Paul Barry of Media Watch
by Phil Hingston
Last night’s Media Watch, on the topic of FAKE NEWS with Paul Barry, has the hallmarks of a beat up for increased legislation to limit free speech.
It was presented as a warning to be vigilant of false and misleading information masquerading as truth. Enter the Fakenews meme. It reminded me of exactly why I no longer watch Mainstream Media (MSM).
Barry is a master of legerdemain and obfuscation. He weaves a semi-plausible argument, quoting other dubious MSM sources which reinforce his erroneous thesis on just who is generating Fakenews.
Breitbart News is specifically targeted. This helped Media Watch link Donald Trump to Fakenews via his chief advisor, Steve Bannon. Bannon was the editor of Breitbart. (Incidentally, he was also with Goldman Sachs, but no criticism of them, naturally.)
It’s amazing that Media Watch constantly resorts to quoting – favorably – the biggest Fake News sites. I am referring to The Washington Post, The New York Times, Buzzfeed, and, God spare us, The BBC. Do you recall that the BBC hilariously reported the collapse of World Trade Building 7, 20 minutes before it happened?
And of course, let’s not forget CNN, “whose credibility is higher than ever” according to their boss Jeff Zucker (cough,cough).
Furthermore, Barry of OUR ABC’s Media Watch claims that “reliable and credible” fact-checking websites like Snopes and Fact Check could alert Fakebook to “dodgy stories” to rule on whether the story is credible. Snopes? You must be joking, Paul.
How about getting David Brock (ex-lover of James Alefantis, related to Comet Ping Pong), to help point out Fakenews too? Brock runs Correct the Record (CTR) and Media Watch US. MIght as well go whole hog.
ABC says those are all totally “reliable” sources of “real” news. Give me a break.
Media Watch calls itself “The Main Stream Media (MSM) you can trust not to lie, distort and make things up.” (Try not to gag.)
Saddam’s Weapons of Mass Destruction, anyone? “The Russians shot down MH-17,” the Russians “invaded” Ukraine, and the Russians hacked the US elections to defeat Hillary?
Endless distortions, fabrications or omissions of news are employed to further promote various political agendas.
Predictably, Barry makes you think it is false that Hillary and the Dems engaged in vote rigging. But, ha ha, Project Veritas had some staff infiltrate and record what actually took place. And why should Oz care about that anyway?
A Word about Udo Ulfkotte
We sometimes wonder why a mainstream journalist doesn’t get fed up and reveal the truth about his/her profession. In Germany, someone did precisely that: Udo Ulfkotte. He said,
“Hey, guess what? myself and all my colleagues are on the payroll of the CIA.”
Mary Maxwell wrote about Udo in a Gumshoe article:
He was harassed by police, subjected to lawsuits, impoverished, almost prosecuted for revealing state secrets, all the usual stuff. His wife had an accountancy business, and pictures of her office building appeared in the newspapers so locals would know they should stay away from her. My interpretation is that the intelligence agencies were doing this because they spotted a journalist with a conscience. He was too young to be given a heart attack, so it had to be lawsuits, etc.
That was 2 years ago (Maxwell’s article is dated October 16, 2014) But on January 15, 2017, Udo died of a heart attack. He was age 56.
As we all know journalists in the Third World drop like flies. Now that we are headed to third world of violence we can expect the same. That is, unless we change tracks now.
A nice bio of Barry in Wikipedia tells us that he “believes in the free market and in freedom of speech.” Oh really?
No Paul, not even the skills and reputation of Aunty ABC can help you spin last night’s Media Watch as a credible analysis of the Fakenews phenomenon. It was pitiful.
Even Blind Freddy can see that Main Stream Media invented the “Fake News” meme in order to silence competition and discredit stories surfacing about high-level pedophiles, not to mention “governmental” child trafficking networks.
That is spectacularly backfiring on them and on you, old chum. I’m sure that the current (ridiculous) attempts to weave a narrative to make the public clamour for more censorship will likewise fail.
As for Pizzagate IT IS NOT GOING TO GO AWAY. May I repeat that for Media Watch? There’s no point in your trying to tell the audience that what they have heard is transitory, Paul. They are grown-ups and they are not the least bit taken in by your little conjuring tricks.
So here it is again, Paul Barry of the ABC: Pizzagate is earth shattering and you can’t hide it.
Our intelligence has been insulted by the dishonest mainstreamers for years and to tell you frankly, WE’RE OVER YOU!
— Phil Hingston is a stirred-up New South Welshman