World Press Freedom Day. How ironic.

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  • Mon, May 03, 2021 - 12:30pm

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    Chuck in Belize

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    World Press Freedom Day. How ironic.

Today is celebrated globally as World Press Freedom Day.
Just in case you didn’t know.  Personally, I had been unaware of it.

United Nations, Secretary-General, António Guterres urged governments to “do everything in their power” to support free, independent and diverse media.

Sounds good so far.  He went on to say,

“During the pandemic, and in other crises including the climate emergency, journalists and media workers help us navigate a fast-changing and often overwhelming landscape of information, while addressing dangerous inaccuracies and falsehoods.”

Hmmm.
Most baffling of all, at least to me, the UN official said that,

“free and independent journalism is our greatest ally in combatting misinformation and disinformation.”

Isn’t it nice to be able to celebrate Press Freedom, and on the very same day find out that the Mercola site is withdrawing permanently all its publications regarding treatments, prevention, and supplementation having to do with Covid-19.

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2021/05/04/removing-articles-related-to-vitamin-d-c-and-zinc.aspx

In the very same UN OfficialSpeak sentence, singing the praises of “free and independent journalism,” we see “combatting misinformation.”  In the very same sentence.

Is it just me, or is there a smidgeon of Cognitive Dissonance going on in your heads, too?

Ps.
Reading this kind of propaganda makes me just want to PUKE.  Please excuse me. I need to ask you to stop the car so I can open the door.
Pps.
Too late. Sorry about your upholstery.

— Chuck

 

  • Mon, May 03, 2021 - 01:14pm

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    Blaggers

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    World Press Freedom Day. How ironic.

This interview just out.

Danielle Smith is a Canadian Journalist and former Politician. She was the leader of the Wildrose Party from October 2009 to December 17, 2014 when she resigned to cross the floor and join the governing Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta caucus.

She was also a radio host for Global News but recently decided to exit her role due to cancel culture.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvIHUuF1zg0

  • Mon, May 03, 2021 - 04:59pm

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    Chuck in Belize

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    And, an open musical letter to Dr. Grouchy

Don’t bother crying
and don’t bother crawling
It’s all over now
there’s no use your stalling
The love I once felt
I don’t feel anymore for you
This time I’ll even
Open the door for you

You walked out
When we were all down
Well now we’re well off
And look, look who’s comin’ around !!?

Where were you when we needed you ?
Where were you when we wanted you ?
Where were you when we needed you ?
Where ?

You’re looking good
It’s so hard to fight it
it’s no use explaining
We’ve already decided
That listenin’ to you
Is much worse than without you
We won’t spend a lifetime
Thinkin’ about you

When things got bad
You just disappeared
Well we’re back on our feet
And look, look who’s standing there !!!

Where were you when we needed you ?
Where were you when we wanted you ?
Where were you when we needed you ?
Where ?

You were so young
And you were so wild
We knew you were nobody’s innocent child
That first day I saw you
You really got to me
I thought I could change you
What good did it do me ?

But then times got rough
We knew you were fake
and now you’re tripping back
And babe, babe it’s too late
too late …

Where were you when we needed you ?
Where were you when we wanted you ?
Where were you when we needed you ?
Where ?

  • Tue, May 04, 2021 - 10:41am

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    agnes xyz

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    World Press Freedom Day. How ironic.

Not much press freedom here, also. Unless the topic is covid/vaccine, [almost] no one responds. You’ve gotten so little response to this different subject, the irony is double. I’m guessing a lot of people have given up on this site, but we can keep trying.

  • Tue, May 04, 2021 - 10:50am

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    Blaggers

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    Trusted News Initiative

Trusted News Initiative (TNI) to combat spread of harmful vaccine disinformation and announces major research project.

The partners currently within the TNI are: AP, AFP; BBC, CBC/Radio-Canada, European Broadcasting Union (EBU),Facebook, Financial Times, First Draft, Google/YouTube, The Hindu, Microsoft , Reuters, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, Twitter, The Washington Post.

Hmmmmmmmmmmm.

https://www.bbc.com/mediacentre/2020/trusted-news-initiative-vaccine-disinformation

 

  • Tue, May 04, 2021 - 01:09pm   (Reply to #5)

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    Canuck21

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    World Press Freedom Day. How ironic.

There’s more Koolaid sloshing around the corridors of established media outlets nowadays than waters around Noah’s Ark in the Great Flood.

I was a broadcast journalist in Europe in the mid-80s to 90s when the word “investigative” still meant something. How things have changed. It’s such a stain on my former profession, it’s sad to see.

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