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Many Alternative News-Media Just Tell Different Lies from Mainstream Ones

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Date: Wednesday, 21 February 2024

Many Alternative News-Media Just Tell Different Lies from Mainstream Ones

Eric Zuesse (blogs at

It happens on all topics but especially on those pertaining to Russia, China, and Israel, all in different ways. Israel will be discussed here, because it’s now nationally exterminating Gazan Palestinians (very predominantly Muslims), in the worst genocide since Germany led an international Christian genocide against Jews and others during WW2 — exterminating those predominantly Muslim Palestinians whom Israel has locked and imprisoned (and is now tightening its siege against them) — into what is actually the world’s largest outdoor prison (now a concentration camp), which is Gaza, and Israel is using as ‘justification’ for this atrocity the atrocity that Europe’s Christians had done to Jews during WW2, thus making (like all nazis, of any reliigon, do) its wider public appeal only to fools. Similarly, untrustworthy alternative-news sites are the ones that make their appeal only to fools — particularly to fools who consider themselves to be skeptical even though they really are seeking to find only ‘news’ that supports their existing prejudices (such as against Palestinians). However, many of the sites that do that (serve confirmation-seeking fools) ‘justify’ it by their accepting, in addition, some authentically entirely truthful articles that have been submitted to them — submitted to them because the article is banned by all mainstream media on account of its revealing the types of truths that the billionaires who own and control all of the mainstream media want the public not to know. (The mainstream media are the ones that are controlled by billionaires.) In other words: the bad alt-news media, much like the mainstream media though in different ways, are against censorship but not in order to be able to inform the public but instead in order to propagandize the public in their preferred lies.

Whereas the dozens of trustworthy alternative-news sites are careful to select ONLY articles and videos that document their allegations and that are entirely true (“the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth”), the hundreds of untrustworthy alternative-news sites are instead aimed at readers and viewers who want only to confirm whatever prejudices they already have. So, those are the two types of alternative-news sites: the bad ones and the good ones. (In the U.S.-and-allied countries — America’s colonies — all of the mainstream ‘news’-sites are propaganda for the Government, because the billionaires control the Government. So: all of those sites are bad, even though not everything they say is false.) 

I have been as critical against Israel as anyone, but Israel was originally established, set up, so as to claim that anyone who is against Israel is against Jews — against all Jews — which is itself a lie and certainly doesn’t fit me nor the many other people who believe that racist-fascist (or “nazi”) Jews (commonly called simply “Zionists”) aren’t all Jews, and maybe even constitute only a minority of Jews worldwide. But, just like anti-Semites, Zionists equate anti-Israel with anti-Semite (anti-Jews) — and the creators of the Israeli state constantly reinforced that false equation, so that, in their eyes, any Jew OUTSIDE Israel is merely a tool for the Jews INSIDE Israel to use in order to lobby in those other countries (especially in the United States) in support of the nazi Jewish state: Jewish nazism. The people whom U.S. President Joe Biden appointed to run the U.S. State Department are overwhelmingly such nazi Jews, and this U.S. President has made clear that for as long as Israel’s ethnic cleansing of Gaza, even if it turns out to have been outright genocide of Gazans (the residents in Gaza) continues, the U.S. will continue to supply the weapons and ammunition with which to do it. He complains about how they do it (he pretends to care about Gaza’s civilians), but he never has set any conditions upon what Israel’s Government will do with America’s donated tens of billions of dollars worth of weapons, bombs, and bullets, for this operation: he is complicit in whatever Netanyahu decides to do to the Gazans but lies to the American people so as to hide that blatant fact.

Zionists created the Israeli state to be the apartheid and expansionist Jewish-supremacist nation that it is. I, and many other non-anti-Semitic persons, condemn Israel but not Jews, and thus call-out the supporters of Israel for their self-‘justifying’ nazi-Jewish lies about who and what they really are. Many Jews don’t even care whether the Old Testament’s Israel was authentic or instead mainly ‘mythological’ (i.e., propagandistic, fictional), but Zionism is based upon Deuteronomy and the other rabidly racist and imperialist supremacist parts of Judaism’s Scripture, which is the Pentateuch or first five books of the Christian bible. Sadly, even lots of Jews ignore this fact (which now plays out before our very eyes) — that Israel is based upon such passages as Deuteronomy 7:1-2, 7:16 and 20:15 -18, which have ‘God’ say that when the Israelites enter the promised land they are to wipe out the Canaanites, Hittites, Girgishites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites, living there. Therefore, many of them are suckers for Israel — they buy into, even if they don’t knowingly share — the nazi-Jewish or “Zionist” propaganda-line. They thus become used by the Zionists, suckers of AIPAC, ADL, etc., even if they aren’t Zionists. And so the Zionists and their creation (Israel) present the ugliest possible picture to the outside world, not only about themselves, but of all Jews.

