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    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a ceremony to unveil a portrait of Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., on Capitol Hill, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, in Washington

    Clinton's Salty 'Fake News' Tirade 'Aimed at Censoring Alternative Media'

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    On Thursday, in a rare public appearance since her electoral defeat last month, Hillary Clinton called for public and corporate action against the "epidemic of fake news." Speaking to Sputnik, independent journalist Gearoid O Colmain suggested that Clinton's words were little more than an effort to silence internet-based alternative media.

    In her first public speech since conceding the election, Clinton denounced "fake news," stressing that it is a "danger that must be addressed and addressed quickly."

    "It's imperative that leaders in both the private sector and the public sector step up to protect our democracy and innocent lives," Clinton stressed, referring to an incident that took place last weekend after a man opened fire in a Washington, DC pizzeria after reading an internet story about an alleged child sex slavery ring known as Pizzagate.

    Clinton praised government and business leaders for the steps that are already being taken, including legislation being worked on by the US Congress, and efforts by Silicon Valley "to grapple with the challenge and threat [posed by] fake news."

    Clinton's address was met with heavy criticism by everyone from freedom of speech activists to independent journalists to ordinary internet users, who lashed out against Clinton and the mainstream media's coverage of her speech.

    ​Speaking to Radio Sputnik, independent journalist and political writer Gearoid O Colmain said that he was concerned that Clinton's speech factually amounted to a rallying call for elites aimed at silencing alternative media on the internet.

    "The liberal elite who have lost the election, and are now attempting to censor the internet – this is really what it is," O Colmain said. "What the mainstream media are attempting to do really is censor social media. The reason for that is that in recent years, they have been losing ground."

    The journalist noted that in the UK for example, "Iranian television [has been] gaining ground there, Russian television (RT) is now the third major news source for many people in Britain. It's become a major problem. The BBC have asked for extra funding. They simply can't compete with a lot of the independent media and the state media of other countries in various languages."

    According to O Colmain, "the reason for that is very simple: the independent media and media that comes from other countries, particularly rivals like Russia and Iran, don't have to lie. They just analyze the information." The fundamental issue, in the journalist's view, is that "you can't really defeat truth. In order to make lies work, you have to invest billions and billions, to make it very sophisticated. But generally, it's very hard to win an information war if you're the liar. This is a big problem for the West. You can see through the lies very easily."

    Therefore, he noted, "what the Clinton faction of the US elite, and the media of course as well, are trying to do is to create a consensus that the internet needs to be censored. Basically what that would mean is that articles published which have certain references that threaten the elites' interests will be censored through algorithms of Facebook, but also independent media."

    ​"This is something that's happening in France as well," the journalist noted. "The French government has a webpage about conspiracy theories. They have set up institutes – actual [schools] that teach people how not to be a conspiracy theorist. It's kind of crazy. It's like anybody who questions anything is going to be sent to a reeducation camp. That's kind of the direction we're going in."

    Reiterating that Clinton's speech is part of a concerted effort by segments of the elite to attack independent media, O Colmain emphasized that "ultimately, what elected Trump in the United States was the independent-minded people who were sick and tired of the liberal establishment. Many people who voted for Trump were people who had voted for Obama. A lot of them were quite well-educated. The media is trying to mock the Trump voters, but I think the big problem for the establishment is that they were beaten in this case, and now this is an attempt to gain the upper ground again, through creating a consensus around censorship."


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    • avatar
      I think this is done to test the waters too. Obama was talking about it earlier. This is clearly an effort of the globalist cabal to silence their opposition.
    • Zoanthropy
      you LOST Hillary,
      move on and get over it already!
    • Angus Gallagher
      These globalists were smashed during Brexit and hammered even harder by Trump's supporters.
      And now?
      Now they're crying foul, mounting bogus legal challenges, and tearing up constitutional legitimacy. They're ready to tear the British Union to pieces risking total meltdown even as they plot against the President elect of the United States.
    • IXXI
      Or, look at this past election from a different point of view. “The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves.” ― Vladimir Lenin.
    • avatar
      Excellent article is spot on! an absolute bulls eye. The facts are the new freedom fighters of the world are Russia and Iran meaning the worlds focus on news and information is now centred on those nations and of course including Syria Libya Iraq and the Yemen.

