The main national news agenda is firmly controlled by the Kremlin. The government sets editorial policy at state-owned television stations, which dominate the media landscape and generate propagandistic content.
Here is the equivalent description of freedom of the press in the US if Freedom House evaluated American media using the same yardstick:
The main national news agenda is firmly controlled by the plutocrats. The wealthy owners of corporate media set editorial policy at privately owned, for-profit television stations, which dominate the media landscape and generate propagandistic content and fake news.
Wikipedia states: "The organisation [FH] was 66-85% funded by grants from the US government from 2006-2015." So much for the fake NGO claim.
Wake up, America.
"America is everything they falsely accuse Russia of being."
— Orion Von Walker, comment posted on YouTube
— Eva Bartlett, Independent Canadian Journalist, 9 December 2016, at the United Nations
— Michael Corcoran, "Democracy in Peril"
ALTERNATIVE MEDIA – The Informative Kind
(as opposed to Corporate Media – The Indoctrinating Kind)
The political degeneration of the West, exemplified by the currently fashionable neo-imperialist tenets that glorify global hegemony, financial tyranny, too-big-to-fail corporations, and perpetual warfare (tenets presaged by Orwell and peddled by neocon ideologues since their coming of age in the Thatcher-Reagan era, the peddling done with the propaganda machinery furnished by moneyed oligarchs), presents a serious challenge to the thinking citizen. For the information the citizenry receives —the one indispensable element that sustains the flame of democracy— is tainted by a captive corporate media that selects, sanitizes, molds, packages and disseminates the “right” information. Truth, when inconvenient, is dispensable. The term neocon, incidentally, is a misnomer, for these people are not socially responsible conservatives like some (if rather few) of their precursors. These recycled “neos” are the same old, far-right zealots and wannabe despots that litter the course of history. Despots and their propagandist flunkies have wreaked havoc on humankind since the dawn of civilization. There is nothing neo about them. The proper term for these opportunists is reactionaries. What passes as new this time around is that the despots are the moneygrubbers, historically known as the merchant class* or, as what many a merchant loathes to be called as a group, the bourgeoisie. In the West, public officials have been reduced to being the grubbers’ stooges. The bourgeoisie have risen to the top nowadays, the top of the financial muckheap. They are the nouveau haute bourgeoisie and have plenty of money to buy as many politicians and bureaucrats and policymakers as they wish. As a result Western democracy is all but dead. Voting is irrelevant, for the elected from the establishment parties will dutifully obey their grubber masters, regardless. We are living in the times of plutocracy.
What can I do? you might ask. Why, declare your independence, of course. First off, dump your TV set in the trash. Television is not where it’s at, for news or anything else. It still is where the moneygrubbers desperately cling to since it still rakes in the cash, but it’s rapidly becoming ancient history, like a sinking ship. The way to go in this day and age is the Internet. You knew that. So get rid of the boob tube. But what about my movies and sports? You can cut off cable and do online streaming. No prob. Force any holdouts to embrace the Web. Remember, the customer is always right. Make it stick. Who’s the boss here, you or the moneygrubbing bastards?
With the Web, you are in charge. Big Bro cannot dictate what you have to watch and the merchants can be kept at bay. For with the Web you control with a click of the mouse. Or a touch of the finger or whatever.
Following is a sampling of websites offering an alternative viewpoint, not the garbage meant to stultify your mind. People like John Kerry call them “propaganda bullhorns”. They are all propaganda bullhorns, John, especially the beholden corporate media; propagating is precisely what they do. But some bullhorns are more honest than others in their coverage. Nothing wrong with presenting your point of view, as long as it’s not a deliberate misrepresentation of the facts —falsehoods— systematically slanted and even faked so as to subtly indoctrinate: to make people gullible, pliable and dumb. That’s the problem with contemporary corporate media: they have degenerated into a bunch of manipulating liars. Wonder why.
Don’t be a fuddy-duddy. Stave off the demagogic miscreants who are out to program your brain for the benefit of the plutocratic miscreants. Explore alternative media space and inform yourself on your own. Stand tall and be free. Send the blasted miscreants packing. And do your bit to restore citizens’ democracy.
* Actually, the merchant class has historically preyed on and risen to dominate the political establishment of virtually all cultures in the western world, often prior to the decline and fall of many of those cultures: Greece, Rome, Medieval kingdoms galore, the commercial city states of northern Italy, and the brutally exploitative European nation-states in the age of colonialism, to name a few cases. You want downfall? A world war, perhaps? Call in the merchants. Then grin and bear it.
RT now reigns in number of viewers worldwide through numerous websites and live stream channels offering news, intelligent shows, and a wide variety of revealing documentaries, investigative programming you won't find elsewhere, certainly not in Western media. Check it out for yourself. Following are some of their principal sites:
Live RT on-air channels on the Web:
RT Video Sites
RT YouTube Arabic
RT YouTube English
RT YouTube Deutsch
RT YouTube en français
Actualidad RT en YouTube
RT en français
Selected articles on world affairs from the foreign press
International newswire and online magazine
Multilingual news aggregator featuring comprehensive research tools.
Warning! WN includes Voice of America material in its offerings.
VOA is one of several official US government propaganda outlets.
VOA is a state-owned and tightly supervised agency.
It operates without an independent editorial policy.
Independent news magazine and online community
TAP aims to advance liberal & progressive goals
Regional and global issues from an Asian perspective
A personal view of geopolitics & world history
Direct from Baku, Azerbaijan
China's principal national television broadcaster
CCTV is a state-owned/supervised enterprise.
CCTV in English
CCTV News Live
CCTV News HD Live
CCTV en español
CCTV en vivo
CCTV en français
CCTV en direct
CCTV на русском
CCTV Прямой эфир
Other Foreign Language Services
Donation-supported, non-profit, independent news center.
No advertising, corporate underwriting or government funding
Independent investigative journalism
Website of the American daily independent news hour
News and smart analysis on everything you need to know
An independent online news publication focusing on Palestine
International Action Center
Progressive think tank dedicated to building a more
equitable, ecologically sustainable, and peaceful society
Independent magazine dedicated to advancing democracy
and economic justice, and promoting a more humane world
The World of Progressive News & Opinion™
News about South Africa, Africa, and the world
Pan African news
America's longest continuously published socialist magazine
Forum for global politics, economics, philosophy…
Progressive American investigative magazine
America’s oldest weekly news magazine covers politics, news and culture
Learn about life from a different perspective
Progressive • Tough • Liberal
News & Opinion
NGO promoting a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Cuba's Latin American press agency
Smart, timely coverage of news and thought-provoking commentary,
giving voice to a changing, more diverse America.
An independent publication by Western expats living and doing business in Russia
La Señal Informativa de América Latina
TeleSur is sponsored by the governments of Venezuela,
Argentina, Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Uruguay.
Programas en vivo
Videos en WN.com
Videos en YouTube
Videos on Dailymotion
Videos on Vimeo
Videos on WN.com
Videos on YouTube
Vídeos em YouTube
The largest selling English-language daily in the world
A brief sample of Radio Habana Cuba's shortwave programming to the Americas
Russia Insider poster
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