2019-08-20: News Headlines

Dean Baker (2019-08-20). The Mythology of the Stock Market. counterpunch.org The stock market enjoys a mythological place not only among mainstream media types, but also among many progressives. For some reason this measure of expected future corporate profits is taken as a measure of economic well-being. The fact that the media obsesses over the stock market hardly needs to be mentioned. If there is one More

Mohamed Elmaazi (2019-08-20). Twitter's new policy on 'state-controlled news media' should concern us all. thecanary.co Twitter has announced an update to its advertisement policy which may reflect yet another assault on free speech by social media giants. On 19 August, Twitter declared that: Going forward, we will not accept advertising from state-controlled news media entities. | While this may not see…

Philip Farruggio (2019-08-20). Trump's (tragic) gift to the Dems. nationofchange.org Well, the Neo Con-Dem party, lately much more the 'Lesser of two evils', was just given a gift. The sad, tragically sad reality is that this most terrible example of white (and Christian) murder via hate in Texas can and should propel the Dems into the White House… and controlling the Senate too. What transpired in El …

Katrina vanden Heuvel (2019-08-20). Bernie Sanders Has a Smart Critique of Corporate Media Bias. thenation.com Bernie Sanders Has a Smart Critique of Corporate Media Bias…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2019-08-20). In 'Astounding' Exchange Rare for Corporate Media, Peter Beinart Calls on US Lawmakers to Witness Firsthand the Plight of Palestinians. commondreams.org Shortly after Rep. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar called on their fellow lawmakers to visit the occupied West Bank to see firsthand Israel's treatment of Palestinians, Atlantic editor Peter Beinart bolstered their argument in a CNN panel discussion. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Ed Sykes (2019-08-20). Jo Swinson probably wishes she hadn't posted that latest lie about Jeremy Corbyn. thecanary.co On 20 August, Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson lied about Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn ( again). But people were quick to call her out. And now, she probably wishes she hadn't bothered. | "Fake news": | Swinson tweeted: | Jeremy Corbyn didn't fight to remain in 2016, and he won't fight for remain now. He wants to deliver a Labour Brexit, becau…

Staff (2019-08-19). Why Corporate Media Doesn't Talk Honestly About Racism. therealnews.com Media conversations about racism are rarely accurate, let alone honest, facilitating the status quo and hindering systemic change. A discussion between Dylan Rodriguez, Eddie Conway, and Jaqueline Luqman…

Maj. Danny Sjursen (2019-08-19). What Fareed Zakaria Gets Wrong About Afghanistan: Everything. truthdig.com Since when does a (mostly) respected press pundit sound just like an army general? Well, for a while now, in fact. Politicians and reporters will argue viciously about all kinds of issues: immigration, healthcare, race, et al. There's only one sacred cow that mainstream insiders — both "left" and right — dare not challenge: the runaway Pentagon budget and America's forever wars. | So it was, this Sunday morning, lounging in my hotel room in Spokane — I was in town for the national Vet…

Ryan Gallagher (2019-08-19). Twitter Helped Chinese Government Promote Disinformation on Repression of Uighurs. theintercept.com Twitter helped to promote Chinese government propaganda and disinformation about the country's controversial internment camps in the Xinjiang region, a review of the company's advertising records reveals. | The social media company today announced a policy change that would bar such promotion following an inquiry from The Intercept and an earlier controversy over similar propaganda related to demonstrations in Hong Kong. | In Xinjiang, a western province in China, the United Nations has estimated that 1 milli…

Mark Taliano (2019-08-19). Criminal War Propaganda Directed against Iraq and Syria: "We Think the Price Is Worth It." globalresearch.ca When we play their game, we will always lose, and they will always win. "They" are the largely unelected "Permanent State", sometimes called the "Deep State". "They" are the publicly bailed-out transnational, corporate monopolies and their political fronts that destroy …

Jeet Heer (2019-08-19). Stephen Miller Is a Perfectly Mainstream Republican. thenation.com Stephen Miller Is a Perfectly Mainstream Republican…

