Rumour, Gossip and Fake News Sites

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RE: Rumour, Gossip and Fake News Sites

Post by A440 » Sat Dec 02, 2017 6:53 am

This is a lengthy entry dedicated to reviewing sites for the purpose of identifying disinformation versus opinion writing that is politically biased in favor or against a given topic.

A case in point: realclearpolitics.com

This site appears to be a source of articles on politics that hopes to help people develop a better understanding on political issues. Half of the time, this seems to be the case, however, there are exceptions.

One large target of crazy conspiracy theories is George Soros.

I have rarely seen anyone so vilified and fictionalized since Hitler (www.snopes.com/?s=george+soros) and there seems to be a very good reason for this. Soros not only has money but has consistently and quietly attempted to contribute towards the empowerment of people through democratic means by giving economic support to a wide variety of social groups. He has been so effective that regional politicians apparently consider him a threat to their consolidation of power and influence, thus we can see an interesting and varied collection of fictionalized conspiracy campaigns against the man that claim he is attempting to create a world government, alla mark of the beast and evil Jews.

See also: (www.snopes.com/politics/business/sorosferguson.asp) - (www.opensocietyfoundations.org/)

Considering this, I use references to such conspiracies as a litmus test regarding authors and sites since it is easy to verify what Soros has done or has not done.

There is one author that writes for a variety of sites, including the "realclearpolitics.com" that clearly goes on record against Soros: Caroline Glick.

First, let's take a look at who Caroline Glick is.

The first thing noticeable about Glick is that she is very much pro-Israel, in fact I would characterize her as being extremely biased in favour of Israel and it's current government under Benjamin Netanyahu. To quote one writer, regarding Glick:
Glick is representative of a certain strain of mainly-American Jewish thinking: She believes that all criticism of Israel is illegitimate; she believes Jews who disagree with her are traitors to her cause; and she conflates the settlement movement with the entire Zionist project.
( theatlantic.com/international/archive/ ... ick/8311/ )
Glick was born in America but immigrated to Israel, served in its armed forces and later worked as assistant foreign policy advisor to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Glick returned to the US to earn a Master of Arts in Public Policy from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government in 2000. (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caroline_Glick).

Glick is then very much connected to the current polices and government that is Netanyahu and expressed unreserved support for the policies, even if that support is indefensible:Glick has been consistently dishonest. In her book The Israeli Solution, she frequently cites Israeli historian Benny Morris in her own favor, but she never recounts that Morris himself admitted that genocidal crimes have been committed by the Israelis from 1948 and beyond!(veteranstoday.com/2016/03/10/the-intellectual-perversity-of-caroline-b-glick-of-the-jerusalem-post/) (huffingtonpost.com/eileen-read/the-jerusalem-post-should_b_601857.html)

So then, why would Glick (and recently Netanyahu's administration) come out against Soros – so much that Glick wrote:
Black Lives Matter (BLM), which has received $650,000 from Soros-controlled groups over the past year, is a classic example of these efforts (to subvert Western democracies and make it impossible for governments to maintain order or for societies to retain their unique identities and values). Until recently, the police were universally admired in the US as the domestic equivalent of the military. (editor's note: I laughed here at Glick's obvious fictional narrative and unsubstantiated rhetoric that would make most Americans shake their head in disagreement) . . .
Law enforcement in predominantly African American communities is under assault as inherently racist.
BLM agitation, which has been accused of inspiring the murders of police in several US cities, has brought about two responses from rank and file police. First, they have been demoralized, . . . Second, their willingness to use force in situations that demand the use of force has diminished. . .The demoralization and intimidation of police is very likely to cause a steep increase in violent crimes.
and she makes unsubstantiated claims about everything from immigration in America to unisex bathrooms, alla conspiracy-style rehtoric:
Soros’s groups are on the ground enabling illegal immigrants to enter the US and Europe. They (Soros-sponsored groups) have sought to influence US Supreme Court rulings on illegal immigration from Mexico. They have worked with Muslim and other groups to demonize Americans and Europeans who oppose open borders. . . Soros-supported groups, for instance, stand behind the push not only for gay marriage but for unisex public bathrooms. . .
However, Glick finally comes to her real reason for writing about Soros and his incredibly evil conspiracy laden network:
As far as Israel is concerned, Soros-backed groups work to delegitimize every aspect of Israeli society as racist and illegitimate. The Palestinians are focal point of his attacks. He uses them to claim that Israel is a racist state. Soros funds moderate leftist groups, radical leftist groups, Israeli Arab groups and Palestinian groups. In various, complementary ways, these groups tell their target audiences that Israel has no right to defend itself or enforce its laws toward its non-Jewish citizens.
That's right – it was all about Israel from the start.
(realclearpolitics.com/articles/2016/08/26/soross_campaign_of_global_chaos_131622.html)

