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  • Why Are the Media Taking the CIA’s Hacking Claims at Face Value?

    12/15/2016 6:34:49 PM PST · by LouieFisk · 45 replies
    The Nation ^ | December 25th 2016 | James Carden
    In 1977, Carl Bernstein published an exposé of a CIA program known as Operation Mockingbird, a covert program involving, according to Bernstein, “more than 400 American journalists who in the past 25 years have secretly carried out assignments for the Central Intelligence Agency.” Bernstein found that in “many instances” CIA documents revealed that “journalists were engaged to perform tasks for the CIA with the consent of the managements of America’s leading news organizations.” Fast-forward to December 2016, and one can see that there isn’t much need for a covert government program these days.
  • Whistleblower Exposes Key Player in FBI Russia Probe: "It was all a Set-up"

    08/27/2018 4:07:40 PM PDT · by Cboldt · 47 replies
    Sara Carter ^ | August 27, 2018 | Sara Carter
    Adam Lovinger, a former Defense Department analyst ... a whistleblower, is now battling to save his career. The Pentagon suspended his top-secret security clearance May 1, 2017, when he exposed through an internal review that Stefan Halper, who was then an emeritus Cambridge professor, had received roughly $1 million in tax-payer funded money to write Defense Department foreign policy reports, his attorney Sean Bigley said. Before Lovinger's clearance was suspended he had taken a detail to the National Security Council as senior director for strategy. He was only there for five months before he was recalled to the Pentagon, stripped...
  • A Government of Social and Behavioral Nudges

    10/13/2015 10:30:54 AM PDT · by PoliticallyShort · 3 replies ^ | 10/13/2015 | PoliticallyShort
    On September 15, 2015, Barack Obama signed an Executive Order with the intent on implementing “Behavioral Science Insights to Better Serve the American People.” The Executive Order (EO) is based on a “growing body of evidence demonstrating that behavioral science insights — research findings from fields such as behavioral economics and psychology about how people make decisions and act on them — can be used to design government policies to better serve the American people.” Furthermore, the EO continues, “Where Federal policies have been designed to reflect behavioral science insights, they have substantially improved outcomes for the individuals, families, communities,...
  • The Nudge Debate (liberal paternalism)

    08/08/2013 9:39:15 PM PDT · by rey · 18 replies
    NYTimes ^ | 8 August 2013 | David Brooks
    excerpt: In 2009, Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein published a book, called “Nudge,” on how government and other organizations could induce people to avoid common errors. Last year, Sunstein gave the Storrs Lectures at Yale on the topic, which will soon be published as a book called “Nanny Statecraft.” Last month, the Obama administration announced that it is creating a new team to explore applications of this sort of empirical research to policy-making.
  • FLASHBACK: Facebook And The Ethics Of User Manipulation (2014)

    03/22/2018 9:06:29 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 1 replies
    Tech Crunch ^ | Jun 29, 2014 | Alex Wilhelm
    FLASHBACK 2014: Facebook caught manipulating users: A recent study conscripted Facebook users as unwitting participants during a weeklong experiment in direct emotional manipulation. The study set out to discover if the emotional tone of a users’ News Feed content had an impact on their own emotional makeup, measured through the tone of what they posted to the social service after viewing the skewed material. Nearly 700,000 Facebook users were shown either more positive, or more negative content. The study found that users who were given more positive news feeds posted more positive things, and users who were given more negative...
  • SEAN HANNITY Stands Up For His Rights With CBS And Ted Koppel Interview!

    03/27/2017 5:11:55 AM PDT · by davikkm · 39 replies
    IWB ^ | Pamela Williams
    Mainstream Media has truly declared war on those of us who do not watch and agree with them. Sean Hannity of FOX NEWS was interviewed by Ted Koppel of CBS. But instead of playing the whole interview straight through, they hacked it up, leaving out essential parts. They made the interview to express what they wanted it to express. Hannity has thus asked them to play the unedited version straight through, and he is rightfully angry at their manipulation. “Why did Ted cut out my many examples of media bias?,” Hannity asked on Twitter. He’s also asking CBS News release...
  • The Times, The Post, and the Fake News of Internment Camps

