“Very shady” hidden group promotes list of so-called Russian Propagandists, including popular alt-media news outlets Infowars and Intellihub
(INTELLIHUB) — A new McCarthyite like list is being promoted across the corporate media after its release by the hidden and extremely biased anonymous group PropOrNot and subsequent promotion by the elites favorite newspaper of record, the Washington Post.
Throughout the last month various corporate news outlets have propagated the pathetic lie that “fake news” is hurting the country and, with the help of Russia, most likely tilted the election in favor of Donald Trump.
From a totally discredited Slate piece to CBS slideshows listing Infowars alongside websites that are openly satire, the war on the alternative media has kicked into a level literally never seen before.
This conspiracy theory type attack on the free press gained an immense amount of steam with the late November release of a Washington Post article by writer Craig Timberg that noted journalist Glenn Greenwald called, “rife with obviously reckless and unproven allegations, and fundamentally shaped by shoddy, slothful journalistic tactics.”
The article promoted this new hard left McCarthyism into the mainstream by extensively detailing and giving credence to the claims of the shadowy and mostly anonymous organization PropOrNot. Take note that the group provided their report to the Post before its actual release, further showing the coordination that has gone into this all out assault on the alternative media:
PropOrNot’s monitoring report, which was provided to The Washington Post in advance of its public release, identifies more than 200 websites as routine peddlers of Russian propaganda during the election season, with combined audiences of at least 15 million Americans. On Facebook, PropOrNot estimates that stories planted or promoted by the disinformation campaign were viewed more than 213 million times.
Some players in this online echo chamber were knowingly part of the propaganda campaign, the researchers concluded, while others were “useful idiots” — a term born of the Cold War to describe people or institutions that unknowingly assisted Soviet Union propaganda efforts.
Apparently in the world of the corporate media elitists the term ‘useful idiot’ now means anyone who doesn’t worship the left and attack Donald Trump in every report.
On the groups website the organization has produced what they ironically call, “The List” which basically smears any news outlet that doesn’t solely publish establishment views on U.S. foreign policy as peddlers of Russian propaganda. Not stopping at this absurd defamation, the organization also calls for any website on their list to be investigated by the government for espionage and other, “bad business”.
That’s right, with their inclusion of Intellihub on, “The List”, PropOrNot is directly calling for Intellihub’s founder Shepard Ambellas as well as writers such as myself to be investigated by the FBI and DOJ in what one can imagine is in retaliation for years of direct assault on the global elite. (Especially for our Guardian featured reporting on Bilderberg in 2012)
Since the release of the list, and despite some push back by actual journalists, the corporate media has continued to hammer home the idea that fake news is a major issue with many outlets publishing their own lists and calling for the social media giants to do something about the “menace” of real reporting.
Simply put, this has very little to do with actual Russian propaganda and much more to do with attempting to destroy independent news outlets at a time when they are being read by millions and millions of people each day. Whether you are a Trump supporter or not, there is no denying the fact that the vast majority of the corporate media was against him and his overwhelming win proved that for millions of Americans, what is said by the likes of CNN or reported by newspapers such as the Washington Post is almost instantly believed to be a lie. What we are seeing with this whole fake news propaganda blitz is a direct response to this.
Note: Perhaps just as important to this attack as the lists themselves is the fact that the corporate media outlets are working hand in hand while most alt-media websites are basically working on their own. (This has and continues to be a major issue for the free press that Intellihub and others are actively attempting to fix.)
Alex Thomas is an editor and opinion journalist at Intellihub.com. His articles and reporting have appeared on numerous news outlets including Infowars and the Guardian. You can read more articles by Alex here as well as follow him on Twitter here.