Free Press Foundation

Group credits conservative news sites after credit card donations restored

by WorldTribune Staff, August 26, 2018

The founder of the David Horowitz Freedom Center credited conservative news sites after the think tank had its ability to accept credit card donations restored.

David Horowitz

“Why this reversal? We believe it was due to the massive support we received across the Internet when the story broke … who correctly reported this attack on us as an attack on freedom of speech itself and a calculated effort by networked organizations of the left to pressure corporations like Mastercard and Visa to collaborate in their determined effort to erase conservatism from our national political dialogue,” think tank founder David Horowitz said in a statement to Breitbart News on Aug. 24.

The initial decision to financially blacklist the think tank was made by payment processor Worldpay allegedly at the request of Mastercard after leftist organizations Southern Poverty Law Center and Color of Change labeled the Freedom Center as a hate group, Breitbart reported.

Worldpay reinstated the Freedom Center’s ability to process credit card transactions following coverage of the story by the Drudge Report and a large number of alternative, conservative media outlets.

Related: Report: Visa, Mastercard blocked donations to conservative think tank on advice from SPLCAugust 24, 2018

Horowitz added in the statement to Breitbart: “One thing we know for sure is that despite this defeat, the left will keep up the pressure and the same thing will happen again – if not to the Freedom Center then to other conservative organizations and individuals.

“This effort to shut down conservatism’s ability to raise the funds that make its voice heard was not the result of an arbitrary decision by some politically correct middle manager at Mastercard.  It was a decision at the highest corporate levels and the result of an elaborate and carefully designed campaign by leftists to silence conservative voices on the Internet and therefore in America’s national dialogue.

“This campaign is masterminded by two George Soros-funded organizations – Media Matters, which has waged a holy war against conservatives in the media for two decades, and the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which has managed to get itself taken seriously as an authority on ‘hate speech’ and ‘hate groups’ by a credulous and collaborative mainstream press.  Thus a sort of tape loop has been created in which the SPLC stigmatizes these groups by featuring them on its ‘hate maps,’ associating  them with ‘neo fascism’ and ‘racism’ and putting them on the equivalent of Joseph McCarthy’s subversives list which the mainstream media then obligingly uses in its reporting and activist organizations like Color of Change and in lobbying corporations such as Mastercard and social media such as Twitter and Facebook.”

U.S. foreign correspondents once shaped America’s world view; Now Russian, Chinese replacements do

by WorldTribune Staff, September 11, 2018

The American foreign correspondent began to disappear as U.S. media outlets began cutting and shutting down overseas bureaus in the late 1990s into the 2010s. That left much of the reporting on global news to state-run and far from free media outlets in places like Russia and China.

Author Markos Kounalakis, in his new book “Spin Wars and Spy Games: Global Media and Intelligence Gathering”, said he was inspired to write the book when he “noticed that the business model in both American and Western journalism was collapsing and that we were having fewer and fewer foreign correspondents around the world.”

During his research for the book, Kounalakis said he “actually found out that there were more foreign correspondents in the world rather than fewer. The difference, of course, was that they weren’t our foreign correspondents. They were mainly from China and also from Russia. And so my question arose: If on the one hand we’re losing intelligence and diplomatic capacities and at the same time the Chinese and the Russians are gaining capacities, then of course there must be some effect on foreign affairs and policy.”

Many major U.S. news organizations cut their world staffs and now rely upon wire services such as the Associated Press and Reuters for most of their international coverage. Media analysts also noted that most international coverage in the U.S. is dedicated to news that primarily affects Americans.

In a 2015 survey of foreign news coverage, the American Journalism Review (AJR) found 18 newspapers and two newspaper chains closed all of their overseas bureaus between the years of 1998 and 2010. Most of the organizations now rely upon wire services for the bulk of their international coverage, the AJR reported.

A 2008 report from the Pew Research Center entitled, “The Changing Newsroom,” noted that, over a three-year span, 64 percent of newsroom executives reported a reduction in the amount of space apportioned to foreign news.

The Tyndall Report, which monitors the weekday nightly newscasts of ABC, CBS and NBC reported that when the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, ABC, CBS and NBC devoted a collective 4,828 minutes to international news. By 2000, after ten years of declining coverage, the same three networks aired only 2,127 minutes of international news during newscasts that totaled between 14,500 and 16,000 minutes.

Kounalakis, a visiting fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution and a senior fellow at the Budapest-based Center for Media, Data and Society at Central European University, told The Washington Times that he was concerned “for the state of our democracy but also for foreign policymaking, because I knew that policymakers and analysts rely on foreign correspondents and bureaus to provide their work on a regular basis. … I was curious about what happens when we don’t have as many American journalists out in the field.”

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War: Trump slams Google after study finds overwhelming news search bias

by WorldTribune Staff, December 1, 2017

Google search results are “rigged” in favor of “fake news,” President Donald Trump tweeted on Aug. 28.

President Donald Trump: ‘Fake CNN is prominent. Republican/Conservative & Fair Media is shut out.’ / EPA

Trump’s tweets appeared to be referencing a report by PJ Media by Paula Bolyard titled “96 Percent of Google Search Results for ‘Trump’ News Are from Liberal Media Outlets”.

“Google search results for ‘Trump News’ shows only the viewing/reporting of Fake News Media,” the president tweeted. “In other words, they have it RIGGED, for me & others, so that almost all stories & news is BAD. Fake CNN is prominent. Republican/Conservative & Fair Media is shut out.”

Trump then asked if the search results were “illegal,” before elaborating: “96% of… results on ‘Trump News’ are from National Left-Wing Media, very dangerous.”

An AP report on the Trump attack said the president “cited no evidence for the claim” and repeated that point three times in the article.

However, AP cited the Bolyard study near the end of the article.

“Trump and some supporters have long accused Silicon Valley companies of being biased against them,” the AP report said. “But, while some company executives may lean liberal, they have long asserted that their products are without political bias, and indeed no such bias has been proven.”



Silenced: U.S. social media giants bow to China’s Xi Jinping

by WorldTribune Staff, October 26, 2017

Sacrificing principle, not to mention truth, for the elusive attraction of China’s massive market, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube have bowed to Beijing and compromised the standards of journalistic integrity once fiercely upheld by the American free press.

The most recent suspension by Twitter means that three social media platforms have jointly effected a virtual global blackout on the nonstop revelations by a billionaire Chinese dissident who has exposed corruption and intelligence secrets at the highest levels of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

Guo Wengui had already been silenced in China.

The three social media giants that threaten to effectively displace traditional U.S. news media outlets, have relented under intense pressure from China’s increasingly powerful communist party ruler and restricted Guo’s accounts. The crackdown over the past several months has been chronicled by national security correspondent Bill Gertz.

Guo said several Twitter accounts he used to reach more than 700,000 followers had been suspended while YouTube restricted live streaming of his widely-watched channel.

Facebook, which has feverishly sought, though unsuccessfully, to enter the Chinese social media market, blocked pages associated with Guo after receiving a complaint last month.

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