Money, Politics, and Fake News: How the DOJ is Using an Obscure Law to Fight Back…

Money, Politics, and Fake News: How the DOJ is Using an Obscure Law to Fight Back…


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  1. I don't think there is anything wrong with forcing a news agency to divulge where they get their funding from, especially if it is from a foreign government or organization that would have reason to sew dissent in a another peoples country. It's not like these outlets are being shut up, it just informs the public of possible biases.

  2. Aljazzera was basically imbedded in the insurgency in Iraq the way CNN was imbedded with US forces. They routinely showed high quality video of US vehicles being attacked. They were profiting off US deaths. So…I don’t give a fuck what they think or say.

  3. Phil, very interesting and informative material on the FARA act. I would rather error on the side of more freedom of speech then less. However, the real thing I got stuck on in this is when you started the video stating that 900 Billion was spent by foreign powers to influence our government. WOW, that is so scary. Makes me question if we can call our selves a democracy at all.

  4. I think some people are confusing propaganda as nothing but lies. Propaganda isn't just lying, a propagandists best friend is the truth! If there is a true story that furthers your goal you bet your ass they will preach it to the high heavens! Their goal is to sew dissent, to sew doubt, and anger. To do that, yes they may tell lies, but they may also cherry pick the facts and stretch the truth to make things sound worse, or they may use tactics like gas lighting, may spread conspiracy theories with kernels of truth, etc.

    For example, my grandparents watch nothing but Fox News and they believe Europe is a total hell hole where everyone is getting stabbed, splashed with acid, or run over by muslims. Yes these things happen, Fox News isn't really lying, but they zero in on the negatives so hard to sell their narratives that muslims are bad it sews doubt and confusion on how bad the situation really is. Add in toxic "opinion articles" and you turn that doubt into anger.

  5. Biggest propaganda channels are US…. Most common is… Voice of America (VOA) involved in anti state activities in Pakistan, India and Afghanistan

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  7. I am against censoring foreign propaganda until we also censor our own. We shouldn't be left with a one sided story.

  8. Philip…I am here on your Youtube channel because western news media sucks. RAT and AlJazeera are heads and tails better. It takes western media about a week to disclose most "big" geopolitical stories, cause it takes them that long to polish the pile of poo.

  9. As long as they don´t stop or prevent anyone from writing or saying what they want, or brand it as straight fake. I se no problem with them marking content that has a specific bias/agenda, such as RT and Aljazeera as long as they do it with everyone eqaully so that people are informed this is a foreign prespective I think it can be used for the public good as it can just be plain interesting and usefull to know where this information comes from so it gets easier to understand people from different parts of the world and how they views everything and what they find important to talk about.

  10. The name rogue rocket is silly And strange. Pleas change it.
    I only say this so bluntly and straight forward because you already experienced a channel name holding you back career wise. If this is a news network give it a clever name that we your audience can proudly share with people without their first thought being "sounds silly".

  11. The costs of a free society right? Will banners on FB and youtube get placced to mark if you are a conservative or liberal and get banned accordingly?

  12. personally I think it's a good idea for every news outlet to be required to let their viewers know who's paying their bills. for instance, let's say a news outlet is being paid for by a pharmaceutical company, knowing that would make its viewers better informed as to the viewpoint expressed by the coverage. let's say they have an article that they cover send CBD oil will kill you, knowing that they're being paid to say so by a pharmaceutical company would make viewers much more skeptical.

  13. If you want to know what propaganda looks like just turn your tv to RT. Every time a black person is on screen scary music plays.

  14. So…news outlets (potential propaganda machines) like RT and Al Jazeera can just deflect criticism by yelling "But Trump!"? "You're just trying to silence us because Trump."

  15. I actually read! I’m allergic to milk, so I can’t have ice cream. I absolutely LOVE almond milk cherry garcia ice cream substitute, though! 😁

  16. Saudi & UAE want to be in charge of the region and fuel corruption and wars in Yemen and Sudan their willing to pay the US millions to shut down Aljazeera after failing to scare Qatar by the whole blockade thing . Qatar have nothing to hide and its putting the effort to spread transparency in the middle east and its driving them crazy … showcasing the reality doesn't make you support it News is News …Arabs take shit so personal and want everything to be hush hush

  17. This isn't about trying to flag any unfavourable reporting as fake news it's about knowing who's funding positive or negative commentary to better judge how the information is biased. It's my belief that people have a right to know the extent you should believe a source.