So: I shall here describe first a few alternative-news sites that lie about Israel and/or Jews in order to be accepted specifically by anti-Semites or some other group of people who care little if at all about historical truth (which proves them to be wrong — but which they don’t care about).

On 17 February 2024, the alternative-news site The IntelDrop, a companion to Veterans Today (an outright anti-Semitic ‘news’-site), both of which are controlled by Gordon Duff, posted an article I had written the day before, titled “How the N.Y. Times Heroizes Russia’s Most Infamous Traitor” (linked-to there at a site different from The Intel Drop, for the reason that will be described here). They promptly published it, and Mr. Duff sent me a note saying “published. you will love the graphic. g.” I replied “I don’t. I don’t like associating myself with doctored ‘documents’.” I waited a while, and found that it still wasn’t rectified; so, I sent him “Will you please remove that faked ‘document’ from my article, or else remove my entire article if you won’t?” He replied: “This is a representation of a 'reasonably' established relationship [of Navalny] with the CIA. It is a 'graphic,' not a 'forged document’. Then again, you are an op ed blogger who reads the news and spins it. Journalists have sources. They break stories. I simply call lifelong friends at the agencies [CIA, MI6, etc., which he claims to be connected with] and ask… try that. g.” I replied “Is this which is indicated below in red true about you; and, if so, then where did that interview of you appear, so that I might be able to understand the context in which you said it?:

Gordon Duff, served in the Marine Corps in Vietnam and began contributing to the site in 2008. In one 2012 interview, he stated, ‘About 30% of what’s written on Veterans Today, is patently false. About 40% of what I write, is at least purposely, partially false, because if I didn’t write false information I wouldn’t be alive.’”

He responded: “out of context and false. one that has spread ONLY by people who take cash from the ADL. we did some research on this one a few years ago. Now I understand how your milqtoast anti-zionism tells a story. Do are a blogger, not a journalist… when you grow up...get some sources....but why would they trust you? You have never broken a story. as for the context… I get operational intelligence....people actually call me up and tell me about things they are planning. that's not journalism...its spying. this is part of the training classes I do for writers…. but then my day job is training intelligence officers. what's yours? I replied “You declined to document anything in your ‘reply’. It’s merely more allegations. For example: you are saying “but then my day job is training intelligence officers” but provide ZERO documentation of that.” He responded “I have removed the article. Don’t submit to me any more articles. We won’t publish them.”

Here’s what remains from my article there. Shown at the very bottom here is the faked document that he had added to it and refused to remove from it.

I quickly did my own research to answer the questions I had asked. I contacted the Politico reporter but he never replied. So, in the mean time, I found this, an archived but undated audio of the 3-minute interview clip between Mike Harris and Gordon Duff, in which (at 1:40 in the clip) Duff said “About 30% of what’s written on Veterans Today, is patently false. About 40% of what I write is, at least purposely, partially false, because if I didn’t write false information I wouldn’t be alive. I simply have to do that. I write…anything I write I write between the lines.” Apparently, that statement caused some of the listeners to The Mike Harris Show podcast from Veterans Today to be shocked, and Harris, being an employee of Duff’s, didn’t, it seems, ask any follow-up question about that statement. So, another employee of Duff’s there did do a follow-up around two days later: On 11 November 2012, Kevin Barrett of Veterans Today introduced Gordon Duff who ran Veterans Today, by Barrett’s saying at 1:01:15 “We just got this breaking news that Petraeus has been forced out, he’s gone at CIA” and then “so I got the best possible guest to tell us about this, and he has been at the center of a bit of a controversy in the last day or two because somebody put up a tape of him saying that 40% of everything he says is not true. Oh, hey, the other 60% is so damn good that I’m going to keep bringing him on again, welcome, Gordon Duff, how’s it going?” It continued:

DUFF: First, to address your tape issue, I have, yes, the tape was received initially from Frederick Tobin, an individual who had been sued for Holocaust denial, and anti-Semitism, which I think of course is a travesty of justice because anyone who wants to deny anything, that’s freedom of speech, [he] was forced into bankruptcy by Australia. And, uh, you know, I am a strong opponent of the Netanyahu regime, which is about as tough as that gets, tough enough for Netanyahu to get my name with a big black dot on it; you know, he has talked about me more than once. I guess it’s good; I am going to make sure he starts talking about you too.

