Call to cut off ad revenue for alternative media is next level attack on free press
(INTELLIHUB) — Speaking to the Detroit Economic Club, Mark Thompson, President & CEO of The New York Times Company, has called for ad networks to cut off advertising to websites they deem to be spreading “fake news“.
Over the last month we have seen disinformation piece after disinformation piece attempt to label legitimate alternative news outlets such as Intellihub and Infowars as fake news. Both CBS and Salon have routinely and directly called Infowars fake news while lumping them in with sites that are openly satire.
Now, in the next wave of attacks against the alternative media, we have Mark Thompson essentially calling for this website and others like it to have ALL funding cut off.
“As for the digital giants, I believe they need to think hard about transparency and accountability. Their ad tech and ad networks help make fake news so lucrative – here too they need to help the whole industry cut off the advertising revenue which enables the fake sites to flourish,” Thompson said.
He continued, “These great, profoundly creative enterprises like to think of themselves as engines of progress, capable of bringing people together and making the world a better place. One can applaud that and still believe, in the matter of their handling of news, and especially fake and distorted news, that they are inadvertently enabling malign and destructive forces and that, unless they do something, they – and we – will pay a heavy price for it.”
Make no mistake, this isn’t some milk toast call to ban ad networks on obvious fake news websites.
When you have dozens of media outlets declaring multiple alternative news outlets as fake news one can easily deduct that this call is for directly shutting down real news outlets that report information from outside the establishment bubble.
Remember, the New York Times itself has published countless stories that could easily be dubbed fake news. From Saddam’s phantom weapons of mass destruction to sitting on what would have been groundbreaking information on NSA spying, the Times has a history of reporting for and helping the globalist establishment.
At this point it is extremely important that supporters of the real alternative media stand up and loudly declare that they will not allow their favorite news outlets to be censored and or destroyed through lack of revenue. This is absolutely an information war and instead of reporting the truth, the corporate media is now taking the position that those that do should be shut down.