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July 21, 2020

LOL! This is called propaganda!

Bret Weinstein: Portland Demonstrators Weaponize Out-of-Context Video

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first of all
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uh you know black block which is sort of
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the
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a good number of the people that you
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know meet in parks at night at eight
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o’clock you don’t know what park it’s
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going to be if you’re a citizen unless
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you’re like
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watching you know the certain groups
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that announce it earlier in the day
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and they have their little they get
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together they do a little shield
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practice and then they
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they go out and they attack whatever
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they’re going to attack whether it’s you
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know the portland police union or
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the ice headquarters or a police station
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and they uh they have and i i think
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you’ve probably seen this
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uh they have dozens and dozens of people
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running around that says
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press right little a little on their hat
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or on their shirt now
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obviously as a real press person i’ve
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never done that in my entire life but
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they do this for several reasons one is
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because uh
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in portland you’re not allowed to
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interfere with the press the press must
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be allowed to observe
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but they also film incessantly first of
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all they’re of the filming generation
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right everything
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is filmed and then they edit it very
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carefully
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so that you see that they are always
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sort of victimized by the police or
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you know by a citizen that’s yelling at
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them meanwhile
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um if you are just trying to film
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because that’s your job
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uh they will just shout in your face
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over and over and over you’re not
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allowed to film you’re not allowed to
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film it’s like excuse me who
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who in the world said this you could
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tell me that but it’s not true
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i had my phone stolen i luckily got it
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back
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um because i was filming um but they are
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creating the narrative that seeps out
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into the media
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uh one thing i noticed too that they do
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um they they have these shields right
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that they build and has the anarchist
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system where it doesn’t and they go out
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and they
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kind of like set up they’re gonna
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they’re gonna defend themselves from the
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police
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but i don’t think that’s what it’s about
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at all it’s all about getting the
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picture
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of the police that cuts through these
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shields like a hot knife through butter
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because these kids
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are they are sort of ungainly for the
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most part
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and it’s basically to get another shot
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of them being
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victimized by the brutal gestapo that
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are the police
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that they are out to uh get rid of
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uh they’re not doing a terribly bad job
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of of
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making uh the police look bad if you
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want to believe their narrative
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yeah i i agree and it’s um it’s actu
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it’s absolutely terrifying
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to watch how the press handles what’s
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going on
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it doesn’t make the least effort to
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report what’s
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actually taking place in essence what
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happens is
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um you know actually there’s a have you
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seen a film
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i think it’s called a film unfinished
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yeah what it is is the nazis set out to
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make a propaganda film
in the warsaw
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ghetto
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and they never finished it and a modern
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director
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took the footage and reassembled it so
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you could see what the nazis were up to
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right and it was like take after
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take of some situation that made the
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jews and the ghetto
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look awful but it was like they would do
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the same scene
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you know 20 times right with the intent
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to get the one that looked worse
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and that the only thing you needed to
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see in order to understand what was
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really going on was that you know the 20
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takes