    11/20/2016 6:00:46 PM PST · by Kaslin · 33 replies ^ | November 20, 2016 | Jeffrey Lord
    So the latest round of sheer nuttiness from the mainstream media? The idea that President-elect Trump intends to resurrect the infamous and quite decidedly racist “internment camps” established for Japanese-American citizens in 1942. How did this start? It started last week on FNC’s The Kelly File during a segment with Trump surrogate and former Navy Seal Carl Higbie (whom I know). Kelly cited this story from Reuters: “Immigration hardliner says Trump preparing plans for wall, mulling Muslim registry” The story goes on to say that Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach informs Trump advisers “had discussed drafting a proposal for...
  • NYT/CBS Poll: Carson, Trump in Statistical Dead Heat

    09/15/2015 6:54:50 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 201 replies
    Newsmax ^ | september 15, 2015 | Cathy Burke
    Retired pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson has pulled to within 4 points of GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump, a new poll shows. In the New York Times/CBS News survey released Tuesday, Trump maintains the lead of the presidential pack, with 27 percent support. But Carson is within striking distance, at 23 percent, which is within the margin of error, making it a statistical dead heat.Carson's rise compared with his polling at 6 percent support in the pre-Aug. 6 debate Times/CBS News survey; Trump was at 24 percent in that earlier poll, showing Carson's gains the most significant in that time frame,...
  • EXPLOSIVE – Man Presented on TV as Freddie Gray’s Paddy Wagon Companion IS AN IMPOSTOR

    05/02/2015 11:02:32 AM PDT · by IChing · 150 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | 5/2/15 | Sundance
    On April 29th the Washington Post ran an explosive article highlighting information from a passenger who was inside the transport vehicle at the same time Freddie Gray was driven toward central booking. According to the Washington Post source: Freddie Gray was intentionally “trying to injure himself“. On April 30th local Baltimore media outlet WBAL-TV introduced Donta Allen, a person they claimed was the passenger in the transport vehicle. However, THEY ARE NOT THE SAME PERSON. Our research indicates the office of Baltimore State Attorney, Marilyn Mosby, used or allowed one of her deputy State Attorneys, Janice Bledsoe (who was in...
  • Will the Public Remember That The MSM Worked Harder Than Ever Before To Get Obama Elected? (Vanity)

    12/03/2013 3:31:05 PM PST · by ransomnote · 28 replies
    Vanity | 12/3/2013 | Vanity
    I recall posting on a New York Times article that the Times had colluded to get Obama elected and they and Obama needed to admit to "In Kind Contributions" (i.e., Obama's unpaid election press). I wasn't alone - many people reacted with outrage at the extremes of distortion the Times and others had employed (i.e., photographing his head with a halo etc.), as well as the unrestrained bias they paraded with contemptuous, hostile coverage of opponents. The failure to vet him was only the tip of the iceberg. Now - when people who voted for him are realizing what Obama...
  • Schwarzenegger, California AG Can Stay Out of Prop. 8 Fight: State Supreme Court

    09/10/2010 3:05:13 PM PDT · by topher · 29 replies · 1+ views ^ | September 10, 2010 | By Peter J. Smith
    Friday September 10, 2010 Schwarzenegger, California AG Can Stay Out of Prop. 8 Fight: State Supreme Court By Peter J. SmithSAN FRANCISCO, September 10, 2010 ( – The California Supreme Court has turned down a request from attorneys to mandate that California’s governor and attorney general represent the state in the federal legal battle over Proposition 8.Late Thursday, the California Supreme Court denied a petition filed by Pacific Justice Institute to require Governor Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown to defend Prop. 8. In August, Chief U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker in San Francisco decided to overturn Proposition...
  • Voters Don't Know Obama

    11/21/2008 4:42:44 AM PST · by William Tell 2 · 17 replies · 919+ views
    The Bulletin ^ | 11/20/2008 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    A Zogby poll shows that they didn't vote for Obama because they knew about him. They did know negative things about McCain/Palin.
  • Obama's Sheeple Herders

    10/30/2008 7:03:20 PM PDT · by St. Louis Conservative · 9 replies · 869+ views
    Wizbang Blog ^ | October 30, 2008 | Kevin
    The following note, allegedly from an Obama campaign worker, appeared at HillBuz a couple days ago. Ok, I want to clear my conscious a little. Hopefully you could make a blog post to help some fellow clinton supporters out. I work for a campaign and can't wait for this week to be over. I was doing it for a job. I was not a fan of any candidate but over time grew to love HRC. The internal campaign idea is to twist, distort, humiliate and finally dispirit you. We pay people and organize people to go to all the online...

