by Brian Shilhavy
Editor, Health Impact News
No matter where you fall on the political spectrum, and no matter what you think of the new President of the United States, I would hope that there is one thing all readers of Health Impact News can agree on. And that is the fact the mainstream media (MSM) was a huge loser in last year’s election, as it marks the first time (at least in modern history) that the candidate supported by the MSM was defeated. Every major media source tried to convince the American public that Donald Trump had no chance of winning the election, and that their polls showed he was far behind Hillary Clinton. But they were wrong.
How did this happen?
For the first time, the majority of Americans rejected what the MSM was feeding the public and turned elsewhere for information – to the Independent Media on the Internet.
But the large and powerful corporate media elites are not giving up. Immediately after the elections, criticisms were launched against social media, and Facebook in particular, for publishing “Fake News” that they claimed was responsible for Mr. Trump’s election.
But who gets to decide what is “real” and what is “fake” news?
Facebook was quick to respond that they were going to clamp down on “fake” news, and that they were going to partner together with groups to help determine which news was “fake.” As we previously reported, one of those groups, Snopes, has been completely exposed for their bias and shady financial backing. See:
NaturalNews.com Blacklisted on Google
Health Impact News exists because much of the information we publish cannot be found in the mainstream corporate media. I personally started publishing on the Internet back in 2000 while living in the Philippines, being one of the first to educate the public about the truth about coconut oil and saturated fats. Later, we expanded to other topic areas and Health Impact News was born.
One of the oldest and largest websites on the Internet publishing health information not found in the mainstream media is Natural News. Mike Adams is the founder of Natural News. I know Mike Adams, and consider him my friend. And while his style of journalism might be different than Health Impact News, he is an honest man, and one of the most brilliant people I have ever met.
This week, he reported that forces have been threatening him and trying to blackmail him into discrediting Alex Jones, another leader in the Independent Media who reaches millions of people every day, and is a President Trump supporter.
When Mr. Adams refused, and instead published the threat, he reports that his entire website was blacklisted by Google, which he alleges removed 140,000 pages of his website from its index. He reports:
Late last week, I received a direct threat that warned if I did not take steps to destroy Alex Jones and InfoWars, I would be targeted for destruction in a campaign of smears, censorship and defamation.
Instead of giving in to the enemy, I refused to take the bait and went public with details of the threat, warning everyone in the new media that sinister forces were now being pursued to undermine and silence every anti-establishment (and pro-Trump) voice on the internet.
Today, Natural News has been hit by Google, which has blacklisted the entire Natural News domain and removed over 140,000 pages from its index. The take down of Natural News happened this morning, and it follows a pattern of censorship we’re seeing being leveled against other pro-Trump websites. Google sent no warning whatsoever to our “webmaster tools” email address on file with them. The shut off of Natural News was clearly driven by a human decision, not an algorithm.
Some of the news now being censored by Google includes our laboratory testing of the U.S. water supply, where we conducted laboratory testing to discover that 6.7% of municipal water is contaminated with toxic metals. Google has also blacklisted our announcement of free laboratory testing services for Native American water suppliesimpacted by oil pipeline leaks. Also blacklisted is our exclusive coverage of the GlaxoSmithKline criminal indictment by the U.S. Justice Dept. and our interview with the whistleblower who helped achieved a record $3 billion settlement with the criminal drug company.
Apparently, Google believes the public should no longer have access to these investigative journalism articles… and 139,997 more articles that cover activism, science frauds, drug industry criminality, political corruption and more. You are witnessing a modern-day book burning by the internet Gestapo that now decides what knowledge you’re never allowed to access… especially because much of that knowledge can help set humanity free.
Will the First Amendment and Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press Survive this Attack by the Corporate Mainstream Media?
The corporate MSM does not apparently like the fact that they can no longer control the masses. Whether or not you agree with the views of people like Alex Jones or Mike Adams is not the point here. The fact is that in the United States we have something called the Constitution, and it protects the rights of its citizens to freedom of speech and freedom of the press. These rights were secured by the blood of those who fought for them when our country was founded. The Constitution does not distinguish between “fake” news and “real” news, and most certainly does not endorse corporate-owned media companies to be anointed as “approved” news sources.
With the advantage of the Internet today, any citizen can voice their freedom of speech by publishing their voice as part of the new alternative media. The Internet also gives power to the average citizen to research facts for themselves to determine what is true and what is not, bypassing the “approved” news spoon-fed to the masses via older media forms like television and news print.
The mainstream media got caught lying about the 2016 Presidential elections, and they continue to be caught publishing things that are not true, all the while complaining that the Independent Media is “fake” news.
The new White House, recognizing how the MSM opposed them, seems to be calling out much of corruption in the MSM.
Recently, two news anchors on MSNBC criticized the new administration, and explained that it was their job, the MSM, to control the minds of the people:
During a lively discussion centered on fears that President Trump is “trying to undermine the media,” MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski let slip the awesome unspoken truth that the media’s “job” is to “actually control exactly what people think.”
SCARBOROUGH: “Exactly. That is exactly what I hear. What Yamiche said is what I hear from all the Trump supporters that I talk to who were Trump voters and are still Trump supporters. They go, ‘Yeah you guys are going crazy. He’s doing — what are you so surprised about? He is doing exactly what he said he is going to do.'”
BRZEZINSKI: “Well, I think that the dangerous, you know, edges here are that he is trying to undermine the media and trying to make up his own facts. And it could be that while unemployment and the economy worsens, he could have undermined the messaging so much that he can actually control exactly what people think. And that, that is our job.” (Source)
Just today (February 23, 2017), the Washington Times is reporting that Project Veritas leader James O’Keefe is offering $10,000.00 to anyone who brings him evidence of “corruption, malfeasance and wrongdoing” in the MSM:
Conservative sleuth James O’Keefe is ramping up his effort to take down the mainstream media by enlisting the help of ordinary citizens to go undercover and expose wrongdoing in newsrooms around the country.
The Project Veritas leader announced he will give $10,000 to anyone who brings him evidence of “corruption, malfeasance and wrongdoing” in the press.
“If you have hidden audio recordings, videotapes or documents inside of a newsroom or media institution, and the material is good enough, I will pay you $10,000,” Mr. O’Keefe says in the video set to be released on Thursday.
The announcement of the award coincides with the first release of the “CNN Tapes” project, for which Project Veritas is uploading 119 hours of audio recordings taken by an anonymous source within the cable network’s Atlanta headquarters.
The audio, which is from 2009, features behind-the-scenes discussions between reporters, producers and other CNN employees. (Source.)
It is time to take a stand against the corporate MSM that is losing its power, and its ability to control the minds of the American public. While the Internet does indeed represent the “Wild West” in terms of information available, it is the true independence of the medium itself that allows truth to be found unfiltered, and the ability to do one’s own research to understand all sides of any particular issue or news event.
But the MSM will not die a willing death, as the alleged attack on NaturalNews.com by Google, which supports the MSM, shows us.
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