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posted by Dopefish on Tuesday February 18 2014, @12:30PM   Printer-friendly
from the freedom-is-not-free dept.

combatserver writes:

"While The Guardian and The New York Times reported on the NSA targeting of data leaked by popular mobile apps, independent sources produced highly-detailed articles--accompanied by source material--that paint a much broader picture of NSA capabilities and intent. Recent restrictions imposed on journalists--a result of corporate influence, editorial decisions, and threats against journalists--combined with the ease of establishing a website, might be driving a new era in journalism.

The Intercept recently announced a shift towards independent reporting with the creation of their own news outlet, free of the constraints imposed on journalists by 'Big Media' and governments. Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill have joined forces to provide the world with an alternative, perhaps blazing a path towards a fundamental change in how news is reported and distributed. SoylentNews can play a significant role in this shift towards journalistic freedom--we share many common core-ideals, and can give voice to independent news sources.

The Big Question: How will 'Big Media' and governments react to this shift in journalism?"

 
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  • (Score: 1) by MrGuy on Tuesday February 18 2014, @01:15PM

    by MrGuy (1007) on Tuesday February 18 2014, @01:15PM (#1574)

    Would be to discredit them, not shut them down.

    The problem many independent news outlets have is that they lack name recognition and reputation. So if you want to discredit them, create a bunch of pseduo news outlets, make some shocking claims that you know to be untrue, and then discredit those claims. Hey, presto - independent news outlets are as reliable as tabloid sites and conspiracy theories.

  • (Score: 1) by Sir Garlon on Tuesday February 18 2014, @02:11PM

    by Sir Garlon (1264) on Tuesday February 18 2014, @02:11PM (#1607)

    So if you want to discredit them, create a bunch of pseduo news outlets, make some shocking claims that you know to be untrue

    You mean like Slashdot? ;-)

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  • (Score: 1) by HiThere on Tuesday February 18 2014, @08:46PM

    by HiThere (866) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday February 18 2014, @08:46PM (#1897) Journal

    No. The clever thing is to promote SOME of them. The ones most untrustworthy. You don't need to invent discreditable reporting, there's plenty out there. You just need to get people to distrust all except official sources. So promote sites that feature DiHydorgen Monoxide fears, Alien Abductions, etc. Drown out the sensible sites.

    Actually, that may not even require any government intervention.

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