Are We Winning the Information War?
Over the last few days we have been receiving news stories in our inbox that have given us pause for thought. We saw a post on Facebook that led us to look a bit more closely at those ‘news’ stories. This was the post:
I don’t know about you guys, but have you noticed the latest news seems to be regenerated stories from years back? I have seen so many of these. Have The Elite run out of new ‘terror’ threats to keep us in line?
Good question and this guy is not wrong. Are Mainstream Media feeling the pressures of not reporting all of the news to it’s customers and having that exposed by Alternative Media? We certainly know that most if not all of MSM are experiencing huge drops in their ratings.
We think it is only fair that we look into this. The first story we saw, and we think you might have seen it too, is this:
This article is on Daily Media and was posted March 5, 2016. When we first saw this, we ignored it because our thinking was, yeah yeah old news. It was only when we spotted the Facebook post by a follower, that we thought about. How is it possible that we saw this weeks ago, if it was only published the other day? That is odd.
This is what led us to research a bit further. Sure enough the team have seen this story before and it was long before two days ago. One of our admin posted it on our Facebook page and how happy are we that he remembered that he had done that?:
Gotcha! The post dated February was removed by Before it’s News so, whilst it was posted a few days ago, it is not ‘new’ news. We do not know why they removed it and then re-posted it. Perhaps it was an accident? Not too worry because we also remembered something else about this particular article:
The story was re-posted from Anonymous Mags. Word for word. To us, that is an easy out. Yes we do copy excerpts from articles, but we never just copy the whole shebang and put it under our own name, with a tiny little two word sentence at the bottom. Shame you Before It’s (really really old) News:
Not only that, but Anonymous re-posted or rather copied it from a blog. Again word for word. Remember this, because it is important. Now, there is absolutely nothing wrong with blogs because they are getting out information out that MSM won’t or can’t touch, but you do have to do your research:
Conspire Planet wrote and published this blog a year ago:
Whilst it is bad enough that this story has just been recycled, word for word several times, what is worse is that it has nothing to do with Russia. Russia have been mentioned only 2 times in the entire article:
‘Even after World War II, MSC experts in this report say, the Nazi Germans remaining “foo fighters”, along with the Die Glocke “device”, were secreted to Antarctica where they remain today, and attested to by numerous high-ranking present and former Russian military officials.’
‘Also, and perhaps most disturbingly, this report concludes, US-EU attempts to demonize President Putin and embroil Russia in war are, in fact, “an elaborate masquerade” designed so that these Western powers can overrun Siberia to destroy/dismantle what by all appearances seems to be an ancient defense system designed to protect our planet from these “fallen angel/demons” who are now in league with, if not outright controlling, nearly all of the Western nations on Earth.’
It doesn’t say a single thing about Russia issuing any kind of warning. So, to be clear, by all means plagiarize the hell out of a story, but have the common decency to at least skim read the story before hand. Where exactly is the absolute prove that Russia ‘Issued Grave Warning’ huh? That is very insulting to your followers. It is akin to what Mainstream media do.
In 2014 we asked the question:
At first we thought, this story has a different meaning to it though. That was about Alternative Media copy and pasting stories from Mainstream media, without actually reading……oh.
Then we saw this story:
With a series of blatant measures, Saudi Arabia and its regional allies are evidently trying to destabilize Lebanon. The development is apiece with how Saudi Arabia and Turkey have both sought to undermine the ceasefire in Syria and to escalate that conflict to a region-wide level.
This article was published on NSNBC International website March 7, 2016, so you would think that it was something new? Well, you would be wrong because on June 17, 2011, 5 YEARS ago, this was published on Global Research:
The destabilization of Syria and Lebanon as sovereign countries has been on the drawing board of the US-NATO-Israel military alliance for at least ten years.
Action against Syria is part of a “military roadmap”, a sequencing of military operations. According to former NATO Commander General Wesley Clark–the Pentagon had clearly identified Iraq, Libya, Syria and Lebanon as target countries of a US-NATO intervention:
“[The] Five-year campaign plan [included]… a total of seven countries, beginning with Iraq, then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Iran, Somalia and Sudan” (Pentagon official quoted by General Wesley Clark).
See that last line ‘[The] five year campaign’? Perhaps that is why this story is being rehashed from 5 years ago? That would make sense. According to the NSNBC report:
‘The cumulative intent seems patent. The Saudis and their regional allies – who have been pushing for regime change for the past five years against the Russian, Iranian and Hezbollah-allied government of President Bashar al-Assad – see the escalation of regional instability as the best way to salvage their covert war in Syria.
Washington, London and Paris probably have sufficient cynical intelligence to realize that the covert war involving terrorist proxies is no longer a viable option – given the formidable forces arrayed in support of the Syrian state, not least Russian air power.
The Saudis and the Turkish regime of Recep Tayyip Erdogan appear to be inflexibly wedded to the covert war agenda. For these powers anything less than the outright removal of Assad would be seen as a grave blow to their despotic egos and, for them, an unbearable boost to their regional rival, Shia-dominated Iran.’
Ultimately, both articles are the same. Same words, but the words in the latest article are in a different order. Great!
