What Blacklisted Sites Are Saying About Being on the PropOrNot Boycott List


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“The List” arrived to fame and notoriety via an article in The Washington Post (WaPo) a few days ago. The article was titled “Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say“:

The flood of “fake news” this election season got support from a sophisticated Russian propaganda campaign that created and spread misleading articles online with the goal of punishing Democrat Hillary Clinton, helping Republican Donald Trump and undermining faith in American democracy, say independent researchers who tracked the operation.

blacklisted-sites-propornot-alexaWith that opening paragraph, WaPo apparently attempted to co-opt the increasing discussion of fake news by publishing a lengthy blacklist of such sites. PropOrNot, the site with “The List,” instantly became a top site on the internet, as pictured here in the spike at Alexa where sites are ranked in rough order of popularity.

Immediately after the WaPo article came out, a definitive piece at The Intercept by Ben Norton and Glenn Greenwald noted a little “fake news” in the WaPo piece itself:

More troubling still, PropOrNot listed numerous organizations on its website as “allied” with it, yet many of these claimed “allies” told The Intercept, and complained on social media, they have nothing to do with the group and had never even heard of it before the Post published its story.

The article in The Intercept noted the variety of sites being blacklisted out of the paradigm:

The group’s list of Russian disinformation outlets includes WikiLeaks and the Drudge Report, as well as Clinton-critical left-wing websites such as Truthout, Black Agenda Report, Truthdig, and Naked Capitalism, as well as libertarian venues such as Antiwar.com and the Ron Paul Institute.

The entire blacklist is published below for posterity. Some of these sites like LibertyWritersNews.com are nearly pure fake news click bait for profit. Others like OpEdNews.com are loaded with different views and include some very good scholarly articles with information not covered by the mainstream press.

Most of the blacklist constitutes sites everywhere in between. But “The List” does not include the many long-time Democratic and Republican sites that push a partisan narrative that is built on misleading readers for election purposes.

WHAT SOME BLACKLISTED SITES ARE SAYING

Here are a few paragraphs with responses from some of the alleged “fake news” sites. Any good journalist would have asked a few of the better sites from the long blacklist for a comment or rebuttal. WaPo did not do that.

AntiWar.Blog

A Media Blacklist, Courtesy of WaPo: Now I’m Afraid for Our Democracy
So: Clinton lost because Russia wanted Trump to win because Trump will favor Russia so Russia created fake news which influenced over 62 million Americans to overlook Trump’s flaws and vote for him. Got it.
Proof? Stuff on Facebook. Main source of that proof? A group of unknown origin, financing, and makeup (“an independent team of concerned American citizens”) called PropOrNot, i.e., propaganda or not. The group also “strongly suspects that some of the individuals involved have violated the Espionage Act, the Foreign Agent Registration Act, and other related laws.”

Naked Capitalism

We’re Under Attack
Over Thanksgiving weekend, the Washington Post legitimated a thin, amateurish site whose principals have libeled not only Naked Capitalism but also Ron Paul’s institute, former Reagan Administration officials David Stockman and Paul Craig Roberts, well-respected progressive stalwarts, such as Counterpunch, Truthout, TruthDig, and Black Agenda Report, as supposed Russian propaganda outlets with foreign “coordinators.” Moreover, with no supporting evidence whatsoever, this site called for everyone on its list to be investigated by the FBI and DoJ for Espionage Act violations. The common denominator for all these websites seems to be skepticism about the failed Clinton coronation.

Real Independent News & Film (RINF)

The Lying Washington Post Gets Exposed, And All Major U.S. ‘News’ Media Refuse to Report It
One thing that U.S. ‘news’media refuse to report is the uniform rot of the U.S. ‘news’media — even when it’s only a single one (and not themselves) of those ‘news’media that’s being exposed. They all protect each other — and not only protect the aristocracy that controls both of the political Parties and thus the U.S. government itself and which also both finances and advertises in (pays) those ‘news’media — all of which are fake: ‘news’ managed by the U.S. aristocracy.

Black Agenda Report

Fascism with a Democratic Party Face
The establishment corporate Democratic and Republican brand of fascism is far more racially, sexually and culturally inclusive, but just as ruthless. And, at this moment in history, the corporate Democratic fascists are the more aggressively warlike brand.

The Free Thought Project

If You Question the Establishment You Are Guilty of Espionage, Says Corporate Media — Because Russia
Once again, we have literally unverifiable ‘information’ coughed up by unknown entities, who employed unknown methods to produce a blacklist of media sites — which incidentally includes a disparate mishmash from Ron Paul and Chris Hedges, to the Drudge Report and Lew Rockwell — that the public should deem verboten because they said so. That, and because Russia. (emphasis in original)

Truth Dig

Journalists Decry Washington Post Story on Source That ‘Blacklisted’ Truthdig and Other Outlets
Only the Post’s journalists know their own motives, but by running stories like this without proper vetting–and without including comment from blacklisted sources–they leave the rest of us to read between the lines. What we see spells trouble for press freedom at a crucial moment.