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you know where it was like action you
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know um
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and so this is it has the same flavor
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where it’s like okay
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you’re going to have hour after hour of
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interaction
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between the police and the rioters
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and they’re going to cut to the 15
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seconds that if you just don’t see what
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happened right before and right after
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you’ll take this to be the police
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aggressing
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against the rioters
and the fact is the
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other story is
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right there ready to be reported but
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what i i don’t see
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is the national press anywhere no well
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you know it that’s interesting i didn’t
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see much national press uh when i was in
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the ground either in the federal in
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front of the federal building or when i
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was going out last week with them on the
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ground
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um you know there’s a lot of news going
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on in the country obviously
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uh portland is a story um but a lot of
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people i think
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are you know just relying on you know
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grabbing these clips from online and
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and most of it will grab the narrative
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that it’s like you know the
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the evil feds and the evil police and
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then of course
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unfortunately you have on the other side
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which they just grab the
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the absolutely worst thing that some
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protesters are
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demonstrated i’m calling them
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demonstrators now because if you call
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them protesters people are like are you
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kidding
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you’re gonna still run with that line if
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you call them rioters then you get
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they’re just out there peaceful
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protesting so i’m settling on
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demonstrators right now
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i want to come back to that but i
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finished your life and i want to okay
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i’m just saying you’ve got the other
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side of the press that goes too far
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i think sometimes which is like savage
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is coming to your city
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and it’s like okay guys you know the
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story you have this on outside like
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the story’s in the middle to them for
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the most part
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so that’s that’s been the story i’ve
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been trying to tell it anyway
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demonstrators go for it
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well first of all i’m not so sure the
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story is in the middle
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um okay the story is not the version
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that either of the two now discontinuous
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elements of the press are reporting so i
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guess maybe technically it’s between
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them
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you have a really inconvenient video for
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their narrative right right now it’s not
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hard to catch an inconvenient video
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of their narrative because they’re
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constantly doing things to provoke and
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if you catch the provocation
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then the whole thing is over so what
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happens well
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they will demonize you they will
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demonize your publication
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and if all else fails they will just
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flat out lie about the nature of
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whatever it is
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you have produced and the point is it is
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not
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going to i call it implausible
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deniability
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and the idea is it’s constructed for
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people
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who want something to say and the point
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is it doesn’t matter how low grade it is
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they’ll give you the best thing they can
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give you to dismiss anything you want to
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dismiss
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right up you know through a lie if they
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have to
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and the point is if you’re msnbc and
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you’re trying to construct a story of
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peaceful protesters
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who are being attacked by trump’s feds
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yada yada
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then you just go through the thing and
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basically the point is you have an
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excuse for everything you don’t want to
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report
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and then you have a list of things that
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you want to amplify and you’ve created
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total fiction out of a kind of
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pre-rationalized editable content
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and we can’t live this way the fact is
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to be
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a an entity of the press to be
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journalistic you have to report things
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that are not consistent with the
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overarching story you’re telling
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when they happen and in this case um if
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you don’t do that what you get is a
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totally
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phony story right a totally phony story
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that’s very compelling
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because it’s made of video you can’t
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can’t walk in with your uh with your
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your your end like knowing oh i know how
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the story’s gonna you gotta let the
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story tell itself to you
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i think two things i think it’s ex i i i
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not only think
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it’s extremely irresponsible for any
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news organization
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or any entity at all to not report what
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they see
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to you know to trim the facts to fit the
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theory
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i think it’s extremely dangerous i i i
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know it’s extremely dangerous
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and it’s equally dangerous to to pacify
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the story
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to play down what’s happening it’s like
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and i