For more background on Netanyahu's war against Soros, consider this quote:
while the condemnation of anti-Semitism remained, “in no way was the statement meant to delegitimize criticism of George Soros, who continuously undermines Israel’s democratically elected governments by funding organizations that defame the Jewish state and seek to deny it the right to defend itself.
www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.800990

and nytimes.com/2017/07/17/opinion/george-s ... ngary.html nytimes.com/2017/07/17/opinion/george-soros-israel-hungary.html:

I have concluded that Glick is a de facto agent provocateur of Netanyahu's administration and policies and will use both fact and fiction to support such, especially at the expense of one George Soros.

The point, which I have gone to great lengths to illustrate is that sometimes sites harbor disinformation as well as worthy pieces of writing and it is up to each reviewer to do their homework to determine if a site is promoting opinion, rumour, gossip or not.
realclearpolitics.com clearly hosts writing that is questionable opinion, bordering on gossip, whose goals are simply to promote political goals instead of fact or discussion.

I've discovered that some sites have linked to the original Glick opinion piece as a means of promoting their own highly questionable agenda, notably the now defunct theafricanspear.com, which a year ago heavily promoted disinformation, libel, gossip, conspiracy theories, etc., including a link to Glick's work.
See also: www.facebook.com/Stop.Goldman/posts/1219928681353177
for a current example of disinformation through facebook that links to theafricanspear.com.
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RE: Rumour, Gossip and Fake News Sites

Post by A440 » Sun Dec 03, 2017 5:44 am

Another site that hosts disinformation, rumour, with psuedo-science links: thyblackman.com

Here is an example of why this site should be rated poorly:

thyblackman.com/2017/05/03/planned-parenthood-and-the-polemics-of-black-genocide-pt-2/

This alleged article contains links that point to known psuedo-science sites (naturalnews.com)
that claim that aborted fetuses are used in creating food flavorings and vaccines. (see: naturalnews.com/049367_aborted_babies_flavor_chemicals_food_corporations.html)
and the Center for Medical Progress (centerformedicalprogress.org) which was linked to using fraudulent entrapment to create evidence against Planned Parenthood by David Daleiden (nytimes.com/2015/08/28/us/abortion-planned-parenthood-videos.html)

This site also contains links to other disinformation site theafricanspear.com (now defunct).

Please rate this site accordingly.

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RE: Rumour, Gossip and Fake News Sites

Post by A440 » Sat Dec 09, 2017 9:17 am

Another alleged news site that recycles rumor from various other discredited sources (Breitbart, dailycaller.com) and offers what can best be described as click-bait : 70news.wordpress.com.

Example:
70news.wordpress.com/2017/12/08/photo-fbi-lisa-page-mistress-who-exchanged-text-messages-with-anti-trump-fbi-peter-strozk-part-of-mueller-team/
There is only some photos with background information that does not corroborate the claims found in one photo of an FBI agent being a "deep state mole". This sort of thread uses innuendo and rumour to raise suspicions, without factual proofs of wrong-doing. This is a classic example of so called "fake news".

Another example of click-bait and rumour:
70news.wordpress.com/2017/12/08/porn-star-commits-suicide-cyber-bullied-for-refusing-to-work-with-gay-porn-actors-over-health-concerns/

This links to theblast.com and radaronline.com (from their description: "The latest celebrity and entertainment news and gossip") and dailymail.co.uk – a English tabloid that is a well-known source of rumour, gossip and innuendo.

70news.wordpress.com/2017/12/10/trump-curse-hits-anti-trump-skier-lindsey-vonn-suffers-back-injury-in-world-cup-race-after-trump-comments/
The headline says it all: hate.