“THE LIST” IN ITS ENTIRELY (text continues below)

4thmedia.org
4threvolutionarywar.wordpress.com
abeldanger.net
activistpost.com
ahtribune.com
allnewspipeline.com
americanlookout.com
americasfreedomfighters.com
amren.com
amtvmedia.com
ancient-code.com
anonews.co
anonhq.com
antiwar.com
asia-pacificresearch.com
assassinationscience.com
baltimoregazette.com
barenakedislam.com
beforeitsnews.com
bignuggetnews.com
bioprepper.com
blackagendareport.com
blacklistednews.com
christianfightback.com
collective-evolution.com
conservativedailypost.com
consortiumnews.com
corbettreport.com
cosmicscientist.com
countercurrents.org
counterinformation.wordpress.com
dailyoccupation.com
dailystormer.com
darkmoon.me
darkpolitricks.com
davidstockmanscontracorner.com
dcclothesline.com
dcleaks.com
defenddemocracy.press
dennismichaellynch.com
disclose.tv
disclosuremedia.net
drudgereport.com
educate-yourself.org
educateinspirechange.org
endingthefed.com
endoftheamericandream.com
endtime.com
eutimes.net
eutopia.buzz
ewao.com
eyeopening.info
fellowshipoftheminds.com
filmsforaction.org
floridasunpost.com
foreignpolicyjournal.com
fourwinds10.net
freedomoutpost.com
gaia.com
galacticconnection.com
gangstergovernment.com
gatesofvienna.net
geopolmonitor.com
globalresearch.ca
godlikeproductions.com
govtslaves.info
greanvillepost.com
guccifer2.wordpress.com
hangthebankers.com
healthnutnews.com
henrymakow.com
heresyblog.net
humansarefree.com
ihavethetruth.com
in5d.com
informationclearinghouse.info
infowars.com
intellihub.com
intersectionproject.eu
intrepidreport.com
investmentresearchdynamics.com
investmentwatchblog.com
jackpineradicals.com
jamesrgrangerjr.com
jewsnews.co.il
journal-neo.org
katehon.com
kingworldnews.com
lewrockwell.com
libertyblitzkrieg.com
libertywritersnews.com
makeamericagreattoday.com
memoryholeblog.com
mintpressnews.com
moonofalabama.org
nakedcapitalism.com
naturalblaze.com
naturalnews.com
newcoldwar.org
newstarget.com
newswithviews.com
nowtheendbegins.com
nsnbc.me
off-guardian.org
oftwominds.com
oilgeopolitics.net
opednews.com
orientalreview.org
patriotrising.com
paulcraigroberts.org
platosguns.com
pravda.ru
pravdareport.com
prepperwebsite.com
presstv.com
prisonplanet.com
rbth.com
readynutrition.com
redflagnews.com
regated.com
rense.com
righton.com
rinf.com
ronpaulinstitute.org
rt.com
rumormillnews.com
ruptly.tv
russia-insider.com
sana.sy
sentinelblog.com
sgtreport.com
shiftfrequency.com
shtfplan.com
silentmajoritypatriots.com
silverdoctors.com
sott.net
southfront.org
sputniknews.com
stormcloudsgathering.com
strategic-culture.org
superstation95.com
survivopedia.com
the-newspapers.com
theantimedia.org
thecommonsenseshow.com
thedailybell.com
thedailysheeple.com
theduran.com
theearthchild.co.za
theeconomiccollapseblog.com
theeventchronicle.com
thefederalistpapers.org
thefreethoughtproject.com
themindunleashed.org
thenewsdoctors.com
therebel.media
therussophile.org
thesaker.is
thesleuthjournal.com
thetruenews.info
thetruthseeker.co.uk
theunhivedmind.com
thirdworldtraveler.com
toprightnews.com
trueactivist.com
trunews.com
truth-out.org
truthandaction.org
truthdig.com
truthfeed.com
truthkings.com
ufoholic.com
undergroundworldnews.com
unz.com
usanewshome.com
usapoliticsnow.com
usasupreme.com
usdcrisis.com
usslibertyveterans.org
vdare.com
veteransnewsnow.com
veteranstoday.com
vigilantcitizen.com
viralliberty.com
voltairenet.org
wakeupthesheep.com
wakingtimes.com
washingtonsblog.com
wearechange.org
weshapelife.org
whatdoesitmean.com
whatreallyhappened.com
wikileaks.com
wikileaks.org
wikispooks.com
worldnewspolitics.com
worldpolitics.us
www.fort-russ.com
yournewswire.com
zerohedge.com

WEB LINE NEWS

So far, Web Line News has not made any blacklist probably because this site is too small. A regular theme of reporting here is to look at propaganda or fake news out there — it comes from all directions: Republican, Democratic, “non-partisan,” conservative, liberal, mainstream, independent, alternative, domestic, foreign, social media, you name it. We are awash is misleading information. Deception is just about everywhere and nobody is immune from scrutiny. When the major facts themselves are false, an article is discredited.

PROPER ANALYSIS OF SOURCES

When dealing with propaganda or fake news, the first thing a journalist needs to do is either rebut the content or explain why it is unsupported. Often, an article is self-discrediting: it contradicts itself so significantly that we need look no further to throw it in the trash. A good journalist should point out internal inconsistencies when they occur. There is no easier way to discredit a bad piece.

Only after an article has been reviewed, then the journalist may try to explain the poor quality by looking at motives of players involved. If this pattern of low quality is repeated at a specific source frequently enough, then and only then may the overall source be deemed “propaganda” or “fake.”

FULLY PREDICTABLE BACKLASH

The more the “mainstream media” complains about so-called fake news sites, the more publicity those sites receive. As the mainstream media has been stunningly pro-Democratic Party in the last few months, the blackashes from these blacklists are fully foreseeable:

  1. Mainstream media is driving curious people to these sites. Negative publicity is better than no publicity. They are advertising for these sites.
  2. Alternative and independent sites are responding or reacting to this assault on freedom of speech and upon their own sites personally by tending to fall into the arms of the welcoming Republican establishment. Funny how that happens.

The people who run mainstream media have decades of experience and teams of editors and experts to consider the effects of their publications. They should know the effect they are causing. But they do it anyway.

The propaganda and fake news epidemic is a serious problem but the solution will not come from biased sources creating blacklists.