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you know you get this has sort of been a
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little like an insider baseball thing
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lately it’s like what’s the journalist
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responsibility
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is it to you know fight power is it to
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speak truth to power the journalist’s
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responsibility
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is to report what you see okay yeah
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we’re all going to have our little
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blinders
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i get it i get it you know but you
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should and that is something that
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i think has been in short supply in
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portland in my experience
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oh it’s been it’s been absent
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the danger couldn’t be greater i mean
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and i say this is somebody who’s
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now living in portland i’m watching the
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police
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um dwindle i’m watching them
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hamstrung i’m watching them fatigue i
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mean they are
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literally being attacked up in seattle
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you know it’s a
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different version of the same phenomenon
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we had an incident
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where quick drying cement of some kind
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was used to attempt to lock police into
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a building that was being set on fire
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that’s i mean
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that’s attempted murder right now i
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don’t know if this was symbolic
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or if they really thought the door was
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going to seal but i want
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people to think about what it is like to
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have a group of people
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demonizing the police as all cops are
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bastards
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as they are actually contemplating
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simulating hinting at uh suggesting
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murder of police right and
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demonstrating that actually you know
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what they were in the commercial
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district they were attacking government
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buildings
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they’re now in neighborhoods they are
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now revealing
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that they view the populace of portland
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as the enemy
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and the fact is there’s no way out based
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on
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courageous leadership our leadership our
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civilian leadership
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in portland is absolutely out to lunch
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it has been coddling this it has created
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the phenomenon
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and there’s no alternative of people who
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are just even sensible
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so where does this go so a couple of
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things in terms of what they’re doing to
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the police i know they’re throwing these
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sort of um
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you know balloons now or paint balloons
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that have um
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grit in it so it’ll actually like damage
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the helmet or damage a windshield so you
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can’t even like
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uh you can’t even clean yourself off to
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see what you need to do
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they also do things that that are so i
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mean you realize sometimes how young
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these people are they they they now
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throw like
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feces i i was there one night and the
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the cop was airing out the lobby of the
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police station because they came in
10:20
through a bucket of
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species and diarrhea i’m like so they
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actually did that like they all [ __ ] in
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a bucket
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like like this is like incredible you
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know that this is what you would think
10:31
is the way we’re going to change the
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world is we’re all going to poop in a
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bucket
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it’s mental patient stuff and to do it
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in the middle of a pandemic yes
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wow well you know they’re invincible
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because they’re 20. but um one thing i
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did want to mention
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i was speaking with someone uh who had
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knew a lot about black bloc and uh she
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was saying
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that because the optics are so important
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um they actually don’t want to kill
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anybody
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like they set the the cop shop the um
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gesture center on fire
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may 29th i wrote a story about a woman
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that was works there’s trapped in the
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basement
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you talk about rubber cementing someone
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in um
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they actually know that killing someone
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is going to be bad optics so they’re
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going to keep that but here’s my
11:17
contention
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and i’ve written about this this
11:20
movement has a glow
11:21
right and it glows and it glows and it
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glows what
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people are attracted to glow it’s not
11:27
always going to be someone that’s in
11:28
your little black block affinity group
11:31
it’s going to be mr bonehead over here
11:33
that is going to be a hero
11:35
or going to like just take it to the
11:36
next level you have no control over that
11:39
right right oh so i don’t accept this uh
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they know
11:43
for exactly the reason you just pointed
11:45
out some of them know
11:47
right but the very nature of this thing
11:49
the cellular nature of black bloc
11:52
and their central dogma
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involves this euphemistically named
11:57
diversity of tactics thing
12:00
and the point is diversity of tactics
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means
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essentially look um we’re going to have
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some
12:07
timid people they’re going to do some
12:08
protest stuff that’ll be good for the
12:10
optics we’re going to have some violent
12:11
people they’re going to do some thuggery
12:13
right and you know innovate something
12:16
and the point is
12:17
look you’re telling people that it’s a
12:20
diversity of tactics
12:21
you’re spray painting the wall with the
12:24
suggestion that police
12:26
deserve to be murdered right if somebody
12:29
takes your goddamn suggestion
12:32
right that’s on you you set this up and
12:34
the fact that you didn’t really
12:36
mean it is nothing right but they’ll
12:39
never but they’ll never
12:41
ever accept that right so okay joe
12:44
bonehead goes and he kills two cops
12:46
right but who’s gonna take
12:48
responsibility for that
12:50
why do we care what they accept
12:54
they are in violation of the law they
12:57
are
12:57
proposing things that are inconsistent
13:00
with the continuing of society
13:02
we have every right to shut this down
13:05
and you know what it’s going to look
13:06
like when it gets shut down
13:07
it’s going to be ugly so be it that’s
13:10
the nature of it
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[Music]
13:20
you

