Obama’s propaganda cash to liberal media has just run out… this is why we’re seeing layoffs among left-wing propaganda publishers

Tuesday, February 5, 2019
By Paul Martin

by: JD Heyes
NaturalNews.com
Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Most Americans who don’t earn their living in the news business don’t know that in recent weeks some 2,100 journalists, most of them from online news sources, have lost their jobs in a sort of industry bloodletting similar to the loss of factory jobs over the decades thanks to Left-wing trade policies.

As reported by The Cut:

On February 1, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Vice Media would be laying off 10 percent of its staff, or approximately 250 workers, as part of a reorganization effort; just hours later, the Miami New Times reported that McClatchy, which operates newspapers across the country, had offered voluntary buyouts to 450 workers. These reports come just one week after Verizon (which owns HuffPost, Yahoo, and AOL) laid off seven percent of its staff, including Pulitzer Prize-finalist Jason Cherkis; BuzzFeed cut 15 percent of its workforce, decimating entire verticals; and the Gannett Company, which owns more than 1,000 daily and weekly newspapers across the country, eliminated approximately 400 jobs.

In sum, that comes to at least 2,100 jobs that are either eliminated or will be soon.

The Leftist media commentariat, as well as the targeted media ‘victims’, blamed the layoffs on a usual suspect: Greedy capitalists. Rather than learn a basic free-market economics lesson that outlays without matching revenue equals a failed business model — even media businesses who employ ‘noble’ scribes skilled in such in-demand discussions of “anarchy” and “gender” issues — they would rather blame shareholders and the “whims of investors” (who put their money up expecting a return — what heathens!).

But according to Infowars, there is likely another culprit responsible for the news media hemorrhaging: The U.S. government, and, specifically, President Obama.

In a video segment of his popular talk radio program on Monday, host Alex Jones cited a July 2013 Foreign Policy report noting that the Obama administration repealed a “propaganda ban” ahead of spreading “government-made news to Americans.”

The end of funding for legalized propaganda caused layoffs?
Specifically, FP reported:

For decades, a so-called anti-propaganda law prevented the U.S. government’s mammoth broadcasting arm from delivering programming to American audiences. But on July 2, that came silently to an end with the implementation of a new reform passed in January. The result: an unleashing of thousands of hours per week of government-funded radio and TV programs.

In other words, propaganda.

Prior to lifting the ban, programming created by the Broadcasting Board of Governors and distributed via outlets like Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty could only be listened to or watched in foreign countries. Those restrictions were implemented under provisions of the Smith-Mundt Act, also known formally as the U.S. Information and Educational Exchange Act of 1948, a piece of legislation that authorized government propaganda activities (often referred to colloquially as “public diplomacy”).

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