    11/16/2007 5:22:15 AM PST · by jdm · 71 replies · 104+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | Nov. 16, 2007 | Matt Drudge
    CNN debate moderator Wolf Blitzer did an 'outstanding' job in Vegas, a senior adviser to the Hillary campaign said early Friday. 'He was outstanding, and did not gang up like Russert did in Philadelphia. He avoided the personal attacks, remained professional and ran the best debate so far. Voters were the big winners last night.' A rival campaign insider charges: 'Wolf turned into a lamb. No follow-up question on Clinton's huge flip on drivers licenses?'
  • Rush Limbaugh, phony soldiers, and the Left’s desperate need for its own “Betray Us” moment

    10/01/2007 11:02:12 AM PDT · by 3AngelaD · 76 replies · 212+ views
    Michelle Malkin ^ | September 30, 2007 | Michelle Malkin
    Update: Moonbats continue to push to kick Rush off the Armed Forces Network. More here. *** So, word is that the Democrats will introduce a House resolution Monday condemning Rush Limbaugh for his remarks about phony soldiers. Brian Maloney points out that ABC News aired a report on phony soldiers and Operation Stolen Valor two days before Rush made his remarks. Asks Maloney: “Given the overwhelming evidence to support Limbaugh’s contention that he really was talking about phony soldiers who have faked their service, how does the left justify continuing this fabrication?” Here is what this phony fiasco is really...
  • Paper Photog Quits Over Altered Picture

    04/09/2007 3:39:02 PM PDT · by blam · 8 replies · 1,651+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 4-9-2007 | John Seewer
    Paper Photog Quits Over Altered Picture Monday April 9, 2007 11:01 PM By JOHN SEEWER Associated Press Writer TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - A staff photographer for The Blade who digitally altered a front-page photo has resigned, the newspaper said Monday. Allan Detrich had told Blade editors that he altered a photo of a college baseball team for his personal files and mistakenly sent it to the newspaper. The photo showed Bluffton University players kneeling March 30 at their first game after a bus crash killed five players in Atlanta. Photos of the team in other Ohio newspapers showed the legs...
  • Giuliani's Golden Ticket? [California Polls]

    02/21/2007 11:03:00 AM PST · by BunnySlippers · 230 replies · 2,741+ views
    Claremont Institute ^ | 02/21/07 | Michael Brandon McClellan
    In a move to increase its relevance in the presidential selection process, the Golden State is set to jump up its primary from June of 2008 to February 5th, less than a year away. This may benefit New York's presidential aspirants, and especially its Republican one. Last week I noted Giuliani's electric support at the California Republican Party convention. A recent poll has resoundingly brought forth the same message. This morning, the Wall Street Journal's John Fund notes the following numbers: With California moving its presidential primary to Feb. 5 of next year, what Golden State voters think about White...
  • Astroturf and Puppet Socks: Deception in the Internet Age

    10/28/2006 10:57:21 AM PDT · by Joe Anybody · 162+ views ^ | 10/28/2006 |
    documenting the mechanics of … what do you call this…. Media manipulation, explosions of buzz…. in the internet age is important because as never before in human history, information from or to the masses can and will set the agenda of democratic nations.
  • You Better Put Some Ice On That

    09/27/2006 10:38:56 AM PDT · by grandpa jones · 301+ views
    Nuke Gingrich ^ | 9/27/06 | nuke gingrich
    "Control the News Cycle..." I heard these words uttered by a Democrat operative shortly after polls were released showing an improvement in the President's approval numbers. His response was to the effect that the Democrats were going to counter the President by making every effort to control the news cycle in the run up to the mid-term elections. He who controls the news cycle controls the framing of the issues. Is there any wonder that Mr. Clinton would lead the way with his weekend tantrum on FNS? No big surprise to El Nuko. The Clinton spin machine has been the...
  • AP Rewards Qana Photographers (MSM Supports the Enemy Alert)

    08/02/2006 11:09:28 AM PDT · by mojito · 59 replies · 2,687+ views
    Little Green Footballs ^ | 08/01/06 | Charles Johnson
    An LGF reader has forwarded the following email (I suppose you could say our reader “leaked” it), sent to all Associated Press employees, congratulating themselves on the propaganda photos from Qana and awarding the photographers cash prizes: "Dear Staffers: Last Sunday proved to be one of the most dramatic days in the war between Israel and Hezbollah fighters in Lebanon. AP’s extensive photo team produced a stunning series of images that day that beat the competition and scored huge play worldwide. Rumors surfaced early Sunday morning that an Israeli airstrike had flattened a house in the southern Lebanese village of...