Today on the BBC website there is this:
The order for a “pre-emptive nuclear strike of justice” was made in a statement put out by Pyongyang.
Such rhetoric is not uncommon, and experts doubt the North’s ability to put nuclear warheads on its missiles.
That should be cause for concern, shouldn’t it? And it most certainly was. When it was first reported in March, 2013:
But the threat came amid increased concern over Pyongyang’s dogged efforts to advance its nuclear and missile technology after a recent long-range rocket launch and underground atomic blast.
On Tuesday, North Korea said it planned to scrap the armistice that stopped the Korean War in 1953 and warned it could carry out strikes against the United States and South Korea.
Maybe this is just a wild conspiracy theory, thought up by far left/left/right/far right /Democratic/Republican/Liberal (delete as applicable) extremists, who knows?
Well maybe there is a way to find out. All the articles above are certainly re-hashed, although copied and pasted is probably a more accurate term. All the original articles started off many years ago, on blog sites and are now posted on more commonly used sites like the BBC for example.
March 4, 2016:
‘Scientists believe they have discovered a way to “steer” the immune system to kill cancers. “Targeting trunk mutations makes sense from many points of view, but it is early days and whether it’s that simple, I’m not entirely sure”
Wow, that is amazing news. But it is early days, no way to know for sure at this point, which is fair enough. Or is it?
‘Here, we review the peculiarities of tumor cell metabolism that might be taken advantage of for cancer treatment. Specifically, we discuss the alterations in signal transduction pathways and/or enzymatic machineries that account for metabolic reprogramming of transformed cells.’
8 long years is not what I would call ‘early days’. Just a quick point. Whilst it says in the top article it has not been tested on humans, that is incorrect, it HAS been successfully tested on an 8 year old boy. Go figure.
It seems that some Media outlets are quite content to copy their own content and give it a healthy new spin on things. In 2013 the BBC released this story:
Here is the point. Why is ‘top news’ just a rehash of years old news? What is going on? It seems to your most humble reporter that the only news that seems to be ‘new’ is terror and even that has lost it’s edge, quite probably due to Lame stream media, using it every single chance they get.
Do our Governments really think that we can be steered with nothing more than a 15 year old ‘dangling carrot’?
It would seem that the only news that really is new and improved, is the terrorist threat and even the fear halo around that is losing it’s sparkle. Do you know why? It is called De-sensitization:
In psychology, desensitization is defined as the diminished emotional responsiveness to a negative or aversive stimulus after repeated exposure to it. It also occurs when an emotional response is repeatedly evoked in situations in which the action tendency that is associated with the emotion proves irrelevant or unnecessary. – Wikipedia. Uh-huh, that’s right.
Come on now. Instead of dragging old stories out of the closet and blowing off the cobwebs, why not use the ‘quiet’ time to report some great, amazing, positive stories?
‘One organization has souped up the traditional soup kitchen.
Kansas City Community Kitchen in Kansas City, Missouri, serves food restaurant-style to homeless people, a process which includes greeters, waiters and a side of respect.’
Well, maybe I am being a little naive, I mean we already know why good stories are not more popular don’t we? We already know why we are being tempted with thoughts of cancer cures, but never actually getting them. We already know why we have to stay on our toes over the ‘imminent’ and ‘impending’ nuclear war that has been going on for decades, don’t we boys and girls?:
A very long time ago now or so it seems, we posted an article called So Many Problems – Too Many Solutions? and in it we said:
‘The conclusion of the conversation I had with my friend, was substance. The problem we have today is that we do things without putting any substance into it. It’s kind of like building a house, without putting in any foundations first. It probably looks great, but at the smallest hint of stress, it’s going to break.
I suggested to my friend that perhaps our problem as a society was that we tend to complicate matters by over-simplifying.
We each take an issue and we fight like crazy to make that issue right. We don’t look at other issues that might just help with that and we certainly don’t encourage coalitions.’
I think this situation with MSM is similar. They post simple stories designed to either inflame or tempt, and we as consumers of that news, accept what we are told. Clearly MSM are not going to bother with referencing the source of their stories, because that would complicate matters. And we tend to get into arguments with our friends and on our social networks, because a few of us have read the recent story and a few of us have read the original story, so who exactly is right? This is nothing new my friends. I am not telling you something you don’t already know, but this is bringing us right back to that stupid path I have talked about. The time between stories is getting small enough to the point, were some people are not only remembering the original but are actually still able to find it, not quite buried deeply enough on their social networking sites to be a pain in the backside to find, as I have done above. Whose fault is this? Is it theirs, for thinking we won’t complain about it? Or is it ours, for not letting them know we are on to them?
The question posed was are we winning the war and the simplest way to look at that is this:
In 2014, Alternative Media were copying Mainstream Media for their stories.
In 2015 Mainstream Media were copying their own stories.
In 2016 Mainstream Media are copying Alternative Media.
We would say yes, we are certainly beginning to see a difference in what news is reported. Sadly though, the recycled news is no good. That being said though and to quote a researcher from one of the above articles “it is early days and whether it’s that simple, I’m not entirely sure”. Hail guru.
What do you think? Do you think you deserve to be spoon fed the same old BS from either media outlets or would you rather spend the ‘quiet’ time reading about something positive?
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