    These days people have so much information that its understandably easy to be confused, although most dont know how to properly research I believe that the new generations will quickly adapt to such manipulation.

  18. The fact that the government is trying to ascribe certain viewpoints to certain countries is disturbing as hell!
    That's basically saying anyone who's not upholding the status quo is a foreign agent!

  19. *checks.comments*
    *every comments are serious and no one posted their favorite flavor*

    Me:….
    Me: I like Plain Vanilla!

  20. If a press is funded solely by the government it is not a free press. This follows US law. Which is why we have very few and limited government controlled press outlets. The top one being Cspan which airs congressional hearings but the free press is not barred from those hearings and are free to record as long as they have met the standard qualifications. In other countries that isn’t the case, in fact in China and Russia the press isn’t free if its legitimate journalism then the government owns it, which means they are agents of that government.

    If we have to follow common laws in other countries and those whom visit have to follow common laws here, then why not also apply this law?

  21. Notice how the description of BBC states that it's a ''public broadcaster'', but the description for RT is that it's a ''state-funded media''. BBC is also a state funded media, but the description is so soft. It's more than obvious that the US government does not want media questioning and exposing the war machine, which is what RT is doing, and BBC is not.

  22. I don't think Qatar a dictator monarchy has any business lecturing us on freedom and journalism…funny how Al Jazeera doesn't criticize it's own monarchy but does all other monarchies in the region (and thinks they'll all be ok about it); nor does it cover the exploitation of foreign immigrants as slaves in Qatar's massive construction industry among many other of their misdeeds..

  23. "Government Corruption and corporate greed will lead to the US financial collapse" doesn't sound like propaganda to me…. That's just the most likely scenario of the future

  24. I’m so sick and tired of the hypocrisy trademarked by the US government. How is a foreign news agency operating in the US worse than launching full-scale CIA operations to dismantle foreign governments for their own benefit?

    Also, give me a fucking break, if Al Jazeera registers, so does the BBC.

  25. I mean RT isn't wrong… Political corruption and corporate greed will lead to a financial collapse of the US. However we don't know when that will be.

  26. RT may gloss over the negatives of Russia sure, but their criticisms of the U.S. are spot on, it'd be ridiculous to try and mask them as "propaganda." To limit the reach of foreign reporters goes directly against the freedom of the press we pride ourselves on. Criticism from abroad is essential to understanding the faults of the U.S. so we can hopefully recognize them and eliminate them, and should always be welcomed.

  27. I can't get behind our government limiting journalist freedoms because we have a history of pro-war propaganda from the government itself, examples: Vietnam and Iraq.

  28. Aljazeera is faked news ever ever
    my uncle worked there in 2004-2008, and he said they are lying all the time. If the person come up with a news and became this important news and stress the situation in any country, especially an Arab country they give him a lot of money. They are supporting now Muslim brotherhood with Turkey who are the main reason of the wars in some Middle Eastern country especially Libya. Turkey and Qatar think they can control Middle East by creating wars to change governments and replace them with Muslim brotherhood who are following Turkey and Qatar. In 2016 UAE was almost going to war with Qatar because they almost successed on coup against the government of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, But Turkey sent troops to Qatar in the last moment to defend them.
    My uncle was really depressed and feeling guilty in that time so he quite.
    Sorry for the long comment but i really wanted to make it clear for people who don't know.
    I'm from Germany sorry for my bad English

  29. That face and whole body language at 0:00 says you were just sitting there minding your own business and all of a sudden your dad walks by naked XD

  30. Hitler did the same thing to foreign news companies before he kicked off his attempt at world domination……then it got to the point where all people were sent to jail or the concentration camps or executed on the spot if they were caught spreading or listening to foreign countries news

  31. some RT documentaries are really good, but, from the getgo anyone can see the newsy part is plain propaganda and doesn't cover news in an unbiased manner

  32. RT has the balls to call out Google meddling in politics, so of course there are powers wanting to make life difficult for true journalistic channels like RT and many others.

