As Twitter and Facebook are criticized over censorship and constant finger-pointing at Russia, Eyes On Events’s Max Keiser speaks to the senior editor of the Grayzone Project, Max Blumenthal, who sums up the reality of the situation.
In this episode of Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss the fact that despite there being an avalanche of information today, it’s actually more difficult to be educated about what’s going on in the world than it was in the 60s.
“The 60s were probably the apotheosis of the well-informed, educated media savvy American. But since that time... now you have the government saying that nobody in America has the intelligence to decipher what’s right, wrong, accurate, not accurate, fake news, propaganda, real news...”
Keiser also speaks to Max Blumenthal about the current climate of censorship, particularly regarding Facebook.
“Facebook has hired a group called DFRLab, which operates out of the NATO and arms industry-funded Atlantic Council, also founded by Saudi Arabia and a bunch of pro-freedom advocates in the Gulf – including Turkey, which arrests more journalists than any other country,” Blumenthal said.
That firm’s job, Blumenthal explained, is to “market Facebook’s findings and takedowns of these pages, and to justify it they put out a report on Medium.com, justifying taking down these pages which were said to be Russian, they tried to link them to Russia without coming up with conclusive proof...”
The report was authored by the Atlantic Council’s “resident bot hunter,” Blumenthal said, noting that he didn’t exactly do his job very well. He “falsely identified... a British pensioner... and a Ukrainian concert pianist as Russian bots.”
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