact checks have become a new form of propaganda.

How NOT to use a chart to make a point

How NOT to use a chart to make a point

How to embarrass yourself – with a chart. DCCC sent this out saying “Thank you Joe Biden” – for a 2 cent or 1/2 % decrease in prices after a massive run up in prices. This is basically cherry picking the Y-Axis to make it look like there was a large drop. Chart mutilation is a common method of propaganda.

Classic media manipulation of your viewpoint – SF Chronicle had to rewrite headline and replace photo illustration

Classic media manipulation of your viewpoint – SF Chronicle had to rewrite headline and replace photo illustration

Over the span of a few days, the SF Chronicle went from a headline emphasizing “Winter Covid surge” to a new title emphasizing “the endgame”, and a new illustration, removing the fear and negativity focus. Sadly, the media always goes for fear and negativity and manages to spin good news into bad. This time they got caught at it.

Misreporting by error of omission: “These 5 states have less than 10% of ICU beds left as Covid-19 overwhelms hospitals – CNN”

Misreporting by error of omission: “These 5 states have less than 10% of ICU beds left as Covid-19 overwhelms hospitals – CNN”

CNN runs a prominent news story about the 5 states where ICU beds available is less than 10%. They conveniently left out many states that are also in that situation, apparently to make a point about Southern states?

According to the media, there is no hope, only despair

According to the media, there is no hope, only despair

The news media’s sole focus on negativity is causing mass harm to the mental health of the world’s population. This is not necessary and is quite evil. In fact, the damage caused to mental health can itself lead to acts of violence – the media truly does have blood on its hands.

Poorly done propaganda using WYSIATI cherry picking: Al Jazeera gets an F on this one

Poorly done propaganda using WYSIATI cherry picking: Al Jazeera gets an F on this one

Al Jazeera runs a column by a professor of philosophy who says capitalism is a failure and that only government can deliver the “innovation” necessary to deliver vaccines for Covid-19. Al Jazeera fails to note his background as an avid socialist member of groups opposed to the “neoliberal capitalist model”. Failing to disclose this background context turns this into a propaganda piece versus not legitimate analysis of issues.

“Deplatforming” Parler

“Deplatforming” Parler

The controversy over hostile social media content advocating violence, hate, and lies on social media – and the deplatforming of individuals and entire services (e.g. Parler).

Was Parler deplatformed for “conservative” ideas or for users advocating violence?

Methods of subtle media propaganda

Methods of subtle media propaganda

Every time someone not following the face mask meme contracts Covid-19, the media makes the lack of face masks the story. Yet when a large group of health care workers, with 100% face mask compliance is diagnosed with Covid-19, mention of face masks vanishes. According to the CDC, 90% of those diagnosed with Covid-19 were face mask wearers – suggesting the media’s focus on face masks or lack of one as the cause of contracting Covid-19 is propaganda messaging.