Sunday, September 30, 2012

Fantasyland Media:

Each week, we cover the stories that are just left out of the US propaganda machine. News that the people in charge, the corporations and your government want to keep from the public eye.


Common Dreams:
"Alternative to Wikileaks Arises in Iceland. With the imprisonment of Bradley Manning and detainment of Julian Assange, WikiLeaks is effectively on hold. But that does not mean that leaks and whistleblowing activities have stopped.

GlobaLeaks lists a large number of leak sites, which are active to different degrees. Soon The Associated Whistleblowing Press (AWP) will be added to the list.

'One of the main motivations for the AWP is to unite journalists around the world and bring stories to light,' says Brazilian journalist Pedro Noel, one of the main people behind the initiative. 'WikiLeaks used to analyse and report on the files they released, but they don’t do that any more.' "

-->The NY Times prefers "People Magazine" stories about Julian Assange's personal life to reporting about international freedom of the press. Our newspaper of record didn't print this story.


Common Dreams:
"Gallup poll finds that US news consumers are tuning out and losing faith with each passing cycle. Fewer are watching. And those that do tune in are less and less impressed by what they see. That's the discovery of a new Gallup poll conducted earlier this month and released today in a report that shows Americans' distrust of the corporate press, and specifically political news coverage, hit an all-time high this year, with 60% saying they have little or no trust in the mass media.

The negativity toward the media is at an all-time high for a presidential election year. This reflects the continuation of a pattern in which negativity increases every election year compared with the year prior. The current gap between negative and positive views -- 20 percentage points -- is by far the highest Gallup has recorded since it began regularly asking the question in the 1990s. Trust in the media was much higher, and more positive than negative, in the years prior to 2004 -- as high as 72% when Gallup asked this question three times in the 1970s. Distrust was also measured by political affiliation, where Gallup found that Republicans are the least trustful of the news, followed by those who consider themselves independents. Democrats exhibit the most confidence in the media, but even their level of trust topped out at less than 60%."

-->The NY Times gave a passing reference to this recent Gallop poll, but it was buried in a story about the presidential race, and omitted any mention of the "corporate press" as being what Americans distrust. The NY Times, of course, is the epitome of the corporate controlled press.


Common Dreams:
"Study Finds Tumors in Rats Fed Monsanto GM Corn.  A new study released Wednesday by a team of scientists in France claims to have discovered a noticeable increase in tumors and kidney disease in lab rats that have been fed GMO foods produced by big ag corporation Monsanto.

The controversial study, which quickly came under fire from several GMO experts around the world, prompted France's Jose Bove, vice-chairman of the European Parliament's commission for agriculture and GMO opponent, to claim 'the study finally shows we are right and that it is urgent to quickly review all GMO evaluation processes.'

The study, published by the peer-reviewed journal Food and Chemical Toxicology and conducted by scientists at the University of Caen, said rats fed on a diet containing NK603, a seed variety made tolerant to Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller, or given water with Roundup at levels permitted in the United States, died earlier than those on a standard diet. According to the data, rats on the GM diet developed mammary tumors, as well as severe liver and kidney damage."

-->The NY Times sees no evil when it comes to GMO foods. It didn't print this story, and in its Dot Earth blog, referred to the study as an example of a “single-study syndrome,” that supports an "agenda, no matter how tenuous — or dubious — the research might be." Dubious reporting by The NY Times.

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