In this March 19, 2016 photo provided by China’s Xinhua News Agency, Liu Yunshan, right, a member of the Politburo Standing Committee, the ruling Communist Party’s top leadership panel, meets with Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg in Beijing, capital of China. Facebook founder Zuckerberg held a rare meeting with China’s propaganda chief Liu at a time when Chinese authorities are tightening control over their cyberspace. Zuckerberg was in Beijing to attend an economic forum. (Wang Ye/Xinhua News Agency via AP) NO SALES (Associated Press) By Louise Watt?|?AP March 20 at 8:03 AM BEIJING — Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg held a rare meeting with China’s propaganda chief, at a time when Chinese authorities are tightening control over their cyberspace.
Liu Yunshan told Zuckerberg in their meeting Saturday that he hopes Facebook can share its experience with Chinese companies to help “Internet development better benefit the people of all countries,” China’s official Xinhua News Agency reported. Zuckerberg was in Beijing to attend an economic forum.
China has called for the creation of a global Internet “governance system” and cooperation between countries to regulate Internet use, stepping up efforts to promote controls that activists complain stifle free expression.
Facebook and other Western social media, including Twitter, are banned in China. Zuckerberg has long been courting China’s leaders in a so far futile attempt to access the country with the world’s largest number of Internet users — 668 million as of last year.
China has been increasing control over its Internet, dubbed the Great Firewall because it is already heavily censored. Liu, a member of the Politburo Standing Committee, the ruling Communist Party’s top leadership panel, recently said that all Internet users must not cross the “baseline” when discussing China’s governance.
Chinese censors have introduced a slate of new regulations to better enable them to police digital and social media as closely as traditional publications. The country’s top Internet regulator has repeatedly warned that an untamed cyberspace would pose a risk to domestic security, and that the government should decide who to allow into “its house.”
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Morgan Freeman, the famed actor who most people would want to narrate their lives, had some surprising commentary regarding the cable news media’s coverage of the Baltimore uprising.
In an interview with The Daily Beast, Freeman said, “Look at MSNBC, Fox News, and CNN. Go between those three. There’s a take, there’s a take, and there’s a take. It’s just commentary. CNN wants to be pure news, but the others are just commentary. They’re just commenting on things.”
Essentially, he stated that the so called TV news is not news at all, rather just opinionated commentary.
On the corporate media’s coverage of Freddie Gray protests, Mediaite notes that Freeman made the argument that Baltimore has been suffering for a long time. It took setting something on fire for the media to finally notice. “People are saying, ‘You were not all there when we were just talking and trying to make a point, but if we set something on fire, all of a sudden you’re all here.”
But Freeman sees the light at the end of the alternative media tunnel. He continued to say, “Why is that? What’s the difference? And some young reporters are listening. That sort of observation is very useful.”
He continued, “The other thing is that technology lets us see behind the scenes a little bit better[…]Police have a standard reaction to shooting somebody. I fear for my life and I fear for my safety. Now, at least you can see, ‘Hey, his hands were up in the air! What part of your safety were you afraid of? The guy was running away, what part of your safety was in danger?’ There was one situation I saw where a cop told a guy to get out of the car, said, ‘Show me your driver’s license,’ and the guy reached back into the car and the cop shot him!”
Morgan Freeman seems to be pretty well versed both in the police accountability movement, advances in technology that have enabled citizen journalism, and the value of independent reporting.
He brilliantly closed out his interview with The Daily Beast with two simple yet profound statements that we here at Anti-Media greatly appreciate: “Anyway, off the media,” he says, waving his hands in the air. “Fuck the media!”
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Ron Paul on Tuesday vowed he would not support Bernie Sanders’s White House run because of the Democratic presidential candidate’s similarities with Donald Trump.
“No, because he’s an authoritarian,” he said when asked if he’d back the independent Vermont senator on “CNN Newsroom.”
“He’s just a variant of Trump,” the former Texas representative added. “Even the things I worked with on Bernie, some of the foreign policy, he’s a part of the military industrial complex. “He was a big voter for militarism. He’s an authoritarian of a different color, but Trump’s a super authoritarian. Trump wants to be the boss.”
Paul also argued that Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton does not present voters with a better option than Trump, her Republican counterpart.
“My biggest beef is that from a libertarian viewpoint there’s no meaningful difference between Hillary and Trump,” said Paul, who sought the GOP presidential nomination in 2008 and 2012.
“I mean, they both support the military industrial complex, the Federal Reserve, deficits, entitlements, invasions of privacy,” he added.
“It is super-nationalistic populism versus socialism. That is so remote from what we need to be doing. We need to be moving ourselves away from tyranny towards liberty.”
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Ron Paul’s son, suspended his presidential campaign on Feb. 3 after a poor showing in Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses.
Clinton and Trump are now leading their party’s respective primaries before multiple voting contests nationwide on Super Tuesday.
Trump leads the Republican field by nearly 16 percent, according to the latest RealClearPolitics average of polls. Clinton, meanwhile, possesses a roughly 10-point edge over Sanders, her sole competition for the Democratic mantle.
Bill “Family Values” O’Reilly has been denied custody of his children by a New York court. The court ruled that O’Reilly was not fit to have custody of his kids after a domestic violence incident. The official ruling stated: “Viewing the totality of the circumstances, there is a sound and substantial basis for the Supreme Court’s determination that it is in the best interests of the children for the mother to be awarded primary residential custody. Particularly relevant in this case are the clearly stated preferences of the children, especially considering their age and maturity, and the quality of the home environment provided by the mother.” Last May, O’Reilly’s daughter told a court that she saw Bill choking his wife and then dragged her down the stairs. Bill O’Reilly attempted to smear his wife by calling her an “adulterer” and also told his daughter that spending time with her mother would ruin her life. Bill and his wife divorced in September 2011. I feel terrible for Bill’s ex-wife, Maureen, as well as O’Reilly’s kids. I’m glad he was denied custody because it seems like was a danger to both his wife and kids. This is just another depressing example of a hypocritical “Family Values” Republican. Bill O’Reilly denied these accusations earlier, but with Bill’s clear anger issues, he wasn’t fooling anyone.