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The news media is a crucial institution for democratic decision-making, providing much of the information on which citizens base their political choices.

Unfortunately, powerful interests have co-opted them to disseminate #propaganda.

'Institutional processes lead the news media to propagate output supportive of dominant state-corporate elite interests... powerful agents and groups intentionally manage the news arena and thereby guide journalistic selection and production processes.'
"As a consequence, journalists produce and distribute #propaganda without intending to do so and on behalf of dominant state-corporate interests. Theoretical conceptualisations of what constitutes propaganda can be applied with validity to the content structures of media texts:
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For decades, Rupert Murdoch & a bunch of other unaccountable libertarian billionaires, have used their wealth, power, media empires & other manipulation techniques to subvert democracy & install divisive leaders who represent their interests. #GBNews will accelerate this process.
The 'Fox News Effect': after a local cable system adds Fox News, voters in the area tend to shift toward Republican candidates, & communities with higher numbers of Fox News viewers are less likely to comply with stay-at-home orders to fight #coronavirus.
Oh look, as if by magic, here's EXACTLY what I'm talking about: executive editor of Rupert Murdoch's The Sun newspaper, Dan Wootton, now also of Rupert Murdoch's @talkradio, spreading dangerous misinformation about #COVID19.

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Deregulated free-market capitalism, combined with antiquated electoral systems, have led the #UK, #USA & many other large western economies to become grotesquely unequal, dangerously polarised & unstable failing states, led by manipulative, sadistic & divisive populist liars.
Steve Bannon's pal Robert Mercer is a US hedge fund billionaire, early AI developer & former main investor in Cambridge Analytica.

He played a key role in Brexit by donating data analytics services to Nigel Farage. He was a major funder of Breitbart News & Trump's 2016 campaign.
In 2016, far-right billionaire & @Facebook board member Peter Thiel met with white nationalist Kevin DeAnna, who has called for "the formation of an ethnostate, the great dream of the White Republic". He's also on the #Palantir board.

Writing in libertarian think-tank Cato:
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