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Ted Rall

  1. Russian propagandists get caught smearing U.S. but it totally doesn't matter

    Everyone deploys propaganda during wartime, but people know more about their enemy's lies than their own government's. Which is why you probably know that comrades who fell out of favor in the Soviet Union got their faces erased from official photos, but perhaps not that the famous newsreel of Hitler doing a silly dance to celebrate the defeat of France was faked by the Allies, or that a U.S. Marines psy-ops team choreographed the group of supposedly random Iraqis who supposedly spontaneously pulled down Saddam's statue in 2003.

    By Ted Rall , written on

    From the News desk

  2. Media shitstorms are now even shittier. Thanks, Internet

    Finding yourself in the vortex of a media firestorm has never been fun. Every White House intern is a sloppy encounter away from triggering a horde of reporters determined to unearth your elementary school report card, your driver's license photo and the real reason Tori Spelling didn't invite you to her party.

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    From the News desk

  3. Instagram surrenders to cartoon toplessness: Will cartoon full frontage (or worse) be next? [NSFW?]

    The Daily Dot reports: "On Friday, Vogue’s creative director Grace Coddington posted her first photo [sic] to Instagram: a nude cartoon selfie of her sitting in a beach chair. It was a promotional photo for the Paddle8 'No Clothes' auction, but it apparently violated Instagram's terms of service, which prohibit nudity. On Saturday, her account was removed." Artist Anna Gensler, the photographer Petra Collins and Rihanna have also had direct or indirect run-ins with Instagram over various depictions of nudity, including Gensler's drawings of gross dudes.

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    From the News desk

  4. Censor Google

    Last week's EU court ruling ordering Google and other search engines (there are other search engines?) to process requests from European citizens to erase links to material about them is being criticized by techno-libertarians. Allowing people to clean up what has become the dreaded Permanent Record That Will Follow You the Rest of Your Life, they complain, creates an onerous inconvenience to tech companies, amounts to censorship, and infringes upon the free flow of information on the Internet.

    By Ted Rall , written on

    From the News desk

  5. Russians censor official's pro-censorship brainfart

    Maksim Ksendzov had a shitty weekend.

    By Ted Rall , written on

    From the News desk

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