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Freedom of Speech Is not a Sensationalism Passion, Nor Is It Merely the Product of “Toxic Meme Culture”

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The Ali Watkins’ scandal and the investigation that followed clearly demonstrated some serious problems within the American media. What is the reason these type of dishonest journalists are allowed to continue their activities without being challenged? And why have officials from government or Congress engaged in these relations? Why are law enforcement agencies still conducting their hidden agendas? These are only the most obvious of questions, but the reality is much deeper.

In April 2018 Forbes drew attention to an initiative from the Department of Homeland Security focused on compiling a database of Journalists, Bloggers, publishers, media influencers, etc. The project was titled “Media Monitoring Services.” Forbes noted that “If you think the idea of the U.S. government's compiling and monitoring a list of media professionals and "top media influencers" is a potential threat to democracy, now would be the perfect time to call your local and congressional representatives to let them know how much you value a free press and the freedom of speech, just in case they've forgotten”.

Two months after the release of this publication the freedom of the press has now been curtailed significantly in the United States. Most of the giant American media has been thoroughly discredited because of corporate influence, and their practice of political censorship. Alternative media has been marginalized and censored by corporate conglomerates and governmental bodies who benefit from this tension and creates an image of political dissidents being “ the enemy.” When social networks emerged as a possible alternative platform for sharing news and ideas it was latched onto by some popular political groups and the corporate oligarchy. Now they have imposed new rules that filter and censor communications between citizens.

But social media has also become so politicized that sometimes it seems like. Example with the meme of  the widow of his dead husband shows a high level of hypocrisy and irresponsibility inside of American society.

Another level is a large group of so-called “experts’ from different lobby groups, think tanks, and NGOs who serve the provisional interests of political elements under the umbrella of national interests. Now they are using the fog of a new cold war for the projection of horrible and false stories in order to justify the budget of these projects (read: investigations.)

The same persons from these same organizations have now begun to create new media with claims to be fair and honest. Especially the issue of these organizations pretending to be the netural arbiters of what is or is not "fake." Project Run by Voice of America (VOA)​ and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty which is simply another example of the mix of information warfare and psychological operations.

Even young school children in primary school can understand that publication on these sites strongly politically framed with biased approach and prejudice toward “others”. Information published on the site is consistently inaccurate and confusing. For the individuals working for Polygraph, Disinfoportal or VoA there do not exist any principles of the presumption of innocence. Anyone person can be labeled as a spy, troll or agent of foreign influence, especially if he/she is from Russia and have met with any Russian officials (you can exchange “Russian” with “Chinese”, “Iranian” etc. – it depends on the context and situation.)

President Trump recently commented on this type of media when made a comment a few days ago during the G7 summit: “Because the U.S. press is very dishonest. Much of it, not all of it… Oh, I have some folks in your profession that are with the U.S., in the U.S., citizens, proud citizens; they’re reporters. These are some of the most outstanding people I know. But there are many people in the press that are unbelievably dishonest. They don’t cover stories the way they’re supposed to be. They don’t even report them in many cases if they’re positive. So there’s tremendous — you know, I came up with the term ‘fake news.’ It’s a lot of ‘fake news,’ but at the same time I have great respect for many of the people in the press.”

And we all should be aware of these phenomena around us. Be careful. Be critical. Be aware.

Author: USA Really