  33. The US political elite lecturing the world about democracy and various freedoms has always been incredibly offensive, hypocritical and for millions of people also deadly. When it comes to media: What we see from Russia and China and other countries are attempts to challenge the total world domination of US media and entertainment. The proportions here, the pot calling the kettle black, the completely shameless hypocrisy shown constantly by the US elite….yeah it leaves you speechless.

  34. Do not criticise America in any way. Freedom in America is well and truly dead. Then the Americans have the cheek to criticise press freedom and censorship in other countries like China.

  35. I see no problem with registration of news outlets that are foreign made/run in the United States. FARA May have been passed, but We’ve not really seen it enforced. Maybe more people working that department will be a good change, FARA doesn’t seem inherently cruel to foreign agents just difficult to deal with.

  36. Al Jazeera is full of bullshit because all they say is America is fucking itself up, Saudi Arabia is supporting the terrorist in Syria and Iraq. that’s all this shit news network is all about lies and manipulation (sorry for my bad grammar)

  37. Hey everyone… just so you know. Philip Defranco is a butt plug. He may secretly feel good, but if you keep him in to long he will fill you with shit.

  38. Praline’s and Cream lol Hey Phil what do you think of 5g? Is it harmful to our eyes or is this another conspiracy theory? Would love to know what you think you Beautiful Bastard. ❤️😆😂🤣

  39. …of course in RUssia, the government singlehandedly controls all the major media and news outlets and actively cracks down on any dissenting thought expression. So RT complaining about US government interference with media freedom is pretty textbook hypocrisy.

  40. Fuck the US intelligence they lie all the time to every one including them self and RT openly says they do have Russian Bias they show russian perspective and Journalism the do is much Much better then any US or EU produce in fact this 20 years Journalism in the west have gone down to be replaced with activism

  41. Sup. Been a fan and follower of yourself since around freshman year. I'm 29. So I finally have gotten back to watching ya vids on a more consistent basis again. Love how you mash up all news and I can watch it anytime on YouTube. I know there's probably a reason your moving the news to that rocket site. I guess I'll just check it out in more detail before I comment on it. I hope you can watch video offline because I watch mostly on my train ride to work with no internet service.

  42. Long rant in defense of journalism

    Extremely disappointed by this reporting of RT during this fight for free journalism. Taking that many quotes from from the DOJ and government officials makes people stop questioning those organizations when we have known their words aren’t always trustworthy.

    RT is a progressive channel. I watch Americans in America covering American news when I see one of their shows….. not foreign agents. I’m sure I’m gonna get labeled a bot for having this opinion, but I have 1 show I regularly watch on RT, and seen docs and a few other shows and its not anti American in any of those things….

    Covering news that doesn’t serve American corporations and special interests isn’t treason, and I’m glad someone’s funding channels like RT and Al Jazeera because we don’t get NEARLY ENOUGH international and in depth American news coverage in political media nowadays. I was clueless about my own country and the countries around the world before independent media started showing me what wasn’t covered.
    Those sites/shows as well as networks not funded by the MSM helped me understand what’s going on in a context that doesn’t intentionally try and manipulate you, but inform.

    A free press is the cornerstone of a sustainable democracy and if we have networks funded by other governments blocked by our own government and given a “foreign agent” stamp on their content, we no longer have a free press. Many of these people are Americans who have American ideals, and as journalists shouldn’t be banned because of who was willing to fund their reporting. If your views are too controversial for mainstream media, you will get fired or demoted into obscurity.

    Journalists in the US have learned, If you’re angry about wasted spending in the military budget, say, “let’s stop having so much war” feel no fear calling out people on both sides of the isle equally when they deserve it, or don’t hold the status quo for corporations and rich donors……. You have to find work at independent sites or get shows on foreign networks to keep being a journalist.

    If we ban these sites, it basically censors them and turns American mainstream media into state funded media. Why? Because the government agencies are the ones who are claiming these terrible things occur on channels from regions the USA already has beef with…… YouTube has started to comply because US industry doesn’t want those channels to have ad revenue…. WHAT A COINCIDENCE. Censoring any ACTUAL journalism starts dismantling free speech.

    If you read this far thanks.
    Check out both networks being red flagged by the establishment and mentioned in this video…. sample their content and listen for any actual reason that news would be able to threaten our country. It’s not gonna be easy.