Media can help fight misinformation, says Harvard’s Joan Donovan

THANKS TO GLOBE-SPANNING SOCIAL PLATFORMS like Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter, misinformation (any wrong information) and disinformation (intentional misinformation like propaganda) have never been able to spread so rapidly or so far, powered by algorithms and automated filters. But misinformation expert Joan Donovan, who runs the Technology and Social Change Research Project at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center, says social media platforms are not the only ones who play a critical role in perpetuating the misinformation problem. Journalists and media companies also do, Donovan says, because they often help to amplify misinformation when they cover it and the bad actors who create it, often without thinking about the impact of their coverage.

There is clearly more misinformation around than in previous eras, Donovan tells CJR in a recent interview on our Galley discussion platform, because there’s just a lot more media, and therefore a lot more opportunity to distribute it. “But quantity never really matters unless there is significant attention to the issue being manipulated,” she says. “So this is where my research is fundamentally about journalism and not about audiences. Trusted information brokers, like journalists and news organizations, are important targets for piggybacking misinformation campaigns into the public sphere.”

Donovan’s research looks at how trolls and others—whether they are government-backed or freelance—can use techniques including “social engineering” (lying to or manipulating someone to achieve a specific outcome) and low-level hacking to persuade journalists and news outlets of the newsworthiness of a specific campaign. “Once that story gets picked up by a reputable outlet, it’s game time,” she says. Donovan and other misinformation experts warned that the Christchurch shooter’s massive essay about his alleged justification for the incident in April was clearly designed to get as much media attention as possible, by playing on certain themes and popular topics, and they advised media outlets not to play into this strategy by quoting from it.

ICYMI: I went to prison for leaking state secrets. Now, I want to make sure sources are protected.

Before she joined the Shorenstein Center at Harvard last year, Donovan was a member of the research group Data & Society, where she led the Media Manipulation Initiative, mapping how interest groups, governments, and political operatives use the internet and the media to intentionally manipulate messages. Data & Society published an extensive report on the problem last year, written by Syracuse University media studies professor Whitney Phillips, entitled “The Oxygen of Amplification,” with advice on how to cover topics like white supremacy and the alt-right without giving them more credibility in the process.

“Sometimes, I want to throw my hands in the air and grumble, ‘We know what we know from history! Journalists are not outside of society. In fact, they are the most crucial way the public makes sense of the world,” Donovan writes in her Galley interview. “When journalists pay attention to a particular person or issue, we all do… and that has reverberating effects.’” As part of her postdoctoral research, Donovan looked at racial violence and media coverage in the 1960s and 1970s, when the Ku Klux Klan was active. “The Klan had a specific media strategy to cultivate journalists for positive coverage of their events,” Donovan says. “As journalists pivoted slowly to covering the civil rights movement with a sympathetic tone, Klan violence rises—but also public spectacles, torch marches, and cross burnings. These acts are often done with the potential for media coverage in mind.”

Sometimes, I want to throw my hands in the air and grumble, ‘We know what we know from history! Journalists are not outside of society. In fact, they are the most crucial way the public makes sense of the world.

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While mass shootings are clearly newsworthy, Donovan says, the internet introduces a new dynamic where all stories on a topic are instantly available to virtually anyone anywhere around the globe. And the fact that they are shared and re-shared and commented on via half a dozen different social networks means that “journalists quickly lose control over the reception of their work,” she says. “This is why it is even more crucial that journalists frame stories clearly and avoid embedding and hyperlinking to known online spaces of radicalization.” Despite this kind of advice from Donovan and others, including sociologist Zeynep Tufekci, a number of media outlets linked to the Christchurch shooter’s writings, and at least one even included a clip from the live-streamed video of his attack.

When it comes to what the platforms themselves should do about mitigating the spread of misinformation and the amplification of extremists, Donovan says the obvious thing is that they should remove accounts that harass and use hate speech to silence others. This “would go a long way to stamping out the influencers who are providing organizing spaces for their fans to participate in networked harassment and bullying,” she says. On YouTube, some would-be “influencers” use hate speech as a way to attract new audiences and solicit donations, Donovan says, and these attempts are aided by the algorithms and the ad-driven model of the platforms. “These influencers would not have grown this popular without the platform’s consent,” she says. “Something can be done and the means to do it are already available.”

On the topic of the recent Christchurch Call—a commitment to take action on extremism signed by the governments of New Zealand, France, Canada, and a number of other nations, along with tech platforms like Google, Facebook, and Twitter—Donovan says that until there are tangible results, the agreement looks like just another pledge to do better. “These companies apologize and make no specific commitments to change. There are no benchmarks to track progress, no data trails to audit, no human rights abuses accounted for.” Something the Christchurch Call also doesn’t address, Donovan says, are the fundamental incentives behind how hate groups are financed and resourced online, “thanks to access to payment processIng and broadcast technologies at will.”