Friday, October 27, 2017

Blumenthal, Max. “Twitter Bans RT and Sputnik Ads, Who's Next?” ‘Twitter has announced it will ban advertising from the Russian-backed media outlets RT and Sputnik. We speak to journalist and best-selling author Max Blumenthal’ (26 Oct 2017) The Real News Network. Excerpts of Interest.

  And now we see these two networks, which have really provided a platform and resources for many people on the left who were frozen out of mainstream American media, and even progressive media, and I think it's such an annoying cliched phrase, the silence is deafening, but if you look at the ACLU, if you look at the free speech organizations, and where they are, they've spoken up for, for example, Al Jazeera [?] when they come under attack from Saudi Arabia. They spoke up for neo-Nazis in Charlottesville and their right to march. Where are they on this? There's just total silence, and I think there is a little bit of discomfort, but for the most part, I'm essentially seeing consent from many of the people we would have expected to get in the way here.

  Yeah, I mean, and I think that's why they're being targeted. If you listen to Sputnik, and you listen to the show you mentioned, it's Eugene Puryear's show. It's not just about progressive African Americans. It's about everything, and Eugene is one of the sharpest geopolitical analysts, but he is a radical voice in a very conservative media culture. The same with Brian Becker. Loud and Clear is a great show. If you're in DC it's on 105.5 FM, and if you just turned it on you would think you're listening to Pacifica back in Pacifica's golden years. Those two shows are just very classic Pacifica shows, and they have other shows very much like them. Most of their programming is left wing, caters to people like us. You turn on RT America in the day, and you're going to see news that you really won't see on the scandal-mongering cable news networks. They're actually covering real issues and international affairs, and they're much more sympathetic to Black Lives Matter, and people who are opposing police brutality than the networks that just simply freeze it out until there's a riot.

  And you and I remember the good old days when Democracy Now filled that role, but it's just not the case anymore.

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