    Seriously. This could be a MASSIVE step towards a more authoritarian media policy, in increasingly fascist government….. We really need things to go the other way around. We don’t want to end up with state run media.

  43. I don't know if RT is right or wrong but the moment you let government decide news, it losses it's credibility.

  44. There are only FIVE media companies in the US: National Amusements(CBS), Disney(ABC), Time Warner(CNN), Comcast(NBC) & News Corp(Fox).
    First off, US politicians should wear racing jumpsuits w/SPONSOR patches. If you believe that our politicians are not already controlled by the Saudi's, look at the WARS we are in.
    The Press is suppose to be adversarial to the Govt. When the MSM & Govt talking points are the SAME, it's called propaganda.

  45. I'm more worried about YouTube, Facebook & Twitter "censoring or blocking" Independent Alternative Media, to "protect citizens from fake or harmful content." NO ONE changed their vote in 2016 or 2018 because of what the Govt calls "fake news." Just because RT has a tag saying (they are partially funded by Russian Govt), doesn't mean they are fake news. MSM all have the same message, "The Establishment,Corporations & War are AWESOME!" Yes, Tucker Carlson (FOX) is against war with Iran. But, look at how ALL MSM is Pro War, they just bicker on WHERE.

  46. It's interesting as the American govt used tools of propaganda against Latin America and even Iran for years, now they're angry when it's being done to them. Anyway I don't see FORA being effective as it does set a very dangerous precedence when it comes to legality and foreign relations. Case in point, the argument could be made that since RT is on the list, then AJ is next, then why not the BBC, or French or Canadian news agencies? Laws are made to govern everyone, not those you choose to impose it against. There are other means and ways of banning foreign intervention, however, American politics loves spending dollars to influence elections so I doubt congress will act to stop outside sources from investing…

  47. RT sounds like they understand the US pretty well after hearing all those things they've said about it. They just became a lot more trustworthy. Though Russia funded is still a big red flag.

    Now if they coud just do something about the propaganda coming from within America itself, maybe the people there can finally begint to realise just how awful things really are and start putting their foot down to make some good changes. No "news" organisation is more harmful to the American people, than the American Propaganda stations. Existing to pit friend against friend and tear a rift with this left vs right that doesn't really exist outside of America. To Europeans, American Left and Right are just Right and Right. There is no left wing group. Outside of America left means good, and right means bad. It's really that basic. That's how mislead things have become in America where truth is harder to find that a doctor willing to save your life for free.

    News media needs to be heavily scrutinised and given a bar of quality to reach. And when they don't, they need to be labled as failures. I want to see every american outlet be labled unreliable. Imagine, if these people were finally forced to look elswhere. They might just come here. An America that collectively watches the Philip DeFranco show. That's a good America.

  48. That’s what they focused on for RT? I thought the whole nationalist especially racially motivated nationalist promotions, it’s really the major fuel for a lot of American white nationalist movements when I say white nationalist I mean the individuals who actually seek white prosperity founded on ideals and desires for 1950s conservative ideas, RT goes on about anti establishment as well as covering stories in South Africa and treatments of whites there, infact I believe they are the only, Ive seen RT more as a conservative VICE news, both rely heavily on modern controversy and a specific audience while RT may seem to support a rage against the machine of globalism and progressivism VICE pushes for the spreading of the previously mentioned ideals

  49. I agree with FARA in concept, but in application, I find that it can indeed be used to detrimental effect. Having said that, I personally see it as an overall good, provided it has the right oversight. So… any other administration but this one…

  50. Oh shit that means that the Young Turks would have to register soon. Since they are directly funded by Qatar.

  51. Yes RT is a propoganda machine, it's a bloody state news agency. But the Rome finance comments are pretty god damn accurate. [edit: you might want to be careful how you're pronouncing the word "duties"]

  52. All news sources financially supported by foreign governments should be compelled to register as foreign agents (including ones in harmony with the US govt like BBC). Failure to register should result in arrest/ejection from the country as foreign intelligence agents. I have no problem with other countries adopting that same standard for press from the US. This is only a bad thing if instead of being applied based on objective standards it becomes a blacklist for media which disagrees with the powers that be.

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