BARRETT: I don’t need any more big black dots next to my name.

DUFF: Anyway, this audiotape was being sent around by Tobin. And I will tell you that the Israel lobby has put up a couple of hundred websites criticizing me, and it doesn’t bother me a damn bit.

BARRETT: I’d consider it an award.

DUFF: I have as many people wanting to buy me off, shut me up, as anything else, and, … we don’t have to say on any terrorists, [to catch] the real terrorists just requires watching the Israelis. …

BARRETT [brings up the tape again.]

DUFF: It was a piece of the Mike Harris Show, and apparently had been dubbed over.

BARRETT: So, you never actually stated that 40% --

DUFF: This is the fourth time that I’ve told you though. 

BARRETT: But you’re so darn cryptic in your emails.

DUFF: What I said in my emails were … I didn’t bother listening to this, Mike did. And he said that they had recorded his show, spliced and dubbed it, and made this video [it’s actually a podcast].

In other words: Gordon Duff was allegedly told by his employee at Veterans Today and at The IntelDrop, Mike Harris, that someone at Mike Harris’s show faked that audio of Duff. 

Here again is Gordon Duff, at the Mike Harris Show, on or about 9 November 2012:

“About 30% of what’s written on Veterans Today, is patently false. About 40% of what I write is, at least purposely, partially false, because if I didn’t write false information I wouldn’t be alive. I simply have to do that. I write…anything I write I write between the lines.”

If Mike Harris had actually “recorded his show, spliced and dubbed it, and made this video” that included that statement by Duff, then Duff would have fired him for it. However, as-of 19 February 2024, the Veterans Today site still lists the Mike Harris Show, and Mr. Harris as being included, though the latest installment shown of it there is 3 December 2020 — eight years later. After 2022, the site changed its online address, and there no longer is an indication of Mike Harris’s show being continued. I considered asking Mr. Harris his thoughts about the matter, but, since he might still be at least partially dependent financially upon Duff, I decided not to.

Another issue regarding which many alternative news sites have closed-mindedly assumed falsely against Israel is the 9/11 attacks. On 7 June 2017, I headlined “Shoddy Alt-News ‘Journalism’ Boosts Mainstream ‘Journalism’ (Propaganda)”, and criticized the popular alt-news video commentator James Corbett for his assumption that Israel, instead of the Saud family, had been behind the 9/11 attacks. But many others too have hypothesized that Israel was ‘behind’ (whatever that means to such individuals) the 9/11 attacks, and none of them presented any of the crucial evidence nor presented honestly the evidence that they did cite. For example, Enver Masud’s 90-page 2018 book 911 UNVEILED says on its page 5 that “FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III admitted (Los Angeles Times, April 30, 2002): ‘In our investigation, we have not uncovered a single piece of paper — either here in the United States, or in the treasure trove of information that has turned up in Afghanistan and elsewhere — that mentioned any aspect of the September 11 plot.’” That’s an out-of-context quotation from the 19 April 2002 address by Mueller to the Commonwealth Club, in which speech he had also (and far more meaningfully) stated “The investigation was enormously helpful in figuring out who and what to look for as we worked to prevent attacks. It allowed us to see where we as a nation needed to close gaps in our security. And it gave us clear and definitive proof that al Qaeda was behind the strikes.” My article was about what the FBI had, indeed, found that was important about the crucial money-trail that funded the operation, and it linked through to “The case against the Sauds” which found, in the FBI investigators’ actual reports, primary evidence — not secondhand — that Prince Bandar bin Sultan al-Saud, President G.W. Bush’s buddy, “had secretly been paying the Saudi handlers of at least 2 of the 15 Saudis among the 19 9/11 hijackers, and that Bandar’s wife and other relatives were also paying those hijackers-to-be and their families.” None of the alt-‘news’ news-reports that allege “Israel did it” presented any evidence of who had funded the operation — nor any mention at all that G.W. Bush immediately okayed the escape from America of Bandar and all of his associates so that none of them would be available to be questioned about 9/11. And, without discussing who actually funded the 9/11 operation, the entire ‘case’ that Israel did it falls apart; so, those ‘arguments’ are only for mere fools. What does it even mean to be “behind” the 9/11 operation, if not to fund it?

