Most all Independent Media readers have seen the amount of "fake news" generated out of the liberal establishment press. One recent example was when the MSM selectively edited a clip of speech President Trump gave to make it appear as if he called General Robert E. Lee a "great general."
Cue the manufactured outrage:
Those are just a small sample from the first page of a search showing how "outraged" liberals were over his supposed comment, yet as can be seen by NBC News correction (They were one of a few that bothered to make a correction), President Trumps words were taken out of context.
Via NBC's Twitter account, they stated "CORRECTION: An earlier tweet misidentified the general President Trump described as "incredible" at a rally in Ohio. It was Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, not Gen. Robert E. Lee. An attached video clip lacked the full context for Trump's remark. Here is the full clip."
Those type of "mistakes" have become the normal for the MSM these days, all part of a carefully implemented plan to distort reality.
We have seen fake news websites, created to look exactly like the real thing, making people think they are on something like ABC News, but with a .co after the URL, and all the stories at the time on that site were fake news. We have seen photo shopped images go viral, and they even have software out there that can generate a completely fake video of someone saying something that they never said, or said at a different time than what is being shown.
It is utterly astounding how many different technologies are being created with the sole purpose of tricking people into believing things are are completely false.
Technology and the MSM are not the only ones trying to distort reality, to make it so you cannot believe what you are seeing or hearing in order to mislead, but as a recent news item shows, there are companies that offer the service of paid protesters, which many of us have heard of before, but now one of those companies has been named in a lawsuit as being a tool used in order to extort a man for $23 million.
But according to a lawsuit filed by a Czech investor, Crowds on Demand also takes on more sordid assignments. Zdenek Bakala claims the company has been used to run an extortion campaign against him.
Bakala has accused Prague investment manager Pavol Krupa of hiring Crowds on Demand to pay protesters to march near his home in Hilton Head, S.C., and to call and send emails to the Aspen Institute and Dartmouth College, where Bakala is on advisory boards, urging them to cut ties to him. Bakala alleges that Krupa has threatened to continue and expand the campaign unless Bakala pays him $23 million.
Many of us have seen the Craigslist ads for crisis actors or ads to pay people to either show up somewhere to support a cause or protest something, but Crowds On Demand's entire business is based on faking a grass roots movement, so the images on TV of "huge" protests, could quite literally be an event they entirely created, with very little "grass roots" support to begin with.
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According to Crowds On Demand, they will supply everything from people to materials, such as the signs we see protesters holding up for the media. This is called "astroturfing," where what appears to be a grassroots movement, or protest, is in reality nothing more than a bunch of paid actors pushing an agenda.
Think about that for a minute or two, the purpose of writing or calling your congressional representatives is to make your voice heard, yet we have companies basing their business model into countering a real "voice" with a paid "voice," which undermines the entire process.... and these tactics are legal?
Our entire Republic is being undermined by companies like Crowd On Demand because their sole purpose is to make money by distorting reality.
The media for their part doesn't bother to even delve into who the "protesters" are at any event, be it the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings or a supposedly spontaneous flash mob, they simply provide wall-to-wall coverage of any huge protest, further pushing the narrative that (insert whatever the cause here) is highly unpopular, spurring more outrage on the part of their audience.
When it comes to video clips or images, or even the news we read, it is critical for readers/viewers to do their own research. Independent Media for the most part will provide links, actual news clips, embed documents when available in order to help their audience find the original material so they can verify our assertions.
But when you cannot trust your eyes (seeing a huge crowd of protesters) or your ears (hearing their complaints and chants) because those very protesters could be paid actors organized by companies like Crowds on Demand, then we really are living in the matrix.
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