Lies, Damned Lies, and Fact Checks

Paul Thacker | 5 July 2022 Hundreds of fact-checking “experts” gathered in Oslo, Norway to stop false claims on the Internet, but why won’t they fix their own misinformation? Several hundred people from 69 countries gathered in Europe last week to rub shoulders and make business connections in the burgeoning fact-check industry, where jobs continue…

The WHO Is Changing the Name “Monkeypox”… Is It Really Because of Racism?

OffGuardian | 16 June 2022 Yesterday Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organisation (WHO), announced the WHO was officially changing the name of the monkeypox virus. This decision was allegedly taken due to “stigmatization” and “discrimination” of the current “inaccurate” name. I’m not sure how “monkeypox virus” can be an inaccurate name for a virus…

BBC Disinformation Reporters Flub Disinformation Journalism, Create Confusion, Concern and a Touch of Comedy

Paul Thacker | 14 June 2022 Back in 2019, BBC’s Panorama released a documentary “Is Labour Anti-Semtic?” that delved into widely reported allegations within Jeremy Corbyn’s party. But one person who failed to embrace the documentary was Corbyn ally, Justin Schlosberg, a professor of journalism at the University of Birbeck, and former Chair of the Media…

‘Mass grave’ near Mariupol is a lie

Internationalist 360 | 28 April 2022 According to recent Western media, Russian forces have buried up to 9,000 Mariupol civilians in “mass graves” in a town just west of the Ukrainian city. These reports use satellite imagery as supposed evidence and repeat the claims of officials loyal to Kiev that “the bodies may have been buried in layers” and “the Russians dug trenches…

The Necessity of Kindness

Hatchard Report | 27 May 2022 This morning Jacinda Ardern received an honorary doctorate from Harvard University, hitting out in her acceptance speech against keyboard warriors spreading disinformation: “When facts are turned into fiction, and fiction turned into fact, you stop debating ideas and you start debating conspiracy.” Was she echoing Orwell’s 1984? “His mind slid away…

Hey look, the censors are calling us out by name again!

Bad Cattitude | 14 May 2022 are they EVER going to learn about streisand effect? nothing says “you’re over the target” like a bunch of activist censorship fanbois seeking to malign you and proclaim themselves the arbiters of misinformation in a debate to which they contribute nothing but the suppression of science and scientific method.…

The Epic Failure Of CNN+ Is A Sight To Behold As “Big Cuts” Loom

Zero Hedge | 13 Apr 2022 Less than two weeks into existence, CNN’s paid streaming service, CNN+, has failed to attract even 10,000 daily users, according to CNBC, citing people familiar with the matter. Putting this in perspective, CNN‘s cable network averages 773,000 total daily viewers. CNN+ launched on March 29. The subscription news streaming service, which charges…