The Global Research Team (2019-08-19). The Price of Publishing Independent Thought: We Need Your Support! globalresearch.ca Dear readers, | With freedom of speech continually being curtailed, running an independent counter-current news media in 2019 is no easy feat. By todays standards, you are by all means free to speak if what you say upholds the mainstream narrative. …

Global Research News (2019-08-19). Selected Articles: The Crisis in Hong Kong. globalresearch.ca Our objective at Global Research is to recruit one thousand committed "volunteers" among our more than 50,000 Newsletter subscribers to support the distribution of Global Research articles (email lists, social media, crossposts). | Do not send us money. Under Plan A

RT (2019-08-18). 'Racism Witch Hunt!' Trump rips into NYT leak scandal, calling it 'evil propaganda machine'. rt.com US president Donald Trump ramped up his attacks on the "failing New York Times" on Sunday, accusing the paper of engaging in a "Racism Witch Hunt" following leaked comments from the news outlet's executive editor. | "The failing New York Times, in one of the most devastating portrayals of bad journalism in history, got caught by a leaker that they are shifting from the Phony Russian Collusion Narrative (the Mueller Report & his testimony were a total disaster), to a Racism Witch Hunt," the president said on Twitter. | "'Journalism' has reached a new low in the history of our Country. It is nothing more than an…

Staff (2019-08-18). How The Mainstream Media Fuels America's Income Inequality Machine. therealnews.com From medicare for all to neoliberal tax subsidies for major corporations the mainstream media often bolsters the notion that a more fair and equitable society is not possible…

James Wright (2019-08-18). The assault against Owen Jones is the tip of the iceberg. thecanary.co When it comes to politically motivated violence in the UK, the assault against Owen Jones is the tip of the iceberg. | Free market capitalism is broken and child poverty, for instance, is rising sharply across the board and is above 50% in 10 UK constituencie…

Betsey Piette (2019-08-17). Activists challenge ICE profiteers. workers.org Shortly after Donald Trump was elected president in 2016, shares of CoreCivic Inc. and GEO Group (CXW and GEO on the stock exchange) shot up 21 and 43 percent, respectively. The two companies controlled 85 percent of the private, for-profit prison industry. Today, facilities run by these two companies hold . . . | Continue reading Activists challenge ICE profiteers at Workers.org

RT (2019-08-17). Good thing your grandma won't see you! Trump trolls Tlaib over refusal to visit Israel. rt.com US President Donald Trump has took another swipe at Rep. Rashida Tlaib, saying that the "only winner" of her decision to pass on an Israeli invitation to visit on "humanitarian grounds" was her 90-year-old Palestinian grandmother. | Trump, who had previously urged Israel to deny entry to Tlaib (D-Michigan) and her fellow freshman representative Ilhan Omar (D—Minnesota), accused the Palestinian-American lawmaker of "grandstanding" after she publicly turned down the invitation extended by Tel Aviv. | The Israeli authorities initially refused to welcome either Tlaib or Omar into the country over their much-p…

unitedEditor (2019-08-17). How do the Western powers use social networks for their own political goals? uwidata.com A recent story by the Washington Post revealed that Facebook's algorithms had censored the United States' Declaration of Independence, flagging it for alleged "hate speech".

Fight Back (2019-08-17). The Hong Kong protests are an attack on socialism. fightbacknews.org There's a tendency among progressives in the United States to support big crowds of people protesting in other countries. No doubt, the corporate media assists in this process by labelling certain movements 'pro-democracy' or 'freedom fighters.' | But not all protests or marches are progressive, even if they attract large crowds. The Tea Party movement in the U.S., for instance, brought out hundreds of thousands of angry small business owners and shrill middle-class professionals. They were far from spontaneous demonstrations, however; big business orchestrated this giant spectacle to advance its own class intere…

Fight Back (2019-08-17). The Hong Kong protests are an attack on socialism. fightbacknews.org There's a tendency among progressives in the United States to support big crowds of people protesting in other countries. No doubt, the corporate media assists in this process by labelling certain movements 'pro-democracy' or 'freedom fighters.' | But not all protests or marches are progressive, even if they attract large crowds. The Tea Party movement in the U.S., for instance, brought out hundreds of thousands of angry small business owners and shrill middle-class professionals. They were far from spontaneous demonstrations, however; big business orchestrated this giant spectacle to advance its own class intere…