Please feel free to rate this site here (www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/70news.wordpress.com).
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Russian Disinformation

Post by A440 » Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:28 pm

Here is a good article on Russians disinformation campaigns, from the NYTimes:
nytimes.com/2017/12/12/us/politics/russian-disinformation-aids-fake-news.html

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Re: Rumour, Gossip and Fake News Sites

Post by A440 » Sat Jan 20, 2018 4:37 pm

Here is yet another reason why I have listed thegatewaypundit.com as being a source of falsified information:

Channeling conspiracy theory, congressman says Las Vegas attack linked to ‘possible terrorist nexus
www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix ... c683080e87

As the article runs:
the Gateway Pundit published a piece entitled “Terror Expert Warns: ISIS May Still Have Proof It Was Behind Las Vegas Attack.” But the expert cited, New York Times reporter Rukmini Callimachi, later claimed she made no such assertion.
Conspiracy theories and lies.

Please feel free to rate this bogus site here:
https://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/thegatewaypundit.com

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Re: Rumour, Gossip and Fake News Sites

Post by A440 » Thu Jan 25, 2018 2:43 am

Another site that is a source of disinformation, rumour, gossip, etc. – basically "fake news" – is pjmedia.com

Example:
pjmedia.com/trending/new-docs-connect-robert-mueller-to-fbi-coverup-denying-saudi-familys-connections-to-9-11/


This article is clearly intended to discredit Robert Mueller, who is currently investigating collusion between the Trump campaign in America and Russia, declaiming:
What Did Mueller Know? New Documents Show Clinton-Russia Scandal Dwarfs Anything on Trump’s Side
The article provides no solid substantiation of its allegations but does link to floridabulldog.org, which provides links to again no real information source and PDF documents of dubious origin that do not support it's conclusions.

PJMedia further admits in its article that it is engaging in speculation to make their case:
Given this history, it seems plausible Mueller might have known that the FBI report denying connections between the al-Hijjis and the 9/11 attacks was false, but approved it anyway.
This article is an example of the sort of journalism one can expect from disinformation sites who's coinage is that of innuendo and gossip only.

Please feel free to rate this site accordingly here:
http://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/pjmedia.com
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Re: Rumour, Gossip and Fake News Sites

Post by A440 » Thu Jan 25, 2018 4:25 am

Another news source that should be rated as suspicious: fortune.com
This site appears to editorialize news so as to favor a political bias, in this case, Donald Trump.

Example:
fortune.com/2017/02/28/lg-electronics-us-factory/
Fortune writes:
LG Is Building a New U.S. Factory After Trump Criticism
yet LG planned this new factory before last August, when construction started – months before any such criticism:
prnewswire.com/news-releases/lg-electronics-breaks-ground-on-us-home-appliance-factory-in-tennessee-set-for-completion-in-early-2019-300509324.html

Additionally the Fortune article refers to a Reuters source, however there is no Reuters article that supports their allegation.

Please rate this site here:
www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/fortune.com#view

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Re: Rumour, Gossip and Fake News Sites

Post by A440 » Sat Feb 24, 2018 5:49 am

Here is yet another reason to severely downrate thegatewaypundit.com:

washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/what-is-gateway-pundit-the-conspiracy-hawking-site-at-the-center-of-the-bogus-florida-crisis-actors-hype/2018/02/23/dded562a-174e-11e8-b681-2d4d462a1921_story.html

. . . the Gateway Pundit</font> added its own unique take on the students who had quickly become media-friendly gun-control advocates.
“EXPOSED,” read its headline. “School Shooting Survivor Turned Activist David Hogg’s Father in FBI, Appears To Have Been Coached On Anti-Trump Lines.” It later doubled down, asserting — without any evidence to support it — that operatives linked to liberal billionaire George Soros had “selected anti-Trump kids to be the face” of the massacre.
The stories helped spread a debunked conspiracy theory about the students being paid “crisis actors.” This was a few days after the site initially claimed that the suspected shooter was “a registered Democrat.”
This site invoked the obvious sign of known disinformation and conspiracy sites: it tried to connect George Soros to this shooter in Florida.

I again invite you to rate this site accordingly, as a source of disinformation.
www.mywot.com/scorecard/thegatewaypundit.com

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savemysweden.com

Post by A440 » Tue Jul 03, 2018 9:42 am

Another notorious site: savemysweden.com

This site posts alleged articles without links though it's entries refer to actual articles. A search for the alleged article, in most cases, comes back empty.
All of the posts on this site that deal with immigration issues is opinion and promotes a nationalist agenda based upon fear.

You can rate this site https://www.mywot.com/scorecard/savemysweden.com here.

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