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Our very British fake news industry | Richard Seymour on Patreon
Increasingly, with the rise of the platforms, this old school smear machine is losing ground. It is a product of Cold War era print monopolies and the relationships with states and para-state operators developed in that time. This isn't the basis for triumphalism. As the story of dark money, Cambridge Analytica, Breitbart, and the role of sock puppets and trolls involved in online propaganda demonstrates, a new rightist machinery is gradually emerging. It is less powerful for now, but also nastier and less restrained. And since it may be losing a wider cultural battle over the long term, it is apt to become rather desperate.

Still, we are where we are. These smears might have worked once. They might have finished off political careers. Now the only careers that look weaker as a result are on the front-bench. In other words, the moral panic about 'fake news' has come at a time of unique crisis -- of both profitability and authority -- for the fake news industry. That's what the discourse is concealing.
UK  politics  CorbynJeremy  LabourParty  espionage  smears  tabloids  misinformation  MurdochRupert  ToryParty  Sky  FoxNews  GuidoFawkes  TheSun  alt-right  Breitbart  CambridgeAnalytica  dctagged  dc:creator=SeymourRichard 
7 hours ago by petej
Sailor in a Russian Frame
The strange case of Anthony Courtney MP.
russia  ukpolitics  espionage 
20 hours ago by nwlinks
jjtaylor: that's my husband!
Clint makes his way to the coat room where the interrogation with fists seems to be going on, dropping money and names and finally, in a desperate, blind moment, calling out, "What in god's name are you doing to my husband?"

Okay, yes, fakeout-makeouts are a classic trope, but the punchline (pun totally intended) on this one is amazing.
fic  avengers  genish  slash  clint/coulson  humor  undercover  espionage  commentfic  <5K  +2012-09 
10 days ago by spatz
kathar: Washed Ashore
Phil Coulson has been the Keeper of North Bar, and about half hermit, for fifteen years by the time he finds the wounded man lying on the beach in the wake of a storm. (Actually-- it was the dog that found him; blame the dog.)

Clint Barton has been a circus act, a mercenary, a spy, and a superhero-- now he’s a wanted man, and a half-drowned one to boot.

When they start trying to clear Clint's name, events spiral out of control in ways they can't imagine. Their lives will never be the same -- and neither will the Avengers, SHIELD, and the entirety of Long Beach Island, NJ.
fic  avengers  hawkeye  youngavengers  marvel  slash  clint/coulson  kate/america  au  h/c  espionage  casefile  action/adventure  ensemble  presumeddead  >100K  +2015-08 
11 days ago by spatz
The Journalist-Viet Cong Spy Who Changed the Course of the Vietnam War
Pham Xuan An was a Time magazine correspondent and North Vietnamese spy. He chose the targets for the Tet Offensive, 50 years ago, then spun the story into a critical U.S. defeat.An was a quadruple agent who worked at various times for the French, South Vietnamese, American, and North Vietnamese intelligence services. He was a Viet Minh platoon leader during the First Indochina War and communist spy during the Second. He worked as a Saigon customs official, which is comparable to getting a Ph.D. in the black market, and as a censor at the telegraph office, where he butchered the prose of Graham Greene. The communists bought him a white suit and sent him to study journalism at Orange Coast College in California.For his invaluable service, North Vietnamese Army Colonel Pham Xuan An, later Brigadier General Pham Xuan An, was awarded 16 military medals and named a Hero of the People’s Armed Forces. At the same time, his name was put on the masthead of America’s leading news magazine, and he became a fully vested member of Time Inc.’s retirement plan.Did An report fake news, as some of his former colleagues believe? No, he reported the news, which is invariably an amalgam of brute facts, public perception, and political interpretation. Military superiority alone, even with body counts of 10 to one, will not prevail over a committed enemy. Tet was the tipping point in the Vietnam War—a military sacrifice calibrated against political and psychological gains. It was a winning move on the chess board of history, brilliantly played by the journalist-spy who both organized and analyzed it
11 days ago by thomas.kochi

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