RT (2019-08-16). Twitter censors come for Scaramucci over 'fat shaming' Trump. rt.com Anthony Scaramucci, onetime supporter turned vocal critic of US President Donald Trump, got locked out of Twitter for what the platform said was "abusive behavior," after calling the president fat. | "The Mooch" reached out to media outlets on Friday, complaining that his Twitter account was on lockdown after he called Trump "the fattest President since William Howard Taft." | . @Scaramucci says Twitter has temporarily suspended his account. "I think it is related to 'fat shaming' President Trump," the president's former communications director s…

Staff (2019-08-16). Trump Tweets, Then Netanyahu Bans Reps. Ilhan Omar & Rashida Tlaib From Israel. therealnews.com Jim Zogby and Phyllis Bennis discuss the Trump-Netanyahu dynamic, the diminishing power of AIPAC, and the political battle against Rep. Omar and Rep. Tlaib…

John Nichols (2019-08-16). Bernie Sanders Is As Frustrated as Ever With Corporate Media. thenation.com Bernie Sanders Is As Frustrated as Ever With Corporate Media…

Staff (2019-08-16). What Is Israel Trying to Hide? Reps. Tlaib & Omar Blocked from Taking Official Trip to West Bank. democracynow.org Israel sparked outrage Thursday when it banned two freshman Democratic congresswomen of color — Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota — from entering the country. Following outcry from Democratic leaders and Palestinians, Israel granted permission for Tlaib to enter the country on "humanitarian" grounds to visit her family in the West Bank — though Tlaib said Friday she will not visit her family under such conditions. Israel originally denied entrance to Tlaib and Omar after President Donald Trump tweeted, "It would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep.Tl…

Julie Hollar (2019-08-15). Here's the Evidence Corporate Media Say Is Missing of WaPo Bias Against Sanders. fair.org Bernie Sanders has taken to calling out corporate media for their anti-progressive bias, and their feathers have gotten quite ruffled. | In a campaign event Monday in New Hampshire, Sanders told the crowd: We have pointed out over and over again that Amazon made $10 billion in profits last year. You know how much they paid in taxes? You got it, zero! Any wonder why the Washington Post is not one of my great supporters, I wonder why? New York Times not much better. | The next day, he returned to the same point: And then I wonder why the Washington Post, which is owned by Jeff Bezos, who owns Amazon, doesn't write…

Paul Wilcox (2019-08-08). Informe de empleo del gobierno de EE. UU .: la realidad detrás de la falsificación. liberationnews.org Detrás de la propaganda, la realidad es muy diferente. Cada vez más personas que trabajan están desempleadas, subempleadas y / o no ganan lo suficiente para satisfacer las necesidades más básicas.

Ali A. Taj (2019-08-08). Obama, Biden, Mattis and Clapper Expressed Skepticism on Syria, so Why Is Gabbard Singled Out? mintpressnews.com Why must Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard be smeared and attacked for questioning the mainstream narrative on Syria when even Barack Obama has done the same?

Michael Edison Hayden (2019-08-06). U.S. State Department Official Involved in White Nationalist Movement, Hatewatch Determines. splcenter.org A U.S. State Department official oversaw the Washington, D.C.-area chapter of a white nationalist organization, hosted white nationalists at his home and published white nationalist propaganda online, Hatewatch has determined.

Ricardo Vaz (2019-07-18). Venezuela: Trump Diverts Central America Aid to Guaido as EU Threatens More Sanctions. venezuelanalysis.com Guaido's team is receiving over $40 million to fund salaries, travel, training, propaganda and technical assistance.