      The others are the fascists the perpetrators who are now locked on the wrong side of history.
      People want up to date truthful news and views on the new freedom fighters not an outrageous focus on terrorists which the western main stream media is guilty of.

      In summary main stream media has become an obsolete dinosaur showing zero ability and adaptability to meet the new dictum's of the 2016 era.
    • Angus Gallagher
      When globalists lose it's
      1. Winge about populism.
      2. Cry xenophobia.
      3. Blame Russia.
      4. Plea for diversity.
      Then rinse, wash, do it again. Rinse, wash, do it again. Rinse, wash.....
    • avatar
      Lives at risk. Yeah, remember Benghazi, Ukraine, Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria.
    • Marc Nonnenkamp
      A bodyguard of lies and more propaganda from the losing side, which is looking to possibly lose even more elections over the coming year in places such as France, the Netherlands and perhaps even Italy if parliament is dissolved early.
    • avatar
      The Movement of Deplorables worldwide, looks more and more unstoppable with each passing second.

      We are witnessing a truly counter-revolution.
    • supportin reply toelsa.zardini(Show commentHide comment)
      elsa.zardini, IMO there will not even be a "mainstream media," but rather one state-sponsored "official news outlet per country and 50,000 other options regardless of the extent to which crackdowns take place. Governments cannot afford to pay for the IT services to suppress freedom-loving people who will do a better job of IT news dissemination for free.

      All these imbecilic MSM newsies should consider providing footnotes on-line to their news sources and data base as to where they got their "truthyisms." Even small independent one-person operations do that.

      I do not see it as a counter-revolution in the Classical sense so much as a simple getting-back-to-basics movement to include discounting candidates for public office who are high 24/7 for 40+ years.
    • avatar
      Does she know that Donald Trump is President Elect and will be in the White House in a few weeks? Does she know that he trusts alternative media more that the Clinton Media?
    • avatar
      anne00mariein reply tojas(Show commentHide comment)
      jas, What they are forgetting is Obama is on his way out and Team Trump and their close links to Breit Bart are on their way in.
    • avatar
      anne00mariein reply toAngus Gallagher(Show commentHide comment)
      Angus Gallagher, Have you noticed that they always have to have somebody to blame, apart from themselves?

      Why can they not man or woman up and take responsibility for their own actions? Always the victims and never the survivors.
    • avatar
      It's really sad that so many US women voted for Clinton so they could say they elected the first woman POTUS. Such a pathetic and self-serving reason to vote for someone.
    • Lee
      I see that Killary is wearing a purple, color revolution dress.
      It's ALL about thought control.
    • avatar
      elsa.zardiniin reply tosupport(Show commentHide comment)
      support, Yes, right. Exactly. Now, for one thing, the internet will continue as we know it, hopefully. No privatization; otherwise it might have been the end of options, for example if Mr. Soros owns it.
    • avatar
      The truth has its own voice and will never be silenced by the political establishment or the filthy MSM.
    • support
      If the Dems would just shut up for 72 hours straight they might have a chance of regaining support within this century. As it is they are doing nothing but digging a deeper hole for themselves which is okay with me.

      I really do not care that much about the ideological bit. It is their blatant and overt thievery, lies and shouting of hatred at the genuine workforce which pays their bills as pimp-purple public employees that grinds my gears.
    • Adrienne Adonis
      Hillary looks like she is still crying over the election loss. Her eyes are still swollen. The poor baby. No one cares what she thinks. I wonder who will donate to the Clinton foundation now ? Also she better not leave the country anytime soon. Because the new DOJ might want to talk to her about her use of private email server used for govt business. I think it's a felony ...... And her blaming her stupidity is no excuse for avoiding jail time. Also the DOJ will ask the FBI in their findings of the Clinton Foundation investigation or better yet do their own investigation through an independent task force.
    • Adrienne Adonis
      Hillary would love alternative news censored this way people would not be able to talk about her lies and BS agenda she pushes for her neocon butt loving buddies.
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