An example of an ‘alternative’ ‘news’-medium that really is a mainstream one, is the Modern Diplomacy site, which until December 2022 had been publishing many of my submissions, but then suddenly cut me off and erased all of those articles even though far more of my articles were top-rated in their ongoing page-view counts than for any other of the hundred-plus other authors there (most of whom were graduate students in the diplomacy-related fields). The reason (as I documented at that last link) was: Steven Brill’s U.S.-Government-affiliated “NewsGuard” news-site rating operation, to force sites to ban authors whose articles are unfavorable to the U.S. Government, had threatened this site’s owner with giving it a low grade for “credibility” unless Modern Diplomacy would erase all of my articles, which the site promptly did. Whereas prior to that, the site had included some articles which were extremely critical of the U.S. Government as well as a great many that weren’t, afterwards the site has been mainstream (meaning cleansed of any such anti-imperialist content). Furthermore, there are also many other ways in which the U.S. Government makes extremely difficult for authentically independent (of the U.S. regime) news-media to survive, such as some of the ways that I documented here. Propaganda isn’t only saying or implying falsehoods; it is even more importantly censoring-out the crucial truths; and this is how that’s done.

To cap-off this description of how the low-quality ‘news’-media work, I return to the employee of Gordon Duff, Kevin Barrett, having introduced his boss, Duff, so as to get Duff’s response to the alleged Duff allegation two days earlier that had generated consternation amongst some of Veterans Today’s followers, in which introduction of Duff Barrett said that “the other 60% is so damn good that I’m going to keep bringing him on again”: The underlying assumption there is that intelligent information-processing consists of bringing into consideration as many allegations as possible, so as to enable the investigator to select from amongst all of them whatever fits the investigator’s existing beliefs and to ignore whatever allegations don’t. In that view of things, confirmation-seeking is what the investigatory process is all about (and so the quantity of ‘data’ is what must be maximized), and this means that whatever doesn’t fit with one’s prejudices may simply be ignored. So, as a scientist, I must point out here that that is exactly the opposite of the investigatory process that constitutes authentic science (wherein what is maximized instead is the quality of the data). A scientist seeks for the highest quality of data in order to answer a particular question, not the highest quantity of data in order to do that. Even if ‘merely’ 40% of a person’s allegations are false, that person is not a scientist, because the requirement of science is to make 0% of false statements. A person who can’t meet that requirement on a given topic is faith-based, NOT science-based, on that topic. Consequently: the basic difference here is epistemological, not really political (which is only yet another manifestation of that distinction).

In science, it isn’t the exception that proves the rule — it is instead the exception that tests the rule. So, a scientist is always seeking to find an exception, in order to disprove an alleged “natural law.” If such an exception exists, then that’s instead a (not real) ‘natural law’, and needs to be replaced by a new system (theory) that explains (fits) all of the established and authenticated data.

That is how basic this actually is. It’s not merely about the many low-quality versus the few high-quality news-media. It is instead about faith-versus-science in the news-media.

And, as regards the high quality news-media, an example of this news-reporting and analysis today, is the terrific brief article by Chris Hedges, at his substack, on 18 February 2024, titled “Julian Assange’s Final Appeal”, decimating the case against Assange, and proving that both the U.S. Government and the UK Government are mega-criminal dictatorships, not actually anything that in reality can honestly be called “democratic,” or any sort of “just” government, but instead they’re more like was the Government of Nazi Germany. That’s 100% true news-reporting, which is based upon 100% authentic high-quality primary sources. 


Investigative historian Eric Zuesse’s latest book, AMERICA’S EMPIRE OF EVIL: Hitler’s Posthumous Victory, and Why the Social Sciences Need to Change, is about how America took over the world after World War II in order to enslave it to U.S.-and-allied billionaires. Their cartels extract the world’s wealth by control of not only their ‘news’ media but the social ‘sciences’ — duping the public.

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