2019-08-20: Social Media Postees

The Mythology of the Stock Market
Dean Baker | counterpunch.org | 2019-08-20
The stock market enjoys a mythological place not only among mainstream media types, but also among many progressives. For some reason this measure of expected future corporate profits is taken as a measure of economic well-being. The fact that the media obsesses over the stock market hardly needs to be mentioned. If there is one…
counterpunch.org/2019/08/20/the-mytholog…

Trump's (tragic) gift to the Dems
Philip Farruggio | nationofchange.org | 2019-08-20
Well, the Neo Con-Dem party, lately much more the 'Lesser of two evils', was just given a gift. The sad, tragically sad reality is that this most terrible example of white (and Christian) murder via hate in Texas can and should propel the Dems into the White House… and controlling the Senate too. What transpired in El …
nationofchange.org/2019/08/20/trumps-tra…

Twitter's new policy on 'state-controlled news media' should concern us all
Mohamed Elmaazi | thecanary.co | 2019-08-20
Twitter has announced an update to its advertisement policy which may reflect yet another assault on free speech by social media giants. On 19 August, Twitter declared that: Going forward, we will not accept advertising from state-controlled news media entities. | While this may not see…
thecanary.co/opinion/2019/08/20/twitters-new-policy-on-state-controlled-news-media-should-concern-us-all/

Bernie Sanders Has a Smart Critique of Corporate Media Bias
Katrina vanden Heuvel | thenation.com | 2019-08-20
Bernie Sanders Has a Smart Critique of Corporate Media Bias…
thenation.com/article/bernie-sanders-has…

Jo Swinson probably wishes she hadn't posted that latest lie about Jeremy Corbyn
Ed Sykes | thecanary.co | 2019-08-20
On 20 August, Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson lied about Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn ( again). But people were quick to call her out. And now, she probably wishes she hadn't bothered. | "Fake news": | Swinson tweeted: | Jeremy Corbyn didn't fight to remain in 2016, and he won't fight for remain now. He wants to deliver a Labour Brexit, becau…
thecanary.co/trending/2019/08/20/jo-swinson-probably-wishes-she-hadnt-posted-that-latest-lie-about-jeremy-corbyn/

In 'Astounding' Exchange Rare for Corporate Media, Peter Beinart Calls on US Lawmakers to Witness Firsthand the Plight of Palestinians
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-08-20
Shortly after Rep. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar called on their fellow lawmakers to visit the occupied West Bank to see firsthand Israel's treatment of Palestinians, Atlantic editor Peter Beinart bolstered their argument in a CNN panel discussion. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
commondreams.org/news/2019/08/20/astound…

What Fareed Zakaria Gets Wrong About Afghanistan: Everything
Maj. Danny Sjursen | truthdig.com | 2019-08-19
Since when does a (mostly) respected press pundit sound just like an army general? Well, for a while now, in fact. Politicians and reporters will argue viciously about all kinds of issues: immigration, healthcare, race, et al. There's only one sacred cow that mainstream insiders — both "left" and right — dare not challenge: the runaway Pentagon budget and America's forever wars. | So it was, this Sunday morning, lounging in my hotel room in Spokane — I was in town for the national Vet…
truthdig.com/articles/what-fareed-zakari…

Twitter Helped Chinese Government Promote Disinformation on Repression of Uighurs
Ryan Gallagher | theintercept.com | 2019-08-19
Twitter helped to promote Chinese government propaganda and disinformation about the country's controversial internment camps in the Xinjiang region, a review of the company's advertising records reveals. | The social media company today announced a policy change that would bar such promotion following an inquiry from The Intercept and an earlier controversy over similar propaganda related to demonstrations in Hong Kong. | In Xinjiang, a western province in China, the United Nations has estimated that 1 milli…
theintercept.com/2019/08/19/twitter-ads-…

Criminal War Propaganda Directed against Iraq and Syria: "We Think the Price Is Worth It."
Mark Taliano | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-19
When we play their game, we will always lose, and they will always win. "They" are the largely unelected "Permanent State", sometimes called the "Deep State". "They" are the publicly bailed-out transnational, corporate monopolies and their political fronts that destroy …
globalresearch.ca/we-think-price-worth-i…

Stephen Miller Is a Perfectly Mainstream Republican
Jeet Heer | thenation.com | 2019-08-19
Stephen Miller Is a Perfectly Mainstream Republican…
thenation.com/article/stephen-miller-mai…

