NBC fabricated Russian Hack Story

So much for truth and veracity in mainstream media --

How NBC's Russian Hack Actually Happened, According to the Security Expert Who Set It Up | Motherboard: "... Things started to unravel ... when a post on the Errata Security blog claimed that the story was "100% fraudulent." Instead, argues the writer Robert Graham, the story was simply a reminder not to click on clearly hostile websites, like the fake Olympic sites Engel visited. "Absolutely 0% of the story was about turning on a computer and connecting to a Sochi network," he writes. "100% of the story was about visiting websites remotely."..." (read more at link above)

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Journalism Is a Crime in Egypt, and now in the US?

US Congressman threatens Journalist Glenn Greenwald with criminal indictment -- is the US becoming a third-world country when it comes to freedom of the press?

Journalism Becomes a Crime in Egypt : The New Yorker: " . . . the situation for journalists in Egypt has grown so dire that Marai, now based in Doha, won’t even risk travelling there. The new military-led regime has subjected journalists to months of passive-aggressive treatment (obtaining press credentials has become a bureaucratic nightmare) and a few episodes of outright aggression (arresting several reporters on trumped-up charges, including support for terrorism). On Wednesday, the government opened a new front in its crackdown on the press, announcing that it would formally bring twenty journalists to trial. All of the accused are employees of Al Jazeera, a network that made no secret of its sympathy for the revolution and for the Muslim Brotherhood. But four of the accused are foreigners, with résumés that include work at places like CNN and the BBC. For Marai, who hasn’t been back to Egypt since the military came to power, in July, the message is clear: stay away. “It’s gone crazy,” he told me by phone this week from Doha, where he now works as a consultant and instructor for Al Jazeera. “At this point, people are hoping it only goes back to the way it was during the Mubarak era, and not worse.”..."

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New York Times, Obama's Main Propaganda Organ

Why are newspapers dying? -- why waste time with a propagandist?

Head of UN Mission Investigating Syrian Chemical Weapons Debunks One of America's Main Arguments Washington's Blog: "In other words, the lead author of the UN report on the Aug. 21 incident has contradicted the much-touted “vectoring” claims of a New York Times front-page story and Human Rights Watch, which has been pushing for a U.S. military intervention in Syria. Their “vector analysis” of the two flight paths implicated an elite Syrian military unit, the 104th Brigade of the Republican Guard, based northwest of Damascus, near the Presidential Palace. Since the two short-range rockets had a maximum range much less than 9.5 kilometers – and one of the rockets clipped a building during its descent making any assumptions about its flight path unreliable – the Times’ and the HRW’s “vector analysis” has essentially been debunked, although the Times and other major U.S. news outlets have been hiding that revelation from the American public.. Most of the mainstream U.S. media have simply reprised their propaganda roles played so disastrously a decade ago in the run-up to the Iraq War."

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Journalism, Change, Future

Better rethink your definition of journalism --

Does journalism have a future? | TLS: "... Out of Print: Newspapers, journalism and the business of news in the digital age shows that something really has changed quite suddenly and dramatically in the press industry. George Brock is a veteran newspaperman, and his main concern in this clear-headed, synoptic and never whiny book is with the institutions where he has spent most of his career. In the United States, newspaper advertising revenue – the main source of economic support by far – was $63.5 billion in 2000. By 2012 it had fallen to $19 billion. (During the same period, advertising revenue at Google went from zero to $46.5 billion.) Employment in the American newspaper industry fell by 44 per cent between 2001 and 2011. In the European Union, newspaper revenue is falling by more than 10 per cent a year. In the UK, newspaper circulation has dropped by more than 25 per cent during the twenty-first century. It would be hard to think of another industry that is going through such a sudden collapse...."

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