The Price of Publishing Independent Thought: We Need Your Support!
The Global Research Team | globalresearch.ca | 2019-08-19
Dear readers, | With freedom of speech continually being curtailed, running an independent counter-current news media in 2019 is no easy feat. By todays standards, you are by all means free to speak if what you say upholds the mainstream narrative. …
globalresearch.ca/the-price-of-publishin…

Why Corporate Media Doesn't Talk Honestly About Racism
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-08-19
Media conversations about racism are rarely accurate, let alone honest, facilitating the status quo and hindering systemic change. A discussion between Dylan Rodriguez, Eddie Conway, and Jaqueline Luqman…
therealnews.com/stories/why-corporate-me…

'Racism Witch Hunt!' Trump rips into NYT leak scandal, calling it 'evil propaganda machine'
rt.com | 2019-08-18
US president Donald Trump ramped up his attacks on the "failing New York Times" on Sunday, accusing the paper of engaging in a "Racism Witch Hunt" following leaked comments from the news outlet's executive editor. | "The failing New York Times, in one of the most devastating portrayals of bad journalism in history, got caught by a leaker that they are shifting from the Phony Russian Collusion Narrative (the Mueller Report & his testimony were a total disaster), to a Racism Witch Hunt," the president said on Twitter. |…
rt.com/usa/466771-trump-new-york-times-l…

How The Mainstream Media Fuels America's Income Inequality Machine
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-08-18
From medicare for all to neoliberal tax subsidies for major corporations the mainstream media often bolsters the notion that a more fair and equitable society is not possible…
therealnews.com/stories/how-the-mainstre…

Good thing your grandma won't see you! Trump trolls Tlaib over refusal to visit Israel
rt.com | 2019-08-17
US President Donald Trump has took another swipe at Rep. Rashida Tlaib, saying that the "only winner" of her decision to pass on an Israeli invitation to visit on "humanitarian grounds" was her 90-year-old Palestinian grandmother. | Trump, who had previously urged Israel to deny entry to Tlaib (D-Michigan) and her fellow freshman representative Ilhan Omar (D–Minnesota), accused the Palestinian-American lawmaker of "grandstanding" after she publicly turned down the invitation extended by Tel Aviv. | The Israeli authorities initially refused to welcome either Tlaib or Omar into the country over their much-p…
rt.com/usa/466689-tlaib-trump-israel-gra…

Activists challenge ICE profiteers
Betsey Piette | workers.org | 2019-08-17
Shortly after Donald Trump was elected president in 2016, shares of CoreCivic Inc. and GEO Group (CXW and GEO on the stock exchange) shot up 21 and 43 percent, respectively. The two companies controlled 85 percent of the private, for-profit prison industry. Today, facilities run by these two companies hold . . . | Continue reading Activists challenge ICE profiteers at Workers.org
workers.org/2019/08/17/activists-challen…

The Hong Kong protests are an attack on socialism
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-08-17
There's a tendency among progressives in the United States to support big crowds of people protesting in other countries. No doubt, the corporate media assists in this process by labelling certain movements 'pro-democracy' or 'freedom fighters.' | But not all protests or marches are progressive, even if they attract large crowds. The Tea Party movement in the U.S., for instance, brought out hundreds of thousands of angry small business owners and shrill middle-class professionals. They were far from spontaneous demonstrations, however; big business orchestrated this giant spectacle to advance its own class intere…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/8/17/hong-kon…

The Hong Kong protests are an attack on socialism
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-08-17
There's a tendency among progressives in the United States to support big crowds of people protesting in other countries. No doubt, the corporate media assists in this process by labelling certain movements 'pro-democracy' or 'freedom fighters.' | But not all protests or marches are progressive, even if they attract large crowds. The Tea Party movement in the U.S., for instance, brought out hundreds of thousands of angry small business owners and shrill middle-class professionals. They were far from spontaneous demonstrations, however; big business orchestrated this giant spectacle to advance its own class intere…
fightbacknews.org/2019/8/17/hong-kong-pr…

How do the Western powers use social networks for their own political goals?
unitedEditor | uwidata.com | 2019-08-17
A recent story by the Washington Post revealed that Facebook's algorithms had censored the United States' Declaration of Independence, flagging it for alleged "hate speech".
uwidata.com/4912-how-do-the-western-powe…

Trump Tweets, Then Netanyahu Bans Reps. Ilhan Omar & Rashida Tlaib From Israel
Staff | therealnews.com | 2019-08-16
Jim Zogby and Phyllis Bennis discuss the Trump-Netanyahu dynamic, the diminishing power of AIPAC, and the political battle against Rep. Omar and Rep. Tlaib…
therealnews.com/stories/trump-tweets-the…

Twitter censors come for Scaramucci over 'fat shaming' Trump
rt.com | 2019-08-16
Anthony Scaramucci, onetime supporter turned vocal critic of US President Donald Trump, got locked out of Twitter for what the platform said was "abusive behavior," after calling the president fat. | "The Mooch" reached out to media outlets on Friday, complaining that his Twitter account was on lockdown after he called Trump "the fattest President since William Howard Taft." | . @Scaramucci says Twitter has temporarily suspended his account. "I think it is related to 'fat shaming' President Trump," the president's former communications director s…
rt.com/usa/466677-scaramucci-twitter-ban…

Bernie Sanders Is As Frustrated as Ever With Corporate Media
John Nichols | thenation.com | 2019-08-16
Bernie Sanders Is As Frustrated as Ever With Corporate Media…
thenation.com/article/bernie-sanders-cor…

What Is Israel Trying to Hide? Reps. Tlaib & Omar Blocked from Taking Official Trip to West Bank
Staff | democracynow.org | 2019-08-16
Israel sparked outrage Thursday when it banned two freshman Democratic congresswomen of color — Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota — from entering the country. Following outcry from Democratic leaders and Palestinians, Israel granted permission for Tlaib to enter the country on "humanitarian" grounds to visit her family in the West Bank — though Tlaib said Friday she will not visit her family under such conditions. Israel originally denied entrance to Tlaib and Omar after President Donald Trump tweeted, "It would show great weakness if Israel allowed Rep. Omar and Rep.Tl…
www.democracynow.org/2019/8/16/ilhan_oma…

Here's the Evidence Corporate Media Say Is Missing of WaPo Bias Against Sanders
Julie Hollar | fair.org | 2019-08-15
Bernie Sanders has taken to calling out corporate media for their anti-progressive bias, and their feathers have gotten quite ruffled. | In a campaign event Monday in New Hampshire, Sanders told the crowd: We have pointed out over and over again that Amazon made $10 billion in profits last year. You know how much they paid in taxes? You got it, zero! Any wonder why the Washington Post is not one of my great supporters, I wonder why? New York Times not much better. | The next day, he returned to the same point: And then I wonder why the Washington Post, which is owned by Jeff Bezos, who owns Amazon, doesn't write…
fair.org/home/heres-the-evidence-corpora…

Obama, Biden, Mattis and Clapper Expressed Skepticism on Syria, so Why Is Gabbard Singled Out?
Ali A. Taj | mintpressnews.com | 2019-08-08
Why must Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard be smeared and attacked for questioning the mainstream narrative on Syria when even Barack Obama has done the same?
mintpressnews.com/skepticism-syria-why-t…

Informe de empleo del gobierno de EE. UU .: la realidad detrás de la falsificación
Paul Wilcox | liberationnews.org | 2019-08-08
Detrás de la propaganda, la realidad es muy diferente. Cada vez más personas que trabajan están desempleadas, subempleadas y / o no ganan lo suficiente para satisfacer las necesidades más básicas.
liberationnews.org/informe-de-empleo-del…

U.S. State Department Official Involved in White Nationalist Movement, Hatewatch Determines
Michael Edison Hayden | splcenter.org | 2019-08-06
A U.S. State Department official oversaw the Washington, D.C.-area chapter of a white nationalist organization, hosted white nationalists at his home and published white nationalist propaganda online, Hatewatch has determined.
splcenter.org/gebert